Interesting suggestion about Island Creek. There are some people in my group that are into raw shellfish. Personally we get fantastic oysters here in Seattle, some of the best in the world, and they aren't really my cup of tea, but our group is coming from all over the place and so this might be a very good choice.
Oleana strikes me as sort of similar to a restaurant we have here, Golden Beetle.
Any opinions on Helmand? That seemed pretty unique...
Hey there. I lived in Boston for nine years but live in Seattle now and haven't been back in quite some time. I will be hosting a small group (six to eight) of people for dinner on an upcoming Friday night. We are staying in the Kenmore Square area but are willing to travel. I did some research and came up with a few choices, and was hoping for feedback or additional suggestions.
TW Food (comments on the 7 course tasting menu would be GREAT)
My main focus was on finding something that would be high quality without being feloniously expensive, and ideally something that I wouldn't easily find here in Seattle.
It does look like reservations for eight might be a problem at these places, they appear quite popular, hence my request for other suggestions... but feedback on these would be great.
Oh, and Oleana and Catalyst have come up in discussions as well.
Yeah, I may be coming at this whole thing all wrong, in that here in Seattle, you'd have to have your head examined to drive downtown for dinner on a weekend... it's generally best (and totally reasonable) to stay in the quadrant you are in, which is fine because there's tons of great food everywhere.
I get the sense that Denver freeways are not congested permanently during daylight hours...
OK, so apparently the area I've described is a bit of a culinary wasteland. I did find a few things that people suggested, and was wondering if anyone might provide feedback on this list.
Thai Street Food
Hi fellow Chowhounders.
I find myself traveling to Denver on Friday or more accurately, I'll be staying north east of the city, near the airport and Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
It appears the nearest major city is Aurora, and Denver downtown is a bit of a drive.
I live in Seattle and so we get lots of great Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and so forth here... but that also means I love those foods LOL.
Any suggestions for restaurants not to be missed in the Aurora, airport, Dick's Sporting Goods Park area?
I am particularly interested in people making family recipes and notable local specialties.
Seattle is a bit of a barbeque wasteland, so if there's any great BBQ, I'm always up for that. I'm also always up for a really solid hearty quality breakfast... and good doughnuts.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions. I did some searches on the Chow boards and it was a real mess, 99% of the suggestions were downtown, and while that might work for one evening, it's more likely that we'll have weird little patches of two to four hours open at various points, and so it's hard to plan that drive.
I like Stanley! quite a bit and recommend it. The food is traditional in terms of ingredients, but they are presented oddly, which makes it fun.
I very much like EAT especially the blue cheese with fig spread (yum!) but they have odd hours for breakfast and/or brunch, so likely will not work for you. Worth the effort if you are in town when they are open.
Clover Grill is just a wild scene, you don't go there for the food, IMHO.
I feel kind of similar for CdM, if you take their food over to Jackson Square and relax in the park, it can be very nice, but the food itself isn't anything super amazing, and doesn't rise to the level of "breakfast" for me, it's not enough. Definitely a better choice for a snack at some random point during the day (and you'll miss the AM and late night crowds that way, too).
I am in the home stretch and was wondering about opinions on the following for our group (24 people at this point) for Thursday dinner... mostly men, 40-50 years old, loud but not ridiculous.
I am also very seriously considering Jacques-Imo's, and would love any further opinions on them.
Last year from Dante's we walked over to Mapleleaf and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Also last year, someone suggested Jacques-Imos and I happened to mention that I really like Coop's Place and another couple of board members said JI was overrated, expensive, and the food wasn't as good as Coop's. I haven't eaten there because of that exchange... Coop's is of course impossible for our group, but it was a point of reference, I guess, as a number of people said "eh, you're eating at Coop's while you are here, no point in going to Jacques Imos" basically.
Anyone else have an opinion on Jacques Imo's?
Cafe Giovanni looks interesting but it seems weird to me to travel to New Orleans to eat Italian food. Am I missing something?
NOLA does seem like a good match, but looking at the menu, it's a bit -- just a bit -- expensive, probably, given where we've been in the past.
