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Jun 1, 2011 06:38 PM

Monday Dinner Alternative

I've got a dinner reservation at Mila next Monday. However, after reading some recent posts, I'm rethinking this....

It sounds like Mila is a better place for lunch.

Any suggestions for dinner at this late notice? I would even consider something very low key in the quarter.

Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. We have only done dinner at MiLa, and with the exception for one table, that wanted to scream and shout, enjoyed them greatly.

    Not sure which reviews have changed your mind on MiLa.

    Now, what other dinner spots are you already doing?



    6 Replies
    1. re: Bill Hunt

      in the Final Eating Plan thread...JazzyB mentioned that MiLa is empty during the week at dinner time. I don't want to be the only table on Monday night....

      Here's the current list of dinner spots: Emeril's, Clancy's, Cafe Atchlafaya, Cochon, Brigtsen's, and Dante's Kitchen. Patois for Sunday brunch, Bayona for a lunch during the week. I wouldn't mind hitting MiLa for lunch and then grabbing a burger at the port o call, or tapas at mimis.....

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

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

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

      1. re: Pam in NJ

        Emeril's. Coquette, though not on your list is excellent as well.

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

        1. re: Pam in NJ

          Chowhounds can not only disagree on food preferences as I'd love to be the only table in a proven restaurant. I've had great personal service in those circumstances (although I know your experience is supposed to be great personal service even if they're slammed)

          Just think of it as being able to afford a buy-out!!

          1. re: Pam in NJ

            ...or tapas at Rambla, or some small plates at Domenica. Domenica has a daily happy hpour 3-6, with 1/2 price pizzas, drinks. We often share a pizza along with a an app or two. Squash blossoms are good and I never skip their lasagna. (funny b/c lasagna has never been a fav.)

            217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

            123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

            1. re: JazzyB

              The rabbit and porcini tagliatelle at Domenica is really something special!

          2. re: Bill Hunt

            I understand. During our diners, they were nearly full, but not slammed. Still, being the only table can be disarming.

            As stated by others, that might be a good thing, if the food and service are excellent, but still, possibly disarming.

            I felt kind of the same way the other night. We were in Rome, and had reservations at a highly recommended restaurant, across the Tiber. We made the reservations early, especially by Euro time, but had a very early morning, and had to travel back to the hotel. Got there on time, and the place was empty, except for a couple of local shop owners drinking with the owner at a corner table. No problem, it was early in the evening. We sat, and got the full treatment from the owner, who also introduced his son, the sommelier. We talked, ordered wines, talked and then ordered the meal. Almost no one had come in, and we'd now been there for almost an hour. I began to worry. I trust the couple, who gave us the recs., as we all agree on almost every restaurant, but this was spooky, as we were virtually alone. More wines came, and then the food began arriving. At that point, I could not have cared if the place was 100% empty, or had every chair filed. All fears vanished with the first forkful. As we did a full, multi-course meal, we were there for some time. By about 9:00PM, the diners started to come in. By about 10:00PM, they were about 3/4's full, and I began looking around, to make sure that we were not taking up a needed table, since we were onto the second dessert wine, and the tail end of dessert and a cheese course.

            All was excellent, BUT there were those doubts and thoughts, when we WERE alone. Cannot swear that MiLa would have wow'ed you, like Spirito di Vino (and also MiLa in earlier visits) did us, but being busy on a particular night, might not be everything that it's cracked up to be.

            Whichever restaurant you choose - ENJOY!