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7 dinners, how did I do with my choices?

I am heading to NOLA in January for 7 nights, and basically 8 days with my wife and 4 year old daughter(well behaved, and an adventurous eater for her or any age). I made the following reservations with that in mind choosing early dinner reservations for the 6 nights I will be dining with them. One night I will be dining solo @ Commanders Palace (doing the chefs tasting menu).

We are staying a couple blocks from the quarter on Magazine street, and will be depending on street cars, and cabs for transportation. I am not interested in breakfast options(I dont eat breakfast, and the hotel provides a continental breakfast for my wife and daughter). Lunches will be ad-hoc, alot of po-boys, muffaletta's and oysters. I am a big fan of seafood, and raw oysters so they will make up a large portion of the lunch options.

Here are my reservations, let me know what you think.

Saturday: Cochon
Sunday: Domenica
Monday: Commanders Palace - solo
Tuesday: Boucherie - I still need to make this reservation
Wednesday: Luke
Thursday: Open
Friday: Galatoire's

The places I am most excited about in order are: Cochon, Commanders, Galatoire's, Boucherie, & Luke.

Thursday night dinner is open right now, looking for a wild card to put in there.

I think I have about 50 menu's for lunch oyster options(the usual suspects - Acme, Felix, etc.) so we should be covered, K-Paul will be lunch one day, as well as Green Goddess. Other suggestions are appreciated

Thanks for any feedback.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. My 2 cents: Luke is mediocre at best. Their happy hour 50 cent oysters/half price libatons is a good deal. daily 3-6. Domenica has same HH w half price pizzas/ drinks. Cochon is best for an all appetizer lunch. Herbsaint (Link's upscale resto) is a better option. Consider Coquette, Patois or Lilette for dinner. August is excellent for dinner however, M-F lunch is $20 for 3 courses. Best bargain in town. Emeril's has 3 courses $19.50 lunch M-F. Great food and service. Boucherie=creatively plated bbq. Many love it.

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    Cochon
    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Lilette
    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    Domenica
    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    3 Replies
    1. re: JazzyB

      interesting opinion on Luke, opposite of what I have heard. Different strokes I guess.

      Not really interested in Herbsaint, August or any of Emerils spots.

      Patois is on the short list for Thursday along with Stella.

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

      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      1. re: jimswside

        Wow, I'm surprised at your comment about Herbsaint. That restaurant is off the hook! Easily one of the best restaurants in New Orleans...

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. re: JazzyB

        +1 on Luke vibe. i enjoy it for happy hour (the foie gras terrine is excellent), but i cant say i know anyone who really craves it for lunch or dinner. August is by far the better Besh lunch option, at $20 for 3.5 courses. menu varies.

      3. I edited my post to remove Herbsaint, Emeril's and August.

        ou are probably staying at Country Inn and Suites. You can walk to Cochon on Saturday but a cab would be best with your young child. Go to Galatoire's Sunday night and replace your Galatoire's on Friday night with Bon Ton You can walk a block to Bon Ton from your hotel. They are not open on weekends but they serve outstanding classic creole cuisine. After dinner you will be close to your room so you can retire early and get ready for the trip home the next day.

        I second Jazzy. Go to Domenica and Luke for happy hour 3/6 PM. Streetcars are fine but I would confine most of my dining to the CBD and FQ if I was without a car and had a small child. It's more convenient. If I did go to the GD or Uptown I would make it a one time trip and get that over with. Your solo trip to Commander's should be fine. Go early and spend a few hours walking Magazine in that area visiting the fine shops and stores there. Have a drink on the porch of Column's Hotel and watch the traffic on St. Charles before you catch a SC to Napoleon and your dinner at Commander's.

        If you do go to the GD or Uptown I would consider Coquette, Patois or Clancy's over Boucherie. On Wednesday and Thursday I would consider Feast, Bayona, Mr. B's, Irene's and Tommy's. Tommy's is in the block next to Emeril's and serves outstanding creole Italian in a beautiful space. You can walk there from your hotel. Lucy's is a great joint for drinks bar in that block also. Go to the WWII DDay museum in the CBD and have lunch at American Sector. Cuvee is another good choice a block from your hotel. It's in the St. James Hotel. You may be staying there instead of CS.

