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Will be in NOLA for a weekend this month. Made res. for Fri night at Brigtsens & August for Sat. night.
Also heard good things about HerbSaint, Le Floret, Stella MiLa & Bayona. Would also appreciate some suggestions for lunch on Sat. & Brunch on Sunday. We're visiting a very hungry Tulane student!!

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  1. August will be fine dining; Brigstens will offer fine dining without the surroundings. Both will be major meals.

    Herbsaint is the most casual of the list you're posted. Le Foret is French fine dining, and I don't think they offer lunch on the weekends. MiLa is actually attached to a hotel, too; their prices do reflect their location, but I don't think their menu isn't something you can enjoy in other parts of the country. The same for Stella, and the service is too uneven for me at Bayona.

    How formal do you like brunch?

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    Bayona
    430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Le Foret
    Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: dugar

      I just made brunch res. at Mr. B's on Sunday. Would also like someplace casual for Sat. b'fast or lunch. We went to Luke's last time and really like it, esp. the bread pudding.

      1. re: ocdgirl

        Stanley is the best place for breakfast in the FQ. Camellia Grill is also nice. I would go to Galatoire's for lunch. It's not casual but the food is outstanding. If you want something more casual go to Felix's or Acme. You could have lunch at Coquette on Saturday and visit the neat shops on Magazine. And Coquette has a Sunday brunch also.

        Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.
        http://stanleyrestaurant.com/
        Camellia Grill @ 540 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 1800.
        http://www.neworleans.com/index.php?o...
        Coquette @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.
        http://www.coquette-nola.com/index.html

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

        1. re: ocdgirl

          You could go somewhere on Magazine Street like Coquette, Lillette, Martinique, or Le Petitie Grocery. If you want really casual, just grab some poboys at Parkway Bakery, or where ever.

          1. re: CharlieH

            I would add dick and jenny's and get the savory cheese cake which is amazing. Also when you go to camelia grill get a slice of pecan pie thrown on the grill. It's delicious.

            1. re: starfruit

              Thanks so much for all of the quick & helpful replies. We went to Dick & Jenny's last time for dinner & LOVED it!

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              Dick & Jenny's
              4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

      2. Have not dined at Le Floret, but have done all the rest, though Herbsaint was quite a while ago, and they were fairly new then.

        As has been stated, Restaurant August is the most formal of the group, and is excellent..

        Brigtsen's is great, though a bit less formal.

        Stella! is like having a wonderful meal at your Southern Aunt's home, with a world-class chef in the kitchen.

        Bayona features the work of Chef Susan Spicer and one cannot ask for much more than that. The setting is a bit more casual, than the aforementioned restaurants.

        MiLa is great, with a "cool" interior, and two great chefs approaching the dishes from a Louisiana and a Mississippi frame of reference. Just good Deep South food, with very attentive service. The space is a tad noisy, at least for me, but I like to speak quietly to all at my table, so most would think that it was very quiet.

        We have had many great Sunday brunches at both Brennan's (does not get much love here, except from me), and also Ralph's on the Park. As we usually fly out on Sunday PM, we have made Ralph's our normal brunch location, and then drive to MSY.

        Though they cover several years, I've reviewed most of these on this board. Herbsaint will not be there, as will not Le Floret, obviously.

        Enjoy,

        Hunt

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        Restaurant August
        301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Thanks so much Bill. I hadn't heard about Ralph's on the Park- I may check it out & now I'm 2nd guessing my dinner choices & I'm considering Stella! & MiLa. I feel like I need to plan another trip already!

          1. re: ocdgirl

            I live near Ralph's and have tried to love it, but honestly, it's always a disappointment. IMO, the only Brennan restaurant worth a meal is Commander's (best for lunch in the garden room).

            In no particular order, my recs/2 cents:

            Lilette: their apps are outstanding and make for an excellent tasting meal
            August/Le Foret/Coquette: tasting menu
            Herbsaint
            Patois
            Emeril's (lively, excellent service, food) would be my choice over Brigtsen's (good food,(friendly, folksy service but the atmosphere is oppressive/depressing). Should you choose Brigtsen's, go with an all app meal. This is where he shines.

