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New Orleans on Weight Watchers -- Unfortunate, but necessary, Help please!!

Interesting question. WW is pretty liberal these days on how to eat but if you go to higher end restaurants my guess is you can influence how your meal is cooked. Get the shrimp/oysters/fish grilled and well spiced but tell them light on the butter which is everywhere. NOLA is not exactly a dieters dream but small plate restaurants abound and if you take a moment to research menus you can make it. Gumbo and Jambalaya are probably out but make sure you have a friend who will let you taste. It would be criminal to miss these great items. No Hurricanes at Pat O'brien's.

Jul 03, 2014
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Trip Report 4/25-4/29/2013

Great write up. Was way confused when Mittendorf's did not appear but did not feel it necessary to say "what???"..lol. R'evolution review is spot on. Death by Gumbo is a one of a kind special. My wife loves the Bird in a Cage, Service has however been a step behind the food. Not sure if we will have transport to Mittendorf's as the one day with a car includes a LaPlace run in the other direction but it looks like a great place.

Jul 01, 2014
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August Visit-Filling in the gaps

Coming in for a late August visit. Flight arrives around noon on Wednesday so by the time we are in and settled we will be hitting Domenica for their happy hour. With a late lunch, thought we would hit a late night pub dinner and Erin Rose seems to be a favored choice. Reviews seem great and having never been there why not. Looking for support on the choice. For Thursday, planning on driving to Jacob's in LaPlace for our andouille pickup. We could eat back in NOLA but looking for some recs in the Metarie area. Going to see the Saints preseason that night. First time to the Superdome so will probably go native and eat there unless someone has another thought for pre-game. Friday is annual trek to Commander's for lunch. Dinner after Commander's is usually light so we will probably end at Acme for oysters and Abita's. Saturday is spa day for my wife at Windsor Court. Looking for an early lunch spot. Dinner splurge will be at Coquette for the blind tasting that night. She loves R'evolution for our one big spend meal but Coquette looked to good to pass up. Leaving too early Sunday to get muffs so will have to get them late on Saturday. Other than Central, any recs?

Jun 30, 2014
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Combination solo/business/couple trip-the results Part One

Great post. No better bug in the US to be bit by than the NOLA bug. We got hit with it in 2006 and our annual trips from Bucks County are the highlight of our year.

Feb 09, 2014
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NY foodies comin down

Not a lot of love shown to your inquiry but it would be helpful with more details. No idea of where you are and what transportation is available. With what I can gather, try EAT eatnola.com/ and bring your own great wine. Drop by American Sector (enjoy the WW II museum) during Happy Hour for a bit of John Besh. Greatly enjoyed The Joint for BBQ.

Jan 21, 2014
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Which NOLA cooking class?

We have enjoyed NOCE multiple times. It's not cheap but 10 people or so having a great evening with a great chef, great food and wine cannot be translated always to a price. Last time was with Frank Brigtsen and it was as great as it should be. I would love to do hands on and Langlois looks like a nice choice for our next visit. Will look more into them.

Jan 21, 2014
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BBQ Shrimp pairing?

Everything will cook quickly but big shrimp can handle it. A problem may be fresh shrimp versus frozen Thai or Philippine or Chinese or who knows. Finding high quality head on shrimp is not easy.

Dec 28, 2013
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BBQ Shrimp pairing?

Nothing beats a cold Abita with BBQ shrimp but there are so many good winter brews available that would work. Support a local micobrew choice to make it special. We have been drinking a bit more Reisling these days which also might work.
Here's the real deal recipe which I have made.

http://www.mrbsbistro.com/recipes_shr...

