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Favorite recommendations for 2 dinners and 3 lunches in New Orleans?

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Hi everyone,

Usually when I visit N.O., I have dinner at Cochon and Upperline. For snacks/lunch, I grab a poboy at Domelise's, oysters at Cooter's or Casemento's, muffelata at Central Grocer, sometimes Dini's for fried seafood, and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. I was wondering if I only have 2 dinners and 3 lunches, where are the best places to go? Also, what is open on Sunday? I'm definitely looking for food that is special to New Orleans (but please no suggestions for Coops Place or Commander's Palace). Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

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  1. Everything but a few po-boy places are open on Sunday.

    You have thrown quite a wide net. Can you give a few more specifics about timing and area? If you're not keeping a schedule the location of places won't matter as much.

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    1. re: collardman

      I'll be staying in the Garden District and probably would prefer to stay out of the quarter with MG. So far, my itinerary looks like this:
      Wednesday: any recommendations for a casual/fine dinner? Something along the lines of Cochon or Upperline... would you recommend Brigsten's, Gautreau's, or Augusts over these restaurants?
      Thursday: I was thinking of grabbing oysters somewhere for lunch (Casamento's?) and grab a muffelata from Central Grocer for the road (headed to Baton Rouge for 2 days)
      Saturday: I'm going to Domelise's for lunch but would love a fine dining recommendation.
      Sunday: Other than places in the quarter (e.g., Acmes) - I'm at a loss for lunch & dinner.

      Thanks so for your help!

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      Cochon
      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      Gautreau's Restaurant
      1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      Upperline Restaurant
      1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

      1. re: rkmla

        Go to Clancy's Saturday night. Go to Coquette for Sunday brunch. Go to Cafe Atchafalaya Wednesday for dinner or Sunday brunch. Lilette's is another good choice. They have a great tavern next door.

        Clancy's Restaurant @ 6100 Annunciation Street, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1111.
        Coquette @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.
        http://www.coquette-nola.com/index.html
        Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 891 - 9626.
        http://www.cafeatchafalaya.com/
        Lilette @ 3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1636.
        http://www.liletterestaurant.com/

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        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

        Cafe Atchafalaya
        901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. re: Littleman

          Thanks for the recommendations... I was looking at pictures of their food on-line and they all seem like great choices. I'm definitely going to make reservations at Clancy's for dinner and Coquette's for brunch.

          1. re: Littleman

            Here's an update to New Orleans trip, and I have to say Clancy's and Brigsten's are highly overrated. While the atmosphere at both is charming with great service, the food leaves much to be desired and went largely unfinished. At Clancy's, for appetizers: we had the brie and oysters (fine), sweetbreads (mediocre), and the crabmeat remick which unfortunately the crab (super fresh) was buried under its sauce. For dinner, I had the special which was a whitefish (ate only 2 bites) and my bf had the veal (unremarkable).
            At Brigsten's, the shrimp bisque was amazing! However, both of our entrees were disappointing (the roast duck was dry and his trout with shrimp looked liked every other slopped together entree that the senior citizens seemed to enjoy). In future, I will stick with Upperline which has a great atmosphere and more care is put into the food's preparation (i.e. it doesn't feel outdated recipes that line cooks are slopping together).

            Enough with the negative, to save our night after the Brigsten's fiasco, we went to the bar at Patois and enjoyed their charcuterie plate along with bread pudding for dessert. They had a nice selection of wines by the glass and the bartender made us a complimentary apertif. Definitely saved the night. Also, Coquette's brunch was superb! Next time we're in town we will return to both.

            Casamento's oysters were fresh and flavorful - we went there twice. I guess due to the colder weather, some people were complaining that the oysters are smaller but I actually prefered the smaller oysters. Domelise's serves the coldest beer on draft which goes perfect with their half and half. They have always costed a bit more... but is it just me or are they crossing the line at $16.50 for a poboy? I guess the $2 beer makes up for it!

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

            Upperline Restaurant
            1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

            1. re: rkmla

              Many love Clancy's. Perhaps b/c it's like a comfortable old friend. The food is generally disappointing.

              Next time try Emeril's, Herbsaint for dinner. Commander's and August for lunch .

              1. re: JazzyB

                I am amused to learn tht ther is such a thing as an "outdated recipe." So much for most cooking...Oh well.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  The "outdated recipe" refers to chefs who rely on their past accolades and do not continue to improve upon their techniques or evolve their dishes. The result of this is food that lacks distinction... if you looked around the dining room at Brigsten's there was a homogenization among the different entrees (e.g., whether the main was fish or veal they had the same sauce and side). So in agreement, it's not necessarily the recipe but the chef's execution of it.

                  1. re: rkmla

                    Brigtsen's has been resting on it's laurels way too long. The menu is stagnant. OTOH,it's working for them, so why mess with a good thing?

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

      2. How does this food itinerary sound (please critique):
        Wednesday, dinner: Brigsten's or Herbsaint?? (I have never been to either...)
        Thursday, lunch (and snack for the road): Casamento's (for oysters) and a muffaletta from Central Grocer
        Saturday, lunch: poboy at Domelise's; dinner: Clancy's
        Sunday, brunch: Coquette

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

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: rkmla

            I suggest Brigtsen's. Herbsaint is nice but I think you would really like Brigtsen's. It's kind of tricky finding it but not that hard. It's in an old house and the sign on the front is hard to spot. Get your bearings before you head out or take a cab. Good luck.

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

            1. re: Littleman

              Brigtsen's really shines with appetizers. Consider ordering an array as your meal.

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

              1. re: JazzyB

                Thanks! Some of my favorite restaurants have the best appetizers while their entrees don't shine... So I know what you mean. Also, more things to taste!

          2. How bout Coop's Place and Commanders Palace?

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            Coop's Place
            1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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            1. re: conOsewer

              I like your humor. What dishes would you recommend at the places I've decided to go to?