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What to bring back from Austin and San Antonio

So that sent me to Google! Sadly, they were forced to quit making Dublin Dr. Pepper in January of 2012 but the company continues to make other soft drinks. Interesting!

http://www.dublinbottlingworks.com/

Nov 07, 2013
Lunarmodule in Texas

What to bring back from Austin and San Antonio

Thanks for the suggestions!

Nov 06, 2013
Lunarmodule in Texas

What to bring back from Austin and San Antonio

Headed down from North Carolina in a couple of days. Any ideas for things to bring back for gifts? I'd like to get something fairly nice for the folks who are watching our kid back home, preferable something we can pack or carry-on the plane. Thanks!

Nov 06, 2013
Lunarmodule in Texas

Need 3 recommendations for client dinners and one for me and hubby.

I'll be in San Antonio in mid November for a convention. Staying at the Omni Mansion del Rio. I'll be taking clients out to dinner on three different nights, and one night (a Saturday) just me and my husband. Regarding the clients, two are open to more adventurous or authentic cuisine, the other is more meat and potatoes. There may be as few as three in one group and up to eight in another. They are all staying at different hotels along the riverwalk so would be easier to stay in that area. Suggestions?

Sep 22, 2013
Lunarmodule in Texas

24 hours in Austin...

Thanks, Slick. La Condesa looks particularly inviting...especially the photo of the margaritas on their home page slide show!

Sep 18, 2013
Lunarmodule in Austin

24 hours in Austin...

We'll be arriving in Austin around noon on Friday, November 8 and staying at the Driskill for one night, then picking up a car the next day and driving to San Antonio (stopping in Lockhart for BBQ). Three questions:

1. Where to go for a "get adjusted" lunch and drink? Would like to be able to walk from hotel but would consider cabbing it if necessary.
2. Rather than a big old sit-down dinner, we thought we'd start out at the Driskill for Happy Hour, then bar hop downtown for food and music Friday night. Suggestions?
3. Breakfast tacos Saturday morning? Would appreciate your recommendations.

Looking forward to just getting a feel and flavor of Austin. Thanks in advance!

Sep 17, 2013
Lunarmodule in Austin

Dinner recommendations with clients

Wow, thank you both! Mercat a la Planxa was on my list just from browsing the forums! Glad to get the direct recommendations! I will check out the other places you mentioned. I especially want to try the deep-dish pizza.

Sep 19, 2012
Lunarmodule in Chicago Area

Dinner recommendations with clients

I will be in Chicago for the first time next month for a convention at McCormick. Will be staying either at Palmer House or Chicago Hilton. Looking for interesting, moderately upscale (<$50 pp food) restaurants for dinners with clients on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights. Would prefer close by, either walking distance or short cab ride. Open to any sort of cuisine. One client in particular likes authentic experiences, i.e., not fancy but great food and atmosphere.

Let me know if I need to provide more information! I am trying to become familiar with the area in a short amount of time!

Help a girl out?

Sep 19, 2012
Lunarmodule in Chicago Area

West Jefferson/Ashe County, North Carolina

Thanks! Locally-sourced was probably too ambitious! Really looking for a somewhat fine dining or decent place with good food and abc permits. Did I see that Matthews 102 North closed?

Aug 03, 2011
Lunarmodule in Southeast

West Jefferson/Ashe County, North Carolina

Does anyone have any restaurant recommendations in this area? Would prefer independent, local-sourced-type place if possible. Will settle for simply decent! Looking for dinner primarily. Thanks!

Aug 03, 2011
Lunarmodule in Southeast

Ella's, Oyamel, Central

Great idea. I'll ask to concierge to check Matchbox/Oyamel when we get in. Maybe they'll let us put our name on the list!

Jan 19, 2011
Lunarmodule in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ella's, Oyamel, Central

Thanks for all the suggestions. Matchbox would probably be our first choice, looking for something casual and inexpensive but fun. After a 4-5 hour drive, would like something a bit nicer than counter-service. And somewhere for a drink. ;-)

Haven't thought about Zaytinya...ate there two years ago and received poor service—waitress wasn't knowledgeable about the wine list, when asked about certain dishes, she said she didn't eat that, etc. It probably tainted our experience towards the food and the place. Maybe we'll take another look.

