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Jan 10, 2012 01:09 PM

Fun place to eat on a Friday night in the Quarter or CBD

We are going to Restaurant August on Thursday. I am trying to think of a good place to eat on Friday night in the Quarter or CBD that first and foremost has great food but also has a relaxed but lively feeling to it. I was thinking about going to Herbsaint but after a day of drinking, I'm not sure if we are going to bother our neighbors or if we will enjoy the atmosphere there. I have only eaten there once and it was a few years ago. I remember it being kind of a quiet place.
Any good ideas?

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  1. Luke and Domenica are both relaxed places with good food. Both are also loud and you wouldn't be out of place.

    1. In terms of fun? I don't know. In terms of noisy, the last time we went to Herbsaint, it was pretty much jet-engine-loud. Food-wise, besides Herbsaint, starting closer to your hotel and branching out, we've liked Redfish Grill, Domenica, Mila, august, luke. There are also Mr B's, Dickie Brennan's, Galatoire's within a close walk, further away Irene's, Muriel's, RioMar, La Boca, Emeril's, Cochon, I could go on and on. The parade will be goin down Canal St, so you have to watch the time as far as being able to cross the street.

      1. if you need some buzz grub, head to Felipe's in the Qtr. it's always lively.

        Felipe's Taqueria
        6215 S Miro St, New Orleans, LA 70125

        1. I've been to Emeril's twice and the atmosphere has been "lively" (read: loud!) both times. Sylvain's has a back courtyard where you could make noise and not disturb anyone, but I was not as in love with the food as many others on this board seem to be. I don't think you'd be out of place at Herbsaint though. Perhaps you could even request one of the tables near the bar. Whatever you do, enjoy!

          1. Weather permitting, outside at the Green Goddess. For sure.