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izzie1183 Aug 11, 2012 05:55 PM

I'm a native NOLAinian w one night home - which would you recommend?

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    sanglier RE: izzie1183 Aug 11, 2012 06:53 PM

    Lot of differences: Root is cutting edge, with various "out there" cooking techniques, though grounded in solid house-made fare: extensive sausage and charcuterie offerings, small and large plates with pork belly, fish, scallops, and other top raw materials. Not as vast nor expensive as RR, though the latter does deliver with a broad menu of choices. Warehouse District vs. FQ, hip vs. a diverse collection of diners, good wine list vs. a HUGE wine list...night and day, both very good.

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      kibbles RE: izzie1183 Aug 13, 2012 12:51 PM

      yep two totally different options. i enjoy them both, but RR has more louisiana-themed offerings, if thats important to you.

      1. Bill Hunt RE: izzie1183 Aug 14, 2012 09:18 PM

        Have not done Root.

        Just did R'evolution, and while very good, I felt that they were still "a work in progress." I think that they have all of the elements, and that it will just be time, when they get it all lined up perfectly. Very good, but with some noticeable glitches.

        Enjoy,

        Hunt

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          kibbles RE: Bill Hunt Aug 15, 2012 02:37 PM

          what were the glitches?

          ive been several times so far, but only one sit-down (not at bar); so far ive found it great, so im curious what wasnt polished when you were there. heading back tonight for another sit-down dinner in one of the dining rooms.

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            kibbles RE: kibbles Aug 15, 2012 07:57 PM

            ok to answer my own question...was there tonight w/ a four-top for a proper meal (3 hours; my other sit-down was a brief after-dinner visit) and while the food was very good, the service was pretty sloppy. between the main waiter, assistant, table helpers, and a manager, they were constantly mixed up -- forgot a course, placed entrees at wrong spots, forgot left-overs, etc..

            so i guess they do still need some practice in that area. was it service by chance?

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              LHR218 RE: kibbles Sep 1, 2012 07:45 PM

              very different but I really like RR. Very upscale and delicious, lots to choose from which is good. DEATH BY GUMBO really is to die for...YUM

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                JazzyB RE: LHR218 Sep 6, 2012 09:25 PM

                R'evolution. I've been twice without any glitches. Maybe just lucky. Have resv for tomorrow evening as well. I've only been to Root for the 7or so course Tales of the Cocktail dinner and it was a mess.

        2. N.O.Food RE: izzie1183 Sep 7, 2012 01:43 PM

          I've been twice to each. Both are excellent in their own ways, but at both I had one outstanding meal and one meal that was simply good. Can't really go wrong with either one, but Root is more "out there" if you will.

          1. The Chowfather RE: izzie1183 Sep 8, 2012 10:22 AM

            FYI- Root just received a four star review

            http://www.nomenu.com/joomla1/

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              JazzyB RE: The Chowfather Sep 10, 2012 06:14 AM

              I am among many locals who give very little credence to the local " food critic's" reviews. Search his name on this board. Better yet,, search his name here:
              http://www.forumsneworleans.com/forum...

              I dine for pleasure and have no agenda. I merely post my experience be it good or bad. Others may enjoy Root. Every protein I had was overcooked...white tuna, grey lamb, dry, hard rabbit. My husband deemed the dessert the worst he's ever had. Hopefully, you'll have better luck. In any event, the total dining experience at R'evolution is far superior. Apples/oranges.

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                The Chowfather RE: JazzyB Sep 10, 2012 12:54 PM

                That's odd because you just lost a great one in Brett Anderson

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                  JazzyB RE: The Chowfather Sep 10, 2012 03:52 PM

                  Yes, we did.

            2. The Chowfather RE: izzie1183 Oct 20, 2012 05:34 PM

              I went to Root on Thursday night and R'evolution last night. Both are good but they are not in the same league. R'evolution is far superior in all facets.

              Root- The menage a foie was a great dish. I really enjoyed the foiestrami, pop rocks/cotton candy and the dipping dots which was paired with a delicious lychee/coconut consommé. The beef tendon szechuan was good but not great. Same for the marrow bones. The duck bao and the shrimp deviled eggs were both misses.

              R'evolution- everything was on another level.
              -Death by Gumbo featuring a roasted quail stuffed with andouille, oysters and file rice was fantastic,
              -Even better was the sugar cured foie gras peaches and cream with blue berry gastrique and creel cream cheese.
              -Red snapper and pork belly a la plancha was another winner and featured a melt in your mouth piece of fatty belly.
              -My wife who never raves hasn't stopped raving about her meal. I tried her dishes and they were outstanding. She had the Corn and crab cappuccino with black truffle. Burrata with caviar and the sheep ricotta gnocchi with lobster.
              -we ended the meal with a nice bananas foster soufflé

              Root was good but R'evolution is a special place and a must do.

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