What's the one can't miss restaurant in New Orleans ???? If you only had one night for dinner.
Here are joints that I've enjoyed in the past, but if anything new is on the scene please let me know:
Brigtsen's (beyond loved it for the roasted duck with tart dried cherry sauce and mashed potatoes, and the Ponchatoula strawberry shortcake, anything else great on the menu, what are your rec's here ?)
Kpaul's. (really liked it for his eponymous blackened fish as well as the coconut cake).
Brennan's (maybe it's no longer around, I haven't been in a while)
Dick and Jenny's.
Emeril's in the warehouse district.
August (which I didn't really like, go figure)
Fiorella's (I really liked the fried chicken here).
Acme Oyster House and Felix Oyster House (both were way way way overrated in my opinion).
Cafe du Monde, of course.
Crabby Jack's in Jefferson Parish (loved the drum fish in a hollandaise butter sauce and the shredded duck po boy and the barq's in the bottle, for some reason, i can't seem to get barq's in the bottle most anywhere).
Also is Rene Bistrot still around, or Stella or Stanley's, or Buster Holmes ???
One more thing is Mosca's worth the drive from NOLA and is it still good to go there if we will be having an all seafood/shellfish meal there ????
Rene in transition phase from the Marriott Renaissance to the JW Marriott on Canal Street. Stella and Stanley around still, Buster Holmes not. Mosca's too me is almost unbearable, my system can't handle that much garlic in one sitting. But for those without that affliction, I'm sure it's worth the drive. My can't miss dinner if I only had one choice is Herbsaint.
I'd vote for Coquette for dinner for a high brow experience. Stunning food, beautiful atmosphere.
For local flavor, I never miss a visit to Liuzza's on Bienville.
I made one visit to Mosca's and it was dreadful. This was a few years ago, and may have been an off night but I would never go back. When I think of our experience and then read other takes on it, it's almost hard to imagine it's the same place! Everything was nearly burnt, nothing tasted remotely fresh, chicken swimming in grease. Ugh!
So, for what it's worth, Herbsaint, Cochon, and Lilette were all complete misses for us. (Herbsaint was decent, but certainly not "can't miss".) Lilette, in particular, was disgusting.
I agree with coquette, even though it's not super fancy or expensive. We had a *great* meal there. They have a wonderful wine list, interesting food, great service, and a great atmosphere.
I suppose I could work up some complaints---but nothing I have had there has ever been "disgusting." I'd say "irritating" but that is true of lots of places here and elsewhere, the result of a "style" that seems to be pushed on "chefs" from some Invisible Force, like the Ego--or it that the "Id?"-- in "Forbidden Planet." I'd be interested in just what protein was poorly cooked and how so? The same vegetables and starches don't pose a problem for me. I always expect to add butter or hot sauce or something anyway.
right, i mean, jeez guys. Sarcasm on the internet....
the proteins were over cooked and gristly. the PREPARATIONS OF THE VEGETABLES were boring. It was like overcooked chicken, with overcooked mixed vegetables. It was moderately better than plane food, but the same concept. The service was rushed and unfriendly. It was a terrible meal.
The drinks were great.
Fiorella's fried chicken isn't what it used to be. That was always our first stop for lunch after unloading our luggage at the hotel. We couldn't get enough of that crispy moist deliciousness until 2 years ago- it was so bland and tasteless that we didn't bother finishing it. If you like fried pickles, Fiorella's are magical! I would skip the fried chicken though.