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

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

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

            1. re: JazzyB

              I don't agree with the Brigtsen's "all app" recommendation: Frank's entrees are wonderful too!

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

              1. re: Blumie

                I agree. In all of my experiences, the mains have been highlights too.

                There are some restaurants, where we do the "all app." choices, but Brigtsen's is not one.

                Hunt

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

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I've tired of the entrees, which rarely change (except the rotating sauce on the duck). The appetizers change/rotate more often and there are always several that entice. FWIW, they will make an app into an entree. I did this once with their outstanding softshell (waitress' suggestion). Shouldn't have bothered. Same softshell my husband got as an app with their usual mashed and veggies plopped along side.

                  I love Commander's at lunch more for the festive atmosphere and the feeling of sitting in the treetops, more than the food. I don't seem to mind the mediocrity as much at lunch. As for the 25 cent martinis, I prefer the Bloody Marys.

                  1. re: JazzyB

                    I think that part of my love for the entrées probably rests in my no longer living in NOLA, so we do not get by, as often as a local would. That gives one a different perspective - not a bad one, but certainly a different one.

                    For CP, we keep trying, as they were once our "special occasion" restaurant, and I'd even fly my wife down for her birthday there (a standard, when we lived in NOLA). We still have many fond and wonderful memories, and not just of the two of us sitting at the old Table # 8.

                    Things changed, just after Chef Shannon died. We were there 1 - 2 nights later, and all was wrong, but we blew that off to the general mood. We've been back several times, and things just do not seem to have corrected themselves yet. Nothing is right. Maybe it's just us, and all is really well. I cannot say. We've both tried to keep an open mind, though maybe that is not possible. In another thread, Hazelhurst had some good insight into "memories," and current "reality." Maybe Thomas Wolfe was correct, "you can never go home again."

                    Still, we have given other restaurants another try, and after some horrible meals, or services, and a few have risen to the top of some of our lists. In NOLA, The Windsor Court is a perfect example - we had one horrible experience, and at several levels, but 15 years later, had a most wonderful meal, and then another, and then another. They were hired to cater my niece's tea, and wife was impressed. She's booked teas from London, to NYC, to San Francisco, to Chicago, to Phoenix, and demands the best. Windsor Court delivered. For her birthday this year, she has chosen them vs a neat little cottage in the FQ. That is how impressed she has been with them, after that first, horrendous start. We try to not hold a grudge. CP's just cannot seem to do it for us anymore.

                    Same with Brennan's. We had some horrible episodes, and I swore we'd never dine there again. Some decades passed, and we found ourselves back. I held my breath, but got to exhale early. Again, and like The Windsor Court, they have continued to impress both of us, plus all of our guests.

                    Not on the next trip, but we will clear our minds, reset our expectations, and try CP again.

                    Thanks for the comments on the mains at Brigtsen's.

                    Hunt

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

              2. re: JazzyB

                Interesting.

                We have greatly enjoyed other Brennan family (though different branches) restaurants, from Brennan's to Ralph's on the Park. Sorry that your experiences have not been the same.

                As far as CP goes, they were at the top of our short list. Over the last six meals there, I have been very unimpressed. This was a brunch, two events, and then 3 dinners. They just do not seem to be on their "game," ever since Chef Shannon died. Now, maybe if I'd do $20 worth of $0.25 martinis, I'd feel differently. They have fallen way down the long list.

                Hunt

                1. re: JazzyB

                  Just got back from NO, and we were highly disappointed with our entrees (the duck w/ cornbread and the special: trout covered in shrimp). If you look around the dining room all the entrees look the same drowning in a brown sauce. The one thing that was good was our shrimp bisque appetizer. I highly recommend Upperline over Brigsten's.

                  Side note: Cochon, Coquette, and Patois are also recommended. Also, Casamento's has the best oysters and takes with their fry.

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                  Upperline Restaurant
                  1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA