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Great Steak in NO?

Visiting NO for the first time in January. Where is the best steak in NO?
From high end ( although no National chains please) to neighborhood joint. Creole? Cajun? Or just a great steak. Will be staying near FQ. Can you help a steak lover out?

Many thanks in advance

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  1. La Boca. Look no further.

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    La Boca Restaurant
    857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    1. I second La Boca but Emeril's Delmonico's has good steaks also.

      Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar @ 1300 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4937.
      http://www.emerils.com/restaurant/3/E...

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      1. re: Littleman

        IMO, Delmonico's is overrated. I am neither a fan of the restaurant nor their steaks. La Boca's skirt steak is delicious.

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        La Boca Restaurant
        857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        1. re: JazzyB

          I agree to disagree with you. I never had a bad moment at Delmonico's. Every steak I ever had there was outstanding. The ambiance, service and food at Delmonico's is outstanding. I like the room, the bar and Bob the piano player.

          Skirt steak is for fajita's. I never had a skirt steak that was not tough as nails. I don't mind tough steak as long as it's cooked in soup. I like a tender piece of meat for dinner at a fine restaurant. I'm sure La Boca has something besides skirt steak.

          Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even Kibbles does not like La Boca.

          1. re: Littleman

            You've obviously never had a skirt steak at la boca if every one you've ever had was "tough as nails."

            1. re: Littleman

              If you didn't eat skirt steak at La Boca, what did you eat there?

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              La Boca Restaurant
              857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: Littleman

                Skirt steak is not just for fajitas.

                1. re: Littleman

                  Though no longer a "local," I have to say that the cuisine at Delmonico was very good to great. The only rub that I had was the wine service, but then I grade very hard.

                  Have not dined at La Boca, so cannot compare.

                  Going back in history, Delmonico was not known as a "steakhouse," but the beef was quite good, when we last dined there.

                  Hunt

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                  La Boca Restaurant
                  857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: JazzyB

                    +1 La Boca!

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                    La Boca Restaurant
                    857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                2. La Boca, no question.

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                  La Boca Restaurant
                  857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. Mr. John's is the best steak in the city, imo. all USDA prime cuts, even the filet. preparation is simple: butter, salt, pepper, chives to make it sizzle. the rest is ala cart; i go w/ the mushrooms in red wine reduction, and spinach au gratin. local, terrific service.

                    people love la boca but after sending an over-cooked american kobe back they argued w/ me about it for 10 minutes while my companions ate. owner never responded to a letter. never been back.

                    1. La Boca is in a class by itself.

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                      La Boca Restaurant
                      857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                      1. I went to Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse Monday night and although the service was very slow, I thought the filet was outstanding. I think if you are looking for a bit more of a New Orleans experience, Dickie Brennan's would be a better choice. If you are solely going for the piece of meat, then La Boca is a good choice too.

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                        La Boca Restaurant
                        857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                        Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
                        716 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                        1. re: shanefink

                          You were more fortunate, than was I. Had 10:00PM reservations, and were finally seated at 11:30PM, to be informed that the kitchen was closing, and we'd only have a limited menu - so sorry. Nothing was acceptable, even if one gave them plenty of leeway.

                          Later, a favorite nephew was a sous-chef there. He begged me to try them again. I could not bring myself to do so. Too many great restaurants to pass over, to give Dickie B's another go. They had one chance, and failed horribly.

                          If one were to pick up the full tab, and turn me loose with the wine list, I would not go back. Too many good restaurants in NOLA, and I am a man of principles. I'd rather go to Morton's, and I hate Morton's (adult McDonalds). OTOH, I love many of the Brennan family's restaurants, but will never dine at Dickie Brennan's again.

                          Sorry to rain on the parade,

                          Hunt

                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            The first time I dined at Dickie's was in 2000 or 2001. We went with a large group of friends and had an outstanding dinner. I remember how we all were so impressed with the amazing service.

                            The DH and I went back the next year, just the two of us, and had one of the worst meals we've had in New Orleans. The waiter could not have cared less about us, and the food was terrible.

                            Like you said, there are too many great options in New Orleans to subject ourselves to bad food and bad service. We've never been back.

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                            Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
                            716 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            1. re: FoodChic

                              Guess that they just did not like us.

                              Others recommend it, and I even had family working in the kitchen, begging us to try again. Never have.

                              Maybe just their "bad night?"

