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Tourist/Foodie's weeklong vacation: restaurant reviews

Well, NO really did live up to expectations, once again, even though we tried several places we had not formerly dined at (thanks Chowhounds!). We stayed at a B&B Uptown near St. Charles and Carrollton, so many of our choices were in tha area or convenient by streetcar. Here goes....

ONE (during 5-7 happy hour, drinks and apps half price). Food: A Service & Atmo: A Value: A+. My wife and I togetherhad 4 drinks and 4 apps for under $50 total. All were just great, especially the chargrilled oysters and scallops.

AUGUST ($20.12 lunch) Food: A+ Serv & Dec: A+ Value: A+ Beautiful, fancy and great!

BRIGTSENS: Food: A- Atmo & Svc: B+ Value:B Homey, service a little rushed and main dishes did not come at same time. Duck and Shellfish platter, and banana bread pudding very good.

BOUCHERIE F:B+ Atmo& Svc:B- Value:A- shrimp & grit cake, briskett, duck poorboy just OK

BAYONA F: A A&S: A V:B sweetbreads, scallops, at in beautiful courtyard

DANTE: (brunch) F: A D&SV: B V: A- Poached eggs over debris

UPPERLINE: F: A- D & S: B V: B+ 7 course tasting menu great

COMMANDER"S PALACE: (jazz brunch) A+ SVC: A+ DEC: A- V: A Oyster dome & bread pudding suffle

CAFE GRENADA: (on restaurant.com and had $25 coupon) F: B D&S: B V: C+ (if did not use coupon, B+ with it)

SURREYS: F: A Dec: C- SVC: B+ VAL: A

JACQUES_IMOS: F: A- DEC: C+ SVC: B VAL: B+ blackened redfish, alligator cheesecake, chiken livers

All in all, a great week and we can't wait to come back again! Thanks again for all the help, CHOWHOUNDS!

Mar 21, 2012
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Super Sunday Indian Parade: Worth going to? Safe? Food? Music?

Thanks! I really appreciate the information. My wife and i are suburbanites from Cleveland and are in our sixties, celebrating an anniversary in New Orleans, so I do not want it to be memorable because we were robbed or worse! Where, exactly should we go. We are eating at commander's Palace that morning (10:30 reservations) and Davis Park looks like it is less than a mile from there. Is that where we should go? Should we walk up Washington Street to the park, or safer to take a cab? Thanks again.

Mar 09, 2012
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Super Sunday Indian Parade: Worth going to? Safe? Food? Music?

I just read online about the Super Sunday Indian parade, on March 18, which starts at Al Davis Park around 1pm. It also stated that there would be much music there and some food as well. Does anybody have an y experience with this? Fun? Safe for a middle age couple? We are visiting NO and really don't know much about this except what we have seen on Treme., Thanks, Chowhounds!

Mar 09, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

Best Cleveland Italian?

Who serves the best Italian food in the Cleveland area? Best Pizza? Best pasta?

Feb 18, 2012
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Playa 's current best restaurants and chefs ?

My wife and I will be visiting Playa Del Carmen for the first time in late October to celebrate her 65th birthday and we will be staying at the condos at El Taj Ocean. We are adventurous foodies and have, in general, been disappointed with the food in Mexico, which we have visited five times (Cancun, Cabo (which had the best food), Puerto Val., Ixtapa). The problem seems to be that many of the best places are Italian, Japanese, American, etc., which we can always get better at home. We are really looking for great MEXICAN, gourmet or otherwise. I have read about the restaurant in the cave (beautiful and unique, above average but not great food) which we would do for the experience), but am looking for really outstanding food, regardless of the setting. Sometimes the best food is found in humble surroundings and that would be fine, although price is not really an object for this trip. HELP!

Also, any places so beautiful or unique that they are not to be missed (as long as the food is at least above average)? I want some of the nights to be romantic and charming, especially for my wife who loves that stuff.

Also, any private chefs that do a great job? About how expensive is it to do that, or does it depend on what they serve for you?

Any other suggestions or blogs or other locations online to help me with all of this? I am doing all of the searching myself and will surprise my wife with the finished itinerary.

THANKS AGAIN, CHOWHOUNDS!

Feb 18, 2012
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Best Desserts in New Orleans?

What are your favorite desserts from New Orleans restaurants? The one I remember best , and can't wait to have again,is the bread pudding souffle from Commander's Palace, which I had at their Sunday jazz brunch. What other meal enders should I make sure not to miss on my upcoming six day trip?

Feb 16, 2012
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Best oyster Po Boy in Uptown orGarden District, near St. Charles Streetcar?

Who has the best oyster po boy within easy walking distance from the St. Charles streetcar line, either in Uptown or the Garden District?

Feb 14, 2012
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Cafe Grenada with a restaurant.com coupon. Worth it?

