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third times a charm!

have enjoyed two amazing trips to NOLA in the last year and have enjoyed some great meals. This time I will be accompanied by my husband who is not a chow hound but will enjoy unique places when traveling. This visit will be moving my daughter to NOLA. Her new place is near Carrollton. [We were soooo sorry to hear the about Chef Zimet of Boucherie and wish him a speedy recovery.]

So here is my tent. itinerary. I would really appreciate any suggestions to round it out. Last time we did Emeril's, Coquette and August, and Coquette was my favorite if that helps with suggestions.

Mon - (recovering from the move, so need somewhere romantic and close to FQ) - Bombay Club and Martini Bistro?

Tues - no reservations

Wed - Salu on Magazine, happy hour "tapas" with daughter and her new roommate. Looked kinda fun.

Thurs - no reservations.

Friday - lunch at Martinique Bistro.

Saturday - no reservations.

Sunday - jazz brunch at Commander's Palace.

Monday - lunch at Cochon.

Tuesday - return home.

A new NOLA mom :) I will be back many times.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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  1. Since you enjoyed lCoquette, try Patois for Fri. Lunch. Don't miss the gnocchi. Lilette is terrific for an all appetizer. White truffle Parma toast with marrow could be the best thing you eat your entire trip

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    1. re: JazzyB

      JazzyB -

      Your comments were SO helpful on my last trip (April). I am just delighted you responded. What are your feelings about MiLA? It might be a little too subdued (?) for my taste. I am still thinking about Rue127 which you and I chatted about last time.

      I want to mix it up a bit in terms of atmosphere, but I like a somewhat noisy, warm vibe.

      Thanks... and happy memorial day. I am cooking from the Cafe Reconcile cookbook today!

      k

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      Cafe Reconcile
      1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

      1. re: karendor

        So here is the revised plan:

        Mon - (recovering from the move, so need somewhere romantic and close to FQ) - Bombay Club and Martini Bistro?

        Tues - MiLA (maybe)

        Wed - Salu on Magazine, happy hour "tapas" with daughter and her new roommate. Looked kinda fun.

        Thurs - no reservations.

        Friday - lunch at Patois.

        Saturday - will likely do the "Graze" idea suggested by an hound on another post:
        "I recently started at Mr. B's for gumbo ya ya and bbq shrimp, then went to Galatoire's for oysters rock and crabmeat lorenzo then Hermes Bar at Antoines for oysters foch w/ stops at Napoleon House for Pimm's Cups and a spin on the Carousel at the Monteleone. just a thought."

        Sunday - jazz brunch at Commander's Palace.

        Monday - lunch at Cochon.

        Tuesday - return home.

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        Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
        500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

        1. re: karendor

          that was me grazing!
          for more casual fare and/or lunches, head to Katie's on Iberville and Crescent Pie on Banks. haven't eaten at Cowbell yet, but their daily specials they post on Facebook look killer. a friend eats at Rue 127 often and loves it. another friend could not say enough good things about Sylvain.
          for Uptown eats, I always enjoy Clancy's, Martinique, and Vizard's.

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          Clancy's Restaurant
          6100 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70118

          Martinique Restaurant Bistro
          5908 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

          Vizards
          5015 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

          Crescent Pie & Sausage Company
          4400 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

          1. re: edible complex

            Yes, thanks for the grazing ideas. I actually cancelled Martinique in favor of a Friday lunch at Patois but will re-schedule at some point.

            We almost made it to Crescent last time, and I think that will be a good fit for my hubby.

            Will look up Vizards, gotta love the name, and that part of Magazine. Need some casual so Katies and Cowbell sounds great.

            So little time -- I will be basically force-feeding my husband. :)

            Thank you all - keep em coming!

      2. re: JazzyB

        Jazzy -- Although I missed your specific recommendations (on both of these), I am so grateful for your direction to try Patois for lunch on Friday.

        All in all (food, ambiance, service, price) it is my favorite restaurant in New Orleans -- at least for today. We started out with the Grilled Lamb Ribs with green tomato - the best ribs I've ever had. Succulent and tangy, perfectly cooked. I had a fried oyster/frisee salad and asked for dressing on the side, since the other orders I saw coming out looked slightly overdressed to me. It was lovely and substantial. My husband chose the Shrimp Fettucine with a lemon based-broth; it was truly outstanding and he pronounced it excellent! The pasta was so fresh and the flavors in the broth bold and beautifully balanced. Oh, and the brioche/bread served was bursting with butter, soft, warm and nicely textured.

