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Critique My Dining Itinerary Feb 24-27

Oops, oyster prices up $.25.

Feb 19, 2015
JazzyB in New Orleans

Critique My Dining Itinerary Feb 24-27

A few more to consider:

Killer Po-boys in the back of Erin Rose has some...... killer po -boys.

Luke now offers fried oysters as well as 1/2 shell during HH ( 3-6pm daily). The fried are excellent, served with white remoulade. Get some fries with them. ($1 fried, $.50 raw, cocktails,beer, wine 1/2 price). The housemade shrimp cavatelli is terrific. Like little gnocchi pillows, the kitchen will split the order for two.

Re: Peche; Best bet is the whole fish, pretty much everything else is just ok. You'll fare better with an array of Borgne's appetizers and/or HH small plates.

Commander's for lunch in the garden room is truly a Nola experience. It is surpringly budget friendly. They offer several prix fixe options (as low as $17/ 2 courses), plus 25 cent martinis.

Bon Appetit!

Feb 19, 2015
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Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

I can not understand the "Clancy's love". Perhaps it's the overall experience. I find the food disappointing.

Nov 12, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Doris Metropolitan

My guess would be ground. It is a dense, compact patty.

I did not care for the cheese combination of smoked gouda and gorgonzola. The mushrooms and onions got lost. The bun was a little on the sweet side. They were trying too hard and missed the mark. Different strokes. I would not order it again.

Sep 13, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Replacement for Breakfast at Brennan's?

Restaurant August has just begun serving Sunday brunch.

http://beshrestaurantgroup.fbmta.com/...

Sep 11, 2014
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Replacement for Breakfast at Brennan's?

Sep 10, 2014
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Casual Dinner with Business Associates (16 people)

You made th assumption that none of the 16 were women. Many wear high heels. Hey, but thanks for providing expert info from a tourist perspective. Keep up the good work!

Sep 10, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Casual Dinner with Business Associates (16 people)

Anything over 2 blocks is a (hazardous) trek in 4" heels on Nola sidewalks. Besides, walking 1/2 a mile in 90'+ heat/80% humidity is no way to start (or end) a meal.

Sep 10, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Casual Dinner with Business Associates (16 people)

Emeril's is a bit of a trek from the Sheraton.

Sep 09, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Doris Metropolitan

We have a guest that only wants to dine in steakhouses ( yes, even here in Nola). Saturday evening was a "scouting" dinner of sorts. I had read the innumerable "Yelp" reviews...many declaring it one of Nola's finest and/or a definite "must go".

The good:

Excellent service

THE best Bloody Mary... Ever! Ordered extra spicy; made with sriracha and heavy on the citrus.

Aesthetically appealing dining room with a lovely dining courtyard.

The roasted eggplant appetizer: intensely smoky with tahini and tzatakiki

The "just ok":

Bread service: I only mention this because many "yelpers" were impressed. One slice each of garlic herb (best) and sour dough plus
a mini focaccia (flavorful albeit very oily). Presented with assorted butters and a plate of oil and balsamic.

The beet appetizer: Enough for 3-4. All show, not much substance. A forkful or two is enough. Extremely rich and heavy. If you finish this, you won't have room for your entree.

The 21 day dry aged ribeye: disclaimer; I only grill USDA prime at home. A steak has to be pretty spectacular to impress. This one didn't. It was flavorful but on the tenderness scale, it was more like a NY strip.

The burger: Your favorite burger joint has nothing to worry about. A fairly thick, compact patty served with truffle oil fries.

The bad:

It is extremely loud.

Just my 2 cents:

Mr. John's serves a better ribeye (for less $$). Unfortunately, steak is the only thing they do very well.

Besh Steak (lacks ambience....get a rear booth). Not only are the steaks delicious, the appetizers and sides are Besh quality as well. If your top priority is the food, Besh Steak wins. That being said, were Smith and Wollensky still in town, I never would have ventured to Besh Steak.

R'evolutions's tomahwk ribeye with marrow sauce is pretty awesome (although that sauce would make cardboard taste good).

, I've been to La Boca, Morton's, Crescent City Steakhouse, Desi Vega, Ruth Chris and Delmonico. None come close to Besh Steak or the R'evolution tomahawk.

Sep 09, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

I serve his tart sour cherry sauce with roast pork and it absolutely makes the dish.

