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Apr 12, 2010 08:11 AM

Place to eat at the bar solo?

Hi everyone,

I will be in Nola starting next Wed for the weekend (and staying in the Quarter). What I am looking for from this thread is a place to dine at the bar Wed night. I will be by myself and I am looking for a comfortable bar where I can have a nice meal and a couple/few cocktails. I am not scared to go high end (or travel) for this and I have read many threads that mention August, Luke, Galatoires, Cochon, Commander's Palace, etc.

Sooo, what I am wondering is who has a nice bar to grab a bite at? Are some places too small? Do they not have a bar? etc etc...

Thank you in advance for your advice. I have already found many helpful tips for my trip through this board.

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  1. Mr B's Bistro (BBQ shrimp at the bar) would be a good pick, I think. If you can go there for lunch the portion is still generous but it's much cheaper.

    Commander's is not much of an eat-at-the-bar sort of place. You'd miss all the atmosphere. That said, it's a great place to go to the bar before you eat because the bartenders are very interesting and will tell you lots of cool insider info while you sip a pre-meal cocktail.

    Galatoire's has its bar upstairs so you'll miss the show if you eat there.

    Napoleon House is a great inexpensive eat at the bar sort of place.

    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
    500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Mr B's Bistro
    201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: kukubura

      You can eat "in" the bar at Napoleon House....don't think they actually serve food "at" the bar. I could be wrong though.

      1. re: BayouTeche

        I've ordered and eaten a muffelletta while sitting at the bar at NH.

    2. A lot would depend on how crowded the restaurant is. If you've got patrons clamoring for a drink behind your back then it might not be the best experience. That being said, I have had a good experience eating at Mr. B's at the bar. Iris has a good bar scene, as does Fins. The bar st Cochon is a tad short, and you might fee like you are in the way, and I have scene people eating at the bar at herbsaint.

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: CharlieH

        I suppose I could clarify a bit. I don't mind it being busy or having to wait around for a few to get a seat, time will not be an issue at all.

        Where have people had good experiences eating at the bar? Good food is obv a must, but maybe a place with better service or bartenders than others...

      2. Coop's Place on Decatur is perfect for dining solo. A gritty little bar with terrific jambalaya (maybe the best in the quarter).

        Coop's Place
        1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        1. I should also note that I am coming from Boston and while the food does not have to be traditional Nola all the way, I would certainly like for it to be influenced by the City. I have been to Nola once before, but that turned out to be focused a lot more around drinking than eating. This time I would like it to even out a bit.

          1. Emeril's has a "food bar"...Where you can sit, dine and watch what's going on:


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

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