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Brennan's: Great foodie destination or tourist trap?

So I'm headed to New Orleans for a weekend in April and would like to ask for wisdom from the masses. My partner has made a dinner reservation for Brennan's on a friday night. His brother calls it "the quintessential New Orleans experience" and says that we have to do dinner there for the food, the service and the classic atmosphere. I respect his brother, but his recommendations are good only about 75% of the time (he loves Anthony's Pier 4 in Boston, I do not. But he did recommend a great little place in Albuquerque). My partner and I both like to consider ourselves gourmands and are really looking to take advantage of what New Orleans has to offer.

So here’s the question: is it worth it? We’re only there for three dinners and two lunches. From the reviews I’ve seen on yelp, I am not completely reassured. I love reading about the history of the place and I would love to try a bananas foster there; some reviewers, however, have really harsh words for the food. Not all, mind you, some say that it’s out of this world great (but then again, some people say that about Anthony's Pier 4).

Neither of us has been to New Orleans before and we don't want to make a mistake on restaurant selection, so I'd love your reassurances that Brennan's is fantastic and amazing and a not to be missed- that's what I want to hear... ... ... but only if it's the truth.

While this may be my first post, I’ve lurked on chowhound for years, and I trust you ladies and fellas more than yelp anyway.

If you have any other suggestions for that "quintessential New Orleans experience" let me know. Thanks bunches. Rene

Mar 08, 2010
ReneLop in New Orleans