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any reluctance about eating gulf coast shrimp and oysters??

To put some perspective of the amounts of contaminant in the gulf, the Gulf of Mexico has around 643,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water. That is 643 Quadrillion gallons. The Mississippi river pours in over 4.2 million gallons of water into the Gulf of Mexico every second. so 140.4 million gallons of oil and dispersant would be basically equal to the amount of water that flows from the Mississippi river into the Gulf of Mexico in 35 seconds and as a percentage of the total water in the gulf it would be less than 100 millionth of 1 percent of the total quantity in the gulf. Add to the fact that much of the oil and dispersant rises to the top and follows the currents, if you're talking about eating seafood from deep in the gulf, you are living with a totally negligible risk at this point.

Of course, if you're like a co-worker who refused a free trip to Aruba because she was still "haunted" by the fact that Natalie Holloway got kidnapped and killed there, then just lock yourself inside and eat organically grown food from your own indoor greenhouse.

Sep 08, 2011
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Dick & Jenny's- opening for lunch!

Cochon & Mat & Naddie's still excellent as of last visits. I haven't been a big fan of Manale's for quite a while and honestly don't know about Bon Ton. If you haven't been to Boucherie, I'd highly recommend it--lots of small plates prepared well that would be a great substitute for Dick & Jenny's at dinner. Brigtsen's is among my faves, but you mentioned that you've been--worth going back to though, IMHO.. I also love G.W. Fins, but I don't think its menu is particularly New Orleans in flavor--but it's always excellent. Coquette Bistro on Magazine has a lot of fans, but i haven't made it there (now that I've dropped Dick & Jenny's, I guess it's time). Upperline, but haven't eaten there since their long-time chef retired. Commander's at lunch is a great value and lots of fun.

People seem to have strong opinions about Emeril and his restaurants (I'm a fan), but I love both Emeril's and NOLA and neither has to be very expensive, though Emeril's can be.

Lots of good choices--have fun.

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Cochon
930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

Emeril's Restaurant
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Upperline Restaurant
1413 Upperline St, New Orleans, LA

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nov 04, 2010
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Dick & Jenny's- opening for lunch!

Since moving to New Orleans more than 8 years ago, we've visited tons of restaurants and developed our "favorites" list --on which D&J's was perched near the top. We've probably eaten there at least 20-25 times and it has always been one of those off-the-beaten-path spots we'd send people to who were looking for some place new. Much to my chagrin, I'm crossing it off my list after last night's experience.

We had a party of six last night and called ahead for reservations which they gladly accepted and when we arrived the table was ready . There was no one waiting at 8 p.m. and while I realize it was a Wednesday night, I've NEVER been there before when there wasn't some type of wait--so maybe that should have been a clue. Anyway, the server greeted us, took our drink orders and told us about the gumbo of the day and an unlisted special and left us to look over the menu.

The fried oyster appetizer was back on the menu (replaced by calamari during the recent shortage) and so we ordered a couple of orders of those. They were still pretty good, but my daughter and i both thought that the portion size was considerably smaller than before. One of the party from out of state wanted to eat some red beans and rice, so he asked the waiter if he could order the children's portion as his appetizer--which he accommodated. They were out of another app and the entree menu looked great, so everyone ordered dinner.

I was really embarrassed about bringing family and friends to this place based on the quality of food that came out of that kitchen. I ordered the "special" rib-eye with blue cheese and smoky tomato hollandaise that came with sides of asparagus and lyonnaise potatoes. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the potatoes were okay (but they looked and tasted like regular roasted potatoes to me--no onions ), but the steak was sub-Ponderosa standards--both in quality and execution. What wasn't fat was gristle and the bulk of it ended up after the meal with my daughter's chocolate lab. Other dishes around the table had similar shortcomings with the exception of the crab cakes which my wife said were great. I tasted a couple of other dishes myself and I had to concur with the complaints--the goat cheese & thyme grits (sounded great!) was one of the worst side dishes I've ever tried and I normally love all manner of grits innovations. Imagine the worst instant grits you've ever eaten with too much thyme in them and then reduce your expectations tenfold from that point.

The tomato bacon and basil soup (another dish that sounds great from the description), the vegetarian lasagna, the red beans--none of them were up to standards that I'd come to expect from this place.

