NOLA refresher please
We will be going to NOLA this spring and I am researching places to eat. Right now Gautreau's looks very good to me. We will be staying in the quarter and here is my question:
What is the name of the hamburger place that has all the waiter wearing black ties.? The best I recall it was at the bend in the streetcar line that went from the quarter to the art museum.(We were there for the Monet exhibit. That's how long it has been since we've been to N.O.). BTW, is Gautreau's anywhere near that street car line?
The last time we were there we stayed at a B&B in or near the Garden District. I recall we were very close to the streetcar line and walked through the District.
Thanks for all you help.Joe
My take on Besh Restaurants
Restaurant August (Fine Dining with white linen)-- my favorite fine dining in NOLA Chef de Cuisine Mike Gulotta puts out innovative local farm to table food with French techniques that makes Chef Besh proud. In addition, Pastry Chef Kelly Fields is a phenom--her take on banana pudding keeps my wife coming back (and threatening to eat dessert first). She has something to satisfy anyone's palate for dessert and Chef Fields always surprises. FYI the 3 course Prix Fixe lunch is a great deal ($20.12 in 2012...)
Domenica (Casual/Business Chic)--we continue to be addicted to the pizza's that Chef de Cuisine Alon Shaya turns out from the wood burning oven (spicy lamb meatball is to die for)--they even deliver in the Common Business District. If you want authentic Italian, this is the place to go--amazing charcuterie, pastas, roasted meats, and a die for roasted cauliflower. Pastry Chef Lisa has an amazing butterscotch cake in a jar that is my wife's 2nd favorite dessert in NOLA. Also the salted caramel banana king cake was to die for. A great place for a lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Borgne Restaurant (Casual)--Newest entry in the Besh empire, Chef de Cuisine Brian Landry has captivated my wife (a native of the Outer Banks of North Carolina + an adopted native of Charleston, SC) with his take on seafood. Great shareable apps that themselves make a great meal (including one of the great beers on tap or in a can). Restaurant August's Pastry Chef Kelly Fields has her grandmother's hummingbird cake on the menu! The entire menu is slowly being fine tuned (45 days since it opened). Great plea to catch lunch or dinner anytime of the week.
Luke (Casual)--A French-German Brasserie at its best, this was my first love of the Besh restaurants. Amazing raw bar, crab omelet, burgers and sandwiches, and comfort food (schnitzel, court bouillon, cassoulet, etc). A great light but filling lunch or hearty dinner in the heart of St Charles....love it so much my wife + I named our first son Luke!
American Sector (Diner/Casual)--Everything that you want out of a great diner--fried shrimp, great homemade pickles, large portions of meatloaf, great oyster stew, and milkshakes. This was my wife's favorite until Borgne and she keeps going back when I am out of town. Worth a trip for New Orleans classics and dinner specials with Chef Besh's twists.
Besh Steak (Casual/Business Chic)--Great steaks, I prefer to Emeril's Delmonico as a steakhouse. However this is a loud restaurant from the casino. But when I want a steak, we take people here. Have not tried Manning's which has had great early reviews
La Provence (Casual/Business Chic) I have yet to make it up ti La Provence because of the drive + my wife's schedule. Have made Easter Brunch reservations and will try to make it across the lake...
Remember--if you want fine dining/foodie level John Besh, you must go to Restaurant August. Domenica has earned raves as an Italian eatery. Borgne + Luke are under rated because the average New Orleans restaurant is above average in fresh seafood and fried seafood.
However, if you want consistently great food, all of his restaurants are great, and one of them will fit your needs and be memorable (though, besides Domenica, they currently are not foodie destinations)
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
333 St Charles, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Besh Steakhouse at Harrah's
228 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
How many days will you be in NOLA. Gautreau's is in the GD which is about 15 minutes by cab from the FQ. It's not too far to walk from the streetcar line but I would take a cab back home. Galatoire's, Mr. B's, Irene's, Bayona, Stella and Muriel's are great choices in the FQ. Red Gravy is a good place for breakfast. Enjoy your visit.