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Essential New Orleans Food for a 3-Day Scouting Trip

Citizen Taco May 3, 2010 07:30 AM

Hello New Orleans,

I'm coming to NOLA from Austin for a food scouting trip in a few weeks and want to know all the best places to eat. But I only have 3 days, which means no messing around with mediocre standbys. I want the best of the best, from little authentic holes-in-the-wall to the best upscale fine dining.

Here's the MAP I've made in prep for the trip: http://citizentaco.com/guide/NOLA

What am I missing?

  1. mzscahlett May 21, 2010 03:31 PM

    Right now Restaurant Stella! is a do not miss. If you really want to blow your mind, that is. I'd also do Brigtsen's which is a bit of a hidden gem preferred by many locals, and if you like Foie Gras, you have to go to Restaurant Cuvee. Those are my favorites anyway. Pics of Duck Five Ways and Citrus Salad below (Stella!)

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    Cuvee Restaurant
    322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Brigtsen's Restaurant
    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    1. re: mzscahlett
      mzscahlett May 21, 2010 03:36 PM

      Here are pics of Duck Five Ways and Citrus Salad with frozen orange shooter

       
       
    2. Citizen Taco May 20, 2010 03:51 PM

      Thanks to all those who sent me recommendations. I've written down a lot of places to try next time I'm in town.

      My final New Orleans City Guide as it stands now is up at http://citizentaco.com/guide/NOLA

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      1. re: Citizen Taco
        kukubura May 20, 2010 04:54 PM

        Is the trip from the original post still coming up? I've lost track...

        (also I'd add ** to Commander's for lunch DEFINITELY. I'd also personally add ** for Mr. B's bbq shrimp, but that's just me. But no one should leave NOLA without visiting Commander's imho)

      2. Suzy Wong May 4, 2010 07:12 PM

        Apologies if this was already mentioned, the list is so long I might have missed it, but Cafe Minh in Mid City is a great vietnamese place with creole/french twist. I love it. And within walking distance of Brocato's for dessert.

        Menu:
        http://www.zagat.com/Verticals/Menu.a...

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        Cafe Minh
        4139 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

        Brocato Angelo Ice Cream & Confectionery
        214 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

        1. edible complex May 3, 2010 09:09 PM

          I'll add Jamila's, Martinique Bistro, and Ciro's Cote Sud for authentic and ethnic tastes.

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          Cote Sud
          7918 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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          1. re: edible complex
            nomadchowwoman May 4, 2010 06:17 AM

            What's particularly good at Cote Sud? I've seen references to it on this board, but not much about the food. Looks like standard French from the online menu. Somehow, I've completely missed the place, never even noticed it on the street?

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            Cote Sud
            7918 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            1. re: nomadchowwoman
              edible complex May 4, 2010 05:08 PM

              I always get their lasagna; my friends the specials. many have raved about their pizzas.
              bring cash or check. it's small inside, but cozy.

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            Schep23 May 3, 2010 03:03 PM

            I would have to say Littleman has done a fine job with his suggestions buuuut he did leave off my favorite and first stop for dinner whenever I am in New Orleans (which sadly was more often when my wife lived there about 5 years ago) Jauq E Mos in the garden district. If you want down home Creole New Orleans food you gotta go there. Dont go hungry after 7 P.M. they do not take reservations and the wait is usually 1 to 2 hours after 7. But drink up the bar is filled with fun New Orleaners and Jauq himself might do some shots of Jameson with you.

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            1. re: Schep23
              nomadchowwoman May 3, 2010 03:09 PM

              (So Citizen Taco can find it, if he/she wants to) it's Jacques-Imo's.

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              Jacques-Imo's Cafe
              8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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              Littleman May 3, 2010 08:38 AM

              DINNER WEDNESDAY - Brigtsen's Restaurant @ 723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 861 - 7610.

              http://www.brigtsens.com/

              BREAKFAST THURSDAY - Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.

              http://stanleyrestaurant.com/

              LUNCH THURSDAY - Commander's Palace @ 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 8221. *

              http://www.commanderspalace.com/


              DINNER THURSDAY - Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9441.

              http://www.patoisnola.com/

              BREAKFAST FRIDAY - Elizabeth's @ 601 Gallier St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 944 - 9272.

              http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html

              LUNCH FRIDAY - Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021. *

              http://www.galatoires.com/

              DINNER FRIDAY - Restaurant August @ 301 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 299 - 9777. *

              http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

              This is if you have a car and don't mind driving Uptown. If you don't have a car and want to stay in the FQ then try this.