        For dessert, we split a bread pudding that looked like a small muffin. It was not the gingerbread version in their online menu, I think it was almond flavored, with a lovely caramel sauce and cookie on top, much lighter and more flavorful than many of the other b.p's I 've had here ---although they are all good! We had a late reservations so we ended up being the last ones for lunch. As we were leaving we had a lovely chat with Aaron Burgau about Sonoma County wines -- he had just visited recently, and we are from Sonoma County. He even offered to call us a cab! This was the first time in my NOLA dining I had a chance to interact with the chef/owner and it sure makes it fun. I told him Patois is my favorite dining spot so far... he even recommended some of his competition!

        I will definitely return for a dinner here on my next trip, and will recommend Patois to family members visiting NOLA. I have really loved all of the Bistro-y/French flair spots that chowhounders have recommended but this was just a stand-out experience.

        Thanks again Chowhounders!

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        Patois
        6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 70118

        1. re: karendor

          we went to patois on our recent trip. 4 of us. we ordered 4 apps. and 4 entrees, 2 desserts. everything was great. we loved it. the neighborhood is lovely, too, beautiful homes.

          1. re: califkatie

            had to pull out my receipt so i could give a more detailed description of my meal. we had the charcuterie plate to start. it had a boudin sausage, pork rillettes and head cheese. all homemade in house. loved it all , but the boudin was the best. then we had the pork belly and scallops, oyster salad, duck confit salad and gumbo. the pork belly was my favorite. but all were delicious. the duck confit was huge, a whole leg on the salad. for dinner entrees we had a gumbo(both gumbos were the rabbit,andouille,greens gumbo), potato gnocchi with crab and chantrelles, fennel crusted rabbit, gulf shrimp and chorizo on manchego spoonbread.(the spoonbread was swoon worthy) and the quail special on fresh succatash. for dessert we had a chocolate dessert called the snickers and one called exotic. from my best recollection the chocolate one had several chocolate tastes and the exotic one had a flaming bananas foster creme brulee and two other tastes.(lots of wine by then.) we will definetely go back. the only problem is it is so far from the quarter it is a cab ride both ways, which can add up. but we split it 4 ways.

      3. Take a look at Lilette on Magazine. In the quarter there's Stella. August and Le Foret just out of the quarter.

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        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

        Le Foret
        Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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        1. re: FoodChic

          Thanks, FoodChic

          Went to August last time with daughter. She had one of the best desserts of her life! I think I will skip it this time.

          So, question, if we had to* choose* a dinner at Lilette, Stella or Le Foret (and we do not like too stuffy of a place) which would you choose?

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          Lilette
          3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

          Le Foret
          Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

          1. re: karendor

            Lilette has much more of a neighborhood feeling and would probably be more to your liking. A less formal place with great food in the Quarter is Bayona.

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            Bayona
            430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

            Lilette
            3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

            1. re: FoodChic

              Loved Bayona my first time in NOLA. We did not have a reservation and they treated us a little strangely about that. Besides that they were great.

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              Bayona
              430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        2. last trip we did a grazing menu one night. ours was swizzle stick bar at the cafe adelaide( the shrimp corndog, yum.) . then pelican club ( seafood martini and quail appetizer, yum-yum) then ended up at bombay club for after dinner drinks. so, while i didn't try any of the food at the bombay club, it is very beautiful and romantic. the piano player was great. thumbs up for cochon, i go every trip.

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          1. re: califkatie

            Thanks CalifKatie (I'm a Calif girl too!).

            I saw the website for Swizzle Stick last time: it looks swell. I wanted to save Cochon for this trip, with hubby, and I think it is a good choice for our last lunch in town. I don't know Pelican Club, but will look that up.

            Thank you for the thumbs up on Bombay for atmosphere. That is what I am looking for. My husband is driving my daughter's stuff out from California (on his own!) so he deserves romantic and much more! That's why I want to stay close-by that first night out, We are staying at Iberville Suites.

            He will like Frenchman Street, too, so we may end up at Three Muses for Friday or Sat night.

            K

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
            312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Three Muses
            536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            1. re: karendor

              the restaurant section of pelican club is kind-of fancy, but the bar area was great. the bartender very friendly. i spend a lot of time on frenchmen st. the clubs are easy to walk in and out of to listen to music. check out a new(?) restaurant / bar i just noticed, mojitos. looks like a fun place to hang out at. music every day. d.b.a. and spotted cat were fun last trip. my trip is in june, can't wait.

