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Same old question: Where to eat in New Orleans?


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#1 Tom

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:22 AM

Unless we move to New Orleans, we'll never be able to visit all the restaurants that look great. We're going to be in New Orleans for five days, two during the French Quarter Festival. Thanks to your comments, we've tentatively planned our meals. Some of these places are higher end than we'd normally choose, so comparable food for less money would be helpful.

We'd be very grateful for your comments.

breakfast: Cafe du Monde, The Coffee Pot

lunches: Dooky Chase (or Bon Ton Cafe), Bayona, Mahoneys (or Tracey's or Mother's), Acme (or Casamento or Franky and Johnny's)

dinners: Brigsten's, Marigny Brasserie, Cochon, Herbsaint

Thanks for your improvements!

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#2 gfweb

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 08:36 AM

August is a must. John Besh's first, I think. Its great, serious NO-inflected food and pretty reasonably priced, esp at lunch when it is downright cheap. It is located behind the Windsor Court hotel near the casino.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:05 PM

If you are still there, the Irish house has good upscale pub food...Anya was playing there this last weekend. Chicken curry is really good.
I just have to go to Camillia Grill at some point, but couldn't get in the door this weekend, and muffalottas were out as well for the same reason from central grocery. If I had been there for the French Quarter fest I would have been on foot, but I just wanted to grab it to go.
If you are still there, things have surely calmed down and getting in won't be an issue.
It's a wonderful time to be there, Sunday was soo beautiful to cruise down magazine and St. Charles. Hope you enjoyed the stay....perfect timing. Next week will be New Orleans crazy time...I like Jazz Fest better than Mardi GRAS!

#4 Tom

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 06:12 PM

Many thanks for all the good ideas . . . in this topic and others. We had a wonderful trip during the French Quarter Festival . . . visiting the Quarter, taking the ferry to Algiers Point, walking the Botanical Gardens, swinging at the clubs on Frenchmen Street and much more. Eating, as it often is for us, was the highlight . . . and here are those highlights. We owe a big shout out to Corbin Evans, now Executive Chef at the Inn at Ole Miss, formerly Chef at Lulu's in NOLA, for his suggestions.



Dooky Chase
2301 Orleans Ave
504-821-0600
Gumbo, fried chicken, rice and beans with sausage.

Brigsten's
723 Dante St
504-861-7610
shrimp remoulade, seafood platter, soft-shell crab (maybe the best dish of our trip), pecan pie with caramel sauce (second-best dish)


Cafe du Monde
800 Decatur Street
504-525-4544
The beignets and chicory coffee are a tradition, but not as good as we remembered. Notable for the waitress from Vietnam who promised us either monkey brains or monkey bottom if we'd come back the next day.

Bayona
430 Dauphine St
504-525-4455
Greek salad, sea scallops with bacon and leek puree

Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen Street
504-945-4472
Crispy goat cheese cake with strawberry sauce, crab cake, BBQ shrimp with cheese grits and slow-cooked andouille collards,

Mahoneys Po'boys
3454 Magazine St.
504-899-3374
fried green tomatoes, the Peacemaker (fried oysters, bacon, cheddar cheese, dressed), fried oyster, soft-shell crab

Cochon Our favorite restaurant
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
504-588-2123
grilled drum fish, duck, chocolate pecan tart, lemon pie

Franky and Johnny's
321 Arabella Street
(504) 899-9146
boiled crawfish!, grilled shrimp

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#5 sahmd

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Posted 28 January 2014 - 07:47 AM

I'm hoping to get a few suggestions by re-starting this thread.

 

Specifically, I'm traveling to New Orleans with a large group to celebrate a family member's 40th birthday.  We're looking for a place that will accommodate a group of 15-20, and would like to make reservations as far in advance as possible (we're going to be there over one of the Jazzfest weekends and tables are going to go quickly).

 

The French Quarter or Marigny would be ideal because we're staying on Esplanade and could walk.

 

Any cuisine is OK, but we'd probably prefer southern/cajun/creole - we are in Nawlins after all!

 

Any thoughts?



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Posted 28 January 2014 - 01:00 PM

I would like to hear the suggestions, too, as the two of us will be visiting New Orleans for several days this coming Spring.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:53 AM

It was awhile ago, but my trip report might help: http://forums.egulle...p/#entry1738628


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#8 MikeHartnett

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 08:10 AM

sahmd and robirdstx, I'd be happy to provide some suggestions, but can you give a few more specifics on what you're looking for?

sahmd, high-end/low-end? Have you been to New Orleans before - and was there anywhere in particular you've liked?

Robirdstx, what are you looking for? Fancy dinners/not, traditional Nola food or just the best we have to offer?

I've almost given up answering questions like these because the answer is so dependent on what someone expects out of New Orleans. If you haven't been, or haven't been since Katrina, there are things happening here that you wouldn't expect. Do you want white tablecloth, sport coat, shrimp remoulade and fish amandine, or do you want progressive cocktails with creative cuisine that reflects where New Orleans is headed. Nothing wrong with either - your choice just leads to very different recommendations.

ETA: Oh, and Kim Shook's trip report is a great resource, too. One point of STRONG disagreement: La Divina's Gelato is much, much better than Sucre's. Sucre is style over substance.

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#9 kayb

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 10:38 AM

My favorite New Orleans restaurant is Mr. B's Bistro on, I think, Royal. The shrimp and grits are just perfection, and the bartender does a mean Pimm's Cup.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:36 AM

August..right in back of the Windsor Court hotel is a fine place. Surprisingly affordable esp at lunch.


