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New Orleans - restaurant reccos needed for casual lunch/dinner!

Just back from NOLA and the blind tasting at Coquette was everything it was supposed to be and more. Attentive service, imaginative and wonderfully prepared food, great wine pairings and (must choose to enjoy) upstairs over downstairs. Sunset View

Jul 24, 2015
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Can't Believe That We Are Going To New Orleans In August

I'm here in the hottest possible July. Thought I was used to the humidity but WOW. Try SOBU for a great lunch with reasonable prices,imaginative food,Brennan .25 cent martinis. Wonderful service and close to Monteleone.

Jul 22, 2015
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Week in NOLA 7/17

Have not been to One Eyed Jacks. Morning 40 looks like a winner. By the time dinner ends my guess is my wife will be pushing to Harrah's.

Jul 10, 2015
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Week in NOLA 7/17

We heeded the call on our last trip and tried Bailey's. Did a head to head with Jacob's and we much preferred Jacob's.

Jul 10, 2015
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Week in NOLA 7/17

So close to the best week of the year.A bit of old favorites and new joints.
Arrival Day- Sobou (1st time) for lunch and Three Muses (1st time) in the evening for music and dinner. Day 2 -Off to the Baton Rouge Zoo but the night ends at Coquette's Blind tasting for dinner (round 2). Last time was all it should be although little interaction on food likes/dislikes which we thought would happen. Never thought I would like a fish dish like they served that night.
Sunday is 1st time to House of Blues Gospel Brunch. Total guilty pleasure. We are not going for the food but I love the sound of a bunch of folks clapping and singing on a Sunday morning. It seems like a good idea. Monday brings Cafe Reconcile for lunch. Reviews for Cafe Reconcile are not important to me, other than promoting it. The best idea for a city in need of talented folks who want to become leaders in the food world is to give them a place to learn and shine. We went last visit and it was wonderful. So happy to support them again. Nightfall will bring us to Shayla. We love Israeli/Mediterranean food and no better way to enjoy then in NOLA, unless we were back in Israel.
Tuesday brings us to lunch at Mr B's. BBQ shrimp and gumbo awaits. Dinner is a bit unplanned but we will be at Bamboula's for night music so their menu might suffice. Wednesday is birthday day for me so the annual Commander's lunch is set. Dana Abbott at Irwin Mayfield's Playhouse in the afternoon for drinks and back to Three Muses for music in the evening. I love this city. Thursday brings us to Willie Mae's for the first time. Have to see who is right among the hater's and lovers. We then are off to La Place to Jacob's for my year long supply of andouille and tasso. Back for early evening happy hour at Bourbon House for Buck a Shuck before heading to the theater to see Peter Pan at the Rivertown Theater. Have to find a way to get to Acme (because that's what we always do) and cannot believe there is not a planned spot for Happy Hour pizza at Domenica. Central Grocery will get hit up for a take home flight muffalletta and pralines from the airport because that's where she said she like them from.

Jul 07, 2015
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12 Mile Limit

Heading to NOLA for a week and will post schedule but interested if anyone has been to 12 Mile Limit. Seems like a fun different place.

Jun 24, 2015
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Help Us Enjoy NOLA on a Budget (Long)

Great research and assortment. You may want to see if you can squeeze in Cafe Reconcile. http://cafereconcile.org/cafe/cafe-in...

Good food in a feel good envirionment

Mar 23, 2015
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Early evening music and good food options?

http://irvinmayfield.com/index.php?pa...

You didn't give much of a hint about the music you like but Irwin Mayfield's in the Royal Sonesta is usually an easy spot for very good early music and last time we were there, I think they were running some sort of $5 for 5 apps. They have top talent that starts depending on the day at 5 and 8. We had dinner reservations last time so we did not look to much into the food but you can get some choices. You also did not say when you would be in NOLA but if you are heading there soon, the Wednesday 5 PM with Dana Abbott doing her Lady Sings the Blues set is a treat.

Mar 19, 2015
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Flight leaves in 2.5 hours for New Orleans -- can't wait . . . .

