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Okay - I've narrowed my dinner choices down to 7 based on a prior chain. Please give me your fav, why it is your fav and what dish should I get there....

Broussards
Stella
Cochon
Cuvee
Irenes
Tujague
K-Paul

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Cuvee Restaurant
322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Tujague's
823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. Good - Tujague's
    Better - Broussard's, Cochon, Irene's, K-Paul's
    Best - Cuvee & Stella

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    Cuvee Restaurant
    322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Tujague's
    823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

    1 Reply
    1. re: BayouTeche

      Agree.

    2. Out of all these restaurants, Stella! would undoubetdly be the most special experience (with a price tag to match). I have had the duck 5 ways, as well as the Tasmanian salmon and they were both outstanding; Boswell changes the menu often and every time I read it I find at least two new things I want to try. The service and ambience are uber-elegant; some may think it's overkill, but it is completely appropriate to the level of quality you will receive on the plate. Cuvee is much the same, though I have not been there since 2006 so I cannot speak for the food currently. If you are looking for a livelier spot with less formality, Irene's and K-Paul's are your best bets. I do not think that Broussards, Tujague's, or Cochon fully live up to the hype that is associated with them. Though Cochon is quite the scene, very fun, and has solid food.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Cuvee Restaurant
      322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Tujague's
      823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

      4 Replies
      1. re: figndate

        I've had Stella's duck 5 ways and the confit leg was so overcooked I couldn't chew it. It should never have left the kitchen. I guess everyone has a bad night. I much prefer August. K-Paul's is a shadow of what it was in its heyday (Paul ihasn't been at the helm for a long time and it shows). I no longer recommend it. Irene's is good. If they have the crabcake special, it is wonderful. They have it frequently. I love the mussels...be sure to use your spoon for the sauce. It's so good they could/should offer it as a soup. Haven't been to Broussards for a long time. Been a while for Cuvee as well (and we've had $100 gc for over a yr). Keep meaning to go as we always enjoyed it. Don't miss the shrimp remoulade napoleon but steer clear of the chicken and waffles and chopped (brunoise) salad. You should seriously consider Emeril's. The food and service are always great. Try the andoulle crusted redfish or the pork chop with tamarind glaze and poblano mole. (unlike what you'd expect from a mole, its green and has no chocolate). The oysters of the day and smoked exotic mushrooms over angel hair are good starters. Banana cream pie, lemon curd tart are good desserts. Pavlova is light and lovely but only available as a special. Then there's Lilette, Patois and Coquette...all are far better than Tujagues, K-Paul's and Cochon (though it may be apples/oranges, the overall enjoyment for me, is significantly greater ).

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        Emeril's Restaurant
        800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Cuvee Restaurant
        322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. re: JazzyB

          Thanks for the Emeril suggestion however I am opting to dine at places I have never dined at before. I've been to Emeril's twice and loved it. I am trying to dine my way through the FQ!

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          Emeril's Restaurant
          800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: Cookie Baker

            Our best dining is not in FQ.

            1. re: JazzyB

              ditto

      2. I'd lose Broussard's. Disappointed too many times.
        I find the food at K Paul's to be overly salty, so be advised if salt is not your thing.
        at Tujaque's, I'd only eat the brisket.
        Get the duck or the chicken at Irene's.

        are you willing to venture out of the downtown area?

        1. Broussards - Good
          Stella - Amazing
          Cochon - Great
          Cuvee - Great
          Irenes - Very Good
          Tujague - Meh
          K-Paul - Very Good

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Cuvee Restaurant
          322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Tujague's
          823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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          1. re: nikinik

            why don't you replace Tujagues with Brightsens. I ate there and I ate at stella too. I liked the food at Brightsens much better. I would prob switch from stella to August instead. I too am trying to figure out where to eat when I go back down. Don't forget to get the pecan pie thrown on the grill with a scoop of vanilla ice cream at Camelia grill.

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            Tujague's
            823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

          2. Scratch Broussard's and Tujague's

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            Tujague's
            823 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116