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Headed back down to New Orleans for French Quarter Fest this April, and this time we will have a two other couples in tow. All Californians, the husband and I make it down about 4 times a year and like to try a new restaurant each time.

Three nights and we each are picking a restaurant, so far we have on the list:

Louisiana Bistro
Clancy's

Husband and I have done them both and loved them (although I was a little tipsy at Clancy's, I "remember" it being a really great meal.)

Staying in the Quarter, but willing to cab it for a great meal. Looking for something nice, doesn't have to be jacket and dresses (although we ladies do like to play dress-up), maybe in the same wheel house an the two above, and of course delicious. Not too concerned about the wine list, we can always cocktail.

Here are a few places I have in mind, but would love to hear your suggestions:

Bayona's
Coquette (haven't been there yet)
Cochon's
Adolfo's (never been there but have heard great things - do they take reservations?)
Herbsaint (haven't been there yet)

Thank you very much for your help!

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  1. That is a nice list. You should enjoy each.

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    1. re: collardman

      Gotta say, I've never had a bad meal in New Orleans, some better than others but never bad.

    2. Skip Adolphos. Try Irene's. Make a rsv.for the front room.
      Coquette is good although the food is neither as refined nor elegantly executed as at August.
      Herbsaint is Link"s best.
      GW Fins for seafood.
      Commander's for a festive lunch (m-f). Rsv the garden room.

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      1. re: JazzyB

        I forgot about Irene's!

        I',m kind of on the fence about August. We tried it once, and it seemed a little too fussy, but might need to give it another try.

        We did GW Finn's this last December, sat at the bar - the fish was fantastic.

        Thanks for the recommendations, I think my decision just got harder!

      2. Great list, though I would also pass on Adolfo's . . .

        Bayona's is a personal and sentimental favorite -- the sweetbreads and the garlic soup are amazing.

        We always enjoy Cochon, but somehow I always think of it more for lunch than dinner.

        Herbsaint is great.

        Coquette is very good.

        And one not on your list I'd consider is Patois.

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        1. re: zin1953

          Patois looks great. How have I missed this place.

        2. Double agree on Irene's...was lucky enough to dine there twice last week...good result of the bad weather. If you are in town on a Thursday, Turtle Soup and Osso Bucco are the specials for that night.

          Don't miss Mariza in the Rice Mill in the ByWater. Fabulous food, expecially the crostini with the buratta mozarella cheese. St. James Cheese carries this delicious cheese.