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carrie2126 Sep 5, 2011 08:54 PM

I am heading down to New Orleans at the end of the month with several friends, all of whom are big food fans from NYC and Philly. It's the first time any of us have been so I've been doing lots of research on dining options and am stuck since we'll only be there for 4 meals and can't seem to narrow it down.

So far this is what I'm thinking:
Friday dinner- EAT or Irene's
Saturday lunch- Napolean House for muffaletas (I've heard Central Grocery has insane lines and they're not as good as they used to be)
Saturday afternoon- Cafe Beignet for beignets (again trying to avoid mobs of tourists and hour long lines)
Saturday dinner- Muriels or Mr. B's
Sunday brunch- Commanders Palace

We've also been considering Cafe Amelie and August.

Please let me know what you think about these places or if you have a suggestion for somewhere that you think would be better. There will be 12-15 of us and we're staying in the FQ so not too far off the beaten path.

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Cafe Amelie
912 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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    carrie2126 Oct 4, 2011 02:28 PM

    I thought I'd follow up with some feedback now that I'm back from a fabulous weekend in New Orleans.

    Friday night we had dinner at Mr. B's- We had a good meal (the bbq shrimp were a little tough) in the back room but it wasn't anything terribly special. I will say we ate a ridiculous amount of that yummy, warm bread they kept dropping of at the table.

    Saturday we had lunch at NOLA- We sat on the first floor next to the kitchen and it was really fun to watch them preparing our food. Everything was delicious! The BLT salad may be the least nutritious salad I've ever had but the fried tomatoes were amazing. We also shared the pocket bread which was also delicious. For my entree I have the fried chicken which was incredible, and I don't even really like fried chicken (but I figured, when in Rome...)
    For dinner we ate at August- all I can say is that I died!!! The service was out of this world, the ambiance incredible and food was beyond devine. Our table shared an order of the gnocchi with crab- OMG! Light, airy bites of potato deliciousness with tender crab and a creamy sauce. I think about it several times. The salad with brittle was simple but delicious and the beet and crab salad that I had a few bites of was also delicious. I wasn't sure what to order for my entree (so many delicious choices) but when our waiter described how the trout was made I was sold. I love fish but usually shy away from trout- this was hands down the best fish dish I have ever had. To finish I had the banana pudding dessert which was then followed up by a plate of candies and pralines from the pastry chef. If you're in New Orleans, do NOT miss August.

    Sunday brunch was at Commander's Palace, in the garden room. Everything about brunch was special and wonderful- the food, the service, the jazz band. We even went second lining with the band and other guests through the dining room! The eggs cochon were out of this world! I'd like to spend every Sunday experiencing CP brunch.

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

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      LaurasAura Dec 1, 2011 10:04 AM

      Carrie, where did you stay?
      Thanks for the food info, my husband and I are going to New Orleans in January for 5 days!

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        carrie2126 Dec 1, 2011 10:46 AM

        Laura, we stayed at the Hotel Monteleone and LOVED it! The location could not have been better- one block away from Bourbon Street, walking distance to everything you want to see and do in the Quarter yet nice and quiet when you turn in for the night. The staff was incredible, there was a great rooftop deck and pool and we had a blast in the Carousel Bar (which has been renovated since our visit). To make it even better we paid less than $200/night for a premium room with my AAA discount. I would definitely recommend staying there and can say it is absolutely where I'll be staying on my next trip.
        If you're looking for things to do while you're there I'd highly recommend the walking cocktail tour (through Grey Line tours). We arranged a private tour for our group but apparently the public version is just as much fun and more reasonably priced. We got to see so much of the Quarter and several fabulous bars and restaurants (including private eating club rooms, wine cellars, etc) while learning a lot about the city. Drinks aren't included so you can pick and chose where you want to order a drink (or like us share with someone- which we realized we'd need to do after the first stop if we wanted to make it through the tour). They don't make mention of it but keep in mind you are going into some of the city's nicer restaurants so you should try to look presentable. Our tour guide actually thanked us for dressing so nicely and being respectful of the places we were going to visit.
        And you must, must, must do brunch at Commanders (ask to be seated in the Garden Room) and August (the wine room is pretty cool).
        Enjoy and let me know if you want any more recommendations!

