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My Wifes 40th Birthday trip to NOLA. Recomendations please.

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leftyp Jan 2, 2011 06:40 PM

My wife and I, and another couple, are traveling to NOLA Feb 17th to 20th. No one in our group have been before as adults. We are staying at the Ritz Carlton. Can I get some advice on restaurants and bars. We are arriving on Thur. and leaving Sun. Also, some must see's would be nice. The four of us like to eat and drink well. I cant wait for this trip. Thanks in Advance.

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    leftyp Feb 24, 2011 03:29 PM

    We just returned from a wonderful weekend in NOLA. Thanks for all the great rec's on the many great food options. In the 2 full days we were in town we ate at many of the recommended places. Fri- Cafe Du Monde, Joey K, Napolian House, Emerils for dinner then Frenchman street. We also did a segway tour that was super fun.

    Sat- Coffee Pot, french market for shopping and bloody mary's, central grocery, Galatoires for dinner.

    Our dinner at Emerils was by far the food highlight for the group. That Creole Meuniere sauce is fantastic. The BBQ shrimp and the snapper both had that sauce and i thought it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. Fun atmosphere and friendly service.

    To be honest, our dinner at Galatoires was good but not great. I had the trout almondine which was just ok. Somewhat bland I thought. Fun atmosphere and good but not great service. The appitizer we ordered was a sampling of a few of their offerings. Again, it fell short for me. Maybe our expectations were too high. Our expierence at Emerils was so great we were expecting similiar eats.

    Over all, a fantastic trip to your super cool city.

    Thanks Again
    Paul

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    Coffee Pot Restaurant
    714 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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

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

    Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
    3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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    1. re: leftyp
      Bill Hunt Feb 24, 2011 03:51 PM

      Sorry to hear that Galatoire's was not spectacular. I am a big fan of Trout Almondine, and have always ranked their version up near the top.

      Still, glad that you enjoyed, and also glad that Emeril's came through for you. I rather like his BBQ Shrimp better than most (I know I will be pelted with shrimp heads for saying that), and have found that the dishes at both Emeril's and his NOLA, are right at the top - by my palate.

      Thanks for reporting, and glad that CH could help,

      Hunt

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

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

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        shanefink Feb 26, 2011 10:15 AM

        I had lunch at galatoire's yesterday. I think that sums the place up exactly.

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          califkatie Feb 26, 2011 12:04 PM

          which? good or bad? i love galatoires, but mostly for it's all around New Orleans experience. i can be a little too jaded about food as i have been a chef all my life, but sometimes you just want to sit back and absorb a feeling, a sense of place, a history. that's what i get from galatoires. i just want to be "in that number" as the song says. when the saint go marching in. happy mardi gras to everyone.

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        smilingal Jan 5, 2011 11:58 PM

        I am surprised that none have suggested Emeril's with the special reservation for the chef's table in the kitchen. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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          jcontario Jan 11, 2011 04:11 PM

          Smilingal, what exectly is the chef's table in the kitchen? Sounds like it could be interesting. I had a dinner at Emeril's restaurant in Orlando at a seat overlooking the the kitchen and spent an enjoyable dinner chatting with one of the chefs and getting some good recs. I would also recommend to the OP that Emeril's in the Warehouse District in NO is a good deal at lunch. My wife and I had two very nice meals with desserts and a glass of wine for $80.

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

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            smilingal Jan 11, 2011 06:02 PM

            I am not sure exactly what the experience will provide - I plan to find out for myself - but I am surprised that more people on here don't discuss it. I believe it to be a table that seats about 8 people, inside the kitchen, where you can be witness to all the cooking, and there is also a chef's menu for $75.00 per person - not sure what that is either.

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              Bill Hunt Jan 11, 2011 06:23 PM

              I do not know the details of Emeril's "Chef's Table," and it differs, restaurant to restaurant, and chef to chef.

              We have done many, and each is a bit different. All have been great, and have provided an insight and experience, that is tough to get - out in the dining room. Some, like Alan Wong's in Honolulu, are a counter. Others, like Janos in Tucson, are a special room. Others have been a table, right in the middle of the kitchen.

              They are seldom "romantic," or are they usually quite. However, most offer the opportunity to interact, at some level, with the kitchen staff, ask questions, and get some answers.

              For us, all have been great fun. I would not schedule a business meal at most, and for the majority, my guests would be food-oriented folk, who really get into being in the "center" of things.

