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Jan 1, 2012 01:09 PM

Recommendations for October visit to New Orleans, please

Happy New Year Chowhounds!
I would appreciate any recommendations for restaurants (are we permitted to also ask for hotel or B&B recommendations?) for our 20th anniversary visit to New Orleans. I have not had the pleasure of visiting since 1985, and fondly recall Cafe du Monde (helped me put on five pounds in a week), Commander's Palace, K-Paul's Kitchen, Mr. B's, Court of Three (? do I have the number correct?) Sisters and a bar, which I think was called "Napoleon," where we were told that the sazerac originated.
While I love revisiting old favorites, hubby has never been to New Orleans and we want the best experience possible. We do already have reservations for Commander's Palace, as it is very special and one of the world's greatest restaurants, in my opinion.
Would love to get some additional suggestions or affirmation that my old standards are still wonderful. Also, best po-boys? Best oysters? Acme, Felix have been recommendations so far.
We'd like a blend of dressy and casual suggestions.
Please forgive any misspellings of local places or foods.
Thank you all.

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  1. Nope, sorry. We're not allowed to discuss hotels. Food only

    The Roosevelt is home to the Sazerac Bar and John Besh's Italian Restaurant Domenica. Both are a must visit. Domenica isn't traditional New Orleans Cuisine, but is sure is wonderful. The Sazerac IS Traditional New Orleans, and it's wonderful to have nightcaps prior to escaping to your room at the Roosevelt. :-)

    Parkway Bakery is a good spot for po-boys, and many recommend Johnny's in the Quarter.

    Restaurant August is our Friday lunch spot with a fabulous prix fixe for $20.12 which will allow you to really splurge on good wine. Although, Commander's has 25ยข martini's with its Friday lunch.

    Since you haven't been since 1985, I'd suggest you look into Herbsaint, Emeril's, Stella, Le Foret, Brigtsen's, Coquette, and Lilete for nicer restaurants.

    Casual, Napoleon House IMHO ha the best muffuletta. There has been some debate about cold v. warm muffs on here, but the warm muffuletta at Napoleon is fantastic. Also take the street car up to Uptown and hit Casamento's for great oysters, Cafe Atchafalya for a fabulous casual brunch or lunch, and Pascal's.

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

    Restaurant August
    301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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

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

    Brigtsen's Restaurant
    723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

    701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

    Pascal Manale's Restaurant
    1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

    3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115

    2800 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

    Cafe Atchafalaya
    901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

    123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

    Le Foret
    129 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

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    1. re: FoodChic

      Thanks so much for the advice and the very detailed information. I'm a newbie here and find the posts most informative and helpful. Now hubby wants a jazz brunch, so many to choose from. Do you have a favorite?

      Thanks again.

      1. re: Gabweb

        If you want to dine in the FQ go to Antoine's or Arnaud's for Sunday Jazz Brunch. I like Antoine's the best. Be sure to check out Hermes Bar at Antoine's or Hermes Bar at Arnaud's. Mr. B's has an outstanding Sunday Jazz Brunch. It's across from Hotel Monteleon.

        In Mid City near City Park is Ralph's which has a fine SB and outdoor dining. If you go to the GD or Uptown go to Coquette or Patois for Sunday Brunch. Cafe Atchafalaya has a Sunday Jazz Brunch. I really like CA. It's a unique neighborhood restaurant near the Irish Channel W of the GD.

        Dante's is Uptown and has Sunday Brunch.

        Antoine's @ 713 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 581 - 4422.

        Arnaud's @ 813 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 5433.

        Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.

        Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.

        Ralph's on the Park @ 900 City Park Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 488 - 1000.

        Coquette @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.

        Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9441.

        Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626.

        Dante's Kitchen @ 736 Dante St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 861 - 3121.

        Here's a link to Sunday Brunch restaurants in NOLA.

        1. re: Gabweb

          It's become a bit of a tradition for us to do our Sunday brunch at Mr.B's. Many love the brunch at Commander's, and it is lovely.

