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Planning a wedding in New Orleans - any venue suggestions?

My daughter was married at City Park. The ceremony was at the Peristyle and reception at the Parkview Terrace. Both were perfect. Parkview terrace has indoor/outdoor space. The wedding was in April so we could escape the music outside on the terrace in the evening. We used City Park catering. The food was good and it was less complicated that way. We went with passed appetizers, a table with fruit, cheese, and crawfish cheesecake, and open bar. The cake was from Haydels and was very good. It was included in the price. We were a little concerned about the delay in responses from the venue but it was during the meeting a month before the wedding that we finalized. That's how they do things. There were a lot of choices for food which we sampled during a group tasting. The cost, at least compared to the west coast was very reasonable for what we got. We did arrange transportation back to the quarter from the venue.

Nov 03, 2013
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Planning a wedding in New Orleans - any venue suggestions?

My daughter was married at City Park. The ceremony was at the Peristyle and reception at the Parkview Terrace. Both were perfect. Parkview terrace has indoor/outdoor space. The wedding was in April so we could escape the music outside on the terrace in the evening. We used City Park catering. The food was good and it was less complicated that way. We went with passed appetizers, a table with fruit, cheese, and crawfish cheesecake, and open bar. We were a little concerned about the delay in responses from the venue but it was during the meeting a month before the wedding that we finalized. That's how they do things. There were a lot of choices for food which we sampled during a group tasting. The cost, at least compared to the west coast was very reasonable for what we got. We did arrange transportation back to the quarter from the venue.

Nov 03, 2013
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Review - Rehearsal Dinner & City Park Wedding

As the MOB I didn't make the arrangements but you are right, it's not private at all. It wasn't a problem for us but everyone was spread out so visiting was a little more challenging. Still it was a good & economical place.

Sep 12, 2012
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Family Friendly Restaurants Near Roosevelt Hotel and Children's Museum

How about the Ruby Slipper at magazine & Common for breakfast? It's 4-5 block walk from hotel. I've eaten there often when meeting up with family. I had a delicious cochon over biscuits along with the usual breakfast food.

Apr 06, 2012
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

GROUP OF 9, need Help dinner

Love 3 Muses, great food & music. It gets very crowded, has smaller tables, and doesn't take reservations so get there earlier or be prepared to split up. Green Goddess has creative drink menu and food. Inside is tiny but there may be tables outside weather permitting. Pelican Club is across the alley from GG. I would check out the bar area for eating. Had really good food but service was slow with several large parties.

Jan 17, 2012
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Top-notch NOLA restaurants that offer gift cards?

I'm buying a gift card for patois for my daughter & SIL.. I'm still thinking about the Sunday brunch. I also checked the Besh website & there is a certificate that can be used at several of his restaurants. Any of the restaurant websites should have gift info.

Dec 09, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Looking for a good but reasonable caterer in Santa Rosa

Try Ala Heart Catering in Santa Rosa. I've only tried their appetizers but they were very good. They were recommended by someone who does a lot of event planning for private high schools. Good luck. Having recently planned a wedding out of state, it can be stressful.

Dec 08, 2011
Jwestcoaster in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving Weekend in Monterey Recap

Traveled to Monterey from the SF Bayarea for the weekend. Started with Thanksgiving dinner at Anton & Michel in Carmel. The selling point for me was that the regular menu was served in addition to a traditional turkey dinner. DH had the turkey, which to me looked like turkey but it was just what he wanted. Light and dark meat, traditional dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy, cranberry sauce & veggies. He started off with butternut squash and ended with espresso chocolate creme brûlée which disappeared before I could try it. I had the French onion soup which was delicious. I appreciated that the cheese wasn't so thick that it was difficult to eat. My entree was the broiled sturgeon topped with herbs, tomato risotto, and veggies. The fish was cooked perfectly but the risotto was very bland, not the rich & creamy prep that I am used to. The lemon tart wasn't tangy enough for me but still good. All in all I would return.
Friday we ate at Fandango in Pacific Grove. It was a return trip after many years. We started with a house cured smoked salmon. It didn't have much taste.we shared a caprese salad. I was leery of tomatoes in November but they were very flavorful. DH is still talking about the paella. It was
Loaded with shrimp, sausage, chicken , and i'm not sure what else. My osso buco was very tender and the tomato sauce light. A half bottle of Ridge zin finished off the meal.
Saturday we headed into Carmel. We split a speck, Gorgonzola,and arugula panino at cantinetta salumeria and ate it in the park next door. It was very good.
Dinner was at 1833 in Monterey. Had a very good version of a Moscow mule. The highlight of the evening was my gnocchi with chanterelles, arugula in a Parmesan sauce. The crispy croutons were a great addition. DH wasn't too happy with his duck pasta, not enough duck. The space is lovely.
All in all a great weekend of dining.

