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Three nights: Check my progress

Coops is a bar with a huge menu. Ok food in that context. Do not walk the FQ late night.

May 15, 2015
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Friday Lunch Specials

Restaurant August, Commander's Palace, Emeril's, Coquette.

May 14, 2015
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Thoughts on Itinerary?

The best way to enjoy the biggest taste of Nola is skip breakfast, early lunch, late dinner. Unless you are interestered in the big brunch egg dishes, breakfast can be had anywhere, USA.

Some places have same prices whether lunch or dinner. Save those for dinner and take advantage of some of the outstanding lunch specials at fine dining spots. Commander's Palace being #1 (M-F), reserve the garden room, #2 Restaurant August (F only), #3 Coquette.

Snacks....check out Domenica and Luke Happy Hours.

Crawfish: Cajun Bros. on Carrollton Ave. Great crawfish, zero ambience. Eat in or get them to go and have a picnic at City Park about 5 blocks away.

Brigtsen's for local flavor. The apps really shine. I suggest making a tasting dinner of 5 and perhaps splitting an entree. Clancy's leaves me underwhelmed. I have not been in forever finding no reason to return.

Jacques-Imos for a kitchy, fun, loud experience rather than stellar food. Reservations only for parties 5+. Go when they open or you'll be waiting in line for at least 1 1/2 hours.

May 09, 2015
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Dining Before Marc Maron show at the Joy Theatre Sunday 5/17

Re: Redfish Grill; You're not missing anything.

May 09, 2015
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Dining Before Marc Maron show at the Joy Theatre Sunday 5/17

GW Fins.

May 09, 2015
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One lunch on Wednesday

I concur.

May 07, 2015
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For those looking for something new ...

Check out Eater Nola's restaurant heat map.

We enjoyed to Red's when they first opened. Meaning to get back there.

Johnny Sanchez was disappointing. To be fair, it was post Saints game, they were slammed and it was shortly after they had opened.

Been to Shaya innumerable times. The best hummus I' e ever had. The 3 for $12 small dishes are a fun starter for sharing. Terrific falafel and fried chicken sandwiches with very good fries/aioli (skip the mundane cabbage salad). Good luck finishing eithe of these.

I'm loooking forward to trying Kin. The menus of the other "newbies" just don't excite me.

May 05, 2015
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Where to find crab clusters?

Pick up some boiled crawfish at Cajun Bros. on Carrollton. Ask them to dip them if they are not hot (temperature wise). it's just a couple doors down from Angelo Brocatos, where you can get some gelato for dessert.

Apr 29, 2015
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Looking for cheap, dirty, delicious food suggestions (first Jazzfest weekend)

Red's Chinese, Three Muses, Mimi's in the Marigny, Lola's (use JF exit by Esplanade. Lola's is on Esplanade, walk in for dinner .......JF attire is not a problem), Shaya.

Apr 21, 2015
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Best Steak in NOLA?

We have an annual guest that would rather dine in a steakhouse than any other restaurant thus, we've been to most.

Price not being a factor, Besh Steak is by far the best steakhouse. Not only are the steaks excellent, everything on the menu is Besh quality (unlike most where the apps and sides are mediocre at best). It is located in Harrah's. The ambience isn't great. I prefer the secluded booths.

Though not a steakhouse, Restaurant R'evolution has a terrific tomahawk ribeye for two. The bone marrow sauce is a must. As with Besh Steak, the apps and sides are a giant step above traditional steakhouse fare. Nice ambience, lovely dining experience.

Mr. John's has excellent, reasonably priced steaks. The turtle soup and crabcake are good. Salads are ok. Request a window table, then remind them when you arrive.

Desi Vega is Mr. John's CBD outpost. Nice space. The menu varies a bit from Mr. John's.

La Boca offers different cuts. The skirt with an order of housemade fries is a sure winner.

Doris Metropolitan's steaks are good, not great. My ribeye was tasty but not as tender a piece of meat as they tout. I ordered an extra spicy Bloody Mary that was the best I've ever had. Nice, very noisy space.

Avoid Crescent City Steaks.

Many Nola steakhouse serve their steaks on a hot plate in sizzling butter. I find this further cooks the steak beyond my desired med rare. I specify they not "finish" mine this way.

Apr 18, 2015
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New Burger? New Pizza?

I order (at Domenica downtown) fennel sausage on my pizza with whatever hot peppers they have an hand. Sausage is loose, not cubed.

Mar 26, 2015
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New Burger? New Pizza?

I am your "one" person that is not a fan of Dat Dog. About $40 for three dogs, fries, cokes. Dogs were nothing special, 3x as much bun as necessary. Fries were pedestrian as well. I'll take a NY umbrella man Sabrett over Dat any day (which btw, are available In natural casing at Rest. Depot).

Mar 26, 2015
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Private Room for 40th Birthday - Galatoies, CP, or August?

The best food is at August, arguably the best restaurant in town.

Mar 17, 2015
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Best shrimp & oyster po' boys in NOLA?

I'm partial to Parkway's overstuffed shrimp po-boy with butter, pickles and Crystal. Luke offers excellent fried oysters $1.25 each during HH (3-6 daily). They are served in a basket with a ramekin of white remoulade. Great with a cone of their housemade fries. Half shell $.75 each, libations 1/2 price.

Mar 17, 2015
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Need one more restaurant

Maritza is in the Bywater. I would not walk there from the FQ. It is a considerable trek through some sketchy areas.

Mar 17, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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