What to eat at Arnaud's and Antoine's if you don't eat fish
Looking for your recommendation for a non-fish eater who is going to Antoine's and Arnaud's as part of a group during a conference. I don't eat most seafood, but crab (not soft shells), shrimp and a really good scallop are ok (no gritty bites). What is your favorite dish at those places? I also have an issue with bell peppers, so NOLA may be tough all around.
Also, we have a 3rd night that is presently unplanned. Group can be anywhere from 5-15, so I'm open to suggestions for a place that is a different experience than the other two. Any thoughts?
We ate at Mr. B's and Herbsaint when we were in town for the Sugar Bowl last year. Loved Mr. B's, Herbsaint didn't live up to the reviews that day, IMO. We ate at Cochon for lunch one day, but I'm not certain I can talk people into going there. We're staying in the French Quarter for the meeting, if that helps.
At the end of the day, I'd love to end up at dba again for music (non-smoking venue).
Thanks in advance!
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
I have not been to Arnaud's in ages..as in 15 years or more...and have no idea who is running it now. I don;t get to Antoine's with the frequency of the 1970's and 1980's but my meals then, as more recently, were usually Oysters Rock and the filet with Marchand du vin on the side. My mother always had them make her a Spanish Omlette. Long, long ago my father was a devotee of the pompano.
Chicken Rochambeau at Antoine's is one of their signature dishes, and wonderful; also, as I recall, it's almost completely boned so not messy eating. As to green peppers: me, too, but I love NO food and I just gently push them aside. "Allergic," I smile to anyone rude enough to ask.
Bummer for you! The food at Arnaud's is actually pretty good, but between the crappy chairs, amateurish service and a $12 Kir Royale, I would never consider dropping coin there again.
Definitely get the Shrimp Arnaud... probably the best thing on the menu. I'd go with one of the pompano preps.