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Craft Cocktails in NO?

Putting aside the craft vs classic discussion here is my report from my first 24 hours in NO:
first drink: Ramos Gin Fizz @ Sazerac Bar--Roosevelt Hotel. Yummy.
Second alcoholic drink: Dixie beer (never had one before) at Felix's Raw Bar. Tasted like a Bud Light. The chargrilled oysters, on the other hand, we awesome.
Third--and fourth--drinks: Sazeracs at Sylvain. Braised Beef Cheeks were excellent.
Fifth, and last drink of te night a "craft" Old-Fashioned made by Abigail at SouBo. It certainly was not a "classic" old-fashioned but it was crafted!
Tonite we begin at French 75; must try their Sazerac. After that who knows....let you know tomorrow.

Aug 01, 2014
jaun in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

thanks collardman

Aug 01, 2014
jaun in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Where is Kingfish?

Jul 30, 2014
jaun in New Orleans

Craft Cocktails in NO?

Looking for upscale bars where I can enjoy a well made Sazerac, martini etc. Will be staying in the FQ but willing to cab it for a well prepared libation. Anything in the FQ or beyond recommendation will be appreciated.
thanks

Jul 29, 2014
jaun in New Orleans
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Best Sazerac?

Zin, thanks for the clarification. the cognac certainly imparts a different flavor profile. I will be back to SoBou to try their Negroni. While I was there yesterday I watched the bartender use a small hatchet to chop off a small chunk from a large block of ice for a scoth rocks. When questioned he said they do that for most on the rocks drinks. He told me he would do that as well for a Negroni, my go to drink lately. I was tempted to get one then but mixing with the sazarac did not seem like a good idea at the time.

Mar 25, 2013
jaun in New Orleans

Best Sazerac?

So this is my report thus far after visiting 5 bars last night. Keeping in my that I am, by no means a connoisseur of what a great Sazerac ought to taste like:
Sylvain was very good, the best of the night. Jackie the young lady behind the bar took her time mixing this cocktail. She obviously has been trained well. She also gave good recos on other good bars.
SouBo was made with Cognac and tasted odd but good anyway.
Carrousel bar was too sweet to my taste.
MR.B's was very good but for some reason not remarkable. I had high hopes for this location; on the other hand the BBQ shrimp was to die for.
We finished the night at arnaud's French 75 bar. they delivered a Sazerac that tasted highly alchoholic (perhaps that's how they should taste?) made with great flair by the bartender. The drink seemed to tame down after a few sips.
Tonight we'll try Bombay Club and Perestroika. as you can tell we're hanging around the FQ for now and might venture to other venues later in the week.

Mar 25, 2013
jaun in New Orleans

Best Sazerac?

Location but I think that the link the prwvious poster will work

Mar 24, 2013
jaun in New Orleans

Best Sazerac?

Sowhere are these bars?:
Feelings Cafe
Bar Tonique
Peristroika @ Pravda (or their sister bar Cure)
Serendipity
Maurepas Foods
Victory

restaurants, hotels?

Mar 23, 2013
jaun in New Orleans

Best Sazerac?

Thanks for the recom.
I had one at the Sazerac Bar 5 years ago during my last visit to NO but wanted to see what the current cocktail situation is now.
I have also heard that Uncommon Bar and SouBo also craft excellent cocktails and am surprised it did not make 'montuori's' list. Perhaps Sareracs are not their specialty?
Thanks again for the feedback.

Mar 17, 2013
jaun in New Orleans

Best Sazerac?

I'll be in NO last week in March. Seeking recommendations for signature Sazerac.
Roosevelt Hotel bar?
Monteleone Carousel?

Mar 16, 2013
jaun in New Orleans

Second time in NYC need Rec for lunch/dinner in Manhattan

I'll be there Sept.25th through the 30th. I'm coming from Florida. I guess the UES for the museums/lunch $20/person. The $75pp for dinner does not include tip. I feel more comfortable if iIhave reservations. I'll eat almost anything so don't worry about that. My wife, on the other hand, is not into Mexican/Asian; don't worry about it either because I'll be on my own for lunch.
Thanks for your input!

Sep 03, 2010
jaun in Manhattan

Second time in NYC need Rec for lunch/dinner in Manhattan

My first time was only for 3 nights and we stayed in Brooklyn Heights so we did not get to check out the food scene very much. I could your help this time around.

We get in on a Saturday and leave the next Thursday. Staying at the Millenium Hotel near Times Sq. I'll be doing lunches on my own while wife attends meetings during the day. Need recs for bf/lunch near hotel and also near the museum's I'll visit while she works. I intend to use the subway to get uptown. Deli's, burgers, pizza for lunch but want to make sure these are typical [if there's such a thing] NY. We'll be able to do three maybe four dinners. My budget is ~$150 for the two of us including wine. She is not keen on Mexican or Asian food but most everthing else [french, continental, spanish, eclectic, etc] goes. We'll cab it or use the subway in the evening and definately do not want to venture into other buroughs [that will be the next trip].

looking forward to your suggestions.

