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Our dinner line-up: Cochon, Rib Room and Pelican Club

Howdy folks, this is our potential dinner line-up for an upcoming weekend. We'll be 6 old college friends getting together for good food, drink and convivial atmosphere. During the day we'll get our fill of the more casual food New Orleans has to offer. Does this trio offer a nice snapshot of New Orleans? Any and all input on these venues would be much appreciated -- OR suggestions on other places where 6 guys can let loose with good food and drink would be welcome. Thanks in advance!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. I like dining in the Rib Room in a booth by the window. Nice time but the food is merely fair. Prime rib is their signature and theirs is nothing to rave about. Sorry to say, I find your other two choices overrated and never take guest to either.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Being one, who is NOT a prime-rib fan (only maybe 3 in my life ever got my attention), I always ordered other beef - all of which were very good. I do like the atmosphere, the window booths (daylight is better for the tableaux of "characters" outside those panes), the service and the other beef. Wine list is good, but could be better.

      Have not made it to the Pelican Club. Was scheduled, and then this board had some very negative reviews, so I moved on. Gotta' get by some trip.

      Enjoy,

      Hunt

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      Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
      312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Pelican Club is good. they are one of the best Coolinary options, and their regular early-bird special is the same -- three generous courses for ~30.

        its by no means cutting edge, but its solid good food - to me its comparable to Brightsen's in that i find them both good but not great (imo B is far too formulaic & sloppy to be Great, and unfortunately its the same forumla on almost every plate). unlike B, PC is occasionally hampered by the usual server issues. i enjoy the first dining room's dark wood paneling, and the closed alley eating is charming.

        i would not lump PC into the same "too many better options" categeory as Eat, Coop's, etc..

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        Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
        312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. I've never been to the RIb Room. Cchon and Pelican Club are excellent choices.

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      Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
      312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: nikinik

        I've never been to Pelican Club, as I've heard more cons than pros about their food and service. Too many other wonderful restaurants in New Orleans.

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        Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
        312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: FoodChic

          FoodChic,

          This was my experience too. I had made reservations, and then a half-dozen reviews hit. Canceled and moved elsewhere.

          Now, things seem to have gotten better?

          Hunt

      2. I haven't been to Rib Room in years, and it's been a while since I've been to Pelican Club, which I once loved but it seemed to fall off--although I've heard some good reports lately. Does that confuse you enough? ;)
        I really like Cochon--and it's definitely the kind of place where "6 guys can let loose with good food and drink." And I love Donald Link's other restaurant, Herbsaint.
        (For Rib Room $$$$, you could go to August.)

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
        312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. Ended up going to Luke, Cochon, La Boca and Bacco.

          Luke was nice for a relatively casual meal. The place itself pretty staid and lacking in ambiance but the food was fair and prices not outrageous.

          We all loved Cochon. Ordered each of their appetizers to share. The fried oyster and bacon sandwich was incredible, also good was the oyster roast and the gator was interesting. The brisket and horseradish potato salad was a hit too.

          The winner of the trip however might have been the Argentine steak place, La Boca. Fantastic steaks, absolutely top notch beef grilled to perfection. The gaucho platter with sweetbreads, sausage and empanadas was also excellent.

          Bacco was just ok -- had the lobster ravioli which was nothing special.

          Will be back to sample more. Wonderful city with food, drink and people to match.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          La Boca Restaurant
          857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Bacco Restaurant
          310 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: chowcito

            thanks for taking time to reply - good choices on your part. Chef Adolfo (Garcia) has winners w/ La Boca and Rio-Mar, and we need to return to A Mano before passing judgement there.

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            La Boca Restaurant
            857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: chowcito

              Thanks for reminding about La Boca; ate there once w/a lg. group. We all loved it--but I've never been back. I never think about it, but I'm making a mental note.

              Glad you enjoyed yourself.

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              La Boca Restaurant
              857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: chowcito

                Glad you had a good time. Bummed I missed the chance to throw in my two cents, as my experience at Pelican Club was that it is a rock solid place with lovely food and excellent service. Maybe next time!

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                Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130