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Brigsten's or August?

dusty901 Sep 1, 2011 09:55 AM

I only have one dinner locataion left to fill while in NOLA and have narrowed it to the above--Mr. Hunt, any comments or suggestions would be helpful.

Thank you very much.

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    hazelhurst RE: dusty901 Sep 1, 2011 10:09 AM

    I'd lean toward Frank Brigsten but a chef friend just ate at August a few weks ago and is still raving about it.

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      sanglier RE: dusty901 Sep 1, 2011 11:53 AM

      Brigsten's is more intimate and "down home" Louisiana cooking. August is larger, more creative menu items, I'd say, with a better, more expansive wine list. Brigsten's service is more familiar, very nice staff, lot of family members. August's service is more formal, and for me can be a bit aloof. Each has serious strong points, you'd be in good hands either way.

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        hazelhurst RE: sanglier Sep 1, 2011 12:55 PM

        That strikes me as a perceptive commentary. I'd only say that Brigtsen is not exactly "un-creative" if there be such a thing. I like formality so August has not been a problem.

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

      2. uhockey RE: dusty901 Sep 1, 2011 01:01 PM

        Admittedly my visit was 18 months ago, but for a true NOLA experience I think Brigsten's blows August out of the water. Yes August uses high end ingredients and the team/chef are talented, and yes most of the food was very good - but it just feels like "fine dining" anywhere else in the US. Brigsten's feels like - well - it feels exactly like what I'd hoped to experience in NOLA. That duck still evokes nice memories.


        1. texasredtop RE: dusty901 Sep 1, 2011 06:05 PM

          Brigsten's - no doubt about it.

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            dusty901 RE: dusty901 Sep 1, 2011 09:12 PM

            Thank you to all; while Chef Besh is talented and his restaurants are indeed wonderful, I have decided on Brigsten's as the local cuisine seafood dishes cannot be passed up.

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              uhockey RE: dusty901 Sep 2, 2011 01:11 AM

              Luke is a much better "local" interpretation of what Besh can do - and I liked the meal better.


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                dusty901 RE: uhockey Sep 2, 2011 10:13 AM

                thank you for the link to a great website!

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                JazzyB RE: dusty901 Sep 2, 2011 07:14 AM

                Having an all appetizer dinner at Brigtsen's will give you a better sampling of local flavor. IMO, they are his best offerings. Many entrees are plated with the same mashed potatoes and veggies. Should you go in that direction, the tuna is very good.

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

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                  dusty901 RE: JazzyB Sep 2, 2011 09:56 AM


                  Sounds like a great idea and may very well go that route; on another note, do you suggest Snug Harbor or another venue on a Friday or Saturday night for good jazz?



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                    JazzyB RE: dusty901 Sep 2, 2011 11:13 AM

                    Are you going to eat, listen to music or both? If you are going for the burgers, IMO POC's are better. Music...depends who is playing and your taste. Pick up a copy of Gambit (free weekly publication) or: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi...

                    Have fun!

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                Dave Westerberg RE: dusty901 Sep 2, 2011 11:20 AM

                I love Brigtsen's and used to eat there a lot when we lived in NO. Pre-Katrina, they had an early-bird special that was just a steal (It was something like $17 for a three course meal.) No more tho.

                It's terrific food and very friendly. For my mom's birthday they sprinkled the table with "happy birthday glitter" before we got there. For a fine restaurant to do that, was sweet.

                Ask nicely if you can see the kitchen, I've seen Frank there a few times. He's awesome. His kitchen is tiny! So cool that his space is like a cockpit, really.

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

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                  JazzyB RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 2, 2011 01:01 PM

                  Actually it was $16. And yea, my bathrooms are bigger than his kitchen...lol

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