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5 Dinners in New Orleans

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We will be in New Orleans in June and love great food. We, of course, want traditional New Orleans cuisine. Cost is not that important; great food, ambiance and service are. Three that we are considering for dinner are Bayona (which we've loved in the past), Stella, and Brigten's. We've also enjoyed NOLA in the past, and would consider returning. Also, might like to do a Jazz brunch if there is one that's really outstanding...and would probably only want a very light dinner that evening. The only place we'll likely want for sure is Bayona, the others will depend on what CH's recommend. We generally prefer wearing very nice casual clothing (dress slacks, silk or linen sport shirts, dress shoes) rather than a sport coat or suit (this will be June!) and hope this will not present a problem. What would be your top picks?

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. Your selections look great, can't really fault any of them. As for attire, I can probably count the places in new orleans on one hand that require more than nice slacks and a collared shirt.

    1. Stella! and Brigtsen's are great choices, IMO. It's been too long since I went to Bayona to comment on it. Your clothing preference is fine for Brigtsen's. I don't think Stella! has a specific dress code, but I wouldn't feel comfortable there without a jacket. Commander's Palace "prefers" jackets at dinner for men, but not for their Saturday and Sunday jazz brunch, which we love. I don't know of any places there that require jackets, but I just feel better with one on in New Orleans at night.

      My top five dinner choices would be Brigtsen's, Stella!, Galatoire's, August and Rio Mar.

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      Commander's Palace Restaurant
      1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Rio Mar Restaurant
      800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

      Bayona
      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

      1. Galatoire's and Emeril's are always on my list. And Clancy's is outstanding also. I had a great meal at Tommy's Cuisine last month. I would go to Commander's Palace for jazz brunch.

        Walk across Canal on N Peters and go W on S Peters 4/5 blocks to the corner of Lafayette and S Peters to Ernst Cafe which is over 100 years old for good happy hour. They have outdoor tables. Ernst's has 2 # crawfish plates for $5.00 on Friday's. When you leave Ernst's go W a block to Girod and go N 2 blocks to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer.
        Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.
        http://www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/ne...
        Ernst Cafe @ 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 8544.
        http://www.nomenu.com/reviews/ErnstCa...

        After drinks go to Emeril's or Tommy's for dinner. Good luck.

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        Commander's Palace Restaurant
        1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

        Tommy's Cuisine
        746 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130