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Dick & Jenny's- opening for lunch!

noradeirdre Oct 5, 2010 12:43 PM

So, my husband and I finally got to Dick & Jenny's for dinner last week (delicious!) and we spoke to one of the owners and she said they were going to start serving lunch during the week- looks like it's starting a week from today, October 12!

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A little far from work for me to check out, but I hope this information is useful to others...

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

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    txgrl99 RE: noradeirdre Oct 5, 2010 01:47 PM

    Thanks! That's great news, as I've been wanting to try them and never seem to make it over there for dinner.

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      NOLAFrank RE: noradeirdre Nov 4, 2010 07:53 AM

      Since moving to New Orleans more than 8 years ago, we've visited tons of restaurants and developed our "favorites" list --on which D&J's was perched near the top. We've probably eaten there at least 20-25 times and it has always been one of those off-the-beaten-path spots we'd send people to who were looking for some place new. Much to my chagrin, I'm crossing it off my list after last night's experience.

      We had a party of six last night and called ahead for reservations which they gladly accepted and when we arrived the table was ready . There was no one waiting at 8 p.m. and while I realize it was a Wednesday night, I've NEVER been there before when there wasn't some type of wait--so maybe that should have been a clue. Anyway, the server greeted us, took our drink orders and told us about the gumbo of the day and an unlisted special and left us to look over the menu.

      The fried oyster appetizer was back on the menu (replaced by calamari during the recent shortage) and so we ordered a couple of orders of those. They were still pretty good, but my daughter and i both thought that the portion size was considerably smaller than before. One of the party from out of state wanted to eat some red beans and rice, so he asked the waiter if he could order the children's portion as his appetizer--which he accommodated. They were out of another app and the entree menu looked great, so everyone ordered dinner.

      I was really embarrassed about bringing family and friends to this place based on the quality of food that came out of that kitchen. I ordered the "special" rib-eye with blue cheese and smoky tomato hollandaise that came with sides of asparagus and lyonnaise potatoes. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were okay (but they looked and tasted like regular roasted potatoes to me--no onions ), but the steak was sub-Ponderosa standards--both in quality and execution. What wasn't fat was gristle and the bulk of it ended up after the meal with my daughter's chocolate lab. Other dishes around the table had similar shortcomings with the exception of the crab cakes which my wife said were great. I tasted a couple of other dishes myself and I had to concur with the complaints--the goat cheese & thyme grits (sounded great!) was one of the worst side dishes I've ever tried and I normally love all manner of grits innovations. Imagine the worst instant grits you've ever eaten with too much thyme in them and then reduce your expectations tenfold from that point.

      The tomato bacon and basil soup (another dish that sounds great from the description), the vegetarian lasagna, the red beans--none of them were up to standards that I'd come to expect from this place.

      I don't know if they have a new chef, a new supplier, if it was an off night, or maybe a combination of things, but whatever it was, the whole meal to me was maybe a 3 on a scale of 1-10.

      No, I didn't complain to the waiter--more involved than i want to get into, but the bottom line was I didn't think it would do any good and by the end of the meal, I just didn't care about anything except getting out of there and not coming back. (and I did tip 20% in spite of that feeling)

      D&J's takes some effort to get to and to park for us, so while i might give them another chance if they were in my backyard, with so many other consistently good options around, this one is out of the rotation. I hope others will report back if they have better experiences, but if you are a visitor to town and are trying to find a great meal, then check out Boucherie, Brigtsen's Patois, Bayona, Pelican Club, or any number of other gems before wasting your time, calories, or money at Dick & Jenny's.

