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Chef cooking series at Keller Library

I can not recommend this series more highly. Last night Chef Frank Brigsten prepared a three course meal, with wine, all for $25. On the menu: andouille calas with creole mustard sauce, shrimp etouffe, rice, ratatouille and banana bread pudding. All delicious, but having 3 hours with Chef Brigsten's sharing of cooking techniques, life stories and other thoughts was the true value here. The maximum number of guests was set at 10, so it truly felt like a communal experience. The coordinators of the event were incredibly friendly and enthusiastic. A pleasure in every way.

Aug 02, 2012
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Bistro Daisy

glad to hear your good review. i went a couple of years ago and was also very impressed. clearly, time for a return visit!

Jul 10, 2012
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fearings or nick & sams?

heading to dallas for a weekend in june and have been given the option of either fearings or nick & sams for dinner sat night. any thoughts on food, drinks, people watching options?

PLEASE CRITIQUE: NYC foodies w 3 year old want fantastic, non-touristic meals

ditto zoo & acquarium & insectarium. daneel playground on corner of st. charles and octavia is also fun and near your uptown destinations. dominica at the roosevelt hotel is good for kids and parents. would also suggest sucre and la divina on magazine for sweets.

Apr 30, 2012
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Nice bar with good food

Hello, My husband and I live in New Orleans and are visiting NYC for a long weekend March 17-21. We get in to the city at around 8 or so Sat. night and will be looking for a late dinner. I was thinking of a nice bar with tasty food. We want to avoid any St. Pats day crowds (I realize I may be optimistic in this regard). We are saying near Hells Kitchen, but are open to going elsewhere for a good place. Price not a huge issue (it's our anniversary), more interested in quality. I had heard good things about Cafe Boulud, for instance. Any other suggestions?

Mar 07, 2012
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Magasin Cafe on Magazine

I loved this place too. the pork dumplings and the filet noodle soup were very good and the staff was very friendly. i'll be back for sure.

Mar 06, 2012
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Italian Barrel -- I should have known

I was so excited to try this place--it's so cozy looking and the menu is right up my alley. Sounds like I should have gotten there sooner:)

May 19, 2011
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Italian Barrel -- I should have known

I have passed this place for a while now and the menu looks delicious. So today i decided to give it a shot. At 12:30 it was nearly empty. I should have walked away then, but the butternut squash ravioli looked tempting so in I went. Such a let down. The $16 ravioli was way too sweet and tough. I would bet that they were purchased frozen. The wine was incredibly expensive--$12 a glass for a basic SB. I thought the dessert might be better, but the profiteroles were pretty obviously prefrozen as well. All in all, although it was fun to sit in the French Quarter on such a beautiful random Thursday and count my blessings, the food was a disappointment. It's quite possible they save the best stuff for dinner, but it'd be nice if the reduction in quality was reflected in the lunch price. I hate to be harsh but I post this as a warning--there are far better places to dine in NOLA! .

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The Italian Barrel
430 Barracks Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

May 19, 2011
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delmonicos

my husband and i took a friend in from out of town here last week. hadnt been in a number of years as there are so many new places always to try. but wow--it was excellent! we shared numerous small plates and medium plates. they were all wonderful but the standouts were the special gnocchi with veal ragu, the sausage crostini, the steak tartar and the octopus with anise toast. the service was friendly, efficient, and well paced. it's an old one but still a very good one.

Jan 11, 2011
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a mano or dominica?

reporting back: a mano was amazing!! we had a variety of salumi--excellent. and as entrees a lemon fettucine and the rabbit. a fantastic meal! thanks so much for the recs.

Jun 15, 2010
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Has anyone eaten at La Petite Grocery in New Orleans?

i'd agree with latasche's recs--those places are more memorable.

Jun 10, 2010
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Has anyone eaten at La Petite Grocery in New Orleans?

had dinner there a few months ago. i'm a little fuzzy on what i ordered exactly (they have an excellent wine list ;)) but i remember it was all very good, especially the gnocchi appetizer.

Jun 10, 2010
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a mano or dominica?

thank you all! a mano it is. cant wait.

