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andymargles Oct 20, 2011 09:59 AM

If you had to choose between Lilette and Patois, which one would you eat at and why? My wife and I are going to be staying uptown and would like to try one of these, but which one do you guys recommend most. We are interested in a nice place, but food is the most important!

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Lilette
3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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    JazzyB Oct 20, 2011 06:44 PM

    Lilette offers at least 14 appetizers. The parmesean truffle toast with marrow and veal glace alone makes it worthy of a visit. Order 2, you won't want to share. I find the appetizers far outshine the entrees. Not a problem since an array makes a lovely "tasting" meal. When dining at Lilette, we order aboutt 6, sometimes splitting an entree as well. They will serve it in courses. Oh, request a booth. The other tables are very close.

    Patois is also very good, don't miss the gnocchi. Still, my preference is Coquette. One Thursday, we had dinner at Coquette. Fri., we dined at Patois. Halfway through the meal, my huband and I looked at each other and decided we should have dined at Coquette that evening as well. (The menu changes daily). Sat. lunch, we went back to Coquette. I know it sounds crazy. And no, we are not visitors. Their flavor combos are sometimes unusual, yet work. Who would have thought fried oysters atop pickled peach slaw with a spicy peach dipping sauce could be so good?

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    Lilette
    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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    1. re: JazzyB
      karendor Oct 22, 2011 07:31 PM

      I am not a resident (like Ms. JazzyB!) but my favorite of the three was Patois. My meal was a long leisurely Friday lunch, not a dinner.

      My ranking is 1) Patois because we were treated so well, and the ambiance at lunch was awesome, warm and leisurely with excellent food, especially my husband's pasta dish 2) Coquette because the vibe for dinner is electric, flavors as per above, and the there was not one bad dish -- only complaint on Coquette, the waiter was an eensy bit pushy about after dinner drinks and then3) Lilette because it was just too close to the other diners and the waitress was pretty blase, nothing like the great service at the other places. I will try the booth and appies next time.

      But again, these were first and only visits.

      So I will be back to Patois for dinner, and likely Coquette based on the above recommendations.

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      Lilette
      3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

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