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      Bayona
      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

      Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
      312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

      Boucherie
      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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      1. re: NOLAFrank
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        Christine RE: NOLAFrank Nov 4, 2010 08:20 AM

        Yes, please, other people chime in! I've got D&J on our dining list for our upcoming visit in February, and I've been hearing less-than-stellar recs lately. We've loved Pelican Club, Brigtsen's and Bayona in the past, so NOLAFrank, you know whereof from whence you speak (or something like that - ha). What would be a good substitute: would Bon Ton, Cochon, or Pascal's Manale be good dinner choices? I kind of had them for lunch ideas, but could switch up. Planning to do Monday night reservations when we arrive at Mat and Naddie's. Is it still good? Opinions and suggestions wanted.... TIA :)

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

        Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
        312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          NOLAFrank RE: Christine Nov 4, 2010 09:43 AM

          Cochon & Mat & Naddie's still excellent as of last visits. I haven't been a big fan of Manale's for quite a while and honestly don't know about Bon Ton. If you haven't been to Boucherie, I'd highly recommend it--lots of small plates prepared well that would be a great substitute for Dick & Jenny's at dinner. Brigtsen's is among my faves, but you mentioned that you've been--worth going back to though, IMHO.. I also love G.W. Fins, but I don't think its menu is particularly New Orleans in flavor--but it's always excellent. Coquette Bistro on Magazine has a lot of fans, but i haven't made it there (now that I've dropped Dick & Jenny's, I guess it's time). Upperline, but haven't eaten there since their long-time chef retired. Commander's at lunch is a great value and lots of fun.

          People seem to have strong opinions about Emeril and his restaurants (I'm a fan), but I love both Emeril's and NOLA and neither has to be very expensive, though Emeril's can be.

          Lots of good choices--have fun.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

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

          Upperline Restaurant
          1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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

          Boucherie
          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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            Christine RE: NOLAFrank Nov 4, 2010 11:40 AM

            Thanks a lot, Frank. Might pass on Pascal's this time and do Boucherie instead. Are Boucherie and Cochon at all similar or comparable? We went to NOLA our first time and really liked it. Also, dined at Upperline this past May before Ken left, and it was fine, but nothing to rave about, IMO. I think we'll do lunch at Coquette on a Thursday as I understand they have 1/2 price drinks on Thursday, and we're all about 1/2 price drinks! Thanks again for the input, very much appreciated. Can't believe we'll be back in your wondeful city in 3 months! Yippee!

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Upperline Restaurant
            1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

            Boucherie
            8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            1. re: Christine
              nomadchowwoman RE: Christine Nov 7, 2010 11:30 AM

              Vaguely similar, I guess, both very good. Coquette, imo, is fantastic. I agree w/you on Upperline--it's fine, and I can see why some people go back there over and over, but I've never had a rave-worthy meal there. (Haven't been since the new chef is there.) I haven't been to D & J in ages--just too hard w/the "no reservation" policy. I don't want to eat at 5:30, and the waits can be onerous; was almost two hours the last time we went--and, then, they were out of several things.

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                JazzyB RE: Christine Nov 7, 2010 01:26 PM

                Coquette has 1/2 price "specialty" cocktails. The current list will be on that night's menu. Last Thurs. we were charged $5 specialty, $6.50 non menu margarita (should that matter to you). We dine there often and usually go with their tasting menu. IMO, Boucherie is gussied up, creatively plated bbq. Cochon's apps are their best items however, Link's other restaurant, Herbsaint is( IMO ) much better. I'm not a fan of either Pascal's or Upperline. We've love Lilette's apps and have made our own tasting menu by ordering an array. Patois is very good as well. If you haven't been to August, go. Their $20 3 course lunch is the best bargain in town. Tasting menu at dinner is divine.

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                Cochon
                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                Herbsaint
                701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                Lilette
                3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                Upperline Restaurant
                1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

                Boucherie
                8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                1. re: JazzyB
                  nomadchowwoman RE: JazzyB Nov 7, 2010 07:51 PM

                  We've been to Boucherie a few times and never eaten BBQ. I know they started out w/a BBQ truck and still have some things such as pulled pork and ribs on the menu, but there are a lot of other choices these days. We've had scallops, mussels, duck--and there are also several vegetarian options. I could make a meal on the garlic-parmesan fries alone.

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                  Boucherie
                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        2. tbiven78 RE: noradeirdre Nov 4, 2010 11:26 AM

          Bon Temps melted my face off a few weeks ago, Shrimp, Crabmeat and Eggplant Etoufee changed my world forever.......

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