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A seriously detailed review of my 2nd trip to NOLA- 8 days of Delicious Blissful Gluttony!!!

I am truly in awe. What a wonderful report! I go every December and this year I've got 3 weeks - but the people I travel with are not food people at all. I have to plan very carefully to get in most of the places that I want to eat. I'm pretty good at it, but oh my, the damage you and I could do in 3 weeks!

Oct 21, 2011
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Iris?

Thanks all! I hear you about the need to exercise...we try to have a bigger meal earlier in the afternoon and do a ton of walking. I'm really excited about Iris. I bought restaurant.com certificates for Iris and Coquette and thought they looked like 'a cut above' the norm available. I also got Cafe Rani again. We really enjoyed our lunch there last year.

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Cafe Rani
2917 Magazine St Ste 103, New Orleans, LA 70115

Oct 28, 2010
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Restaurant recommendations - I-64 from Lexington, Ky to Virginia Beach

AMFM
I am dreading the long drive - we were originally not driving back to Ky till Sun, but decided that was too long of a drive with work the following day.

Oct 25, 2010
NOLALVR in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant recommendations - I-64 from Lexington, Ky to Virginia Beach

Littleman,
Thanks for great suggestions! My family will lean toward something casual, but I wanted more options than a drive-thru!
I'm coming from Sacramento and then driving with them to VB - that's why my 'subject line' was reversed. I had planned to fly out of Norfolk back to Sacramento, but decided to keep them company for the drive back to Lexington, KY.

Oct 25, 2010
NOLALVR in Mid-Atlantic

Restaurant recommendations - I-64 from Lexington, Ky to Virginia Beach

I will be traveling with my family from Virginia Beach back to Lexington, KY on Friday, Nov 5. I'm looking for lunch/dinner recommendations . We won't be leaving VB till around noon, taking our time for the trip back to their home. Any suggestions - maybe around Charleston, WVA?

Oct 22, 2010
NOLALVR in Mid-Atlantic

Iris?

One of the "possibles" on my list for this December is Iris and I'm wondering if any of you can provide feedback on the choice. We go every December and I'm all about the food - with 16 days to play and I'll still have leftovers on my must-do places for next time.

Oct 21, 2010
NOLALVR in New Orleans

entrees at NOLA - seeking advice

I am a huge fan of the shrimp & grits - I love the BBQ sauce personally and we also love the fried chicken. The pork chop is really good, but it's a large, dense cut of meat and just not my thing. The fish cooked in the wood oven, whether it's redfish or drum is a winning choice. If you get appetizers, go for the Miss Hays Chicken Wings!

Mar 09, 2010
NOLALVR in New Orleans

A little help from my friends so that a princess may be entertained...

Definitely DO NOT substitute one of your meals for the steamboat jazz meal. I agree with the other posters that there are too many great places to do more than one meal at Luke and August. How about Domenica?

Mar 09, 2010
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Need help with restaurant name

That was definitely the name. Thanks for the help and the reviews. I'll have to see this year what my group thinks.

Oct 13, 2009
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Need help with restaurant name

I can't remember the name of a restaurant that a chef from NOLA recommended to me last December. It's on Frenchmen St, across from Snug Harbor and a couple doors down - very small, not well known outside of locals. The recommendation was that on any given night, most of the customers would be local chefs. They have a chalkboard outside with all the day's specials. Sound familiar to anyone?

Oct 13, 2009
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Tell me your Emeril's Story: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

