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CCarroll83 Feb 23, 2011 11:52 AM

Hi,

I'm bringing a group of people to NOLA. I am not familar with the town. It's a group of ~30 ppl all in their 20s-30s.

I'm looking for a nicer but fun restaurant that is walking distance from our hotel. So we want to stay in the French Quarter.

I've had NOLA, Pelican Club, Muriel's Jackson Square, and Mr. B's recommended to me. We are interested in staying with creole/cajun cuisine.

Thoughts?

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Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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    Littleman RE: CCarroll83 Feb 23, 2011 12:15 PM

    I would not leave NOLA without dinner at Emeril's. NOLA is fine but not quite as much fun as Emeril's. Galatoire's is outstanding also.

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

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      Blumie RE: Littleman Feb 23, 2011 12:32 PM

      I'm not a huge fan of Emeril's, but they do do a nice job with a group, particularly if you can fit into the wine room. (Your group may be too large.)

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        betheroo RE: Littleman Feb 23, 2011 12:33 PM

        Emeril's isn't in the quarter, though...

        I am wondering what sort of event or setting you have in mind....wedding? Business meeting? That might help people make appropriate suggestions. Also, what day of the week....lots of restaurants are closed on Mondays.

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

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          CCarroll83 RE: betheroo Feb 23, 2011 12:52 PM

          It's a sales incentive trip - so just a fun "business" dinner for the top preformers in the company.

          It will be on a Wednesday in May.

      2. edible complex RE: CCarroll83 Feb 23, 2011 06:18 PM

        I've done successful events at Galatoire's and Muriel's, both in their upstairs' rooms. Rib Room also has a great room.

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

        1. Bill Hunt RE: CCarroll83 Feb 23, 2011 07:01 PM

          I've had a great experience at NOLA (Emeril's, of course, and not the City), and also like the rec. for Galatoire's. Each should be fun, and with great, NOLA (the City) inspired cuisine. I have had groups about half as large as yours, at Galatoire's, but no more than six at NOLA.

          I would also check with G W Fins, as they have a private room, and are a fun restaurant, with a good wine list, and local seafood, with local preps. I do not recall, however, the capacity of their private room, and dining out in the main room would be tough. We have hosted parties of 12 - 14 in both locations, and if the private room will handle your group, it will be MUCH better. An array of 4-tops for 30 would be ungainly, at best. IMHO, 12 is about the max, to be manageable.

          I've been underwhelmed by both the service and food at Muriel's, BUT that was too long ago, and was for several special events, about the size of your group, and then larger. Many here have sung its praises, and much more recently, than my experiences, so I would defer to them on that one.

          Broussard's did a great job with a much larger group, and we were highly impressed. Not sure of all the rooms, but they did cocktails on the patio w/ passed appetizers, and open-bar, and then handled 250 in the room, with excellent service and food. I was greatly impressed. Had not dined there in decades, and they did not miss a beat.

          Have not made the Pelican Club. After a few fits-n-starts, it has been getting good reviews here, from some trusted posters. If they can handle the group, I say they should be in the mix.

          We've dined at Mr. B's, and have enjoyed each visit, but never with a group, so that is an unknown to me. I have never had a bad meal, or dish, though do not have quite the same "love" as a few here. Still, always very good.

          I think that all of your restaurants, plus the ones added, will fill the bill for the cuisine, and will requite themselves very well.

          Enjoy, and thanks for coming to New Orleans,

          Hunt

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

          Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
          312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            mbooth RE: Bill Hunt Jul 1, 2011 02:15 PM

            We've been underwhelmed by Mr B's on more than one dinner. And, the Pelican Club is LOUD. Too noisy to hear each other at even a small table.

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            Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
            312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              Bill Hunt RE: mbooth Jul 4, 2011 07:08 PM

              We have only done Mr. B's for casual lunches, and had dropped Pelican Club, when the reviews went way down. Since then, they have come back up, but have not been able to work them into the schedule.

              Thanks,

              Hunt

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              Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
              312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                jenniferpdc RE: Bill Hunt Jul 6, 2011 11:02 AM

                I highly recommend skipping the Pelican Club. Went over Jazz Fest and thought it was just terrible compared to other places we could have gone. I had people with me who had never been to NOLA before and I was actually embarassed.

