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We are coming to New Orleans in November with our brother and sister-in-law, neither have been to the city before. We'll be staying at the Inn on Bourbon, and would like to avoid taking cabs. Here are our thoughts so far:

Monday dinner: Herbsaint
Tuesday lunch: Restaurant August
Tuesday dinner: please help -we've been to Le Foret twice and have loved it, but have read that it is not as good as in the past. So, we are thinking: GW Fins, the Grill Room, Emerils, Ste. Marie, Domenica. Very open to input, thanks!
Wednesday lunch: Coquette
Wednesday dinner: Galatoires
Thursday lunch: Commander's Palace

We've been to most of these restaurants before, except Coquette, GW Fins, Ste. Marie and Domenica. I dont' think that my family members would be comfortable with Stella's cost, although we had a great meal there a few years ago. We've been to Irene's and really liked it, but would like something just a bit more upscale.

I would love to hear if there is anything that you think is missing from our agenda for our family members. Thank you in advance!

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Le Foret
Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Ste. Marie
930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

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  1. The Grill Room, while a fav. will be a quarter-notch above Stella! on the price scale, so probably off the list (save that for a private dinner instead).

    We have always had great meals at G W Fins, and their local preps. for Gulf/Lake seafood has always been impressive. It is a bit more casual, but very comfortable and the service has always been top-notch. They have one of the best B-T-G wine lists that I have encountered almost anywhere. While you have a large enough party to do a couple of bottles, the B-T-G offerings allow everyone to pick a specific wine for each of their dishes. Maybe a plus, or maybe not?

    Have not been to Herbsaint in too long to comment, but it was very good then.

    Have not dined at Coquette, but it gets a lot of love on this board.

    Have not dined at Ste. Marie.

    Restaurant August has always nailed the food and offered good service for us. Only complaint was wine pairings, but that has changed in a major way.

    Loved Domenica, and the closest that I can come to a complaint was that I wish that the menu was a bit broader. The service (we had a real challenge for them, and they never missed a beat) was just flat excellent. Lovely space, but it can be a little bit loud.

    Emeril's has always been a fav. of ours, though it too can be a bit loud. They try to promote fun when dining, and the hard surfaces amplify the fun a bit more than I find ideal. Still, very good food, attentive service, fun wine list, and fun, I should not complain too much.

    Enjoy,

    Hunt

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    Restaurant August
    301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

    Herbsaint
    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Domenica
    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    Ste. Marie
    930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

    1. I'd say you can't go wrong with your "fixed" list. For your Tuesday dinner, I'd do Coquette or GW Fins. Like Hunt said, if you think Stella! stings, Grill Room will leave a mark. You've been to Emeril's. Ste. Marie apparently can't decide if it's a restaurant or a night club. Domenica, while very good, is Italian. And not Creole Italian. You'd mentioned Irene's. Tommy's has a similar menu, a clubbier atmosphere and is walkable (Warehouse District).

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

      Domenica
      123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

      Ste. Marie
      930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

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      1. re: BayouTeche

        Bayou T.,

        Thanks for the info. I had never heard of Ste. Marie, but you filled in the blank.

        While I have not dined there, my foodie family (several in the business in NOLA), love Irene's. I also hear a lot of good recs. for Tommy's, but have not dined there yet. Domenica came through for me with flying colors, and the food was good, but as you mention, the menu is Italian, and not Creole influenced Italian. Still, they were great.

        Thanks,

        Hunt

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        Domenica
        123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

        Ste. Marie
        930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

        1. re: BayouTeche

          Thank you, Bayou T. Tommy's looks great, similar menu to Irene's but a bit broader if I remember Irene's correctly. Which do you think has better food, Tommy's or GW Fins? We're having lunch at Coquette on Wednesday, which sounds just great!

          1. re: n.o.lover

            Apples and oranges. Totally different menus. But, if I were ranking restaurants, GW Fins would rank higher than Tommy's.

            1. re: n.o.lover

              Swap lunch days with CP and Coquette to take advantage of Coquette's $5 specialty cocktails (Thurs. only).

              1. re: JazzyB

                I thought that I read that they have a by the glass wine special on Wednesdays, and it looks like they have a nice wine list. Is this still the case?