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          LaurasAura Dec 1, 2011 02:45 PM

          Thank you Carrie, I will review and reply again!
          Thanks
          Laura

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            LaurasAura Jan 14, 2012 07:16 PM

            I have been back from New Orleans for a week and am still on cloud nine! Our first night we ate at Upperline, the bar was set high after this dining experience of perfection; the service, the quality of the food, the presentation, JoAnn and her teams commitment to HOSPITALITY, nothing could compare! Our last meal was deplorable and that little punk Brennan at Brennans needs to get off his high horse and instead of trying to be New Orleans Dining Ambassador he needs to not double book his restaurant on a Sunday: we waited 1 hour passed our reservation which was made a month prior, when we were finally seated our first course took 1/2 hour, our entrees 1/2 hour after our first course, I asked 3 different servers for coffee and the fourth time I asked I finally received it, I was so upset I left so as not to verbalize my disappointment in front of my 78 year old mother whom my husband and I accompanied on our trip along with my 84 year old childhood priest. I went outside and called my brother whom is a culinarian in Memphis and told him what I had just experienced, he said to let it go reminding me that just because someone professes to be famous does not make it necessarily so. When I went back in the restaurant which was jam packed I saw little Brennan arguing with his hostess! That did it, I went back in and got my purse and left and waited for the rest of my group! Brennan's will not be on my list! They really need to figure out what they are doing and what they are! I will post later about the rest of my experience which was wonderfully delightful in every way!

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              carrie2126 Jan 14, 2012 07:34 PM

              My friend whose Bachelorette we were there celebrating was very insistent about going to Brennan's but I was hesitant as I'd heard it had gone downhill and read some bad reviews. When I spoke with the concierge at our hotel about recommendations one thing he said was NOT to go to Brennan's. He said they never suggest it for guests and they frequently have guests who come back and voice major disappointment with the restaurant. That confirmed my decision to avoid it; now having heard this I'm so glad we did. Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip.

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                califkatie Jan 14, 2012 07:40 PM

                laura, thanks for the thumbs up on upperline. will be going next week. so sorry about brennans. please tell us more about your trip.

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                  LaurasAura Jan 14, 2012 08:31 PM

                  1st night Upperline, amazing!

                  2nd day took the bus tour it was fun and informative for a newbie, the tour guide was fun, smart and knew much of the history of New Orleans, he has lived there his whole life, answered questions, engaged everyone. Ate dinner that evening at Irene's Cuisine, very good food, great atmosphere! Went to Vaughns Lounge and heard Kermit Ruffins, my husband took a picture of me and Kermit! His female vocalist Nayo Jones sang Ava Maria when we told her we were with my 84 year old childhood priest! Check her out, the voice of an angel! Kermit gave a shout out to Father Jim McEnery! At the first break at Vaughns they brought out Red Beans and Rice that Kermit had been slow cooking all evening, it had Andouille sausage in it! It was delicious! We stayed out past midnight with my 78 year old mother and my 84 year old priest! Friday we had lunch at Galatoire's, we got there at 11:30 a.m. and walked right in, had a blast, took pictures for a large group of LSU woman who were having a weekend reunion and celebrating one of the women's birthdays, they all had feathers in their hair and the birthday girl had a cupcake on her head! I took pictures of their group for them and felt right at home table hopping! Spent about 2 1/2 hours lunching! Great food and our waiter was great! Friday evening we went to Snug Harbor to see Ellis Marsalis, amazing and a great venue, he was charming and had three vistiting musicians! We then went to Acme Oyster and had Shrimp Oyster Po Boys and fresh oysters, very fresh and very good!

