Solo Lunch(es) in New Orleans
Hi all: I'm headed to New Orleans for a bachelor party weekend in mid-May, with a group that I suspect is not as food-centric as myself. I think I'll be able to squeeze in one or possibly two lunches on my own, and I'd love to visit a place that A) works well for dining solo, and B) represents the best that New Orleans has to offer. I'm indifferent between old-school or new-school New Orleans cuisine -- I'm more interested in quality and getting something that I can't get anywhere else. Good cocktails are also a plus. Since it's only a meal or two, splurging is not a problem. Let me know if you have any suggestions! Thanks, Patrick
You can do a search on solo here and find some previous threads. But the bottom line is that most good places will work as the restaurants are used to working with business singles. A number of the restaurants serve at their bars or have a food bar so those are good choices. Mr. B's, Emerils, NOLA, Luke among others.
+1 with collardman about searching the thread as this has been covered a bunch. However, if the only variable is dining alone, I'm hard pressed to think of more than a couple restaurants where I've ever felt at all uncomfortable doing so. Do the search, come back with what sounds good to you and we can happily add info/suggestions to that.
There are numerous lunch and dinner special's in NOLA. Mr. B's has a 2 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00. Domenica is a casual John Besh Italian restaurant in the Roosevelot Hotel a block from Canal Street. They have happy hour specials from 3/6 half price pizza and drinks. Dining at the bar at Domenica is fun. Luke is another John Besh restaurant in the Hilton on St. Charles. They have a 2 course express lunch for $15.00 and 3/6 Happy Hour half price drinks and 50 cent oysters. Dining at the bar at Luke is fun also. Antoine's is in the FQ and they have a prix fixe 3 course lunch for $20.00.
Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.
As others have stated, there are several, fairly recent threads with recs. on solo dining, for both ladies and gentlemen. Those would be a great start.
When in NOLA, I am most often with my wife, and the few solo experiences have been mostly for breakfast, or lunch, when she was in meetings. Now, the one solo dinner (in recent memory) was at the Ritz-Carlton. The service was horribly rushed, though the dining room was virtually empty. The food was mediocre, at the very best, but the menu concept, back then, was a good one - famous NOLA recipes re-done by the exec. chef. However, and even with a full spread of those items, nothing clicked.
G W Fins has a neat bar area, and though I have not dined solo there, when we did it, prior to being seated for their wine tastings, things were very good.
Some of the "comfort" will depend on what one wants. Do you want great service and food, but to otherwise be left alone, or do you want the food and service, and then to "see and be seen?" That can make a major difference.
Good luck and enjoy,
I cannot think of a better lunch than the bar at Coquette. On Weds they have $5 wine, on Thursdays it's half price cocktails. Their $20 three course lunch is some of the best food we have every trip. Great atmosphere, staff too.