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Bayona or Clancy's for dinner with the parents?

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Hi hounds,

My parents are coming to town this weekend and I'm trying to decide on the location for dinner Saturday night. Friday we will be having lunch at Herbsaint and dinner at Emeril's. For Saturday, I'm thinking lunch at K-Paul's (thoughts?) and dinner at either Bayona (which I love) or Clancy's (which I've never been to). I'd love some feedback; I've heard great tings about Clancy's. My folks are staying at the Roosevelt, but will have a car, so uptown or mid-city recs are welcome. Also taking breakfast tips for Sunday. Thanks!

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  1. For an important dinner like this, Bayonna is the better option. There are two Clancy's, upstairs and down, one is good the other not so much, and there is no way to guarantee one over the other esp. on a Saturday night. Every seat in the house at Bayonna is excellent. You know Bayonna, you like it, don't take your parents on an adventure, show them a good time, let them know you know what you are doing and that they can count on you.

    Kpauls for luch is nice, it's counter service, which makes it easy, the food is fine, I would say good basic lunch fair with a cajun twist. All depends on what you are looking for. If you want simple and easy, go for it, if you want something more elaborate, like Mr. B's, then its not that. Sylvain could be an option, it just opened down the street from KP and they have a nice courtyard.

    1. Sarah......I really like Bayona but I like Clancy's the best. I suggest you go to Clancy's since you have not been and you have been to Bayona. I agree with Charlie sitting upstairs is not like downstairs at Clancy's but the food's the same either up or down. Since your folks are staying at The Roosevelt then Bayona may be more convenient but I would call up the car and head W to Clancy's. You could go early and have drinks at The Columns or at the bar of one of the fine restaurants in Uptown or GD.

      Have you been to Galatoire's. What about your parents. It's one of my favorites. If you have not been there I would suggest Galatoire's for lunch or dinner Saturday. Have lunch there Saturday and dinner at Clancy's Saturday night.

      Take your parents to the Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton Saturday nigth after dinner and listen to Jeremy Davenport's jazz music.

      Stanley for breakfast Sunday is my recommendation. But Brunch on Sunday might be nice at Antoine's, Commander's, Arnaud's, Coquette or Patois.

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      Bayona
      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

      5 Replies
      1. re: Littleman

        Though I'm only a multiple-time visitor to Nola and not a resident, I've been to Bayona and Clancy's twice each (once upstairs and once downstairs at Clancy's). Both restaurants are great and I look forward to returning to both, but I'd agree with Littleman that Clancy's is better for this particular event, either up or downstairs.

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. re: artemis

          agreed. have always preferred Clancy's.

          1. re: artemis

            Sorry to hijack this thread, but we're coming in to town tomorrow and have reservations at Clancy's. Is there a preference for upstairs or down? What's the difference? (Ate upstairs at Galatoire's once and didn't really love it.)

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

            1. re: Lunarmodule

              You'll definitely "want" to be seated downstairs in the main dining room. Upstairs just ain't the same.

              1. re: Lunarmodule

                Upstairs, to me, seemed more formal - darker woods, and four (?) small rooms that had several tables in each. It seemed quieter upstairs, which was helpful for parents with less sharp hearing. It was also rather nice to almost have our own room. Downstairs is a more open space, brighter, more lively and noisy (in a good way). I didn't notice much of a difference between the two other than the different vibes. I'm curious to know what differences others have noticed.

          2. try Mandina's for lunch on Saturday. check out Luke for Sunday brekkie or Lil Dizzy's on Esplanade Ave.
            or check out Dante's or Martinique for brunch.

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            Mandina's Restaurant
            3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

            Lil Dizzy's Cafe
            1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

            Luke Restaurant
            333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Martinique Restaurant Bistro
            5908 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115