              1. re: califkatie

                Thanks for the heads up - I saw the photos and agree about PC for bar only. Have you been to Three Muses on Frenchman. It opened last August. Their signature drink - The Muse -- is awesome if you like Elderflower which I do.

                Did you see edible complex's grazing ideas above?

                Edited: "Mr. B's for gumbo ya ya and bbq shrimp, Galatoire's for oysters rock and crabmeat lorenzo, Hermes Bar at Antoines for oysters foch w/ stops at Napoleon House for Pimm's Cups and a spin on the Carousel at the Monteleone."

                I think my hubby will really like Carousel. I have not done Napolean House yet, not a huge Pimms cup fan.

                I am excited about Gin Ramos Fizz - is that a good bet at Commander's for our Sunday brunch?

                Will be in NOLA June 12 - 21.

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                Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
                500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                Three Muses
                536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

                1. re: karendor

                  i'm staying at the frenchmen hotel( my umteenth time, i like the quirkiness). i will try the three muses this trip. i always go to galatoires. and hope to hit the hermes bar for the first time this trip. carousel bar is fun. napoleon house is very historical(what isn't). gin ramos fizz will definitely be on at commanders! sunday brunch is fun there.

          2. Ate at the Pelican Club in April. The dining room felt cavernous and dated. The food however was very good. The service was very slow. Definitely think that the bar may be the best bet. Had an excellent lunch across the alley at Green Goddess. We sat at the tiny bar inside. Duck confit hash and duck confit salad with stuffed dates wrapped in serrano ham both excellent. Interesting cocktail menu.

            Also had light lunch at Salu. Liked the duck/manchego flautas, lamb lollipops, and crabmeat flatbread. Sat outside which was a little noisy with road work going on but preferable to the empty indoors.

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            Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
            312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

            Green Goddess
            307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: Jwestcoaster

              We loved the Pelican Club....both food and service. We started with a couple drinks in the bar and then dined in the Club Room, the first room off the bar. It was small and cozy, and not cavernous like the main dining room. Our server, Daniel, was spot-on. And the gracious maitre' d gave us the choice of which room we'd like to dine since we were early for our rezzes and trying to seek respite from the late May heat last year. Highly recommend PC!

              1. re: Jwestcoaster

                I liked Salu too and had the duck/manchego flautas. Not sure if it is worth a special trip to Magazine for the food, but a nice spot in that part of town. It was super hot so we sat inside. One of our guests was originally from New Jersey and said it reminded her of place in New York. The happy hour sangria pitcher specials are a good deal.

                1. re: karendor

                  oy, i actually tell people to avoid that place for the same items -- the dishes mentioned and the sangria pitcher. two of us had the entire pitcher and could report no buzz whatsoever, all juice. and those dishes were so ho-hum, "tapas by numbers" that we decided it wasnt a serious food destination worth returning to.

                  Brett Anderson reported much the same, alluded to it being designed for college kids graduating up a level in restaurant patronage, and he got slammed by nola.com commenters. i agreed w/ him tho.

              2. Congrats on becoming a NOLA Mom!

                As you will likely be visiting your daughter often (I hope), be sure to try some great places in the Carrollton/Riverbend area. A few suggestions are:

                Brigtsen's, Dante's Kitchen, One Rest. Bar and Grill, Lebannon Cafe, Basil Leaf, Cote d'Sud. There's a great new pastry shop on Maple St, name? maybe Maple St Patisserie. I suggest you get a guide book or a Zagat's and start checking off the places that interest you most. I've lived here all my life, and still have a lot of spots to try or go back to!

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

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

                Basil Leaf
                1438 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                Maple St Cafe
                7623 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                1. re: foodophyle

                  FP ~

                  Thank you so much, and, yes, I will be visiting at least 4x a year -- although daughter may not realize it yet! Thank you for picking up on the neighborhood. We cannot wait to see her new place, this Sunday.

                  To focus on Carrollton might be the best strategy but this is my hubby's first time so I want to do some FQ/Frenchmen St grazing with him too. Certainly Brigsten's and Dante's are on my list for future visits... but many you mentioned above were not even on my radar. My hubby is not as adventurous as I am foodwise, so I thought I would do some of the tamer places this time (lots of bistros!) and focus more on Creole/Ethnic on my own next time.

                  This is very exciting to hear about a new Patisserie, and I will look up the others in your list. I think I will need an excel spread-sheet to keep track, as well as a newer Zagat's (mine is from 2009).

                  Thank you again -- all of you!

                  1. re: karendor

                    CHeck http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi... you can search restaurants by location and price amongst other things. Gambit is a monthly newspaper/magazine about NOLA. Very helpful.

