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GW Finns or Muriel's?

Thank you Bill, wonderful words and advice, as always! I agree, flying to the US (East to West) is always easier than coming home (West to East). There's something wonderful about gaining time - it gives you just enough energy to use those extra hours for something good (like a wonderful meal!) For us it also means the beginning of a trip, with so many experiences yet to come. Whatever we decide to do, I am sure we'll have a wonderful time in New Orleans, a city truly like no other. And of course, we will be back again. Enjoy and travel safely too!
Belma

Aug 22, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

GW Finns or Muriel's?

Yes, having looked into it further, I think it won't be top of my list either.

Aug 20, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

GW Finns or Muriel's?

Thank you for your posts - I always love reading what you write!

Aug 18, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

GW Finns or Muriel's?

Just want to say a big thank you for the feedback. I'm still working on that jacket! It doesn't help that New Orleans this time is just a stop-over and we'll be flying in from the UK that day. So my only other worry with Galatoire's is that, after 15 hours of travelling and the time difference, it would just be the wrong time to do it. I've aways imagined having a long, leisurely meal there for which I want to be well rested! I'll have a think - I really would like to eat there. Thanks again everyone!

Aug 18, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

GW Finns or Muriel's?

Ha ha, okay, you've convinced me, I will try and lobby for a jacket! (-:

Aug 17, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

GW Finns or Muriel's?

These are great replies, thank you! I probably should have mentioned that we only eat fish (not meat) so a menu heavy on seafood is fine with us (even if that means missing out on some of the 'classics'!). Fins does have gumbo, oysters, shrimp remoulade, fish like drum which I associate with Lousiana/New Orleans, which is why I thought it fit the bill. Also, I would love to try Galatoire's, but don't think I can get my husband to wear a jacket! Would you then say Arnaud's is the best choice?

Aug 17, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

GW Finns or Muriel's?

We have one night in New Orleans and are trying to decide between GW Finns or Muriel's for dinner. We're looking for a place that will be quintessentially New Orleans and where we can try some of the classic New Orleans dishes. We're also looking to eat in the French Quarter so we're walking distance from our B&B in the Marigny and these two fit that criteria. From my research on this board both seem well regarded, especially GW Finns, but I would love to have your opinion on how they compare to each other? Thank you! 
(As a side note, we have been to New Orleans before and have dined at Brightsens, Dante's Kitchen, Boucherie and Mr B's so we're also looking to try somewhere new in the one night we have in the city. I so wish we had more time!!)

Aug 17, 2013
belma79 in New Orleans

Lupa for a birthday dinner?

Thanks everyone!

Jan 09, 2013
belma79 in Manhattan

Lupa for a birthday dinner?

Thanks everyone,really good to have your input! I didn't realise there were different rooms at Lupa. I would actually like something quite bustling and buzzy. Should we stick with the front room in that case, and not the back room? Thanks!

Jan 08, 2013
belma79 in Manhattan

Lupa for a birthday dinner?

Hello everyone. A quick question for you. I'll be visiting NYC later this month with my husband and I'm thinking of going to Lupa for dinner on my birthday (it will be on a Tuesday). Would you say Lupa is a good birthday/celebratory spot? Note: we're splurging the Saturday before at Gramercy Tavern and also doing lunch at Per Se, so I'm looking for something that's vibrant and buzzy, without being too 'fancy'? (I'm also keen to try their Cacio & Pepe, a dish I usually love. I've also been to Babbo, and although I know they can't compare, am a fan of Mario Batali.) Any thoughts, especially on if we can do any 'better' would be much appreciated. Many thanks!

Jan 07, 2013
belma79 in Manhattan

What's the food/atmosphere like at Natural Selection?

Thanks Chalmers! It's good to have an alternative point of you. Just interested, why would you say Aviary is not quite as 'Portland'? I guess I'm still trying to figure out what that means!

May 14, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

What's the food/atmosphere like at Natural Selection?

Wow, thanks for the detailed response! You've definitely put me off now.
Have you been to Aviary? Interested if the people on this board would say it's a better choice, both in terms of food and atmosphere?

May 12, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

What's the food/atmosphere like at Natural Selection?

Hello everyone. We'll be in Portland soon and have been doing tons of research on where to eat. Decisions have been made for all nights except one. I am very intrigued by Natural Selection. It seems inventive, interesting and also very Portland (I could be wrong?), which appeals to us coming from the UK. We're also both veggie (although I eat fish...). But what's the general conensus on 1) food (is it really any good?) and 2) atmosphere (is it hushed and quiet, or more buzzy?) I'd love to get the opinion of the locals on this board.
If not Natural Selection, I've also been thinking about Aviary, which I believe is in the same neighbourhood.
Thank you!

May 11, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

Cru, Blue Water Cafe or Yew?

This is all great insight/advice, thank you everybody! It looks like it's either BWC or Yew, I'll think it over a bit more and make a choice. I'll be sure to report back. Thanks again.

Apr 23, 2012
belma79 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Cru, Blue Water Cafe or Yew?

We'll be visiting Vancouver for a few days from the UK and would like to have a  more 'upscale' meal for one of the nights. Having done some research, including reading past posts here, I've narrowed it down to Cru, Blue Water Cafe or Yew. We're looking for a place that feels very Vancouver, with a buzzy atmosphere and of course great food, especially fish. A good selection of B.C wines, especially by the glass, would be good too. We're flexible on price and location. Please help us choose!

Apr 22, 2012
belma79 in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Vibrant, buzzy, happening restaurant in Portland with excellent food?

Thanks everyone! I'll definitely check out Woodsman Tavern, good tip.
What's the general opinion on Park Kitchen and the The Bent Brick? They seem quite happening!

