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PetiteSyrah Jan 18, 2012 01:51 PM

I am heading to NOLA in a couple of weeks, working with a group of teen students. Because of complicated logistics, I am actually arriving several hours ahead of them on a Thursday evening....giving me the opportunity for one meal in peace and deliciousness.

My husband and I were in NOLA almost 2 years ago, and we hit: Herbsaint, Lillette, and August. I've also, on separate occasions, been to NOLA's. Looking for a recommendation for a place where I would enjoy dining alone--either somewhere that one can eat at the bar, or just generally wouldn't feel out of place. I have some serious dietary restrictions, so a place like Cochon or Luke's is not ideal. I'll be cabbing it no matter what, so location is flexible (Quarter or not).

Thanks, all!!!

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    montuori Jan 18, 2012 02:14 PM

    When she's here alone my GF enjoys the Three Muses bar for solo dining. Small plates, nice variety of food, live music, and no hassles. There are a few places around with tiny bars that are fun to dine alone at: Boucherie, Green Goddess, and Cafe Degas come to mind. The smaller places tend not to attract roving crowds of inebriates; sometimes a place like Emeril's, where I do like to eat at the bar alone, is a little too much of a scene to be very comfortable alone.

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      rouxdauphine Jan 18, 2012 02:14 PM

      As a solo diner I've enjoyed eating at the Chef's Bar at Emeril's. Eating at the bar at Coquette is also a possibility. I've done the same at Mr. B's a number of times. I'm sure by the time all the hounds chime in, you'll have to arrive a week before the teens instead of just a day.

      Edited to add: ditto on the places mentioned by montuori and please report back to let us know where you went!

      1. Bill Hunt Jan 18, 2012 07:37 PM

        Besides the recs. so far, there are probably 3, fairly recent threads here, on ladies dining alone. In those, there were also many good recs.



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        1. re: Bill Hunt
          JazzyB Jan 19, 2012 05:25 AM

          Most queries have been asked/answered many times over. Read the sticky, do a board search.

          1. re: JazzyB
            PetiteSyrah Jan 19, 2012 01:45 PM

            I actually had read most of the recent threads, thanks. T

            hanks all, for the recs. Looks like Mr. B's, Coquette, or Emeril's. Leaning towards Mr. B's or Emeril's, just bc Coquette feels more like something I can get in NYC. Boucherie is intriguing. Clearly, need to be planning a longer trip again soon!

            1. re: PetiteSyrah
              hazelhurst Jan 19, 2012 01:47 PM

              I've seen...and been one of the...people eating alone at Antoine's , Galatoire's, Clancy, Commander's, Bayona..on many occasions. I am frequently alone at Galatoire's and there are often single ladies there, too. It's a great place for solo eating.

            2. re: JazzyB
              Bill Hunt Jan 22, 2012 07:31 PM

              Actually, I seldom need dining recs. for solo. If I do, in NOLA, I have plenty of restaurants to choose from.

              Now, I do think that the OP might glean several suggestions for such, but I do not need them - thanks.


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