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May 20, 2010 06:42 AM

Feelings in the Marigny

Hello. What do people think of Feelings restaurant? I get the sense that it's been around a while. used to be considered good, but not sure if it still is? We'll be staying near by and considering it as a walk in dinner on the night we arrive, about 0900h (instead of Coop's which gets such mixed reviews here, the mind boggles!). Many thanks everyone.

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    1. its alrite. charming atmosphere, but not a culinary leader or anything. very nice bartender. love it for a low-key walkable local option.

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      1. re: kibbles

        Your best bet is a drink and an appetizer in the courtyard. It's a lovely place and very New Orleansy

        1. re: BerkeleySQ

          i have to question Tom Fitzmorris' quality meter...he cites their bbq shrimp as an "essential dish", but i just had it last week and its not very special. it was essentially pepper water, no rich buttery goodness whatsoever.

          1. re: kibbles

            That doesn't sound like my experience with their BBQ Shrimp.

            1. re: BerkeleySQ

              interesting. i hold Mr. B's and Bacco's as the bar for restaurant bbq, and this was very flat in comparison. tho it didnt exactly phase me since the other items ive had there were not memorable either.

              which is why it was interesting to read fitzmorris' history on Feelings -- that they had pioneered casual fine dining in the area, served tasting menus, etc.. as an avid diner and neighbor, i just have never seen any inkling of that culinary enthusiasm from Feelings.. maybe they lost the drive and its on autopilot now.

              1. re: kibbles

                I never said theat the BBQ shrimp were as good as Mr. B's. But pepper water ??? I don't think so.
                I think that Feeling's is an above average neighborhood restaurant with decent food , a great staff and incredible atmosphere.
                In no way was I comparing it to a Brennan family restaurant, but since they've been in business since 1979 they must be doing something right. Ya think ??

                1. re: BerkeleySQ

                  if you didn't eat what was on my plate, im not sure why you doubt it seemed to be little more than peppery water to me. but ok. Deanie's in the fq has the opposite problem -- theirs is oily and also not very good.

                  as for doing business since 1979, no i dont agree. i think its entirely possible for a long-standing business to rest on its laurels and not produce an above-average product. see "Mother's".

                  love the atmosphere, but the food has definitely failed to impress. whether thats acceptable or not is a matter of personal priorities.

                  1. re: kibbles

                    Whatever. I happen to like Feelings and I'm sure I'm not alone.

                    1. re: BerkeleySQ

                      We wholeheartedly agree. Feelings has a very friendly atmosphere, the courtyard is very romantic, the staff very good, the owner personally waited our table! We recently visited New Orleans and had booked meals in almost all the top 10 restaurants. We were not overly impressed with either Luke, Brigtsen´s or Cochon and hated Casamento´s and Galatoire´s. We enjoyed Feelings café very much and thought their food to be on par with La Petite Grocery but slightly inferior to Bayona and Emeril´s.

                      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                      Casamento's Restaurant
                      4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                      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

                      La Petite Grocery
                      4238 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      1. re: BerkeleySQ

                        @berkeley - you seem to miss the point of chowhound. this isnt a place to argue that what you like is better. its to discuss restaurants. drop the ego and keep it to the food.

                        @rustscheff - guess we have to disagree on this one -- despite my admiration for the atmosphere & mood, the day that Feeling's food trumps besh, brightsen, and galatoire's is the day i stop eating out in new orleans :)

                        1. re: kibbles

                          I never made an argument that they were better than anywhere else. You took care of that yourself. I just thought your comparison to pepper water eas overly harsh. As for Fitzmorris, I could care less... just passing along a recent review. Ego ??? Not me pal !

              2. re: kibbles

                For my palate, TF provides a wealth of misinformation.

            2. Well, as you can see, opinions about Feelings are almost as varied and strong as they are about Coop's.

              My own opinion (qualified by the fact that I dont live in NO and havent been to Feelings in a couple of years) is that in almost any other city in the country, Feelings would be a top 10 restaurant. In New Orleans, I would consider it a top 25 restaurant. Not a bad thing at all, and very few places can match the setting. but there is better to be had.

              (By the way, I happen to LOVE Coop's, have never been treated rudely there, and have never had less than a stellar meal. Must be my aura.)

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              1. re: Fydeaux

                Yes indeed Fydeaux! It hasn't made choosing any easier! I think I'll just have to decide what I feel like on the night.
                Incidentally, at this time of year (I'll be in Nola from the 4th June for a few days), how hot is it in the evening? Or rather do people seat outside for dinner in restaurants such as Feelings (with its pretty courtyard) and Dante's Kitchen? Or is just too hot? Thanks again!

                Dante's Kitchen
                736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                1. re: belma79

                  Coops & Feelings have a totally different character in the overall ambience.
                  Coops is rougher and Feelings more genteel. Coops more casual and Feelings more fine dining. We live in the Marigny and my MIL was in the lower Quarter and over the
                  years have eaten just about everywhere from Poland St in the Bywater to Lee Circle
                  at the edge of the CBD. Feelings is an outstanding but low key place - I'd agree with Fydeaux that in a city other than New Orleans it would be a venerated restaurant.

                  We just ate there last night, DH had the blue cheese steak, I had veal florentine and
                  son had pork tenderloin, started with oysters en brochette and crabmeat topped green tomatoes. Everything was done just right. Son had peanut butter pie for dessert - this is one of their signature items. I'm not a cream pie type of gal but it is pretty great. Service was lovely - Allitra was our waitress and both owners were in an doing whatever needed to be done.

                  The bar is beyond great - lots of locals stop there just for drinks. It's narrow with doors
                  that open onto the courtyard when humidity allows. The building is 1880's.

                  Regarding outside dining, it has been in the lower 90's all week which is pretty brutal on food and staff for dining al fresco. What you might do is have dessert or after dinner drinks outside - Bayona, Matt & Naddie's, Feelings all could work for that.

                  Sounds like you're staying in lower FQ or Marigny. if so, the Cake Cafe on Chartres
                  is great for breakfast or lunch. You can go light with yogurt and fresh fruit and their
                  homemade granola & cat-head biscuits or heavy and have a cornmeal fried tilapia po-boy on ciabiatta and homemade mayo. They do Challah on fridays. You can dine
                  inside or on the sidewalk tables.

                  thanks for visiting the city and spending $$$.

                  430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

                  1. re: savory south

                    just to say thanks for this wonderful and very helpful reply savory south! yes, we're staying in marigny, a 2 minute walk from feelings.

              2. My GF and I love Feelings and the bar! A true New Orleans place. Wonderful atmosphere. Everyone is so friendly. Food was good. Pie was delicious. The upstairs hasn't been open since K and is very spooky. It's a nice stroll from the Quarter.

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                1. re: Hershey Bomar

                  This post was made in May of last year 2010...That said, nice reply. Glad you enjoyed it.

                  1. re: Suzy Wong

                    I will be going back to New Orleans (we loved it!), so this reply is still very much welcome! We didn't make it to Feelings in June, but we did go to Boucherie and Dante's Kitchen, which I would definitely recommend. I was unimpressed by Elizabeth's (for brunch), but that was the only place. We also went to Cake Cafe in Marigny a few times for breakfast (it was close to our B&B), and really liked it. Very nice place and excellent shrimp and grits. We also went to Mr B's for BBQ Shrimp and it really is as good as everyone says! Next time... probably Feelings!

                    Dante's Kitchen
                    736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                    1. re: belma79

                      Thank you! I like to keep posts going as long as they are relevant.

                      We were also disappointed by Elizabeth's -- the food and the presentation.