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honeyhoover May 9, 2013 09:03 AM

Hi all! I'm a long time lurker and like most people, would like a little dining advice for a trip coming up later this month. TIA and here goes: We arrive in NOLA on Wednesday may 22 and have lunch planned at Dooky Chase and dinner that night at Galatoire's(my fave). Thursday is an early lunch at August then we are going to the Royal Street Stroll and a late dinner that night at Irene's. Friday and Saturday are kind of up in the air, we are definitely going to Coquette one of those nights because I've heard it's great and I have a gift certificate:). Otherwise we are thinking of several places, including Jacques Imo's, Bayona, Stanley, and Pascal's Manale. We will finish our trip with Commanders jazz brunch on Sunday and probably grab a sandwich from Parkway on the way to catch a late flight. So... What to do on Friday and Saturday? All recommendations are greatly appreciated. I just love hearing from all you foodies! Thanks again.

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    hazelhurst May 9, 2013 09:49 AM

    I'd plug in Clancy's somewhere. We call it the Uptown Galatoire's

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      honeyhoover May 9, 2013 03:32 PM

      Thanks for the rec Hazelhurst! I appreciate your time.

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      nynola May 9, 2013 04:21 PM

      I was underwhelmed by Coquette the only time I went, as were the other three people in our group - fish cooked so dry hat it required a knife to cut, no sherry for the sherry drinker in our midst, and a staff that ignored the loud drunken woman from Mississippi who kept trying to interrupt our conversation

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        honeyhoover May 9, 2013 04:47 PM

        Thanks for the heads up nymola! Maybe we will use our coquette gift cert for lunch instead of dinner... Any suggestions for Friday and Saturday night dinner?

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          nynola May 9, 2013 04:59 PM

          4 of us had a wonderful meal last week at Peche - Donald Link's new seafood restaurant - make your reservations early

          we also had a very good meal at Kingfish - Greg Sonnier's new restaurant in the FQ -

          Our friends had lunch this week at Tableau, Dickie Brennans new placeand loved it - and they are very picky - it's doing a soft opening but should be officially open when you get down here

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            honeyhoover May 9, 2013 05:40 PM

            Thanks for the recs nynola I looked over all of their websites and we are going to Tableau for sure! ( as long as we can get a reservation)

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        topeater May 9, 2013 05:08 PM

        I've never been to Coquette for dinner, but I've been many, many times for lunch & brunch. Every time has been wonderful. I'll be there for dinner this Sat. If it's awful, I'll let you know.

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          honeyhoover May 9, 2013 05:38 PM

          Would really appreciate it topeater! We will def be using that gift cert I just can't decide for which meal... First world problems I know;)

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            burton May 10, 2013 10:55 AM

            Only had a single dinner at Coquette with a fairly large group and frankly we were disappointed. Starters and desserts were good - very good (if not memorable) and service and ambiance were fine. The mains however were bland and unimpressive and given the prices and our admittedly high expectations we left wishing we had gone elsewhere. By contrast, we absolutely loved Boucherie across the board. Go figure.

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              honeyhoover May 10, 2013 01:38 PM

              Thanks Burton! Will look into Boucherie ASAP.

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            FileMan May 12, 2013 11:23 AM

            Central grocery for a Muffeletta at lunch, Mr B's for Dinner and night cap at the Carrousel Bar in the Monteleone across the street from Mr. B's

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              Chulacat May 13, 2013 10:51 AM

              I would second Peche. Went on Saturday night. It was great. I also enjoyed Dante's Kitchen.

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                honeyhoover May 14, 2013 07:36 AM

                Thank you all for your replies! I am curious about maybe doing dinner hopping on Friday night... There will only be five of us left at that point. Is this feasible or should we just make reservations at one of your great recs? I just like the idea of trying several places...

              2. vees May 17, 2013 04:51 AM

                Cochon Butcher is ALWAYS awesome.
                IMHO - I would skip Commanders and instead go to Buffa's for the Dixie Land Jazz Brunch with Some Like it Hot. The Food is awesome - Mimosa and Bloody Mary prices are perfect. If you can listen to that music and not smile you are dead inside.
                I know many people on here RAAAAAVE about Commanders, but it is living on a name. Not worth the prices except to say that you got dressed up and went to Commanders. Go to Buffa's then walk down Esplanade to Royal check out the shops and cafe's and enjoy a beautiful Sunday in the Quarter.