          1. re: Gabweb

            Jazz brunch- Commander's Palace and Cafe Atchafalaya.

        2. Sounds like you've got lots of time to plan! Definitely curious to see what you think of your return to Commander's as they've been through quite a lot of changes since 1985! Was Emeril the head chef then? We've only been since Tory was chef and we love what he's doing.

          I'd definitely consider some of the new places that are tweaking the regional cuisine. The ones that we've been to that we loved are Green Goddess and Dante's Kitchen. But there are so many amazing options!

          1. Some of the best dining is in the FQ and the CBD across Canal Street. There's also great restaurants in the Garden District and Uptown. If you are staying in the FQ you will have to take a cab or the streetcar 15 minutes or so Uptown which is not bad. Some people that stay in the FQ prefer to dine there so they can walk. Are you interested in fine dining or casual restaurants. If you prefer to stay in the FQ I like Galatoire's, Muriel's, Bayona, Stella, Irene's, Brennan's, Mr. B's and NOLA. Don't miss lunch at Galatoire's. On Friday there is a party all afternoon so choose your day as you please. Go to The Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton Hotel and listen to Jeremy Davenport's jazz on Friday and Saturday at 9 PM.

            Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.

            Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.

            Bayona @ 430 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4455.

            Stella Restaurant @ 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 0091.
            Irene's Cuisine @ 539 St. Phillip St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 8811.
            Brennan's Restaurant @ Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9711.
            Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.
            Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652.

            You can take the St. Charles Streetcar to Uptown/Garden District for lunch/dinner at some fine restaurants there. Commander's Palace would be a good one. You should have lunch at Commander's in the GD for $25.00 and 25 cent Martini's. Coquette is another great restaurant a few blocks from Commander's on Magazine. You should plan an afternoon walking and visiting the fine shops and restaurants on Magazine Street in the 3,000 to 5,000 block area. Take the street car to Washington and walk 2 blocks to Commander's. After lunch walk 3 blocks to Magazine. I like Cafe Atchafalaya in the GD also. Have a few drinks at The Column's Hotel on their porch off St. Charles. Patois, Clancy, Dick and Jenny's and Brigtsen's are outstanding restaurants Uptown. Bistro Daisy is fun also. You will have a lot of decisions to make planning in NOLA. Bon Appetit.

            Commander's Palace @ 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 8221.
            Coquette @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.

            Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 9626.
            The Columns Hotel @ 3811 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 9308.
            Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9441.
            Clancy's Restaurant @ 6100 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1111.

            Dick & Jenny's @ 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 894 - 9880.


            Brigtsen's Restaurant @ 723 Dante St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 861 - 7610.


            Bistro Daisy @ 5831 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 6987.


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            1. re: Littleman

              Thanks so much, this is all so helpful, wish we had a month just to eat!

              I'm checking all of the websites you so generously provided, should be a fun day for that. But how I'm going to stick to my pre-New Orleans diet after doing so, I have no clue!

              And, to answer your inquiry -- we like a mix of casual dining, hole-in-the-wall (such as a po-boy place I stumbled upon years ago) and fine dining -- husband gets irked when, in nice restaurants -- people dress inappropriately. He enjoys dressing for dinner in fine places. We live in the Los Angeles area and frequent his hometown of San Francisco frequently, and it absolutely drives him nuts when we see jeans and T-shirts at the opera or at a fine restaurant. somehow "dinner dressy" in Los Angeles has come to mean "top any old junk with a jacket." So, New Orleans will be very refreshing in that regard -- in addition to the unparalleled food. Now he's on a jazz brunch and pompano en papillote kick. I've got my homework cut out for me!
              Thank you again and have a scrumptious 2012.

              1. re: Littleman

                Sorry, laptop not displaying well today. Just saw your brunch recommendations. We'll check them out, may be there for two brunches!

                1. re: Gabweb

                  Muriel's is my favorite for brunch. Have drinks on their balcony overlooking Jackson Square. Enjoy your visit.

