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dreaming of the Treme restaurant

Chowhounds from VT have one night (tomorrow!) to eat out in New Orleans. Dreaming of exactly the restaurant that the female chef on Treme is running - is it Cafe Atchafalaya? Rue 127? Clancy's? Hip, modern, unpretentious, delicious . . . ?

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Cafe Atchafalaya
901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

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  1. They actually filmed those restaurant scenes at Patois....and Patois rocks!

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    1. re: BayouTeche

      Thanks! I am sure I could have gone back to the dvd and figured it out, but that was a very fast reply. We're super excited - never been to New Orleans (but we're stealthy tourists), and we're in town without our two- and four-year-old children for a friend's wedding. We added an extra night, but we're only going to get one crack at dinner . . .

      1. re: country mouse

        Patois IS fantastic. Everything we had there was divine, and please don't forget the smooth-as-silk melt-in-your-moouth gnocchi. Dare I say it, but I liked Patois more than Coquette.

        Also should point out the female chef character on HBO's Treme' is based on Susan Spicer, and her restaurant is Bayona located on Dauphine in the French Quarter. I would heartily give this place two thumbs up. The duck PBJ lived up to the hype, as well as the garlic soup, and any shrimp preparation. Really anything will be great here. Just depends if you want to dine in the same setting as the Treme' series restaurant (Patois, which is Uptown BTW), or in the depicted chef's signature restaurant (Bayona in the Quarter). Both are more than worthy.

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        Bayona
        430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

        1. re: Christine

          Sweetbreads at Bayona are one of the best things I have ever eaten!

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          Bayona
          430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

          1. re: Christine

            Just another point of view from a local; while Patois is good, my prefence is Coquette. We dine there at least once a month. The dishes are creative, with unusual combinations that work. They offer unexpected riffs on tradional fare. In addition, the menu is market centric, changing daily, preventing it from getting "stale" for frequent diners.
            But yeah, if you go to Patois, get the gnocchi. Probably the best in town.

            1. re: JazzyB

              Love Patois. The grilled lamb ribs with green tomato relish is a great dish. Can't wait to go back and try to gnochci.

              1. re: karendor

                gnocchi. such a great word: deserves to be spelled correctly -- by me!

              2. re: JazzyB

                Love BOTH Patois and Coquette -- and we always dine at both on our semi-annual visits. Push comes to shove, however, and I'd take Patois over Coquette . . . but it would be close! ;^)

        2. How'd your trip turn out? WIsh I had seen this thread earlier and thrown in my 2 cents!

          1. Oh New Orleans! I almost don't have the heart to post to tell you that our flights got so screwed up by USAir that we did not get in until Friday. I lost an entire day of eating in your delightful food city, which was such a bummer. Did not get to Patois. We did stay in a funky bed and breakfast in the Bywater (on the edge of the 9th Ward, frankly), so we had some pretty great BBQ for lunch at the Joint, and that praline crusted bacon at Elizabeth's, where we had breakfast on Saturday, was the most delicious thing I ate on the trip. Rehearsal dinner at Ralph's on the Park and wedding reception at Audubon Park were fine, and the requisite gumbo at Gumbo Shop and Cafe Du Monde beignets exceeded expectation. Saw Kermit Ruffins at the Rock and Bowl. Drank coffees at Satsuma. Made a Wendell Pierce sighting when we randomly came upon shooting Treme, season 3. And that praline bacon. Mmmm. Thanks NOLA - we'll be back.

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            1. re: country mouse

              You mention the Wendell Pierce sighting (so cool), but you also got to see another frequently appearing Treme "character" when you saw Kermit at the Rock n' Bowl. He's quite the likable fellow, isn't he? Both of 'em NOLA natives. wow, I love that city (and frankly, I'm a little suspicious of anyone who doesn't). ;-o