        American Sector @ 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 528 - 1940.
        http://www.nationalww2museum.org/amer...
        Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
        http://www.thebontoncafe.com/
        Cuvee @ 322 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 9001.

        I would skip GG for lunch. I like Felix's and Acme. I like Napoleon House also. Johnny's has outstanding po boys. Get a couple and have lunch on a bench in Jackson Square.

        26 Replies
        1. re: Littleman

          The OP mentioned "Not really interested in Herbsaint, August or any of Emerils spots."

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

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: Littleman

            good tips,

            our flight home to Chicago is @ 6:00 p.m., so no worries there. I want to see Galatoire's on a Friday night.

            August looks interesting/good, but looks expensive and non kid friendly.

            Domenica is a nice cheap option to offset some of the more expensive meals. Same goes for Boucheire(we were going to do K-Paul for dinner, but will do that for a cheaper lunch probably Thursday).

            Boucherie and Cochon are at the top of my list as I am a big fan of rooter to tooter(snout to tail) pig preperations.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

            Boucherie
            8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            Domenica
            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

            1. re: jimswside

              You mean Friday for lunch. If you go Friday night you will miss your flight. Go around 11 AM to see if there's a line. I hope it won't be as they do no take reservations downstairs and that's where you want to sit. You will be there for several hours but it's worth it. Get the oysters brochette and fish of the day with crab meat on top. Ask for Richard to wait on you.

              I like the pig preparations also but I don't like to do that in NOLA. I get enough at home. You should buy a mess to take home in a cooler. Get it frozen and put it in a small cooler and check it with your luggage.

              1. re: Littleman

                Nope, Friday dinner @ Galatoire's... we arrive saturday, and leave the following Saturday, 7 nights, almost 8 days.

                I dont need to take any pig home as I roast whole pigs and smoke meat often(Berkshire & Duroc mostly). I am really interested in the chartucerie and cured meats which I dont do, those I might look into shipping home.

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

                1. re: jimswside

                  For the charcuterie you have already got Cuchon and Luke (of the two I much prefer Luke) but also think about New Orleans Sausage & Pie Company on Banks street for a lunch if you get out of the FQ/Warehouse District.

                  1. re: collardman

                    cant get enough cured meats. :-)

                    I have a menu for New Orleans Sausage & Pie company, looks interesting.

                    I canceled our Domenica reservation(sunday night, looking @ menus/reviews for Olivers Creole on Decatur)

                    1. re: jimswside

                      canceling Domenica for Oliver's? oh my. dunno what the consensus is, but my experience at Oliver's has been very weak. Domencia's chartucerie and meats (in addition to their n. italian fare) sound more up your alley.

                      1. re: kibbles

                        just tossing options out there,

                        Only a few spots are set in stone(Cochon, Commanders, Boucherie, Luke, K-paul, Galtoire's) Looking for Thursday, and now Sunday.

                        Im doing enough cured meats elsewhere. Plus coming from Chicago I can get great Italian, etc. Looking for things i cant get here(seafood, creole, cajun).

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                        Boucherie
                        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                        1. re: jimswside

                          That sounds very reasonable. I don't know why people are recommending Dominica to visitors when it doesn't really represent anything about New Orleans.

                          1. re: lenwood

                            not sure what I was thinking when I had Domenica on my original list. menu looked interesting I guess, but similar to numerous restaurants here in Chicago.

                            Gotta remind myself to focus my eating. :-)

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                            Domenica
                            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                            1. re: lenwood

                              @lenwood - because he said hes "really interested in the chartucerie and cured meats"

                2. re: jimswside

                  It sounds as though you want to see the Galatoire Friday 'show"in which case you really want lunch...and this is a multi-hour affair [which does not particularly distinguish it in there]. If you have reservations for dinner then you will be seated upstairs. Food will be fine but you won't get the spirit of the place. When you have gone many times, upstairs would be OK..but not if you want to see what it is all about.

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

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    Plan is for me to go early, and spend a few hours @ the bar, and have my wife and daughter meet me for our dinner reservation. Upstairs is fine with us.

                    1. re: jimswside

                      Well, at least you should have a look at the downstairs..that is the real restaurant. I think you are missing out, especially if it is your first trip.

                      1. re: hazelhurst

                        +1

                        1. re: kibbles

                          +2

                        2. re: hazelhurst

                          if I am hanging out at the bar wont I be downstairs?

