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Anniversary trip

Thanks to all for the guidance -- I'm sure it will be a fantastic trip.

Apr 04, 2011
Scubado in New Orleans

Anniversary trip

Hi everybody,

I'm taking my wife for a Tues-Fri trip for our 20th anniversary. It's her first trip (my second) and I'm looking for some help finding great romantic restaurants.

Based on my reading of similar discussions recently, my short list includes:


I was originally thinking about CP for our actual anniversary dinner as it's a place I've long wanted to try, but I get the vibe that it's considered a little formal (even passe?) compared to many of the other choices.

On my first trip 15 years ago (how time flies), the landmark meal was a private dinner at Arnaud's. It was one of the greatest meals I've ever had. Interestingly, I don't see the place mentioned much on the boards. Also, I don't want to try to relive a great experience as it is probably doomed to fall short of my expectations.

As a side note, I want to try to see a little of the countryside on one of the days. If we manage to get out, I'm thinking of visiting one or two out-of-town places, specifically Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge (dinner or zydeco breakfast??) and/or Jolly Cafe in Houma.

Thanks for any insights you can offer to make this a very memorable anniversary!



430 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112

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

Apr 03, 2011
Scubado in New Orleans

Longshot -- Downey Restaurant

That could be it but unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the restaurant or the market that it was attached to.

Sal's seems to ring a bell but it wasn't a bakery per se -- they mostly sold imported Italian foods and there was a deli, but they may have sold baked goods as well.

It was on the southwest side of the Stewart & Gray/Paramount intersection.

The restaurant was very small -- perhaps four or five tables. It was nothing fancy but the food and the atmosphere made it memorable.


May 01, 2009
Scubado in Los Angeles Area

Longshot -- Downey Restaurant

Does anyone recall a small Italian restaurant that operated years ago in a Downey strip mall at the corner of Paramount and Stewart & Gray. The restaurant was annexed to an Italian market that, like the restaurant, is no longer there.

The young owner, Claudio, was recently from Florence and his chef, Nick I think, was from Naples.

They had great atmosphere and even better food (or perhaps it was the other way around).

I know this is a complete longshot but I've always wondered what happened to these guys -- I'm sure they moved on to bigger things and it would be great to hear what they're up to now.


Apr 30, 2009
Scubado in Los Angeles Area