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sdaints Sep 27, 2010 04:09 PM

I am from NO and have eaten at a lot of the good restaurants throughout the city. I now come back a couple of times a year and always like checking out new places and old favorites. This time I am coming back for a wedding so I will have limited time to go to restaurants. I basically have Sunday brunch/lunch and lunch and dinner on Monday. I know that some places are closed on Monday. Here are some places that I am considering. Let me know if you have any comments or other suggestions of new places I am missing.

Cake Caffe-this is where we are planning for Sunday brunch but if there is a better option let me know
A Mano
Feast--it just opened but the menu sounds very interesting
Couchon
Iris--is it anything special or just a good place?
Luke--I have been to August and La Provance but not his other restaurants
Green Goddess--for lunch

To give you an idea the last time that I was in town we ate out at a bunch of places. I really enjoyed Bistro Daisy, Patois and loved Bouchiere. We had a great lunch at Bayona and I also liked Coquette but probably not as much as the others. Feel free to suggest places that have been around for a while but I am mainly interested in newer ones (last 3 years) as I am less likely to have been there.

Thanks.

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Bistro Daisy
New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA

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    Littleman RE: sdaints Sep 27, 2010 04:36 PM

    Will you have a car. If not will you take a cab or public transportation to the GD or Uptown. Where are you staying. What's your budget? If you liked Patois you should consider Clancy's which is two blocks S. Besh owns Luke and Domenica. Luke is outstanding and Domenica is great for Italian pizza and pasta. I'm not a Cochon fan. The food is outstanding but I get country food at home. If you liked Bayona and you are staying in the FQ consider Galatoire's which is my favorite or Bon Ton.

    Consider Commander's Palace for Sunday Jazz brunch. Antoine's and Arnaud's both have a great Sunday brunch in the FQ. Emeril's is open on Monday also for lunch or dinner. Luke and Domenica are both open on Monday. Bon Ton is open on Monday. Clancy's is open on Monday. Galatoire's is open on Monday. Herbsaint in CBD is another good choice open on Monday. Good luck and Bon Appetit.

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      ggordi1 RE: sdaints Sep 27, 2010 04:50 PM

      I would recommend that you go to Luke for happy hour and not a meal. For happy hour they usually have house-made soft pretzels, battered and fried pig-ears with homemade ranch, and I believe they are still running 50 cent oysters. On the regular menu, the head cheese and the liver pate, served in a small jar, are fantastic. The rest of the menu doesn't do it for me.

      I think you should go to Green Goddess for dinner. They have two chefs, one for lunch and one for dinner, they both do different types of food. In my opinion the stuff at dinner is more "foodie" type food.

      I love Iris. It has really good food done well. Feast was amazing. Cake cafe is really good, just be prepared to wait for a table.

      Cochon is one of my favorite places. You should ask for the head cheese, its not on the menu. Also, if you are into it, try the rabbit livers on toast.

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Green Goddess
      307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        sdaints RE: ggordi1 Sep 28, 2010 08:17 AM

        I am staying in the FQ and will have access to a car so that is not an issue. I have been to Clancy's, Galatoire's and Bon Ton multiple times before and want to try something different. Just to clarify, I am not looking for a fancy place for brunch, just a place with good food. I loved Elizabeth's when it was actually owned by Elizabeth but when I have gone there since I was disappointed. Herbsaint and Emeril's are both good but I have been to those as well. As part of the wedding weekend we are going to Calcasieu but it is a set menu. Anything great there I should try?

        Ggordi1--thanks for the feedback. Now that you mention it, I do remember hearing that Green Goddess has different chefs for lunch v. dinner. I would like to try it, Cochon, Iris, and Feast but I only have 1 dinner open. Is there one you would suggest if I am looking for a stand out meal? At this point I am leaning toward either Cochon or Feast. Your review of Feast and the menu is what made me want to try it. I considered trying to go to Cochon for lunch but I don't know if the timing will work.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bon Ton Cafe
        401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Green Goddess
        307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          Paisley16 RE: sdaints Sep 29, 2010 06:51 AM

          I haven't been to Feast, but was living in Houston last year and everyone there raved about it. I think if you're doing Calcasieu for the wedding, I would give Feast a try. Cochon is one of those places where I find some things outstanding (pork cheeks!) and other things just okay.

          I would also love it if you would give a review of the food at Calcasieu as we are considering it for our rehearsal dinner but haven't talked to anyone who has been to an event there.

          Report back!!

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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            sdaints RE: Paisley16 Sep 29, 2010 08:10 AM

            Thanks. I am leaning toward Feast at this point and will have to try Cochon on a future trip. I will report back on Calcasieu and let you know my thoughts.

