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Apr 16, 2011 05:44 PM

"Fine" dining on Frenchmen Street?

Is there such a thing? I'm looking for somewhere to eat before listening to music, not late night, after drinking. The goal is to have an expense account-worthy dinner, then have the younger members of the group on Frenchmen, where they want to be.

Or, should I give up on this idea, book a restaurant, then cab over?

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  1. I think just about all the "fine" dining ends about a block below Jackson Square with Irene's. Past that there are a few scattered eateries with a heavier concentration on Decatur.

    1. Go to Adolpho's above the Apple Barrel Bar. It's a small Italian joint but the food is good.

      Adolpho's @ 611 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 948 - 3800.
      Apple Barrel Bar @ 609 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 949- 9399.

      Apple Barrel Bar
      609 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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      1. re: Littleman

        Ssshh! Adolpho's is a special secret that shouldn't be bandied about to strangers! It's intimate with a limited menu, superbly prepared. Never a miss, and everyone I've introduced to Adolpho's has agreed. But that's just me and I've been living in Texas for three years; I still hear from friends when they go and enjoy.

      2. The closest thing to "fine dining" on Frenchman is Marigny Brasserie....unfortunately, I haven't heard any good reports lately. Stella! is on the lower end of Chartres (near Ursulines). Only about 4 blocks to Frenchman. You can certainly blow a wad there.

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        1. re: BayouTeche

          Marigny Brasserie is no longer even close to fine dining, but the new format seems to pay the bills and keep the doors open, so it goes. I did however notice boxes from frozen oysters outside on the sidewalk...

          Three Muses is small plates, but truly delicious -- the chef used to be at Bank Cafe before the storm, and they open at 4:30 every day except Tuesday when they are closed.

          There's also Maximo's (Italian) on lower Decatur Street -- mixed reviews from some, but our experience there has always been splendid.

          Marigny Brasserie
          640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Three Muses
          536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          1. re: rouxdauphine

            the Three Muses chef also used to be at Marigny Brasserie, some years back. (hard to keep track of all the chefs that they burn thru, i know...)

            yes, the new format of MB is very different, not fine dining, and not even a brasserie really. ive given up on it entirely, save happy hour drinks on the sidewalk. yet as you say, it seems busier than ever, despite the all the new neon beer signs. as you say, so it goes.

            Marigny Brasserie
            640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Three Muses
            536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

        2. Stella! is very close and is quintessential "fine dining"

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          1. re: mortalcoil

            +1. ultra fine dining fit for an expense account, and only minutes walk from frenchmen.

          2. My vote goes for "kinda' near Frenchmen," so that means another vote for Stella!