Nothing better than heading to NOLA-enjoy

Dec 27, 2014
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4 Days in New Orleans Roundup

What a great tour. We were in Nola 2 weeks ago and you hit some perfect spots. Love The Joint, and Brigtsen's is the best. We went to Pesche for the first time with a group of six. Food was amazing but believe everything you hear about the noise level on a Saturday night. Conversation with the person next to you was tough, anyone else forget it.

Dec 17, 2014
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Trip Report - R'Evolution, Commander's, Dooky Chase

Wow- exactly what a NOLA trip should be. A bit of experimentation, a visit to classics,a roll with the ups and downs and a great appreciation of what was available. Sounds like a perfect trip. PS- big fan of Eat. A hidden gem.

Oct 30, 2014
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First time at Peche

Our group of six has a Saturday night in December at Peche. Any must orders?

Oct 25, 2014
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"Only in New Orleans" info request

Only because we were just there and it was great- buck a shuck during Happy Hour at Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House

Sep 24, 2014
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Essential NOLA for first time tourist

If on a budget, try to take advantage of Happy Hour specials. The WW II museum is an easy walk and John Besh's brisket sliders at .75 can't be beat.

http://www.nola.com/drink/index.ssf/2...
http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambi...

Sep 15, 2014
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Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

This post gets deep into what makes a great meal and dining experience. Is it french service, wait staff filling every need, food touches you may not see elsewhere? A room exquisite in ambiance and style? Or is it raw, and informal, filled with dedicated staff providing quality food at reasonable prices. Ambiance becomes a resin chair listening to music under the Christmas lights in a Bywater location versus a jazz trio playing to a dressed up crowd in a garden room. The beauty of this discussion is we have experienced both, have greatly enjoyed both, and thrill that folks visiting NOLA can choose both and end up in the same place.

Sep 08, 2014
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Sunday morning brings an end to our great trip. Only thing we missed was a muffaletta for the flight home. 8 am cab ride did not leave us with much choice for a fresh treat. Oh well- be back in December!!

Sep 06, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

Have to add in our visit to Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House for Happy Hour. It was attached to our hotel. I knew they had a nice raw bar and oysters were a buck each. Found a spot at the bar around 5:30 and caught the server's attention. I like to make sure what are the rules for things like this and I asked about the Happy Hour specials. First response, "Happy hour is over at 6 so you can order off the menu." My response-"good thing it's 5:30." Rolled with the punches and we ordered Abita's and a dozen raw. Over the next hour had the best time talking to Lou, our shucker. He did not stop for a second but carried on the type of conversation that makes for great experiences. He has been there for 10 plus years and knows how to make you feel like a regular and at home even though it is your first time. Why would you not want to come back. Our poor waiter on the other hand (who I won't dime out by name but has a relation to the organization) was every reason not to have nepotism in an establishment. Lou brought over a mussel sample for us (how do you get that much garlic in a mussel) and a taste of some crazy bourbon milkshake that should not be legal. We missed oyster's at Luke but Bourbon House was a great second choice.

Sep 05, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

Saturday brings a ton of rain. We hike to The Gumbo Shop for an early lunch. We get one of the last available tables at 11:30. Order fantastic chicken andouille gumbo, good red beans and rice, and a bit disappointing jambalaya. Service is real good and it is a pretty restaurant. They have a small patio that would have been nice to sit in but for the rain. It's a down time afternoon as my wife splurges at the Windsor Court Spa and I end up looking for any available shelter in the torrential rain instead of sitting poolside. All is a prelude to our anticipated dinner at Coquette. Upon arrival, we head upstairs to our table where we let the staff know we are going for the blind tasting and wine pairing. While the impression is given that you will have direct input into your meal, there really was no such interaction. The only easily made accommodation was to serve all white's as my wife reacts poorly to reds. Table side popped champagne started the meal. Small plate amuse bouche of a prosciutto type slice followed by a breaded shrimp. Each subsequent plate is brought by an enthused staff (they all just seemed so happy) with a different wine. The staff which was so knowledgeable about every aspect of the meal which helped guide us through each course. Highlight was a bass dish which I thoroughly enjoyed. Kicker is I do not eat any fish at all. The Asian flavored broth soaked into the mild bass was a highlight. We had duck, pickled vegetables, to die for fried chicken nuggets (don't know what else to call them). A decadent peach dessert. We have spent a lot of money for dinners in many restaurants. The flavor and creativity of the food, the atmosphere, and the incredibly attentive staff made for a special evening. It was our first visit but our server had so much fun with us, she hugged both of us upon leaving. Little touches make for great nights. Bummer is that we are leaving early tomorrow.

