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Jan 27, 2014 05:50 PM

Next Sun. after CP brunch, what for 10th Anniv. Dinner?

Hi All,

We arrive Sat. Feb. 1 for 6 1/2 days, 7 nights, first timers to NOLA. Feb. 2 is our 10th anniversary. So, we made reservations for that day for the jazz brunch at 12:30 at Commander's Palace. However, that leaves us thinking we won't want a big, heavy meal for dinner, so we're going to save having our higher end dinner for another evening.

We're wondering if any of you have ideas of where we might go for more of a soup/salad or otherwise light meal, that would have some amount of romantic atmosphere, and not be filled with people watching the Super Bowl!

We're baseball and basketball fans, not football at all, and in fact the Super Bowl falling on our anniv. made us think this might be an easy night to get a dinner reservation somewhere that would otherwise be difficult. But we decided to stick with the CP jazz brunch idea as it sounds very special.

We're completely open to non-NOLA ethnic food places (Vietnamese, Indian, etc.) if such a place would fit the bill, since we figure we'll be eating NOLA type food all week long.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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  1. If the weather's decent Bacchanal fits the bill. If the weather's less forgiving, Maurepas Foods doesn't have a TV and the food's mighty fine. (Hint: radishes & butter!)

    6 Replies
    1. re: montuori

      We should draw up a list of the dwindling number of places without a television.

      1. re: hazelhurst

        The intersection of casual places, without a TV, and open on Sunday is small set indeed.

        Perhaps it's heartening to note that many of the new places downtown -- Booty's, Mariza, Cane & Table, Suis Generis come to mind -- don't have TVs? It's a hipster trend I can embrace, maybe it'll spread.

        1. re: montuori

          I worry that people will just bring their own. You can watch the Saints on your tablet at Antoine's or anywhere else. And then you can bang on the table and scream just like at home! Golly! Boons of civilization.

      2. re: montuori

        Thanks. Can we get to these by public transport from the French Quarter, or alternatively, any idea about how much a cab ride would cost?

        1. re: lauracohenromano

          A cab (call United) shouldn't run you more than about $10.

          Since you're in town for a while and will want to get out of the FQ (hint, hint): streetcars and the Magazine St. bus are pretty reliable but don't hesitate to call a (United) cab. Drivers know where they're going and the rates are cheap.

          If you do take a cab to Maurepas: Booty's, Oxalis, Bud Rip's, Suis Generis, and Pizza Delicious (and before 7, Euclid Records) are right there too. It's a fun couple of blocks.

          1. re: montuori

            Thanks! We definitely plan to do certain things outside the FQ...Garden District, City Park, Fauborg Marigny neighborhood, maybe plantation tour. But, we won't have a car, and adding $10 each way for a casual meal, might be more than we want to spend. We'll see!

            If there are other areas outside the FQ easily accessible by public transport that you think we shouldn't miss, I'd most certainly welcome a private message (am aware this is chowhound and that's getting away from the food end of things). Or even a cab ride, if it's for a whole area/morning/afternoon versus just for a meal.

      3. I don't recall ever seeing a TV at either Domenica (Italian) or Luke (German Bistro). Both are tasty John Besh restaurants and serve until 10 or 11 PM in case you haven't worked up an appetite after Brunch until later that evening. Although I don't know if I'd classify them as exactly romantic, both are nice looking hotel restaurants, walkable from the French Quarter, and have small plates and splittable dishes available. Google them and check out the menus and comments on yelp. Reservations are available on Opentable.

        You'll enjoy New Orleans. We travel there often from SC(3-4 times a year) and spent our 25th Anniversary there last February. Make sure Commander's knows you're celebrating a special occasion.