I don't know if they have a new chef, a new supplier, if it was an off night, or maybe a combination of things, but whatever it was, the whole meal to me was maybe a 3 on a scale of 1-10.

No, I didn't complain to the waiter--more involved than i want to get into, but the bottom line was I didn't think it would do any good and by the end of the meal, I just didn't care about anything except getting out of there and not coming back. (and I did tip 20% in spite of that feeling)

D&J's takes some effort to get to and to park for us, so while i might give them another chance if they were in my backyard, with so many other consistently good options around, this one is out of the rotation. I hope others will report back if they have better experiences, but if you are a visitor to town and are trying to find a great meal, then check out Boucherie, Brigtsen's Patois, Bayona, Pelican Club, or any number of other gems before wasting your time, calories, or money at Dick & Jenny's.

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Bayona
430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

Brigtsen's Restaurant
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Pelican Club Restaurant & Bar
312 Exchange Alley, New Orleans, LA 70130

Dick & Jenny's
4501 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Nov 04, 2010
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

NEED NORTHSHORE HELP!!!!!!

good recs so far.. glad you found Pizza Man--our favorite, too. Let me add to those Rip's on the Lakefront in Mandeville is pretty good, especially when the weather's not too hot and you can sit outside on the porch and watch the sun go down on the lake... Sesame Inn on North Causeway, also good Chinese takeout (we like it better than Trey Yuen for most).. Thai Flavor or Thai Spice (across the street from each other on Hwy 190 in Covington owned by siblings).. Bear's next to Coscino's.. .. LOVE Del Porto in Covington and at lunch it's a great value as well!

Aug 21, 2008
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Dinner for a large group of people

There are some great restaurants mentioned .. of the ones mentioned and taking into account the price and mostly male criteria, I'd say Tony Angelo's and NOLA are the two I'd look into (though Commander's is probably my fave of the bunch)... I don't think Bayona or Herbsaint are particularly New Orleans in flavor/style and candidly, I've been to Cochon a couple of times and while I WANT to like it, i haven't been impressed w/ the food.

That said, a few choices I'd like to add are Dick & Jenny's (VERY informal and i have hosted a group of about a dozen guys after a meeting here and they all raved about it because it's unique) and very local in flavor, Upperline (the food is great), and Brigtsen's. Not sure if Brigtsen's has a room large enough for all of you, but if it's on a weeknight, they may have some ideas.

In the Quarter, I like Pelican Club and even Palace Cafe' over Redfish Grill. Just my two cents. Good luck (and are you sure you want to go to Tujague's--i'm just not into the boiled beef brisket or anything else they have... another one of those, "I just don't get it" places to me)

http://dickandjennys.com

and here's a link for info about the Upperline that's better than anything the restaurant could put out: http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/20...

Aug 21, 2008
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Gulf Coast vs. West Coast Oysters

I grew up on the Gulf Coast and now live in New Orleans, where the oysters are generally plentiful and cheap (especially in "R" months). Right now oysters are plump, salty, and typical cost for a dozen on the half shell is around $7-8 and half that on certain week nights.. However, it's not unusual to still find happy hour specials where they're a dime to 25cents each.

Right now I'm planning a trip to San Francisco and notice that the typical price for oysters in the Bay Area is $2-$3/EACH.

My question is to those of you who enjoy these tasty bivalves and have bicoastal experience as well is: Why the big price difference? Are West Coast oysters that large? Better Tasting? Guaranteed to contain 20mm pearls?? What're the differences and/or similarities?

Thanks.

Mar 30, 2008
NOLAFrank in General Topics

Pascal Manale or Casamentos?

Definitely Casamento's, but understand it's not a fine dining establishment. You go there primarily for one reason--OYSTERS-on the half shell or fried with a cold Barq's and some of the best hand-cut French fries in the city.

PM's was one of the first New Orleans I visited years ago prior to moving here and I loved the BBQ shrimp. But the times have changed and the last two times I ate there, I didn't like my food, I thought the prices too high for the (lack of) quality, and on one occasion sat next to a table where the children were allowed to run totally wild through restaurant without the parents saying a word. I asked our waiter about it (the waiter was otherwise excellent) and was told they were good regular customers and the waitstaff wasn't allowed to interfere. Before considering PM's, I'd visit Brigtsen's, Dick & Jenny's, Cochon, or a number of other places.. Mister B's if you're craving BBQ shrimp has a far better version.