I am staying uptown at a B&B, and saw a $25 off coupon from restaurant.com for Cafe Grenada. Anybody eaten there? Is it good and worth my time, especially with the discount?

Feb 13, 2012
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Brunch: Elizabeth's or Dante's?

I went to restaurant.com and dantes is not on there. I do see that Cafe Grenada is listed, which I heard was pretty good.

Feb 13, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

A first time visitor to Cleveland

I don't know if you have arrived in CTown yet, but it really has become a great place to eat, both for fancy and casual meals. If you are downtown, head over to the West 25th Street area, near the West Side Market. The Market is a fun and unique place to explore and there is a great Greek Gyro place in it. Just stand in the long line, get the regular and not the large unless you have a huge appetite, and enjoy. Cash only.
Along West 25th street, you can find Phnom Penh, a unique and great, cheap Cambodian restaurant. In case you have never had Cambodian, it is somewhat like Thai, but different in wonderful ways. On the same street, all within walking distance, you can find a Lebanese deli, a Turkish restaurant, a tasty Cajun-low country (SOHO), a byob delicious Mexican restaurant (Orale), The Great Lakes Brewing Company, which makes dozens of their own beers and has good pub grub, as well as many other bars and restaurants. Many of these even have Happy Hour deals, which are awsome.

I am not a big Polish food guy, and many have suggested Sokalowski's, which is food native to many Clevelanders from Eastern Europe, but many people like it and it is not expensive.

If you have a car and want to try something really good, filling and cheap, try Melt Bar and Grilled, which now has 3 locations. You can get a grilled cheese sandwhich with almost any type of filling you could imagine, for about ten bucks. It may be a heat attack on a plate and the places are almost impossible to eat at without an hour or more wait (unless you go at 11am or mid afternoon) but it is great and you won't have to eat again for about a week!

For breakfast, Your's Truly has several locations or there are a few delis, Corky's or Jacks, mostly on the east side of town

GOOD EATING!

Feb 08, 2012
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Are oysters available and good in March? Best oyster dishes in NO?

I have heard that oysters are only available in months ending with the letter R. Is that true, or a myth? Also, if they are available, what are some of New Orlean's best oyster dishes?

Feb 08, 2012
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Beautiful, Romantic Downtowner with great food?

My wife and I will be celebrating a BIG birthday for her and will be staying in a downstown hotel. Although we have visited Minneapolis many times (our kids and grandkids live here), about the only somewhat high end restaurant we have been to is Saffron, which we both really enjoyed. I am looking for a really romantic, beautiful place to take her and La Belle Vie looks like about the only choice. We are very adventuresome , not at all just meat and potato eaters, and are real foodies. A place with a chef's table or something like that might also be great. Any suggestions other than LBV?

Also, any suggestions as to a hotel? Looking for something really neat downtown, but can't spend a fortune.

Thanks in advance, Chowhounds!

Feb 03, 2012
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Best Po Boys in Uptown/Carrollton/Riverbend area?

What are some of the best places for a great po boy in this area? Probably will do luch. Are Boucherie's po boys really outstanding, or would it be better to order other items from their menu (for lunch, even though I know that they only have one menu all day and evening), or would it be better to get them other places and get other item at Boucherie?

Thanks!

Feb 03, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

Rue 127 reviews?

I have heard some nice things about Rue 127 and am thinking about going there either for a lunch or dinner. There are no ratings for it in Zagat and am wondering what other's experiences have been. Thanks!

Jan 23, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

Music clubs in Uptown/Carrollton area? (besides The Maple Leaf?)

thank you very much. about how long a walk would it be to Southport? What kind of music and crowd? I am in my early 60's but have seen hundreds of roc, blues and jazz shows.

Jan 21, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

Music clubs in Uptown/Carrollton area? (besides The Maple Leaf?)

thanks! I will go for sure!

Jan 21, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

Music clubs in Uptown/Carrollton area? (besides The Maple Leaf?)

thanks..looks great!

Jan 21, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

Music clubs in Uptown/Carrollton area? (besides The Maple Leaf?)

I am going to be staying in the Uptown area in mid-March and am interested in hearing some great live music. I love rock, blues, jazz, zydeco, etc. Other than the Maple Leaf, which is near where I will be staying (although I heard it has practicall no seats except for a few at the bar), are ther any other places you folks can recommend? I won't have a car, although I will be near the St. Charles Streetcar. I am especially interested in a cool, somewhat classy place wher my wife and I can sit and have a couple of drinks and hear some great music. Thanks in advance, Chowhounds!

Jan 18, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans

any new great restaurants, especially outside the French Quarter?

I am looking for any great new great places, probably for lunch. Uptown or anywhere near or on St. Charles Streetcar line would be best.

Jan 16, 2012
andy margles in New Orleans