                Other choices are the Fried Chicken and Butter Beans at Willie Mae's, and if you are going to Parkway - get the Surf n' Turf

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                  shanefink May 17, 2013 10:22 AM

                  I disagree. Commander’s still puts out consistently good food at reasonable prices (compare it to Brennan’s) in an atmosphere that can’t be beat. It’s a timeless classic and they do brunch as good as anyone. But I do agree that Cochon Butcher is awesome.

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                    FileMan May 17, 2013 10:31 AM

                    Commanders is perhaps the best service in New Orleans.

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                  honeyhoover May 17, 2013 12:15 PM

                  Thanks again everyone! We are meeting my husbands dads in NOLA (they are from Carmel) and while we have eaten at Commanders (good times!). Two in our group have not and really want to...I think we will keep our Sunday brunch reservation but am still curious as to whether or not restaurant hopping on Friday night is an option..? We still have no reservations for Friday day or night.

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                    shanefink May 17, 2013 07:38 PM

                    It would be easier on Wednesday or Thursday, but it can be done. There are several restaurants with large bars that you can eat at. Here’s a few. Bourbon House (oysters), Mr. B’s (BBQ Shrimp), Sylvain, Kingfish, Tableau and SoBou. If I was you, I’d probably make 1 resevation somewhere just to be safe and work around that.

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                      honeyhoover May 20, 2013 08:26 PM

                      Thank you shanefink you are right... I'm going to try for a last minute reservation for Friday night and just do Friday lunch somewhere casual!

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                    honeyhoover Dec 27, 2013 01:27 PM

                    Okay,this is only seven months late but better than never! Here's what our group ended up doing... We flew in early Wednesday and after meeting the rest of our people we took a cab to Dooky Chase for lunch. We all had the buffet and ordered a couple of sides of Mac and cheese for the table as well as mint juleps and mimosas. It was good food and the service was attentive and uber polite. After strolling around all day we went to Irene's for a late dinner. Wow! I loved all of it from the fantastic service to the cramped but fun loving atmosphere. I ate soft shell crab as an entree and we ordered several apps including oysters Irene. My mom loved the chicken Rosemarino!
                    Thursday was kind of an early lunch at August. Half of our group loved their meal and the ambience while the other half thought it was just okay. Our service was very stiff but chalked it up to him being new...we had apps of foie gras and potato gnocchi as well as others and my pork belly entree was superb the flavors were layered and well thought out. All in all I'm glad we went to August but am not in a huge hurry to return. Thursday afternoon/early evening we did the Royal Street Stroll. Ahhhh,Thursday dinner... We ate at the venerable Galatoires. My father and I had been there several times so we ordered tons of appetizers for the table and slowly are and drank and talked. I know for sure we had shrimp remoulade, soufflé potatoes, fried eggplant and oysters Rockefeller. We all had imbibed a great deal by this point and leisurely ordered entrees and my crabmeat gratin was wonderful and rich. I love Galatoires.
                    Friday we had a quick and late lunch at The Gumbo Shop which was filling and good for a hangover. Later that afternoon we took a cab to Pascals Manale and had a few dozen oysters and a few cocktails. The oysters were great and I think I need to make a trip there for a full meal! Friday night we had a late dinner at NOLA. Our service was great and the friendliest we had but also knowledgable and professional. We started with stuffed chicken wings and boudin balls and we all shared entrees including shrimp and grits, fried chicken, filet and porkchop. Overall we had a great dining experience at NOLA.

                    Saturday was a very underwhelming brunch at Stanley, we had to wait over an hour to get in and the service was harried and food just okay. Saturday PM was at the lovely Coquette. We started with apps the only one I remember being short ribs and I had shrimp and grits for an entree. This was my ( vegetarian) sisters favorite meal as they were very accommodating to her needs. Overall Coquette was a fantastic dinner with lots of good wine!

                    The trip ends with Commanders brunch on Sunday. I had a crawfish omelet which was good but not great and a great simple dessert the strawberry shortcake. I think we were all kind of fooded out by then! It was a great trip and I gained a good 15 pounds by the end of it! Thank you all for your help!

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                      collardman Dec 28, 2013 12:22 PM

                      I'm glad you pulled it off. It sounds like a great visit and some amazing stamina. I can only do two days at that pace!