              At a few, there has been a special menu by the chef, where at others, there are options. If one has any food allergies, they should contact the restaurant beforehand, and work out any details - do not wait until the night of the dining, as that is not fair to the chef. All have been totally accommodating for us, with but a simple telephone call. My wife has an issue with bi-valves, so no oysters, scallops, clams, mussels, etc., though can do all other seafood items. We've had some special menus, just for her, plus the "sommelier's pairing" for her dishes. All have been great, and have done special things, just for her.

              For a long time, NOLA was not really into this sort of dining option, but it seems to be gaining traction, and I love the opportunity. I only hope that someone can comment specifically on what Emeril's has to offer.

              We seek out "Chef's Tables," "Chef's Tasting Menus," and "sommelier's pairings," and have seldom been disappointed anywhere on Earth. A chef loves to shine, and offer up something that they may be developing, and the same for the sommelier - expose the diners to wines that they might never have experienced in their lives, and wines that match Chef's menu perfectly.

              Good luck, and wait for some folk to give you specifics on Emeril's version.

              Hunt

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

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            anneson Jan 4, 2011 11:09 AM

            I want to add one suggestion that is not in the Quarter for you.

            Magazine Street is a great little street - lots of local retail of all sorts. It is a fun stroll and is full of good restaurants and bars, too. My particular recent favorite in the bar category is Bouligny Tavern. It's right next door to Lilette, which is (not coincidentally) owned by the same person and is (also not coincidentally) one of my favorite restaurants. Bouligny is a grownup feeling spot, with a good crowd, pleasant service, yummy little bar snacks (marrow toast! marrow toast!) and a nice wine list. Lilette is just a delightful restaurant, and has a very small, but nice, outdoor seating area too.

            I highly recommend spending one afternoon strolling/shopping (take a cab or streetcar up and stroll down) and then going to one of these two places. :)

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            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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              GroovinGourmet Jan 4, 2011 11:41 AM

              2nd that emotion for Magazine St. Joey K's is a great neighborhood eatery. Always make a point of visiting if I am on that stretch of Magazine. I also 2nd the Brigtsen's rec, but cannot 2nd a rec for Arnaud's. Total tourist trap...

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              Brigtsen's Restaurant
              723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

              Joey K's Restaurant & Bar
              3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

              1. re: GroovinGourmet
                erikschwarz Jan 4, 2011 12:24 PM

                With respect, I differ about Joey K's. Not a fan. For casual dining on Magazine Street I would recommend, from farthest downtown to farthest uptown:

                Ignatius - 4200 Magazine
                Casamento's - 4330 Magazine
                Guy's Po Boys - 5257 Magazine

                If you want a break from NO cuisine, Cafe Abyssinia is a newly-opened hole in the wall with very good Ethiopian food at 3511 Magazine.

                I have heard great things about Bouligny, per anneson's recommendation, at 3641 Magazine but have not yet gotten there.

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                Ignatius Eatery
                4200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

                 
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                  hazelhurst Jan 4, 2011 12:31 PM

                  How did Casemento's turn into Ignatius (or the other way around)..not that he wouldn't have eaten there...(referring to photo)

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                    erikschwarz Jan 4, 2011 12:39 PM

                    Unfortunately the "edit" functions on this website just will not behave, rather like Mr. I. J. Reilly, Esq.

                     
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                      hazelhurst Jan 4, 2011 12:47 PM

                      Ah! that's more like it!

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              leftyp Jan 4, 2011 11:05 AM

              Im realizing there are too many outstanding dinning options in your great city. Here are our plans so far.

              fri
              Cafe du Monde for breakfast. Tour the garden district by street car. Can I get a recomendation for a casual lunch? Dinner at Emerils.

              sat
              Croissant D'or for breakfast. Parkway Bakery for Po Boys. Mister B's for Barbeque shrimp then
              August for dinner.

              sun
              brunch at Court of Two Sisters. Is this a mistake?

              Thanks again for the help.

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

              Mister B's
              210 Crescent Ave, Lockport, LA 70374

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                anneson Jan 4, 2011 11:11 AM

                RE: brunch at Court of Two Sisters - YES! Mistake! Do not eat here.

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                  hazelhurst Jan 4, 2011 11:28 AM

                  I agree with Lilette for the Uptown lunch..it is dandy for your purposes. August has been getting slammed by a few folks lately.

