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Oct 25, 2010 05:01 PM


Is Mila a better dinner or lunch place? Trying to put the finishing touches on my upcoming trip.

Lunch: open
Dinner: Le Foret

Breakfast: Stanley's
Lunch: open
Dinner: Cochon

Breakfast: Elizabeth's
Snacks: Cake Cafe
Dinner: Stella's

Brunch: Patois
Dinner: Dante's Kitchen

Breakfast: open
Lunch: Mila?????
Dinner: Mila???

Breakfast: Coulis
Lunch: Open

What are your thoughts, any suggestions would be great.

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

Le Foret
129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Are you staying in the FQ? Do you have a car? It's 20 minutes by car from the FQ to Uptown. You are going to Patois and Dante's Kitchen on Sunday. That's two trips Uptown on the same day if you are staying in the FQ. Let us know where you are staying and you can get some great answers.

    Mila is nice. You should include Galatoire's. You should go to Commander's for Friday lunch for their special. August, Domenica and Luke have specials also. Let us know where you are staying. Thanks.

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    1. re: Littleman

      I agree that Domenica would be a nice addition to your lineup on Monday or Tuesday lunch. It's very different than all your other options. Also, if you are looking for a more casual, less expensive meal, Cochon Butcher would be a nice choice. The biggest problem with Mila on a Monday night is that you may be the only ones in there. I've heard they have trouble filling the place on weeknights. Lunch would probably be busier.

      Cochon Butcher
      930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. re: Littleman

        it is not 20 minutes from FQ to Uptown. its 12-15, which is about the standard time it takes to get anywhere to do anything. compared to major city commutes in the rest of country, its like walking to the mailbox!

        so i wouldnt sweat cabbing or driving to uptown if thats where the restaurants you want to try are. enjoy!

        but to answer the OP's question -- MiLa is an odd bird. its a hotel restaurant, and its a gorgeous blue space, but it doesnt quite fit the city; its more like something youd see in posh L.A.. ive been for lunch w/ co-workers and its a bit sterile. bright, quiet. for that reason if you want to try it i would go for dinner. i really enjoyed their crab fondue, the bread, and the sweet breads on cheese grits w/ pork au jus.

      2. Bay Foodie...........Kibble's likes to argue. He's right and everyone else is wrong. My point is this. If you are staying in the FQ and have a car or don't mind taking a cab there's no reason for you to go Uptown twice in one day. You could have lunch in the GD or Uptown then shop on Magazine a few hours, have drinks at a nice bar and then have an early dinner before heading back to your hotel. That way you drive there only once. If you are staying in the FQ you could have lunch near your FQ hotel then dine Uptown for dinner which will only require one trip that day.

        My question is will you have a car and where are you staying. Knowing this allows for more convenient suggestions.

        He's right on Mila. The food is very good but the atmosphere does not fit NOLA. On Thursday if you want a casual lunch go to Napoleon House or Johnny's for Po Boy's. A muffaletta from Central Grocery would be nice too. Eat in Jackson Square on a bench. If you prefer go to Mr. B's or Bayona for a light lunch. Same for Friday. Some great specials can be found for lunch during the week. Antoine's, August, Mr. B's and Luke have lunch specials. Commander's has a Friday special with 25 cent martini's if you would like to enjoy a grand NOLA legend without taking out a loan. Here's a link to lunch specials.

        I would skip Mila and go to Emeril's or Galatoire's.

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        1. re: Littleman

          It's probably getting toward time to stop linking to last summer's Coolinary specials.

          1. re: Littleman

            Commanders offers lunch specials and 25 cent martinis M-F. Summer coolinary specials ened a month ago.

            1. re: JazzyB

              I hate they ened. Thanks Jazzy. Commander's is oustanding for lunch specials. Go on Friday and drink those 25 centa martini's.

            2. re: Littleman

              incorrect, Littleman. food is wonderfully subjective, and i would never impose my opinion above others. i also enjoy reading other opinions on local eateries; i think thats why we're all here.

              i will, however, correct an out-of-towner on his driving data when said data is wrong. as a resident i make this trip on a semi-frequent basis.

