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Anniversary trip

Hi everybody,

I'm taking my wife for a Tues-Fri trip for our 20th anniversary. It's her first trip (my second) and I'm looking for some help finding great romantic restaurants.

Based on my reading of similar discussions recently, my short list includes:

Clancy's
Galatoire's
Rue127
August
Bayona

I was originally thinking about CP for our actual anniversary dinner as it's a place I've long wanted to try, but I get the vibe that it's considered a little formal (even passe?) compared to many of the other choices.

On my first trip 15 years ago (how time flies), the landmark meal was a private dinner at Arnaud's. It was one of the greatest meals I've ever had. Interestingly, I don't see the place mentioned much on the boards. Also, I don't want to try to relive a great experience as it is probably doomed to fall short of my expectations.

As a side note, I want to try to see a little of the countryside on one of the days. If we manage to get out, I'm thinking of visiting one or two out-of-town places, specifically Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge (dinner or zydeco breakfast??) and/or Jolly Cafe in Houma.

Thanks for any insights you can offer to make this a very memorable anniversary!

Cheers,

Jon

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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  1. Rue 127 would probably fall short of your expectations for an Anniversary dinner. Otherwise, the list looks good.

    1. I would go to Galatoire's for the anniversary dinner. Actually I might go to Galatoire's for lunch and Emeril's for dinner on the anniversary. Two great meals. The Zydeco breakfasts at CDA are on Saturday but you can go for dinner on Wednesday night and hear some good live music. I would stay in NOLA if I only had three nights. And I would go to CP for lunch and sit in the Garden Room. I would go to Clancy's for sure also. You might want to have lunch at August for their lunch special and dinner at Irene's or Tommy's. Good luck.

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

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

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      1. re: Littleman

        I would NOT go to Emeril's for a romantic anniversary dinner. Don't get me wrong, it's one of my favorites, but it's hardly romantic! of your list, I'd pick Bayona for the Anniversary dinner.

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

      2. If you want great fresh seafood and an outstanding view of Lake Pontchartrain get off I 10 at Exit 209 and go N on Highway 51 one mile to Peavine Road. Take a right and go another mile to Frenier Landing Restaurant. The Crab Trap is also a great place for fresh seafood next door to Frenier Landing. CT is only open Thursday/Friday/Saturday for dinnner.
        Frenier Landing Restaurant @ Peavine Road, LaPlace, LA 985 - 224 - 2178.
        http://www.frenierlanding.com/
        Crab Trap @ 100 Peavine Road, Laplace, LA 985 - 651 - 4150.
        http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/143047...

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        1. re: Littleman

          Nooooo! Frenier Landing sucks lately. I have given them way too many chances. I don't send anyone there anymore. Crab Trap is great, but Louie just sold it. New owners seem to be doing good so far. There's another place out there called Gilligan's which has been great so far but don't get the bbq shrimp. Everything else is good. I like the white beans & andouille or the overnight slow cooked roast beef poboy.

        2. Agree with Rue 127 falling short. Both Galatoire's and Emeril's are loud and definitely not romantic. Either August or Le Foret would be appropriate. Don't miss lunch in Commander's garden room. Both Coquette and Patois have terrific food with good service. You won 't be disappointed at either.

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

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

          Le Foret
          129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: JazzyB

            Another good choice is Coquette...request upstairs, the two top by the window.

          2. From your list: go to August or Bayona for dinner

            Le Foret and Mila are great, too

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            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

            Le Foret
            129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: brlady

              Thanks to all for the guidance -- I'm sure it will be a fantastic trip.

            2. I don't think anyone in town considers Commander's "passe." It has its ups-and-downs but by and large it is remarkably consistent. I certainly don't think you could go wrong there. I can't think of the last time I went to Arnaud's and I have no idea who is running the show over there now that Archie Casbarian is dead. A friend ate there when in town last year and said it was fine.

              Bayona is always a delight.

              Cafe des Amis has not felt right to me since the fire years ago. And I avoid places with music as a general rule. I will take visitors to the CP Jass Brunch but that's about it.

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              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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              1. re: hazelhurst

                Didn't McPhail just get nominated for a Best Chef South? Of course they do have some interesting wallpaper choices going on.

                1. re: CharlieH

                  I have a dim recollection that you are right---he runs a good ship I think. I'm still not partial to descriptive menus, though, and the trend to single out, say, P&J oysters (nothing against those nice folks).

                  The decor _is_ , well...it just is, that's all. Kinda like when my favorite place had the men's room there under the stairs and someone wallpapered it with angled stripes...when the stripe hit the corners, it caromed of like refracted light. Gave me whiplash several times until I got used to it...