                  Court of Two Sisters would be a good idea if (a) you were not concerned about wasting money and (b) wanted to see what the Other End of teh Scale is like when confronted with the same ingredients--and an undeniably lovely setting. It is not gonna kill you but....

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                  Lilette
                  3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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                    leftyp Jan 4, 2011 11:34 AM

                    Ok...Officially looking for Sunday Brunch advice.

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                      hazelhurst Jan 4, 2011 11:55 AM

                      What time are you leaving? If you are under the gun then I'd opt for Commander's--you might not have trouble with a reservation. You can takea cab up there, stow the luggage and then get a cab to the airport.

                      If flight is late enough then do Galatoire's...just tell the waiter you need to be out by what-ever-o-clock.

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                        leftyp Jan 4, 2011 01:02 PM

                        Our flight leaves at 2:00mon Sun. I read Galatoires opens at 12:00 on Sunday. Any brunch options open at 10:00? Is it too much to tour the GD and do some shopping on Magazine?

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

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                          hazelhurst Jan 4, 2011 01:10 PM

                          Sunday @ Commanders starts at 10:30 I think...that is probably your best bet but I think for a 2:00 flight you'd better be out the door at11:45 which will give you the required 90 minutes of airport aggravation to erase most of your vacation glow. Earlier thqan that? Something at a hotel, perhaps...I usually have brunch at Carnival time and other than Commander's I can't thinkof the last one I did at a restaurant

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                            edible complex Jan 4, 2011 06:43 PM

                            believe Luke opens early on Sundays

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                            Luke Restaurant
                            333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            collardman Jan 6, 2011 10:10 AM

                            An early brunch reservation at Atchafalaya might work for you. There should be little wait and you can't beat their Bloody Mary bar. And the food is good and very much in the Creole/Cajun vein

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                              kibbles Jan 7, 2011 06:57 AM

                              i'd get a reservation for Atchafalaya -- they were pretty slammed when we were there for brunch; had to wait even with a res.

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                          JazzyB Jan 7, 2011 07:43 AM

                          Commander's or Coquette for brunch.

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                            noradeirdre Jan 8, 2011 06:13 AM

                            +1 on either of these.

                        3. re: hazelhurst
                          noradeirdre Jan 8, 2011 06:13 AM

                          Just to stick up for August, I still love that place. Just had a fantastic lunch there on Friday. I don't know if it's a few folks slamming August, as much as one person slamming it at every opportunity.

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                            kibbles Jan 8, 2011 07:47 AM

                            well i can pipe in and im not the other guy. on our last two August visits the food was excellent on one, but on another one entree (a rolled chicken thing) was terrible.

                            what bothered me more tho was the sloppy service (empty wine and water glasses, amuse bouche served after apps), and the patron attire -- t-shirts, ladies in jeans & tank tops, and one dude in a baseball hat.

                            i wrote August about the lack of enforcement of their dress policy, and they said its something they wrestle with, but in the end decided that they wish to welcome any and all that come thru their door because they want everyone to be "comfortable". when i said their comfort in tees and hats came at the price of my discomfort, they didnt respond.

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                              kukubura Jan 8, 2011 07:51 AM

                              Turning away business in this economy must be a very difficult thing to do. Unfortunately the places that stop doing it ultimately suffer. Interesting that they were so open about having made that compromise.

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                                texasredtop Jan 8, 2011 02:58 PM

                                The right thing to do would be to not tell a customer that calls and asks that "coats and ties are HIGHLY recommended" (at dinner) so you dress to the nines and sit next to people in sweat suits and khaki's that look like they'd been slept in.

                                I really could have overlooked all of that had the food been decent. My main objective was the gnocchi and it looked really good. That is the best thing I could say about it.

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                                  a213b Jan 8, 2011 03:08 PM

                                  texas, I think the issue others might have - and it IS something I've noticed myself reading this board for the past few weeks preparing for an upcoming trip - is that at seemingly every mention of August you jump in to slam it.

                                  I've only been once before, and while not the same terrible experience you so clearly had, it certainly was not otherworldly. It fell into the middle-lower end of the spectrum. Nevertheless, I don't bash it at every opportunity.

                                  Anyway, take this for whatever you think it is worth, just wanted to jump in and let you know why I think others have made the comments they have.