              1. re: kibbles

                Would you drive from the FQ to Uptown to Patois for lunch taking 30 minutes round trip as you say and back to FQ then go back Uptown to Dante's Kitchen taking another 30 minutes round trip "twice" in one day for lunch and dinner when you have all week to visit. Are you telling me it's simpler to drive from FQ to Uptown and back twice in one day when you could switch your dining plans and drive Uptown one day and skip a day or two and then drive back Uptown for your other dining plan. Would it not be simpler to have lunch Uptown one day and dinner down the street in the FQ from your hotel then have lunch in the FQ down the street from your hotel where you could walk and then have dinner Uptown with a few days in between. Seems like you don't quite understand what I'm talking about. It's what you call convenience. Who would drive from the FQ to Uptown round trip twice in one day when they had multiple days to arrange their plans more for their convenience. LOL.

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

                1. re: Littleman

                  they arent my plans. im only making a point about the bad data -- its a 12-15 min drive, not 20, not 30. whether people want to do that or not is their own business.

                  1. re: kibbles

                    Would "you" Kibbles drive from your residence to Uptown to Patois for lunch taking 30 minutes round trip as you say and back home then go back Uptown to Dante's Kitchen for dinner taking another 30 minutes round trip "twice" in one day for lunch and dinner when you have all week to dine in NOLA.

                    1. re: Littleman

                      ive driven guests all over town in pursuit of the best meals. coming from a major metropolis where ya get on the freeway and drive 20 minutes for a glass of water, i dont see it as such a big deal. its about the food. YMMV.

                      1. re: kibbles

                        You don't get the point. If you have a week in NOLA why drive 30 minutes round trip twice in one day when you could go once for lunch, walk to dinner that night near your hotel and then make the 30 minute round trip a few days later. Why do it twice in one day if you don't have to. The OP is only a couple not like a dozen of your guest that you drive all over town.

                        By the way what's YMMV.

                        1. re: Littleman

                          Now that the OP has all the info, why not let them make the decision regarding logistics? My priority would be the dining experience, but I'm sure the OP is capable of making an educated choice.

                          We're currently planning a 4 day trip the first week of December and planning to stay at the Hampton on St. Charles near the Columns Hotel. We will have a car and won't limit our daily choices based on geography.

                          BTW--How did you know from the original post that the "OP is only a couple"?

                          Columns Hotel
                          3811 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

              2. Mila is certainly not "New Orleansy", but it is excellent. I second the recommendation on the sweet breads. It was my first introduction to that form of offal and I get every time I go now.

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                1. re: Handbot

                  I've seen some consistancy in comments on MiLa at other food sites where the reviewers say that the food is flat, and many speak of adding salt.

                  Now I'm for letting the food speak for itself, particularly the fresh ingrediants MiLa is known for, but there were a lot of comments along this line so I don't want to say that the diners were just use to normal preperation where there may be heavier use of salt.

                  I'd like to finally try MiLa but the people I'd go with are generally of the N.O. stronger seasoning bent.

                  1. re: collardman

                    ive never found the food flat; its been delicious. you should try it -- nothing to it but to do it.

                2. I have been to MiLa exactly five times, twice for dinner and three times for lunch (each time ordering the 3-course deal). I loved the food every time. Run by two talented young chefs (one hails from Mississippi; one from Louisiana) who incorporate elements of the food they grew up up with into a sophisticated cuisine, MiLa is clearly not for anyone in search of distinctly "New Orleans" or "Cajun"; the food is southern-inflected, and more important, imo, is that it is delicious.

                  That said, the restaurant is often empty at night, and that turns some people off. A business associate I was with one night turned us away after he saw the empty space and pronounced it "sterile." I'd have stayed : generally, a quiet, darkish restaurant for dinner doesn't bother me. There's more of a bustle at lunch; it's brightly lit, then, so if the place is empty (as it was even at one lunch), its very noticeable (obtrusive emptiness?). The service has been very polished every time I've been except at one very busy holiday-season lunch.

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                  1. re: nomadchowwoman

                    It does not bother us if a restaurant is empty, we are not much into crowds. We are staying at the Roosevelt. We will not have a car, we will purchase a bus/street car pass for our duration. Any other suggestions for a Sunday dinner? I know a lot of places are closed. Thanks again for all the help!

                    1. re: Bayareafoodiei

                      Emeril's is open on Sunday and it's in the CBD. You could switch La Foret to Sunday night. They are open. August is open on Sunday night. Galatoire's, Mr. B's and NOLA are in the FQ and open on Sunday night. Good luck.

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

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

                  2. You have a great lineup. I would MILA for dinner. It is top notch with me. One of the best in the city.