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pdefratus Apr 25, 2011 09:25 AM

We love BBQ shrimp and have enjoyed it at Pascal Manale's years ago. Now I'm reading about Mr. B's. What do you think?

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

  1. sirvelvet May 6, 2011 08:25 AM

    The raw bar at Pascals Manale is a classic and kind of unique to New Orleans. However, in an overall comparison between these two restaurants and it is Mr. B's. Every time. Either way have a great time!

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      joedontexan May 8, 2011 03:11 PM

      The oyster bar at pascals is great a true classic

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      ylsf May 4, 2011 09:50 AM

      I was looking for somewhere to post this, but, as a tourist, how dressy/upscale is Mr. Bs? A friend organized a dinner there during our jazz fest trip this weekend. I can bring some dressier clothing if need be but I was wondering if kahki's or black jeans would be okay? I really haven't planned for this trip as much as I normally do since life has been hectic over the last few weeks. I am really looking forward to the trip as it is my first time to New Orleans but I just want to make sure I respect the expected dress code and don't look too out of place! It will be for a dinner.

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        hazelhurst May 4, 2011 10:20 AM

        It is not a specially dressy place..I've seen just about everything in there at one time or another. It gets a lot of walk-in tourist business but you can see a suit or two...the food can be "messy" in a good way so it isn;' a white tie venue....

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          mcegielski May 4, 2011 07:38 PM

          you will be good to go in kahki's or black jeans really. it is not super dressy but most people are a little "spiffed" up I would say. enjoy. great appetizers and great bbq shrimp. have fun in our city and stay safe! try to see as much of it as you can. make sure to ride down st. charles avenue and get out of the quarter for a bit. see magazine street and all the great shops and there is tons of great music happening right now with jazzfest and late night shows all over town. look up frenchmen street and check out some of the great clubs!

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          mcegielski Apr 28, 2011 07:37 AM

          Mr. B's are different than PM and they are excellent. You should def give it a try. Mr. B's is wonderful.

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            Hershey Bomar Apr 28, 2011 11:31 AM

            Pascal Manale's is a classic and I've loved it since I was kid in the 70s. Mr. B's is just a restaurant.

            PM kind of rushes you through lunch so go for dinner. The bartenders are fun to talk too.

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

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              mcegielski Apr 30, 2011 03:46 PM

              Mr. B's is "just a restaurant?" what does that mean? Mr. B's is a locals favorite, a clubby, comfortable atmosphere, features fresh seafood, has a great location, killer cocktails, excellent service, etc. Their BBQ shrimp are different than PM. I love PM but find theirs to be a little greasy. They should be greasy as butter and olive oil are obviously main ingredients but I feel that there's is almost pure grease. Mr.B's offers a almost creamy style of BBQ shrimp. Along with PM they are some of the best in town and if one has already been to PM I would hands down head to B's!!!!!!!!! Side not, their lamb chops are succulent and cooked to perfection!

              1. re: mcegielski
                Hershey Bomar May 3, 2011 11:18 AM

                Actually PM uses margarine!

                Mr.B's just feels like a nice restaurant to me. Could be anywhere kinda vibe. Let's give it another 25 years and see.

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                  mcegielski May 3, 2011 07:25 PM

                  hmm...interesting. i guess i just always loved the location right across from the monteleone and the clubby and warm vibe it gives off. PM is a classic though! I used to live a few blocks down from it and we would go and just put down a dozen or two of their superb oysters with cocktails before a night out. PM used to have a fried mozzerella appetizer that was crazy good. i know, it is a basic thing reserved for hamburger joints and what not but whatever it was these things were special! they still have it but it is not a massive
                  logs of mozz it used to be.

          2. Bill Hunt Apr 26, 2011 07:07 PM

            I'll be the contrarian here, as I like the Emeril's, or Mr. B's versions better. However, I have many enjoyable meals at PM's. Of them all, my favorites have been NOLA, and then Mr. B's. I would give an Honorable Mention to Ralph's on the park - quite good, but maybe not up to the level of some of the others.

            It's about one's personal tastes, so do not be surprised if, at the end of a month, you get a 45 - 45 split, with some others preferring other locations.

            At the end of the day, it is about what YOU like best. Try them all.

            Some years ago, we were back to NOLA and the Gulf Coast. We did not have any familial things to attend, and plenty of time on our hands. We did almost every meal on seafood gumbo and fried shrimp everywhere. One might think that such a diet would be boring, but it was anything but. While we never had bad, we had many degrees of very good to great, for both dishes.

            Enjoy,

            Hunt

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

            Gulf Coast Restaurants
            1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

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              Ross B Apr 25, 2011 12:57 PM

              I prefer PM over Mr. B's. I love the little oyster bar in the front room of PM.

              1. TaTee Apr 25, 2011 10:30 AM

                PM's makes the kind of BBQ shrimp I love. I do not care for the Emeril/Mr. B variation of BBQ shrimp floating in Lea and Perrin. Just my opinion.

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                  Littleman Apr 25, 2011 09:46 AM

                  I have friends that love Pascal Manale's. They were there a few weeks ago and had a great dinner. I still like PM but there are so many great restaurants in NOLA I find myself going to newer places rather than some of the older ones. If you are staying in the FQ I would go to Mr. B's. The gumbo is excelllent also. But PM is still a great restaurant.

                  Muriel's has outstanding BBQ shrimp.

                  Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.
                  http://www.muriels.com/html/home.html

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

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