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Help with dinners!

Okay, heading to NOLA in about 3 weeks, and need to decide where to eat (yay!). On past trips have done: August, NOLA, Bayona, Cuve, Louisiana Bistro, Emeril's Delmonico, Cochon, Commnander's, Mr. B's, and probably more but that's what comes to mind... Of those, my faves were Commander, August, Cochon, Cuve. I'd go back to Mr. B's, but more for shrimp snacking than dinner... We have three nights, and will prob do at least a semi-nice dinner each time.

What faves are we missing? Places I'm thinking about: Emeril's, Herbsaint, Dante's Kitchen, Stella!, K-Paul's, Dick & Jenny's, Coquette...

Basically, I feel like I have so many options of great places to try and could use some help narrowing! Having been to the spots I've tried, what am I missing in my NOLA dinner-dining history?

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Emeril's Delmonico Restaurant & Bar
1300 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Louisiana Bistro
337 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. Also adding Sylvain to the list of maybes. Help me narrow, please, hounds!

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    1. re: princsoreo

      Must be brief, so I'll just say one word: Brigtsen's

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

    2. Well, if you are interested in "dinner-dining history" then I'd say you need to go to Antoine's and have the oysters rockefeller f'sure. It is generally considered to be better at meat than at fish but they can do all the basic New Orleans fish perfectly well. One hundred or even merely forty years ago it knocked most visitors' socks off, before the Food Revolution so today many people who are experts on Cookery By Sub-Particle Physics think of Antoine's as somethign of a museum. that's OK, I like museums and prefer the fusty old paintings by Sargeant to squiggles anyway.

      Galatoire's is sui generis and is an example of a restaurant that could not exist anywhere else.

      I'd add Brigsten's, Clancy's and Emeril's to the more modern ist all of which have devoted local clientele. I don;t go to herbsaint much so cannot speak to the local "vibe" there but I know lots of people who go regularly and love it.

      Arnaud's is a lovely place but it is not in the unbroken tradition of the other old Warhorses. Nothing bas to say about them but I am more at home in other paces and if I am out eating,I want to visit with friends, which includes the staff.

      Lotsa folks love Coquette but I just gravitate to Clancy's.

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

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

      1. Coquette, Dante's Kitchen, Stella!, Boucherie; and Hazelhurst's recommendations are dis-regarded at one's own peril.

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        Dante's Kitchen
        736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

        Boucherie
        8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

        1. For me, it would be:

          Galatoire's
          Stella!
          MiLa
          K-Paul's
          Emeril's
          Emeril's NOLA

          Enjoy,

          Hunt

          PS - for the "history tour," I'd do Galatoire's, Arnaud's and Antoine's, with BonTon for lunch.

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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: Bill Hunt

            I was thinking about MiLa. It's in my hotel, in fact. What's good there?

            1. re: princsoreo

              I was going to add MiLa but you already had a great list. One time, with a party of 5, we had nothing but every app on the menu. It was fantastic. The apps are good and everyone particulalry liked the sweetbreads. The menu changes a lot as they use a lot of local purveyors.

              Also try to get to the bar at Bar Uncommon and have Mr. McMillan serve you and tell you tales of the cocktail.

              1. re: collardman

                Bar Uncommon is on my MUST list! Can't wait as it's been on my list for the past several trips : )

              2. re: princsoreo

                We had rather a mixed bag. The review (about 2 years ago), should still be up, with full details.

                The cuisine is an interesting fusion - Mississippi & Louisiana. You get some Deep South, some Creole, plus some NOLA influence.

                Enjoy,

                Hunt

            2. Cuvee is no longer in business. Too bad you enjoyed it.

              Look at Lilette, Herbsaint, Stella, Brigtsen's, Clancy's and Coquette.

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              Cuvee Restaurant
              322 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

              Herbsaint
              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

              Lilette
              3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115