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Tommy's or Irene's

ClevelandRandy Oct 5, 2010 06:21 PM

I've narrowed down my choices for my "Quintessential Dining" trip, and decided that one of the dinners must be Creole Italian. So, chowhounds, should it be Irene's (been there one, loved it) or Tommy's? There will be 3 of us, dining probably around 8pm (on a Friday night). Does either place take reservations? Any particular things we should order at either place?

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    Littleman RE: ClevelandRandy Oct 6, 2010 06:45 AM

    I prefer Tommy's because they take reservations. Both are outstanding. Tommy's has a nice bar. And I like to hang out at Emeril's bar in the next block if there's time. The oyster and shrimp appetizers at Tommy's are excellent. And I love his lamb chops. The fish special is always good and I like the duck too.

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

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      kibbles RE: ClevelandRandy Oct 6, 2010 07:52 AM

      both places take reservations.

      if youve only been to one, id say try something new?

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        hazelhurst RE: kibbles Oct 6, 2010 07:57 AM

        Is Milton still over at Tommy's? I haven't heard..

      2. nomadchowwoman RE: ClevelandRandy Oct 6, 2010 02:39 PM

        Both are very good though I'd probably give Irene's the edge. Even w/reservations on our most recent visit to Irene's (a Thursday, I think), we waited quite a while (though we enjoyed ourselves w/cocktails as we waited). Another good choice that falls into the "Creole Italian" category is Eleven79.

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          W.L.T.E. RE: ClevelandRandy Nov 14, 2010 10:08 AM

          Irene's. Just took my wife there for our anniversary & they could not have done better. Very romantic, food was timely but not rushed, waited a LONG time to get the table, but what we got when we got there made us feel like we just got married again. A total 10.

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