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Too Many Choices, Not Enough Time!!

Thanks to everyone for you help with my earlier post. Current itinerary includes: Emeril's, Cafe Atchalafaya, Cochon, Bayona, Mila, Brigtsen's, and Patois for Sunday Brunch.

I've got 4 restaurants left on my list, but only 2 dinner slots to fill. The final four are:

Mat & Naddies
Boucherie
Clancy's
Dante's Kitchen

Would love to hear about recent experiences. Which 2 would you choose???

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Clancy's and Tommy's Cuisine for dinner. Galatoire's and Mr. B's for lunch.

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

    Tommy's Cuisine
    746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: Littleman

      I've been to Mr. B's on past trips and don't feel the need to return. Galatoire's is on my short list for lunch although I don't like the prospect of having to wait in line.

      For dinner - - - you would really skip Dante's Kitchen, Mat & Naddie's and Boucherie?? I'll check out Tommy's Cuisine - thanks for the rec!

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

      Dante's Kitchen
      736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

      Tommy's Cuisine
      746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Boucherie
      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

      1. re: Pam in NJ

        Galatoire's is only busy for lunch and a long line when a lot is going on in NOLA. If it's a quiet time on a weekday you can probably walk in at 11:30 when they open. If it's a very busy time in NOLA when big events are happening it's not the best choice. Yes I would skip M&N, Dante's and Boucherie. NOLA has too many great restaunts to commit to a long ride Uptown when you could have a great meal at Stella, Emeril's, Galatoire's, Irene's or Tommy's. If you want to ride Uptown go to Clancy's or Patois.

        1. re: Littleman

          The menus at Dante & Boucherie looked interesting and I've read decent reviews on both. I hardly mind a ride on the streetcar, especially when we're gonna go to the rock n bowl and maple leaf. We'll be spending enough time in the FQ & CBD - it's nice to venture out!!

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          Boucherie
          8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          1. re: Pam in NJ

            I find Boucherie overated bbq. IMO, better options than most on your list: Coquette, Lilette, August, Herbsaint.

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            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

            Boucherie
            8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            1. re: JazzyB

              My boyfriend is not real keen on the menus at Coquette, August and Herbsaint - he's a much pickier eater.......I think I'm gonna bag Boucherie & Mat & Naddies....still pondering Clancy's & Dante's Kitchen.....now I just heard some good things about Le Foret.....

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              Herbsaint
              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Boucherie
              8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

              Le Foret
              129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

              1. re: Pam in NJ

                Le Foret will probably not suit bf. IMO, Tommy's is not as good as Irene's (same menu, Tommy left Irene'sand opened Tommy's). Peruse Emeril's menu.

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

                Le Foret
                129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                1. re: JazzyB

                  Emeril's was the first reservation that I made! Love Emerils.....Love Love Love Emeril's! Before I ate at the French Laundry, it was my benchmark for being my favorite dining experience.

                  Neither Tommy's or Irene's interest me (Littleman suggested both to me but saw in a post several months ago, he recommended neither)

                  Wish I could find a menu for Le Foret. I like the fact that use fresh, in season ingredients. 'Think I'm gonna stick with Dante's Kitchen and Clancy's. Thanks for your recommendations!!

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

                  Dante's Kitchen
                  736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  Le Foret
                  129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

                  1. re: Pam in NJ

                    Here's an old menu: http://www.leforetneworleans.com/pdf/...

                    The master chef left not too long ago. His kitchen staff remained. What this means foodwise ???

                    1. re: JazzyB

                      JazzyB - - you were spot on about the bf....not diggin' it. it's off my radar....

                2. re: Pam in NJ

                  Have eaten at both Mat & Naddie's and Dante's Kitchen. Liked them both, but between the two, the real love and a desire to go back would be to Dante's Kitchen. Really really loved the bright light ambience of this place. Kind of kitschy, but still fun, and we loved all the food and drinks made inhouse with their own syrups and booze concoctions. I vote for DK!

                  Boucherie and Clancy's are on our list for next year, but who knows if we'll make them? So many places to choose, and so far, we have very rarely repeated a place unless it's real good and convenient. What a problem to have in a city, eh? You all in NOLA are very fortunate as I'm sure you all are well aware :)

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                  Dante's Kitchen
                  736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  Boucherie
                  8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

                  1. re: Christine

                    Thanks for your candid remarks. This is exactly the type of feedback I'm looking for! I'm gonna keep the reservation at Dante's Kitchen - it's on a night that we're going to the Rock n Bowl so it will be perfect!

                    Will probably keep Clancy's - I went there years ago and had a great dining experience. The lemon ice box pie still sits in memory. Boucherie has not had consistent positives.

                    There are so many great restaurants in NOLA - what problems we should all have! ;-) Thanks to all the active participants of this board for helping us figure it all out!

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                    Dante's Kitchen
                    736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                    Boucherie
                    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        2. re: Littleman

          is Tommy's a favorite of yours now?

