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redbear Dec 11, 2010 05:24 PM

Visiting from Toronto for 2 nights for our 1st time on Dec 26th; staying at the Ritz. Can't decide between Galatoire's or August for dinner on the 26th... please help! (budget isn't an issue this trip). Here's what I'm planning so far:
Dec 26th drink & app (we arrive in NOLA around 3 pm) - maybe Mr B's
Dec 26th Dinner - Galatoire's or August???
Dec 27th Lunch - Commander's Palace
Dec 27th Dinner - Emerils

Thanks in advance!

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

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

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

  1. Bill Hunt Dec 14, 2010 08:13 PM

    Whoa, tough one!

    Both are great (IMHO), but different experiences. If one has not done either, and want more NOLA influence, then Galatoire's, but... Restaurant August has been excellent, and the Besh group does a wonderful job.

    For me, it would probably be Restaurant August, but that is only because we have done Galatoire's more recently, and August has a new sommelier, who I have not put to "the test" yet.

    For you, I envy your dilemma. It's a win-win deal, either way.

    Enjoy,

    Hunt

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    Restaurant August
    301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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      gastrotect Dec 13, 2010 12:33 PM

      One (Galatoires) offers the classic dishes done excellently. The other (August) offers contemporary dishes (with Creole influences) featuring some innovation also done excellently. You can't go wrong either way, so it's really a question of which menu style you will prefer. Personally I'd probably choose August, but there is a lot of context and personal history influencing that choice. I will say this, Galatoires offers an ambiance and dining atmosphere/experience you most likely can't find anywhere else. (That's not to say there is anything wrong with the ambiance at August, just that it isn't particularly unique.)

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

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        redbear Dec 13, 2010 05:26 PM

        Thanks for your opinion. What you've said really helps - based on what I've read, the menu style and ambience do seem to be the deciding factors for us. This will be the first time for both of us in NOLA and we definitely want a unique experience because we've been to several high end restos elsewhere that would probably be comparable to August. Thanks again!!

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          srqmike Dec 14, 2010 05:05 PM

          galatoires for sure. classic and delicious. even the tourists on bourbon street can't ruin it.

          1. re: redbear
            Bill Hunt Dec 14, 2010 08:16 PM

            Hm-m. "First time in NOLA," eh? Then, I would lean towards Galatoire's, and keep August for next time, but that is just me.

            Enjoy,

            Hunt

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

        2. erikschwarz Dec 12, 2010 10:52 PM

          You won't go wrong either way. Galatoire's is something of a food museum, but what a fabulous collection of classics! If you want a menu that is more innovative but still rooted in Creole cuisine, then go for August. It consistently delivers excellence. My personal choice, though, would be Galatoire's, for the ambience. August has beautiful rooms, but the bonhomie at Galatoire's can't be beat.

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

           
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            redbear Dec 13, 2010 05:23 PM

            Thank you for your reply! I've done enough research and still couldn't decide so I really appreciate your opinion. I think Galatoire's it is.. thx again

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

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            Littleman Dec 12, 2010 11:08 AM

            The Ritz is my favorite hotel in NOLA. Take the elevator from the lobby lounge to the first floor and go out the back door on Iberville. Walk a block S to Bourbon, take a left and have dinner at Galatoire's. Ask Richard to wait on you. Good luck.

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

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