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High style itinerary for N.O.

My wife and I are hitting N.O. for a three-day, three-night special occasion celebration. Below is a list of the establishments we will enjoy as we soak in the city's fine repast and hospitality (please note that finances are not a concern for this particular visit):

Day 1:

Late lunch/apps. - Mr. B's
Dinner - August

Day 2:

Lunch - Commander's Palace
Dinner - Brigstens

Day 3:

Brunch: Luke
Dinner: Herbsaint

Please do opine!

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Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. What days of the week will you be in NOLA. I would have lunch at CP on Friday if possible and drink a few 25 cent martini's. After lunch at CP stroll down Magazine for 10 blocks or so and then return on the other side of the street. There's some fine shops in that neighborhood.

    I would include Emeril's for dinner for the big night. I would go to Galatoire's rather than Mr. B's . At least I would replace Luke or Herbsaint with Galatoire's. Stella is another outstanding choice in the FQ for celebrating but I like Emeril's the most.

    1. I'd skip Mr B's and Luke (since you're already going to a John Besh place even though they are quite different) and go to Galatoire's for lunch or dinner insteadand/ or Bon Ton (if it's a weekday/night) Stella! is another great dinner choice as well...Sounds like you have a very nice trip planned...Have fun....

      Menu/hours etc:
      Stella!
      http://www.restaurantstella.com/

      Bon Ton
      http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

      Galatoire's
      http://www.galatoires.com/

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      Stella Restaurant
      1032 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

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

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      1. re: Suzy Wong

        Took many of the words out of my mouth.

        I'd try to work Stella! and Galatoire's into the mix somewhere.

        Have not been to Herbsaint in some years, so cannot comment, but it does rank highly with the locals, so is probably still quite good.

        Same for Bon Ton, but again, most rank it very highly.

        Just hate to try and make recs. on places that it's been so very long, since I last visited.

        Hunt

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

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          I thought about Galatoire's ... tough call for sure. Stella looks amazing, but I was feeling more traditional N.O. cuisine was in order for the trip and something about the Asian influence in Boswell's repertoire sent me looking elsewhere.

          August was simply a must, as was the Friday lunch at Commander's (thanks Littleman for the tip, which I noted while lurking on the board over the past few months.) Brigsten's is the only holdover from an earlier special occasion visit and I'm very much looking forward to another charming evening in Frank's 'home.'

          Inre Herbsaint, the nod was given based on Donald Link's reputation, its more southern approach to cuisine (compared to Stella, based on menus I read.) My wife has never been and I fell in live with teh shrimp & grits back in 2007 ... so while I love Bon Ton, Herbsaint's level of refinement and that lovely apppetizer did the trick.

          As for Mr. B's, this is simply a one-dish visit to hold us over until the August feast. We'll be arriving later in the afternoon and staying at Monteleone, so the plan is to enjoy a drink and BBQ Shrimp at the bar before wandering a bit and tidying up for dinner. Luke's brunch menu grabbed my eye ... and meets my wife's requirement of a refinded atmosphere.

          Sunday a.m. is still in play. I'm partial to Elizabeth's, but am open to other suggestions, though keep in mind that we need to be headed back out of town by 1 ...

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

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

          1. re: Bob MacAdoo

            Bob,

            No argument here. You make a good case for each choice. Also, one cannot fault the proximity of Mr. B's Bistro, relative to the Monteleone!

            Most of all, please enjoy and travel safely,

            Hunt

            PS - you do know that reviews will be required? [Grin]

            1. re: Bob MacAdoo

              If you can fit it in, I highly recommend Lilette. Wonderfully cozy restaurant, great location, and simply outsanding food.

              I don't care about the dissenting opinions on Mr. B's, I love the place. The gumbo and duck rolls are a must for us on every visit. We've never had bad service there, and the only time our food was "iffy" was when they first opened after Katrina. Enjoy it and don't apologize for it!

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              Lilette
              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

              Mr B's Bistro
              201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                Stanley doesn't disappoint for breakfast if you aren't inclined to head down to Elizabeth's. Also, the Maison Dupuy is doing simple breakfasts now in the Meritage space. I haven't been, so I can't say.

                1. re: Bob MacAdoo

                  Commander's serves lunch w/ 25 cent martinis EVERY weekday, not just Fridays. Try Coquette or Patois for Sunday brunch. Both are uptown but shouldn't be a problem time wise, if you make an early resv.

              2. Two weeks ago we tried Cuvee and MiLa and had good meals both places, particularly an exceptional meal at MiLa. They are both in walking distance of your hotel.

                I'm returning to both this week to see if they hold up to a second visit.

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                Cuvee Restaurant
                322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                1. re: collardman

                  Collardman,
                  While at Cuvee, could you please check for a tasting menu? I've not returned since Iacovone left (loved it then) and am still holding a $100 gift card. Thanks.

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                  Cuvee Restaurant
                  322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                2. Always envious of anyone heading to Brigtsen's. Make your lunch rezzie that day as early as possible... Frank's food is on the rich side. One of the reasons I love the place so much!

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

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                  1. re: GroovinGourmet

                    We're going to Brigtsen's for Reveillon dinner in two weeks. Cannot wait!

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

                    1. re: FoodChic

                      We had dinner at Brigtsen's Wednesday night and at August last night. The experience at Brigtsen's left me unimpressed. The room was poorly lit, like eating underwater (we were in the room painted with lilypads). The menu seemed as dated as the crowd, who clearly had been coming here since the eighties. The food was well-prepared, but based on the feedback here, I was expecting to be blown away, and was not. This was in contrast to August, which was a tour de force of taste sensations, from the truffled egg amuse bouche to the wonderful game offerings (wild boar ragout was knockout). Service was attentive, great wine pairing suggestions from the sommelier and the chef came out after dinner to speak with the guests. Clearly the finest dining experience in New Orleans.

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