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kelliec Feb 22, 2011 12:45 PM

My husband and I are heading to NOLA this weekend for a long weekend. Based on reading many of the posts here, other research and feedback from a local friend we are already set for dinners at August and Muriel's Jackson Square, deli lunch at K-Paul's and Sunday brunch at Commander's Palace.
My question is - I'm torn for our last dinner in town between Mr. B's and Emerils. Or should we be considering something else? This would be for Monday night - so I know Galatoire's is closed (or we would be going there). For reference we are staying in FQ - but wouldn't mind taking a cab or street car if we should be looking outside FQ or CBD.
Thanks

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

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

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

Muriel's Jackson Square
801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    hazelhurst Feb 22, 2011 01:43 PM

    I'd go to Clancy's although there are lots of other Monday spots that will be recommeneded. Between the two posited, I think I'd recommend Emeril. A local might default to Mr B's though

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

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      mcegielski Feb 22, 2011 04:30 PM

      you can't really go wrong with either so you are on the right track!

      emeril's is wonderful when they are "on." i had the best meal of my life there. it was a tasting course served in the kitchen.

      i had a very lackluster meal there in the wine room. it was a work dinner for my wife's job and the food was good but not outstanding.

      b's is wonderful every time in my opinion. the bbq shrimp are crazy good and the lamb chops are heaven.

      back to my first sentence-you can't really go wrong with either!

      1. re: hazelhurst
        speyerer Feb 27, 2011 09:30 AM

        Unless I had an awful amount of extra cash,I would recommend Mr B's.
        As far as Clancy's: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/518820

        1. re: hazelhurst
          Bill Hunt Feb 27, 2011 04:18 PM

          Hazelhurst,

          Totally OT here, but e-mail me at info AT huntphoto DOT com. I might be coming to NOLA in late Spring, and want to see if schedules will work out. There will be no family events, so we'll finally be free.

          Hunt

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          JazzyB Feb 23, 2011 04:39 AM

          Not even close, go to Emeril's. http://www.chow.com/search?query=emer...

          in particular: tell me your Emeril's story, the good, bad, ugly,

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

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            CharlieH Feb 23, 2011 05:33 AM

            What I want to know is what you read on CH that put Muriel's at the top of the list.

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              JazzyB Feb 23, 2011 05:51 AM

              Personally, I'd skip Muriel's.

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                hazelhurst Feb 23, 2011 06:17 AM

                My biggest problem with it is that I cannot get the Chart House out of my mind and that's not their fault. I just feel--as I often do in otherwise blameless places-- that I'd rather be somewhere else spending the money

                1. re: hazelhurst
                  Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2011 06:05 PM

                  Ah, the poltergeists of the Chart House. I have some, possibly negative feelings, about other locations.

                  Muriel's does get a lot of love here, so I will have to conclude that they just had major letdowns in their events, when we dined there. I should try to work them back into the mix, but there is always too little time, so many "old favs," plus new restaurants, that I must try. Just can never seem to find the time for places that let me down, though over time, those experiences should probably not be factored in now. Just cannot help it, when it comes to my limited NOLA dining.

                  Enjoy,

                  Hunt

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                    collardman Feb 27, 2011 04:32 PM

                    Murial's is a decent restaurant but not a destination. If friends want to have something there I'm glad to join them but I don't think I'd ever initiate something there unless the location took precedent over the dining.

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                      kibbles Feb 28, 2011 07:42 AM

                      well put. the space is neat (private rooms upstairs) but their food & execution is purely average.

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                  cestlavie455 Feb 25, 2011 04:27 AM

                  Funny, I would not miss eating at Muriel's- love it.

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                Littleman Feb 23, 2011 06:14 AM

                I would have to include lunch at Galatoire's and scratch K Paul's and there's no doubt I would go to Emeril's for dinner. Good luck.

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

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                  JazzyB Feb 23, 2011 06:24 AM

                  I agree. K-Paul's deli lunch is disappointing. Much better for grabbing a bowl of gumbo/poboy as a snack.

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                  kelliec Feb 23, 2011 09:07 AM

                  Thanks for all of the feedback. Muriels and K-Pauls were suggestions of my friend who lives in the area (she admittedly isn't a foodie or been to any of the top restaurants). I'm going to see if I can make the suggested changes - lunch at Galatories and already made reservations for Emeril's on Monday night.

