Thanks Brooks, I'll add another person to the list of "folks I respect who like Delmonico." How do you feel about Emeril's flagship joint on Tchoup?
A friend whose opinion I respect recently went to Delmonico, and enjoyed it, so maybe I should give it a shot.
I am a flat out fan of Delmonico. My SO is nuts about it, and she knows her way round restaurants all over the world, both as an operator and a diner, and it's gotten to be a habit. The tartare is as good as it gets and the "12 oz" beef filet generally is about the size of an elephant filet and perfectly cooked. Whatever the grilled fish is has never disappointed either.
I like the service, alot, and I wish that they were busier on a regular basis. I seem to end up there on weeknights and it's never very busy. Certainly this helps out with really good service (though not overattentive-which I appreciate. That whole " two sips of water and a refill is immediate" thing kind of drives me nuts). Both of the wine stewards (#2 is a relatively young man who knows his stuff really well. He has a particular like for big Spanish reds, one of my old favorites) know what they are doing and don't attempt to oversell. Also, they don't overpour just to see if you will cough up for another bottle. Nice touch.
It's also conveniently right on the streetcar route, so for Downtown tourists, it's really convenient.
Also, given the food and the service, it is not overpriced in the least. A good bargain, overall, and somewhere I highly recommend.
Brett Anderson's Top 10
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Posted 24 October 2009 - 08:01 AM
2009 Top Ten List
Changes from last year: Commander's returns for first time since 2003; Lilette, which only failed to make the list in 2008, is back; enter MiLa; exit Bayona, Brigtsen's and Cochon.
Any opinion on the departures?
[Full disclosure: I freelance for the TP and did the "Chefs to Watch" interviews in the restaurant guide. I've never asked Brett about the selection process, however, and can offer no insider insights.]
Posted 25 October 2009 - 08:06 AM
Posted 26 October 2009 - 07:16 PM
Also, upon reading Mr. Anderson's explanation of the list, I have no clear idea what he intends the list to represent. He admits it would look a lot different if he were to choose his personal favorites, and he states that "[t]hey are all white-tablecloth restaurants fulfilling high ambitions. They all either are owned by or employ a chef who is proving his or her mettle with cooking that reinforces New Orleans' reputation as a restaurant destination."
This, to me, possesses a crucial flaw: New Orleans is not really a highbrow restaurant destination. Tourists (and locals) care more about where they're going to grab a po boy for lunch than celebrity chefs and temples of gastronomy. Thus, the top 10 list isn't really representative of New Orleans food. If it described itself as a top ten white table cloth list, that would seem more appropriate. As it stands, it misses the mark for me.
Posted 27 October 2009 - 07:45 AM
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Posted 02 November 2010 - 08:11 AM
Ristorante del Porto
Changes from the 2009 list include:
Exit Emeril's Delmonico, MiLa and Galatoire's. I didn't review the whole thread, but I'm pretty sure Galatoire's has been in the top 10 since Brett started this dining guide.
Cochon (with Cochon Butcher include) and Lilette return. I believe Lilette has always been in the top 10 with the exception of 2008.
Patois was the one newcomer to the top 10.
[Disclosure: I freelance for the Times Picayune, although I didn't back when I started this thread. I know Brett well, but I don't ask him about his reviewing and have no insights to offer.]
Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:32 PM
Posted 19 March 2012 - 02:12 PM
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- Restaurant August
Now let's say I only had one night I was sure to be able to commit to a long, leisurely dining event. What would I choose? Something not on this list, even?
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