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Oct 23, 2011 09:17 AM

3 -day trip report and more...

Hi chow hounders! Just wanted to extend my thanks for your guidance with my trip a few weeks ago.

Here's how it all turned out:

On our way from the airport: Parkway Bakery. Split a shrimp po boy dressed. Was satisfying and I loved the atmosphere of the place...wasn't a po boy I would go back for. Ultimately, nicely fried shrimp on bread with L, T, M. ...nothing special.

Pre-dinner snack: Domenica: Loved the vibe of this place...busy, loud, and friendly. We had the crema fritta and brussels sprouts. Sprouts were yummy and of course, who doesn't love fried cheese....but this was an elevation of that that I would definitely have again...and again...

Friday night: Cochon... big disappointment! Restaurant was lively and fun and service was good but drinks were not good and the food was totally oversalted. My friend and I had the wood fired oyster roast which seemed to be flooded with citrus that really overwhelmed the oyster flavor. Also had boudin, which was fine, and the ham hock and cochon, both of which were beyond salty. Decided to skip dessert.

Saturday morning: Beignet Cafe on Bourbon St. We had been to a different Beignet Cafe on our first visit, some 10 years ago and we were jonesing for the puffy beignets and chicory coffee we remembered. The beignets at this location were more like puffiness but still good. And we couldn't taste the chicory in our coffees at all. Is there some place for chicory coffee that is more evident?

Saturday lunch: Casamento's on Magazine St. My friend had the gumbo (DELICIOUS!) and I had the oyster stew...watery and pretty flavorless. We split an oyster po boy, which was incredibly bland. I was beginning to wonder gulf oysters had lost their flavor.

Soooo...we kept walking down Magazine St. and stumbled across:

Baru: Delicious! They are still waiting their license to sell alcohol but they served delicious fruit spritzers. We had fried oysters, which were the best we have had there! Also had a shrimp taco special. A nice treat!

BTW...Afternoon drinks at Coquette were delicious and the menu looks amazing...will definitely come back and try.

Saturday dinner: Restaurant August. WOW!!! What an amazing meal. We were waited on by Ronan, who was instrumental in helping us pare our choices. We ended up deciding on a bunch of appetizers and the short ribs for dinner. The crab with gnocchi with truffle was good but the standouts of the evening were the mangalitsa pork with kimchi appetizer and the stuffed squash blossoms with tomato. Unbelievable bursts of flavor.

Sunday breakfast: Stanley...cute place but nothing really stood out. Coffee was good, though.

Sunday dinner: Galatoire' a word...YUM! The escargot were to die we died for them TWICE! The ambience was loud and bustling with my birthday and anniversaries than I could possibly have imagined...but all the clapping and congratulating was contagious.

I am so charmed by this city and that I'm coming back in a weeks time for my first solo pleasure trip. I've checked out the boards for advice on solo dining and I think i'm having dinner at Domenica and definitely lunch at Coquette...not sure about the rest...I'm there for 3 nights over Halloween. Am VERY excited to see how everyone celebrates here. Hopefully people will be dressed up on the ACTUAL day (a Monday) as I'm breaking out my bioluminescent jellyfish costume for the occasion!
If anyone has tips on dining or skulking around the quarter on Halloween night, I'm all ears!!!

Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Casamento's Restaurant
4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

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  1. the Times-Picayune just came out with their fall dining guide, there is a section of their 10 best restaurants and lots of other info. get it on

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    1. re: califkatie

      Cochon's inclusion as one of the Top 10 restaurants in the Pic is laughable. The most over-hyped, over-rated restaurant in town.

      930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

    2. Check out the route for the Halloween Krewe parade and pick a restaurant on the route.

      Back several years (the first year of the parade) I had an out of town group at Rio Mar and we walked out just as the parade came by. They still talk about it.

      The FQ will be jumping and if you get a copy of the alternative newspaper, Gambit, there will probably be listing of the more organized Halloween plans.

      Rio Mar Restaurant
      800 South Peters, New Orleans, LA 70130

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      1. re: collardman

        Thanks, Collardman...I read online that this years Krewe parade was canceled. Something about lack of cooperation from the that misinformation?

        1. re: Annetastic

          No, sadly the Krew did cancel this year's Halloween parade. You are in luck, however, in that Molly's annual Halloween Parade/Stroll is still happening. Also, keep in mind that because Halloween is on a Monday, quite a few folks will be travelling home from NOLA that day (like me, boo hoo!). There will be a LOT of folks out on Saturday night out on Bourbon (be sure you go from Redfish Grill all the way down to Lafitte's!) in some absolutely amazing costumes. If you see a homemade Spy vs Spy couple, stop me and say hello! I'll be the white spy.

          (edited because Mimi's and Molly's are not the same place!)

          1. re: BackBite

            Thanks for the info, Backbite...sadly, I don't get down there until Sunday evening...I'm bringing my costume...will I be the only one strolling Bourbon St. on a Monday evening?? I've heard the locals will be on Frenchmen St., but thought that Bourbon wouldn't be I wrong? I was planning on doing dinner somewhere and then walking around around 9pm ish...will I miss it all?

      2. Mr. B's would be a good choice for solo dining. They have a 2 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00. Domenica is a casual John Besh Italian restaurant in the Roosevelot Hotel. They have happy hour specials from 3/6 half price pizza and drinks. Dining at the bar at Domenica is fun. Luke is another John Besh restaurant in the Hilton on St. Charles. They have a 2 course express lunch for $15.00 and 3/6 Happy Hour half price drinks and 50 cent oysters. Dining at the bar at Luke is fun also. Antoine's is in the FQ. They have a prix fixe 3 course 30 minutelunch for $20.00 and would be nice for a solo diner.
        Emeril's is one of my favorite NOLA restaurants. It's a 10 minute cab ride from the FQ. They have an 30 minute express lunch special that's around $19.50. August is another of John Besh's restaurants and they serve a lunch special also.

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        1. re: Littleman

          don't get the stuffed pork chop if you do the Mr. B's prix fixe lunch....mine came oversalted and overcooked...

        2. Make sure you go to Frenchman Street on Monday night. It’s where the locals will go and the costumes are outrageous. You can dine at Three Muses or Marigny Brasserie (although it’s been getting slammed on this board lately, but I would check out all restaurants' hours of operation because lots of place close on Sunday and Monday.

          Marigny Brasserie
          640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

          Three Muses
          536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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          1. re: shanefink

            Marigny Brasserie has been slammed for good reason. It's pretty much right off the Sysco truck. No reason to go there when you can go to Three Muses, Yuki Izikaya, Adolfo's, 13, Taco Truck at Cafe Negril. In all honesty, I don't blame the owner of MB for going the way he did -- the place is too large for the better dining he used to have there. It's fine for just a glass of wine, but that's about it.

            Marigny Brasserie
            640 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

            Three Muses
            536 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116