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Jazz Fest Restaurant Recommendations

Hi all. I was wondering if if people had any recommendations of where to eat while I'm down there for Jazz Fest with some friends. It's been a while (2004 I believe), and I think a few of the places I liked/remembered have closed. Here are some of the memorable (ie: I liked!) places:

Pie in the Sky Pizza (Magazine Street): They had a really awesome pizza. I keep looking for something similar to one of their special pizzas, but I haven't found it.

Emeril's: I basically remembered I liked the food, and I was eating at his restaurant

K-Paul: Had this amazing flash fried shrimp that basically melted in your mouth

Bluebird Cafe: LOVE brunch. :)

Uglesich's: Oysters = good.

Obviously we'll be eating at the Jazz Fest, but I was wondering what recommendations people had. We'd probably like one or two nice dinners, but hole in the wall places are fine too. Just as long as the food is good (preferably excellent! :) ).

Anyone have any recommendations? I skimmed the board, and it seemed like Mila may be a nice place to go, but when I try to check their website, I get all sorts of warnings (computer, not food).

Thanks in advance. I can't wait to come back down!


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

1238 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113

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  1. Unfortunately I think two of those spot Ain't Der No More. Pie in the Sky Pizza is closed for sure, the owner moved out of town and was the mastermind behind most of the creative topping combos. I'm pretty sure it closed before the storm.

    BlueBird Cafe also closed since the owners wanted to retire, I think they just didn't want to work into their 70s and saw a chance to cash out. There is a breakfast place in the sam location called Coulis that has a similar vibe to BlueBird, and offers kind of polished diner breakfast dishes. Not fancy by any means, but still really good.

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    1. re: NolaSports

      don;t forget Uglesich closed a goodly time ago.

      1238 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113

    2. I loved Pie in the Sky, awesome pizza. Try Lillete on Magazine, Patois or Coquette are similar, and also good. And then go to Cochon for something different, Emeril's is still good also. Mila is good too, there food is pretty cutting edge, you could call call it modern. Lots to choose from, place is going restaurant crazy, money to be made I guess.

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

        1. re: jenniferpdc

          Yes Jennifer ... sigh ... Shrimp Uggie ... double sigh.

        2. upscale: august

          stanley for breakfast. elizabeth is further afield and a longer wait but good for breakfast as well.

          1. Surrey's for breakfast

            1. Thanks for all the replies. I knew that some of the restaurants were closed in the list. I just wanted to give people an idea of the restaurants I've liked down there with the hopes of finding something similar.

              If people have any more suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

              Thanks again!

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              1. re: krazykid

                I'm trying to finalize my Jazz Fest reservations as well. I was given the recommendation of Clancy's that seems to fit what you liked previously. I had actually discounted Upperline myself since the long-time chef left, but according to recent reviews it seems to be going strong. Brightsen's also, if you can get in - I'll be trying myself today.

                Upperline Restaurant
                1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

              2. Cafe Degas is on Esplanade a couple blocks from the fairgrounds and it is excellant! Inside and outside seating (I like outside). Lunch will run you about 15-20 each, brunch is the same, dinner is more like 30-40 although it really depends on what you order and how much you eat! I like to go for brunch/lunch then walk the couple blocks to the Fest. It is a french bistro, so think fresh, earthy, and light: perfect before a day in the sun!

                Cafe Degas
                3127 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119