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mayhem Jun 7, 2011 07:59 PM

I'd like to give a gift certificate to a Tulane area restaurant as a graduation gift. Just something small, but thoughtful? A place frequented by students -- obviously informal. I'm grateful for any recommendations.

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  1. FoodChic RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 06:40 AM

    You can't go wrong with a Besh gift certificate. It gives the student several options for dinning.

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      Paisley16 RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 08:25 AM

      PJ's is a coffee shop with locations on campus and nearby on Maple street.

      Reginelli's is a popular pizza place that delivers to campus with multiple locations.

      Are you looking for a national chain? I'm not sure where you're located in terms of purchasing...

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        FoodChic RE: Paisley16 Jun 8, 2011 08:38 AM

        A national chain in New Orelans? Isn't that verboten? :-)

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          Paisley16 RE: FoodChic Jun 8, 2011 02:05 PM

          I almost cringed typing it but just thought I would ask!! :)

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            FoodChic RE: Paisley16 Jun 8, 2011 02:06 PM

            LOL!

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        mayhem RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 09:42 AM

        I'm hoping to just call and have them send me some sort of gift certificate that I can stick in the card. (I'm in the DC area)

        Thank you all for your help!

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          hazelhurst RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 09:57 AM

          I've never had the need of a gift certificat but I imagine any of those Uptown places such as Clancy's or PAtois woudlhave them. You can get them for most of the well-known places downtown but for informality--or "less" formailty..I think the Clancy/Cocquette/patois route would be fine.

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            mimadeli RE: mayhem Jun 12, 2011 05:35 PM

            Besh Restaurants will mail their gift cards to you

            http://shop.chefjohnbesh.com/giftcard...

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            foodophyle RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 12:49 PM

            I suggest Taqueria Carona on Magazine. Lots of Tulane students frequent it, its good food at a good value and its close to the Campus. Call 504-897-3974. They sell gift certif. in $25 increaments.

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              hazelhurst RE: foodophyle Jun 8, 2011 12:57 PM

              Love that place...

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              mayhem RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 01:11 PM

              Very nice guy, but they don't do gift certificates by mail ;( I'd have to send them a check, wait for it to clear and then they'd send me the certificate and that would take too long....

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                Paisley16 RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 02:02 PM

                If you're interested in Mexican, there's a burrito place near campus, Felipe's, that I know has gift certificates, I'm not sure if they mail them. It's pretty popular.

                Phone #: (504) 309-2776

                Cafe Fresco is near campus on Maple street and has pizza, salads, etc.

                (504)862-6363

                All of the places I've suggested are places where $20/$25 will cover your meal - or multiple coffees. To me that's small, but thoughtful.

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                  pksf11 RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 10:06 PM

                  If you want to buy a gift certificate to Taqueria Corona, you can use a digital gift certificate instead of waiting for the check/mail process - for example, http://www.giftrocket.com/gift-card/t...
                  Your friend would need a smartphone to redeem. I've used it before and it works pretty well.

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                  hungry hungry hip paw RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 09:23 PM

                  I would recommend boucherie, which is close to campus and serves very affordable quality food, so (s)he can go out for a nice dinner without breaking your bank.

                  In addition, their chef / owner has just been through some personal trauma , and you'd be helping an outstanding young person pay their medical bills.
                  (btw, that's not my primary reason for suggesting it, that would be that they do great affordable entry level fine dining so it's more fitting of a graduation gift than maybe pjs or felipes)

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                    hungry hungry hip paw RE: mayhem Jun 8, 2011 09:24 PM

                    http://www.boucherie-nola.com/

                    sorry,
                    forgot the link

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                      Hungry Celeste RE: mayhem Jun 10, 2011 04:54 AM

                      How about Camellia Grill, or Lebanon's Cafe (very vegetarian friendly)?
                      http://www.camelliagrill.net/home.htm
                      http://www.lebanonscafe.com/
                      Or try a gift certificate from Maple Street Patisserie instead: 7638 Maple Street New Orleans, LA 70118-5048 - (504) 304-1526; a great small bakery within walking distance of campus with everything from doughnuts to challah to fancy decorated cakes.

                      All above are casual, affordable, student-friendly, and on the streetcar route. Since freshmen don't have cars, you don't want to pick something that's not easily accessible via public transit. Cab fare takes away from the beer budget ;

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                      Camellia Grill
                      626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                        cestlavie455 RE: mayhem Jun 12, 2011 03:56 AM

                        My daughter loved LaMadeleines, corner of Carrollton/St Charles.

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                          fat harry RE: mayhem Jun 14, 2011 09:42 AM

                          Cafe Fresco
                          Cafe Nino
                          Madigan's/GB's
                          Hana Sushi
                          Babylon
                          Roman Pizza
                          La Madeleine
                          Basil Leaf
                          Cooter Brown's
                          Saltwater Grill

                          All are frequented by Greenies.

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                          Cafe Nino
                          1510 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                          Saltwater Grill
                          710 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

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

                          Roman Pizza
                          7329 Cohn St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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