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                                    texasredtop Jan 8, 2011 03:21 PM

                                    I have also jumped in and praised way more than one place. Should I only praise? I'm just being honest about my experiences. I would hope no one has the same experience I have and no, I have not jumped in and slammed August at every mention of it. I would have to be here 24/7 as it is mentioned a heck of a lot. :-) There are just so many better places to eat in the area that are good year after year after year that I hate to see anyone waste the time and effort.

                                    I get your point though and will not comment further on August. Thanks.

                                    Edit to add - I tried to delete my previous posts on this thread but was able to only delete one.

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                                      a213b Jan 8, 2011 09:09 PM

                                      Cool, I'm glad you didn't take that to be a slam on you ... I am fine with people posting whatever they like (within CH guidelines), but just thought I'd point out what I thought others were trying to say, that's all.

                              2. re: kibbles
                                Bill Hunt Jan 10, 2011 07:14 PM

                                "and the patron attire -- t-shirts, ladies in jeans & tank tops, and one dude in a baseball hat."

                                I am afraid that this is becoming a "sign of the times." When we last dined there, I was one of the only gentlemen in a blazer - all the rest were in suits.

                                Soon, sweaty running shorts and flip-flops will be considered within the "dress-code." Most posts here have a "husband," or similar, who refuses to wear a jacket, and wants cut-off Levi shorts. Guess that they are getting their way?

                                While I do not understand that choice, I guess that many like to assume that a fine-dining restaurant ought to be like a neighborhood sports bar. Maybe Restaurant August can serve peanuts in the shells, which one throws onto the floor?

                                From the "comfort" standpoint, maybe Chef Besh should install some soiled sofas, and everyone could then lounge and dine from plates in their laps.

                                Some claim to desire a "classless society." I think they are close, as we now have a society with no class.

                                Hunt

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                                Restaurant August
                                301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                texasredtop Jan 8, 2011 02:49 PM

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                                  noradeirdre Jan 8, 2011 03:25 PM

                                  I don't think that's the case, I've seen several unprovoked comments about August. And I don't think anyone would dare say that you're not being honest, I believe that you had a disappointing meal there for a lot of money and it stinks. I think the point above was that the repetition about the experience has been... significant. Which is certainly your prerogative, just as it's the prerogative of others to be annoyed by it.

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                                    texasredtop Jan 8, 2011 03:27 PM

                                    Yeah, it did stink and I'm sure I'll get over it but I guess it's still fresh in my mind :-)

                                    I've also lavishly praised a few places to the point of annoying my own self. lol

                                    1. re: texasredtop
                                      noradeirdre Jan 8, 2011 03:31 PM

                                      Heh.

                                      Edited to add: funnily enough, I did not care for Mr. B's BBQ shrimp! Just goes to show, there are all kinds of tastes in the world... :-)

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                                        texasredtop Jan 8, 2011 03:46 PM

                                        And every year, my first bite just sends my taste buds to a whole new level. I was hooked on Pascal's bbq shrimp for years but after K, they just couldn't always get it right. One year good, next year not good so I tried Mr. B's. I doubt they get better every year but it sure seems like it after the first taste. Mr. B's isn't the only place I raved about on my recent trip.

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                                          noradeirdre Jan 8, 2011 03:51 PM

                                          Yeah, I wanna give the BBQ shrimp another try for sure.

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                                            JazzyB Jan 11, 2011 04:01 PM

                                            Everyone's an expert regarding their palate. Not every place is for everyone. One bad meal is just that. I can certainly understand your reluctance to return. Harping on it will not sway those who have had exceptional meals. Who is right...everyone.

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                                              Littleman Jan 11, 2011 04:04 PM

                                              No one that I know is harping on it. No one is right. You can be wrong.

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                                                texasredtop Jan 11, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                You will not draw me into another conversation about it. Like I said earlier, I will not mention their name again.

                                            2. re: noradeirdre
                                              Bill Hunt Jan 10, 2011 07:33 PM

                                              We are close to that too. Mr. B's is good, but we've both enjoyed the Emeril version at two different restaurants. Along those lines, we both enjoyed Pascale's Manale for many dishes and over the decades, but are not real fans of their version (some say "original?"). It depends on one's taste. Some love a dish, and others are left scratching their heads. Happens all the time.

                                              Hunt

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

                                          2. re: noradeirdre
                                            Bill Hunt Jan 10, 2011 07:30 PM

                                            Yes, disappointment can happen. While we have had great meals there, I have panned the wine service heavily. Changes have been made, but we have not fit them back into the rotation yet.

