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Need to choose between Ralph's on the Park, Clancy's or Brigtstens

mumeatwell Aug 8, 2011 10:57 AM

We will be visting New Orleans in a couple of weeks and a business associate offered to take out us out to dinner one night. He suggested Ralph's on the Park, Clancy's or Brigtstens. Which should we choose?

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    collardman RE: mumeatwell Aug 8, 2011 12:32 PM

    For atmosphere I'd rank them in that order. For food, the reverse order. I wouldn't turn down a free meal at any of them!

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      brucec RE: collardman Aug 8, 2011 01:02 PM

      + 1 on collardman

    2. BayouTeche RE: mumeatwell Aug 8, 2011 02:56 PM


      1. speyerer RE: mumeatwell Aug 9, 2011 09:41 AM

        Go to Clancy's only if you enjoy being around loud drunks. The last time we were there the "atmosphere" was like a fraternity party gone wild.

        Clancy's Restaurant
        6100 Annunciation St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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          drewwhy RE: mumeatwell Aug 11, 2011 02:41 PM

          Ralphs on the Park is always fantastic. Clancys can be very loud and Brigtsens has gone down hill unfortunately. Enjoy your time here,

          Brigtsen's Restaurant
          723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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            shanefink RE: drewwhy Aug 11, 2011 03:18 PM

            Really? That's interesting. I wonder if Chef Brigsten has spread himself a little too thin with Charlie's and Brigsten's. There is only so many hours in the day and he is only one man. I haven't been to Brigsten's in a while. Do others agree?

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              Bill Hunt RE: shanefink Aug 11, 2011 09:57 PM

              Have not dined at Brigtsen's in two trips (family events), but going back a bit, they were still hitting on all cylinders. However, that was BEFORE Charlie's, so might not count.

              Want to do Charlie's, as I knew it, from when we lived in River Ridge in the 70's, and it was a fun, neighborhood seafood cafe/bar, way back then.


              Brigtsen's Restaurant
              723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                Monch RE: shanefink Aug 12, 2011 11:50 AM


                I cannot concur. Brigtsen's has become the ONE place that my wife and I agree that we MUST visit when we come for vacations.

                I want to say that we've been to NOLA six times, post-Katrina, and have hit Brigtsen's each time. We hit town twice in 2010, but have not been this year. We will on our next trip.

                I cannot, honestly, say that I've perceived any decline, else I'd be devoting these precious meals to other establishments.

                Admittedly, the service and atmosphere suits our tastes to a tee...so my perception may be skewed.

                Brigtsen's Restaurant
                723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

            2. Bill Hunt RE: mumeatwell Aug 11, 2011 09:54 PM

              Wish that I could help you, but we had to cancel Clancy's, and it has not made it back onto the rotation. Gotta' say, when I had to cancel, the folk at Clancy's made me feel that they really missed us coming, and that counted for a lot.

              I've done Ralph's on the Park many times, but usually for Sunday Brunch, before our flight out. With but one exception, all visits were excellent. The one weak brunch was when we were seated next to the piano, that was playing from the bar, to be heard through out the entire restaurant. That was loud. All other visits have been great, but remember, these were ALL Sunday brunches.



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                mumeatwell RE: Bill Hunt Aug 12, 2011 05:12 AM

                Hi, thank you all for your help. Just to give you an update.. now the boss is coming and he made an executive decision and we we are eating at K Paul's.

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                  ClevelandRandy RE: mumeatwell Aug 12, 2011 07:06 AM

                  I had a wonderful meal at K Paul's about 2 years ago. It was a prix fixe, and included bread pudding for dessert. I was already stuffed, and not really a fan of bread pudding, but the server convinced me to take it to go. I woke up starving the next morning, and that bread pudding turned me into a true believer!

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                    edible complex RE: mumeatwell Aug 12, 2011 01:25 PM

                    I find K Pauls to be heavily salty, order with caution.

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                      collardman RE: mumeatwell Aug 12, 2011 01:36 PM

                      If your list was now four choices, I'd put K-Paul's at the end for both atmosphere and food. Not that it is bad, but I think it is the least of those four.

                      OTOH, your boss has chosen what may be the least expensive of the four.

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