3 nights in November, good choices?
Haven't been to NO for several years, going for a big conference. Saying at Hotel Monteleone
Have reservations at Brigsten's for Saturday night (have been there twice, loved it).
Looked at what I can book on OpenTable for the other two, so far I've booked NOLA for Sunday night (went 10 yrs or so ago, wife was too trashed by the time we got there to eat)
August for Monday night (John Besh fan, have only been to his restaurant here in San Antonio)
Any suggestions? We love flavorful NO food, budget not really an issue, but don't want all meals to be formal or expensive.
Brigsten's is fine and August seems to be doing fairly well. NOLA is all-over-the-map from what I hear. three couples I know prefer Emeril's flagship to NOLA. Another friend who is a quasi-regular at NOLA says detractors just apply the wrong standard. I leave actual comments to people who'v been lately, which ain;t me.
To me, that looks like a great plan.
I have dined (fairly recently) at all, and have had great meals at each.
Hazelhurst does make a good point - on this board, NOLA gets very polarized reviews. While I do enjoy Chef Emeril Lagasse's eponymous restaurant, the last two trips to NOLA have actually been better. Now, we did sit upstairs, and it was quiet, but the food got our attention, over Emeril's. Again, we love Emeril's, and the service has always been great, with good, to excellent food. However, the venue is loud, and we have found more unevenness there, than NOLA. Still, many trusted CH's go the other way - maybe we always hit on the "good nights," where they hit on the "bad nights?" Stuff, like that, happens. Maybe that one is a "tossup?"
Are you needing recs. for other nights of your visit? Is so, I missed that part.
Most of all, enjoy,
Given those choices, I would do Cochon, in lieu of NOLA, thought I probably like NOLA a tad better. As Collarman mentions, they ARE different, in many aspects, BUT, you have Brigtsen's, and August, so NOLA, while offering differences, would be more similar to the other two, than would be Cochon. Go for a tad of diversity, and save the Emeril restaurants for next time.
I really like Lilette, Petite Grocery and Bistro Daisy. I thought August was excellent. I also like Stella and Herbsaint..