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My wife called to get a local dinner spot in Baltimore for some out-of-towners. It seems they told her we should not miss Desire for our upcoming NoLa trip in December.

They said it was "the most authentic .... since Uglesich's closed".

The reviews and references I've read here on a search don't hold the same praise.

What do you locals have to say about Desire? Worth seeking out?

Thank you!

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  1. I've never heard of anyone making a special recommendation for the Sonesta's Desire Oyster Bar. I would assume they have competitive prices but maybe not. I cannot remember eating there--ever. It might be fine--my question would be "who supplies the oysters?" Tony had great suppliers

    I have been in it meeting people staying at the hotel and I'd say Uglesich is the last place I'd think of in relation to it

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      I was skeptical when told of the Uglesich comparison.

      We were lucky enough to eat there twice on our last trip before they closed. Don't think we'll be going to Desire this December.

      1. Never been. Never considered it.

        1. not bad really but it is hard to find bad food in new orleans

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          1. re: joedontexan

            I've had bad dishes in Metairie, March pre-Katrina. Pasteurized Florida raw oysters from Deanie's Lakeview, plus cool boiled crawfish. The fried platter was excellent. Bozo's also had cool crawfish, but great wild catfish. Is this pre-cooked crawfish the norm around there, in Houston they are too hot touch. We have plenty of Louisiana ex pats here plus a huge Vietnamese community, and I've never had cool crawfish.

            1. re: James Cristinian

              I've had pleanty off cool crawfish, particulalry at home. After a boil some restaurants may keep the crawfish hot. But at home or at the fishmongers 30 minutes after the boil the crawfish are getting cool.

              Of course, on a busy day, like the weekends in the peak of crawfish season, they don't last long enough to get cool

          2. We had our afternoon oyster/cocktail break there on our most recent visit. Oysters were cold, clean and fresh. Shuckers were nice. Cocktails were good. It was fine for a 4 o'clock stop.