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Finalizing dining plans…how are these Olivier's, Evangeline, Pelican Club, Mr. B’s, GW Fins, Muriel's, Irene’s?

I’ll be in NOLA 2 days (10/26 & 10/27) and I’m looking for one more spot to finalize my dining plans. What do you all think? Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

Saturday (won’t arrive until 4:00ish)
Dinner – I’m leaning towards Katie’s, however I need a back up FQ/CBD/WD restaurant in case we’re not in the mood to take a cab to Katie’s. A few considerations are:
Olivier's, Evangeline, Pelican Club, Mr. B’s, GW Fins, Muriel's, Irene’s.
The Pelican Club was recommended by a friend, but I haven’t seen anything posted about it here. Thoughts?

Sunday
Brunch – Red Gravy
Dinner – Emeril’s

Monday
Breakfast – Café De Monde (beignets and coffee before heading out-of-town)

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  1. on your list I've only been to Irene's and I had an excellent meal (love their duck), and other friends have been since and were also impressed. however - don't go if you're in a rush, they refuse to overload the kitchen so the wait time can be a bit long.

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    1. re: hill food

      Pelican club, Mr. Bs, and Muriels all recommended. Oliviers extremely mediocre I wouldn't bother. Red Gravy not very New Orleans if that's what your looking for. New Jersey Italian girl that recently moved to the area that started the place.

      1. re: joedontexan

        Thanks the insight, I'll reconsider Red Gravy. I'd rather go somewhere with a creole flair.

      2. I'd definitely recommend GW Fins from your list.

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        1. re: Enfielder

          I hear their seafood is great. How are their steaks? That's what my wife will most likely order wherever we go.

          1. re: Stuartg56

            To be honest, I've never had steak there - always seafood.

            1. re: Stuartg56

              Best options for steaks :

              Mr. John's......or their spinoff, Desi Vega
              La Boca

              Also excellent is R'evolution's tomahawk ribeye(for 2) with a side of bone marrow sauce (enough to share). FWIW, the regular ribeye is not nearly as good.

              Herbsaint is very good. The steak (ribeye) frites should please your wife (note: plated sliced) with delicious choices for you as well.

              Scalibut at Fins is terrific, however the menu changes daily and it is not always available. Don't miss the cold smoked sizzling oysters. Soft shell app and crabcake are also very good. Lobster dumplings and blue crab pot stickers don't deliver.

              Emeril's originals are still his best: angel hair with smoked mushrooms, tasso cream sauce, (tuna app is good, it will easily serve 2), monster pork chop (order med or it may be dry) or andouille crusted drum. Banana cream pie. Portions are generous.

              1. re: JazzyB

                Thanks for all the recommendations. This will be very helpful when trying to decide on dishes.

              2. re: Stuartg56

                We have dined there many times, but always for the seafood. I cannot recall any of our guests every having Beef, but might just have missed it. Some of our parties are rather large, so I have difficulty keeping up with every main course.

                We have never had one weak seafood dish, and I have never fielded any complaints from my guests.

                I have also recommended it to many, with no complaints, so far.

                Enjoy!

                Hunt

                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  I'm glad to hear this from someone who has been there many times. Fins it is for Saturday night.

                  I'll update everyone on our experiences after the weekend.

                  1. re: Stuartg56

                    I hope that you have the same excellent food and service, that we have always had.

                    As a resident of the nearby environs, I have always been impressed with the dishes. The offerings, and the preparations have always been great.

                    Enjoy!

                    Hunt

            2. The last time I ate at Pelican Club the service was horrible. I would go with Mr. B's

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              1. re: Shartzog

                I had impeccable food and service on a recent visit to Pelican Club, so I heartily recommend it. GW Fins is also excellent, though it's such a seafood place that I can't imagine going there to order steak.

                1. re: ClevelandRandy

                  I would go to Delmonico's for a steak in New Orleans.

                  1. re: Shartzog

                    Thanks for all the recomendations. I think we've landed on GW Fins. The wife reviewed the menu and see's seafood dishes she'd like.

                    1. re: Stuartg56

                      I am sure you both will enjoy. Good pick. Don't miss the scalibut.

                      1. re: Gizmo56

                        I won't, that's a very interesting dish and looks like a must try.

              2. My two cents...GW Fins - overpriced and absolutely nothing special. Ditto for Mr. B's. Pelican Club is Ok. Emerils not so much - But his NOLA place in the Quarter is superb to me - but go during week - not weekend.

                1. This Saturday is the Krewe of Boo...Halloween Parade in the FQ. It starts at 5:30 PM in the Marigny and works it way up St. Peter. Voodoo Fest in City Park. FQ will be jammed; try to get a dinner reservation NOW.

                  NEVER have been a fan of the Pelican Club, food or service.
                  BIG FAN of Muriel's and Irene's.

                  Brunch: EAT on the corner of Dauphine and Dumaine.
                  http://eatnola.com/
                  It is BYOL, so make a big Zing Zang Bloody Mary and enjoy the delicious food.

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                  1. re: TaTee

                    Thanks for your input. Looks like Irene's may be the place. I hear nothing but good things about it.
                    I had no idea about the parade, we'll definently have to check it out.

                      1. re: JazzyB

                        ADA convention starts october 31
                        30 thousand dental dweebs invade n'awlins
                        sad i didn't make it...

                        1. re: macsak

                          What's even more fun is when the cardiologists come to town. There are always one or two medicos ostentatiously eating a salad made for a slug, but the rest are getting down great gobs of hollandaise, cream sauces, shrimp &c. I think they have their cholesterol levels checked just before the conferences.

                          1. re: hazelhurst

                            I completely understand.

                            My wife is in healthcare management, and I often am required to book her "group." One year, we had a bunch of folk from Boulder, CO. I had to find a table for 13, at Commander's Palace, during a very, very busy time. I did so, but when we were seated, we had one individual, who wanted to know, "What is a Healthmark Dish?" The server, in her best "9th Ward accent" commented, "Hon, we're at Commander's Palace. There IS no 'healthmark' dish offered." I agreed, and reminded myself to not include that person, next time in NOLA.

                            Hunt