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Jul 21, 2012 12:53 AM

Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House? Arnaud's Jazz Bistro? (for dinners)

Bourbon House seems to get wildly mixed reviews online. But some of the more thoughtful and articulate reviews I have read are rather encouraging, The big selection of bourbons and the bourbon milk punch call out to me, but I am curious to hear what the NOLA hounds think of the menu items and service. If it worth a dinner experience, or just drinks and oysters?

Also interested in your thoughts about dinner at Arnaud's (considering the "jazz bistro" room).

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  1. I find the whole group of Brennan restaurants underwhelming. Oysters at Bourbon House are really no better than anywhere else although they are one of the few that offer mignonette.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Back in the late 1960's and through the 1980's I used to make my own mignonette and take it with me, in an old Lea & Perrins bottle. You used to have the makings available at lots of places until somewhere around 1970 or so. The last place I saw it was at a private club and that was because a member, who was a Federal Judge, loved it. I am glad to hear that someone did his homework and has brought it back.

      1. re: hazelhurst

        R'evolution serves it however, oysters are $18 dzn.

        1. re: JazzyB

          Really?! $18 clams for a dozen oysters? They better be from the best damn bed available with ice dumped on them daily in the summer and fed a diet of caviar jam.

          I'll pay top dollar at the Oyster Bar in Grand Central for those Maine Belon jobs, and I've paid more that $18/dozen in London but I amortize that over the year or two or three since I last did it.


          I'm gonna let them shake out before I go...I remember WholeFoods opening..biggest artichockes you ever saw, excellent dried mushrooms...where are they now?

          I also remember Archie Casberian at Arnaud's serving oyster dishes ("in the French style!") in groups of five. this was a naked attempt to prevent splitting of orders and I told him so.

          1. re: hazelhurst

            The down side of waiting is if they slide from Le Foret. Great food initially, then the cmc leaves.

            1. re: JazzyB

              That's true...I guess my rationale is that I'd rather miss the Top Meal so I am not disappointed in future walking by and thinking of The Glory That Was Greece. No one likes to be taken for a sucker.

    2. I think Arnaud's is a joke.

      While the food was quite good, the servers were shabbily dressed and decidedly not on top of things.

      The cocktail prices are obscene, and I dare anyone to enjoy a leisurely meal while sitting on freaking ice cream parlor chairs.

      You have better places to drop fine dining coin.

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      1. re: GroovinGourmet

        GG, sorry to hear you had a bad experience with Arnaud's, and their furniture and staff. I notice that the food was not among the issues that you mentioned. Was it good?

        I just revisited the Arnaud's website and I see that the featured list of cocktails from the French 75 bar (with the exception of the French 75 itself) are priced within a range of 6.95 to 10.75. That does not seem out of line from what I would expect, especially given the reputation of Chris Hannah.

        Since placing my original post, I have decided I'd prefer that we sit in the main dining room rather than the Jazz Bistro. I will steel myself to the old school chairs and the possibility of shabby attire (and some disorganization) on the wait staff, if the quality of the food and the beauty of the historic space are worth experiencing (at least once).