                2. Having a great time chowhounders.. and my husband is being a true sport and pretty adventurous about menus and restaurants. Here is our (reverse) itinerary so far.

                  Tonight (Thursday) Felix's for Crawfish boil and sweet potato fries. Followed by after dinner cocktails at the Carousel Bar.

                  Wed. - Happy hour and tapas at Salu on Magazine Street followed by drinks and "campy" jazz quartet at Three Muses on Frenchman Street. At Salu he liked the ribs and I enjoyed the duck flautas. A very different venu style for NOLA but the service was great and it has a nice vibe.

                  Tues - OK my daughter officially got her NOLA teaching job offer on Tuesday and I was celebrating. For her dream job come true and also for being an empty nester. Lilette was lovely. Husband had the duck; I had the raw salad, the sizzling shrimp and the beet/goat cheese/walnut dish. We shared a lovely lemon/blueberry dessert. They called it a financier.

                  Mon - Bombay Club. Great table location just across from marvelous jazz singer Amanda for a decent meal. We split the crabcakes, a Pork tenderhouse, and a mixed berry cobbler. My fizzy pink champagne/elderberry drink was yummy. Bombay is not a top notch foodie destination but it was fun for a special couple evening sittting inside those curtains.

                  Sun - daughters move in day finished with Pizza and Abita at Slice.

                  Much more to follow: Patois, Commander's Palace and Cochon.

                  And we will likely do the big "graze" as per below on Saturday.

                  Best to all. I will be back in the fall... K

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                  Cochon
                  930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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

                  Lilette
                  3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

                  Three Muses
                  536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                  1. re: karendor

                    Sounds great so far. Keep the fun quotient high, and the reports coming!

                    Enjoy,

                    Hunt

                    1. re: karendor

                      Thanks for sharing with us. It all sounds fabulous!

                      Enjoy!

                    2. Pretty disappointing brunch at CP. Ambiance/service lovely, but two of our three main courses --both with poached eggs -- were not tasty, too rich/salty, and just a bit of a disappointment after such great food so far. I would give it 2.5 stars if I could. (Going to stick with the bistros and neighborhood gems next time. Off for a swim to counteract my upset tummy. :{

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

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                      1. re: karendor

                        Commander's food is not exactly it's high point -- definitely more of a vibe/fun place. the food is indeed very rich. that is a good/bad thing depending on who you ask.

                        1. re: karendor

                          I'm curious as to what you had...eggs sardou often hit people as salty becuyase of teh anchovy and that can vary widely in town. The anchovies that Antoine's used to use were so salty that I rarely went near them. Or was the salt in the sauce?

                          1. re: hazelhurst

                            I was actually looking foward to eggs sardu but it was not on the menu. (Father's day.) I had two poached eggs (done very nicely) on top of a seafood fried "roll" on top of grits. I actually had the two sauces (remoulade & hollandaise) on the side. I think it was the spice/salt/richness in the deep fried coating that kind of pushed me over the edge. My daughter had the eggs cochon du lait and she was not impressed. Our first courses were actually OK, and the desserts were lovely but the main disappointed, I totally agree with kibbles. My husband called it festive, he actually enjoyed his crusted fish, and with the jazz band and the balloons it really was fun. In comparison to other choices it was a big disappointment.

                            We are sort of recovering from the CP price and the richness, so we opted out of our Cochon reservations today. I will have to save it for my next visit.

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                            Cochon
                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                            1. re: karendor

                              Re: Pelican Club part of this string above. Loved the bar, the bartender, and the drink called "Exchange Alley." The seafood martini was pretty darn good, too, probably the best (most unique) of our grazing night. I want to thank all of you for the many amazing recommendations. What a lovely trip; I hope to be back in November and will ask for many and more recommendations as the time approaches. My dear daughter got and accepted a job offer with a new Charter School. We are so proud of her, her dear little place in Carollton/Uptown area, and cannot wait to come back. Feeling less and less like tourists... Please let me know if you are coming to Sonoma County...

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                              Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
                              312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

                              1. re: karendor

                                congrats to your daughter.

                                regarding price at CP - i actually recommend it to people watching their budget, because the prix fixe menu is pretty reasonable -- three courses in the 30s, and if you get the chef's special there's even a bloody mary included!

                                funny, one of my preferred dishes there is the Eggs Cochon du Lait. and the crusted fish. both tho are pretty heavy on rich sauces -- which makes it a single-meal of the day for me...could not do another restaurant for dinner.