                                            Others have indicated that there have been some changes in the kitchen, and they have not been for the better.

                                            Great restaurants can slip. Mediocre restaurants can rise. It happens.

                                            As an example, Brennan's was off my map for a very long time. Then, much later, we were surprised, and in a very good way. Went back, and things were even better. Went back one more time, and everyone was hitting on "all cylinders." Same thing with The Grill Room at the Windsor Court. Went early on, when every magazine in the US was touting them. Everything was more than horrible. No way was I ever going back. Well, a decade later, we did, and they impressed on every aspect. In that review, I recounted my first experience. While I stood by that first review, they had done a complete turnaround, and were excellent. Had a similar experience with a restaurant on Waikiki. First visit was the "meal from hell," but after a decade, we went back. Things had changed greatly, and they assumed about the #4 spot in Waikiki for us. Then, their slide began. Now, they are something else (a steakhouse in Hawai`i, of all things), and we have not gone back.

                                            Yes, the great can fall, and the lesser can rise up. What was, might no longer be - good, or bad. [However, there are a few restaurants, that I just cannot bring myself to ever revisit.]

                                            Hunt

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                                              noradeirdre Jan 11, 2011 10:39 AM

                                              Mr. Hunt, you are my inspiration for keeping an open mind about restaurants!

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                                                Bill Hunt Jan 11, 2011 06:11 PM

                                                Well, there are many, where I can. However, had this been another thread, you'd likely have said, "don't you think you should give them another chance?"

                                                Glad that it was this thread! [Grin]

                                                Thanks for the kind words,

                                                Hunt

                                    2. re: leftyp
                                      edible complex Jan 4, 2011 06:41 PM

                                      Martinique Bistro for lunch on Magazine St.

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                                      Martinique Restaurant Bistro
                                      5908 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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                                      Littleman Jan 3, 2011 10:08 AM

                                      Hunt gave you some great advice. Galatoire's is a great restaurant. I also like Emeril's. Be sure to visit the WWII DDay museum in the CBD. You can have lunch at American Sector in the museum. Have lunch at Commander's Palace in the GD on Friday for their $20.00 lunch special and 25 cent martini's, After lunch walk two blocks to Magazine St. and browse the many fine shops and stores in the 3,000 to 5,000 block area. Coquette, Lilette, Clancy's, Patois and Brigtsen's are fine restaurants in the GD and Uptown. You can ride the SC streetcar easily.

                                      For good jazz go to the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz Carlton on Thursday/Friday/Saturday at 9 PM to hear Jeremy Davenport's outstanding jazz. Bayona, Mr. B's and Irene's are excellent choices in the FQ. Have fun. Good luck.

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                                      1. re: Littleman
                                        Bill Hunt Jan 3, 2011 07:34 PM

                                        See, I told you that the locals would have jazz covered! [Grin]

                                        I second Brigtsen's at the River Bend (nice streetcar ride from the FQ/CBD), and will also add that the Davenport Lounge does a great job, right in the Ritz.

                                        Enjoy,

                                        Hunt

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                                        Brigtsen's Restaurant
                                        723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                      2. texasredtop Jan 2, 2011 07:18 PM

                                        They sang Happy Birthday to me at Galatoire's. It was awesome!! Go Thursday for a late lunch - around 1 or 1:30. It will still be crowded and all those celebrating lunch will still be there and be very happy by then :-)

                                        Don't miss Mr. B's bbq shrimp and if you can get out to Metairie, get some chargrilled oysters from Drago's. Yum Yum!!

                                        We had a $220+ dinner at August and were sorely disappointed. The only thing even worth mentioning was some kind of curry bisque. Everything else was blah.

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

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                                        1. re: texasredtop
                                          noradeirdre Jan 8, 2011 06:11 AM

                                          I just had a fantastic lunch at August. Never disappoints me. The OP might want to consider August (and other fine dining places) for lunch instead.

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                                            texasredtop Jan 8, 2011 02:43 PM

                                            Are you kidding? After having a $220+ dinner that wasn't worth $50 IMO, I'm not ever going back. I've heard stories of that famous gnocchi for years and one taste of it and I just couldn't believe it was so tasteless and mushy. I would never drop another dollar in there for any reason when I can go on the other side of Canal and have some fabulous bbq shrimp for $18.

                                            I have to tell you that I was quite shocked that in all the appetizers, entrees and desserts we ate there was only one dish that was memorable. It was nowhere near the best bisque I've ever had but it was good. The rest of the meal, not so much.

