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andyg Jul 1st, 2005 07:19 PM

new orleans restaurant tips needed
this is our first trip to new orleans i can't wait to try all the restaurants i can in four days. the problem is my wife likes plain ,boring food, beef! i have picked ruth's chris for one night but looking for other tips that won't be to much for my wife but won't bore me and my taste buds. thanks for any tips

123Go Jul 1st, 2005 08:26 PM

I just took my first trip to New Orleans last fall and met friends who've been there many times. They took care of all the reservations for our 4 night weekend. They wanted to make sure we did some of the "touristy" things as well as some not so. Everywhere we went was excellent.
We did Commander's Palace (sit outside weather permitting and order the bread pudding souffle). Went to Galitois, Emeril's (Warehouse district). Brunch at Court of Two Sisters and of corse bignets at Cafe du Mond. One of the surprises was Jacquesimos Cafe. What a treat, must get the shrimp & alligator sausage cheesecake (really). Turns out the owner grew up where my husband did and they knew people in common. Very interesting place but must have reservations, it's really hopping. All in all, you probably can't go too wrong with whatever you choose. You'd need two weeks to get in all the restaurants you want to. Enjoy.

Dan Jul 2nd, 2005 05:08 AM

Skip Ruth's Chris and try Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse instead! Yum.

Jacques Imos doesn't accept reservations for parties smaller than 5.

BigJim Jul 2nd, 2005 09:54 AM

I would skip Ruth's Chris too. You can do that at home!!

snowrooster Jul 2nd, 2005 10:54 AM

I'm a huge Ruth's Chris fan. We don't have one in Cincinnati and but we've gone to Louisville and Indianapolis for a night before just to go to Ruth's. Usually if there is one in town when I go on vacation it is a must. That said, we are going to New Orleans in less than two weeks and Ruth's is not on (nor was it considered) our list. There are so many fabulous one of a kind restaurants in New Orleans to try and pretty much all of them are going to have some type of standard red meat on the menu. I would pick a handful of places you'd like to try and then check their menus online to see if they have a thing or two your wife can handle.

keli22o Jul 2nd, 2005 11:04 AM

Emeril's has a steakhouse, Delmonico, there as well as Dikie Brennan. Try those instead. Don't go to R.C. those are chain you can get just about anywhere!

benj Jul 2nd, 2005 11:38 AM

I agree with skipping Ruth Chris. Also don't bother getting a steak at Copeland's. We got one at the place on the northshore & it was very poor quality meat. It sizzled in a poor imitation of RC but the taste was not there. The best steakhouse that we know is Charlie's.It has the old NO gruff atmosphere (like a local hangout) but a great steak.
Here is a bunch of reviews.

She might like Maspero's for a sandwich. They are huge & have the traditional ones as well as some unique NO ones for you. Commander's is my favorite for atmosphere & fine food. She should be able to find something traditional enough there too.

andyg Jul 2nd, 2005 11:52 AM

thanks for the tips so far. we live in mid michigan and don't a ruth's chris near us that is why we thought of that
but dickie brennan's sounds good. thanks for any other tips.

mah1980 Jul 2nd, 2005 11:59 AM

Dickie Brennan's or Delmonico's for steak.

andyg Jul 2nd, 2005 06:07 PM

ttt thanks

NO_Native Jul 4th, 2005 06:46 AM

First...Emeril's Delmonico in New Orleans is NOT...I repeat...NOT a steakhouse. It is one of three Emeril's places in New Orleans. IMHO, it is also the most over-priced and over-rated of the three.

Others have suggested you look at Dikie Brennan's Steakhouse on Iberville not to be confused with the classic Brennan's on Royal Street). I agree. DB's has a great selection of appatizers and non-beef entrees to keep any non-carnivore happy, while still serving a great steak in that old steakhouse style. I think it is a better value that Ruth's too.

If you do go to Ruths's, make it the original on Broad. OF course, a few blocks from there is the place that all New Orleans steakhouses (including Ruth's) were copied from -- Crescent City Steakhouse. Don't go there is you don't want steak (they have nothing else), or if you want a fancy place (it isn't). What you will get there is a very good prime dry-aged hand-cut steak, erved in the classic New Orleans way (broiled in butter), for a reasonable price (single steaks range from $18 to $21). Try the Porterhouse for two!

Charlie's is another neighborhood favorite, especially for that New Orleans 'funk' factor. The meat is sub-par compared to Crescent City or Dickie's, but not expensive. Great onion rings and a blue-cheese dressing that will knock your socks off.

123Go Jul 4th, 2005 07:30 AM

You're right about a sandwich at Maspero's. How could I have forgotten to mention that one?

mah1980 Jul 4th, 2005 11:42 AM

I've had steak at Emeril's Delmonico's and thought it was excellent. I also know many others who have.

andyg Jul 6th, 2005 07:25 PM

ttt last try any more tips thanks

BetsyinKY Jul 6th, 2005 09:56 PM

My husband is a very "plain food" person, while I am a very adventurous eater, so I know your dilemma very well! On our last trip to New Orleans we ate at a wide variety of places and were both very happy with what we got. Most places had a few entrees on the plainer side. Sometimes my husband would ask the waiter if they could
"hold the sauce" or put it on the side, if it was something he was afraid he wouldn't like. Everyone was very accomodating. I also tried to balance nicer restaurants with good old greasy spoons. We went to:
GW Fins
Port of Call
Acme Oyster House
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
Veranda (in the Intercontinental for brunch)
Pelican Club

andyg Jul 9th, 2005 08:04 PM

thanks for the tips can't wait for our trip.

ARKANSASNURSE Jul 10th, 2005 06:35 AM

Don't miss Bubba Gump Shrimp Company (based on the movie Forrest Gump) the dinner "bucket of boat trash" was great contained alligator, crawfish and shrimp, and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville was great for a snack and a drink, they are really potent. These two places were packed yet are never recommend on these threads so I am changing that!!!!

linaatoz Jul 13th, 2005 02:07 AM

Andy-when are you going? Enjoy some good spicy NO food for me :)


Reeder Jul 13th, 2005 04:19 AM

On our trip there a couple of years back we went to Ugly's for lunch. Everything is very tight (as in squeezed in) and we met a local attorney. So we picked his brain about restaurants. He said his favorite was Irene's (which has been mentioned here) We went to Commander's Palace etc which we enjoyed but Irene's has delicious food without the overbearing prices. We alwasy try to get the locals opinion wherever we go and we have never been burned. Try Irene's!

plummie Jul 13th, 2005 05:27 AM

Uglesich's for lunch for fantastic seafood (they're not open for dinner). Try their fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade. Your wife can watch you eat if nothing appeals to her.
For another casual place, Port 'a Call has great hamburgers and baked potatoes. Your wife should like this.

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