Mar 05, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

Vibrant, buzzy, happening restaurant in Portland with excellent food?

This is very helpful, thank you! What would you say the atmosphere is like on either Fri or Sat? As mentioned we like the idea of a more energetic place as opposed to somewhere that feels a bit stodgy. It doesn't look like Castagna would be the latter, but would be good to get your take on it!

Mar 04, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

Vibrant, buzzy, happening restaurant in Portland with excellent food?

Thanks for the reply Leonardo.
North, or more commonly northeastern food from Isaan, is precisely what I was eating in Bangkok! It's very ubiquitous. Funnily enough I actually ate at the place shown in the photo on Pok Pok's homepage http://www.pokpokpdx.com/home - although this is actually Jek Pui, a popular stall in Chinatown selling Chinese style Thai curries. See here:  http://www.austinbushphotography.com/...  It was exceptionally good. 

 

Mar 04, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

Vibrant, buzzy, happening restaurant in Portland with excellent food?

Thanks both, great suggestions! Ideally it would be a restaurant that takes reservations (which I know Pok Pok doesn't) although this isn't an absolute must. Also, I have to mention, having recently been to Bangkok where I gorged myself on cheap and delicious street food, eating Thai anywhere else has lost its appeal somewhat. (-:
What kind of restaurant is Castagna? I can't get a good 'grip' on it. What would you say makes it stand our from somewhere like Little Bird or Park Kitchen, which I've perhaps been leaning towards so far?

Mar 03, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

Vibrant, buzzy, happening restaurant in Portland with excellent food?

Hi everyone. I need to make a decision on where to eat on our one night in Portland, and also a night that will finish our trip to the Pacific NW on a high note. I've spent a few hours reading through various posts so I'm familiar with places such as Andina, Little Bird, Castagna, Le Pigeon, Beast, Departure etc. The problem I have is choosing! I am looking for a place that of course has great food, but also something with a buzz, a restaurant that feels vibrant and happening. Also a restaurant that, if possible, feels very Portland - we're from London in the UK and have eaten in cities such as NYC, LA, Chicago, New Orleans and always felt each place  we had (carefully) chosen had a vibe unique to that city. Food wise we eat fish, though not meat, but don't mind a restaurant with limited choice as long as that choice is good. We'll be staying near Laurelhurst Theatre but don't mind about the location, happy to travel anywhere. Can you help?? Thank you!

Mar 03, 2012
belma79 in Metro Portland

Brigtsen's or K-Paul's?

wonderful review! thanks. i'll report back as well.

Jul 08, 2011
belma79 in New Orleans

Belmont/12th South - where to go for dinner

thanks! it's not too late, we're not going for a few weeks. imogene + willie is already on my list, as well as the coffee shops you mention - glad you recommend them. i was wondering about rumours - good to hear you like it. we can go to 12th south taproom for a beer only - i'm a big fan of american microbrews. i'll be sure to report back on my stay and thanks again for your help.

Jul 07, 2011
belma79 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Belmont/12th South - where to go for dinner

wonderful, thanks so much everyone!

Jul 05, 2011
belma79 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Brigtsen's or K-Paul's?

Thanks Hunt, always happy to hear your thoughts. I'm sure I'll enjoy it!

Jul 05, 2011
belma79 in New Orleans

Belmont/12th South - where to go for dinner

thank you! this is so helpful. i'll look into all your suggestions, really appreciated. i've heard of las paletas, i'll make sure to go there as well.

do you have any suggestions for downtown eating in the evening? it's touristy, but we want to go to the honky tonk bars on broadway on the saturday, so wondering where to grab some food. thanks again!

Jul 05, 2011
belma79 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Belmont/12th South - where to go for dinner

Hello. Hope you can help. We have a couple of nights in Nashville and will be staying on Linden Avenue, a few minutes walk from 12th South Ave. We fly in from the UK early evening on a Friday and I want to find a casual restaurant that's walking distance. Where would you recommend?? I've done some reasearch and found Burger Up and 12 South Taproom as possible choices. Any thoughts on these? Or other recommendations welcome! Thank you.

Jul 04, 2011
belma79 in Kentucky & Tennessee

new orleans chicory coffee (cafe du monde, community, french market etc)

thanks! i got cafe du monde coffee on my visit from chinatown - much much cheaper than anywhere else, so if you're stocking up, make sure you go there.

Jul 04, 2011
belma79 in Manhattan

Brigtsen's or K-Paul's?

Thank you so much everybody! I was leaning towards Brigtsen's anyway, but now I'm completely convinced. I think it's what I'm looking for as well (and I can always leave K-Paul's for another visit....). I also talked today to a colleague whose husband worked with Frank Brigtsen when he was a trainee chef in New Orleans and said I must go there as well! Thanks again and I'll be sure to report back

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

Jul 04, 2011
belma79 in New Orleans

Brigtsen's or K-Paul's?

Hello. I can't decide between the two restaurants and hope this wonderful board can help! I went to NOLA last year and had wonderful meals at Dante's Kitchen, Boucherie and Mr B's. This time I'm only passing through for one night and want to go somewhere new, but also somewhere unmistakably New Orleans, i.e. a restaurant that can only exist in NOLA. I've narrowed it down to Brigtsen's and K-Paui's, but really can't decide which one to pick up. What's the opinion here? Thank you so much.

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Dante's Kitchen
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Boucherie
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

Jul 04, 2011
belma79 in New Orleans

new orleans chicory coffee (cafe du monde, community, french market etc)

Great advice, thanks!

Feb 15, 2011
belma79 in Manhattan