Stella vs. Restaurant August
I'll be in New Orleans briefly for a conference in May, and have time for one nice dinner out. My husband and I want to do a tasting menu, and after a lot of searching on this board and others I've narrowed it down to Stella vs. Restaurant August. Please help me with the pros/cons, opinions of both. We enjoy all types of food and do not have any dietary restrictions. Dinner would be on a Tuesday (or possibly Wednesday) night. Thanks!
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Tough call. We have enjoyed both, and would return in a heart beat.
Last trip, I gave my wife, the NOLA native, the option. She chose Stella!, but probably was still grading August down, due to the sommelier on our last trip. He has been replaced, and the new sommelier has gotten great reviews.
I'd have to think long and hard, if I could only do one. Since I have dined at Stella! more often, I might lean towards August and the new sommelier. Heck, my wife got to choose last time, so it's now my turn!
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My take: Stella focuses on exotic ingredients prepared in a fusion sort of way, e.g., sharkfin broth, - which thankfully was pulled from the menu - venison, chilean seabass, etc. No local flavor at all. August's food is prepared in a more traditional french, haute style but with a laser-like focus on local ingredients. I think Besh takes risks at August, so I've found some hits and some misses, the same with Stella. August is always inventive and creative though, except for the same ole amuse bouche they've been serving forever. So in a nutshell, go to Stella if you want excellent food made out of imported ingredients. Go to August if you want haute cuisine crafted from Louisiana's finest. I'll add that you can get Stella type food in any major city in this country. You can't get August food any where else in the country. For me it's a toss-up, but for someone visiting from out of town, I would lean toward August.