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Jun 24, 2011 08:40 PM

Visiting Nola in August, looking for Boudin, and Muffelatta

Also thinking about taking my wife to Bayona and MrB's Bistro. Are there any other fine dining spots I shouldnt miss?

430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. have you read the "sticky"?

    1. we had boudin on our charcuterie plate at patois. it was good.

      1. I've enjoyed both Bayona, and Mr. B's. Both have their supporters, but a few detractors. For me, both are good, though different dining experiences.

        Now, here come the questions:

        Where are you staying?
        Will you have an auto, and are you willing to drive?
        Do you have a budget?
        What is that budget?
        Anything that you just crave (other than boudin)?
        Do you want "authentic New Orleans," or do you want newer, more innovative fare?
        Will the gentlemen in your group have jackets?
        How large is your group?
        How many nights will you be dining in NOLA?

        There are some "fine dining" restaurants that I consider must-dos. However, based on the answers to the above questions, I may, or may not recommend them. It depends on many things.

        NOLA is a wonderful dining city. There is a fairly broad spectrum of pure NOLA cuisine, plus Deep South, Creole, some Cajun, and variations on each. Note: within those genres, there can be MUCH crossover. If one wants specific Creole, then there would be different recs., than if they wanted historic NOLA cuisine. Same for the other genres.

        We want to help you, in any way possible, but need a bit more info. The better that you can articulate your needs and desires, the better we can recommend restaurants.

        Most of all, enjoy your trip, and pack a few items that are a bit "large" for you now, as they will feel comfortable, after a few nights in NOLA... [Grin]


        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. For boudin and muffaletta, one stop...Cochon Butcher.

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          1. Galatoire's classic fine dining, old school creole New Orleans cuisine and Stella! modern with local ingredients executed in the best of ways, taste and visually...

            re muffaletta, Central Grocery has the love or hate club. Maspero's on Decatur not chartres is a very good choice as well)...IMO

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

            601 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            1. re: Suzy Wong

              we had muffalettas at franks( 933 decatur) next to central grocery the day they were closed. they were good, i was pleasantly surprised. the shrimp and oyster combo po-boy was yummy,too. they were friendly and fast.

              1. re: califkatie

                At one time in the past, Frank's was my go-to muffaletta location, bar none. Back then, Frank's M-I-L did much of the cooking, and the muffaletta's were great. That was then.

                We moved, and when we returned to Frank's, the kids were doing some new things. All was good, but we did not try the mufflalettas, so cannot comment on how much they picked up from their grand-mother. Once, I felt they were the best in NOLA, though I did cheat, and added a touch of Mulden's Hot Mustard, from the bottle that they kept for me, behind the counter. Not "authentic," but oh, so good. Frank's M-I-L's roast-beef po-boys were also the best, IMHO.

                When you say "last day," have they closed?



                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  no, i meant we tried to go to central grocery on a day they were closed. went to franks instead. glad we did. they were good. went there on our last day in town to get sandwiches for the plane, too.

                  1. re: califkatie

                    Thank you for that clarification.

                    I grew up with the younger family member, who now run the restaurant, but have not been there in some time.