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                        honeyhoover Dec 29, 2013 07:25 AM

                        We probably should have only done two days at that pace! Also , I apologize for the atrocious punctuation in my recap. It was all done on my phone and I simply did not even try.

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                          FileMan Dec 29, 2013 07:36 AM

                          "That Place" is my home.

                          New Orleans is perhaps the most unique city in the United States.

                          We have our own cuisine and our own culture.

                          Come to New Orleans and enjoy the food.

                           
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                            honeyhoover Dec 29, 2013 08:18 AM

                            I'm sorry File Man, perhaps you misread my wording. I said pace not place...

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                              FileMan Dec 30, 2013 02:39 PM

                              OOPS!

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                              hazelhurst Dec 29, 2013 11:42 AM

                              Well, as much as I love it New Orleans is not "most unique."

                              "Unique" may apply

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                                honeyhoover Dec 30, 2013 11:09 AM

                                Hazelhurst, if I were to go to Galatoire's this coming Friday for lunch what time would I need to get in line? There will be just two of us dining. Better yet, how do I find someone to pay to stand in line for me?;)

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                                  hazelhurst Dec 30, 2013 02:14 PM

                                  Given that we've just been through Xmas, NY and the first ball of the season (ahead of Jan 6) it might be a calm day in there. On the other hand, maybe a lot of vacationing families will go. Anyway, no later than 10:15 and advisedly earlier. One of youcan run off for bloody marys while the other holds the place until Arnold comes out with the clipboard to write down the Order of Battle. Be careful of drinks, though...Galatoire's cocktaiils are powerful and I wouldn't prime the pump.

                                  For some years I used a waiter's son to hold a spot on certain days.Most people I know have a yardman or use offspring. I've never inquired but you might just call the restaurant (504-525-2021) and ask them if they know of any "regular line holders." Worth a shot anyway.

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                                    honeyhoover Dec 30, 2013 06:42 PM

                                    Exactly the sage advice I was seeking! Thanks again!

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                                      hazelhurst Jan 2, 2014 11:38 AM

                                      And how was your lunch? did everything work out alright?

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                                        honeyhoover Jan 9, 2014 12:02 PM

                                        Hello Hazelhurst, we had a most fantastic Friday lunch at Galatoire's! We took our time and did it right... Started with a couple of bloody Mary's waiting in the bar to be brought over for lunch. We had several apps with some Duckhorn chard including escargot, shrimp remoulade and soufflé potatoes. After a couple of hours we ordered entrees and sides. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his first Friday lunch and the people watching did not disappoint! Thank you for all of your help! See you again soon.

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                                          hazelhurst Jan 9, 2014 01:41 PM

                                          Well, I only state the obvious but you're most welcome if I was of help. I am delighted you enjoyed it. To me, it is one of the most "New Orleans" places remaining.[There were similar places in other cities long ago but I think they are all dead.]

                                          Please come back and romp through the menu. it is lots of fun to play around (although I get into very pleasant ruts for years at a time).

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                                      Bill Hunt Jan 1, 2014 05:29 PM

                                      I think that the BM run IS a plan!

                                      I would not anticipate the line being THAT long, but what do I know? I'm about 1200 miles west, and the crowds COULD be queued up at Galatoire's.

                                      Hunt

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                                      FileMan Dec 30, 2013 02:39 PM

                                      Friday Lunch at Galatoire's is difficult (Boozing Lawyers and Debutantes). My wife and I usually go between 2:30 and 3:00 and just walk in and generally get a table with no wait. Still fun but less noisy. But it is New Year's week so ... perhaps not this week.

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                                        honeyhoover Dec 30, 2013 06:44 PM

                                        Thank you FileMan, my dear husband has yet to experience Friday lunch at Galatoire's and it's something he's always wanted to do!

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                                      FileMan Dec 30, 2013 02:40 PM

                                      ... and what is?

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                                        hazelhurst Dec 30, 2013 06:26 PM

                                        "what is" what? Dunno what you're asking.

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                                          Bill Hunt Jan 1, 2014 05:30 PM

                                          And speaking of "lawyers... " [Grin]

                                          Happy New Year,

                                          Hunt

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                                            honeyhoover Jan 2, 2014 06:37 AM

                                            Thanks ya'll! Had a great lunch yesterday at The Butcher! We shall see where today leads us....

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                                              hazelhurst Jan 2, 2014 09:45 AM

                                              Thanks..same to you

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