                  Ernst Cafe and Lucy's are fun dives to visit for drinks and casual food. They both have outdoor seating. Walk across Canal on N Peters and go W on S Peters 4/5 blocks to the corner of Lafayette and S Peters to Ernst Cafe which is over 100 years old for good happy hour. When you leave Ernst's go W a block to Girod and go N 2 blocks to Lucy's Bar on Tchoupitoulas for a good 4 to 7 happy hour and $2.50 beer. Grand Isle is a fine seafood restaurant and raw bar a block S of Ernst's on Fulton.

                  Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.


                  Ernst Cafe @ 600 South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 8544.


                  Grand Isle @ 575 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 504 - 520 - 8530.


                  1. re: Littleman

                    So rather than going where every tourist goes, let me second places like Herbsaint and Green Goddess, and suggest that you add MiLa and GW Fins to your high end list.

                    Brunch is much more fun downscale here, and you should look at Elisabeth's, Cake Cafe, and Surrey's.

                    Skip Lucy's, and Grand Isle - both are nothing to write home about. Sadly, Dick & Jenny's lost their chef, and has not bee the same ever since. Ralph's is a love looking spot, but the food has never matched the location. NOLA is Emeril's least New Orleanian spot, and not terribly good either.

                    Are you looking for Traditional? Inventive? Eclectic? Ethnic? Give us a few more details, and we might be abole to refine our suggestions a bit more precisely.

                    BTW, you might note that one of the above posters tends to cut and paste long lists of the same recommendations, typically ignoring the details of your original request. Caveat emptor.

                    1. re: paz5559

                      Paz, I'm so glad you pointed that out. It always sounds to me like a tourism promo for magazine street.

                      Gabweb, unfortunately you will have the same dress problem here at most restaurants (except Galatoire's, not much else). We have been disappointed to be very nicely dressed next to a table of baseball caps and t-shirts at Mr. B's, Emeril's, etc. After Katrina, restaurants were happy to get any patrons, the dress codes were relaxed, and never really reinstated.

                      1. re: expatorleanian

                        I didn't want to mention this in the other thread because it would cause panic but when we were at Galatoire's for our late lunch a couple weeks back there was a guy in jeans and sneakers at the table by the entrance. Oh well.

                        1. re: kukubura

                          I'm a big believer in private business being able to serve and turn away who they wish for whatever reason they wish. It all comes out in the wash and if they are too heavy-handed, the business will suffer. Gal's is quite unique so it is sad to see they would allow that. August was twice as expensive and the riff raff they sat next to us for dinner was mind-boggling after the lecture I got on the phone from them about dress code for dinner. I've never seen anyone in Gal's that was under-dressed. I've seen many try to be seated and turned away while waiting on a table though.

              2. Head over to orleans forums for hotel/ B&B advice, and tour advice.

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                1. re: califkatie

                  I second Trip Advisor. I use it frequently and contribute there all the time. I have contributed so much there they sent me a lovely travel bag. However I stay at Harrah's in NO (comped) so I don't have any hotel reviews up other than there for NO. I use Chowhound first then double check with Trip Advisor for restaurants.

                  You have quite awhile before your trip so you may get overwhelmed. I'd let the thread die out, think over what you have read and reactivate it in August. Things change and some of the places that are hot right now, might not be in the fall. So I wouldn't put too much work into picking your restaurants at this point.

                2. Apologize for being a bit off topic here, but with all the recommendations for stella in this thread I thought I would chime in with something Ive been struggling with. I think Stella is the best restaurant in new orleans at the moment, but I have a hard time recommending it to people from out of town. The food is fantastic, but you can find a very similar restaurant in almost every major city. I have been tailoring my suggestions to restaurants that are both good and that have menus with a decidedly "New Orleans" influence. Am I alone in shying away from recommending this place to visitors or dows anyone else feel the same way?

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                  1. re: twyst

                    Well, same for me. i have restaurants like this in Los angeles, so, when i come to town,i want something more regional.