          1. re: Pam in NJ

            Yep, keep Dante's Pam, by all means. And tell them the little skillet of spoon bread with maple butter that they're gonna bring after you place your order won't be enough, please bring us 2 from the outset. Such in-house knowledge and chutzpah will get you even better service. You'll be "one of the regulars" who know your way around. Any vegetable plate that looks good probably is, don't hesitate to pounce on it. Have a nice, safe visit!

        3. I think Clancy's and Dante's are perfect additions to your list.

          The chicken under a brick is amazing and Dante's - I'm specifially mentioning it because it's not something I would normally think to order and because you said your bf is a picky eater.

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            1. re: Pam in NJ

              The only drawback to Dante's is that I've had bad service there on more than one occassion. Ya know, the kind of service where the staff is hanging around the bar area, chatting and not filling glasses of water and just not paying attention to the tables. And I've never seen a manager make a table visit.
              The only drawback to Clancy's is they aren't open on Sundays.

              1. re: shanefink

                Clancy's drawback is not an issue - -

                Dante's - is the food really good that you can turn a blind eye on that kind of service? Dante's appears to be more of a neighborhood restaurant than something on the caliber of a French Laundry or Nobu....If the food is consistently good, i can give 'em slack on inconsistent service.....

                1. re: Pam in NJ

                  I haven't had the kind of service that Shane describes. I go there often and know all the waitstaff, so maybe that has something to do with it. But yes Pam, the food is consisently good, and the vibe is such that I'm sure some service lapses could occur from lingering/chatting up customers more than indifference.

                  1. re: sanglier

                    I suppose you are right. The food is good. I think what I felt there was that it was a place where everyone knows your name, but unfortunately no one knew mine.

                    1. re: sanglier

                      I am with you, but with some caveats - we have always been with family, and most know the entire staff, plus I think that a nephew was a sous chef there too, so our service is not the ordinary, and is probably moot. Still, I do know that the crew can do the deed, and should with everyone, and not just with "family." Service is too important to not take seriously - with everyone.

                      Hunt

                    2. re: Pam in NJ

                      Pam, we are tourists and have only dined at Dante's once, but we had great service. Certainly nothing that stood out and would prevent us from going back at some point in the future. It is well worth dining there. Totally different atmosphere, but we did prefer Dante's to the old-fashioned charm of Brigtsen's across the street. Apples and oranges, I know.

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

                      1. re: Pam in NJ

                        Was in N.O. 10 days ago. Early dinner at Dante's -- the best of our trip, and the woman serving us was one of the nicest wait persons ever. Took great care of us, didn't push anything and seemed really interested in giving us a good time,

                        Unlike the server at Cochon a few nights earlier who knew my wife ate no meat and then after we'd eaten, whispered that the secret of their rolls was lard. Cochon was fine, but too salty, in my opinion. And I felt we were being pushed to order more than we wanted.

                        At DK, I ate the shrimp and grits app, then a side of greens w/andouille and one of boudin rouge. Completely great. The spoon bread is amazing, but for 2 of us, one portion was plenty

                        BTW - we also ate at Dick and Jenny's and I wouldn't go back. Lackluster. Was a Monday night, so maybe that had something to do with it.

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                        Cochon
                        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                        1. re: rmbelson

                          Ya know rmb, we ate at Cochon in February, and kind of have to agree with your assessment of it as well. We DID order a lot of food and it was way too much. In fact, it seemed to be encouraged. That was pretty uncool to tell you about the lard in their rolls after you'd already eaten plenty of them. Maybe the lard/meat connection wasn't hitting with her, and she may have completely forgotten that one of you was a vegetarian. And yeah, the food was either bland or salty. Not that it was bad, it just did not live up to the hype for us (and there were four of us in the group). Before anyone piles on here, let me say I would never dissuade someone from going there because YMMV.

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                          Cochon
                          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                          1. re: Christine

                            BTW - before the server told us about the lard in the rolls, my wife and I agreed they were about the best we'd ever had. After the news, I got the extra one!

                          2. re: rmbelson

                            So is D&J open on Monday evenings? We were there on a Monday for lunch and it was closed. I was under the impression they were closed all day on Monday? But maybe it's just as well we missed them this last time if they were lackluster. Seems like I've heard other people say Dick and Jenny's is not as good as it used to be before the ownership change. Any truth to that?

                            As I've posted before, we are big Dante's Kitchen fans.

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                            Dante's Kitchen
                            736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                            1. re: Christine

                              We saved D&J's for Monday because it was open. I had the special soup that night which was a pureed sweet potato w/andouille. It was good, but I wished I'd tried the gumbo instead -- it was a little too rich for what I also had. I ordered a redfish special -- which was advertised as meuniere, but was coated in a cream based sauce -- where I come from meuniere is butter not cream. It was decent, but you know how a cream sauce can congeal over a hot piece of fish -- as I write this, I'm struggling to remember what else was in it, but I can quote chapter and verse on our meal at Dante's Kitchen.

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                              Dante's Kitchen
                              736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                    3. re: Paisley16

                      I'd never normally order chicken in a restaurant but oh my, the chicken under a brick is fantastic. I had some bites from my hubby's plate and wished I'd ordered it.