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It's in the French Quarter but not touristy...

kevin Jun 24, 2010 08:32 PM

ok, i have no name for this joint, but it's in the FQ, it has a girl or woman's name as the name of the restaurant (it's not elizabeth's but it could be Stella??? possibly), and it doesn't take reservations, and it's more of a locals restaurant even though it's somewhere in the French Quarter.

anyone have a clue what this restaurant would be???


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    superk Jun 24, 2010 09:44 PM


    They take reservations now, but still lot of locals.

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      kevin Jun 24, 2010 09:47 PM

      that may be it. did they take reservations like say about 3 or 4 years ago? how recent is the taking reservations system?

      thanks for the help.

      1. re: kevin
        superk Jun 24, 2010 09:58 PM

        They've been taking reservations for at least 3 years now, but it seems a lot of people still think they don't.

        My recollection is pre-K they didn't. Could be wrong.

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          kevin Jun 24, 2010 10:40 PM

          anyhow, is it a pretty food restaurant with regards to food? thanks again.

          1. re: kevin
            superk Jun 24, 2010 10:51 PM

            Irene's is wonderful. I'm not from New Orleans, but my family and I have been dining there for years. Nice creole-Italian, great service.

            Why the fixation on reservations?

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              kevin Jun 24, 2010 11:02 PM

              oh, someone told me in describing it that they don't take reservations, it's a locals place, and it's in the quarter, and it was a woman's name. based on that i was trying to see if the hounds could help me in figuring out what restaurant they were talking about.

              thanks again. much appreciated.

              1. re: kevin
                Shiloh Jun 25, 2010 06:48 AM

                gotta be irene's

    2. nomadchowwoman Jun 25, 2010 09:43 AM

      This sounds like it has to be Irene's. Stella's has always taken reservations; it's very upscale and certainly is on the tourist map (or at least that of the well-heeled tourist).

      Irene's probably started taking reservations on a regular basis about three years ago, maybe a little longer. But there was a period when sometimes they would, sometimes they wouldn't, kind of depended who you got on the phone. It is definitely a locals favorite although many tourists find their way there. It used to be a definite "no reservations" place, with long waits for a table, and, as someone else has said, lots of locals still think it has the NR policy.

      1. Suzy Wong Jun 26, 2010 09:57 AM

        If it is Irene's, here is a link to a review and some thoughts by posters of another forum:

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          MPasta Jun 27, 2010 05:38 AM

          Pre-Katrina, we went to Irene's on Christmas Eve without reservations and were told they only took reservations twice a year--Christmas Eve and NY Eve. Do they now take reservations all of the time?

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