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Great New Orleans Spots for Lunch and Dinner

Though I live in NYC I try to get down to NOLA at least once a year...it's an amazing food town!

I just wanted to share my thoughts about restaurants on my most recent trip...

Dante's Kitchen - Dinner - worth the trip, great eclectic southern/cajun food...not the super heavy heart attack laden stuff you associate with Southern cooking...and they really believe in farm to table, they list all of the ingredients that they get from local farmers right on the board above the bar...a WONDERFUL find and I will definitely go back.

Restaurant August - I went for dinner a year and a half ago, I thought the food was prefectly executed but the ambiance was stuffy and honestly I wasn't wowed, the food was typical upscale very well thought out food but nothing special...but here's the secret, they have a $20 3 course lunch!!!! It's the best deal in NOLA!!! Go for lunch its excellent and the atmosphere is more casual.

Cochon - I love Donald Link for so many reasons, I always go to Cochon, I love pork parts and love the fact that he took down home cajun cooking and made it something special. Casual but hip, a great place.

Masparos - Lunch Mistake, ok I guess I can't complain the Red Beans and rice side dish was only $3.50 but really touristy and there are so many better places in New Orleans...honestly often the best food is not in the FQ so in order to really get good stuff venture out of the quarter (IMHO).

Brigtsen's - across the road from Dante's Kitchen also really worth the trip...this isn't gussied up cajun, this is what you would get from your grandma. The food is really authentic, and really tasty and really heavy and the pecan pie and gumbo (oh my goodness) you have to do this at least once, its really that good. It's not celebrity chef innovative and doesn't try to be, you feel like you are home, but we went on a weeknight and I would recommend that, I think it might get crazy on a weekend.

Herbsaint - Lunch, delicious...not overly expensive either and really interesting menu. It's New American, French, Cajun with a wink and nod to Spain...really lovely and I really want to go for dinner next time.

Cochon Butcher - so the sauage/head cheese etc. is ridiculous, so much that I took a huge bag of ice with all of my pork in a paper bag and carted it to the airport and took the meat home with me! The sandwiches (which we ate on the plane because we had a late flight) were terrific as well, I wish they shipped!

Note: Stay away from Bon Ton Cafe(we went in for lunch because it was full, but we saw the food and ran out as fast was we could...frozen french fries and watery frozen greens greeted us). I don't care what the reviews say, it looked nasty.

To try next time
Feast New Orleans - just opened the week we got there, it looks great but I want to make sure the kinks are out before I go for dinner.
Luke - for lunch.
Dick and Jenny's dinner
Commanders Palace dinner

(I will report back)

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Thanks for sharing. Your opinion on Bon Ton is the first bad one I have seen. You must have enjoyed dining Uptown but you missed Clancy's, Patois, Coquette, Lilette, Martinique Bistro, Upperline and Cafe Atchafalaya. I see you mention D&J's which has opened for lunch recently.

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

    Lilette
    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    Upperline Restaurant
    1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

    Cafe Atchafalaya
    901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

    6 Replies
    1. re: Littleman

      Can't say I have seen "watery greens" in Bon Ton but damnfino if eveer I have had greens in there. But that is no barrier to me for what they are trying to do. I have had turtle soup that tasted like the Great Salt Lake fell in it but that was only once and they took it off the bill and stopped serving it (I think it must have simmered down too far..that happens to almost everyone, even Commander's). So, I'd stick up for them to say that I don't expect them to be using locally-sourced, certified fresh potatoes for french fries. But I also don't mind Lea & Perrins bottles on tables and that details drives some people insane.

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

      1. re: Littleman

        Litltleman,
        What's your point? There are over 1000 restaurants, op is going to miss at least 990.

          1. re: JazzyB

            Jazzy...........you lost me. What's your point.

          2. re: Littleman

            Littleman, no mention of Bistro Daisy. Do you put them on the same level? I enjoyed it when I went.

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            Bistro Daisy
            New Orleans, LA, New Orleans, LA

            1. re: Littleman

              Love Lilette and Patois Littleman, I just didn't get there this time. I will try Coquette and Upperline and Cafe Atchafalaya on one of my other trips...I'm a huge fan of Lilette, not traditional NOLA food but excellent none the less. Regarding Bon Ton, not my style or taste and IMHO way too expensive for the ingredients that I saw on the plates.

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

              Lilette
              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

              Upperline Restaurant
              1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

              Cafe Atchafalaya
              901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

            2. Try Commander's for lunch in the garden room. Always fun, plus 25 cent martinis. Dinners there have been disappointing.

              1. Brigtsen's was one of the first restaurants we tried on our first trip to NOLA and thought it was divine. Second trip we tried Dante's across the street and liked it even better! Sorry to hear about Bon Ton, because I want it to be on our next itinerary when we come in February, but regardless, I think we will still try it for lunch and see what all the fuss is about. The countdown is ON....only four months away!!!!!! WHEEE!

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

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

                1. It has been a while for us, but Bon Ton always delivered. Sorry to hear that things might have gone downhill, as we enjoyed every meal there.

                  Thank you for the reviews,

                  Hunt

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