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The Four Worst Restaurant Etiquette Gaffes

I used to be one of the people who didn't understand the corkage fee, or the mark up on wine. It really seemed like you were paying for nothing. After watching that table open their own wine at the end of the meal, I realized that people who are sitting drinking a bottle of wine lose track of time. As much as we might like to think otherwise, time is money, especially at a restaurant. When you pay a corkage, or the markup for wine, you are really paying for the extra time that you sit in the restaurant, and the extra time it takes for the servers, dishwashers, etc, to clean up after you.

Mar 01, 2010
notanotherpoboy in Features

New to New Orleans: I need tips on where to shop!

Dorignac's is a New York style old school grocery store. they make their own pastrami and corned beef, and have a solid produce selection, if not exotic.

Mar 01, 2010
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

New Orleans Rehearsal Dinner

For 50 people I'd try to do a buy-out of a small restaurant. Try Iris, Boucherie, Bistro Daisy, maybe Lillette? What day of the week is it? And what time are you aiming for? Often at small restaurants if you are doing a buy-out at a time they wouldn't be open anyway, you can negotiate something that works for both of you. On the other hand, Friday at seven and you are definitely going to end up paying $100 a person. Good luck!

Mar 01, 2010
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

The Four Worst Restaurant Etiquette Gaffes

I was recently waiting to be sat at a restaurant, when I saw a table that was completely done eating, check paid and everything, pull a double-sized bottle of yellowtail or cavit or something similar out from under their table, and begin drinking it. The server approached them, but they basically ignored her, and continued to pour themselves from this giant bottle of wine. I waited forty five minutes for them to leave, and I was furious! In what world is this kind of behavior okay? The manager was very apologetic to me, but stopped short of kicking them out, which I guess I understand, but I still can't figure out why these people thought this was okay.

Feb 28, 2010
notanotherpoboy in Features

Best Saints Bar Food?

What's the best free football food in town? I have to say I have been to some amazing bar buffets, and some total clunkers.

Nov 10, 2009
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

looking for specific food items in nola

the best fried eggplant in town is at Luizza's by the track. They do not have very many veggie options, but seriously, you would be missing out if you didn't have the eggplant there.

Nov 10, 2009
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

the elusive $15 entree

It's not even that I want a cheap meal, mostly that I miss a certain style of casual GOOD dining that you can get in other cities. True bistro, for example, not New Orleans style foie gras bistro. I'd love to know about any good contemporary American, or cafe style where the food is actually good. I like fine dining, don't get me wrong, and I like dives, but as a city, it seems like we are missing mid-level decent cafes. The only restaurants in town I can think of that come close are Boucherie and Lola's. Actually, it was eating at Boucherie that made me think about how much I miss this type of dining: good food, good service, unpretentious, and (dare I say it?) FUN.

Mar 08, 2009
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

Best 'ethnic' dishes in the city?

Mona's in Midcity beats out Lebanon everytime. The other locations aren't nearly as good, though.

Mar 07, 2009
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

the elusive $15 entree

I feel like I eat out all the time in this city and either:
a)go to fine dining and end up dropping more than $100 for 2 people, or
b) go casual, but still end up spending around $25 a person.
I'd like to find the kind of options you get in other big cities, restaurants where you can get delicious food, don't need a reservation, and still get out of there for $20-$30 a person, before drinks. Any suggestions? I'm tired of going to restaurants that are vaguely dirty and have a somewhat fast food air (not naming any names!) and still being charged $13 for a po-boy or some tacos. There are dives that are cheap and good, but I just want a nice mid-level dining experience, somewhere that I can eat food from scratch without breaking the bank.

Mar 07, 2009
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

Lunch with workmates...

Seriously, the Gumbo Shop is not good. If you are going French Quarter, Napoleon House has a surprising amount of vegetarian lunch items.

Aug 11, 2008
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

Lunch with workmates...

two vegans? There are no good fine dining options in New Orleans for vegans unless you call ahead. That given, Herbsaint is doing a great lunch these days. You might want to try Cafe Minh, I think they have some nicer vegan and vegetarian options.

Aug 06, 2008
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

Best Brunch...

Ruby Slipper, off of Canal. Laid back, casual brunch, good coffee and omelettes. I went Saturday, and they were doing two-for-one mimosas with pomegranate juice! yum! awesome service and a nice neighborhood-y vibe.

Aug 03, 2008
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

Herbsaint or Cobalt?

It doesn't seem to me that you were treated badly, just that you came to a restaurant on one of their busiest nights. Did you complain to your servers so that they had a chance to remedy the situation, or just suffer in silence and them stiff them?

Jul 09, 2008
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

My French Quarter Plan - Am I On Track?

I have to say that the aps are so good I rarely bother with the entrees. I'll go with friends and just get the whole boucherie section-it's that good.
Not that there aren't awesome entrees too, but the aps really shine, and you can get out of there without spending a ton of cash.

Jul 07, 2008
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans

My French Quarter Plan - Am I On Track?

Burgers? Go to Buffa's. 2 blocks away from Port of Call, and not a mob scene. Huge and delicious.
I'd pick Herbsaint or Cochon over Cuvee. Both have reasonable lunch options.

Jul 07, 2008
notanotherpoboy in New Orleans