            I have had heard good things about Ralphs on the Park but I think we are looking for something more casual for brunch. I would like to make it there at some point.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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              sdaints RE: Paisley16 Oct 15, 2010 11:14 AM

              I wanted to report back on my NO trip. I know that Paisley was curious to hear about the rehearsal dinner at Calcasieu. This was my first time there so I can't compare it to their regular menu but I would say that everything was fine and the private room worked well. I would estimate there were about 70 people there and it was nice to have a private room, which I know can be hard to find at some places. They tray passed a couple of items--a goat cheese bruschetta and a onion olive tapenade. I am not a big olive fan but I thought that both were sort of typical as to what you would get at a dinner party. For dinner, we all got a salad, followed by our choice or chicken or fish. I got the fish and it was very plain and served over eggplant rice that didn't seem to have much eggplant. For dessert they served a good version of choc chip bread pudding. Overall, it was a nice event but as far as the food goes I would imagine there are better options.

              We ended up going to Stanley's instead of Cake Caffe for brunch. It was packed but we didn't mind waiting. I got the french toast which was a bananas foster french toast. I was disappointed that they took a short cut and served raw banana slices over the french bread that had a sauce which resembled what you would find in bananas foster. The other people got the Stanley's benedict which they seemed to like but was very small and basic, especially for the price. I probably would not go back here.

              Monday we went to Green Goddess for lunch. Even though we got there late, there was still a wait but it was worth it. They had a very interesting menu and executed well on all of the dishes. I would recommend trying this place and I would be interested in going back for dinner.

              Monday night we tried Feast. I was excited to try it after all of the rave reviews. Overall, it is definitely a cool place and worth checking out. The scallops St. Jacques had a great presentation and the cheese with the scallops seemed to work. My wife was not crazy about the fish and scallop pie as it was mostly mashed potatoes with chunks of seafood inside. We tried the 1/2 pig head which was an incredible presentation but proved tough to get the meat off of it. There was a tremendous amount of fat on it and not as much meat. I would say you are better off with other options. Definitely try some of the extras. We really liked the bubble and squeak and the whisky prunes. Everyone at the table loved the pork rillions but I found them a bit tough, but still worth trying.

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              Green Goddess
              307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                hazelhurst RE: sdaints Oct 15, 2010 11:26 AM

                Thanks especially for the take on Feast.. Coquille St. jacques is a favorite of mine and I can't remember the last time I had one worthy of remark. I will try their out. I get enough pork goodies at various cochon de laits on a reasonably regular basis so I will leave trying those to others for the moment

        2. Bill Hunt RE: sdaints Sep 28, 2010 06:28 PM

          I feel your pain, as we experience the same for most trips back.

          I cannot compare this to your brunch choice, but have focused on Ralph's on the Park for Sunday brunch (often the day we fly back to PHX), and have only had one minor complaint, and it is so minor, that we have done that location twice since.

          Enjoy,

          Hunt

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            kibbles RE: Bill Hunt Sep 29, 2010 08:28 AM

            we tried Ralph's for the first time last month. something very strange happened... in the lobster small plate we were served, the tempura lobster tasted & smelled 100% like ammonia. we had to spit it out and flag a server. i have no idea if that means a chemical was spelled on it, or if bad lobster smells/tastes like ammonia, or what. they took care of it tho, manager came by, removed it from the bill and comped us wine or dessert or something.

            but weird.

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              Bill Hunt RE: kibbles Sep 29, 2010 06:54 PM

              Oh, that IS bad! I wonder if it was the sanitizer on the dishes, or something else. Either way, not a good sign at all.

              I had similar with all of the wine glasses at Drago's Hilton, but had myriad problems beyond that.

              Wow, now I may have to rethink my normal Sunday Brunch suggestions.

              Thanks,

              Hunt

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                BayouTeche RE: Bill Hunt Sep 30, 2010 06:49 AM

                If lobster has an ammonia or iodine smell, and it wasn't frozen, then it probably was dead before cooking. If it's frozen tails, it wasn't frozen quickly enough.

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                  kibbles RE: BayouTeche Sep 30, 2010 07:50 AM

                  @bayou - holy cow, guess i should have googled that -- sure enough, ammonia in lobster means it was dead too long prior to cooking. and i ate a bite. gulp.

                  cough..gasp..i think im not feeling very well...yes, im quite certain now..goodbye, dear, cruel world. its been nice eating.

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                    Bill Hunt RE: kibbles Sep 30, 2010 06:37 PM

                    Does not bode well for the lobster.

                    Luckily, I have not encountered such - thank goodness!

                    Hunt

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                  kibbles RE: Bill Hunt Sep 30, 2010 07:45 AM

                  well, bill, this wasnt brunch, we went for the small plates Coolinary menu (summer special). enjoyed the other dishes just fine. service was amateur, but i just wanted to check it out. nice space, will go for brunch sometime.

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                    Bill Hunt RE: kibbles Sep 30, 2010 06:47 PM

                    Yes, but I would expect a Ralph Brennan meal to be great, dish to dish.

                    Thanks for the H/U, and we will keep our eyes open.

                    Hunt

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