Jan 19, 2011
Lunarmodule in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ella's, Oyamel, Central

We're hoping to stay in PQ, so we can just walk. We're not tied to Mexican, just looking for a balance between casual and good food. We liked Jaleo a lot but wanted to try something different.

Jan 18, 2011
Lunarmodule in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ella's, Oyamel, Central

Where would you recommend for a relatively quick low key dinner? We'll get to the hotel at around 8:15 earliest. Tried to do Matchbox last time but wait was about 2 hours.

Jan 18, 2011
Lunarmodule in Washington DC & Baltimore

Ella's, Oyamel, Central

We're headed up to DC on Friday for a long weekend with our well-behaved 8-year-old son. Staying at Embassy Suites in Penn Quarter. Since this is last minute, I could only get a reservation for Central on Sunday (we've eaten there every trip and love it). We'll have to do walk-in on Saturday night and are thinking about Oyamel. Will there be a crazy wait? I'm OK with 45 minutes to an hour, assuming we can get a cocktail or glass of wine. We're also thinking about Ella's for dinner on Friday since we'll be late getting in. Will we be OK without reservations at both of these places?

Jan 18, 2011
Lunarmodule in Washington DC & Baltimore

Bayona or Clancy's for dinner with the parents?

Sorry to hijack this thread, but we're coming in to town tomorrow and have reservations at Clancy's. Is there a preference for upstairs or down? What's the difference? (Ate upstairs at Galatoire's once and didn't really love it.)

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Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Nov 10, 2010
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help feed a lucky girl in town for six days/nights!

Thanks for the suggestions below. Here is my revised itinerary. We kept Brigtsens because we actually enjoyed taking the streetcar out there. We may change our Monday dinner, but I have a co-worker who I think would get a kick out of Jacque-Imos!

Thursday noon-ish: Check in Roosevelt

Thursday Lunch Napoleon House
Walk around the quarter
Thursday Dinner Clancy’s

Friday Lunch Commander’s
Stroll down Magazine
Friday Dinner Irene’s

Saturday Lunch: Cochon Butcher
WWII Museum
Saturday Dinner Brigtsens

Sunday Brunch Arnaud’s
Relocate to the Sheraton/working from here on…
Sunday Dinner w/client: Galatoire’s

Monday lunch: n/a
Trade Show
Monday dinner Jacque-Imos with co-worker

Tuesday lunch: Emeril’s
Trade Show
Tuesday dinner: Bon Ton

Wednesday lunch: Luke
Leave Wednesday PM

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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 11, 2010
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Love to do appetizer tour first night in a city and need recommendations!

We attempted this one night last fall with moderate, and ultimately expensive, success. We were looking to hit some of the FQ's more upscale places. We started out at Mr. B's (just drinks), then the Hermes Bar at Antoines (oysters rock & souffleed potatoes), then we walked the wrong way on Decatur looking for Iris, which we finally found and had drinks/apps, then ended back at Mr. B's where I was able to get the late night small order of BBQ'd shrimp (which I was dying to try). We had planned to hit Arnaud's bar for a nightcap but ended up heading back to the Roosevelt's Sazarac Bar.

All these spots were great but I'd try to eat something substantial a bit earlier in the evening. We were still hungry at the end of the night!

That said, here's my list of places if I did it again:

Mr. B's
Arnaud's French 75
Hermes Bar @ Antoine's
The Pelican Club
Sazerac Bar (just because it's an amazing bar)

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Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

Oct 07, 2010
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help feed a lucky girl in town for six days/nights!

Thanks so much for your quick reponse. I am definitely adding Galatoire's on Sunday and Emeril's for lunch.

We don't arrive until after noon on Thursday so was thinking a light lunch at Napoleon House and a Pimm's cup, just to get in the zone. ;-)

We absolutely loved Brigtsens last time so I'll have to talk my husband out of it.

August is an interesting suggestion...Thanks!

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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Oct 05, 2010
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help feed a lucky girl in town for six days/nights!

I'm baaaaack! You all helped me on my last trip down so I'm posting again.

In mid November, I’ll be in NOLA for three days of fun with hubby prior to three days of a convention with clients. I’ll be at the Roosevelt for the first three days, then moving to the Sheraton.