              DINNER WEDNESDAY - Bayona @ 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4455.

              http://www.bayona.com

              BREAKFAST THURSDAY - Elizabeth's @ 601 Gallier St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 944 - 9272.

              http://www.elizabeths-restaurant.com/home.html

              LUNCH THURSDAY - Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.

              http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

              DINNER THURSDAY - Stella Restaurant @ 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 0091. *

              http://www.restaurantstella.com/

              BREAKFAST FRIDAY - Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840. *

              http://www.lukeneworleans.com/

              LUNCH FRIDAY - Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021. *

              http://www.galatoires.com/

              DINNER FRIDAY - Emeril's @ 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 528 - 9393. *
              http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/1/Emerils-New-Orleans/

              Other fine NOLA substitutes would be -

              Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078. *
              http://www.mrbsbistro.com/index2.php

              Cochon @ 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 588 - 2123.
              http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/

              Iris @ 321 North Peters St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 299 - 3944.
              http://www.irisneworleans.com/

              Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652. *
              http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/2/NOLA-Restaurant/

              Irene's Cuisine @ 539 St. Phillip St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 8811.

              Herbsaint @ 701 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 4114.
              http://www.herbsaint.com/

              Have a nice trip. Bon Appetit.

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              Restaurant August
              301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Cochon
              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              Commander's Palace Restaurant
              1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

              Galatoire's Restaurant
              209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              Brigtsen's Restaurant
              723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

              Herbsaint
              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Bon Ton Cafe
              401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Irene's Cuisine
              539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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              1. re: Littleman
                Citizen Taco May 3, 2010 10:51 AM

                Amazing list. Thanks!

                My tastes run more towards ethnic foods or smaller artisanal places. When I was in New Orleans last time I went to Bacchanal Wine Bar and had amazing tacos in their backyard. I like BBQ at The Joint, and Satsuma Cafe in Bywater. Cochon Butcher was my absolute favorite.

                I'm not as into the fine dining, French-influenced places that are a little stuffier. Coming from Austin I prefer to eat at spots where I don't have to worry about dress code or proper comportment.

                Any other international-cuisine restaurants to recommend?

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                Cochon Butcher
                930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: Citizen Taco
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                  Littleman May 3, 2010 12:14 PM

                  You are one of the few people I know that come to NOLA for food that is not cajun/creole. This place is Mexican but I have not been there. Someone else will have to help you with your Ethnic habits. I can just taste the oysters, shrimp, trout, crab at Galatoire's, Commander's, Bon Ton, et al.

                  Huevos @ 4408 Banks St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 6264.

                  What about poboys @

                  Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
                  http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/
                  Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.
                  http://www.mahonyspoboys.com/
                  Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
                  http://www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.com/

                  Or Tamales @

                  Merlin's Place @ 5325 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 284 - 3766. Tamales.

                  Squeal BBQ is nothing like the Joint but it's good.

                  Squeal BBQ @ 8400 Oak St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 302 - 7370. BBQ.
                  http://www.squeal-nola.com/

                  What about Middle Eastern.

                  Lebanon's Cafe @ 1500 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 862 - 6200. * MIDDLE EASTERN.
                  http://www.lebanonscafe.com/

                  Willie Mae's would end your need for good ole country food for a day.

                  Willie Mae's Scotch House @ 2401 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 822 - 9503.

                  Good luck.

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                  Willie Mae's Scotch House
                  2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

                  Parkway Bakery & Tavern
                  538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                  Galatoire's Restaurant
                  209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Bon Ton Cafe
                  401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  Huevos
                  4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

                  Merlin's Place
                  5325 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

                  1. re: Citizen Taco
                    h
                    hazelhurst May 3, 2010 12:52 PM

                    Galatoire's Friday lunch is certainly not made to order; it is not stuffy but dress-up is the order of the day. I advise against Friday lunch there because it is too much of a zoo.

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                    Galatoire's Restaurant
                    209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                    1. re: hazelhurst
                      kukubura May 4, 2010 04:06 AM

                      Friday is a risk. Our one experience there was on a Friday and it was utter chaos (not the good kind). Thanks to the passion for Gal's on this board we plan to return but on different day.

                      Then again, if you went on a Friday and it was crazy - but not THAT crazy - I bet you could have one of the most memorable dining experiences of your life.

                      1. re: kukubura
                        Bill Hunt May 4, 2010 08:02 PM

                        "if you went on a Friday and it was crazy - but not THAT crazy - I bet you could have one of the most memorable dining experiences of your life."

                        Well said. You captured it better than I did. The food will be very good. The overall experience, depending on time and what one hopes to encounter - well, that is up to the diner.

                        Hunt

                      2. re: hazelhurst
                        Bill Hunt May 4, 2010 08:00 PM

                        It is also a rather long "event," though the tableau is worth the effort. Be sure to wear you Panama, but do take it off, when you enter.

                        Really good food, great show, BUT it is a bit of an affair - is that what you want? For me, it's worth the price of admission, and I have been there before, but for others, not so much.