Sep 04, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

We like Jacob's but totally on board with a local rec. Will check them out next visit. Thanks

Sep 04, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

As a dear departed New Yorker, I love the Harry M Stevens reference.

Sep 03, 2014
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Is a visit to Commanders Palace a must?

I get your thoughts but a restaurant that that has spawned Paul Prudhomme, Emiril Lagasse and Tory McPhail can't be dismissed as a tourist trap. Commander's is iconic, it produces a great meal, like all "it" spots it is touristy and while a meal at Bacchanal can be fun and good, it's deciding if high end service and dining is a to do or an expensive "eh". If I have a few days in NOLA, I am going to mix Commander's and Bacchanal, not choose. If I have one to choose I choose...... can't be wrong.

Coming down 8/27

If it is Commander's, it must Friday (our favorite)and it must be raining. This time it is merely rain as opposed to the Thunderdome we had last year. Booked 2 months in advance and could only get 1:30-seriously. It's slow in August? Called every day and got he same response, no change but luck was with us Friday morning as we got a 12 PM spot. We are quickly walked in to our new favorite room- the Patio Room. Can't get there without walking through the kitchen. Greeted and thanked for visiting by staff at all stations. Having read many reviews about service declines I was interested to see how things progressed. Staff seemed well trained but you could tell they had less tenure. To many young, very nice, faces. Difference was watching Dining Room Manager/Maitr'e D ?, who we know as Argyle set a table. Done so professionally and with dignified flair. Just something you have to know to watch for. Service had a little blip, no issue, but shouldn't happen was when my drink was delivered to the table across from us. Enjoyed watching the 3 lovely ladies trying to figure out why there were 2 limes in the martini they did not order. Greatest garlic bread in the world arrived and off to lunch choice. I went with the 3 course special. Incredibly super rich gumbo, a bit of andouille (house made as I found out during my kitchen walk)but lacking in more items. The quail was deboned and spectacular. A bit of added hot sauce (choice given) with great stuffing. My wife went with a salad and a tamale (not on the September menu it seems). As she said, not your average Mexican lunch. Lunch came with the standard bread pudding, still great and we got a slice of moist crazy good pecan pie. Multiple martini's and 2 hours later, another perfect meal in what I feel is the most beautiful restaurant for dining. Lazy afternoon but off again to Frenchman Street to catch Dana Abbott on round 2 at Cafe Negril. Great set ends at 10 and we make a bad decision not to enjoy the Mexican taco bar at Cafe Negril Had it before, it's cheap and good and would have been a nice end before the walk back to Canal. We skipped and on a HOT HUMID night headed back through the Quarter. By the time our stroll ended, we were starved, melted and on Bourbon. Made the guilty pleasure stop at the Hard Rock relocated onto Bourbon. A/C was blasting and we happily munched appetizers, tons of water and chilled out after a long day. Tomorrow- Coquette

Sep 03, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

Believe what you read, the greatest food city in the US has by far the worst stadium food possible. I truly could not believe the lack of imagination, quality, and sky high prices at the Superdome. The Trenton Thunder minor league baseball stadium where we go is like a John Besh restaurant in comparison. I can get crab fries, good Bar B Que, decent dogs, wood fired pizza, cheese steaks, pulled pork. Not bad for a 6000 seat ballpark. The Superdome has a $15 sliced prime rib sandwich. That's it. The attempt at jamabalaya which I am sad to say I purchased, was out of the box rice with a passable piece of sausage. $9 Coors Lite. Lovely. I cannot imagine what deal with the devil the Saints made for their food concessions but I hope it was worth their Super Bowl win.
Thank God we are at Commander's the next day.

