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txgrl99 Nov 9, 2013 08:43 PM

We have a reservation at Boucherie. We have been to many of the New Orleans staples (August, Galatoires, Commanders, MiLa, and we already have lunch reservations at Coquette) and wanted to try something new for dinner. Thoughts? It would be our only upscale dinner, so we'd like for it be special. Root and Pesche both have reservations available for that evening. Would either be a better choice? We aren't necessarily looking for "New Orleans" cuisine, but just the best food.

Or we could abandon the fine dining all together, have a bite at Three Muses, and gets some Taceaux Loceaux in Dos Jefes.

So may choices! Thanks in advance for the input.

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    collardman Nov 12, 2013 11:54 AM

    I dined last night at Ralph's on the Park, my first time since the Brennan's took over.
    It was a pleasant surprise with upscale decor and adjustments in layout and material that cut down the noise that the old place had.

    The turtle soup was good but it was not the Sand's recipe. It had complex flavors but a bit of an acid bite. I didn't take any sherry as there was enough going on.

    The menu was a bit of Root light. As the server said, the Chef had some playful moments with some of the dishes. No one sampled the foie gras with peanut butter but that will go for a future visit and there will be a future visit.

    I took home a serving of the duck and Italian sausage gumbo to try. An interesting Idea.

    Give it a thought if there are reservations available.

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      txgrl99 Nov 14, 2013 11:41 AM

      That sound slovely. Thank you!

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        JazzyB Nov 14, 2013 01:03 PM

        Has it been sold to "other" Brennans or do you mean just since it's been Ralph's (which it's been for years). Having read your comments, I'm wondering if they've changed chefs. I gave them at least three shots (which was 3 too many).

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          collardman Nov 14, 2013 01:36 PM

          I hadn't been since the Sand's days, that is Katrina.
          I'm not sure but I think that I remember at least one Chef change since the opening.

          As it happens my wife was not overly impressed with the take-out turtle soup or duck/Italian sausage gumbo. They were good but, to her, nothing special.

          It is not unusual for us to disagree on restaurant/meal reviews. When we both agree on a failed restaurant visit that place usually gets struck from the list. If we disagree it gets revisited.

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        JazzyB Nov 11, 2013 06:33 PM

        Just my two cents but Herbsaint is a better option than either Peche or Root (neither of which I would consider an upscale dining experience).

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          Chulacat Nov 11, 2013 03:08 PM

          What about Dante's Kitchen, Brigsten's or Clancy's? I am not sure that Root or Pesche are more upscale than Boucherie. If I were choosing between Root and Pesche, I would pick Pesche hands down.

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            Plano Rose Nov 10, 2013 04:35 AM

            Have you not been to GW Fins? The food is delicious.

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              txgrl99 Nov 11, 2013 09:27 AM

              I would love to go, but they don't have any available reservations that evening. Thank you for the suggestion. It's definitely on my list to try.

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