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

Stuartg56 Oct 10, 2013 02:35 PM

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?

Brunch – Red Gravy
Dinner – Emeril’s

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

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  1. hill food RE: Stuartg56 Oct 10, 2013 02:42 PM

    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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      joedontexan RE: hill food Oct 11, 2013 12:59 PM

      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.

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        Stuartg56 RE: joedontexan Oct 12, 2013 06:58 AM

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

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        Stuartg56 RE: hill food Oct 12, 2013 06:59 AM

        Thanks for the info!

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        Enfielder RE: Stuartg56 Oct 11, 2013 03:27 PM

        I'd definitely recommend GW Fins from your list.

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          Stuartg56 RE: Enfielder Oct 12, 2013 06:57 AM

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

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            Enfielder RE: Stuartg56 Oct 12, 2013 09:10 AM

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

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              JazzyB RE: Stuartg56 Oct 16, 2013 05:02 AM

              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.

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                Stuartg56 RE: JazzyB Oct 16, 2013 09:36 AM

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

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                Bill Hunt RE: Stuartg56 Oct 22, 2013 06:37 PM

                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.



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                  Stuartg56 RE: Bill Hunt Oct 24, 2013 07:18 AM

                  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.

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                    Bill Hunt RE: Stuartg56 Oct 25, 2013 07:30 PM

                    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.



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              Shartzog RE: Stuartg56 Oct 13, 2013 12:00 PM

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

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                ClevelandRandy RE: Shartzog Oct 13, 2013 01:40 PM

                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.

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                  Shartzog RE: ClevelandRandy Oct 13, 2013 01:53 PM

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

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                    Stuartg56 RE: Shartzog Oct 14, 2013 10:17 AM

                    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.

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                      Gizmo56 RE: Stuartg56 Oct 14, 2013 01:47 PM

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

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                        Stuartg56 RE: Gizmo56 Oct 14, 2013 01:58 PM

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

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                Ambiance RE: Stuartg56 Oct 20, 2013 06:03 AM

                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. TaTee RE: Stuartg56 Oct 22, 2013 11:00 AM

                  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.
                  It is BYOL, so make a big Zing Zang Bloody Mary and enjoy the delicious food.

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                    Stuartg56 RE: TaTee Oct 22, 2013 01:34 PM

                    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.

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                      JazzyB RE: TaTee Oct 22, 2013 05:12 PM

                      Voodoo Fest is Nov. 1,2,3.

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                        macsak RE: JazzyB Oct 22, 2013 08:21 PM

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

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                          hazelhurst RE: macsak Oct 23, 2013 05:46 AM

                          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.

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                            Bill Hunt RE: hazelhurst Oct 25, 2013 07:34 PM

                            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.


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                      rockbound RE: Stuartg56 Oct 22, 2013 05:23 PM

                      Two of the very best in FQ:Pelican Club and GW Fins. Never had less than a stellar meal at either.

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                        Stuartg56 RE: rockbound Oct 24, 2013 07:16 AM

                        Thanks for you input. We've landed on Fins for Saturday and reservation is set.

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