Sep 02, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

My card carries full coverage but I can see paperwork hell coming over the next few weeks. Had the Jacob's andouille last night on a homemmade shrimp and sausage Po Boy. Making jambalaya tonight for my team to enjoy tomorrow. Will use the Bailey's log and see the difference.

Sep 02, 2014
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Coming down 8/27

Thursday was our planned drive to LaPlace to pick up andouille at Jacob's. Hertz rental at the convention enter was a bit overwhelmed to say the least but after a ridiculous 45 minute wait for a car, we hit the road. 1st stop at Cajun Pride swamp tour. Tourist stops still work for us and the 2 hour tour was fun. Lots of gators, a great tour guide, fun hug from a baby gator and off to lunch. Minutes away was outdoor seats at Frenier Landing Restaurant. No one but us there at the late afternoon visit. Head on BBQ shrimp for my wife. Solid gumbo and spicy shrimp loaded on my salad. Sitting on the edge of Lake Pontchartrain with well prepared food in an off the road location was nice. We love Jacob's andouille but wanted to do a bit of a taste test so picked up a pound at next door Bailey's. Bought 5# and some tasso at Jacob's. Will see if we can tell the difference. Plan was to head to Luke's for Happy Hour oysters before the Saints game. But life intervenes as our rental got hit by a stone on I-10 and a windshield crack immediately appeared. Instead of just a car drop, I now needed to handle the joy of an insurance claim. Phone calls and paperwork later (with Chase stepping up and apparently covering the claim) we missed the Luke time window. Disappointed but back to the hotel for a quick shower before heading to the Superdome.

Sep 01, 2014
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After Mayfield's, my wife went to Harrah's for a few hours. As planned, we ended up at Erin Rose. Surprised a bit at how small it was. Goal was Killer Po Boy's. I ordered the pork belly and my wife had the shrimp. The cash only back bar was busy but we got a side table in the main bar. Both Po Boy's were fantastic. Not what you would expect at a location like this. Noise level was high but we ate, hung around a bit and called the night quits around midnight. Off to Thursday.

Sep 01, 2014
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7 AM flight to NOLA, so were thrilled to get early check in at the Crowne Astor on Canal. After a quick walkabout and nap, we hit Domenica for Happy Hour. Half price pizza and beer. It was empty at 3 when we arrived. Server was friendly and attentive. The beer list is great for exploring. Had a NOLA Rebirth ( a local brew which donates to a local non profit to support musicians) for to start while my wife had an Abita. Went with the Clam Pizza and Wood Fired Eggplant. Clams in the shell topped the gooey white pizza loaded with tons of garlic. The eggplant was tremendous. Crisp smoked skin loaded with edamane, other veggies, and a killer sauce. Followed up with a Southern Prohibition Fire Ant. A pretty good red. All was such a great start as we headed over to Irwin Mayfield's for a late afternoon 2 hour set from Dana Abbott doing a show she calls Lady Sings the Blues. There were $5 tapas choices available but lunch had not even settled yet so we just sipped a few more Abita's as the afternoon lingered on.

Sep 01, 2014
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Back and what a great time. Long day of travel so will write more tomorrow but NOLA was in prime form (even if the Saints were not.

Aug 31, 2014
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Lunch will probably be late in LaPlace which is why we may be stuck in the Superdome for dinner. In all honesty, we can survive a stadium meal. We have eaten in much worse I am sure. Reality is post game may be more fun. Have to figure out where to go.

Aug 25, 2014
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While we were unaware of Southern Decadence when we booked, upon learning more, it is clear it will certainly liven up some of our jaunts through the quarter. We are from Philadelphia and Philly Live gives a decent food choice and a quick walk to the game. It almost seems wrong to go to a restaurant like Herbsaint prior to a football game. Finding a tailgate would be the way to go but that is probably not in the works.

Aug 24, 2014
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