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karendor Mar 31, 2011 09:45 AM

In New Orleans for a quick four days. Would like help from the experts! This is a new post to try to get some feedback.

Tuesday lunch @ Restaurant August [Reserved]
Tuesday dinner @ Camellia Grill or ?
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Wed lunch @ Johnny’s Po-Boys
Wed bar food/ Happy Hour @ Three Muses Frenchmen Street
Wed dessert @ Praline Connection (need Sweet Potato pie!)
Wed night: Music on Frenchmen Street
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Thurs lunch @ Rue 127 or Tommy’s Cuisine?
Thurs Happy Hour @ Lucy’s or Columns?
Thursday dinner/dessert 7 pm @ Coquette [Reserved]
Chocolate Pot Du Crème/Beignet $5 cocktails
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Friday lunch – Reconcile Café or Elizabeth’s
Friday dinner – Boiled crawfish @ R Bar or ?

Thanks -- appreciate any suggestions. Staying in FQ fairly close to Canal.

K

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Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Camellia Grill
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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    GDPhalp Mar 31, 2011 10:59 AM

    Every trip to New Orleans give you the opportunity to try new things. Were it me, I'd make the following changes...
    Tuesday dinner - Camelia Grill is a fun breakfast place, but with so many great choices, you may want to look elsewhere. I might suggest something like Brigtsens - they have some amazing banana bread pudding.
    Wednesday lunch - Johnny's is a fine choice, but if you're looking for the best in po'boys, I would suggest a trip to Parkway Bakery - their roastbeef & shrimp po boys are top notch.
    Thursday lunch - if you're set on Creole Italian, I might steer you toward Irene's over Tommy's - its right in the quarter, they come from the same routes, but I prefer Irene's.
    Friday I would go for an oyster tour - Pascal Manale's, Acme, Felix's, Casamentos - I cant get enough fresh, in season gulf oysters.

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

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

    Pascal Manale's Restaurant
    1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

    5 Replies
    1. re: GDPhalp
      j
      JazzyB Mar 31, 2011 01:14 PM

      Irene's is not open for lunch.

      1. re: JazzyB
        karendor Mar 31, 2011 03:41 PM

        Thank you both so much. Here is my next cut at this. Not a huge raw oyster fan, but we loved Casamento's last time. So only real opening is Tuesday dinner.. we will keep watching nola.com and the boards. Still have some interest in Rue 127.

        Monday dinner @ Dickie Brennan’s bar

        Tuesday lunch @ Restaurant August [reserved]
        Tuesday Happy Hour @ Carousel Bar or Columns
        Tuesday dinner @ ??
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        Wednesday lunch @ Parkway Bakery, if we are out of FQ, if not Johnny’s
        Wednesday Happy Hour @ Three Muses Frenchmen Street
        Wednesday Dessert @ Praline Connection
        Wednesday night: Music on Frenchmen Street
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        Thursday lunch @ Reconcile Cafe
        Thursday Happy Hour @ Lucy’s
        Thursday dinner/dessert @ Coquette [reserved]
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        Friday lunch @ Emeril’s [reserved]
        Friday Happy Hour @ Café Amelie, now open for pm drinks on the patio!
        Friday dinner @ Pascal Manales, Casamentos OR Crawfish boil FQ/Marigny

        Keep the suggestions coming, really appreciated.

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        Praline Connection
        542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        Restaurant August
        301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

        Pascal Manale's Restaurant
        1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. re: karendor
          sucktheheads Apr 19, 2011 02:39 PM

          I don't know if you've already made the trip, but eat at Green Goddess in the French Quarter for dinner or lunch, you will NOT regret it...Also, if you are willing to hop on a streetcar, get out of downtown and head uptown for dinner at Patois. Seriously good grub at both locations.

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          Green Goddess
          307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: sucktheheads
            karendor Apr 19, 2011 03:18 PM

            We are here right now.. the timing of your post is perfect. We had a lovely bar table meal at Dickie Brennan's (missed the HH pricing, sadly), and a lovely lunch at August today. The goat cheese cheesecake was one my daughter's favorite desserts ever

            The service in New Orleans is top of the line -- people seem to really care!

            We stumbled across GG last year and loved it; may try it again tonight. Thanks!

            And given you screen name - where can we go Friday night for the best crawfish boil?

            ~K

            1. re: karendor
              sucktheheads Apr 19, 2011 04:11 PM

              Well, this time of year the given answer is Ernst Cafe, BUT! If you can get to Mid-City, the Crescent Pie & Sausage Co. has been having boils every Friday. Wouldn't hurt to get one of their amazing Meat Pies while you're there either ;) Then you can go across the street for great music and drinks at the Banks St Bar.

    2. j
      JazzyB Mar 31, 2011 10:51 AM

      Camellia Grill is basically a diner. I wouldn't waste a meal there.. Tommy's isn't open for lunch. Try Emeril's for dinner Tues. Some of the best desserts in town. Reserve the garden room at Commander's for Thur. lunch w/ prix fixe/$.25 martinis. You will love it. The made to order seasonal shortcake and bread pudding souffle are wonderful. Fri. lunch, Patois. Don't miss the gnocchi. .

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      Camellia Grill
      626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

      8 Replies
      1. re: JazzyB
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        mom22tots Mar 31, 2011 03:55 PM

        LOVE Camellia Grill...I don't think you need to cut it from the list, I just wouldn't go to dinner there. Such a N.O. institution and an experience not to be missed, IMHO.

        1. re: mom22tots
          karendor Mar 31, 2011 04:02 PM

          AGREE - we hung out there twice last time and loved it, but never got dessert. I think I will leave it on for Tuesday. Emeril's, August and Coquette are more fine dining than we did last time, so we will want FUN places in between -- even if we have grilled cheese for dinner one night, it will be amazing!!! Here is my most recent version THANKS!