Dec 28, 2013
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Filling in blanks for October visit. Thanks

We are from Philly (well Bucks County) so hope you love NOLA like we do. I would throw out a rec to try and fit in Domenica's Happy Hour after 3 on Thursday or Friday. John Besh's' amazing pizza served in a beautiful venue in the Roosevelt Hotel. You can slide over to the Sazerac bar after lunch. You cannot go wrong at Commander's. Ignore any negative review as a reason to avoid. It is New Orleans at it's best. The Jazz Brunch is wonderful. Instead of Willie Mae's on Friday, you could sip 25 cent martinis while dining on Chef Tory's lunch specials at Commander's. Would highly recommend you go to Acme instead of Felix's. Sit at Acme's fresh bar, order a pitcher of Abita and char broiled oysters - ask for a shooter while you are waiting-an oyster in a vodka shot and enjoy the scene which beats Samsom Street Oyster House by a mile. Frenchman Street restaurants have not wowed us but Praline Connection is pretty good-try the fried chicken. On Friday, at the edge of the FQ before crossing Espalande, Coops is a classic dive bar with really good jambalaya (as long as you don't mind rabbit). Afterwards, try BMC for late drinks and music- no food but you can catch killer music with
Dana Abbott almost every Friday. If walking late night in the Quarter, give in to being total tourist and hit Pat O'Brien's for a Hurricane or two in the dueling piano bar. Fun is fun even if it's a tourist trap.

Sep 14, 2013
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Got a New Orleans Top Ten?

An amazing list of amazing places. I would like for some to throw out a few hidden places that fall under the radar. we love EAT. Couple of guys running around serving great food in as casual an atmosphere as you could imagine. And oh by the way, BYOB.

Aug 07, 2013
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Muffaletta without olives?

Lisa- I feel your pain as I also do not do olives. Central makes dry muff's (which I have had) and there would be nothing wrong with piling on pepperoncini's and a well flavored italian dressing. Maybe it's not a muffaletta (as a rueben is not a reuben without all the ingredients) but the filling is great and the bread is great and don't feel like you are breaking any laws in trying to enjoy it.

Jul 19, 2013
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Pour a drink and get comfy: It's Kukubura's trip report

We are just back and I thought we were busy. WOW. I also had the goat empanda and it was just one more great treat in a great restaurant. I commend you on your stamina. Your mix of bar hops with spectacular meals is quite an accomplishment. Happy 5th. We are past 31 and while we could not keep up with you we gave it a great try.

Jul 18, 2013
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Cafe Reconcile- No Foodie review allowed

Team- I humbly apologize if you felt my comment on the neighborhood was inappropriate. I tried to share the entire experience and how we were honored to support such a worthy venture. My comments on the neighborhood were, I felt non-judgemental and fair. I accept your position and will hope those reading the post will focus on what I wrote, that this was overwhelmingly a great experience that others should take a moment to think about and savor.

Jul 18, 2013
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Cafe Reconcile- No Foodie review allowed