Jun 10, 2010
monomalo12 in New Orleans

a mano or dominica?

am interested in trying both but have sitter for one night only. any recommendations?

Jun 09, 2010
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Uptown/Prytania Street

i live close to st james and creole cremery and love them both! next time, try the greyere and onion sandwich at st. james. actually, i love just sitting in the courtyard with a glass of wine and a cheese plate. i think they serve wine now, but you can also grab a bottle (or half bottle) from the wine sellar down the block.

Jun 07, 2010
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A Canucknucklehead in NOLA: Day 8.5

very much enjoyed your posts! please come back soon!

May 07, 2010
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disappointing visit to domilise's

FQF for dinner should make up for it!

Apr 10, 2010
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disappointing visit to domilise's

craving po-boys, my husband, toddler son and i went to domilise's. i havent been in a long while, though it used to be a favorite haunt in graduate school. i ordered a regular catfish and my husband the large oyster. usually, i can share my catfish poy boy with my son -- at least ,when we go to our usual po-boy haunts, parkway or guys. but here, although the bread was wonderful, there were only two measly filets for the entire sandwich. i donated both to my kid and left hungy--a new experience after leaving most po-boy places. my husband's oyster was ok, but the whole lunch was not worth the nearly $30, including drinks, we spent. next time, we'll make our usual trup to parkway and forget about domilise's. lesson learned.

Apr 10, 2010
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perfect service..

agree. just being pleasant, responsive and knowelgeable goes a long way toward good service.

Nov 10, 2009
monomalo12 in New Orleans

perfect service..

Nov 05, 2009
monomalo12 in New Orleans

Authentic New Orleans Small Reception - Help

not sure of the cost, but i attended a very casual, fun reception at parkway bakery once. it's in mid city but not from the French Quarter. sunpie barnes was playing and the food was great.

Nov 05, 2009
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Brigstens & Upperline

i have never been to brigstens but have only heard good things. it's on my list for sure. i live near upperline though and go there a fair amount. it is delicious--especially love the fried green tomatoes, cane river shrimp, turtle soup. the duck dishes are also good. and the restuarant itslef is very quaint and artsy. happy eating!

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Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Oct 30, 2009
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Ok The reservations are made now what to order!

the sweetbreads at bistro daisy are wonderful,as is the filet and the ravioli. there was also an good soup with salmon in it, but that may have been a special. the gnocchi, pork belly, octopus, and fettucini at patois are amazing; well, pretty much every dish i've had there is great, just cant remember them all. i havent been to martinique in a while, but if the weather's nice, sit on the patio. they may even have heaters if it's chilly. welcome and happy dining!

Oct 20, 2009
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Help me decide...Patois or Ralph's on the Park?

patois

Oct 16, 2009
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NY foodie coming to New Orleans looking for CANT miss places- Help me with my itinerary please

agree about elizabeths. wonderful food and underrated as a dinner place.

Sep 24, 2009
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Clancy's or Patois?

tough choice. wonderful food at both, in my opinion, if you have never been to new orleans, clancy's might offer more of a new orleans atmopshere (especially at the bar and in the downstairs dining area). but then, i still dream of the gnocchi and pork belly at patois..

Sep 21, 2009
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NY foodie coming to New Orleans looking for CANT miss places- Help me with my itinerary please

enthusiastic second to patois.

Sep 15, 2009
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restaurant recs for sept visit ?

hi there, i am from new orleans and will be visiting friends in dallas in a few weeks. we have one night and the options are: screen door, shinsei, abacus and nick-sams. any input from locals welcome. any additional options also welcome. many thanks!

Wedding lunch/dinner at a restaurant?

my wedding reception was upstairs at muriels. excellent food and atmosphere, and surpisingly reasonably priced.

Aug 25, 2009
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bistro daisy

thanks for the recommendation chowhounds, our sat dinner was wonderful! it was all delicious but the highlights were the chilled potato soup with smoked salmon, the sweetbreads and bacon, the ravioli and the duck. my friend also raved about his filet, but i was too full to try any. the chocolate mouse with peanut butter sauce was absolutely delectable. this place will definitely be on my rotation. thanks again!

Aug 17, 2009
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