Nov 29, 2011
Jwestcoaster in California

Help finding venue or large wedding reception

The City Park venues are very reasonable especially coming from the west coast, but more than $30 pp. Had a great rehearsal party at Rock & Bowl. Costs are in your price range. Check the website. Although the ambience may not be to your liking. With 400 you could take over the whole place.

Aug 11, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Thanks for your help! NOLA with a six-month baby - are any of the "must try" places feasible?

You might consider domenica especially on a Sunday. Sometimes at the end of our visit we are ready for a change of pace. Last time we were there we shared the burrata, brussel sprouts, fried kale, and a stuffed pasta. I had never had kale & it was crunchy and delicious. In the past we've ordered stuffed squash blossoms and mozzarella. We eatxa lot of Italian at home but are always happy with our meal. The space is large with hard surfaces but should be used to kids since it's in a hotel (but not like eating in a hotel).

Jun 07, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Thanks for your help! NOLA with a six-month baby - are any of the "must try" places feasible?

Green goddess would work outside. Inside is very small and cramped. It doesn't take reservations so off times would be better. Recently ate in the courtyard at bayona. That could also work depending on the weather.

Jun 06, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Recs for YOUR favorites near The Quarter House June 2011??

On the inexpensive front Ruby Slipper in CBD on magazine (2 blks off Canal). Had a very good pulled pork/poached egg/ bisquit. Cochon Butcher for lunch although may be too small for your group. Happy hour at American Sector if you are near WW2 Museum. Per my kids Clover Grill was great (and crowded at 3am) but our breakfast was good diner food with famously terrible service. The server didn't put the order in and blamed the cook. Our daughter likes 3 Muses on Frenchmen for dinner and music.

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Clover Grill
900 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Cochon Butcher
930 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Jun 02, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Best Restaurant Lemonade Hunt

Not exactly lemonade but had a very refreshing drink at Green Goddess. Vodka, dry meyer lemon soda (not too sweet), fresh basil, and ginger simple syrup.

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Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 31, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

third times a charm!

Ate at the Pelican Club in April. The dining room felt cavernous and dated. The food however was very good. The service was very slow. Definitely think that the bar may be the best bet. Had an excellent lunch across the alley at Green Goddess. We sat at the tiny bar inside. Duck confit hash and duck confit salad with stuffed dates wrapped in serrano ham both excellent. Interesting cocktail menu.

Also had light lunch at Salu. Liked the duck/manchego flautas, lamb lollipops, and crabmeat flatbread. Sat outside which was a little noisy with road work going on but preferable to the empty indoors.

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

Green Goddess
307 Exchange Place, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 31, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Sunday Brunch

Patois hands down. Lovely patio at cafe Amelie but average food. At patois we ate pulled pork on biscuits, gnocchi with lump crab, and croque Madame. All really excellent.

May 28, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Place for a wedding after party with good music, food, and booze

Check out rock and bowl in midcity. Live music, bar, buffet packages though location may not meet your needs. We were there for a rehearsal party. Casual and fun.

May 09, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

Review - Rehearsal Dinner & City Park Wedding

I thought I'd share our recent experiences. For anyone looking for a casual place for a rehearsal dinner I'd highly recommend Rock and Bowl in Mid City. There was an open bar and the food was quite good. We had New Orleans fare- gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, and a pasta I don't remember. For those not into that type of food there was pizza and a selection of fried finger foods. Some bowled and some danced to the live zydeco music. The perfect place to meet and visit with guests.

The wedding and reception were at City Park- the ceremony at the peristyle and the reception at Parkview Terrace. City Park Catering provided the food. We had a large selection of passed appetizers, open bar, and a cake by Haydels as the standard package. The apps were very good - mini muffalettas, shrimp, crabcakes, and stuffed artichokes were some of my favorites. The standard cake was not elaborate, but moist and tasty. We opted not to upgrade.

The catering staff was easy to work with once we realized that they really didn't want to get into details until a month before the wedding. They have their standard checklist and thought of
things that we didn't.

Hope this is useful for anyone looking for venues.

May 02, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans

What About Rambla?

We hosted a group of 10 a couple of weeks ago. We were in town for our daughter's wedding and wanted to have a welcome for the early arrivals. Rambla fit the bill. It was casual enough that we could chat and enjoy the cocktails & tapas. We ordered the oysters, patatas con cafe, popcorn (for our popcorn fan guest), almonds, and several rounds of flatbreads - wild mushroom and burrata. They were out of the fig and bluecheese, my favorite. The patatas were the only thing that we wouldn't order again, just blah. The group liked the flatbreads.
Our server was not having a good night but the manager stepped in and saved the night. Overall the experience met my expectations. The food was good, it was a change of pace from New Orleans food, and the space isn't usually crowded so we weren't rushed.

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Rambla
217 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 02, 2011
Jwestcoaster in New Orleans