This is about my sixth or seventh trip to NOLA, so I’ve got my “must-return” places decided below. Can you help fill in the gaps? Here are places I’ve never been to and I’m considering: Luke, Cochon, Bon Ton Café, Dick and Jenny’s, Clancy’s. (Was thinking about spending Saturday shopping along Magazine.) Could also think about Bayona or Mr. B's (been to both before).

Thursday Lunch Napoleon House
Thursday Dinner Irene’s

Friday Lunch Commander’s
Friday Dinner

Saturday Lunch
Saturday Dinner Brightsens

Sunday Brunch Arnaud’s

Sunday Dinner w/client
Monday dinner Jacque-Imos with co-worker
Tuesday dinner w/client

Anywhere good near the Convention Center for lunch?

Oct 05, 2010
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Quarter recommendations & beyond/Nov 18-23

I second Domenica. We just returned from a 3 night stay at the Roosevelt and had a fantastic lunch there. And the Sazerac Bar is just tops.

Nov 09, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Thank you for the tips...here's where to find us for the next 3 1/2 days.

Arrive tomorrow morning around 11:00. Check in to the Roosevelt.

Lunch at Napoleon House for a Pimm's cup, a warm muffaletta and a serious attitude adjustment.

Wednesday Dinner at Jacques-Imos and hanging at the Maple Leaf after.

Thursday lunch at Commander’s to celebrate anniversary. (reservations made for Garden Room hopefully)

Thursday Dinner is a bar hop (and small plates) through some fancy restaurant bars in the quarter (Hermes, Mr. B’s, Dickie Brennan's, Iris, Arnaud’s French 75…and anywhere else that looks good).

Friday lunch is either Acme, Johnny Po-boys, or Central…whatever the mood strikes.

Friday Dinner is at Brigsten's

Saturday lunch at Bayona and then to the airport. Unless we're too miserable from the previous three days of eating, in which case we'll have Tums and diet coke.

In between all this, we plan to grab some beignets at Cafe du Monde and a dozen charbroiled oysters at Acme at some point. Plus a few cocktails at the Sazerac.

Did I do good?

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Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nov 03, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Oysters Rockefeller Postcards @ Antoines

Does anyone know if they still give you a numbered postcard with your order? We were there about 10 years ago and received order #3,007,772. Nice little keepsake that I still have framed in my kitchen.

Oct 28, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help us graze around the Quarter.

That looks wonderful!

Oct 26, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help us graze around the Quarter.

I'm really dying to try the BBQ shrimp at Mr. B's, even after reading the recipe (OMG, 3 sticks of butter!). My husband is allergic to shrimp so sharing's not an option. Unless we want to make a stop in the emergency room for a nightcap. ;-)

Oct 26, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help us graze around the Quarter.

Boy I can tell we're going to have to pace ourselves! I figure we can hit 4-6 places before burning out or filling up...but with only 3 1/2 days, too many restaurants, too little time! And in an effort to combine great NOLA classics, both dishes and establishments, there's another question: Where would be the ultimate place to end up for dessert? Although we're not big dessert eaters, there needs to be something awesome we can split.

Oct 25, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help us graze around the Quarter.

Wow, thanks so much. Iris looks wonderful (veal cheek ravioli), and the bar gets rave reviews. Will check out these others, too, especially Green Goddess. Lots of buzz there.

Oct 24, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans

Help us graze around the Quarter.

On our three-night trip next month, we’ve planned dinners at Jacques-Imos and Brigtsens, and lunches at Napoleon House, Commander’s Palace, Acme and possibly Bayona.

But for one night, we’d like to hop (hopefully not stumble) around some of the Quarter’s finest restaurant bars and sample some great appetizers and small plates, not full meals.

Here’s what I have so far:

Dickie Brennans Steakhouse ($5 drinks and apps)
Hermes Bar (Oysters Rockefeller and Souffleed Potatoes)
Mr. B’s (Gumbo and BBQ Shrimp-do they do a small or half order?)
Arnaud’s French 75 (not sure they serve food?)

Is this a good plan? What am I missing? We're staying at the Roosevelt, so we'd like to stay on foot, and I imagine we'll start or finish at the Sazerac Bar.

Oct 24, 2009
Lunarmodule in New Orleans