          Monday dinner @ Dickie Brennan’s bar

          Tuesday lunch @ Restaurant August [reserved]
          Tuesday Happy Hour @ Carousel Bar or Columns
          Tuesday "snack" @ Camellia Grill
          Tuesday dinner TBD
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          Wednesday lunch @ Parkway Bakery, if we are out of FQ, if not Johnny’s
          Wednesday Happy Hour @ Three Muses Frenchmen Street
          Wednesday Dessert @ Praline Connection
          Wednesday night: Music on Frenchmen Street
          ~~
          Thursday lunch @ Reconcile Cafe
          Thursday Happy Hour @ Lucy’s
          Thursday dinner/dessert @ Coquette [reserved]
          ~~
          Friday lunch @ Emeril’s [reserved]
          Friday Happy Hour @ Café Amelie, drinks on the patio
          Friday dinner @ Pascal Manales, Casamentos OR Crawfish boil FQ/Marigny

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          Praline Connection
          542 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Restaurant August
          301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

          Camellia Grill
          626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

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

          Pascal Manale's Restaurant
          1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

          1. re: karendor
            j
            JazzyB Mar 31, 2011 04:54 PM

            Although the food may put Emeril's, Commander's (lunch) and Coquette in the fine dining category, make no mistake, they are definitely fun times with the added benefit of really good food. Emeril's is casual and boisterous(especially in the evening). Commander's is less formal at lunch and so much more festive and fun than dinnertime. Folks become quite "relaxed" with the $.25 martinis. Dining downstairs/upstairs at Coquette provides two different experiences. Downstairs is louder and lively. Upstairs is reserved and romantic. . August is always sedate.

            Re lunch at Emeril's: consider the smoked mushrooms w/tasso cream sauce over angel hair. Darian's chicken and waffles is delicious and a huge portion. Mac N Cheese is not what you think....grilled shrimp, broccoli, fresh grape tomatoes in a very light cheese/cream sauce. Save some space for the banana cream pie (large enough to split).

            FWIW, you'll spend about the same going to Manale's(as Commander's,Emerils) except the food won't be as good. We've done bar food at Three Muses.Goo, yes. Fun ordering multiple dishes, yes. Inexpensive???Depends. The plates are not particularly filling. Two of us ordered a variety, a couple drinks and spent $70...for good bar food. Great for late snacks, not so much as a meal. Just my two cents (and worth every penny).
            Have fun!

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

            1. re: JazzyB
              karendor Mar 31, 2011 05:21 PM

              I am not surprised they are all fun, but good to hear. Next time - June - we will do Commanders for sure as my hubby will be with us. (Although he is not a foodie, sadly, but he will like the .25 martinis.)

              We will ask for downstairs Coquette, good advice.

              P. Manales was not on my radar until the other chowdude suggested, so I think we will just keep it loose with some kind of oyster or crawfish spontaneity for Friday night. Really depends on daughters' interview schedule.

              The reviews look quite good for Three Muses, and we like bar noshing, as an alternative... plus we really want that pie at Praline so we will need room!

              Thanks for this good detail on dishes I will cut/paste to my itinerary.

              If you hear of a great crawfish place for Friday night let me know.

              Have you tried Rue 127, I liked the look and the menu.

              K

              1. re: karendor
                j
                JazzyB Apr 1, 2011 04:33 AM

                I have been several times for dinner. The mussels come with a very large cone of house made frites, are delicious and enough for a light lunch. I always plan to try the risotto, but can'forgo the mussels. The ribeye, while cooked perfectly, comes out looking and tasting more like broiled than grilled. The pork chop was really tsty, the duck lacked crispy skin. Had a side order of the Mac n cheese. A nice balance of creamy/gooey . Large enough to share or as a lunch with a salad. Wish I could remember what the fish was. Perhaps a type of bass. The fish itself was not to my liking. It was perfectly executed, nice flavors. Portions are large. We have never had room for dessert. They also make terrific bloody Marys. I order them very spicy and they can make your lips tingle

                Brocatos is across the street. Although their gelato flavors are not as exotic as the others, I like it best. It seems richer and creamier.

                Go to restaurant.com for $25 gift certificate for Rue127 . Use code: EAT for 50% off. Your cost $7.50. Coupon offer exp 4/4. The expired offer is typically replaced by another, usually with discounts up to 80% off.

                Try the nougatine w/ salted toffee ice cream at August.

                1. re: JazzyB
                  karendor Apr 1, 2011 09:29 AM

                  Sounds great! Especially the nougatine at August.

                  Rue 127 sounds similar to some of our Sonoma County restaurants - that might be the only reason not to go. If you are ever in So. Co., be sure and try Rocker Oysterfeller's - it has a New Orleans vibe with Sonoma County local food.
                  http://www.rockeroysterfellers.com/

                  1. re: karendor
                    j
                    JazzyB Apr 1, 2011 10:12 AM

                    I often peruse restaurant menus for inspiration in my own kitchen. Couldn't get these to come. BTW, if August has the tempura buster crabs on the menu, they are wonderful

                    3 Muses has really good mushroom ravioli. The squash ravioli was delicate but a bit bland. Feta fries sound better than they are. Feta just falls to the bottom. Good seasoned popcorn. .

          2. re: mom22tots
            Bill Hunt Apr 2, 2011 08:28 PM

            My sentiments exactly. CG is worth the effort, but for breakfast, or late night (not sure of the hours now), and is not a location for dinner. It's cool, funky and worth the trip, but only for the appropriate times.

            Enjoy,

            Hunt

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