                          1. re: jimswside

                            I ate in the downstairs dining room with all the hoopla and I never saw the bar. I think it might be upstairs. To be anywhere else other than the downstairs dining room at Galatoire's is to miss what it's all about.

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

                            1. re: texasredtop

                              im not going to wait in line to eat, especially with a 4 y.o. in tow). As long as the menu is the same we will survive. its all good.

                              Ill get enough NOLA flavor the rest of the week.

                            2. re: jimswside

                              The bar is upstairs...and the bar is new as, indeed, the upstairs dining rooms are. Used to be the linen closet and the room where the ladies stiched the Galatoire name into the tablecloths and napkins (but we don;t have that anymore). You need not wait in line especially since you have declared you will be there in advance of wife and child. Just go at 4:30 or so...let them know your intentions. You can very likely go upstairs and have drinks and someone will tellyou if the "real" dining room is filling up and that you should go downstairs. Myself, I'd just start off downstairs and have drinks at the table, read a book...it is quite convivial. This is, emphatically, not an ordinary place. People who expect it to be an image of Michelin Excellence miss out on what makes it truly excellent. Just go and relax...you will be rewarded. I think you will "get enough NOLA flavor the rest of the week" in some other places, but not such as you will find in there.

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

                        3. re: hazelhurst

                          "When you have gone many times, upstairs would be OK..but not if you want to see what it is all about."

                          Somehow, I get the feeling that you threw that one in, just for me... [Grin]

                          I strongly agree, that if one has not indulged in the "experience," it's well worth the "price of admission." Do it - do it. I am not sure that the kids will really enjoy things, but much depends on the kids, themselves. Some would, but too many would not.

                          Going back to my childhood, I still appreciate my moments at Galatoire's, Antoine's, Arnaud's, Broussard's and the like. I have some of the fondest memories, but then "dressing up, and playing adult," was a real positive for me. While I might have "acted out," at Light's Barn on a Friday night on the Coast, when we went to NOLA, I knew that I had better toe the line - in my suit, or blazer. Back then, even a 6 year old "gentleman" wore a tie. One of the worst moments of my life was a few years later. I went to NOLA with a friend's family, and did not know we were going to Antoine's. I wore a jacket, but had no tie. The FOH grabbed one from their stash, but it was paper, and clashed. Imagine a 13 year old, with a beet red face, walking through a full lower dining room, with a paper tie! It's all about the kid.

                          Hunt

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

                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                            I remember the paper ties....my father controlled matters to such a degree that we always had spare "everything" so I was never forced to that extreme. By the time I was 8 or 9 I had spares myself. Still travel with a boxed starched shirt and spare ties "just in case."

                            1. re: hazelhurst

                              Well, you learned your "lessons," better than I did. I had inquired about where we'd be dining, but missed something. I paid the price, and was forever scarred. Some day, I might get over it - or maybe not. Can just see my wife either cremating, or burying me, with a paper tie, as a big joke!

                              Even going to Hawai`i, where I am unlikely to wear a tie, even at La Mer, I carry four, plus a half-dozen pocket squares. Some lesson weigh heavily on a callow youth.

                              Hunt

                          2. re: hazelhurst

                            so so so excited - can't wait - did I share that I am excited?? We had cancelled our reservations at you had suggested and will wait with the roar of the crowd for a downstairs spot. two weeks - and counting!

                          3. re: jimswside

                            August was awesome and treated me very well.
                            The price for the tasting was very reasonable( of course I din't have wine)
                            I highly recomend it
                            dessert was kind of a lowpoint though

                            1. re: jimswside

                              August would only be correct for the right children. It is a bit more formal, and, while not "stuffy," is not what I would typify as a "family restaurant."

                              Though a few have had less than stellar experiences very lately, we were greatly impressed, and will definitely return.

                              There is a "kid friendly" thread on the Hawai`i board, and as I mentioned there, it is all about the particular children. Some love to dress up, play adult, and do fine-dining, while some just flat do not. Restaurant August would be fine for the former, but horrible for the latter.

                              Enjoy,

                              Hunt

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                              Restaurant August
                              301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                          4. thanks for all the options for the open night, looks like I have some menus to research.

                            Domenica is the (1) current reservation that may get changed.

