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txgrl99 Apr 12, 2011 03:06 PM

Hello again everybody! We are lucky enough to be traveling to New Orleans again in May. I'm experiencing restaurant overload, and am having trouble deciding where to go. We will be there Sat-Tues. So far, we have lunch at Coquette (my favorite), dinner at Emeril's, and a dinner at Green Goddess. I'm also thinking about lunch at Lilette on Monday? We could use a Sunday brunch location, and lunch and dinner on Monday. I've been to (and liked) Bayona, MiLa, Galatoire's, August (although had a bad experience last time and won't be back), Brigtsen's and Cochon. It's been a while since my visit to MiLa, and would consider going back, but am open to new suggestions. Is there some NOLA gem I'm missing? Thanks so much!

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  1. Bill Hunt RE: txgrl99 Apr 12, 2011 05:35 PM

    Depending on where you are staying, and if you have an auto, but I would recommend: Ralph's on the Park (Mid-City), or Brennan's (FQ) for Sunday brunch.

    For dinner, have you done Stella! yet? If not, throw that into the hat.

    Enjoy,

    Hunt

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      txgrl99 RE: Bill Hunt Apr 13, 2011 07:38 AM

      Thanks for the recs! Question about Stella. How dressy is it for dinner? Our traveling companion (it's his birthday) only wants to pack jeans, so it may keep us from some of the nicer places. As an aside, I was happy to see you on the Hawaii board. I'll be traveling to Maui in December and it was nice to see a family "face" whose recommendations I trust.

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        Bill Hunt RE: txgrl99 Apr 13, 2011 08:12 PM

        I cannot give you a definite answer there. I travel with my blazer, and almost always wear it to dinner, whether it's NOLA, or O`ahu. I also pack dress slacks, though normally travel in more casual trousers. I have never inquired about a dress-code, but maybe others can address this.

        Sorry, but I will say that Stella! is worth any effort.

        Enjoy,

        Hunt

        PS - I tend to hang on several boards, and as we spend a great deal of time in NOLA (wife is a native, and we lived there from many years, plus her family is still there), and then travel to Hawai`i about twice per year, spreading our time over all Islands. Aloha! See you on the Hawai`i Board, and I have some Maui recs. to share.

    2. Pam in NJ RE: txgrl99 Apr 12, 2011 06:00 PM

      Have you been to Patois? It was recommended to me on my upcoming trip. Their menu looks fabulous! I booked reservations for Sunday brunch there. Just another restaurant to overload you! :-)

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        CharlieH RE: Pam in NJ Apr 13, 2011 06:41 AM

        Good recommendation.

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          txgrl99 RE: CharlieH Apr 13, 2011 07:40 AM

          The Patois menu looks great. Unfortunately, they're all booked up for Sunday brunch. Darn. I might try Brennan's or Ralph's.

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        Littleman RE: txgrl99 Apr 13, 2011 07:55 AM

        Lilette is closed on Monday's. I second Ralph's on the Park for Sunday Brunch. Cafe Atchafalaya has a nice Sunday brunch too. Tommy's Cuisine is a block from Emeril's and serves outstanding creole Italian cuisine.

        Tommy's Cuisine @ 746 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 1103.
        Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626.
        http://www.cafeatchafalaya.com/

        Here's a link to Sunday Brunch restaurants in NOLA.
        http://www.neworleansonline.com/newor...

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          txgrl99 RE: Littleman Apr 13, 2011 08:58 AM

          Thanks! Do you prefer Tommy's to Irene's? I've heard good things about Irene's, but it seems like there is always a significant wait, even if you have reservations.

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            Littleman RE: txgrl99 Apr 13, 2011 11:59 AM

            I like them both but I prefer Tommy's because I like his bar. I was there last month and Tommy's was outstanding. I also like Lucy's Bar just down the street. Go to the one that's closest to your hotel so you can walk. Good luck.

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              txgrl99 RE: Littleman Apr 13, 2011 12:34 PM

              Thanks so much!

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              Bill Hunt RE: txgrl99 Apr 13, 2011 08:16 PM

              While I have done neither, my wife's family, who is kind of "in the business," really like Irene's. Both get a lot of love on this board. Based on the recs. on this board, I do not think that you could go too far wrong with either.

              Enjoy,

              Hunt

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                txgrl99 RE: Bill Hunt Apr 13, 2011 08:18 PM

                Thank you so much!

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                  Bill Hunt RE: txgrl99 Apr 13, 2011 08:34 PM

                  You are most welcome. Just remember that I am now a "tourist," albeit one with some background - just decades ago. When JazzyB, or Hazelhurst comments, trust them. There is no way that a tourist, regardless of their history, can be totally up to date.

                  Most of all, ENJOY,

                  Hunt

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