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NOLA Trip Eating Itinerary

Well, I have to report that as of this weekend you are unfortunately correct about Drago's. The other couple we met in N.O. had an awful meal there Friday afternoon. In light of my above theory, I went on Saturday and had an "I will not go back" experience. Rats.

May 23, 2011
rtbotts in New Orleans

NOLA Trip Eating Itinerary

It is amazing how people can have such different experiences at a restaurant. It always makes me wonder when I have an "I will not go back" experience if it is truly a terrible restaurant or just the worst night that staff, chef, etc. has ever had.

I have been to Arnaud's twice since Katrina and once to their off shoot (Remoulade's?) post Katrina, as well, and the food has been cold, he shrimp has not been peeled, the wait staff waited 25 minutes to take our drink order and on and on. I hope that I am alone in these experiences but I gave them three shots.

May 20, 2011
rtbotts in New Orleans

NOLA Trip Eating Itinerary

Two things have come to mind reading this thread - I am a Gulf Coaster and lifetime N.O. visitor. Drago's roasted oysters are amazing and fairly consistent - I have had one overdone trip that would be a turn off but just speak up. I eat oysters routinely here in town and it is clear Drago's even at the Hilton know what to do with them and you can ask for a redo if need be. As for my second comment, I did Arnaud's recently and while it was not quite Court of Two Sisters heat lamp food, it was close. At this moment I will stick to their adorable little intimate bar and forgo the food.

May 18, 2011
rtbotts in New Orleans

French Quarter suggestions with 4 year old

Luke is great and no complaints about your choice. Have fun. I did want to add for future readers that I have done both Antoine's and Galatoire's four or five times in the at least as many years (brunch and dinner) and have consistently been more impressed with the staff's tolerance of my toddler twins at Galatoire's. Yes, the twins are restaurant veterans but I appreciate an unflappable staff in addition to good food when we are all together.

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

May 18, 2011
rtbotts in New Orleans

French Quarter suggestions with 4 year old

Bourbon House. It is right there at Iberville and Bourbon and having been there with cranky toddlers on three occasions the staff was accomodating, the menu flexible and the food good. Might be there Friday myself.

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Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

May 18, 2011
rtbotts in New Orleans

Dining in Montalcino next week!

Now I have just seen Il Lecchio is closed on Wednesdays which will be our actual anniversary so i am more desperate than ever!

Sep 30, 2010
rtbotts in Italy

Dining in Montalcino next week!

Hi,
We are headed to Montalcino for a tenth wedding anniversary. Poggio Antico is closed - RATS!, but we have heard lots of good things about Trattoria Il Lecchio in Sant'Angelo in colle. Does anyone have any more suggestions for cannot miss food? We are there to drink Brunello and eat primarily so any recommendations along those lines are welcome. We will have a car. Thanks!

Sep 30, 2010
rtbotts in Italy

San Fran/Napa vs. The Riviera fight

My husband and I are food and wine junkies who are about to celebrate our ten year anniversary. We have done several wine trips in Europe, i.e., Bordeaux, Montalcino, Montipulciano, etc., and we love their food and culture. However, we have never been to California and the two of us are at odds about going to the French and Italian Riviera or going to experience the best of California. Personally, I want to go to the French Laundry.. been dreaming of that since before I met him! Can anyone help me come up with a "he cannot miss it" itinerary in October for 7 nights? The travel agents/wine tour people obviously have a vested interest and my man is picky and detail oriented (any other engineers our there?) Help me get to California and do it right, please! Thanks.

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Aug 11, 2010
rtbotts in San Francisco Bay Area

More than Le Bec-Fin and Genos

You are making me drool - currenlty stuck with kids in the culinary wasteland that is Disneyworld. I have reservations for myPhilly visit on Wed for dinner at Fish, a supposed new place that is great. Any thoughts? I am thinking one day lunch at Rangoon, too.

Apr 12, 2010
rtbotts in Philadelphia

More than Le Bec-Fin and Genos

Thanks. Got Monday night at Vetri. Working on Tuessday. Will look into Bibou for Wednesday!

Mar 28, 2010
rtbotts in Philadelphia

More than Le Bec-Fin and Genos

That is very helpful! Thank you. Will post back when I am trying to narrow it down.

Mar 25, 2010
rtbotts in Philadelphia

More than Le Bec-Fin and Genos

I am headed to Philly via train and need some help finding delicious dining. All I have ever had is Le Bec-Fin and Geno's. I need a place for a late dinner on a Monday and Tuesday as well as somewhere to have a good lunch on a Monday and Wednesday. Price does not matter; I am looking for not to be missed cuisine. I am, however, staying downtown at the Marriott and will not have a car so walking, easy cab or public transportation is a limiting factor. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. We like all kinds of food and so are open to anything. Great Italian is a plus and hubby has his heart set on at least one cheesesteak. Thanks!

Mar 23, 2010
rtbotts in Philadelphia

Sat lunch en route to MSY

I am coming from down South to drop someone at the airport for a two o'clock flight on Saturday and wanted to have a good lunch on the way; my experience is with NOLA proper only so I thought it might be fun to hit a special place between there and the airport. Any recommendations for a can't miss meal? It can be fancy or a dive. Thanks.

Jul 17, 2009
rtbotts in New Orleans

Best Brunch or Lunch Saturday and Sunday?

I really wish my hubby would reconsider on the dinner at Commander's but it is his one wish so what the heck. I think I will hit Ralph's on Sunday at 11am on the way out. Thanks for all the good ideas for on lunch for Saturday everyone. I will do my best to do a trip report when I return. And now I am off to NOLA - YAY!

Jun 27, 2008
rtbotts in New Orleans

Best Brunch or Lunch Saturday and Sunday?

We are heading back for a visit, only the second post-K, and with help from this board I have decided on Fri lunch at Couchon, Fri dinner at Irene's and Sat dinner at Commander's (husband's sentimental favorite) but I am stuck for lunch Saturday and Sunday. We are open to lunch or brunch. What is currently open and good? Thanks!

Jun 21, 2008
rtbotts in New Orleans