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Starting to narrow down my choices for dinners for an early September visit.

Patois or Gautreau's?
Dante's or Mat & Naddies?
Tommy's or Eleven 79?

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Gautreau's Restaurant
1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. Gautreau's
    Dante's Kitchen
    (neither one, go to a Mano instead)

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

    Gautreau's Restaurant
    1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      I prefer Eleven 79 over Tommy's, but it's slightly different. more pastas, which i actually like better than A Mano's. if veal is your game than definitely Eleven 79. i also love the dark intimate space...

      ive wanted to like A Mano but so far on two visits it hasnt worked for me. i really like the menu at Domenica but that is also not creole-italian.

    2. I agree with Hungry Celeste on skipping Tommy's or 1179. Not that they're bad, just as there is better. I'd agree with A Mano but add Herbsaint and Clancy's for your consideration.

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      Herbsaint
      701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: sanglier

        I kind of wanted to have something in the "Creole Italian" slot. A Mano looks great, but more Italian and less (or not at all) Creole.

        1. re: ClevelandRandy

          There's always Mosca's...if you have a car. Irene's might be a good choice, too. Mandina's maybe.

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          Mandina's Restaurant
          3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

      2. I haven't been to any of the above but Gautreau's. I would say that it is a very nice restaurant, but the New Orleans accent was so very slight. I would call it a good special occasion restaurant or date or something like that, but wouldn't recommend it for someone to sample New Orleans cuisine.

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        Gautreau's Restaurant
        1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

        1. Patois (not a fan of Gautreau's)
          Dante's (never been to M&N)
          Tommy's (Eleven 79 is very cool, but I prefer the food at Tommy's)

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          Gautreau's Restaurant
          1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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          1. re: BayouTeche

            Also not a fan of Gautreau's. I like Patois.
            I've not been to Dante's. M&N is good however, Coquette is much better.
            I prefer Irene's over Tommy's

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            Gautreau's Restaurant
            1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

            1. re: JazzyB

              Coquette was the best meal of last year's trip (truly outstanding in every way -- drinks, food, service, dining environment). Have been to Irene's twice, and last time was a bit of a disappointment, including a horrendously long wait in rather cramped quarters, followed by food that was good, but wasn't up to the standards of my first visit.

          2. Tough call between Tommy's and Eleven79, IMO. There's Mandina's too! I think you will do fine either way. Tommy's is in a better neighborhood for walking around after dark, if you're going that route. Dante's is very good. I'd normally never ever recommend a chicken dish in a restaurant but the chicken under a brick is fantastic and we loved the drink specials. Can't help with Patois or Gautreau's, never been.

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            Mandina's Restaurant
            3800 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

            Gautreau's Restaurant
            1728 Soniat St, New Orleans, LA 70115

            1. I know this doesn't help, but you chose restaurants that are so similar to each other it is almost impossible to choose. I say flip a coin.

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              1. re: shanefink

                As it turns out, Patois is closed over Labor Day weekend, but based on Lenwood's comments (which I've heard from others as well), I booked Atchafalaya instead. I really want to focus my NOLA eating on restaurants and food that wouldn't be found elsewhere. Thanks all for weighing in.

                1. re: ClevelandRandy

                  I've only been to Atchafalaya for brunch but loved it. Enjoy!