                        Enjoy,

                        Hunt

                      3. re: Citizen Taco
                        nomadchowwoman May 3, 2010 02:55 PM

                        Also, Boucherie, casual restaurant, Uptown, owned by guys who started w/a BBQ truck--excellent, meat-centric, "BBQ eclectic."
                        Crescent, casual restaurant, Mid-city (right next door to and owned by the same guys who run Huevos [just breakfast], good suggestion by Littleman)--housemade sausages, pizzas.
                        Canseco's Markets, several locations, make good Cuban sandwiches.
                        Tan Dinh, Kim Son, Nine Roses--three good Vietnamese restaurants on the west bank.

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                        Tan Dinh
                        1705 Lafayette St, Gretna, LA 70053

                        Huevos
                        4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA

                        Kim Son Restaurant
                        349 Whitney Ave, Gretna, LA 70056

                        Boucherie
                        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                        1. re: Citizen Taco
                          j
                          joedontexan May 4, 2010 02:39 PM

                          Son Ive now heard it all your coming to new orleans but dont want new orleans food

                        2. re: Littleman
                          kukubura May 4, 2010 04:03 AM

                          Strongly recommend Doing lunch at Commander's Palace. It's a singular experience. The garden room is beautiful during the daytime. Get all dressed up, ride the St Charles streetcar, and stroll to the restaurant. Take a walk through Lafayette Cemetery right across the street before you go in.

                          Also, if you go to Mr B's make sure you have their BBQ shrimp. That's the main thing we love them for. Others love the gumbo ya-ya there too. After you're done walk across the street to the Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. THe bar is an actual carousel that rotates while you drink.

                          Another place that we like is Bennachin, a west african restaurant that offers an opportunity to see how those cuisines influenced NOLA cuisine. Tiny, casual and really tasty.

                          A greasy spoon that we like for late-late night eating (or hangover eating) is Clover Grill. Open 24 hours. Great omelettes.

                          Cafe Du Monde, of course, is a must. Tourity but well worth it.

                          Lil Dizzy's in Treme is a great neighborhood place. It's like a corner joint that happens to be run by a serious chef. We had brunch there and the buffet was incredible. It's byob though, so come prepared. They have a restaurant in the Whitney hotel as well but honestly the atmosphere there put us off.

                          I suggested this in another thread recently: familiarize yourself with a variety of options so that you don't get suckered in to a bad restaurant just because it's hot, you're tired and the outside looks nice. There are some awful restaurants in the FQ just waiting to take your money and serve you absolutely filth on a plate, Pere Antoine being the worst offender I've had the displeasure of patronizing. (Pere Antoine is not related to Antoine's)

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                          Lil Dizzy's Cafe
                          1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                          Clover Grill
                          900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                          Commander's Palace Restaurant
                          1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          Bennachin Restaurant
                          1212 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                          Pere Antoine Restaurant
                          741 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                        3. nomadchowwoman May 3, 2010 08:33 AM

                          Kind of difficult: I mean, noone is going to think their suggestions are for "mediocre standbys." How do your tastes run?
                          Love to help, but need more info.

                          In the meantime, here are some places where you probably can't go wrong:
                          Parkway Bakery, Mid-city, for po-boys-- Roast beef, fried shrimp and oyster (depending on when you're coming; our seafood is clearly threatened for the foreseeable future--but prime oyster season is about over anyway)
                          Cochon Butcher, Warehouse District/Convention Center, for incredible sandwiches w/house-cured sausages--menu changes, everything I've tasted is fabulous.
                          Muffulettas, Central Grocery (the standard) or Napoleon House (where they're served hot; NH should be a must stop, for the place and its history and a Pimm's Cup anyway)--not a fan of these big sandwiches personally, but I'm in a disticnt minority--there are probably about 5 of us in NO.
                          Cafe du Monde, Beignets, FQ--everyone must, at least once. Get cafe au lait too.
                          Neighborhood joint, Liuzza's by the Track, Mid-city--NOLA neighborhood fare; folks love the BBQ shrimp po-boy and the gumbo
                          Brocato's, Mid-city, for cannoli, Italian pastries, Gelato--family run local institution for generations
                          BBQ shrimp, Mr. B's, French Quarter
                          Fine dining, Restaurant August--one of the, if not THE, best rest. in the city
                          Classic New Orleans fine dining, Galatoire's, Commanders Palace
                          Personal favorites, upscale dining, Coquette, Herbsaint, Patois

                          Lots of other choices; others will weigh in, I'm sure

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                          Liuzza's Restaurant & Bar
                          3636 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

                          Galatoire's Restaurant
                          209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                          Herbsaint
                          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          Cochon Butcher
                          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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