Anyone want to recommend an old favorite, perhaps outside the Quarter that's worth the trip? Something new, in the Quarter, that I might not know about or have missed?
Thanks in advance for any other suggestions... I'm going to go over my notes, and read the board a bit, and see what else I can turn up on my own, too.
Hi there, I mostly lurk, but have been around a bit, and this will be my eighth or nineth trip to NOLA.
I typically end up making the eating arrangements for a couple of large group meals, and this board has been invaluable, thank you.
This year we're probably a bit larger than in years past, I am anticipating at least 20, more likely 25 men for dinner on a Thursday night in early November.
We stay near the French Quarter and so ideally would have something in walking distance. No problem going outside if it is well and truly worth it...
We don't need to be seated all at one huge table, or even all at one time, as long as there's a bar. Groups of four to eight would be totally fine. We're flexible on start time as long as it's not too early, typically we start anywhere from 7 PM to 8:30 PM. Don't need to finish up at once, either, and don't need a bunch of separate checks... basically we're willing to do whatever we can to make it easy.
We are on vacation so some guys have resisted dressing up. We can handle business casual as long as it's not ridiculously rigorous i.e. if someone is wearing clean $100 tennis shoes, that can't be a problem.
Price point, something on the order of $35ish for an appetizer and entree would be fine. Obviously those who drink will spend quite a bit more... we do require beer, wine, cocktails.
Here's a list of places we have used in the recent past and thoughts on each. We like to try to go somewhere new every year...
2011 Dante's Kitchen -- people loved the food, and we had no issues, slightly expensive, quite a distance from the Quarter, probably worth the effort
2010 Cochon -- a repeat, many people love this place, long walk from the Quarter but doable
2009 Bayona -- great food, some guys really enjoyed an expensive bottle of wine, our group was probably a bit rowdy for the overall tone of the place but conversely the environment probably lightened up and got energized by us, it's not like we felt like we had to really self edit all that much
2008 Pelican Club -- food was OK, not great, we were seated at one huge table, which was kind of nice, but overall was probably more dressy, more expensive, and less hearty than we like
2007 Cochon -- a favorite
One place that comes up in discussion periodically is NOLA. We haven't made it there on a Thursday dinner yet as a big group, but various of us have eaten there and enjoyed it. My records say 2004 for my last meal there. So, that's one possible contender.
We'll be at Commanders for lunch Thursday, so a contrast with their food would be good. (Haven't checked, but am assuming they still do the .25 martinis limit three. Garden room rocks.)
We do tend to get a bit raucous, but we're not a bunch of crazy drunken young guys... average age is 45.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have!
Hey guys. First, I have to thank you in advance for what I'm sure will be some great suggestions. I've had really good luck with Chowhound recommendations in many different cities, and I'm sure this will be no exception.
Eight or ten of us are heading down from Seattle tonight on the train to celebrate a friend's 40th birthday.
We'll be staying at Park Lane Suites 809 SW King Ave.
We're a fairly informal bunch, on the whole, and obviously a decent sized group.
I would love one or two walkable "high value" recommendations for
* late night big snack (9 PMish)
* bar / drinking establishment
* nightclub / live music / dancing
By "high value" I mean places that feature really good value for the money... both in terms of quality and quantity of the food. i.e. my favorite places are honest straightforward food, prepared well, served hot, at fair prices. I'd rather eat at an 8 if the prices are a 4 than eat at a 10/10.
Bonus points for places that are somewhat unique.
Thanks again for your help!
Embarassed to admit it, but I have never tried a Hubig's pie. I'll have to fix that. Thank you for the pointer!
Very interesting. Thanks for the pointer. We did end up grabbing reservations for Stella and are looking forward to it, but I'll keep Coquette in mind for future and/or if we need something nice for later in the week.
Do you have any opinion on some of the "value" lunches? I've been considering Luke ($15), August ($20), MiLa ($20) for Thursday lunch... it's gotta be good as we'll be doing Stella! Wednesday night, and Dante's Thursday night...
I travel to New Orleans once a year, this will be my sixth or seventh trip, lost track.
I was very disappointed last year that Verti Marte was closed due to fire.