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                            Domenica
                            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: jimswside

                              Good luck and have a great trip. Have a drink for me at Galatoire's while you await your family. It's one of my favorite restaurants in America.

                              1. re: Littleman

                                should be a blast,

                                Ive been researching the trip for a few months, booked it at the start of November.

                                I write a small food blog mostly about bbq and Chicagoland eats so it will be fun to explore a new city.

                            2. If you miss Mr. B's bbq shrimp, you've really missed the best dish in NO. I was also looking forward to Cochon but I was disappointed, it was good but maybe my expectations were too high. Drago's chargrilled oysters far surpassed my expectations. I know you probably don't want to venture to Metairie but it's worth considering. Boucherie has been a favorite of mine since they opened their doors but this year they dropped down one slot. It's very reasonably priced and their fries are wonderful. The boudin balls are still my favorite there but they've taken to using brisket in place of some of the liver and I love the liver in them. They're still very good. Galatoire's is excellent.

                              I hope you will post your reviews here.

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                              Cochon
                              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                              Boucherie
                              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                              6 Replies
                              1. re: texasredtop

                                thanks for the feedback, Mr B's might be a lunch.

                                Everyone I know has enjoyed Cochon, so i will give it a shot with an open mind.

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                                Cochon
                                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                1. re: jimswside

                                  The oyster bacon sandwich was good, but nothing outstanding. I like Casamento's oyster loaf better. Maybe it was what we ordered so let us hear your thoughts after you eat there. The best thing I liked there was my husband's shrimp remoulade and fried green tomatoes. The rolls were really good.

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

                                  1. re: texasredtop

                                    Casamento's is on the lunch/snack list.

                                    The items @ Cochon I am interested in are the cochon and its crispy skin, and the rabbit and dumplings. Also their house cured meats.

                                    I am hoping crawfish are around when we visit in a couple weeks.

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                                    Cochon
                                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                    1. re: jimswside

                                      In the Warehouse District Ernst Cafe does boiled crawfish on Fridays, starting at 4PM (along with an Abita beer special), but I'd call first to see if they are available when you are here. Same deal with Lucy's. There will be crawfish when you are here but finding them boiled in a restaurant instead of live might be a little more difficult or expensive. Then again they could be everywhere depending on the season.

                                      Regarding Cochon, I like it as a lunch spot but it didn't live up to all the hype to make it a dinner destination for me. I like it for the small plates.

                                      I would love to go to Galatoire's for the Crabmeat Sardou. Unfortunately I can't take a two hour lunch at work. One day....

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                                      Cochon
                                      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                      1. re: mrsfury

                                        thanks for the crawfish tips.

                                2. re: texasredtop

                                  yep the bbq skimps at Mr. B's is one of the city's best dishes.

                                  the chargrilled oysters are excellent but you can get near-identical at their CBD location. atmosphere is bigger, but the original's isnt that awesome to begin with.

                                3. For my solo dinner @ Commander's I am doing the Chefs Playground menu, online version looks excellent. I am guessing this menu changes, has anyone done this menu recently & what were the courses?

                                  thanks.

                                  1. I would not skip Domenica- the pizza is delicious, the mortadella pate is not to be missed, and the happy hour prices can't be beaten!

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                                    Domenica
                                    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                                    1. re: jenn2083

                                      im from Chicago we know a little about pizza here. ;-)

                                      I can always get the Domenica reservation back if needed.

                                    2. Clarification, we only have one child.

                                      At a little over 4 years old she is as impressive an eater as I have ever encountered or heard of. I guess it has partly to do with genes, & what food/cooking/ingredients she is exposed to(we live near Chicago so we eat pretty well(lots of ethnic food, etc., and I am a former cook, so there is very little processed food in our house). As for dining out, she behaves as well as a 4 year old is expected, shen can get antsy after sitting for a while, but loves to go out to eat, it is the norm for her as we have taken her with us everywhere we go, from ethnic dives to higher end places. Early dinner reservations are the key we have found. So with the above said I am not really leery of bringing her anywhere.

                                      A couple new questions,

                                      1) is ordering a bunch(4-5) appetizers & not getting an entree frowned on at NOLA restaurants?

                                      2) Thursday is narrowed down to the following at this point: Herbsaint, Lilette, MiLa, La Petite Grocer. Which would you choose?

