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iggypup Dec 5, 2010 02:05 PM

My husband has a conference in New Orleans soon and I plan on tagging along. Any suggestions for places I'll enjoy and feel comfortable lunching alone? When by myself, I prefer to sit at a bar.

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    midcity RE: iggypup Dec 5, 2010 02:16 PM

    The Green Goddess has a bar, and it also has a tiny one-sided booth in the corner that is perfect for one person.

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    Green Goddess
    307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      Littleman RE: iggypup Dec 5, 2010 02:36 PM

      Domenica in Roosevelt Hotel or Luke. Both are good bar dining. Go from 3/6 PM for half price drinks, hafl price pizza and 50 cent oysters at Luke.

      Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
      http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/
      Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.
      http://www.lukeneworleans.com/

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      Domenica
      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. N.O.Food RE: iggypup Dec 5, 2010 03:02 PM

        Cochon and Cochon Butcher both have food bars.

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        Cochon Butcher
        930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          iggypup RE: N.O.Food Feb 6, 2011 07:49 AM

          I just looked at the menu for Cochon Butcher and that may be my first stop!!

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          Cochon Butcher
          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          rouxdauphine RE: iggypup Dec 5, 2010 03:04 PM

          Recently, I had a splendid time and and equally splendid lunch at the kitchen bar at Emeril's. And I kept the menu while I was sitting there so I had a "program" for the show. I had the rabbit remoulade and the angel hair with smoked mushrooms and tasso cream sauce from the appetizer menu, but they also have a $19.50 three-course prix fixe.

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

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            Hungry Celeste RE: rouxdauphine Dec 6, 2010 08:57 AM

            This is a fun seat to watch the action....

          2. noradeirdre RE: iggypup Dec 5, 2010 05:30 PM

            I suggest Coquette.

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              txgrl99 RE: noradeirdre Dec 9, 2010 11:03 AM

              +1 for Coquette. Oh, how I love that place.

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              hazelhurst RE: iggypup Dec 6, 2010 05:30 AM

              Clancy's is perfect.

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                CharlieH RE: iggypup Dec 6, 2010 05:44 AM

                I eat at the bar at Mr. B.'s all the time. Maison de Ville doesn't have a bar, but its quiet there, so it works.

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                  CharlieH RE: iggypup Dec 6, 2010 11:16 AM

                  A Mano or Herbsaint also

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                  Herbsaint
                  701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    collardman RE: iggypup Dec 6, 2010 11:21 AM

                    The places listed with food bars are all good. I think Mr. B's would be comfortable at lunch at a table.

                    NOLA's food bar can be pretty "interactive" as you can converse with the line cook at the wood oven and with the the Chef or Sous Chef whose expediting, (if they are a little slow)

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                      iggypup RE: iggypup Dec 7, 2010 02:57 PM

                      thanks everyone!! I appreciate the suggestions!!

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                        jenn2083 RE: iggypup Dec 8, 2010 04:04 PM

                        If you want to get out of the quarter- you could take a cab to Mat and Naddie's. They have a lunch buffet- nothing like something you would get at a casino. They have house roasted meats, fresh baked rolls, salads, a pasta item, and a soup.

                        It's not a typical New Orleans menu, but the location is very cool. It's fine to dine alone there too- you don't even need to sit at the bar!

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                          paz5559 RE: jenn2083 Dec 10, 2010 03:24 PM

                          Cochon Butcher or NOLA Grocery (slightly more downscale, but both amazing for what they do best)

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                            mrsfury RE: paz5559 Jan 22, 2011 05:35 PM

                            I see a lot of people dining alone at Nola Gro, or who end up at larger tables with people they don't know. Never heard a complaint yet. Still trying to decide on which is my favorite poboy.

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                          malkazanie RE: iggypup Jan 21, 2011 07:02 AM

                          I will be in this same situation - looking for a Sunday lunch alone, within walking distance of the Westin in the French Quarter. (First trip to New Orleans - very excited!) My travel companion has an aversion to seafood, so I'm looking to indulge that craving during this meal.

                          The only somewhat definite meal, so far, is a dinner at Cochon. Is the Emeril's lunch deal applicable on Sundays? Any must-visit seafood places I could enjoy a lunch at, solo?

                          Thanks!

