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BFchowhound Oct 12, 2012 02:27 PM

Hey All,
I'm looking for a place in the French Quarter that can accommodate a dinner for a little over 20 people on a Sunday night. It doesn't necessarily need to be one giant table as the group could split into two if we could get two tables of 10 next to each other or something along those lines. Doesn't necessarily have to be cheap, but this group will be a little loud and dressed somewhat casual, so can't be too fancy or stuffy of an environment. Ideally looking for the best food we can find that fits in that criteria.

Thanks in advance for suggestions!

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    shanefink RE: BFchowhound Oct 13, 2012 05:35 PM

    Try Muriel’s.

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      Gizmo56 RE: shanefink Oct 21, 2012 11:36 PM

      + 1 on Muriel's. I'd also suggest giving Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House a call.

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        twyst RE: Gizmo56 Oct 22, 2012 08:47 AM

        +1 bourbon house is perfect. They would probably give you an upstairs room for a party of that size.

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          Gizmo56 RE: twyst Oct 22, 2012 08:57 AM

          Yes! I have found their staff will "go the extra mile" for groups and special occasions, and the food at Bourbon House really is quite good. Especially if the group enjoys oysters.

          Plus there's that huge list of small batch bourbon and rye whiskeys....

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      nolala RE: BFchowhound Oct 21, 2012 07:20 PM

      Let's see...group will be loud, dressed casually, not seeking "fancy" or "stuffy"...the best food that fits that criteria will be found by following the nice barker on Bourbon St.

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        Gizmo56 RE: nolala Oct 21, 2012 11:30 PM

        The key words that you overlook are "little" and "somewhat," as in "this group will be a little loud and dressed somewhat casual."

        That does not mean drunken frat party.

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          nolala RE: Gizmo56 Oct 22, 2012 08:45 AM

          I read the post, but I've also worked long enough the the FQ to know that a group referring to itself as "a little loud" is almost always a polite euphemism for something worse.

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            BFchowhound RE: nolala Oct 22, 2012 08:55 AM

            In this case, its not and Gizmo is right. We're a late 20s/early 30s group that wants to have a good meal without the men needing to wear blazers or upsetting other diners if we're talking loudly across the table. Certainly not a rowdy frat party, and I wouldn't bother coming to CH if that were the case.

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              Gizmo56 RE: BFchowhound Oct 22, 2012 09:01 AM

              Look into:

              http://www.bourbonhouse.com/

              Enjoy-

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              Gizmo56 RE: nolala Oct 22, 2012 08:55 AM

              If you say so, but I always give my fellow Chowhound-ers the benefit of the doubt in such matters.

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                BFchowhound RE: Gizmo56 Oct 22, 2012 09:06 AM

                Thanks Gizmo. Looking into Bourbon House, Muriel's and also going to check into Luke (which I know is a step up, but a friend suggested it would probably be casual enough and still work for us if we split into 2 or 3 groups).

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                  twyst RE: BFchowhound Oct 22, 2012 09:05 AM

                  "(which I know is a step up, but a friend suggested it would probably be casual enough and still work for us if we split into 2 or 3 groups)."

                  New orleans is a very casual city. If not having to wear a sport coat is your main concern that really only rules out very few restaurants.

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