We just spent another great trip in NOLA. Dinner at R'evolution which did not disappoint. First time to Windsor Court Grill Room for Sunday Brunch. Sheer elegance, very pricey, first rate service and a great meal. Monday was lunch at Commander's Palace. Just the greatest reason to love New Orleans restaurants. First time having goat (in an empanada) and the blueberry dessert equaled the world famous bread pudding. A Diners, Drives, and Dives meal at the Ugly Dog Saloon for a break from it all and a final lunch at Cafe Reconcile. There are a lot of reviews about Cafe Reconcile (good and bad) and I write this as someone who knows that for all the great places we love to exist, it will rely on New Orleans to thrive and grow. Cafe Reconcile does not serve foodie food. It is not Commander's, Mr. B's or Stella. It is, IMHO, something all Chowhounds should make an attempt to dine in. It is 5 minutes by car from the FQ. You cross under 90 and are transformed from the tourist vista of NOLA to a rough street off of Rampart. You park, clutch your camera and bag and open the doors to a well designed light and airy establishment. Something you might see along Magazine Street. Pleasant greetings and the two of us are seated at a way to small table for lunch. Open fronted kitchen. Servers are everywhere. They are raw, helpful, sometimes forgetful, and always smiling. Drinks are continuously filled. They don't switch water glasses like Commander's but my Iced Tea was never less than half full. A comfort food NOLA inspired lunch menu brought a really good crawfish bisque and an acceptable salad with good honey mustard dressing. Flavorful and well prepared boneless fried chicken, a bit bland but homey Jambalaya - no andouille but some cheaper sausage and killer mashed sweet potatoes. Little touches- choice of Crystal or Tabasco and everyone was asked if they wanted their last drink to be packed to go. Compared to where we dined the last few days, no it was not a foodie nirvana, but we agreed, who cared. Because the entire operation was being run by at risk youth looking to improve their life and in return improve NOLA. The lunch crowd was packed with medical staff, business suits, ladies doing lunch, tourists, and locals. That tells you something. Because if it wasn't good, no one, and I mean no one, would be on this block. It was what a good local restaurant should be. A place where you left saying I enjoyed my stay, enjoyed the service, and enjoyed the meal. Truffles, infused vodkas, and quail do not make for fine dining (although they can help..) Ambience, service, conversation, and food do. And Cafe Reconcile meets that standard. You will not walk out complimenting the whimsical amuse bouche (since that ain't happening) but hopefully you will feel good about what some caring locals are doing to keep the NOLA experience alive. By giving over 1000 kids a start, life for them and NOLA gets better for us. Your small support can go a long way to keeping all the other things we love, the oysters, the shrimp, the service and fun of NOLA going. If you can, give them a chance, not as a foodie but as lover of all that is NOLA. The best part, the meal is good.

http://cafereconcile.org/

Jul 17, 2013
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NOLA for NYC & Philly foodies

From a Philly vantage point-
Commander's first - then you have the high bar everything else has to meet. Casual elegance that works so well. We liked Dante's. Interesting room and very good food. Had lunch at Cochon which was good but a bit rushed and we were underwhelmed. August is on the list to try. If you can get to Domenica's for their Happy hour M-F 3-6, amazing pizza cheap drinks and the Roosevelt Hotel. Not bad.

Jun 10, 2013
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Bastille Day Dinner

Setting up a meal with a high school friend and his wife who I have not seen in 30 years. What Sunday night Bastille dinner in NOLA would be great for conversation and atmosphere?

Jun 05, 2013
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Mississippi River Road Plantation Restaurants

We are big fans of B and C. We have been there multiple times and have always been made to feel like a local. Always frustrated that we cannot buy the shrimp in their store. Huge LA shrimp at 6 bucks a pound and what am I going to do with them on vacation? Nice to know I have their seafood spice in the closet to use as opposed to Old Bay.

Apr 13, 2013
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New Orleans in July

We will be there the week after. Commander's for Monday lunch. Take the trolley. No need for a car and after 25 cent martini's you would not want to. R'evolution as a return splurge on Saturday night. Can you clarify what you are looking for? High end, local, Famous Chef?

Mar 05, 2013
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CP's .25 martinis with prix fixe?

25 cent martinis are always available M-f regardless of item ordered at lunch. Have hit he 3 limit multiple times but never asked for 4 because who would?

Oct 16, 2012
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R'Evolution: eh...

We were there in the summer and the impressions I keep reading about - great to amazing to so well done food, keep getting offset but by what the heck about the service. I agree totally. We loved everything- regardless of price. But the service was so off for the experience that you want to say why did the owners not invest the same effort into the wait staff.. Our post dinner experience was better than dinner. We got the grand tour throughout including the kitchen and hellos to the pastry chef. The finale made the dinner event special.

Oct 11, 2012
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Please Critique My Dining Itinerary!

NOLA dining does not lend itself to 3 squares a day. There is so much that is so good that 3 is tough. We have never been breakfast people so enjoying an early great lunch with a late great dinner has always been our MO. Check out the posts on Felix's economic problems before committing. Based on our last trip, Mr. B's shrimp is all that is cracked up to be and R'evolution delivers. I would highly recommend some research on R'evolution as the room they sit you in may impact your experience. Commander's as a back up on Friday is a pretty good alternative. I am a big fan of Muriel's but have always done dinner. Can't comment on lunch but it's a great room with a great location and the food and service has always been spot on.

