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Spoonik

Wondering if any fellow chowhounders have visited here. We will be in Barcelona next year, sounds like a lot of fun, would love any input. Thank so much!

Sep 22, 2014
n.o.lover in Spain/Portugal

Nice France baguette help

I am hoping for some help for great bread recs in the port area. My apartment is right by L'Ane Rouge Restaurant. Thanks so much!

Apr 22, 2013
n.o.lover in France

Tickets

Wonderful, thanks for the help! I am so surprised how reasonably priced their wine list is. Can't wait!!

Mar 05, 2013
n.o.lover in Spain/Portugal

Tickets

Awesome, thanks for the advice. This is one of our splurge meals, so just curious, how much should we expect to spend?

Mar 04, 2013
n.o.lover in Spain/Portugal

Tickets

Wow, so excited, just got reservations for Tickets for May 3rd. Would love to have any advice as to how to get the most enjoyment out of this evening. Thanks so much for all of your help!!!

Mar 03, 2013
n.o.lover in Spain/Portugal

R'evolution, not just the name is subpar

I wish that I had the eloquence of Rene. My experience was frightfully similar. We were so looking forward to this meal, and were so let down by awkward service and food that missed the mark many times. Hopefully they improve in the future, but the restaurant really felt soulless (we were there this past November).

Feb 24, 2013
n.o.lover in New Orleans

2012 Recap? What were your top 3 N.O. meals?

Based on my visit last month, my most memorable:

Coquette: Unbelievable two days in a row, one lunch, one dinner. I know, repetitive, but just amazing. Our server Tracy was terrific, food was great, just so wonderful all the way around. Fried oyster appetizer, salad with goat cheese & spiced pecans, shrimp and grits to die for.

Mila: 3 course lunch. Celery root soup, crab, green apple and mustard oil. One of the best dishes I have ever eaten. Desserts were to die for - rice pudding and banana flavored ice cream were both amazing.

Commander's Palace: We usually only make it to New Orleans once a year, so turtle soup never ceases to wow us. Oysters and Absinthe in a dome, too. Fabulous hospitality.

My only disappointment, agreed, maybe had to do with expectations:

R'Evolution: Service was amateurish, quail was overcooked, just felt cold overall. I really loved the tour of the kitchen, though.

Can't wait until next year!!!!

Dec 29, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Please help me decide

Thanks so much for all of your advice, I really appreciate it! We have 2 sets of friends meeting us, and both want to try Coquette, hence the duplicate. The thing that I love is knowing that we'll be back, since we now visit at least once a year. It takes so much pressure off of what used to be an awful decision making process. We've been to over 50 restaurants in New Orleans, and love the po-boy spots, I just find the lunch deals to be too amazing to pass up. I'll be sure to post about our visit, something that I'm usually remiss about. Thanks again for the help!

Nov 01, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Please help me decide

Can't wait to be back in town next week! Here is our itinerary:

Sunday night (late arrival): Domenica
Monday lunch: Mila
Monday dinner: R'Evolution
Tuesday lunch: Commander's Palace
Tuesday dinner: Coquette
Wednesday lunch: Coquette (I know, very repetitive, but just loved Coquette last year.)
Wednesday dinner: Upperline
Thursday lunch: Commander's (unless R'Evolution requires a second visit).

We've never been to Domenica, R'Evolution or Upperline, but have been to the others on the list. Question is, should we keep Upperline? It gets scratched every visit, (I think that this will be our 15th) and my hubbie is insistent that we are going this year. I just wonder if it is worth going to, or if we should try something else - Rue 127, Atchafalya, or Borgne. Upperline seems like it might be on par with Irene's from what I have seen and read, and I really would prefer something just a bit more refined. Would love your help on this!

Oct 28, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

What and where is the single best dish in New Orleans?

Love Commander's turtle soup, so glad that a native is on the same page!!! Can't wait to have it on our next visit in November.

Aug 04, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

thinking about Brennan's?

Oh, a mediocre meal in New Orleans is such a waste of calories. Too many great choices! :-)

Jul 21, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

thinking about Brennan's?

We used to go every visit, couldn't imagine leaving N.O. without having breakfast at Brennan's. Yes, it was expensive, the price of dinner at breakfast, but always lovely. Our last time was two or three years ago, and we were sorely disappointed. It really was like eating on a cruise ship, the entire dining room was served every course at the same time. Bananas Foster was just like justagirl described - made across the room (actually for several tables at the same time) and delivered to everyone from there, instead of table side. The service used to be superb, the food was expensive but reliably good as expected of old line restaurants. They now surcharge for Turtle Soup and Bananas Foster, so it is far more expensive than it used to be. No doubt you can do better elsewhere.

Jul 21, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Restaurant R'evolution Could be a Game Changer

The site is now up and running, including the wine list.

http://www.revolutionnola.com/index.html

Can't wait to visit in November, the menu looks fabulous.

Jun 10, 2012
n.o.lover in New Orleans

In search of a great cheese shop in Nice

Merci, shall investigate today.

Apr 19, 2012
n.o.lover in France

In search of a great cheese shop in Nice

Awesome Parigi, really appreciate your help. We'll walk over today. Merci!!!

Apr 19, 2012
n.o.lover in France

In search of a great cheese shop in Nice

Please help, we are in Nice for the next two weeks, and have discovered that our favorite cheese shop in Old Nice has closed. We would love some recommendations for a great cheese shop, we are happy to walk or take the bus anywhere in the area. Many thanks!