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                Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                  Christine RE: jenniferpdc Jul 7, 2011 08:25 AM

                  So sorry to hear about your "embarrassing" experience at Pelican Club. What, pray tell, was bad about it? Specifically speaking, of course. We had a wonderful experience there last year and hate to think it's deteriorated so much. Do you think it was because it was during JF and they just weren't trying hard enough? I'd really like to know more about what "terrible" things happened when you dined and drank there.

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                  Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                  312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                    collardman RE: Christine Jul 7, 2011 11:41 AM

                    I would also like to know. While the place can have a noise problem for many, I've found food and service to be good. It's only fair to give specifics.

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                      jenniferpdc RE: Christine Jul 7, 2011 01:39 PM

                      Wow, you seem a little defensive. I was looking forward to the Pelican Club, it opened when I used to live there and had a good reputation so I was quite surprised to dislike it so.

                      Starting off, I thought the soup was dreadful. I had the corn and crab bisque and it was very dark in color and had a grainy texture and no discernable flavor, maybe even a little too fishy. My husband had the gumbo, which he is a big fan of and said it was pretty tasteless and seemed unseasoned. My appetizer was pretty good, it was the crab and mushroom ravioli. I forget what others in the group had, but they said it was pretty forgettable. We all decided I had the best entree of the group and I certainly didn't think it was great. I had the lobster stuffed with scallop and a beurre blanc sauce. The scallops seemed poached and were pretty flavorless, the beurre blanc sauce was nice, but very sparingly applied. The waiter was fine enough, but when I asked for some drawn butter to compensate, instead of just saying OK, he felt the need to mention in a rather snide tone that it was already sauced. Two others had the panneed gulf fish and said it was rather soggy and the meuniere sauce seemed burnt. Everything seemed poorly seasoned. The desserts were fine but nothing special. We had the coconut cream and pecan pies.

                      I'm sure if I had this meal in any other city it would have been fine, there are just too many other choices in NOLA, and yes it was probably the most disappointing meal I've had there in the 20 years I've been in or visiting the city. My guests said they would have rather eaten more at Jazz Fest and skipped. for comparison our other meals were August, Bayona and Brightsen's. We had reservations for Emeril's as well, but were rather full by this time and ended up at Domenica which was right in our hotel and really enjoyed. The stuffed squash blossoms and the pork pizza are really nice.

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                      Bayona
                      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

                      Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                      312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

                      Domenica
                      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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                        kibbles RE: jenniferpdc Jul 7, 2011 01:47 PM

                        wow, thats incredible...every single thing was not good? i cant explain it.

                        i just checked the Coolinary menu, and they are doing their 3 courses for both July and August. weve had most of the items and IMO they are always the best offering of Coolinary.

                        http://www.nomcvb.com/restaurants/lis...

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                          collardman RE: jenniferpdc Jul 9, 2011 01:12 PM

                          Not defensive just curious and your explanation was fine. Not terrible just not good. Or not up to expectations. I've had that.

                          A past visit to Patois had our group of 8 wondering what all the fuss was about. Disappointing but not terrible.

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                        kibbles RE: jenniferpdc Jul 7, 2011 01:35 PM

                        well, as a local who hits them all, i wouldnt call Pelican Club terrible, not by a long shot. many enjoyable dishes there... ive had some rocky service, but never a complaint w/ the food.

                        i prefer the dark, wood-paneled dining room to the large main room. the bar is also great for eating and drinking.

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                          jenniferpdc RE: kibbles Jul 7, 2011 02:12 PM

                          Terrible was an overstatement, you're right I've had terrible in my life and this was much better. Maybe it was an off night, but there was a group of four of us who love good food and this just didn't do it for any of us. I was only embarrassed because my friends had never been to NOLA before and were looking to me to provide the best culinary experiences. At least when we got back home to DC and went out a few weeks later, they took us to a truly terrible place they were trying for the first time (terrible=microwaved mexican) and joked it was revenge for the Pelican Club. It also may have been because I had taken them to August the night before and that was truly fabulous.

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                          Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                          312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                            TaTee RE: jenniferpdc Jul 9, 2011 12:55 PM

                            Have given the PC two chances and now they are off my list, too many other really good restaurants in NO. First time, too noisy and I did not care for the seasoning on my lamb chops. Second visit, still too noisy. I asked if I could just have the lamb chops pan sauteed with only salt and pepper. I was told the chef could not do that. Made me think they are purchasing preseasoned meat. I ordered a steak. Sent it back, it was spoiled. Wait staff was fine...problem was in the kitchen.

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