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:45 PM

sahmd and robirdstx, I'd be happy to provide some suggestions, but can you give a few more specifics on what you're looking for?sahmd, high-end/low-end? Have you been to New Orleans before - and was there anywhere in particular you've liked?Robirdstx, what are you looking for? Fancy dinners/not, traditional Nola food or just the best we have to offer?I've almost given up answering questions like these because the answer is so dependent on what someone expects out of New Orleans. If you haven't been, or haven't been since Katrina, there are things happening here that you wouldn't expect. Do you want white tablecloth, sport coat, shrimp remoulade and fish amandine, or do you want progressive cocktails with creative cuisine that reflects where New Orleans is headed. Nothing wrong with either - your choice just leads to very different recommendations.ETA: Oh, and Kim Shook's trip report is a great resource, too. One point of STRONG disagreement: La Divina's Gelato is much, much better than Sucre's. Sucre is style over substance.


We want casual only. We were there during the last Mardi Gras prior to Katrina (2005). I had tagged along with my DH on a business trip, so I was free to explore the French Quarter while he was in all day meetings. The evening meals were with the other company members so we did not get to go out and explore on our own. We are not interested in the Bourbon street scene and want to focus on food, not drinks. I love all kinds of seafood and my DH is a gumbo lover. We will be staying in the French Quarter, will have our own car, and want to spend the daytime hours exploring the city. We don't want to spend a long time over lunches but would enjoy relaxed and leisurely dinners.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 01:44 PM

robirdstx -  You might find this older topic helpful for casual. As you can read I thoroughly enjoyed Cochon. I walked there from the FQ. http://forums.egulle...ns-2011-casual/


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 02:34 PM

Oops another thought for you robirdstx - though the reviews are not great I found a nice hang-out spot at Market Cafe on Decatur http://www.marketcafenola.com/

It sits on a busy funny Y intersection with a large covered outdoor eating area open on three sides. The musicians set up in the outdoor area. I found it a great place to wind down after a long day of walking and site-seeing and never felt rushed. I stayed several hours over the few days I was in NOLA and already treated like a "regular". The people watching is good there without the manic quality of Bourbon St. or Jackson Square. I enjoyed the shrimp po-boy and then discovered the market price boiled shrimp on the appetizer menu after seeing it being enjoyed on another table. Big fat succulent shell-on suckers that were a pleasure to peel and eat while enjoying the people and the music. 


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 03:59 PM

I'm feeling exceedingly lazy right now. Sorry. I've attached part of my wedding welcome booklet advising guests on where to eat and what to do. It leans toward more traditional, since that tends to be what visitors expect. But I'm happy to suggest less traditional stuff. For example, I highly recommend taking a trip to Bywater and visiting Booty's Street Food, Maurepas Foods, Satsuma Cafe, etc.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you're looking for something different.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:20 PM

Hi all -- I moved to New Orleans six months ago, and while I love many of the places you've suggested, I'm not sure many of them meet what sahmd requested -- a casual restaurant that will take a reservation for 15 to 20 for dinner. Satsuma doesn't serve dinner, and August is certainly not relaxed and casual. Maurepa's Fine Foods might work but I don't know if they could accomodate such a large party... Cochon might work... One I thought of that is in the Marigny, Ruby Slippers, only does breakfast and lunch. The reason I hadn't posted earlier is that I don't typically make it to those neighborhoods often -- I end up staying Uptown most of the time... 



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 04:22 PM

Emily_R: Still waiting on sahmd to give some more specifics. These were really directed at Robirdstx.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 08:22 PM

Stanley is a favorite for a late breakfast. Cafe du Monde is a better place for a late night snack of beignets and cafe au lait than for breakfast. Also, I noticed that you had Cochon for dinner. Google this place and check out pictures. IMHO the atmosphere makes it more enjoyable for lunch than for dinner. It's also in the warehouse district so it's not like it's in a convenient spot to walk around after dinner in the Qtr to add to a romantic evening.


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Posted 19 April 2014 - 12:30 AM

My DH and I just returned home from our visit to New Orleans. We checked into our hotel Tuesday evening and walked over to Mr. B's Bistro (201 Royal St.) for dinner.

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We shared the Pork Belly appetizer (sorry, forgot to take photo until after we had started to eat).

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I had the Grilled Redfish and my DH had the Fillet Mignon (photo too blurry).

On Wednesday, we had lunch at The Gumbo Shop (630 St. Peter St.)

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I had a cup of Crawfish Etouffee (pictured above), while my DH had a cup of Chicken and Andouille Gumbo.

That night we had dinner at Pere Antoine (corner of Royal St. and St. Ann)

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I had their Fried Shrimp and my DH had the Red Beans and Rice with Sausage.

On Thursday morning, we ventured out for breakfast to The Ruby Slipper Cafe (200 Magazine St.)

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While my DH opted for the Spanish Omlet, I had Two Eggs Scrambled and Bacon.

And for our final New Orleans meal, we took ourselves over to The Market Cafe on Decatur to eat, drink and people watch while we listened to the live jazz band.

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My DH had the Gyro Pita, and I went for fried shrimp again, and had the Fried Gulf Shrimp Platter.

We had a wonderful time in New Orleans and plan to return soon.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. Cheers!

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#19 Rick Paul

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 08:36 AM

I`ve found the most delicious food to be at the *mom an pop* restaurants, the atmosphere is great as is the food..... :)