                                            I'm happy that you had a great lunch there, I hope my experience was not the norm but I have heard others say they were not impressed lately. It actually has made me consider not ever visiting any of Besh's other restaurants either. The jury is out on that one.

                                        2. Bill Hunt Jan 2, 2011 07:03 PM

                                          Thanks for the tip, on where you will be staying. That helps more than you can imagine.

                                          Now, is there a particular cuisine that you are seeking? For instance, does each meal need to be 100% New Orleans, or just great?

                                          Is there any particular price point, that you would like to hit?

                                          For some NOLA classics, I would look to:

                                          Galatoire's just behind you in the FQ.

                                          G W Fins, also close by, but less NOLA-centric, a tad more casual, and mostly seafood.

                                          Stella! guessing about 8 blocks away, and less NOLA-centric, but great, fine-dining, none the less.

                                          Bayona, again close to you, with a strong NOLA influence, and lovely patio.

                                          Restaurant August - across Canal St and then a few blocks, and up-scale, with NOLA-influence, and local ingredients.

                                          MiLa - about the same distance, as Restaurant August, in the same general direction (CBD), and an interesting mixture of Mississippi and Louisiana cuisine, in an up-scale location.

                                          Arnaud's - in the FQ, and not far away. It is a traditional NOLA restaurant, and has been good for me, but maybe not all other posters here.

                                          NOLA - by Emeril Lagasse, and just down the street for you. We had a wonderful meal there, and all was great, but again, not a restaurant, that gets the top reviews of all here.

                                          Dominicia's at the Roosevelt - excellent Italian themed cuisine, just across Canal St., and a few blocks Lakeside. It's by Chef John Besh (Restaurant August) and is very good.

                                          As for bars:

                                          Carousel Bar, at the Monteleone
                                          Sazarac Bar, at the Roosevelt
                                          Any number of other bars, and too many to even think about.

                                          For the B'day dinner, how many in your group? I would think about either Galatoire's, or perhaps The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel, across Canal St., and a few blocks toward the River. The latter is very elegant and very quiet, with great food, service and wines.

                                          Enjoy,

                                          Hunt

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                                          Restaurant August
                                          301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                          Bayona
                                          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

                                          Windsor Court Hotel
                                          300 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                            leftyp Jan 2, 2011 07:43 PM

                                            Thanks for the fast reply Bill. We do want to experience real New Orleans food. Price is not an object but we would prefer not to have to wear coats and ties to every meal. We were considering August for birthday dinner. What are the best places for jazz?

                                            1. re: leftyp
                                              Bill Hunt Jan 3, 2011 07:31 PM

                                              I'll let others (especially the wonderful locals) handle the jazz aspect.

                                              I'd take a jacket to NOLA, as it will be appreciated at many venues. A tie is not really necessary any more, but some places still require that gentlemen wear a jacket, and even in those restaurants, that do not, one will be more comfortable with a blazer, as many will likely be wearing suits.

                                              Though not as formal (with strict dress-code) as it once was, it is all about fitting in with all the other diners, at least to me.

                                              As for the recs., you are most welcome. Though we no longer live in the City, we do travel over, and especially for major events, and doubly, especially for my wife, the "local."

                                              Enjoy,

                                              Hunt

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                                              JazzyB Jan 3, 2011 11:07 AM

                                              Skip breakfast. Have an early "fine" dining lunch: Emeril's(M-F), Commander's ( lunch specials/25cent martinis M-F), Galatoire's or Coquette (specialty cocktails 1/2 price all day Thur). Dinner: August, Herbsaint, Le Foret, Patois, Lilette. FWIW, I would classify Jeremy Davenport as lounge music. Go to Snug Harbor on Frenchmen for jazz.

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

                                              Herbsaint
                                              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                              Lilette
                                              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                                              Le Foret
                                              129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                              1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                edible complex Jan 3, 2011 06:11 PM

                                                add Chart Room, Hermes Bar at Antoine's, and French 75 Bar at Arnaud's to your adult beverage list. I would also go to Napoleon House for a Pimm's Cup.
                                                for dinner, I'll add a window table overlooking Royal St. at the Rib Room at the Royal Orleans.
                                                and go to Vieux Carre Wine & Spirits for some champagne and go flutes and take a carriage ride around the Qtr.
                                                cheers!

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                                                Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
                                                500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                Chart Room
                                                300 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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