Feb 11, 2008
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

2 Couples + 5 days = Dining Dilemma

I hadn't even thought about the Four Seasons. My wife and I have eaten at Four Seasons a couple of times in the past and had one of the best dining experiences of our lives there as newlyweds (25+ years ago). That recommendation goes to the top of the list. Thank you!

Sep 19, 2007
NOLAFrank in Manhattan

2 Couples + 5 days = Dining Dilemma

Thanks and I'll definitely take your advice on Balthazar, Peking Duck House, and The Boathouse. But I've been to Grand Central Oyster Bar and while I loved it (didn't eat oysters), I just can't force myself to eat oysters outside of the Gulf Coast when they're $5/doz (up from $3 since Katrina) on Mondays & Wednesdays at my local neighborhood "joint".

Sep 19, 2007
NOLAFrank in Manhattan

2 Couples + 5 days = Dining Dilemma

Great ideas and THANKS. I think we'll take that tour as suggested. We've been to Katz's several times and love the pastrami, but have never had an egg cream or a bialy. Looking forward to both of those experiences. After that tour, we'd better do a LOT of walking or plan for an afternoon nap.

Sep 19, 2007
NOLAFrank in Manhattan

2 Couples + 5 days = Dining Dilemma

We're from New Orleans, have visited 20+ times, but the most recent visits have been w/ teenagers, so we're a little out of touch.

The other couple is from the Midwest (Minneapolis) and have never been to New York, so they're looking to us for recommendations (they love our New Orleans haunts).

We're all fairly "mainstream" in our food likes/dislikes, but not afraid to be adventurous (just not into "trendy")

We'd like at least 3 or 4 really fairly upscale meals, esp. something we don't get in New Orleans (and in addition to the Creole/Cajun variations that everyone thinks of, New Orleans does have decent steakhouses as well as pretty good Vietnamese, sushi, and Thai.)

I'm trying to pare down the list from these initial contenders, but welcome other suggestions:

Gramercy Tavern
David Burke & Donatella
Lupa
Nanni (it's an old favorite of ours)
Bouley
Les Halles
Blue Hill
Pearl Oyster Bar
Marseilles

Other suggestions solicited :
--Sunday Brunch (Balthazar?)
--a couple of less expensive meals (we'll probably do Katz Deli for one of them..
--A Chinatown suggestion (personal Chinese preferences include one or more of the following: good duck, dim sum, or Szcheuan/Sichuan).
--A Mexican restaurant recommendation, but please not the ground beef red sauce style restaurants that dots the landscape around here. We like more of the Veracruz/Baja style Mexican or Puebla-style dining.
--Room w/ a View ? I don't think the other couple would take the plunge for River Cafe'. Thinking of Rainbow Room Grill or Arthur's Landing or _____?
--Bakeries; God, we don't have any bakers in New Orleans and we love the breads, pastries, muffins (and bagels) in NYC.. Esp. would love some suggestions for bakeries on UWS or UES.

My wife will be back in April with one daughter, so any place we don't get to on this visit will go to the top of her list for Spring.

Thanks so much

Sep 18, 2007
NOLAFrank in Manhattan

French Quarter late nite eats.

Coop's on Decatur.. Get the jambalaya.

Apr 30, 2007
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Baja-Style Fish Tacos in New Orleans????

My wife just returned from visiting her mother Orange County, CA. Much to her chagrin, they didn't go out for Tex-Mex once. Specifically, she didn't get her "fix" of fish tacos on this trip and now I'm hungering for them too. I only know of two places in the area that serves them in any style--Crabby Jack's (didn't care for them) and Cafe 59 in Abita Springs/Mandeville (pretty good)--but they're both grilled. Now, generally I love grilled fish, but I want the genuine West Coast Baja-Style fried fish taco--lightly battered (tempura is good) and served w/ shredded cabbage, cilantro, and a great sauce on a soft tortilla.

