Seeking recs based on these specific criteria
I don't need to have ALL of these elements, but if I'm looking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner recs, what comes to mind based on these criteria of what I enjoy:
- chef's counter for solo dining (but anywhere comfortable for solo dining)
- offal (totally omnivorous/adventurous)
- bold ingredient combinations
- ethnic influences
- use of pickling/fermentation/other preservation techniques
- desserts with savory elements
- finer dining is fine, but non-pretentious is okay (even a hole-in-the-wall would work)
- care far more about food than alcohol
- prefer lunch items for breakfast (and maybe dinner items for lunch!)
All of that said, I want to make sure I have at least some of my selections reflecting NOLA cuisine, and not stuff I can get elsewhere in the country. (Should mention I haven't been to NOLA for ages, so consider it all new to me.)
Here's my consideration list so far:
- Verti Marti (po boy for bfast)
- Johnny's (po boy for bfast, as told available when bread arrives ~8am)
- Liuzza's by the Track
- August (for Friday lunch)
- Cochon Butcher
- La Petite Grocery
Thoughts? I might have time for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners, so I look forward to feedback! Thanks...
I have had lovely solo lunches sitting at the bar at 1) Domenica
http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/men... at 2) Luke
+1 on EAT, Maurepas... and I would add in Boucherie, over by Riverbend. One of my favorite NOLA bistros (better for dinner, I think), along with Coquette.
So funny, I've never even *seen* the bar at Boucherie, LOL, cuz I've always been with two or four when I've dined there. It must be around the corner from the larger dining room?
Probably worth a call for single dining options at Boucherie, but well worth it, especially if the streetcars are functional down to Riverbend. [I need to check this as I am coming next week!!!!]
Is Zimet's new place open yet?
Maurepas looks interesting. Will probably watch to see what the menu there offers while I'm in town. I'm appreciating the other ideas and checking them out, but note that (solo) bar seating is ideal, but preferring places that offer some Cajun/Creole cuisine if possible.
Collardman, you raise an interesting point.
I've had a lot of friends recommend August for the overall dining experience, and the value of the $20 Friday lunch menu. (Though, again, note that I don't necessarily need to eat at the bar. A chef's counter is great. Bar is just so-so for me.) But I know the menu is less likely to be Cajon/Creole.
If I do the "Express Menu" at Luke for lunch at $15 (ordering, for example, the gumbo and the court bouillon w/seafood), and then add a side or a dessert, you think that will be a more satisfying experience for me? Or will I be missing out on something special at August?
You may be asking the wrong person. I like the experience at August. It is beautiful and the service is very good. But the food doesn't get to me like it does for the majority here. I've gone twice, one lunch and one dinner and the food was good, but not, as it is said locally, slap ya momma good.
My wife and I don't always agree on restaurant reviews but we agree on August. We won't avoid it it just won't be a priority. And I'll be the first to say I'm paddling against the current with my view of August's foods.
You sounded like you would be more into the bistro experience then a suave restaurant. Purely on a food basis it is hard to compare Luke and August as those are two different kitchens. August is "better" food but I don't know if it would be a better experience. I enjoy Luke more.
Some great recommendations already. I'd throw Toups' Meatery into the mix too. Everything I've had there I've enjoyed and the bar's a-ok for solos.
Thanks again, everyone. I enjoyed the food at Maurepas, but much better (for me) was Root. The food is whimsical, and bar seating offers the solo diner a chance to watch some food prep. Charcuterie board and a couple of small plates made for a great meal.