Sep 04, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

Yes, they still have 25 cent martinis.

Sep 03, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

I am local and beg to differ re: Commander's. We lunch there often. It is always a fun and delicious meal that many of us (locals) enjoy. Dinner....I'm dining elsewhere, and not at Clancy's.

Sep 03, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

September Dining Review and Rec.

Agreed.

Sep 03, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

September Dining Review and Rec.

Atchafalaya brunch is good, Commander's brunch(or lunch) is a giant step up in overall experience (ambience, food, cocktails, service). Price wise, it's comparable. Entree price at CP brunch includes app, entree, dessert. One option also includes a Bloody. (Lunch has several prix fixe offerings in addition to ala carte. Martinis are 25 cents).

Atchafalaya has a Bloody Mary bar. You buy your glass of vodka then mix your own drink from the array of condiments and garnishes. Not even close to the excellent Bloody you'll get at CP.

Consider trying Luke for your oysters. Daily HH (3-6pm). 50 cent raw, $1 fried oysters. half price drinks.

Domenica daily HH (2-5pm) half price well drinks, wine, beer, wood fired excellent pizzas.

Sep 03, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

Absolutely! Lunch in the garden room (M-F).

Sep 03, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

High End Dining with Great Wine

August has a seasonal, ingredient driven menu. Bayona's changes daily as does G.W. Fins and Coquette. R'evolution's menu is essentially stagnant.

Aug 16, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Emeril's 30 minute lunch crunch $22.50 m-f
August 3 course lunch $20.15 Fridays only
Bayona 3 course lunch $24 w- sat.
Luke and Borgne offer daily lunch specials.

Aug 16, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Fine dining does not necessarily equate with lenghty dining. Mention the need for speed to your waiter. Commanders may take a bit longer. Dine early and most restaurants should be able to get you out in an hour.

Aug 05, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Trip in October - any great places with decent vegetarian options

August offers a vegetarian tasting menu.

Aug 04, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Does Bubba Gumps Have the best Turtle Soup in New Orleans?

Best turtle soup is at Commander's Palace. You should seriously consider going for lunch in the garden room (M-F).

Fig/buratta/speck pizza is terrific at Domenica.

Aug 04, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

FQF food list

I'm guessing palmtree is referring to Bart's Black Jambalaya. I find it dry and not very tasty even when served "fresh" at Crescent City Pie and Sausage.

I avoid overcooked protein by sautéing par frozen boneless/skinless chicken thighs for jambalaya. This yields moist, tender morsels. Seasoned shrimp steam on top the last few minutes (covered). Leftovers are best brought to room temp, sprinkled with water, covered, then waved.

Apr 15, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Lighter dishes at Cochon

If I had only one higher end dinner, it would not be Cochon.

Consider: August, G.W. Fins, Coquette, possibly Herbsaint.

Apr 12, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch - a la carte?

Ever since my husband likened the bp soufflé to oatmeal, it's never tasted quite the same. I have ordered cheesecake only once in a restaurant...ever... b/c yes, it's just cheesecake. I ordered it at Commander"s b/c in all the times I've dined there, I had never tried it (oh, and no shortcake on the menu). It was very good.

Apr 12, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch - a la carte?

Alternatively, go to August.

Apr 12, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

FQF food list

I wouldn't put Impastato's in the top 50, but that's just my unrenumerated opinion.

Apr 12, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Commander's Palace Brunch - a la carte?

Yea, my husband claims to not care for dessert.....Commander's changed that line of thought. BTW, skip the famed bread pudding souffle. Shortcake is excellent as well as the cheesecake and parfait.

As for the rest of the meal, you can split a prix fixe and make several selections from the "add ons" to round out your meal. However, it's likely too late to reserve by now.

Apr 10, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

Easter brunch/buffet

The Royal Sonesta.

Apr 10, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

NOLA Lunch recommendations needed

Ditto Celeste. However, August only serves lunch on Fri. Commander's (M-F) , resv the garden room.....prix fixe, 25 cent martinis, sitting amidst the tree tops, good food, what could be better? Do not skip dessert.

Apr 10, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans

FQF food list

You will do much better getting your food recs from Chow locals than TF.

Apr 10, 2014
JazzyB in New Orleans