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Vacation questions for locals...

My girlfriend and I will be coming to New Orleans very shortly. We got free flights so we are looking for a cool hotel in the French Quarters. We are looking for a non corporate sort of boutique hotel which would be very nice and fun to stay in. Any recs? We plan to have dinner one night at August. Is this a good choice? What other places should we look into eating at other than the New Orleans staples? Thanks in advance!

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    1. re: The Chowhound Team

      CDollarsign - haven't read the rest of this yet - but responding to the CH posting - you might try researching hotels on tripadvisor.com - good luck!

    2. What kind of food is your interest. Do you like fine dining. August is outstanding. Go for lunch Monday/Friday for the $20.00 specials. Go to Commander's Palace for their Friday lunch special. Galatoire's, Bayona, Emeril's, Stella, Irene's and NOLA are fun places too. Napoleon House, Mena's, Clover Grill, Coop's, Felipe's, Johnny's, Mimi's, Port O Call and Buffa's are inexpensive places for good food. Luke and Domenica have half price specials from 3/6 PM. Get a room in the FQ or CBD so you can walk to all the places you want to see.

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      1. re: Littleman

        We are looking for unique modern places. I have been to NO in the past and know of some good places that have been around forever. We are trying to find place thats unique to NO. IT would be really cool to find a place with a modern twist on southern food, which seems to be August. Whats going on with the Warehouse District? Looks very cool. We are trying to stay as non touristy as possible minus cafe du monde and central grocer...

        1. re: CDollarsign

          Cochon and Feast may interest your unique places. Patois comes to mind but it's Uptown.

          Cochon @ 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 588 - 2123.
          Feast Restaurant @ 200 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 304 - 6318.
          Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9441.

          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: Littleman

            Not a local but visit often, Stella! and Mila are unique modern places and I have had excellent meals at both.

            1. re: Littleman

              Patois looks awesome. Its by the zoo which we planned on visiting, reservations for brunch made. What are some fun local bars? Wheres a good place to catch a show?

              1. re: CDollarsign

                The Column's Hotel has a nice bar that's fun to visit. You can have your drink on their porch watching the traffic on St. Charles Avenue. Maple Leaf is a live music bar Uptown. Cooter's is a fun place with good oysters. Bruno's is a good sports bar near Tulane at Uptown. Go to Lucy's on Tchoupitoulas in the CBD near Emeril's. You won't regret it. Go to see Jeremy Davenport's jazz at the Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton at 9 PM on Thursday/Friday/Saturday.

                The Columns Hotel @ 3811 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 9308.
                Maple Leaf Bar @ 8316 Oak St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 866 - 9359.
                Cooter Brown's Tavern @ 509 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 866 - 9104.

                Bruno's Tavern @ 7538 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 861 - 7615.
                Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.

                1. re: Littleman

                  Oak Wine Bar on Oak Street....take the street car, and I have heard (have not been) that the new bar next to Lilletteon Magazine Street is quite nice.

        2. Hotel-wise, try the International House. I stayed there the year it opened and loved it.

          Food-wise, I'll defer to the natives, but follow their advice! It served me well three weeks ago!

          1. I ate at August one night last week and will never return. Just under $250 (dinner for 2) and only one dish was better than just average (some kind of curry shrimp bisque). The rest of the meal was just forgettable. Edible but absolutely average or below average in every way. However, after my bbq shrimp at Mr. B's arrived, and getting that first bite, I fell in love all over again. They are still #1 with me. Galatoire's was fabulous too. If you can get to Metairie, do not miss the char-grilled oysters at Drago's. YUM!! I haven't heard good things about the Drago's on the Riverwalk though.

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

            1. The Bistro at the Maison de Ville is quite good, and their Audubon Cottages are excellent rooms.

              The food is a great draw, and well worth the stay.



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              1. re: Bill Hunt

                I think NOLA fits the New Orleans style food with a modern twist description. It is one of Emeril's places and is in the French Quarter. It is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are suggested but I have got in at lunch without a reservation before. Emeril's original place fits the description also in my opinion.