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                          Cochon
                          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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                            TaTee RE: malkazanie Jan 22, 2011 03:48 PM

                            In the FQ, you can try Deanies http://www.deanies.com/ for boiled seafood and for raw oysters, I prefer Felix's http://www.felixs.com/ over Acme. Most restaurants in the FQ have a good bit of seafood on their menus. Try the Redfish Grill http://www.redfishgrill.com/ or The Bourbon House http://www.bourbonhouse.com/menus/lunch-menu.html. More upscale, Galatoire's http://www.galatoires.com/html/menu.html. For char broiled oysters, go to Drago's at the Hilton Riverside http://www.dragosrestaurant.com/locat...

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

                            Bourbon House
                            144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                              malkazanie RE: TaTee Jan 25, 2011 09:39 AM

                              Thanks for the input! Sadly looks like Drago's is closed on Sundays... I've heard a lot about those chargrilled oysters! Felix's looks like a good option - is that a decent place to get a po boy as well, or should I relocate after some oysters to a place like Domelise's, or Mahoney's? Would Casamento's maybe be a good place to grab both?

                              If I go the slightly more upscale route, I'm definitely considering Luke. I'd love to try a place like Commander's Palace or Galatoire's but I don't know if I'd be comfortable dining there as a single lady; I usually sit at the bar when dining alone.

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                              Casamento's Restaurant
                              4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

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

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                                hazelhurst RE: malkazanie Jan 25, 2011 12:19 PM

                                You'd be perfectly fine in either COmmander's or Galatoire's...or Antoine's...eating alone. See it all the time.[I was alone once when a woman, also alone, a real pro no doubt, sent me a note saying a looked lonely and could she buy me a drink? I passed on it...I was taugh those..er, tricks....at a young age.

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                                  Bill Hunt RE: hazelhurst Jan 25, 2011 07:21 PM

                                  I agree (though not sure about that young lady... ), that with the professional business travelers, and NOLA being a destination city with a lot of business functions, most servers will take good care of you, love that you have graced their restaurant, and you will NOT feel awkward, in the least. Unless you send Hazelhurst a note... [Grin]

                                  I observe the same thing in SF, NYC, Chicago and DC. There are usually several young ladies, dining alone, and they have all seemed to get respect, and great service. Some lesser cities? Well that would depend and vary greatly.

                                  Enjoy,

                                  Hunt

                                  PS - just don't send notes to the gentleman in the white suit with the Panama hat, as it will likely be me, or Hazelhurst.

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                                    malkazanie RE: Bill Hunt Jan 27, 2011 08:11 AM

                                    Thanks for the input. It looks like we'll be doing dinners at Brigsten's, Cochon, and Luke, but my traveling buddy will be meeting up with me at 1 on Sunday so I'll have to take a rain check on a long, indulgent Sunday brunch at Commander's or Galatoire's. (That much reason to come back!) I live in Philadelphia, where it's also not unusual to dine alone, but I wasn't sure if the setting might be different in the older, more venerable places in your city!

                                    I'll probably just belly up to a place like Felix's or Casamento's, have some raw oysters and start working on a po-boy until my friend finishes at her conference. Can't wait!

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                                    Cochon
                                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                    Casamento's Restaurant
                                    4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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

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                                  Bill Hunt RE: malkazanie Jan 25, 2011 07:16 PM

                                  If you are having oysters at Felix's, I heartily recommend their seafood po-boys. Cannot recall ever having anything but shrimp, or oysters. Maybe a catfish, but somehow, just do not recall that. I am also a big fan of Felix's shrimp po-boy. They were about my #5, but then the top 3, or so, are no longer with us. When we have the ingredients, and the time, our Phoenix shrimp po-boys are as close to those at Felix's, as we can muster, being 1000+ miles away.

                                  Enjoy,

                                  Hunt

                            2. Bill Hunt RE: iggypup Jan 22, 2011 05:46 PM

                              Do you know where you will be staying? Will you wish to walk, or will driving be an option?

                              What is the atmosphere that you would prefer?

                              While I am a guy, I do find myself in the same situation, as my wife is there for meetings. Also, we lived there for a decade, so there are some "old favs" for me, but I try to branch out, especially for breakfasts and lunches, when solo.

                              Enjoy,

                              Hunt

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