                              Thanks for the report,

                              Hunt

                            2. re: Bill Hunt

                              Bill, we didn't have a service problem, but the food was simply not memorable enough to return and, as you say, with so many other worthy contenders, why bother? One very bad idea was for them to use peelings (from a vegetable peeler) of asparagus and broccoli stems to "garnish." To look at it, It's reminiscent of discarded veggie peelings in your kitchen sink and, of course, had the consistency of pieces of string. Anyway, speaking of the Brennan places, the only place I haven't been is Ralph's. What's your take on it, say, for a nice lunch?

                              1. re: Hungry4Good

                                In my review, there was not much on the food, as by the time that we were finally seated, we were told that almost nothing was available. IIRC, the reservation was for 9:45PM, and when we got the menus, were basically told that the kitchen was shutting down, so order quickly, and limit it to A, B or C - nothing else. Whatever we did order was not memorable either, and the "anger level" was already over the top.

                                Were I a professional reviewer, I would have given them two more chances, but I do not have that leisure, and as you say, with so many options, why bother. I cannot afford to give up my limited NOLA dining nights, when I am not sure if there will be a repeat.

                                We have only done Ralph's for lunch/brunch, and have been impressed. Only two complaints that I have ever had were when we were seated in the bar, near the piano, the noise level was much to high (mic the piano, and pipe that to the rest of the restaurant), and then the loss of some nice FR Chards, from the wine list. Still, with the latter, they had adequate wines, so all was not lost. Service and food have been very good, and to the point, that we arrange our flights, to allow for brunch there.

                                Hunt

                          2. La Boca: Outside Skirt WITH the skin. You will love it I promise.

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                            La Boca Restaurant
                            857 Fulton St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                            1. Is my pallate not as refined, or does Crescent City Steak house not fall into a Top 3-5 on this list?

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                              1. re: tbiven78

                                I don't know where on teh Great Scale I'd put Crescent City as far as the quality goes but I go there cuz I love the joint. But for a foreigner it is not what I'd think he wants in Top Quality. Same goes for Charlie's.

                                1. re: hazelhurst

                                  Agreed, Crescent City Steak and Charlie's are fun institutions, but in terms of quality, neither is on par with La Boca or Mr. John's.

                                  1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                    I apologize for disagreeing, you will not find a better U.S.D.A. Prime filet in this city than the one at Crescent City Steakhouse, and certainly not for the money.

                                    1. re: W.L.T.E.

                                      There is no way steaks at Crescent City are prime beef

                                      1. re: paz5559

                                        It's prime. Tom Fitzmorris says it in his review. Went there for an Eat Club in July of last year & the food was phenominal. Tom eats there every year on Mardi Gras day... He should know.

                                        1. re: paz5559

                                          From Crescent City website:

                                          Steaks – USDA Prime Beef all hand cut and dry aged in-house

                                          Rib Eye, Filet (wrapped in bacon), Strip Sirloin, T-Bone, Porterhouse for 2, Porterhouse for 3

                                          1. re: BayouTeche

                                            I realize what the website says. I realize what the menu says. However, the steaks my colleagues and I had 3 weeks ago were FAR less tender, flavorful, marbled, or distinctive than the typical offerings at the other top steakhouses in town.

                                            I went to an eat club with TF 2 yrs ago, and the steaks were better then, but still not on par with places like La Boca or Mr. John's

                                            1. re: paz5559

                                              i finally got a chance to try CC a couple months ago, and was pleasantly surprised -- we all felt the filets were tender and delicious. not your typical steakhouse, but the experience was enjoyable and we'll be back.

                                              1. re: kibbles

                                                It's a great dump...makes me feel good just to be in there. Closest thing to the old, real Chris' Steak House (by the track..long gone).

                                                1. re: hazelhurst

                                                  yep. it was fun. very different than Charlie's, which thinking back about a year was just a gray "blah" that we wont be revisiting.

                                    2. re: hazelhurst

                                      I like joints. Charlie's is not a joint. Joints are places like Doe's or Lusco's in the MS Delta. I like Charlie's but I like Delmonico's better. I go because I know the GM and he's a nice guy that treats us like good friends.

                                      This is a joint. But they cook good steaks.

                                       
                                       
                                      1. re: Littleman

                                        Oh, I don't know....I call Galatoire's a joint and it really IS behind the glare.

                                        Haven't been to Doe's in ages and simply will not go to the ones that have metasticized out of Arkansas

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

                                        1. re: hazelhurst

                                          The Greenville place is the only one worthy of mention. I went in one in Paducah, KY to look around and left. There was one in the Downtown Inn in Oxford, MS and it was run by Charles Signa I think. The atmosphere was non existent but the steaks were good. They closed when their lease got too high.