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

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                    JazzyB Feb 23, 2011 10:56 AM

                    The Emeril's originals section of the menu offers things that are just too good to take off the menu. (in particular the andouille crusted redfish, the pork chop w/ tamarind glaze and poblano mole). The angel hair w/ smoked mushrooms in tasso cream sauce and Abita rootbeer bacon salad are exceptional as is the banana cream pie). Portions are generous.

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

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                      kelliec Feb 23, 2011 11:01 AM

                      Thanks Jazzy - the angel hair and redfish had both caught my eye - glad to hear the glowing recs.

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                        expatorleanian Feb 24, 2011 04:12 AM

                        Those are my two favorite dishes there, and it's difficult for me to go and not order them. I usually have to get help from my dining partner with finishing my entree.

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                          JazzyB Feb 24, 2011 05:33 AM

                          The abita rootbeer glazed bacon (pork belly) salad,(as previously mentioned, is right up there with them.

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                            expatorleanian Feb 24, 2011 05:43 AM

                            I'll have to try that next time. I usually don't order more than two courses because the servings are generally pretty big.

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                              JazzyB Feb 24, 2011 06:13 AM

                              The salad is generous as well. I no longer order the pasta b/c it's easily made at home if you have a stovetop smoker for the mushrooms. I make a huge batch of the mushrooms then freeze. I keep a supply of Cochon tasso in the freezer, so the sauce comes together while the water/pasta boils. I do the same for the pc. Make ahead mole base/freeze, add stock/cream/strain when reheating. Tamarind glaze keeps for quite awhile in the frig I make a jar of his sw seasoning to keep on hand. Making these fabulous chops takes little effort/time.

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                                expatorleanian Feb 28, 2011 05:46 AM

                                Jazzy , I was just telling my husband a couple of weeks ago that we need a stovetop smoker. Are there better and not so good brands, or are all the same? Do they work on smooth top stoves, which I am temporarily stuck with??

                                I always keep a supply of Jacob's Tasso in the freezer, so I'd be in business!

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                                  JazzyB Feb 28, 2011 08:10 AM

                                  Cameronhttp://www.amazon.com/Camerons-Products-Stai...

                                  Can't see why it wouldn't work for you. 1 1/2T of pulverized smoking chips go into the bottom of the smoker over med heat. They heat up within a few min and smoking begins. Works great for mushrooms, but meat just doesn't get nearly as much flavor as with an outdoor smoker. The stovetop smoker is used for initial flavoring (maybe 45 min max), then gets finished in the oven or on a grill.

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                                    expatorleanian Feb 28, 2011 09:33 AM

                                    Thanks

                              2. re: expatorleanian
                                Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2011 06:11 PM

                                I agree with you, and love that some chefs are embracing the "small plate," or "tasting menu" concepts. I love the various tastes, but hate to try and work with more than a few large mains, plus an appetizer course, or two.

                                In the Deep South, many still expect a restaurant order to feed a family of 6 for a week. Guess that I just cannot eat the quantity, that I once could.

                                Love Chef Mavro's 14-course tasting menu on O`ahu, as the plates are just the right size - for us.

                                Enjoy,

                                Hunt

                    2. WestEndRailNJ Feb 25, 2011 08:04 AM

                      I would choose Emeril's over Mr. B's and would also say skip Muriels as it is only a solid two base hit. I recently went to Coquettes and would strongly suggest you check that out, I would go there over Emerils 7 out of 10. The problem with Emerils is you can come away from there with some incredible food and also about half the time some pretty pedestrian food, on par with Muriels, just so, so. Thats ok if your ordering NOLA style food in Cleveland, but not in the dirty water capital! Happy Eating

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

                      1. kukubura Feb 25, 2011 09:06 AM

                        In case you don't dine there, make sure to split a bbq shrimp at the bar at Mr. B's at some point just to try it.

                        1. N.O.Food Feb 25, 2011 05:43 PM

                          Skip Muriel's, and pick Emeril's.

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

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                            ilikeNOLA Feb 27, 2011 07:00 PM

                            Skip K Pauls, been there for dinner & had a very unimpressive meal especially for the $$. Try a resturant at the top of Bourbon (closer to Canal) called the Redfish Grill have had two great meals there and they usually have a very good fixed price menu, 3 or 4 courses for a very reasonable amount. They often get overlooked but are great.

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                              expatorleanian Feb 28, 2011 05:49 AM

                              We ate at Redfish Grill Friday night, and everyone agreed that it was delicious. Only complaint was that the food could have been hotter, but I gave them a pass because of the crowds, parades going by, and our large table size. Besides it was so good, I didn't mind that it was just warm.

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