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Feb 18, 2011 08:05 AM


I am heading to New Orleans from Chicago for a short break as family all over country in various sporting activites. Staying at Ritz Carlton and want to try the fabulous restaurants that New Orleans is known for but where will I be comfortable as a single woman. I prefer to sit at a bar area within a restaurant rather than solo at a table. Where are the fun, loud, in spots where I can blend with great food! I assume most of the top restaurants have a bar area that you can order the full menu. Any suggestions for nightlife - I am late 30's. Also looking for a cozy coffee spot for a great am coffee maybe in French quarter.

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  1. Lots of coffee in the Quarter, Royal Blend, Croissant Dor, Boucherie, and Cafe Dumond of course. Domenica has a good food bar scene, lots of young people go there. GW Fins, Clancy's, maybe Mr. B.'s. Cochon and a slow night, and Herbsaint, A Mano also.

    930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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    1. re: CharlieH

      These a really good recs for a single woman by Charlie H. I guess he knows where to hit on single woman. Just kidding. Of these recs, I think Domenica has the most hip bar scene. Also, there are a few trendy bars that serve great food like Cure, Delachaise and Oak (Uptown) and Cap D'ville (CBD).

      3442 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    2. You can do a search here as the same query has come up several times in the last 60 or so days. Many good places serve food at the bar and/or would be comfortable for singles.

      Mr. B's has been recommended. Both Emerils and NOLA serve at the bar, but at NOLA you can also sit at the kitchen/wood oven and chat with the line cook and maybe the Chef or Sous who's expediting. The Camillia Grill in the Quarter is all food bar. Luke also serves at the bar, as does Acme.

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

      1. Coquette, on Magazine Street and Washington has a great $20 lunch, and a very nice bar to sit at. It was one of the best meals we had on our last visit. For casual to a fault, but delicious is Coop's in the Quarter on Decatur. Very divey but some of the best food to be had. You may have to squeeze in at the bar sometimes, but here and elsewhere, the people are chatty and friendly like no other city. Go to Frenchman Street for music at night. Have a great trip!

        1. Antoine's has its new bar, hermes, which would be fine, Clancy's has a tiny bar whwere I prefer to eat when alone. Commander's and Galatoire's have teeny bars but they are not eating spots really. But they both have perfectly decent tables for a solo diner. Galatoire's has almost excusively two-tops running along the edge of the room. Lots of single diners there. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet.

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

          1. honestly - in any city - in any restaurant that is not a trucker bar - a woman can sit comfortably so pick the restaurants you want, as if you were not alone

            for good coffee in the morning: Croissant D'Or Patisserie, 617 Ursulines Ave

            Croissant D'Or Patisserie
            617 Ursulines Ave, New Orleans, LA

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