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Jul 29, 2011 05:03 PM

Irene's, Cochans or Mila

Which would you choose?

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  1. Apples, oranges or grapes? These are all so different from one another it's impossible to answer without knowing some of your likes, dislikes and expectations. Also, where else will you be dining while you are here, perhaps a "fill in the blank" approach would work for this question.

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    1. re: rouxdauphine

      I have dined at about 25 of New Orleans restaurants and am still narrowing down the list. I guess since I am a bit unfamilar with these three I would like to know what each one is about. I basically like seafood, anything that is considered special or "New Orleans Only" kind of dishes that any restaurant does, such as the BBQ Shrimp at Mr Bs! The signature dish. Any thoughts you have about any of them would be much appreciated.

      1. re: Cookie Baker

        Mila is the most inventive, although also the most sedate.

        Cochon is Southwest Louisiana country cooking.. Some love it, some think is over-rated - I am firmly in the admirer's camp.

        Irene's is upscale Italian ...

        1. re: paz5559

          I agree with your assesment. Of those three I would opt for Irene's but if feeling like Something Different would drift toward MiLa (although it sometimes seems as though almost everyone if trying to offer a little twist from time-to-time.

          My stated view on Cochon is the it is fine if you cannot get to Hebert's in Maurice (for example) or God-Know-How-Many other joints between Lake Charles and Henderson. I think it gussies things up too much but that is probably to be expected these town, anyway. But just last night I was with a friend who works in BR and drove down twice to go there and he was not impressed. (In fairness he is a Pennsylvanian but is from a part where people still shoot their own venison and where slavic goodies abound so he is no stranger to variations on these things. And he has lived in Louisiana for thirty years and gotten around a good bit. He was part of our Award-Winning Gumbo Team in New Iberia years ago so I trust him.))

          930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. As has been noted they couldn't be more different. I haven't been to Irene's. The mention of Italian cooking usualy throws our minds into thoughts of a corner favorite and heavy, red and garlic. I've been to Del Porto so do know that Italian can be special.

      I'm not a fan of Cuchon more because of the cost/portion/atmosphere calculation than the food.

      We just made a third visit to MiLa and found it as good as our first try. The second visit was good but disappointing after being wowed on our first trip. The lagniappe with MiLa is having the chance to get a cocktail and a story from Chris McMillan at Bar Uncommon next door

      Del Porto Restaurant
      501 E Boston St, Covington, LA 70433