                                      thanks for the help.

                                      btw, I did change our Sunday dinner res. to La Cote. Close to the hotel while we are still learning the cities layout, and an interesting seafood menu.

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                                      Herbsaint
                                      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                      Lilette
                                      3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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                                      1. re: jimswside

                                        re: Thursday night, I'd pick MiLa.

                                        1. re: jimswside

                                          Kids usually fit well into the conviviality at NO restaurants, even fancy ones. I took a then-one-year-old grandson to Galatoire's, and he had a great time.

                                          My partner and I often order a spread of appetizers rather than entrees, and no one has ever frowned at us. If anyone does, tell 'em to get outta town!

                                          As for your 4-way choice - tough call since they are all good. I am fond of Herbsaint, which is two blocks from my office. Should be an easy walk from your hotel too.

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

                                          Herbsaint
                                          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                           
                                          1. re: erikschwarz

                                            thank you for all the feedback. Very helpfull replys.

                                            Herbsaint wasnt on my initial lists because it looked expensive, a bunch of apps would make it fit.

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                                            Herbsaint
                                            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                            1. re: jimswside

                                              Check out Herbsaint's "Housemade spaghetti with guanciale and fried-poached farm egg" on the Small Plates menu. Much better than it sounds!

                                               
                                              1. re: erikschwarz

                                                lol,

                                                thats actually one of the dishes that caught my eye. I am big fan of anything that has any type of egg & thier yolk.

                                                1. re: jimswside

                                                  I found Domenica to have the best charcuterie of any of the restaurants you mentioned. And I also found Oliviers to be a disappointment, but it might not be for a tourist. It's feels very old in there, not old like rustic or nostalgic, just plane old.

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                                                  Domenica
                                                  123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

                                                  1. re: shanefink

                                                    I asked a couple who live around the corner from Oliviers...the very mention of it appalled them. The husband thought the place was presumptuous and not at all "real." He is, as a frame of reference, a big fan of the chicken Bonne Femme at Tujaques...but that place is a world unto itself.

                                                    1. re: hazelhurst

                                                      I really wanted to like Olivier's: owned and operated by a local Creole family and an easy walk from my house on Common Street. Have to agree with kibbles, shanefink and hazelhurst, though. Olivier's has never failed to disappoint me. If you want to check out a locally-owned Creole or African/American restaurant, I recommend Dooky Chase, Willie Mae's Scotch House and Li'l Dizzy's. Dunbar's is good too, but it is way Uptown and rather hard to find.

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

                                                      Dooky Chase Restaurant
                                                      2301 Orleans Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

                                                      Olivier's Creole Restaurant In the French Quarter
                                                      204 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                       
                                                      1. re: erikschwarz

                                                        olivers isnt even being considered(I simply inquired about it upthread),

                                                        Herbsaint, Lilette, MiLa, and Le Petit Grocer are the 4 being considered for our 1 open dinner.

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                                                        Herbsaint
                                                        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                        Lilette
                                                        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                                                        1. re: jimswside

                                                          You won't go wrong with those 4.

                                                          1. re: erikschwarz

                                                            its a tough call,

                                                            we are stuck between Lilette & Herbsaint. Lilettes appetizer and soup options look amazing.

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                                                            Herbsaint
                                                            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                            Lilette
                                                            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                                                            1. re: jimswside

                                                              Eat twice!

                                                              1. re: jimswside

                                                                I prefer Lilette to Herbsaint. Some standout dishes are the crab claws with passionfruit butter, the chicken soup, the roast chicken, the bouillabaisse, and any of the great desserts. Plus if you go there, you can check out the Bouligny Tavern next door, which is run by the same people. It's a loungy bar with great small plates and cocktails, with a funky 60s rec room feel to it - lots of wood paneling, vinyl-upholstered bent metal chairs, turntable, etc. I like it.

                                                                1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                                                  Bouligny Tavern - that is a new one on me. I am a downtowner but have family uptown and am always looking for funky places with good food. I really miss the Chris DeBarr days at Delachaise, and Bouligny sounds like a worthy replacement. Thanks for posting!

                                            2. re: jimswside

                                              I have ordered many totally eclectic meals, and in NOLA, I have never been frowned upon. Most restauranteurs want you to have fun, great food and enjoy. I know of none, who want everyone to order from some set idea of meal, or menu.