                  Saturday we had brunch at Commanders Palace, fun, Jazz Trio played requests for our table and the food was very good as well

                  We chose traditional venues for our meals as both Father Jim and my mother Bette had been to New Orleans 40 years prior and we wanted them to relive their previous experience. Can't wait to go back, on our own next time and we will do things less planned and have a new list of the places we want to go! Over all everything was truly wonderful, the people of New Orleans are truly what makes this city the special place it is, no negative experience, everyone so accomodating. Brennan's just didn't have a clue, their poor staff was so overwhelmed with the over crowdedness and disorganization, it was literal chaos. The last day we went into the Treme and 9th ward areas and took pictures and were encouraged by the progress that has been made. I really want to spend winters there because of this one time experience and am researching properties!

                  I am also writing a more organized documentation of all details; food, experiences, etc. and will share when it is complete!

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                    shanefink Jan 15, 2012 08:45 AM

                    Aah, the ideal life- winters in New Orleans, summers in Canada. Can’t beat that.

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        carrie2126 Sep 13, 2011 06:04 PM

        Thank you all for your suggestions! I made some changes after reading everything you had to say and doing some more research.

        Friday dinner- Mr. B's (I'm already excited for shrimp) followed by drinks at french 75
        Saturday lunch- NOLA
        Saturday dinner- we have reservations at Galatoire's and GW Fins and are holding out to see if the concierge can pull off a table at August. I'm thinking Galatoire's might be a bit to stuffy for our group so we'll go with GW Fins if August doesn't work out (couldn't get resvs at Muriels, Emerils, Herbsaint or Cochon unless we ate before 6)
        Sunday brunch- Commander's Palace in the Garden Room

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        Cochon
        930 Tchoupitoulas St., 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

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          carrie2126 Sep 13, 2011 06:18 PM

          Was also able to get a reservation for Herbsaint for Friday night (I like having options!). Now I'm torn- Mr. B's or Herbsaint???

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          Herbsaint
          701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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            noradeirdre Sep 13, 2011 06:23 PM

            Herbsaint. (Just my opinion)

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            Herbsaint
            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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              JazzyB Sep 14, 2011 03:07 AM

              Hands down, Herbsaint. GW Fins is not unlike any upscale seafood restaurant anywhere.

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              Herbsaint
              701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                carrie2126 Sep 14, 2011 04:33 AM

                Any suggestions where we should eat on Saturday night then?

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                  JazzyB Sep 14, 2011 04:48 AM

                  Patois, Coquette, Brigtsen's, Dick and Jenny's (plate room), Dante's.

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

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                    carrie2126 Sep 14, 2011 04:57 AM

                    I've looked into all of them and they do sound amazing. We really need a restaurant closer to our hotel (the Monteleone) that doesn't require 4-5 cabs to get us all there.

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                      JazzyB Sep 14, 2011 05:12 AM

                      Hop the St. Charles streetcar, get off at Washington then walk about 5 or so blocks to the corner of Washington/Magazine . Coquette is on the corner. Take the streetcar to the riverbend and walk to either Brigtsen's or Dante's (across the street form each other).

                      Regardless of your dining decision, don't go home without taking a streetcar ride uptown.

                      I'd take a chance walking into Galatoire's. If you can't be seated downstairs, go to K-Paul's. It's vibrant and will give you a good taste of local flavor( especially if you order an array of appetizers for the table).

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

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

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                    BrooksNYC Sep 17, 2011 02:34 PM

                    I've never been wowed by NOLA. If you want to try an Emeril's restaurant, try the eponymous flagship. Better, in my opinion.

                    GW Fins is very good, but there's nothing quintessentially New Orleans about it. You can find similar restaurants in NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, DC, etc.

                    I'd recommend Brigtsen's instead. It's at the very end of St. Charles Avenue (Riverbend), and if you don't want to take a fleet of taxis, allow about 50-60 minutes to get there on the streetcar. Best to leave too early than too late, as streetcars run on "Mediterranean" time.....that is, they come when they come!

