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What we're Eating in New Orleans: The Christmas Edition

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Thurs Dec 23rd, 2010
Dinner: Cochon Butcher
6pm
Suggestions for what to order? I'm most excited about going here!

Friday Dec 24th, 2010
Late lunch/dinner: Domenica (John Besh)
3:30pm (yeah, it was the only spot they had left!!)
BUT, we're thinking about Ritz Carleton (6pm dinner) or August (for lunch) instead, if we can get those reservations... any thoughts?

Saturday Dec 25
Happy Christmas!
Dinner: Mila
4pm (purposely early for our walking tour in the evening)
Their rendition of a root beer float sounds tasty. Any mains you would recommend?

Sunday Dec 26th
Dinner: Luke Restaurant
6pm
Heard the boudin noir was tasty, pied de cochon fritters... any others?

Monday Dec 27th
Dinner: Nola (Emeril's)
6pm
Yeah, I've been reading the boards that the food and ambiance is not as good as at Emeril's New Orleans, but the menu at Nola appealed to my family more.. I hope our choice doesn't backfire on us. (We're regulars at Emeril's in Florida and we saw many menu item repeats on Emeril's New Orleans menu)

Hmmm, now the other question is: where should we eat for lunch? We want to have enough room for dinner so we're hoping for something light(er).
Here our some of our ideas:
k-Paul's
Sukho Thai
Rambla
Verti Marte
Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant
Central Grocery
Willie Mae's Scotch House
Herbsaint
Galatorie's
Of these places, what are the 'must-try' restaurants we should go to.
We also chose these places because they are in the French Quarter area.. otherwise we would have gone to i.e. Jacque-Imos or Casamento's Restaurant.

Thanks in advance for your help Chowhounders!

http://theavidbaker.wordpress.com

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Willie Mae's Scotch House
2401 Saint Ann St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Verti Marte
1201 Royal St, New Orleans, LA

Rambla
217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. I would go to Cochon Butcher for lunch and Cochon for dinner. Galatoire's should be one of your dining choices for lunch or dinner. I prefer lunch. You should go to Parkway Bakery for po boy's. You can ride the Canal Street streetcar to Jefferson Davis and walk a couple of blocks to PB. Lucy's is a great bar. Good choice. Check on Bayona for lunch or dinner. Get a po boy at Johnny's and eat lunch on a bench in Jackson Square. Take the streetcar to Napoleon and walk to Commander's Palace for lunch. After lunch walk a couple of blocks to Magazine and stolle Magazine from the 3,000 to 5,000 block area and browse the neat stores and shops there.

    Go to the WWII DDay Museum in the CBD. You can have lunch at another John Besh at his American Sector there.

    1. I agree on Couchon Butcher for lunch...it is set up as a deli/lunch spot. If you're after those tastes then make Couchon the dinner spot.

      MiLa's mains change a lot. Our first time there we did nothing but apps and I'd do it again (and may as we are due back there in about 2 weeks)

      NOLA is good for lunch or dinner. It is a little noisier with more of the warehouse look to Emerils more polished decor but I think, for cost, it stands up with the other Emeril locations.

      If you really want Thai, ok, but I don't go to specific food cities and eat far east cooking. There are too many good cajun/creole choices for lunch.

      If you want "ethnic" lunch go to Rio Mar for their lunch tapas menu. Skip Lucy's. After the lunch we had at Besh's grill at the WWII museum a week ago I'd say skip that place too. Between Domenica and Luke you'll aready get the better part of Besh.

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      Rio Mar Restaurant
      800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

      Domenica
      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. Thanks Littleman and Collardman! I much appreciate all your advice and tips.

        We had a terrific time in New Orleans. In addition to our plans outlined above, on Friday afternoon, we took advantage of the prix fixe menu at August. Didn't like the dark brown and congested- feeling room we were seated in (compared to the main dining room that had wall to wall windows). The service was also quite slow and our waiter seemed uninformed about the menu items. However the food was spectacular and the kitchen staff were so friendly (especially the head pastry chef there. Kelly was so kind to show us around the kitchen up and downstairs).

        Mila was a letdown. After all the hype, we were stuck with an uninspired prix fixe Christmas menu of either scallops, steak, or turkey. Definitely not what we were expecting. If they weren't going to put their heart into their food like they usually do, they should have just taken the day off. I mean this with sincerity and not spite.

        We also dropped by the ever tourist populated Cafe du Monde. The beignets weren't bad but they were a tad dense, albeit undercooked. However, we had to go for the frenetic environment and the lively staff. It's incredible that we arrived at 8:45am and by 9am there was already a lineup around the block!

        We also went to Palace Cafe before heading to Nola in the evening. The palace cafe had a delightful BBQ shrimp dish with a beer reduction as well as a pork belly sandwich. I requested extra bread to mop up the former's addictive sauce. I love how the latter's meat was interspersed with the flavourful marbled fat. It practically melted on your tongue as you ate it.

        Rather than stick with my instincts, we chose Nola over Emeril's. We somewhat regretted the choice. The space had to much of a warehouse feel. The service was snail-paced slow. While the appetizers were delicious (juicy stuffed chicken wings, crispy duck confit and egg pizza, flatbread, and rabbit tenderloin) the mains were lacklustre. The double cut pork chop was overcooked (we requested medium-rare) and the duck was dry and underseasoned. The saving grace was actually the fried chicken dish. The meat was succulent and seasoned well. The sweet potato bourbon spiked mash was incredibly addictive and the gravy it was paired with had such a wonderful body to it. The creole/cajun spicing tied the dish together.

        While one family member felt that August was their favourite choice (for food), the other three in my group felt that, hands down, Cochon was the winner here. Apps, mains, and desserts were all winners. We loved the alligator, rabbit, oyster and bacon sandwich, the fried livers, and that sinful white chocolate and lime pie!

        Unfortunately, since we went during the Christmas holiday, many restaurants we wanted to visit were closed (Central grocery, SukhoThai, Stella!) We'll have to make a return trip to visit these restaurants in the future.

        Cheers!

        http://theavidbaker.wordpress.com

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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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        1. re: sugarcube

          glad to hear you liked Cochon, it is at the top of the list of the places I am most excited to eat at when we come to town in a couple weeks.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

        2. Good to read this - we're going to New Orleans in April for 4 nights. I think we'll try Cochon - sounds great.

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130