                                              Enjoy,

                                              Hunt

                                            3. Final roster of dinners(i have reservations at all except Boucherie, they were not taking reservations for the day i was loking for yet, maybe this week):

                                              Saturday: Cochon
                                              Sunday: La Cote Brassiere
                                              Monday: Solo dinner @ Commanders Palace
                                              Tuesday: Boucherie
                                              Wednesday: Luke
                                              Thursday: Lilette
                                              Friday: Galatoires

                                              we may roll the dice and see if we can get in line for Galatoire's on Friday, worst case we have a reservation in place.

                                              thanks for the help
                                              Sunda

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                                              Cochon
                                              930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                              Lilette
                                              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                                              Boucherie
                                              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                              5 Replies
                                              1. re: jimswside

                                                finally got my Boucherie reservation for Tuesday.

                                                some lunch choices:

                                                lunch Saturday after we arrive and before dinner @ Cochon will either be Acme, Felix, or Mothers. Some fresh oysters will be a treat after the plane ride.

                                                Lunch and football watching on Sunday before La Cote for dinner will probably be Cooter Browns.

                                                wednesday lunch reservation @ Commander's, Decided I shouldnt be the only one to enjoy a meal here, so dinner for me on Monday, lunch with the family wednesday...

                                                lunch Thursday will be K-Paul's.

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                                                Cochon
                                                930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                1. re: jimswside

                                                  IMO, cochon is best for all apps. That being said, Herbsaint is even better. Commander's is great for lunch in the garden room. I wouldn't bother w/Luke except for happy hour cocktails/oysters(daily 3-6... 50cent oysters/half price libations).. Switch Lilette to Fri. A great place to have an all app. meal. Do not miss the truffled parm toast w/marrow. So good you won't want to share. Try Coquette Thurs. for their terrific specialty cocktails (1/2 priceThur.) and tasting menu. BTW, K-Paul's deli lunch is self serve on stryo plates.I find it disappointing. Quite a drop off from dinner. A much better option would be Emeril's ( 3 courses $19.50). More formal and the best deal in town, August lunch (M-F), 3 courses $20.

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

                                                  Herbsaint
                                                  701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                  Lilette
                                                  3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                                                  1. re: JazzyB

                                                    Dinner reservations are set, so Im not going to scramble at this point and change any of them. A couple open lunch spots(monday, tuesday, friday & saturday) to squeeze in some places.

                                                    Kind of interesting, outside of this forum(NOLA folks I know and nationally) Luke & Cochon are pretty highly regarded. Different strokes I guess.

                                                    I dont believe any of Emerils spots are in the cards(im not a big fan of his) & K-Paul is one of my favorite chefs so the deli lunch is just fine with us.

                                                    its all good, trip is right around the corner, cant wait.

                                                    thanks for all the feedback and tips.

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                                                    Cochon
                                                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                                    Boucherie
                                                    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                    1. re: jimswside

                                                      Not a fan of Emeril or his other two local restaurants. His flagship has made regulars of my husband and me. We had the priviledge of dining at K-Paul's frequently, when the chef and his wife Kay ran the place. The chef wasusually in house. OMG, amazingly delicious. Unfortunately, Chef Paul has not been at the helm for quite some time. His food "sang". Nowadays, it seems to have been tempered to suit the masses. I am jaded. Having experienced what used to be ,many of the current dishes don't come close. That being said, the best of the deli offerings are the gumbo and oyster/shrimp poboys.

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

                                                      1. re: JazzyB

                                                        Emeril the chef, we ate at his restaurant in Vegas a few years ago, and the meal was average at best. I know different city, different time, etc, but I am just not into Emeril. I am more of a John Besh, Donald Link fan. Its all good, I think Emeril will do ok without me dining there. :-)

                                                        The gumbo @ K-paul is what I am after, I have a few of his cookbooks, and I want to see his restaurants vision of the gumbos, and perhaps other dishes vs what I turn out.

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

                                                2. My dinner @ Commanders is an 8:00 reservation, I am curious how late the St. Charles Street car runs? Being a little over 2 miles from the hotel I would prefer to take the street car vs a cab if possible.

