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Eat in New Orleans, near convention center, casual yet still special?

Eat in New Orleans, near convention center, casual yet still special?

Feb 22nd, 2009, 01:20 PM
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Eat in New Orleans, near convention center, casual yet still special?

We will be walking everywhere from hotel near convention center. Past favorites are Mothers, Com's Palace, Camelia Grill, Mr. B's. Not bowled over by Cochon of late. I think this time we'd like good basic food, nothing trendy, and within a safe walk of our hotel. We will be there on Thursday and Friday nights in early May. Appreciate any tips.
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 02:40 PM
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After goofing and submitting my reply to someone else's question, I am finally making my recomendation to you. Your best bet to meet all the criteria is Mulate's restaurant, not far from the Convention Center, an old traditional cajun-creole restaurant with good food at reasonable prices. Good luck.
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Feb 22nd, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Thank you! I've heard of Mulate's over the years but never been there. Sounds like the ticket. Any other suggestions for our second day?
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Feb 27th, 2009, 05:13 PM
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Since we will have a car, does anyone have a recommendation for a place near Magazine, or perhaps the Garden District?
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Feb 27th, 2009, 10:01 PM
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Excellent suggestion for Mulate's. We go there everytime we visit New Orleans. They've always had a cajun band on our visits and it's music we like, also enjoy watching the other diners dance cajun style. Food's pretty good too.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 03:41 AM
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I am stunned to hear people mention how much they enjoy the food at Mulate's. It's really mediocre! The place is fun and the drinks are good but don't go there for food.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 05:24 AM
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A better restaurant a bit farther away, but easily reachable, is Brigtsen's.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 07:34 AM
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Cochon just added a casual place right next to the restaurant called, Cochon Butcher, where you get fresh cut sandwiches (like muffalettas) to go. Just an idea if you want to eat in your room.

A couple of good options near you is La Cote Brasserie, which is pretty casual particularly for lunch. HipStix is a good Thai place.
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Feb 28th, 2009, 10:40 AM
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I said the food's pretty good and Wayne said good. Neither is a 4* recommendation. Sorry that stunned you. Any question of this sort is going to get a variety of opinions. some black to white about the same place. We do enjoy excellent food, but don't need a gourmet experience every place we go. Having a bite to eat at Mulate's while enjoying the place isn't going to kill anyone, and as Wayne said the prices are reasonable.
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Mar 7th, 2009, 09:48 AM
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Any more help? French quarter,Magazine, Faubourg, Garden Dist., etc? Thank you.
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Mar 8th, 2009, 01:01 PM
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Mr B's is one of my favorites. NOLA's in the quarter is great too. It is an Emeril's restaurant, though I think it is a little more casual than his others. They also have a Sunday brunch. Madigan's in the quarter, just next to St Louis Cathedral is good, too.

I would skip Mulates.

Also in the quarter is Napoleon House. It is very casual, less expensive than the above, and open for lunch only.
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Mar 9th, 2009, 06:18 AM
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Have never tried Madigan's, but we enjoy the atmosphere at the Napoleon House. Thank you for your suggestions. Has anyone ever eaten at Elizabeth's, and do you know how to get there?
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Mar 9th, 2009, 01:33 PM
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Never been to Elizabeth's. It is on Chartres St. You have to drive thru Chartres Street, thru the French Quarter for 1-2 miles. They have a website which shows you directions in more detail.
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Mar 10th, 2009, 03:31 AM
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Since you mentioned the Garden District, I'd suggest a long time favorite of ours, Pascal's Manale on Napoleon Ave. Old neighborhood restaurant, casual and reasonable. Food is more Creole than Cajun. Known for their BBQ shrimp (NO style, not southwestern). Their shrimp/crabmeat remoulade is also excellent. You could drive, but if weather's decent, we like taking the St Charles Ave streetcar to the Napolean Ave stop, then 2 short blocks on the left.
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Mar 10th, 2009, 05:09 AM
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Dante's Grill, across the street from Brigtsen's, is pretty and comfortable without being fancy, with a nice garden setting, and really strong cooking. Nothing over-the-top gourmet but really high-quality food.

For something even more casual, Ignatius on Magazine St has down home cajun/creole food, including the best etouffe I've ever had. Not fawning in terms of service, and not really pretty but good food in a low-key atmosphere.
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Mar 12th, 2009, 01:34 PM
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Several of these are new to me, and a couple I've heard of but not tried. I really appreciate your thoughtful suggestions.
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Mar 13th, 2009, 04:32 PM
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I was there 2 weeks ago and ate at Mulates and loved the food. I thought it was very good. I tried everything from frog legs to gator and really enjoyed it. I also had the bread pudding and it was the best I have ever had. They also have a band which made it even more fun. The staff was very nice and answered a ton of questions for me. Everyones tastes differ, go for the experience and enjoy.
On Magazine try Big Fisherman. Its actually a fish market but you can buy crawfish, sausage, corn, potatoes and other things and take them across the street to a little bar with a patio and eat them there if you buy a drink. I did and it was great fun. My first time trying crawfish. There was a table next to me of about 10 people all having the same thing and we were all having a blast.
Enjoy your trip.
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