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Greetings Chicago 'Hounders! You guys have helped me with stellar suggestions in recent years, need your aid again for my trip from New Orleans later this week.

My friend is from the "let's go to the same old favorites!" school, which translates into David Burke Primehouse, Spiaggia, Purple Pig, and Publican. In an attempt to thwart that, I have secretly booked dinners at Sepia, Acadia and Piccolo Sogno. I'm leaving one night open so he can have one of the old favorites above or a traditional steakhouse. Am I solid with those three? Any changes?

Thanks, can't wait to visit my favorite U.S. city!

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  1. what a strange question.

    jeez just not on Bourbon St. (ICK).

    best to toss this over to the NOLA Board.

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    1. re: hill food

      No, what a strange response. Drunk?

      1. re: sanglier

        play nice, kids

      2. re: hill food

        He's coming FROM New Orleans, not asking about restaurants IN N.O. :)

        1. re: willyum

          ahh OK - read that backwards - sorry. oops. (shrinking out of the room like a beaten dog)

      3. Haven't been to Sepia in a long time but Acadia and Piccolo Sogno are great. You may also be able to convince your friend to try Au Cheval

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        1. re: chunker

          Thanks chunker, I appreciate the input. That's 2 votes so far for Au Cheval, perhaps at lunch--if I can break the Portillo's hot dog grip!

        2. If you like Purple Pig & Publican, you may also like Au Cheval, Publican Quality Meats, Girl & the Goat. But it sounds like you are not into places where you'd have to wait for a table?

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          1. re: kathryn

            Waiting isn't a problem, always have to at Purple Pig. I'm just trying to break out of this stifling rotation! Now you have me wondering which of the Publicans I've been to, hmmm...didn't know there was more than one. I like the menus at both Au Cheval and Girl & the Goat, I'll keep that in mind for sure. Thanks!

            1. re: sanglier

              Publican Quality Meats is relatively new and more of a deli, but I think it's really good.

              If you're willing to go further afield, I also love Longman & Eagle and Yusho in Logan Square. But it's not as convenient to downtown as the other options you've mentioned.

              1. re: kathryn

                I looked at L&E's menu, looked very good! Problem is, like New Orleans, there are simply too many excellent choices. That's why I never want to repeat visits, much as I may enjoy a particular place.

            2. re: kathryn

              A friend and I waited 5 minutes at the peak of lunch time at Au Cheval to eat at the bar.

              1. re: delk

                Wow, you were lucky. Au Cheval can have a very long wait typically. Especially on the weekend, but it is Oh so good! Definitely recommend.
                I also love Picolo Sogno. I havent been to Sepia in a while, but have enjoyed it when I have been.

                Enjoy!