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Sep 8, 2010 01:04 PM

Nice Restaurants in FQ with non Seafood Options

DH and I were in NO last December and want to go back this year. We ate at NOLA, Dickie Brennan's and Red Fish Grill for dinner, and loved each choice. I would like to try some new places this year, but DH is a little picky. He won't eat seafood, and neither of us are "foodies". I am looking for restaurants that aren't crazy expensive, will not require a jacket, and that have options for someone who tends to gravitate towards a simple steak or chicken dish. I am pretty open to trying different things, but he is not so much so. A lot of restaurants that I have been reading so much about have seafood in a lot of their dishes, or the food looks a little bit too complicated for us. Any suggestions, or did I pretty much eliminate any good restaurant in NO?

We don't plan to rent a car, but aren't opposed to going out of the FQ.

Red Fish Grill
115 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. You did not eliminate any restaurants. You did eliminate some of the best. You must realize the most important ingredient in NOLA food is seafood because it's so abundant. If you prefer consider Felipe's for Mexican food. Johnny's Poboys. Domenica for some Italian. It's slightly out of the FQ but walking distance. Go to Crescent City Brewhouse and get some good bar food and be happy. Good luck and best wishes.

    Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
    Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
    Crescent City Brewhouse @ 527 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 0571.

    1. You could try Cochon- it's all about the pig there. It's in the warehouse district- just a short cab ride or a not too far walk from the FQ.

      I think you would like Domenica- it's pizza, salumi, pasta- not too much seafood on the menu.

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. I know you said not crazy expensive or requires a jacket. But, you might want to try Galatoires. They are known for their seafood but also for their Filet with Bearnaise (sorry, no accent mark). They will even provide you with a jacket if you don't have one. Check out the menu and see if you want to stretch your budget. It's an experience worth stretching for.

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

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        1. re: overresearched

          Thank you for the suggestions so far...Domenica and Galatoires seem like possibilities. I love seafood, but am hoping for a restaurant with at least one or two non seafood items for DH.

          I have also listed Mr B's, Emerils and Brigstens as possibilities as we have 3 dinners. Any thoughts on those?

          We do want something on the nicer side and will do casual for lunch.

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

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

          1. re: sueinca

            Mr. Bs, Emeril's and Brigtsens all have excellent options for non-seafood eaters. Emeril's is pretty spendy, a bit less so at lunch. A gentleman won't feel out of place without a jacket at lunch. I adore Brigtsen's (have taken many cooking lessons from Frank Brigtsen), which has probably the best duck in town, and is pretty casual for a New Orleans fine restaurant. But, it's a long streetcar or cab ride Uptown. I have had really positive experiences at Galatoire's (pre-K) and a couple of very unhappy ones (post-K). As far as the menu goes at Galatoire's, there are plenty of options both seafoody and not and it's all delicious and very representative of New Orleans cuisine..but we caught an attitude the last couple of times and have been reluctant to return. Galatoire's is more formal -- all the men will be in jackets and the ladies in dresses or dressy pantsuits. Even dressed correctly we were given the worst table in the house when others were open, ignored for 30 minutes (not even bread or water), requested another table, were made to wait longer, and then were ignored at our new table for almost 20 minutes. If someone is not a foodie and doesn't want to dress up, I'm not sure Galatoire's is worth it. Just my experience.

            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

        2. It might be a bit fancier than what you're looking for but the Rib Room is great and has a great steak and a great chicken dish. Nothing is complicated there, their food is straightforward and excellent.

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          1. re: bronwen

            I was just going to suggest the Rib Room. Great atmosphere and a wonderful wine list.