                                                  Also a question regarding the dress code for Commanders and Galatoire's. I am aware dinner requires men to wear a jacket, curious what is typical. Is an Ivory dinner jacket over the top, and is a standard sports coat to casual? thanks for any tips.

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

                                                  3 Replies
                                                  1. re: jimswside

                                                    Sports coat is fine.

                                                    1. re: jimswside

                                                      The streetcar runs 24 hours.

                                                      Schedule (warning PDF): https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=ht...

                                                      1. re: uptownlibrarian

                                                        thanks,

                                                        I was having a hard time deciphering the schedule(I live in a rural area outside Chicago, and dont use public transportation).

                                                    2. Had to make a switch to Sundays plans.

                                                      I want to watch some NFL playoff football while in town, so Cooter Browns was the original plan followed by dinner @ Dante's, both close to one another. However, no kids allowed @ Cooter Browns..

                                                      So we will probably grab a po' boy or something in the a.m. while we are getting familiar with New Orleans before the early football game, then head somewhere that has a raw bar, the game on, and allows kids.

                                                      Seems like quite a few spots are not open on Sunday for dinner, so it limited the options a little(would have liked Herbsaint). I am not a fan of emeril, but I made a reservation @ Delmonico anyway. Menu looks pretty solid

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

                                                      Herbsaint
                                                      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                      1. headed the locals advise(y'all better be right..) ;-)

                                                        cancelled my Luke reservation, figure I can go for happy hour as suggested. Probably make a decision for that Wednesday night supper after we have been in town a day or two.

                                                        Hoping to do the Aqarium first and then the zoo in one day, hopefully Tuesday when we are headed towards that direction for dinner @ Boucherie. Probably snack on a Central Grocery Muffaletta or a Cochon Butcher Muffaletta @ the zoo for lunch ideally. Maybe a quick drink and some oysters @ Cooter Browns while the ladies check out the Carrolton neighborhood.

                                                        ALso got a reservation for August for lunch on Monday(had to fit a Besh spot in)

                                                        trip is only a few days away, cant wait to see how NOLA stacks up foodwise to Chicago(I bet NOLA will impress me).

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                                                        Cochon Butcher
                                                        930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                        Boucherie
                                                        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                        1. Back from our trip from nola, great trip, great city, great people, great food, and great drinks. I am already planning a return in August.

                                                          Places we hit:
                                                          Dragos(2x): grilled oysters are great, as is the mediterrian salad with lump crab

                                                          Cochon: First nights dinner, magnificent place. Rabbit & dumplings, and Louisiana cochon are a couple of the best dishes we ate all week. Moonshine flights were nice as well.

                                                          Felix, enjoyed a shrimp po boy as a snack

                                                          Grand Isle: wathced the Packers game here and enjoyed the dungeness crab & onion rings

                                                          Emeril's Delmonico: Great aged ribeye, sazerac, cripy pork cheeks and service(they threw out my left over steak & fired a new one for me to take with me, unprescidented)

                                                          August: did lunch here and start to finish it had to be one of the top total meals: amuse in the egg was brilliant. I did a blue crab salad(fresh, simple, excellent) & black garlic pasta topped with an egg. My wife did the prixe fix with the fried brussel sprouts & the stuffed shrimp. well executed lunch. I went back here for drinks as well later in the week.

                                                          Commanders Palace: a solo dinner and the top all around meal of the week. Great service, comped drink and palate cleansing shot.Seafood gumob was solid. Did 2 apps, the rootbeer braised pork belly which was magical, equally impressive was the shrimp and tasso henican appetizer. Main course was a scallop dish sauteed in brown butter. Succulent perfectly cooked scallops.

                                                          Cafe dumond(3x) I am not a big sweets eater, but my wife and daughter loved the beignets.

                                                          Johnny's po boy(2x) both days were good, Fridays breakfas shrimp py boy was great.

                                                          French Market bar: Did some freshyl boiled blue crabs here as an afternoon snack. really nice and fresh

                                                          Boucherie: worst meal of the trip. Staff had an attitude, and the food was average to bad. Boudin balls were solid, other items were over the top. Grilled roamine salad was tart, shrimp bisque was cold, and the cold smoked shrimp rubbery(comped), the crispy skin redfish was ok. Garlic and parmesan fries were ok. Worst dish of the trip was the pulled pork cake. Dry, oversmoked and salty.