NOLA is my favorite restaurant. I go to New Orleans at least once a year and during our trips we go to NOLA at least 3 times. Which is not easy, with all my other food choices. I've eaten at all the well known restaurants, but there is something we get at NOLA that can't be duplicated. We always sit at the food bar and have never had an issue with food. The chefs treat us as returning family and do everything to make the experience unforgettable. I've had a couple experiences with slower than normal service, particularly with the wine service, but never the food. For one, I'm never in a hurry there and with the amuse bouche, appetizers, etc - it's always a 2 to 3 hour experience. I'm hooked on the food bar experience in general, loving to be a part of everything going on in the kitchen. Chefs Michael and Josh are a pleasure to watch as they keep everything running smoothly. The first time we went was in December 2006 and our waiter recognized us when we were on our way to a concert at the cathedral. He was on his way to work, called out to us and asked if we were coming by for dinner that night (we'd been twice already that week), we said sure and he set it up for us for after the concert. It was like we were neighbors or family, just stopping by for dinner. So, for me, that feeling can't be replaced. Each year, when we go back for the first time, I wonder if it will be different, not quite so good, but it always lives up to the memory. Foodwise, my favorite entrees are the redfish, fried chicken, shrimp and grits and porterhouse pork chop; appetizers are the pocket bread, Miss Hays chicken wings, crab salad and for dessert, the drunken monkey ice cream (without the choc bread pudding - not a fan of this one). I've never gone to Emerils or Delmonico - maybe this year, I've got 2 weeks to fit it in!

Jul 27, 2009
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Help with Restaurant Decisions

Cochon's is closed on Sunday - just checked their website. I went for a lunch in December and we LOVED it! My vote on Saturday is Brightsens, but I haven't tried Herbsaint.

Jan 09, 2008
NOLALVR in New Orleans

best place for pralines

Our favorite is Southern Candymakers. They are literally a daily stop during our stays in NOLA. Here is their website: http://www.southerncandymakers.com/St...

Dec 27, 2007
NOLALVR in New Orleans

New Orleans 11/9-11/13

NOLA at the Food Bar is a great option for dining alone - very entertaining and I love the food!

Nov 08, 2007
NOLALVR in New Orleans

Looking for great restaurants in Kauai

Some of my favorites are Hanalei Cafe at the Princeville Hotel for lunch, outside on their balcony. Here is a great (and accurate) description: "With breathtaking views of Hanalei Bay and a mouth-watering menu, you may never want to leave the scenic terrace. Café Hanalei features daily specials, a signature Seafood Buffet and a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast served at 6:30 am; lunch at 11:00 am to 2:30 pm; dinner at 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm." I've only gone for lunch and it was beautiful. You can check out their menu at the Princeville Hotel website.
Polynesia Cafe in Hanalei is no frills, but fantastic food (served on paper plates!) and you can BYOB. Here is their webiste: http://www.polynesiacafe.com/.
Hanalei Dolphin is a really good fish market and I've enjoyed lunch there - didn't do dinner. Here is their website: http://www.hanaleidolphin.com/ .
Bubba's burgers is take out or picnic tables. In Hanalei town, very casual but great burgers.
Just down the road from Princeville a few miles (and on your way to the Kilaeua Lighthouse), in the village of Kilaeua, is the Kilauea Fish Mkt - again either buy fish to cook or buy their cooked items - best fish burrito I've ever had. Picnic tables outside or take out. I've heard good things about the Lighthouse Bistro also in Kilaeua, but haven't tried it. There is a pizza place in the same complex that we did take out from and liked.
There is a place in Hanalei town, but I can not remember the name (!). It's on the right driving toward Hanalei from Princeville - has a bar and some tables inside and on a little porch that I got some incredible macademia crusted fish. I'm going to be there in 2 weeks (yea!) and will have to check it out again to get the name.
Bali Hai restaurant at the Hanalei Bay Resort (where I stay) is beautiful for sunset over Hanalei Bay. I've always enjoyed the food, sometimes the reviews on service aren't fantastic - but I've never been in a hurry there (why bother, right? it's vacation). They also have the Happy Talk Lounge with good casual food, good drinks and entertainment.
There is also Hanalei Wake Up Cafe - total hole in the wall (don't look for ambience here) but the "over the falls" french toast was killer.
When you are in Lihue - maybe on arrival day or on your way to Waimea Canyon or Poipu, don't miss Duke's for good food and views (again I did lunch) and the Kalapaki Beach Hut for breakfast (Fr toast, pancakes, Portugese sausgage) and burgers.
How's this for a few great restaurants? Aloha and have a great time - 3 days by the way is NOT enough!

Oct 11, 2007
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