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naughtyb Jan 10, 2012 07:54 AM

I will be heading back to N.O. on Thursday, February 9 through Saturday the 11th. On Friday, there is a parade that is pretty close to uptown that starts at 6:30. Was thinking of having a few margaritas at Superior Grill (like I did when I lived in N.O.) then heading to a restaurant in the vicinity.
Is it going to be difficult to grab a taxi?? What would you recommend I do? Call for a taxi a block off of the parade route?
I would love to try Patois but I don't see it mentioned that often on the board. Is it worth a shot or should I look elsewhere? I haven't been to Patois or Coquette. Which one would you choose? Thanks so much.

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    dontburnthepig Jan 13, 2012 04:08 PM

    Patois is great. It has a quiet little neighborhood feel. Can't go wrong with anything on the menu, it is one of my favorites uptown.

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      ml77 Jan 10, 2012 10:42 PM

      I had dinner at both Patois and Coquette when I visited NOLA last year, and loved them both. Patois is more of a casual bistro, Coquette a bit more intimate and formal but not stuffy.

      Cant go wrong at either. Enjoy!

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      1. re: ml77
        KateMW Jan 11, 2012 09:41 PM

        We had brunch at Patois this past Sunday and it was fantastic. Everything everybody tried was great...and I really want another cup of the rabbit gumbo right now. My husband was there for a dinner in October and loved it then as well. The brothers that own it are super nice as well. Not that easy to find if your driver doesn't have a clue where he is going as ours didn't. Thank goodness for iPhones.

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        expatorleanian Jan 10, 2012 01:51 PM

        We were staying at the Ritz Carlton last Mardi Gras, same weekend. Ok, there's only one parade Friday night, but with streets closed, floats coming and going, etc, I'd still recommend staying within walking distance of your hotel during parades ( for a 6:00 parade, I'd say until at least 9:00, maybe later). You might be fine, or you might sit in unmoving traffic for a half hour or longer. there are so many places you could easily walk to, even outside the Quarter in the CBD and Warehouse District. Go uptown Thursday night or Friday lunch, and stay downtown Friday night. That's what I'd do anyway.

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          culinas Jan 10, 2012 09:02 PM

          And Patois does a very good Friday lunch, if you end up considering the above suggestion.

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            naughtyb Jan 11, 2012 08:56 AM

            Thanks so much. This is exactly what I was trying to figure out. I am certainly going to take your recommendation!

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            expatorleanian Jan 10, 2012 11:03 AM

            That's the first weekend of parades, and they aren't major ones, but still Superior can be jam packed during parades, because it's on the parade route. and trying to call a cab during parades can be difficult. On the other hand, it's usually not hard to get a reservation during a parade. You didn't say where you will be staying

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            1. re: expatorleanian
              naughtyb Jan 10, 2012 12:54 PM

              Ritz Carlton

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              Littleman Jan 10, 2012 10:22 AM

              Call United. I really like Clancy's but Patois and Coquette are both very nice. I think you would enjoy a night at Clancy's. It's just down the street from Patois. This area is 10/12 blocks from St. Charles. Good luck.

              UNITED CAB @ 1634 Euterpe Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 9771 or 504 - 524 - 9606.


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