                Bigray in Ok

                1. re: Bigrayok

                  K-pauls, Emeril's NOLA restaurant, Stanley's, Johnny's Po boy place to eat right outside this hotel and many more, Omni Royal Orleans hotel in the middle of the FQ.

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

                  1. re: Bigrayok

                    Unlike some CH regulars, we had both great food and service at NOLA.

                    Not sure that I could have asked for much more. They got graded down on a few minor points, but really delivered. We were impressed on all counts.


                2. Domenica in the Roosevelt Hotel is on all our New Orleans friends' radar. We loved August (twice) and it's walking distance of International House and Loft 523, two nice boutique hotels. A great breakfast place across the street from IH is Commerce Restaurant--great biscuits, grits and eggs and the waitress will call you "baby". Cochon was fun, Cochon Butcher looked funner, and we didn't stop in, but the $20 3-course lunch at Coquette on Magazine Street looked really good.

                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                  123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                  1. Stella is attached to the Hotel Provincial. You might kill two birds with one stone.

                    1. Green Goddess. Iris. Meauxbar. Rue 127 if you feel like venturing out of the quarter.

                      People who post the same answer regardless of the question jut crack me up. You specifically said "other than New Orleans staples". That being the case, DON'T go to Galatoire's, Emeril's, Commander's, Napoleon House, Drago's, Port O'Call, Mr. B's, K-Paul's, or Johnny's. Not cause they are bad, just cause they are exactly what you asked to avoid.

                      Personally, I think Felipe's, is at best mediocre Mexican food, and so why anyone would recommend it to an out of towner is beyond me. Buffa's primary positive attribute is that it is open 24/7, but other than that, nothing special.

                      Btw, when you say local bars, do you mean cool places with interesting drinks (ie. a hipster place)? A dive bar? Cause Cooter's, Bruno's, and Lucy's are pretty much college frat bars, and not places I would tell anyone other than a Miller or Bud drinker with an IQ under 80 to try.

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                      1. re: paz5559

                        My gf and I are kind of hipsters i guess... Haha, but yeah we like cool places with really good/interesting drinks and good atmosphere. Where can we find that?

                        1. re: CDollarsign

                          Mimi's in the Marigny, Cure, French 75, Avenue Pub, Bar Tonique, Delachaise, Clever, Oak.

                          1. re: CDollarsign

                            Some very good recs have already been given, but here is my two cents worth:

                            1) You have interest in the Warehouse District (which is where my office is located). Check out Capdeville, a "gastropub" (horrible term, sounds like an intestinal complaint) with interesting drinks, some good food and a generally lively local clientele. Also check out the art galleries on Julia Street. If you are a kid at heart, stop at the Childrens Museum, also on Julia Street. http://www.capdevillenola.com/

                            2) If you want to hang with the local hipsters at night, hit Frenchman St, as Lisa Blair suggests. To her recommendations I would add the Three Muses (see photo below), again a bar that appeals to locals with good food - and also good live music. http://www.thethreemuses.com/

                        2. August is a wonderful choice. The front dining room is the most beautiful I've ever dined in.

                          For drinks and music, go to Frenchman Street. d.b.a. and the Spotted Cat are great places to catch local, live music.

                          All the hotels recommended thus far are good choices.

                          Modern twist on local food - I would agree that Cochon is a great choice.

                          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                          1. So my vacation to New Orleans was this weekend and it was a blast. We had alot of fun on Frenchman St. We took a pretty cool 20 mile bike tour and ate lots of stuff. Patois for brunch was incredible, I wish I was able to eat dinner there. They have great drinks aswell, namely Tuscan. Cochon for dinner was outstanding. I had the cochon and my gf ordered braised beef cheeks aswell as fried aligator, all were excellent. We also went to to Cochon Butcher which was very good and fun. It was very nice being able to venture out of the FQ. We did find a little bar that we like alot in the FQ called The Chart Room, highly recommended if you like dive bars. Cheap drinks and a great jukebox. Thank you very much for all the recommendations.

                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Cochon Butcher
                            930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                            Chart Room
                            300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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