Sep 02, 2010
jaun in Manhattan

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

just wanted to thank everyone again for your recommendatins and suggestions. As it was we were able to fly into town with minimal delays and by 9:15 last Thursday night drove from the airport straight to Miller Union. I was surpprised to find the place so crowded that late on a thurs. night. We were told it would be a 20 minute wait and sat at the bar. Before we were finished with our drinks we were escorted to a very nice table in one of the side rooms. I had the egg baked in celery butter as an appetizer. It was exquisite! I selected the Duck Breast as my entree and she had the homemade Pork Sausage. Both were served atop the most succulent vegetables I have ever tasted. Mine were baby lima beans, corn and something else I can't recall now but I certainly remerber the buttery, fresh flavor of such a simple dish. Her veggies were a combination of baby limas, lentlis ans some seasoning [dill maybe] that was also excellent. Amazing what local, farm fresh ingredients prepared by proffessionals can taste. I have naver tasted vegetables as good as these.
We ended supper with the Peach Upside-Down cake and the dessert special of the night, the Fig Tart. Service was very good. I will certainly return on my next trip to Atlanta. Thanks again for helping me find this place.

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Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Aug 11, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
I'll post sometime next week to let you know where and what we ate.

Aug 04, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

Yes, I am familiar with the ATL. airport and potential delays geeting out of that madness. My plane lands at 7:56 PM and since we have no checked bags I assume we'll be on the road by 9 at the latest barring any delays. I'm thinking 30 minutes tops to get to I-75/10th. Ave exit at that time of night. So I think that we can make it to Miller before the kitchen closes at 10 PM. If for some reason we can not make it to Millers on time then Holeman & Finch would be plan "B". I must admit that I am unfamiliar with H & F menu. Will have to do some research before we leave this Thursday. Either way I'll dispense with reservations since I assume that by 9:30 PM or so I should be able to walk right in or just have a short wait. Is my assumption correct?

Aug 02, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

I think I'm almost ready to select and commit to making a reservation.
First I thought that Bacchanalia was the hands down ultimate experience in upscale, fine dining in town. Based on what I've seen on this board and other sites it certainly is. After checking their on-line menu and pricing I find their prices similar to what one expect to pay in NYC, Vegas or S.F. for that kind of experience. My problem is that we land at about 7 or 8 PM, rent a car, go there, eat ,get back in the car and drive 45 minutes to our destination in Canton. I want the Bacchanalia experience to be one that I can be relaxed, not rushed by having to be somewhere else and be able to linger at the table after dessert. I don't think that is going to happen on this trip. Then I thought maybe Mary Mac's: get in, get out, good southern cooking, very informal. But then I can really do that any time I'm in town and do lunch there. So now it is down to two candidates: Miller Union or Canoe. Posts on this board are somewhat mixed on Canoe and I have found few comments on Miller. Both have exciting menus and similarly priced wine lists. More importantly, I should be able [I hope] to get a reservation for next thurs. Aug. 5. So which one? Thank all of you that contributed to this post. I'll be glad to post my experince when I get back home.

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Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Jul 30, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

Is Miller Union near I-75/85?

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Miller Union
999 Brady Ave Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30318

Jul 29, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

Wow! I do have a lot of choices. I appreciate everyone's input on this and the great suggestions. I want to definately stay off I-75 not venture on to I-85 but willing to extend my self imposed 5-minute rule to perhaps10 minutes.
Based on your recommendations the short list thus far is in no particular order:
Baccanalia
Canoe
Bocado
Abattoir
Miller
4th & Swift

I have heard that good southern food can be had at Mary Macs. Is this a place I should check out? Map Quest places it close to I-75 near Ponce de Leon. Perhaps not as upscale as the above restaurants but is it worth considering?

Thanks again for the recommendations.

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4th & Swift
621 North Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Jul 27, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

Rest. Just of I-75 from Downtown north to I-575?

Wife and I are flying into Atlanta on a Thursday evening, renting a car and visiting friends near Canton, Ga. We would like to stop for dinner before we get to our friends house and are seeking an upscale resturant that we can have a nice, relaxed supper. Ideally this restaurant should be no more that 5 minutes off an I-75 exit between downtown and I-575. Any upscale American, French, Continental, Spanish, etc will do. No Mexican or Asian please.

Any suggestions?

Jul 26, 2010
jaun in Atlanta

First time visitor-- need rest. info near south loop area

gordeaux-- thanks for the link to Firehouse;menu looks yummy!

Oct 04, 2009
jaun in Chicago Area

First time visitor-- need rest. info near south loop area

jbw-- Ok I'll bite:
Tell me about nearby Mexican and Asian restaurants; my wife is not a fan of either cuisine but perhaps I can persuade her into trying one.
BTW-- I know this board is not a travel service but can someone explain what the heck is the Chicago Loop? My AAA area maps and tour book mention it but do not give any type of geographic description or limts of the North or South Loop.
Thanks for the recommendations, any others?

Oct 03, 2009
jaun in Chicago Area

First time visitor-- need rest. info near south loop area

Staying at the Chicago South Loop Hotel near 26th St. & South State St. Don't mind taking a cab but don't want to spend a lot on cab fare. Already have reservations at Mercat a la Planxa on South Michigan Av. Looking for similar upscale rests. along same price range relatively near South Loop. No Mexican or Asian food. Will be there for 4 nights. Can you help me?

Oct 03, 2009
jaun in Chicago Area