                                          This is a joint. But they cook good seafood and steaks.

                                           
                                           
                                            1. re: hazelhurst

                                              Lusco's has fried onion rings, fried or broiled shrimp, oustanding salad, steaks, pompano, full order of fried shrimp or oysters, They have private booth's with a curtain on the door and an old juke box and piano for the rowdy guests. Emeril, Peyton and a lot of famous folks have been there.

                                              The other joint in Greenwood is Crystal Grill which has good comfort food. They have tamales but they come from Hot Tamale Heaven in Greenville. If you ever want tamales let me know. I have a long list of the best in MS, TN, AL and LA.
                                              Crystal has some fine homemade pies along with fried chicken, soul food, seafood and steaks.

                                              http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Re...

                                              http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overv...

                                               
                                               
                                              1. re: hazelhurst

                                                Here's Lusco's menu.................

                                                http://www.gcvb.com/menu_pdfs/luscos.pdf

                                                If you want some interesting reading about southern food go to the Southern Foodway Alliance Documentary link on the top right and then click on the Oral History link then the links to various places in the SE.

                                                http://www.southernfoodways.com/docum...

                                                1. re: Littleman

                                                  Lusco's sounds like a l'il slice o' heaven..dunno how I've missed it 'ceptin' I don't git up thar much...

                                                  1. re: hazelhurst

                                                    Here's a link to the Tamale Trail..........Joe Pope's is in my home town. I have been going there for a long time.

                                                    http://www.tamaletrail.com/

                                                    Here's where to get tamales in NOLA..............Tell me if any have closed.

                                                    Buffa's Restaurant and Lounge @ 1001 Esplanade Ave. NOLA - 504 - 949 - 0038.
                                                    Guillory's Grocery and Meat Market @ 3708 Debbigny St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 833 - 1390.
                                                    Joe Serpie's Cafe @ 4402 Jefferson Hwy. 504 - 324 - 5613.
                                                    Manuel's Hot Tamales @ 4709 South Carrollton St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 6616.
                                                    http://blog.nola.com/judywalker/2008/...
                                                    Melvin's Bar @ 2112 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 944 - 0088.
                                                    Merlin's Place @ 5325 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 284 - 3766.

                                    3. nothing like asking for a good steak to start a lively debate...thank you all, can't wait for my first visit in January

                                      1. In an amusing coincidence, Living Social has a special for Mr. John's Steak House today.

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                                        1. re: noradeirdre

                                          Not bad. Only allows one per table.

                                        2. I just have to comment -

                                          You are traveling to one of the greatest food cities of the world, with a unique cuisine of it's own, a cuisine that just cant be replicated anywhere else, in my experience. Why then, would you waste a meal opportunity on a steak - which New Orleans is not known for.

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                                          1. re: nynola

                                            as the original poster for this thread I would say this is a fair question. Unfortunatly some of my traveling companions are not as adventuerous as others.
                                            Perhaps you could suggest a place where both the New Orleans cuisine can be experienced along with a passible steak for a somewhat fussy eater.
                                            Thanks in advance

                                            1. re: bluesjack

                                              Go to Emeril's. Get the best of both.

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

                                            2. re: nynola

                                              Well, you can always do a steak with lump crabmeat and bearnaise, perhaps some shrimp--y'know, the surf n' turf route. I do it from time to time but I live hear so I like a change of pace.

                                              1. re: hazelhurst

                                                so wheres your favorite place for steak w/ bearnaise and crabmeat? i cant think of seeing it on the menu anyplace recently but do many steak houses have local crab on the ready?

                                                1. re: kibbles

                                                  It should be no surprise that I do it at Galatoire's several times a year (or lambchops or sweetbreads when I am not in a fish mood). Clancy's will do it, too. ruth's Chris has done it for me but I have not been to the local shop in awhile..last one I went to was out-of-town so I did not ask for anything special. I'm told that the other franchise owners don;t like the variations allowed by the Louisiana outfits)

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

                                              2. re: nynola

                                                I think it's worth it to spend a meal in New Orleans on LaBoca. Probably the best steak I've ever had, anywhere.

                                                1. re: N.O.Food

                                                  Although I am a true steak purist (bone-in is the way to go, usually go for porterhouse or bone-in ribeye), I had a great chateaubriand at Antoine's on my visit to New Orleans a few years ago.

                                                  Has anyone tried John Besh Steak?

                                                  1. re: steakrules85

                                                    Steak in New Orleans, unless you live there, to me that is like going to Kansas City for Sea food!