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Jul 28, 2010 10:07 AM

A restaurant we don't know

Eight of us are planning a trip to New Orleans in October, staying in the French Quarter. Three of the couples have visited there multiple times before (although not for several years) and are familiar with the fine restaurants found on standard listings. But what's the best/most interesting restaurant, preferably close, we don't already know about. Lunch or dinner, fancy or plain... just want to know about the little-known.

Thanks for your tips.

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  1. I keep up with my old favorites so I won't know about all the new restaurants but Green Goddess in the FQ is new. I don't know how old Stella is but it's not terribly old. And Stanley in the FQ is new serving breakfast and lunch. John Besh's Luke Restaurant and his Domenica Restaurant are very new. Both are in CBD. Restaurant Iris is also new. I say new at least since Katrina. Cochon in the CBD is a cajun restaurant that's new and La Boca is a new Argentine steakhouse.

    Patois is several years old in Uptown that I really love. I don't know how old Coquette is but it's fairly new to me. Coquette must be about 2 years old and it's a very fine restaurant with a beautiful building, nice bar and great atmosphere. It's Uptown on Magazine just S of Commander's. Le Foret is a new French restaurant in the CBD. Cafe Adelaide in the Loews Hotel in the CBD run by the Brennan family is recently opened.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Adelaide opened a couple years pre-K. Le Foret (fine dining w/ a lovely tasting menu), Domenica (Besh's Italian), Rambla (tapas), Mike's on the Avenue (Asian/fusion) all in CBD. In the WD; A Mano (Adolpho Garcia's Italian), Meson 923 (fine dining w/ a former Emeril's chef).

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

      217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      Le Foret
      129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. Try the Bistro at Maison de Ville. It isn't new by any means, but it is an oft-overlooked spot that's very nice for lunch or dinner.

      1. I have a couple of suggestions:
        Domenica...WOW! I's gotten mixed reviews but we've only had FABULOUS meals there! The fried squash blossoms stuffed with cheese (seasonal), octopus carpaccio, the starter meat & cheese tray...and believe it or not, the goat is SUBLIME! It's in the Roosevelt Hotel. It's a bit loud.
        We adore the Butcher Shop behind Cochon in the American Sector (nee Warehouse District)...OMG! The sandwiches are unbelievable! We're so disappointed they aren't doing the Bahn Mi anymore but there are some INCREDIBLE other options. With 8 people go at off times, it's busy because it's GOOD! We also think Mondo is great! I swear they have the best seafood salad in town with squid, and octopus...Also in the American Sector WOW! Hope this helps.

        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. Oh, how could I forget?!!! We had dinner the other night at Meson 923...he was the sous chef at Emeril's...the food was perfection. My only complaint, and I told them via email, haven't heard back tho, everyone around us got an amuse bouche from the chef except us. That's like having a bday party for your elementary school kid and only inviting the "cool" kids in the class...only white trash does that. Hope they took my suggestion of giving everyone an amuse bouche to heart. Otherwise...SUPERB!

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          1. re: faubourg

            my big problem with Meson 923 was the service. it was disasterous

          2. These are all good suggestions. I would add in MiLa, right across canal street in the pere marquette hotel. The restaurant has been oddly quiet every time I've gone, but the food is outstanding. They have great cocktails and bar bites at the bar as well.

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            1. re: latasche

              Thanks for your good ideas, everyone. I wasn't as clear as I might have been: I'm not necessarily looking for new restaurants, but some hidden gems -- ones NOLA experts think are overlooked.

              Appreciate everyone's help.

              1. re: joe d

                I think because of sites like CH, there aren't really any "hidden gems" anymore. Really the only things hidden are the new spots, and they're only hidden for a very short time. That said, places like Clancy's, Iris, Green Goddess, Gautreau's, Mat n Naddies, Dante's Kitchen, and Boucherie come to mind. They're commonly touted on CH, but not quite as much as others.

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

                Gautreau's Restaurant
                1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                Green Goddess
                307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

                8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                1. re: N.O.Food

                  Okay, you want a real hidden gem? Take the streetcar up Canal just about two blocks past the Claiborne Avenue I-10 overpass (may it soon RIP!!!!!) get off at Derbigny walk a block to your right and go to Two Sisters. Serious soul food, huge portions, cheap and delicious. I know I'm downscaling here from the other replies, but at least most would consider it hidden!