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Suggestions for Friday dinner NOLA

I will be in New Orleans for the weekend in October and just have one night that we will be able to experience what the city has to offer. I have eaten at many of the fine New Orleans restaurants in the past, but would love some suggestions from the folks on this board. I will be staying in the quarter, but will have a vehicle. I'm looking for a place that is a modern approach to New Orleans cooking, but wouldn't mind a traditional venue. Please give me your feedback as to where you would go if you just had 1 meal. It does not have to be fancy by any means.

Thoughts?

As a side note, I am heading to baton rouge on saturday. Any suggestions for a local spot for lunch I could hit up on the way?

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  1. Boucherie!

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    Boucherie
    8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    1. I would agree with that but would also suggest Ignatius or Crescent City Pie and Sausage for casual places to get jambalaya, etc. Brightsen's is a great classic restaurant in an old house way uptown. Expensive but worth every bite. In the Quarter, Bayona is wonderful. Johnny's has great Po Boys for lunch. There is nothing good on the way to Baton Rouge, so you could pick up a sandwich at Johnny's or a muffaletta at Central Market or Napoleon House to take with you.

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

      Bayona
      430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

      1. Patois, Herbsaint, Coquette, Lilette (have an all app meal, they offer around 14 choices).

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        Herbsaint
        701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

        Lilette
        3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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        1. re: JazzyB

          I have seen these names all over this board, which usually means that they are great spots.

          However, is there anywhere that does not get the "Chow" hype that is a standaout. I am willing to venture out of the standards. There are just so many options in New Orleans and hjard to pick just one...

          Let me know your thoughts...

          1. re: captainm7

            How's about Meauxbar on N. Rampart in the Quarter? The food there's very good, the prices reasonable (that includes the wine), and the service during my visits has been outstanding.

            1. re: montuori

              I'll second Meauxbar on Rampart. our impression of the place was positive because they were so gracious in allowing us to squeeze in for a quick dinner with no reservations (and the place was almost full), but the food was outstanding and the service excellent, and prices were quite affordable as well. Try it, you'll like it!

        2. Galatoire's in the FQ, Emeril's in the CBD and Clancy's which is Uptown. All three are outstanding. Good luck.

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

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

            1. If you want great fresh seafood and an outstanding view of Lake Pontchartrain get off I 10 at Exit 209 and go N on Highway 51 one mile to Peavine Road. Take a right and go another mile to Frenier Landing Restaurant. The Crab Trap is also a great place for fresh seafood next door to Frenier Landing. CT is only open Thursday/Friday/Saturday for dinnner.
              Frenier Landing Restaurant @ Peavine Road, LaPlace, LA 985 - 224 - 2178.
              http://www.frenierlanding.com/
              Crab Trap @ 100 Peavine Road, Laplace, LA 985 - 651 - 4150.
              http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/143047...

              1. On the way to BR, stop in Metairie at Drago's for some chargrilled oysters. YUMMMMMM We always stop on the way into NO and/or the way out of NO. Best oyster dish ever.

                If I were heading to "the chair" and were given one last meal of my choice, I would have to toss a coin between Drago's chargrilled oysters and Mr. B's bbq shrimp.