                    ; D

                    The fare is $1.25, exact change (bring enough for the round-trip). Hop aboard at the corner of Canal Street and Carondolet -- the last downtown stop before the car chugs uptown again. Brigtsen's is a few blocks' walk from the streetcar stop, so take along a Google Map printout of the location.

                    If you wanted to make a riotous evening of it (depending on who's performing) you could hit the Maple Leaf Bar after dinner. It's not far from Brigtsen's. Be warned: Maple Leaf is loud and popular.

                    Napoleon House is beautiful, and feels like old New Orleans. I've always thought of NH as a bar that serves bar grub, not a dining "destination." When I go, it's always for late-afternoon or after-dinner cocktails. (In the afternoon, go between 3-5, to avoid the lunch and dinner crowds.) If the whole gang of you wants to go, phone to see if they can reserve tables for you in the back room. If any of you are sazerac fans, Mario makes a great one.

                    And just in case, United Cab: 504-522-9771 and 504-524-8380.

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                    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
                    500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

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                    mbooth Sep 16, 2011 05:15 PM

                    Disagree on Herbsaint. We ate there once & it was "forgettable". Best thing was the chocolate beignets.

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                    Herbsaint
                    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                2. re: carrie2126
                  bhoward Sep 17, 2011 03:58 PM

                  I sure hope you cancel that reservation for 14 WELL in advance--not at all fair to the restaurant!

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                  califkatie Sep 13, 2011 06:25 PM

                  galatoires downstairs is not stuffy at all. august was way too stuffy, in my opinion.

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                    carrie2126 Sep 13, 2011 06:35 PM

                    We have a reservation so we won't be sitting downstairs.

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                      califkatie Sep 13, 2011 06:56 PM

                      yes, you are right. i'd skip galatoires. do it when you can eat downstairs. i like your idea of going to herbsaint. the food is very good. i think you should go to gwfins, also.

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                        hazelhurst Sep 14, 2011 05:50 AM

                        Galatoire's is anything but stuffy but it has its rules. Send one or two of your party over there at 5:00 to hold a table downstairs. "Problem" solved.

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

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                          carrie2126 Sep 14, 2011 08:28 AM

                          We have other things planned for the day and I would never ask anyone to spend 3 hours sitting and holding a table (besides I can't imagine that Galatoire's would allow two people to hold a table for 14 for any amount of time).

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

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                            hazelhurst Sep 14, 2011 08:31 AM

                            You'd be surprised how often it is done. Maybe ot holding a table from, say, 1:00 until 6:00 but I have seen the scout sent out at, say 7:00 to get a table for folks showing up an hour or even two later. .

                            But shelve the upstairs idea. Its OK for Xmas parties and for people who are familliar with the joint but you cannot understand what makes it grand on a single visit upstairs.

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                              texasredtop Sep 14, 2011 06:14 PM

                              Knowing what I know about Galatoire's, I sit there a couple of hours to hold a table. It's a very entertaining place, love it.

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

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                        texasredtop Sep 14, 2011 06:11 PM

                        Galatoire's stuffy? No way. I thought August was very stuffy. Galatoire's is like going home to Sunday lunch after church back in the 50's. Good food, good company, everyone is having a great time. August service was pretty pretentious and we were told when making the reservation that my husband MUST wear a jacket or not be allowed to dine there and they seated people in sweat suits and tennis shoes that just walked in with no reservations next to us. The meal that was so not good was about $350 for two people. He had 2 drinks and I had one. Galatoire's has been less than half that with great food and waiters that you want to take home with you.

                        Mr. B's.

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

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                        carrie2126 Sep 7, 2011 08:10 PM

                        I am so torn! Emerils, Mr B's, Galatoire's, Herbsaint, Cochon! They all sound so delicious. I've started making multiple reservations as I can't seem to decide. If you had 2 dinners, 1 lunch and 1 brunch to dine in New Orleans, where would it be??

