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griffingallery Jan 14, 2011 06:29 AM

Three serious foodie women in town for only one day (sigh) to hear six young and upcoming conductors rehearse with the Louisiana Philharmonic. Where to go for the most awesome dining experience? And maybe one quick lunch? And the best coffee?

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    hazelhurst RE: griffingallery Jan 14, 2011 06:35 AM

    A lot depends on (a) what you are used to (b) where you are coming from (c) what day of the week.

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      griffingallery RE: hazelhurst Jan 14, 2011 06:59 AM

      a) everything - NYC, SF, Hotlanta
      b) Florida
      c) Wednesday

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        hazelhurst RE: griffingallery Jan 14, 2011 07:34 AM

        If you want the "cajun" taste, go to Bon ton or, possibly K-Paul. If you want creole and The N'awlins Old time experinece, go to Galatoire's (which has the best coffee)

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

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          edible complex RE: hazelhurst Jan 14, 2011 02:44 PM

          agree on Galatoire's. I went off caffeine yrs ago, but their coffee is the best. I drank a pot one night and could have washed every car in the parking lot so I was so wired...in a good way.

          for a quick lunch, where will you be at lunchtime?

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

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          Littleman RE: griffingallery Jan 14, 2011 09:52 AM

          I second Bon Ton and Galatoire's.

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

          Bon Ton Cafe
          401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      2. mrsfury RE: griffingallery Jan 14, 2011 03:27 PM

        I adore Bon Ton but have yet to go to Galatoire's. My friends love it though.

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

        Bon Ton Cafe
        401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          abouttoburst RE: griffingallery Jan 14, 2011 03:35 PM

          Jaques imos. My spelling may be a little off but i have always had a great time there

          1. ChiTown_NOLA_SF RE: griffingallery Jan 15, 2011 06:20 AM

            I'll say this until the day they disappoint me--Restaurant August--if you do not want to go for a fabulous dinner (a lot of local New Orlean's flavors combined with French techniques), then go for lunch--the Prix Fixe $20.11 3 course lunch (M-F) is amazing value.

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            Restaurant August
            301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              midcity RE: ChiTown_NOLA_SF Jan 16, 2011 08:52 PM

              +1. If I had only one day, August is undoubtedly where I would eat lunch [or dinner if I could afford it more easily]. The $20 increases if you order drinks, but it is still an amazing deal.

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                SusanB RE: ChiTown_NOLA_SF Jan 17, 2011 04:16 PM

                We're going to New Orleans at Easter (4 nights - arriving Wednesday midday and flying home on Sunday morning). A $20 prix fixe sound great. I think that Emeril also has a $20 prix fixe at lunch. How do the 2 restaurants (August and Emeril) compare? Thanks!

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

              2. Bill Hunt RE: griffingallery Jan 16, 2011 06:48 PM

                Were I given only one choice, it would be Galatoire's, and, while I know that I would have missed some great restaurants, I would still be happy.

                For coffee, I cannot help myself. I am, and have always been a fan of Cafe Du Monde (and the old Morning Call, when in the FQ). I grew up with that, and still enjoy it greatly. The crowds are bigger now, the leisure is not quite what it once was, but then we were often there on foggy evenings, back when Jax Brewery was still working. The tourists had moved on to Bourbon Street, and we often had our pick of most tables. Still, sitting and sipping gave me some great memories, and I still LOVE the coffee.

                Hunt

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

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                  griffingallery RE: Bill Hunt Jan 18, 2011 11:15 AM

                  So interesting - my favorite restaurants from 20 years ago were Galatoire's and Bon Ton! I guess Gourmet Mag. got it right back then! Are they STILL the best? Amazing. Thanks for everyone's input!

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

                  Bon Ton Cafe
                  401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    Niki in Dayton RE: griffingallery Jan 18, 2011 11:34 AM

                    Bon Ton was a bit disappointing the last time we were there (May). Lots of folks love August, and I thought it was good, too, but my recommendations include Herbsaint, Bayona (I've never been disappointed by Susan Spicer), Cochon, Coquette and Patois. I'll be back for a couple of days in March, and those are on my short list (been to all before). Still haven't made it to Galatoire's so have no frame of reference for that venerable institution.

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                    Cochon
                    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                    Bayona
                    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

                    Herbsaint
                    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                    Bon Ton Cafe
                    401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                2. Bob MacAdoo RE: griffingallery Jan 18, 2011 01:06 PM

                  Based on recent visit, I'd skip August. Lovely place, some exceptional food, but for the most part, overhyped.

                  Commander's is another option. Or Brigsten's. Both struck this Northerner as quintissential high-end N.O. chow, with exceptional dining experiences to boot.

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                    Bill Hunt RE: Bob MacAdoo Jan 18, 2011 04:51 PM

                    I have just got to get back, and give them a try. Going back a bit now, the food was a real knockout, and the only issue I had was with the sommelier's wine pairings, but they are several sommeliers down the stream. Still, too many are commenting about the food for me to ignore. Either things have changed, and not for the better, or we both just missed issues with the many dishes.

                    As things do change, I need to taste for myself.

                    Brigtsen's, even on a weak night, has always come through for us.

                    Commander's has not, and it was once our "go-to" restaurant for special occasions. About the time that Chef Shannon died, we have yet to have a really good meal there. Still, others continue to rave, so I must be missing something?

                    Hunt

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                      Bob MacAdoo RE: Bill Hunt Jan 19, 2011 06:42 AM

                      Bill, that's a sound approach. Inre Commander's, maybe we caught them on a good day (Friday lunch.) Whatever it was, the meal and experience were both stellar.

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