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One other suggestion is Second Helpings catering, which is a program of Odyssey House. Last time I tried Reconcile, no one would return my call so I went with Second Helpings, which everyone enjoyed.

Apr 21, 2009
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Recs for Thursday Dinner

I need help trying to decide where to go to dinner on Thursday evening this week. I am trying to decide which restaurants to head to for Dining Out For Life. It's a fundraiser for NO/AIDS Task Force where restaurants donate 25% of their proceeds to NO/AIDS. I can't make up my mind between Marigny Brasserie (I want to see what the new chef is doing over there) or Meauxbar Bistro. Or maybe we'll head to Metairie for Vega Tapas or Chateau du Lac.

Any suggestions? The full list is at, in case there is something there that I shouldn't miss.

Thanks in advance

Jul 15, 2008
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Summer Menus

Vega Tapas starts its Tour of the Mediterranean Tasting menus on July 14th. Each country lasts a week, with Morocco being the first up. Tasting menu is $27 with an optional wine pairing for $16.

Jun 27, 2008
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

FQ "picnic" options?

I'll be leading an FQ tour this weekend for a group of out-of-towners at a conference. I need to figure out what to do with them for lunch. I am thinking of maybe getting a sampling of things and eating by the river. I've already decided on a muff from Central Grocery. I'm trying to figure out where I can get a pound or two of crawfish in the Quarter for everyone to try.

any other ideas for what i can pick up along the tour?

Mar 17, 2008
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

FQ dinner for 50 - 60 in May

Looking for a place in the FQ that will host a sit down dinner for 50 - 60 people. Trying to keep the costs on the lower side, so not looking for anything too extravagant. (no more than $45/$50 a person). I've already called Tujague's and they aren't available for the weekend I need. It's part of a conference with mostly out-of-town folks, so a dinner that's more New Orleans cuisine is preferred over say steak or baked chicken.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

Mar 07, 2008
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Veggie options downtown

I'm working on restaurant recs for a conference coming in march. The conference hotel is The Sheraton on Canal St. I'm trying to find some place with some good vegetarian options for dinner within walking distance of the hotel. I know a completely vegetarian restaurant is a a lost cause in that area, so I just need a rec for some place that has some options.

Thanks in advance.

Feb 29, 2008
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Where should I go?

This Thursday is Dining For Life, a fundraiser for NO/AIDS Task Force and a bunch of area restaurants are participating (they donate 25% of what they make that day to NO/AIDS). My group is having trouble deciding where to go and I'm looking for suggestions. We're trying to decide between Martinique Bistro, Meauxbar Bistro, Mat & Naddies or Wolfe's in the Warehouse (we're trying go go somewhere none of us have been before, and apparently we don't eat at places that start with the letter M)

Any recommendations?

Here's the link in case anyone else is interested:

Jul 17, 2007
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Palm Court Jazz Cafe

Haven't been there recently, but a friend of mine works there and I know that they are closing down for a month for renovations.

Jul 17, 2007
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Restaurants on summer vacation

Meauxbar Bistro is closed until July 16th.

La Peniche is closed until July 13th.

Jul 09, 2007
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

Best Gumbo in NO?

I hate to burst people's bubble,, but what Gobbles said about many restaurants buying pre-made gumbo, is true, sort of.

I am pretty sure that the brand is called Gumbo Factory, but I can't be certain. Many local restaurants do order this product. (I have worked in a few of them, in fact.) Some doctor it up, others just heat and serve with rice. It is a surprisingly tasty product that comes frozen in a bag.

That being said, there are LOTS of restaurants that would never think of ordering pre-made gumbo in a bag. Mr. B's, Herbsaint, Casamento's, Dooky Chase, Commander's, etc. all make their gumbo in house. You can probably guess which one's would make their own, and which would order it. (though you might be surprised by some).

Jan 16, 2007
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

New England Katrina Workers need cheap eats in New Orleans!

Great place for cheap and good eats is Sunday afternoon/evenings at Bacchanal on the corner of Poland and Chartres. A local chef cooks a variety of options and sells them in the courtyard. Usually it's chef pete formerly of marisol, but sometimes others make an appearance. the food is always delicious and cheap.

I'm not sure what the schedule is with the holidays, so it might be best to call first. 504-948-9111

Dec 29, 2006
nowonmai11 in New Orleans

New Year in New Orleans

Sadly, the posts that mention El Matador are outdated as it has been closed for a while now. The owner now operates One Eyed Jacks on Toulouse btwn Chartres and Royal.

If you are into live music, definitely pick up an Offbeat or Gambit. Both are also online ( &

As for bars, there's lots of them right in the French Quarter where you will be staying. You should probably hit Bourbon Street at least one night, or everyone back home will look at you funny if you skip it. Don't stay too long because the area is very touristy and most of the bars are overpriced. Most anything off bourbon is a better bet.

There's the carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St.) which is one of my favorite in town. Also hit up:
Molly's at the Market (1107 Decatur)
Frenchman St. bars and clubs (as someone already mentioned) Bombay Club (830 Conti St.) great Martini Bar
Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (941 Bourbon St.) the exception to bourbon st. tourist traps
Napoleon House (500 Chartres St.) nice bar, great lunches. order the pimm's cup
Coop's Place (2 doors down from molly's) for good late night eats
Mimi's in the Marigny (2601 Royal St.)outside the quarter, but good drinks and they serve tapas upstairs till 4 am. definitely recommend taking a cab from the quarter if you go at night.

Dec 28, 2006
nowonmai11 in New Orleans