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PhillyStyle Apr 21, 2010 05:48 AM

We're a group of Jazz Fest regulars that ended up with reservations for a hotel in Metairie this year. Can you folks help us with some recommendations for local restaurants in that area? Nothing too fancy--just some good seafood/Louisiana cooking around Metairie. There will be 8-12 of us for dinner, so a place that could accommodate a large group would be helpful. Thanks!

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    fatty_fats_sandwich_ranch Apr 27, 2010 11:03 AM

    City diner is great for breakfast or late night.

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      midcity Apr 24, 2010 11:11 PM

      I recommend Drago's and Deenies, and although others may not be as positive, I've found Acme on Veteran's in Metairie to be fine.

      1. edible complex Apr 24, 2010 08:48 PM

        Rivershack Tavern
        Galley Seafood
        Mr. Ed's

        Galley Seafood Restaurant
        2535 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70001

        Rivershack Tavern
        3449 River Rd, Jefferson, LA

        1. N.O.Food Apr 22, 2010 04:00 PM

          Oh, and if you go to Drago's, I'd recommend sticking to the Charbroiled Oysters. I've never been a fan of anything else they serve. Oysters are great though.

          Also agree with the Galley recommendation.

          1. N.O.Food Apr 22, 2010 03:57 PM

            Vega Tapas is excellent. It's fairly small but I think you'd be fine with a reservation. Chateau du lac is right next door, if you're looking for classic French. There's also Crazy Johnny's (right next to Drago's), which has the best bbq shrimp in town, imo. Cafe East is decent chinese/asian.

            Vega Tapas Cafe
            2051 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005

            Cafe East
            4628 Rye St, Metairie, LA 70006

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            1. re: N.O.Food
              fatty_fats_sandwich_ranch Apr 27, 2010 11:03 AM

              I second Vega. We always eat there during the fest when everything else is packed. We've never needed a reservation and they're open until midnight on the weekends now.

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              hazelhurst Apr 21, 2010 07:23 AM

              Sid-Mar's....new location justoff Vets. They are trying to rebuild the business after katrina wiped out their place on the Lake. Good, basic local stuff

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                runCP3 Apr 21, 2010 07:16 AM

                Drago's, the original location, is in Metairie

                Drago's Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar
                3521 18th St, Metairie, LA 70002

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                1. re: runCP3
                  nola79 Apr 21, 2010 09:45 AM

                  +1 for Dragos

                  Also the Galley

                  1. re: runCP3
                    collardman Apr 22, 2010 02:50 PM

                    Another vote for Drago's.

                    Also I'm a fan of Vega's Tapas on Metairie Road. We like doing the Chef's choice i.e., a "Feed Me"

                  2. nikinik Apr 21, 2010 06:46 AM

                    Absolutely hit Impastato's

                    Another suggestion is Ristorante Filippo

                    If you're looking for really late night, good cafe grub, City Diner is good.

                    Impastato's Restaurant
                    3400 16th St Ste A, Metairie, LA 70002

                    Ristorante Filippo
                    1917 Ridgelake Dr, Metairie, LA 70001

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                    1. re: nikinik
                      Hungry Celeste Apr 21, 2010 12:14 PM

                      -1 on Impastato's. Blech.

                      Impastato's Restaurant
                      3400 16th St Ste A, Metairie, LA 70002

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                        figndate Apr 21, 2010 12:58 PM


                        1. re: Hungry Celeste
                          JazzyB Apr 22, 2010 08:13 AM

                          I'd skip Impastatos as well. Bozos hasIMO the best oyster po boys in NOLA, 21st St.

                          Impastato's Restaurant
                          3400 16th St Ste A, Metairie, LA 70002

                        2. re: nikinik
                          figndate Apr 21, 2010 12:57 PM

                          +2 on Ristorante Filippo. Very solid Italian with wonderful, sweet staff. Philip himself is usually there supervising, and they make fabulous martinis. Also, it is not to be discounted that the venerable New Orleans food critic B. Anderson dubbed them as having some of the best meatballs in the greater NO area. It's probably worth your time...

                          Ristorante Filippo
                          1917 Ridgelake Dr, Metairie, LA 70001

                        3. uptownlibrarian Apr 21, 2010 05:58 AM

                          Definitely hit up Charlie's Seafood on Jefferson Highway in Harahan. Everything is awesome; especially don't miss the dirty boy.

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