                                                          Cochon Butcher: Another magical meal from Link and Stryjewski. Chef S. was in house and was friendly and welcoming. King cake, duck pastrami sliders, & the gambino. These folks are masters at curing meats. Wished we could have gotten back for another visit.

                                                          Mahoney's: decent shrimp po boy, better than Felix, worse than Johnny's.

                                                          Luke(2x): glad we went, a really solid performance. Waiter was a little curt, but the food was really good. Kumamoto oystesrs and gulf shrimp app. Also a solid cup of crab bisque & duck and andoulliw gumbo. Maqins were shrimp creole that was nice as well as a decent crab meat ravioli. Also went for happy hour oysters.. really good.

                                                          Cassamento's, nice tomatoey seafood gumbo, great service, great space. Deep fried crab claws, softsjell crab po boy and shrimp dinner were perfect. Really liked Cassamento's

                                                          Bourbon House(2x), surprisingly solid. went once to drink and once to drink and eat. Dinner was a surprise. Oysters with caviar were great. Corn and crab soup was bad. BBQ shrimp was pretty good. Star of the meal and one of the tbest dishes of the week was a Paneed veal with crab(brilliant, simple and great.

                                                          K-Pauls(2x) did carry out gumbo 2 straigfh days. Fridays gumbo was excellent, silky, deep roux flavor, the best I had in NOLA. Went back the next day for another cup, and it was terrible. Watery, little flavor chicken bones, etc. Really odd fall off.

                                                          Central Grocery: Terrible muffaletta, weak on the meat, bread was stale. One of the worst things we ate in NOLA.

                                                          Big Fisherman Seafood: Great, grabbed 2#'s of crawfish & 2 whole blue crabs for a picnic in the GD. One of the best meals of the trip eating local crabs and crawfish on a sunny Friday at a park. This place is a gem.

                                                          Galatoire's: Classic, old school, top notch. Crabmeat Maison & Shrimp remolade app. Both were great. Crab Maison was better. Seafood gumbo & another gumbo. Both were good, the darker non seafood gumbo was alot better. Eggs Benedict with a lump crab meat adder was brilliant and one dish I am thinking about days later. Rich, and over the top. My wife did a shrip dish, and I did a steak. At this point I was so overloaded on rich food I need to take as tep back. Loved Galatoire's. Classic.

                                                          Pics will gradually appear on my blog(grubseeker) over the next few days.

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                                                          Big Fisherman Seafood
                                                          3301 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                                                          Cochon
                                                          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                                                          Cochon Butcher
                                                          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                          Grand Isle Restaurant
                                                          575 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                          Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
                                                          1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                          Boucherie
                                                          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                          1 Reply
                                                          1. re: jimswside

                                                            Appreciate your trip report. Am off to NOLA in two weeks. Any recommendations for a place to take a 2 yr old for dinner?

                                                          2. Commanders is one must do. Then go to St. Charles and Mr. John's Steakhouse. The Emeril's flagship in the warehouse district is the best of the three. Antoine's is good especially for lunch, 3 courses at a 4 star resturant for $20.11 and .25 martinis. You gotta love N.O.

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

                                                            5 Replies
                                                            1. re: ilikeNOLA

                                                              The OP made his trip to NO last month.

                                                              1. re: Philly

                                                                and we thank him for his fastidious report.....

                                                                1. re: brucec

                                                                  I would skip lukes and do cochon for lunch. I would also do brightsens for one dinner

                                                              2. re: ilikeNOLA

                                                                not a fan of Antoine's, it's barely tolerable at the $20 price point, imo. August's similar lunch deal, however, is the steal of the city.

                                                                sad that Antoine's has lost it (every meal we've had is a let down.. crummy steak, cry fried fish, etc..only things we enjoyed were oysters, souffle potatoes and baked alaska). Blackened Out had a great post -- on becoming an imitation of itself, and suggesting that the ex-chef from Le Foret take over one room and really shine on execution:

                                                                http://www.blackenedout.com/2011/02/g...

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                                                                Le Foret
                                                                129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                                1. re: ilikeNOLA

                                                                  yep already back in CHicago for over a month now, semi detailed impressions a few posts up.

                                                                  NOLA is a great restaurant town. 30 meals in 7.5 days(and I dont do breakfast)