Apr 19, 2012
n.o.lover in France

Need help for Nice in April

Thank you Pedro and xigua. La Taille de Guepe looks lovely. I'm dreaming of the Tarte Aux Pommes at Bistro d'Antoine, can't wait to have it again.

Feb 02, 2012
n.o.lover in France

Need help for Nice in April

We will be spending two weeks in Nice this April, and could use some help. This will be our third time there, so we have some favorites in Nice - Bistro Antoine, Bar du Coin, Achiardo, to name a few. We had a great lunch on a Sunday in Antibes at Le Vauban. Generally we prefer bistro atmosphere to Michelin starred restaurants.

Would love to find a place for great tartare either in Nice or surrounding towns. Also, Sunday is pretty slim for choices in Nice - we really don't love dining on the Cours de Saleya, so any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Jan 27, 2012
n.o.lover in France

Galatoire's POOR service and CANNED Peas!

I was at Galatoire's just last month. It wasn't my favorite meal from a strict food perspective, but I have eaten there many times and always have a great time. It is funny to imagine that a child with an i-pad and headphones is now considered appropriate in a fine dining establishment. I guess that times are changing, and I love that Galatoire's upholds its standards.

As a funny note, my daughter met us in NO last year - she and her fiancee arrived the day before us. She told him to pack a jacket so that they could have dinner at Galatoire's - they arrived the day before us. He had a jacket, along with a fancy pants t-shirt and sneakers. She was not so happy with his packing, and knew that Galatoire's would not be appropriate.

Last funny observation, canned peas are everywhere in Paris and Nice. Just sayin.

Dec 30, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Le Foret

Thank you for the update, and for saving me the disappointment. I loved my last two meals there, but was worried about the chef change and all of the mixed reviews.

Aug 16, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Please help me narrow down my list

I thought that I read that they have a by the glass wine special on Wednesdays, and it looks like they have a nice wine list. Is this still the case?

Aug 04, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Please help me narrow down my list

Thank you!

Aug 04, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Please help me narrow down my list

Thank you, Bayou T. Tommy's looks great, similar menu to Irene's but a bit broader if I remember Irene's correctly. Which do you think has better food, Tommy's or GW Fins? We're having lunch at Coquette on Wednesday, which sounds just great!

Aug 04, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Please help me narrow down my list

We are coming to New Orleans in November with our brother and sister-in-law, neither have been to the city before. We'll be staying at the Inn on Bourbon, and would like to avoid taking cabs. Here are our thoughts so far:

Monday dinner: Herbsaint
Tuesday lunch: Restaurant August
Tuesday dinner: please help -we've been to Le Foret twice and have loved it, but have read that it is not as good as in the past. So, we are thinking: GW Fins, the Grill Room, Emerils, Ste. Marie, Domenica. Very open to input, thanks!
Wednesday lunch: Coquette
Wednesday dinner: Galatoires
Thursday lunch: Commander's Palace

We've been to most of these restaurants before, except Coquette, GW Fins, Ste. Marie and Domenica. I dont' think that my family members would be comfortable with Stella's cost, although we had a great meal there a few years ago. We've been to Irene's and really liked it, but would like something just a bit more upscale.

I would love to hear if there is anything that you think is missing from our agenda for our family members. Thank you in advance!

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Restaurant August
301 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Galatoire's Restaurant
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Herbsaint
701 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Domenica
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Le Foret
Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Ste. Marie
930 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70113

Aug 01, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Best base for food/drink on Amalfi Coast?

I was in Praiano for 2 weeks this past April and just loved it. We really fell in love with the wood fired pizzas at LaBrace. In Amalfi we had two great experiences at Pizzeria da Maria. The spirit of generosity there was amazing. On our first visit they gave us a little bottle of Limoncello to take with us. The second time that we went they greeted us like family, and treated us to limoncello after lunch. Fabulous wood fired pizza, and really nice salads.

Just outside of Positano we had a wonderful meal at La Taverna del Leone. We went for dinner and shared an amazing antipasto and some terrific pasta dishes, sorry that I don't remember details, but everything there was great. The waiter even offered to give us a ride home if we missed the last bus.

You will love the area, the people are so warm and welcoming.

Jul 25, 2011
n.o.lover in Italy

A Surprise Trip to Nice, France

Bistro Antoine, great food, very small, right in the old town. The owners are always there, very friendly once you get to know them. Actually cooked pigeon just for me - remembered me from a visit the prior year.

Apr 09, 2011
n.o.lover in France

Help for daughter's 30th birthday dinner

We will be visiting my daughter later this month to celebrate her birthday, and would love some recommendations. She has been to Gotham Bar & Grill and loved it. I am thinking of Annisa, Colicchio and Sons, Union Square Cafe and also Gotham. Any recommendations for places that are a bit less expensive than Gotham would be much appreciated.

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Annisa
13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

Mar 06, 2011
n.o.lover in Manhattan

New Orleans on a diet....

I am always on a diet, but I have learned that I should just do myself a favor in New Orleans and eat. I mean really eat. Forget low carb, forget low fat, or whatever you are working around. This is a city where every calorie is worth it. Deprive yourself at home, not in New Orleans. Seriously, this is a city where you should just eat. Enough said! :-)

Feb 15, 2011
n.o.lover in New Orleans

Super excited- but don't read or speak French - Am I in trouble?

Wow, technology is just great, thank you for the tip!

Jan 27, 2011
n.o.lover in Not About Food

Frenchie, or....

We arrive Wednesday, so dinner will be Thursday at Josephine. Wow, I'm surprised to hear that the morels are not exciting. Thank you for the tip!

Jan 27, 2011
n.o.lover in France