Anyone know of any place in the area that serves such??? I'll travel from Baton Rouge to Biloxi. Thanks.

Apr 30, 2007
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Tuscaloosa Alabama Chow

I agree w/ Sister Sue about Dreamland. The one--and only--time I ate there, I thought the ribs were just terrible. Poor quality of rib, underdone, tough, fatty, and the sauce was forgettable. I guess it's something you have to have grown up with. I have no idea how they stay in business, much less thrive.

Mar 22, 2007
NOLAFrank in Central South

Best Barbeque shrimp in NOLA

Mr. B's hasn't reopened, but should be by June. I like the BBQ shrimp there better than the version at Manale's. Emeril has a great version that 's totally different and they're already peeled!. I love the BBQ shrimp poboy at Liuzza's By the Track, but it's a totally different flavor (and small shrimp) than what you're talking about.

BTW, Casamento's isn't open during June (they close every year from Memorial Day through Labor Day).

Jan 27, 2007
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

For Those of you Travelling to New Orleans

Bon Ton is certain a great recommendation for casual, though authentic/delicious traditional Creole. Mother's on Poydras has a lot of fans on this board and they definitely are famous for their Poor boy sandwiches and casual Creole dining (I can't admit to being a big fan, though). A couple of other of my favorites in the area--NOLA is Emeril's more casual restaurant in the quarter and I find it innovative and delicious. I also enjoy Palace Cafe' on Canal, owned by one of the Brennan family.

Two very casual and inexpensive places--Coop's Place is great for a late night bite and has great jambalaya and among the oyster bars in the area, Acme gets a big nod from me over Felix's.

If you want to get out of the area, take a cab to Brigtsen's or Dick Jenny's to get a taste of where the locals eat or stop in Metairie on your way to the airport and eat at Drago's (you'll find a lot of discussion about all of those on this board).

Oct 19, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Thanksgiving in Houston: Thanksgiving dinner plus other meals

Will be visiting Houston for extended Thanksgiving weekend and we are looking for some place that serves a "traditional" Thanksgiving dinner--turkey, cornbread dressing, the usual boring side dishes and of course pumpkin pie.

For the rest of the weekend, we have dinner reservations at Rainbow Lodge one night and we're considering eating Bistro Moderne the other night, but would welcome any upscale suggestions.

For lunches, we would like recs on the following:

Best BBQ
Best Chicken-Fried Steak
Best Vietnamese

Thanks.

Oct 14, 2006
NOLAFrank in Houston

One Grown-Up Night plus many Family Nights in Town

Mikey's recommendations are top notch, though I'm not a huge fan of Mother's, but I guess everyone needs to go at least once. Galatoire's is essential New Orleans (though w/ the re-opening of Commander's, that would also be a good option). If you go to one of the old line restaurants like Galatoires, just tell your waiter the types of food you like or want to try and put yourself in his hands... Watch out for too many fried things, though, those oysters en brochette are soooo rich (oysters wrapped in backon and fried).... but DO eat some oysters.. they're great here and a lot cheaper than the ones you get in SF.

Haven't been to Alberta yet. Dick & Jenny's is one of my faves, but I also love Brigtsen's (may be a little to formal for kids, but Jacques-Imo's is a great suggestion for families.. A couple of other suggestions: Palace Cafe is a great Sunday brunch place, NOLA is Emeril's more casual place in the Quarter and I like it a lot, esp. for lunch. Antoine's is the oldest restaurant in America and was the originator of many of the old-line Creole dishes still served in restaurants all around town--including oysters Rockefeller, but I wouldn't go to Galatoire's AND Antoine's--it's an either/or proposition.

More casual places--Coop's (get the jambalaya), Drago's in Metairie has chargrilled oysters that are to die for and everyone else is a pale imitator. I really like the BBQ shrimp po-boy at Liuzza's By The Track (not to be confused w/ Liuzza's), Casamento's on Magazine Street is also great for oysters and soft-shell crab (raw bar and fried).

For your after-dinner night out, I'd head over to the Marigny district and go to Snug Harbor on Frenchmen for some good jazz.. other music venues are on the same street and it's a lot less touristy than going into the FQ. Have fun!