I'm excited, but slightly concerned, to see that Verti Marte is apparently back up and running.
Is it still the same? Same food, same location, same phone number, same menu?
I sure hope so! I need a Royal Feast!
Thanks for any information!
Thanks for the replies, I really appreciate it.
I kind of figured they were apples and oranges.
I am also definitely interested in value, so my ears really pricked up at the concept that Jacques is "about on par" with Coop's given that Jacques is quite a bit more spendy, and more hassle, given where we're staying.
Hi there. I travel to NOLA once a year and this will be my sixth or seventh visit, I think.
Each year I try to hit a few new places, while mixing in my favorites.
I am planning on hitting Dante's Kitchen with a large group of friends on an upcoming Thursday night.
Wednesday I will be out with a smaller group of friends for dinner. Usually we go for something a bit more "special" -- we ate at Restaurant August last year.
The two restaurants we're considering for Wednesday right now are Jacque-Imo's and Stella!
I'm curious as to which you'd pick, and why.
I guess if all things are equal (and they never are) that I'd probably prefer the one that would have the most contrast to Dante's.
I haven't been to any of these, but note that they all get some positive press here on Chowhound. Thanks to everyone for all your posts, I discovered Coop's Place through this board, as well as Cochon...
Wow. I'd really love confirmation of this. I'm flying to New Orleans in a couple of hours from Seattle and wanted to have lunch at August but Friday is a bit messed up schedulewise. If they will be open for lunch Thursday, or even better Sunday, I can definitely make it.
If anyone on the ground can answer the OP, I'll definitely check this thread again... if there isn't an answer here by Thursday AM sometime, I'll take a walk by August and see what's up.
Quick comment on OpenTable, it can be a bit rough on the restaurant. Apparently (at least here in Seattle) the restaurant allocates tables to them, you aren't pulling from the pool of all tables. Yes, this means that OT might show no reservations available, but if you call the restaurant they have tables open... It also goes the other way, you might show up to eat, see tables empty, and be asked to wait because those tables are being held for potential Open Table reservations.
Long story short, if you want a specific time, it's smart to check both with the restaurant and with OpenTable.
(Just some advice that was given to me by a Seattle restaurant owner who uses OpenTable... he asked that I call the restaurant first, as every reservation that goes through OpenTable results in a payment to OT)
Celeste, I'm staying at the Hotel St. Marie at 827 Tolouse in the Quarter.
I've been told by locals that under no circumstances should I walk from my hotel to Willie Mae's. Are they just being alarmist, or is the area around Louis Armstrong Park still dangerous?
I am talking about full daylight, probably Friday lunchtime.
It's been a long time, but in 2006, Fiorella's Cafe (near Coop's Place) had outstanding fried chicken. I was told last year that there were new owners, but they were still making fried chicken with the same recipe... but I haven't eaten there in two years.
Willie Mae's Scotch House is on my short list of places to try, haven't made it there, but between the bad neighborhood, the somewhat weird hours, and the wildly inconsistent reviews, it's hard to get excited.
I love Coop's Place, but have never had the fried chicken... too many good things on the menu!
Hi again. A group of friends and I travel to New Orleans pretty much every year, and a highlight last year was a Thursday dinner at Cochon. This was a Chowhound recommendation, and the restaurant hit the ball out of the park. We're a rather boisterous group of 40-50 year old men, and it's never clear exactly how many people will go to the dinner until the afternoon of. Typically we're talking 12 to 15 people, and relatively early, 6 PM or so.
One of the organizers this year proposed The Pelican Club, and I've never been. From the rough reading of what I can find online, it seems that this should be a reasonable choice, but I'm nervous about taking a bunch of people to a place when I haven't even walked by it and looked at the room and the menu.
Should I be nervous, or is this a good choice?
Again, to put things in perspective, Cochon was a big hit with our group, and earlier in the day I had walked by Herbsaint (too upscale and room too small, we'd annoy other diners), Restaurant August (way too upscale, same issue with our loud party), Bayona (actually, looked pretty reasonable, but I can get great fusion food here in Seattle) and Stella (they were closed, but it looked interesting.)
