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Final Eating Plan

Okay guys, so I have my meals for my next trip pretty much figured out. Just debating on one thing. Here's what I've got:

Saturday: arrive, maybe snack at Cochon Butcher then hit oyster festival. Dinner at Herbsaint.
Sunday: Jazz brunch, Commanders. Dinner at Stella
Monday: Lunch at August, Dinner at MiLa.
Tuesday, leaving at 7 p.m., keeping day open for random snacking.

I'm wondering if I should try to switch MiLa to Coquette. I know they are very different, but am debating between the two nonetheless. MiLa is in our hotel, so it's convenient, plus it's reserved. Should I change to Coquette or keep it, considering our other dining plans?

Thanks!

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Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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  1. Coquette. The food is excellent. Downstairs boisterous, upstairs more sedate. Either way, a lovely evening. MiLa on the other hand, will likely be empty.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      but how about the food at MiLa? that it is not busy isnt reason enough to avoid it for me... in fact if the food is good it's more reason to go.

      i like their apps very much, but have not been for dinner.

      1. re: kibbles

        It's been awhile. The food was good. Considering the whole dining experience, i find an empty dining room a negative.

        1. re: JazzyB

          interesting comment about Mila - - we have a dinner reservation there next week.....now i'm considering other options. thanks, JazzyB! :-)

          1. re: Pam in NJ

            well, if the food was good, and they arent routinely very busy, i would suggest keeping the reservation -- why punish the husband-wife owners for not having enough business? kinda self-defeating, and will eventually lead to one less restaurant option. the space is gorgeous.

        2. re: kibbles

          Our dinners have been excellent, as have the wine services. Only complaint that I have ever written of was one really badly behaved table, that messed up that evening for us. Otherwise, we have enjoyed 3 times now, but always for dinner.

          Hunt

      2. i've been to MiLa twice for appetizers at the bar. i enjoyed them both times. but the must do for you is to have drinks at your hotel bar "bar uncommon" with the world's greatest (well, maybe) bartender, chris mcmillian. what a guy! he is so interesting. he loves to explain his cocktails' history and origins, and just tell stories. we loved him.

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        1. re: califkatie

          Is Chris around most nights? I definitely want to stop by and try one of his famed concoctions : )

          1. re: princsoreo

            You probably need to do that on Saturday then, as I think he's off on Sunday/Monday.

            1. re: Niki in Dayton

              thanks!

        2. hmmm, after reading some more lackluster reviews I'm now thinking of switching Herbsaint to Coquette. I really liked Cochon and wanted to try Donald Link's other spot, but it sounds like most people like Cochon better anyway... thoughts?

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          Cochon
          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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          1. re: princsoreo

            IMO, Herbsaint is much better than Cochon. OTOH, you can't go wrong dining at Coquette.

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            Cochon
            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

            1. re: JazzyB

              second dat! but I did enjoy Cochon. there were 6 of us and shared just about all the apps and a couple of entrees and desserts. best way to taste everything.

              1. re: JazzyB

                Cool. Awesome to hear that! Thanks.

                1. re: princsoreo

                  cochon is like the country cousin to herbsaint's citiness. i like cochon's bar. but then i have only been to herbsaint once to maybe 6 times at cochon. sounds like i need to do more research!

              2. re: princsoreo

                i prefer Coquette to Herbsaint. tighter preparation. some very good dishes (always changing tho)