Oct 06, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Small Group Dinner Sunday

Sunday can present a problem, but I think Upperline, Galatoire's (jacket for dinner), GW Fins, K-Paul's, Palace Cafe', and NOLA are open.

Brigtsen's, Cuvee, August, and Herbsaint are closed on Sunday. You'll have to check the others. If The Pelican Club is open, I'd chose it--it's a real gem right in the middle of the FQ. Otherwise, check out the web sites of the others and see which menus appeal to you.

Sep 20, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Dick & Jenny's New Fall Menu - Report (Long)

We were trying to decide on a place for dinner Sat. night and you've just helped me close the deal. D&J's is one of my favorites anyway and the rabbit etoufee and the duck duo both sound like something i'd love (the duck dish sounds similar to duck 3 ways at the Pelican Club). Thanks for the great report.

Sep 14, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Special, New-Orleans only eats in New Orleans?

Personally, I'm not a big fan of Mother's. I think the food is mediocre on a good day. Galatoire's is very uniquely New Orleans in atmosphere and in menu (if you go for dinner, be prepared to dress up. Jackets are still required for men). Antoine's is also coming back after years of resting on their laurels, but it's even more expensive than Galatoire's, and I prefer G's, personally.

Keep checking this board because rumor has it that Commander's Palace will reopen some time in October. That's certainly worth a trek. My favorite "creole bistros" (great food, not too touristy) would include Brigtsen's, Upperlline (can be erratic), and Dick & Jenny's. I really am a proponent of venturing out of the quarter for at least one meal and I've taken a lot of people to both Brigtsen's & Dick & Jenny's who come away amazed at the quality of food in these "hidden" gems. I used to be a big fan of Jacques-Imo's, but it's losing a little luster IMHO.

If you're an oyster lover, the best single oyster dish in town are the charbroiled oysters at Drago's in Metairie. Drago's also has the best raw bar. Also would agree w/ previous posters about Casamento's (for fried oysters), K-Paul, and Bon Ton. In the quarter, Frankie & Johnny's are the best po-boys. Out of the quarter, I like the BBQ Shrimp Po-Boy at Liuzza's By the Track and Mike is 100% correct about the softshell po-boy at Galley Seafood.

If you're up late and find yourself hungry, go to Coop's on Decatur, for the great, cheap, jambalaya. My favorite Sunday brunch is at The Palace Cafe on Canal St. You can experience an excellent New Orleans jazz brunch w/out paying exhorbitant prices. And nobody's mentioned cafe' au lait & beignets at Cafe' duMonde. It's a required stop, just so you can say you've been.

Warnings: There are a number of good restaurants in the French Quarter, but there a lot that are tourist traps and that the locals avoid like the plague. Stay away from most places directly on Bourbon (Galatoire's being the major exception). If you go to Mosca's, take CASH. No credit cards accepted. Some places like Dick & Jenny's and Jacques-Imo's don't take reservations except for large parties, so plan your timing w/ those things in mind.

Sep 14, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Dick & Jenny's is Great

D&J's has always been in my personal top 5... love the informal atmosphere, the ever-changing menu, and the attention to quality. and you're right about the high QPR (quality-price ratio). The last time I was there i ended up making a meal on several appetizers... they're always great.

Sep 06, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Jackson restaurant. Who has been?

Okay, admittedly the time we went was Mother's Day brunch which is probably a pretty poor time to evaluate a restaurant, but the place was only half full when we arrived for our reservation (i think it was probably around 1:30). Service was good and personable, price wasn't cheap, but it was fair (although i thought the bloody mary's were very lacking in alcohol content), but the food was totally mediocre. The brunch menu i thought lacked much imagination and they were out of my first choice, which was the oysters sardou. I ended up ordering an omelet that would've been at home at IHOP (except it was smaller). The jalapeno cheese grits were cold, and i forget the rest of the meal, but that's only because it was totally forgettable... with so many places available to eat, i don't go back to restaurants that fail to impress at least on some level and Jackson definitely failed to impress.

Sep 06, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Nice Thai?

I love La Thai.. it's not cheap, but I find it very creative and the food tastes great

Aug 17, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Emeril or Galatoir or Brigsten or .....