We had a nice meal at NOLA in 2006 or 2005.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!
Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
Hi, all. I'm making my fifth or sixth trip to New Orleans, it's become a more or less annual thing, and wanted to check up on the status of some of my favorite French Quarter and nearby restaurants.
If you know a place has gotten significantly worse in the last year, or has closed, or significantly more expensive, please post your thoughts!
If you know a place has gotten better, is less expensive, or has better ambiance than before, I'd love to hear that too... also VERY welcome for any suggestions of other similar places that you personally think are not to be missed OR are better quality OR better value...
Without further ado, the list:
Coop's Place ("real" NOLA food)
I didn't find Fiorella's in the database, it's at 45 French Market Pl, near Coop's Place.
Chowhound has been very helpful in the past, and I appreciate your thoughts this time around!
Mona Lisa Restaurant
Deja Vu Restaurant & Bar
I decided to check out Coop's Place last night by myself to see what I thought. I was super impressed! Great food, not fussy, and the kicker of an excellent short scotch list was a welcome surprise. I'm going to have to haul all the guys out there Saturday night.
Random aside, I walked by Deanie's and it looked OK but I was slightly turned off by the lack of a menu in the window. (I know, I can see it online, but still, posting one outside is a nice gesture.) I ended up talking with a couple of folks who were outside for a smoke and they indicated they weren't all that impressed with the food. Then again, who knows what they have for expectations, or what they ordered? That said, the combination of the feedback on the ground from those folks and the overall "too clean, too glossy" kind of ambiance plus the lack of an up to date menu made me plan to miss it...
Looks like Stella is closed anyway...
Seems like August has a full bar, and Bayona does not, from what I can glean online... That may be the kicker!
My short list (in no particular order) for the relatively large informal group Saturday night is Cochon, Coop's Place, Deanie's Seafood, Mr. B's Bistro, and Herbsaint.
Also thinking of taking a smaller group of four or so on Thursday to Stella, August or perhaps Bayona.
I'm having trouble cutting down either list... Any safety issues walking from Toulouse & Dauphine to any of these locations in evening hours? (Dark, but not late night.)
Anyone care to wade in with an opinion?
Hi all... flying out tomorrow for what is probably my sixth or seventh more or less annual trip to New Orleans... my schedule is always tight, with events in our hotel in the Quarter, so I can't stray too far... but I've built up a few favorites, thanks to this board and others.
I wanted to fire off my short list, and see if anyone cares to share a recent opinion, update, feedback or alternative. Obviously things are changing quite a bit from month to month, and if one of my old standbys is slipping, I'd love to know beforehand, as my time is limited!
Verti Marte -- mmm Royal Feast mmm
As I look over this list, it's heavy on super casual dining and lunch places, but a bit spare as far as hearty Cajun or Creole dinner spots, missing a good inexpensive seafood dinner spot, and could probably stand to have a breakfast place or two added.
I've had Coop's Place, Deanie's Seafood, and Ernst Cafe recommended to me in the past as good dinner places, and I've had fairly decent breakfasts at Fiorella's, Clover Grill and a small place near Fiorella's up a side street away from the river with a "sunshine" type motif.
So, sound off! Which of these places are slipping? Which of them are still must visit? What oldtimers have I missed? What newcomers need to be added?
My stomach thanks you in advance!
Hi there, long time lurker and NOLA visitor, first time poster...
I'm part of a group of guys coming in for this weekend and we're always a bit disorganized but we'll probably have a group of 12 to 15 for dinner Saturday night, probably 6 PMish.
I'm looking for hearty real food, good "value" i.e. quality and quantity are reasonable given what is being paid, and an atmosphere that can absorb a large party of men without missing a beat...
Relatively casual is a plus. Near the Quarter i.e. safe walking distance is a big plus. Possibility of getting seated without a reservation also a plus. Full bar a plus.
We're totally happy to break up into smaller tables, FWIW.
For perspective, a couple of years ago we went to NOLA and folks really enjoyed it.
If you've got a place that sounds perfect, but would require a cab or a reservation, please feel free to toss it out there, and I'll consider it... Thanks in advance!