Sep 15, 2012
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Group of girls, drinks, food, tours, music & fun in the French Quarter!

Giving a shout out to Rock 'n Bowl. Check the schedule and see if it fits your group but it's a pretty good alternative place. If you can dance and deal with bowling pins- it will be a great night.

Aug 24, 2012
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Atchafalaya Disappointment

Certainly sorry to hear you had a bad experience but there should be some balance. Sunday brunch at Atchafalaya IS busy. Our reservations for noon was honored. Without one we heard quotes of up to 90 minutes It is hot in NOLA in July/August and I can understand not wanting to wait in the sun but not sure that Atchafalaya is responsible for ensuring your wait outside is covered and comped. We were amazed at how busy they were in July so I am not so sure that your disappointment with your experience will translate to a drop in attendance. PS- We ordered the muffins and paid for them- and they were pretty damn good.

Aug 15, 2012
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Felix's?!?

They were open when we were there late July but no beer due to license issues and it seemed liked food quality was also severely impacted.
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Aug 14, 2012
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Trip Report, August 1 through 6 (very long)

We put R'evolution into those very special once in a moment restaurants. They are so over the top in everything they do that their hits are amazing but we are just not one of those folks who could have this on a regular attend list as the price of exception is pretty high. I did multiple appetizers for my meal and it was perfect. My wife was thrilled we were not in the back room next to the drying pigs. The room tour was great and each one looks like a great vibe. I will probably do a bar seating and just have Death by Gumbo on a return visit. The dessert box was incredible and were were able to say thank you to the pastry chef during the kitchen tour they gave us. My make your own Bloody Mary experience at Atchafalaya was not great as I am not a tomato juice drinker but I had to do it just because it was there but it was a really nice visit. The pickled veggies were the saving grace. You eat way more fish then we do. My wife likes drum but I eat all things NOLA except the fish. We did a chef's' event with Frank Brigtsen and she had an amazing black drum. Based on your likes, I would recommend you visit his place on a future visit. Our first time was memorable.

Aug 13, 2012
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Trip Report, August 1 through 6 (very long)

I tried to write a review of our week and include as much as I could but your review just blew mine away. We hit many of the same spots but your attention to detail and the true feel for the meal came though so well. Commander's, Domenica, Atchafalaya, R'evolution were all on our list this time. Your experiences mirrored ours in many respects. Muriel's has been a favorite for dinner and it was nice to see a lunch review. We did the Cochon Muff last visit. BBQ left overs from The Joint were the flight choice this time. We love NOLA in the summer and it sounds like you do to. Great review.

Aug 13, 2012
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What and where is the single best dish in New Orleans?

Love the Commander's choices and Brigtsen's served us a great meal last time but Death by Gumbo at R'evolution was pretty special. Whole stuffed quail under a rich dark gumbo soup.

Aug 07, 2012
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Our tentative Itinerary... Would appreciate some feedback

Maybe swap Mr B's for Cochon to take advantage of their lunch specials. Unless there is something I am unaware of, Domenica's lunch specials start at 3. We ate there last week and could not eat dinner. Check out the board regarding Felix's -they are in bankruptcy and seem to be suffering. We love Muriel's. Biggest best pork chop I have ever had (more than once).

Aug 01, 2012
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Long Trip Review 7/17 - 7/24

It was if he had a cell tower next to him. My luck.

Aug 01, 2012
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Long Trip Review 7/17 - 7/24

It was "off". I have worked in to many kitchens so I know that decision process on whether the item is just ok, on it last legs, or has turned. Someone said, its close but ok but it really was not a good decision to send out in such a nice high quality establishment.

Aug 01, 2012
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