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                        Cochon
                        930 Tchoupitoulas St., 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

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                          JazzyB Sep 8, 2011 03:53 AM

                          From your list, my choices for dinner: Herbsaint, Galatoire's (quinessential NOLA experience with ...great time, good, not great food). Emeril's standards of bbq shrimp, andouille crusted redfish and banana cream pie will not disappoint.

                          Lunch: Coquette or Mr. B's if you've never had bbq shrimp.
                          Brunch:Commander's

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                          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

                          1. re: JazzyB
                            karendor Sep 8, 2011 08:29 PM

                            Mr B's is great to sit at the bar and have the bbq shrimp etc. In order to get all the great New Orleans eating in a short trip you need to add happy hour grazing to your itinerary!

                            I was very disappointed in the Commander's Brunch, but it is a very festive, special atmosphere for sure.

                            @JazzyB ~ How is the Patois brunch? I love that place but I see they are not on Open Table right now? Coming back in November and would like to try their Sunday brunch. I've only been once but I loved Patois for Friday lunch -- one of my top NOLA Bistro experiences.

                            Also looking forward to Herbsaint, MILA, Vizard and Brigsten's for my next trip.

                            @2126 have a great trip -- try to fit in some happy hour grazing it is worth it!

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                            Herbsaint
                            701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                              sanglier Sep 8, 2011 09:37 PM

                              Of what you mentioned, avoid Vizard's, it's sunk like a rock of late. Not worthy of the others you cited.

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                                karendor Sep 9, 2011 06:31 PM

                                Thanks, sanglier, for that update. Love your descriptive phrasing of the demise. :) Wonder what's up?

                                I am hankering for Boucherie so will switch those out. Or maybe Dante's.

                                Any thoughts on brunch at Patois? Martinique's?

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                                Boucherie
                                8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                                  uptownlibrarian Sep 14, 2011 07:08 AM

                                  Brunch at Patois is fantastic - very good food at what I think are great prices. I've been pleased with the specials and salads, and the lamb rib starter. The pork belly sandwich is the least good item on the brunch menu. I love the bright, cool decor as well, it's just perfect for brunch.

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                                  bmoskowitz Nov 16, 2011 03:00 PM

                                  Sanglier,
                                  Can you tell me more about Vizard's? I'm considering trying it as the menu looks really good.

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                                  JazzyB Sep 10, 2011 02:58 AM

                                  I am not a "brunch" person except when Emeril's opens early for Saints 3:00 home games. (more of a lunch menu.) I only dine at Patois for dinner and lunch. While their food is good, my preference is Coquette. Lilette is womderful for an all appetizer dinner with a bottle of prosecco. All apps at Brigtsen's will give you a good sampling of his best.

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

                                  Lilette
                                  3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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                              carrie2126 Sep 6, 2011 11:09 AM

                              I made a reservation for Mr. B's Friday night, Saturday we'll have breakfast at the hotel, Muriels for lunch (still looking into other options but thought lunch on the Square might be nice), and dinner at Galatoires (is upstairs really that different than downstairs?) and Sunday brunch at Commanders.

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

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                                sanglier Sep 6, 2011 11:50 AM

                                Carrie, if you want to eat in the Square, opt for Stanley! instead of Muriel's. Or at least look at the menu posted in the window before commiting to Muriel's.

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                                  hazelhurst Sep 6, 2011 11:54 AM

                                  As regards upstairs/downstairs at Galatoire's, the real deal is downstairs. Nothing wrong with upstairs and it might be better for some dinners (it can be much quieter) but if you want to see waht the place is about you really must be downstairs. Problem is that you'll need to dress up for dinner and so few (non-New Orleanians) want to do that nowadays.

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

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                                    califkatie Sep 9, 2011 09:25 AM

                                    galatoires downstairs is the ultimate new orleans experience. but if you are a large group then it may be hard to get seated.

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                                      bhoward Sep 13, 2011 06:18 PM

                                      Upstairs at Galatoire's is not Galatoire' and Galatoire's is a must.

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

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                                        carrie2126 Sep 13, 2011 06:37 PM

                                        Again, we're 14 people so waiting for a table at 8:00 on a Saturday night isn't an option. I'm sure downstairs is fabulous but waiting 2+ hours isn't going to happen.

