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Christmas in New Orleans

Called Brigtsen's to ask if they'd be open during Christmas week. Left a message but they never called back. Bad sign? I read good things about Peche too, but JazzyB recommends GW Fins over Peche and we were going with the recommendation. We could obviously do both GW Fins and Peche.

Oct 22, 2013
babegourmand in New Orleans

Christmas in New Orleans

Thank you so much. Can't wait to get there. There was some talk about Root, Stella and R'evolution. The list we have so far is: GW Fins, Cochon, August, Coquette, Commander's Palace, Brigtsen's (if open), Domenica and Luke.
I have been hearing good things about R'evolution, Stella and Root from some of the other posts. Any thoughts?

Oct 17, 2013
babegourmand in New Orleans

Christmas in New Orleans

Thanks for all your suggestions. Coquette and GW Fins are on our list now. And so is Domenica. Will call Brigtsen's to see if they are open.

Please suggest "must have" dishes at any of these places. We know we will get all the small plates at Cochon, pizza (any one in particular?) at Domenica. Anything else we should not miss?

Oct 16, 2013
babegourmand in New Orleans

Christmas in New Orleans

We are planning a New Orleans trip from 12/25 to 1/1. Last time we were in NOLA for 2 nights, we ate at Cochon and Luke and loved both. This time we were thinking of Commander’s Palace, August, Peche, Brigtsen’s, and K-Paul in addition to Cochon and Luke.

We are guessing since executive chefs take their vacation during that time, are any of these places not worth going to, or are our fears unfounded? (We once had a not-so-great experience in NYC couple of Christmas’ ago but had a wonderful time in Chicago last Christmas).

We are also looking for more restaurant suggestions. Although Cochon is well regarded in NOLA, I think Luke is overlooked. I wonder why considering we had a wonderful dinner at Luke (we are big pork lovers and the mangalitsa pork dish on the menu at Luke was oh so good).

Oct 13, 2013
babegourmand in New Orleans

Christmas in Chicago

Thanks! I also called Longman and Eagle and they said they will have a snack type dinner on Christmas evening but are closed for brunch. They is quite a hike for a snack dinner anyway!

Nov 20, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Christmas in Chicago

Thanks Gonzo70 for the options.

Nov 20, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Christmas in Chicago

Thanks nsxtacy. Jose Garces's Amada used to be one of our favorite places in Philadelphia but we have been disappointed the last couple of times we have been there. Any reviews of Mercat a La Planxa being or not being consistent recently that you know of? Thanks again, You have been so much help.

Nov 20, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Christmas in Chicago

We are arriving in Chicago on Christmas Day. We had planned on lunch at Purple Pig (they are closed) and dinner at Avec (they are closed too). Any suggestions for restaurants that are open on Christmas and offer regular menus (no Christmas special menus)? On later dates we have reservations at Topolobampo, Takashi, Blackbird, North Pond, Girl and the Goat, Publican, Piccolo Sogno Due and Sable.

Nov 20, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

How does the ticket thing work? You are not paying when you are buying a ticket , are you? This is new to me. Also there isn't a detailed menu on their website but the rustic menu sounds interesting and isn't too pricey either. Any way of finding out what a typical rustic menu looks like?

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

One of the reasons we were thinking of ST was that we liked what Takashi was doing on Top Chef Masters. There are so many other places now that we want to try, we might have to forgo ST.

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

Thanks. I will wait on that. Also any thoughts about EL Ideas? It has been 48 hrs since I e-mailed them for reservations and they don't seem to pick up their phone either. Will it be terrible if we missed it? I seem to be hearing so many good things about EL Ideas and Goosefoot lately.

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

That makes the decision easy!

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

No, we wouldn't have gone to Burt's anyway. And everyone seems to agree - either Lou Malnati or Pizano. Makes it easy! :-)

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

Thanks! I would swap Trencherman with Au Cheval but they don't accept reservations and someone posted on yelp that they had a 3-hr wait! Is that normal for Au Cheval?

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

Thanks for all the suggestions. Will do the PHB+Maria's during late lunch. I don't want to ditch Blackbird (for lunch) so the choice is between Publican and Avec. If we had to ditch one, would you suggest ditching Publican then?
Would you also recommend swapping a noodle lunch at Slurping Turtle for Yusho in case we can't do both? Vera's menu looks good, not typical tapas but I would say Jose Garces style menu perhaps. We will check it out. Thanks so much!

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

I can't seem to find a link to Au Cheval's menu. They have great photos on their website but no sample menu!!! Since making reservations at Trencherman I have been reading not-so-flattering things about them! They don't accept reservations either. How difficult/easy is it to get in during peak dinner service?

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

Thanks! Personally I like my thin crust pizza with cheese and nothing else. Do they make a cheese only deep dish? I don't think I have even seen a deep dish pizza (on TV yes but not in real life!!!). I remember Bourdain liking the deep dish pie at Burt's Place (his opinion it just shouldn't be called pizza). I am keeping an open mind though.

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

Just made a reservation at the Publican and made the request for a private table:-) Good to know about the small-sized pizza and that is what we will order. We just lived through Sandy so the thought of a major weather event during our Chicago visit is shuddering. We plan to be indoors most of the time so we'd be okay. Restaurants and museums are all we are planning for.
Any suggestions for dinner and fun for new years eve? Thanks again!

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

Thanks so much. Made a reservation at Topolobampo for lunch. I did not know that Publican, Avec and Blackbird have similarities (I should have paid more attention - their websites very similar). So we are dropping Avec from the list. We will do the prix fixe lunch at Blackbird and a dinner at Publican. The North Pond/Naha suggestion is great - still early to make reservations at North Pond but will do as soon as it opens up. We'd also add Piccolo Sogno to our list.

New list -

Lunch:
Blackbird
Takashi or Slurping Turtle
Purple Pig
Topolobampo (reserved)
Lou Malnati
The Peasantry

Dinner:
North Pond
Girl and the Goat (reserved)
EL Ideas (haven't heard from them yet)
Trencherman (reserved)
Piccolo Sogno Due
The Publican
Longman and Eagle

Do any of the good places do deep dish pizza by slice? Don't want to fill up on pizza but do want to try a good Chicago pie. And thanks for the breakfast suggestions too. We had the Pleasant House Bakery in mind (but more for their meat pasties than breakfast).

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area

Please review my list for Christmas-New Years week

We are visiting Chicago from Dec 25 till Jan 1. We love restaurants like Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal, Cochon, August and Luke in New Orleans, Incanto and Chez Pannise in SFO and BYOBs in Philadelphia like Audrey Claire, basically unpretentious contemporary or modern-ethnic and pig-centric places. With that in mind, can someone please comment on the list we have for Chicago.

Lunch:
Blackbird
Takashi or Slurping Turtle
Purple Pig
Frontera Grill
Deep Dish Pizza (Uno perhaps or any other suggestions?)
The Peasantry

Dinner:
Girl and the Goat (reserved)
EL Ideas (haven't heard from them yet)
Trencherman (reserved)
Home Bistro
The Publican
Longman and Eagle
Avec
GEB Bistro

We will either be staying near Millennium Park or close to Magnificent Mile and we won't have a car. A short taxi ride is okay. Any suggestions? Thanks very much.

Oct 31, 2012
babegourmand in Chicago Area