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  • YaYa Jun 6, 2010 04:20 PM
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We're headed back this coming Friday and narrowing down the eating itinerary. The list of places we've been is long, and my list of places I want to visit is of course longer than we'll be in town. :) I've been reading up and it looks like many of the places we love are still going strong. Here's my list, help this longtime NOLA lover and 'hound narrow it down.

Breakfast

Commander’s Palace - Sunday Brunch
Coffee Pot - enjoyed bkfst here last time
Elizabeths - I was incredibly underwhelmed last time, but it seems like the new reviews are pretty positive and our traveling companion wants to hit it up
Camellia Grill - loved our last bkfst here

Lunch

Domilese - been here before, but it's high on our traveling companion's list
Port of Call (should we do this for dinner instead?) - never been!
Need a few more lunch rec's, low key and inexpensive are best

Dinner

This is where it gets hard because there are so many fantastic places. We'd like to do 2 high end and 2 middle of the road dinners.

Herbsaint - never been, could we do this for lunch instead?
Brigtsens - we go EVERY TIME and love it. But, is it time to do something new?
Stella vs. Restaurant August - can't decide between the two
Dick & Jenny’s - been here pre-K and still dreaming about the crawfish cheesecake
A few extra dinner rec's would be great.

Places we've been are too long to list, and we're happy to try anything.

Thanks!

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Coffee Pot Restaurant
714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Port of Call
838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. Where are you staying? Will you have a car? Are you willing to take cab or walk or what. Do you want to stay within close distance to your hote. This helps.

    I don't recommend breakfast but that's fine if that's what you want to do. I think you get too overwhelmed when you have breakfast, lunch and dinner in NOLA. Let us know what you want to do. Commander's for lunch is fantastic but not breakfast. Herbsaint is outstanding but so is Cochon, Patois, Clancy, Galatoire's, Stella, etc. Let us know where you are staying and if you can drive/take a cab, etc. Thanks.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Herbsaint can be wonderful, but it's a crap shoot due to it's inconsistency. Emeril's is a better choice than Brigtsen's. August (tasting w/ wine pairing) over Stella. Coquette, Lilette, Patois are all delightful.

      I agree w/ littleman re: breakfast. You can eat it anywhere USA. Skip it and have an early lunch (11:30).
      Same for POC (though the burgers are terrific)...are you coming to NOLA to eat a burger? Many rest. have 3 course lunches for around $20....August, Coquette, Emeril's, MiLa, Commander's (plus 25 cent martinis).

      Just my 2 cents. Enjoy!

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

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

      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Lilette
      3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    2. As a Brigtsen's regular I say you need to stay on point. lol I can't imagine a visit to NO and not going there. Sure, there are tons of places to eat. But no other place comes anywhere close in my book. My past 2 visits (since November) have been nothing short of stellar, just as you would expect.

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

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      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        Here's my perspective:
        Brigtsen's while good, does not put out well composed, complimentary plates. Most entrees are served with the same mashed potaoes and sauteed veggies. They've been serving these plate fillers forever. In addition, they seem to rotate items from long ago, rarely offering something new. However, we were once so enamored with Brigtsen's, we dined there for 7 consecutive weeks. We played out the stagnant menu and rarely return.

        On the other hand, the plates at Emeril's are comprised of different components created to compliment each other as well as the entree. They also offer in addition to the regular menu, a small/not so small plates menu that changes regularly.

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

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

        1. re: JazzyB

          Thanks. Jazzy. That's a good description of Brigtsen's. I liked it the few times I went but I did not see what all the loud noise was about. I like Clancy's/Patois just as much if not more.

          And I love Emeril's. It changes every day.

      2. Parkway Bakery for lunch. BonTon lunch also.

        1. Liuzza's up on Bienville in mid city for lunch! Casual and delicious. The gumbo, red beans and rice are wonderful, and their Italian dishes too. It's a quick cab ride from the quarter or you can take the street car up Canal.

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

          1. We've been to NOLA more than a half dozen times in the past few years and have never had any desire to eat at an Emeril's rest. Perhaps it's because I find his TV personality completely annoying? Is it really worth hitting up one of his restaurants?

            We will have a car and be staying in the Garden District. We have a child so three squares is a must do and we eat an early bkfst, late lunch and even later dinner. We'll have a nanny so he won't be joining us at the places that are less kid friendly.

            Not a fan of Clancy's and based on the mixed reviews I can definitely take Herbsaint out of the mix. If you're nixing Commander's for Sunday brunch, what would you replace it with?

            Have always wanted to try Lilette and Patois, so that can go on the maybe list.

            For burgers, since we've been to so many of the favorites the past few times so thought we'd go for a standard and the little guy is a big burger fan.

            We loved Cochon last time we were there, so want to try something different. We also love Liuzza's, so perhaps it's time for a take two!

            GroovinGourmet - IIRC you and I have very similar tastes, off to view your trip report!

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

            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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            1. re: YaYa

              Not a fan of either Emeril's persona or his other 2 rest (Delmonico, NOLA). However, his flagship has made regulars out of my husband and me. Food and service are always wonderful.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6379...

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

              1. re: YaYa

                Why nix Commander's? It's an excellent choice. I'd also move Lilette and Patois off the maybe list to the definite list. Lilette's also open for lunch. Patois has lunch on Friday's.

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                Lilette
                3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                1. re: BayouTeche

                  Thanks for the additional rec's for Lilette, Patois and Emeril's. I've got an A & B for about every meal, and will post a full report upon my return!

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

                  Lilette
                  3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                  1. re: YaYa

                    Coquette needs to be here too and August. Everyone needs to go to August one time.