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                                          bhoward Sep 17, 2011 03:55 PM

                                          I missed the "14 people" part of your post. With that size group I would not do Galatoire's on a Saturday night.

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

                                    2. TaTee Sep 6, 2011 09:43 AM

                                      Friday dinner: Mr. B's...great crab cakes
                                      Saturday breakfast/brunch: EAT, Eggs Tchoupitoulas or the Grits and Grillades will hold you through the afternoon. It is BYOL, so make a big Zing Zang Bloody Mary and walk on over.
                                      Saturday dinner: I love Muriel's. My favorite FQ restaurant is Irene's. You will have less of a problem with your crowd at Muriel's.
                                      Sunday brunch: agree with your choice of Commander's. Praline Parfait is my favorite dessert.
                                      Echo the sentiment that reservations are a must and make them NOW.

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                                      Eat Restaurant
                                      900 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                                        JazzyB Sep 6, 2011 06:13 AM

                                        Skip Eat and Irene's. Irene's is good creole Italian however, you get much better at home.

                                        Central Grocery lines are long but move quickly. They keep and travel well. Put one in the mini frig and take it home. Don't waste a meal on what is essentially a ham, salami, cheese sandwich with olive salad.

                                        Muriel's is just ok. Mr. B's bbq shrimp and gumbo ya ya are good. Go for lunch rather than dinner.

                                        August is good but not unlike anything you can get in NY.

                                        For more local flavor: Herbsaint, Brigtsen's (order a variety of app for the table to share), Dick and Jenny's, Galatoire's, Emeril's (andouille crusted red fish, monster pork chop, banana cream pie).

                                        Commander's brunch will give you a NOLA. experience. The Bloody Marys are very good. Try a milk punch as well. Turtle soup is the best in towm. The gumbo is excellent as well.

                                        Luke has a daily happy hour 3-6, oysters 1/2 shell 50 cents, 1/2 price libations. The service is somewhat slow, so order all your dozens at once.

                                        Be sure to try Abita draught (excellent local beer).

                                        Looking for a sandwich, try Cochon Butcher.

                                        Make your resv. asap. They are free and you can always cancel if your plans change.

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

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

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

                                        Herbsaint
                                        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                        Cochon Butcher
                                        930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                          carrie2126 Sep 6, 2011 10:51 AM

                                          I've heard amazing things about Cochon Butcher but it sounded like there isn't much in the way of seating. Because we're such a large group we'd need somewhere that can accommodate all of us, especially if the weather is bad and we can't eat outside. We're doing a private cocktail tour Saturday afternoon in the FQ so we need to be somewhere nearby.

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                                          Cochon Butcher
                                          930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                            Hungry Celeste Sep 6, 2011 01:04 PM

                                            Definitely fit Butcher into the schedule somewhere. It has seating inside, along a counter and at 4-6 high top tables, plus a long bench near the butcher case. You can squeeze together. Don't miss the food. I'd rather have a Gambino sandwich from Cochon over a muffelatta from Central Grocery any day (or from Napoleon House, for that matter).

                                            Cafe Beignet...forget it. Fried dough is fried dough. If you're not experiencing the historic location of Cafe du Monde, don't waste your time on beignets elsewhere. I'd go to Stanley instead of Cafe Beignet.

                                            Since you're in the quarter, mostly, make room for a little gelato from La Divina or a popsicle from Meltdown.

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                                            Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
                                            500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

                                            Cochon
                                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                        2. texasredtop Sep 6, 2011 05:26 AM

                                          I don't care for Central Grocery at all. I wouldn't worry about missing it. There's a great shrimp poboy at Johnny's.

                                          As for Cafe Beignet, I hear their beignets are better than Cafe du Monde anyway.

                                          Mr. B's - bbq shrimp. The best shrimp dish I've ever eaten.

                                          With that many people you should be sure to make reservations wherever you go for dinner.

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