Sticking to the original question of ONLY chosing between the 3 choices proffered:

If I was on expense account or money didn't matter and could only pick one, I'd probably pick Emeril's, just because they have such a great cellar (BBQ shrimp appetizer and rack of lamb entree, but lots of great things to choose from)... But if you visit Vegas or Orlando, where you can get a similar experience, then I'd pass for a more "New Orleans" experience.

That being said, Brigtsen's is my favorite nice (you don't have to wait for a special occasion) restaurant. Everything's great, but the seasonal seafood platter is always a sure bet for those who can't make up their mind.

Galatoire's is uniquely New Orleans, but I've never been overly impressed with the food.

(agree w/ Pilaf's comments about Stella/August)

Aug 17, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Best dishes @ Alberta, BonTon, Felix's, Drago's, Domilise's, Central Grocery, Liuzza's, D&J's, Hymel's, Middendorf's?

Felix's--if want an oyster bar in the quarter, go to Acme's, or better yet go to Drago's in Metairie. and I agree w/ the poster that said NOTHING else at Felix's is worth eating other than the oysters (at least that's true for the one in the FQ). Also if you're concerned about contaminated raw oysters, I think Ralph & Kacoo's on Toulouse still has those pasteurized oysters (it's not a restaurant I'd recommend for most things, though I haven't eaten there in years).

Drago's--best quality oysters in town.. The chargrilled oysters are the best, but they have great oysters on the half shell and fried oysters, too.

Domilise's--Roast beef poorboy.

Central Grocery--muffaletta if you must go

Liuzza's--I like Liuzza's By the Track better, but admit I haven't eaten there post-Katrina. I'm not sure if BTT is serving their full menu, but I love the BBQ shrimp poboy and homemade fries.. but wait for the poboy to cool; the sauce is like molten lava

Dick & Jenny's--I love most things here, but find the appetizers are really their normal strong suit... recently had a pork chop I didn't care for (gristly & undercooked)

Hymel's--never eaten there

Middendorf's--mostly think it's overrated and find the thin catfish way too think and little more than fried cornmeal. If you want catfish, get the regular cut, they're thinner than most. The other fried seafood I like there is softshell crab

Brigtsen's is my favorite of all the ones mentioned and no, the portions aren't smaller. Ate there in mid-July and the seafood platter was better than ever (Frank changes it slightly depending on what seafood is seasonal/fresh)..

Aug 17, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Three Early September Days in New Orleans -- Looking for Up-to-date recommendations

.. I also vote AGAINST Redfish Grill.. Have never been impressed by them..

Aug 16, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans

Three Early September Days in New Orleans -- Looking for Up-to-date recommendations

Second several of the above res in the FQ/downtown area including Stella!, August, and Palace Cafe (I love this place for Sunday brunch, though I'm not a big fan of their highly-touted white choc. bread pudding). I also personally like NOLA, but I understand that there are many who aren't big Emeril fans. People forget about K-Paul's, but chef Prudhomme is still kicking butt over there and he has some truly unique and truly Cajun-based dishes.. Plus Paul was a huge contributor to post-Katrina support of the first responders.

My favorite place in the French Quarter is the oft-overlooked Pelican Club (check out their web site for full menu). Always good seafood, the duck 3-ways is my favorite duck dish in town... upscale without the stiffness of several other FQ haunts... Never had a bad meal here.. GW Fins is the best fish in the FQ.. I like Rio Mar, but it's not a uniquely New Orleans experience at all... Because you're limited on Sunday night dining choices, I like to suggest either Galatoire's or Upperline for that time, though I've heard Upperline has been somewhat erratic of late (plus if you want to stay in the Quarter, then Galatoire's is definitely the choice)

I vote AGAINST Irene's (long wait, inattenative service.. TOmmy's is the better option)... Dick & Jenny's is still good even after Richard Benz sold the place, but I ate there a few weeks ago and the double cut pork chop was very grisly and undercooked, so I would stick w/ the seafood personally... But if you're travelling that far, I'd opt for Brigtsen's instead (my current favorite)..

If you're an oyster fan, DO stop by Drago's on your way back to the airport.. Their chargrilled oysters are the original and the definitive version(all imitators pale in comparison)

Have fun on your visit.. you have some great options...

Aug 16, 2006
NOLAFrank in New Orleans