Suggested restaurants in New Orleans

Old Mar 11th, 2002, 02:56 PM
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Another vote for Jaques-Imo's. Very casual crowd, reasonable prices and excellent food. Bayona and Peristyle are two others I highly recommend.
 
Old Mar 13th, 2002, 03:24 PM
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Cuvee'...dimly lit, small seating area, attentive staff, good wine list, excellant duck, loved the fried mirliton layered with shrimp in a special sauce, wonderful salads. The chef was voted one of 10 up and coming chefs in the Southwest Airlines magazine last year. I think he was a chef at Delmonica and and before that The Grill Room before joining Cuvee's. Enjoyed this restaurant more than some 4 star restaurants in New York.
 
Old Apr 10th, 2002, 06:33 AM
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DELMONICO! Been down to NO 15 times--best fine dining. Antoine's no good--all ala carte, the ambiance is just off, can't pin point, and food not near that of DELMONICO
 
Old Apr 16th, 2002, 05:24 AM
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Commander's Palace and Bela Luna....definitely for a romantic anniversary dinner. Went to Arnaud's last time during Mardi Gras and was not impressed at all. Friends loved NOLA, as well. Had good and bad at Court of Two Sisters....was more convenient at the time than anything else and outside patio area was nice (if not too hot).
 
Old May 6th, 2002, 01:14 PM
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My husband and I got back from New Orleans in April. We had a wonderful time. One of our favorite restaurants was Dick and Jenny's. It's not in the "heart" of New orleans though--about a $10 cab ride. If you go, have the cabdriver take you there by way of the garden district. Otherwise it's somewhat of a shabby drive. The food was just amazing---very casual atmosphere. I'd also recommend JaqImos--very casual also. We ate at Emeril's and did not find the quality to be anywhere near Dick and Jenny's or JaqImos. Hope this helps!
 
Old May 6th, 2002, 01:21 PM
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I'm with the nay-sayers on Antoine's. I ate there Valentine's day and although we had a good table in the back room (my date had been there several times previously and apparently knew who to speak to when reserving)... food was just okay. Perhaps it was actually reasonably good but we paid $115 for two and had two entrees, one soft drink each, one shared side dish and two desserts. I could eat better in NYC for half the price. ON th eupside, the waiter was very nice. We had lunch the next day at Olivier's and it was great (and reasonably priced). I'd love to go back there for dinner.
 
Old May 8th, 2002, 08:00 PM
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Ralph and Kakoos(Seafood), Yagers on the Lake(Seafood & Lively atmosphere), Houstons(St. Charles St.),The original Ruth Chris Steakhouse (Broadway), The Trolley Stop on St. Charles (Breakfast)
 
Old May 8th, 2002, 08:39 PM
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OK, I also am going to vote for Irene's. It has very tasty food, and has not become a tourist trap! Also, my favorite restaurant is Napoleon House. It looks a little dingy, but the dim dining room and candlelight are all you need for a romantic atmosphere! Also, cheap eats!
P.S. Bella Luna couldn't cook a decent piece of fish if Julia Child herself was running the show (know someone who got a BAD case of food poisioning there!)
 
Old May 9th, 2002, 06:09 PM
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I might not get this reply posted, and I may take some heat but here goes. I read Fodors New Orleans 2002 thoroughly as I am getting ready to go back to N'awlins this summer. It was pretty good. The restaurants reviews were pretty good, to fair.They seem to favor and list more of the pricier restaurants I noticed. Then I got really smart and bought Frommers 2002 New Orleans, and I have to be honest here, its puts Fodors to SHAME! The restaurant reviews are much much more thorough and comprehensive.And they have many more listings of restaurants that wont waste your wallet! Bravo! They even mention places that are "over rated" which I consider to be a God send. Bravo Frommers, and try harder Fodors!
 
Old May 13th, 2002, 10:44 AM
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The most fantastic melt in your mouth place to eat is the Upperline!!!!! French Creole! It is located between the garden district and the French Quarter in an old house. The people are lovely, the food is to die for. It's about 25-40 per person - depending on your wine selection.
 
Old May 13th, 2002, 12:01 PM
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I hope you all realize that you are responding to a message that was posted on October of 2000.
 
Old May 13th, 2002, 12:19 PM
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Although the original post was long ago, I found the information on people's favorite restaurants useful in planning my trip....
 
Old May 13th, 2002, 10:17 PM
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We are going to NO in July, yes I know it will be HOT, I also found the recommendations to be somewhat helpful. Now a new question. How far in advance should we make a reservation at Commander's Palace? Should we make it before we leave or after we check in at the hotel?
Thanks
 
Old May 14th, 2002, 02:08 AM
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If you wait until you check in, it'll be too late. Book Commander's ASAP!
 
Old May 14th, 2002, 08:35 AM
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My wife and I spent five days on business in NOLA in early-April and had wonderful meals. I did a lot of research prior to the trip and made my reservations nearly a month in advance, because the town was packed with a big conference/trade show. Here are our recommendations: Brigsten's -- our Saturday night dinner choice. A $15 cab ride from the Central Business District. (We stayed at the Inter-Continental--excellent). Excellent fresh local food, beautifully prepared and presented, super service. Sunday brunch at Commander's Palace in the Garden District. Take the St. Charles St. streetcar from downtown and walk your meal off by touring the beautiful neighborhood on foot. Crowded, noisy, food was not as good as we expected, but nicely prepared and served. For our "special night out" we chose Bella Luna in the French Market. Beautiful place, great food and excellent service. Irene's was our first choice, but I didn't want to take a chance on a place that wouldn't take reservations. For lunch, the Acme Oyster House in the French Quarter has great shrimp po-boy sandwiches. Crowded, noisy and fun. Sit at the bar. I also drove out to Sid-Mars on Lake Ponchatrain for fried seafood for lunch. Great local place. You can't go wrong with fresh gulf fish and shrimp. I haven't been in NOLA in 20 years and it hasn't changed all that much, other than new riverfront development and the huge convention center. Still dirty, funky and humid. Bourbon Street is like the south side of hell, with obscene T-shirt shops, gentlemen's clubs, etc., but the rest of the Quarter offers many charming shops, hotels and restaurants. Note for photographers -- the right steeple of St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square is being renovated and is surrounded with scaffolding. So much for the quintescential NOLA photo! Lots of "colorful" street musicians, performers and artists fill the square area. Get to the Quarter and the riverside area as early in the AM as you can -- the light is beautiful just after sunrise and the streets are filled with fog. Shoot a few rolls and stop for cafe au lait and begnets at Cafe du Monde. Life is good!
 
Old May 16th, 2002, 11:52 AM
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Hi, I live in Baton Rouge, which is only an hour away. But I go to N.O. all the time to shop, eat and drink. So far our favorite restaurant probably for a good lunch crowd and fun would be Galatoires. It really isn't a romantic place but I would definitley make it for lunch and get there early so you can get you name on the list. The rest. opens at 11:00am go drink a drink at the bar on the second floor then go down about 10 mins before and see if the guy has started calling names and he is very soft spoken so get up there and see. You can't wear jeans but somehow on this past good friday I made my husband stand behind me and he got no questions about it, sometime they require a jacket and they have them hanging maybe that is more for nught time. Anyway enjoy your stay another good place to catch a poboy for lunch is at ACME on Iberville right around the corner from Galatoires which by the way is on Boubon street. Also go have a drink at the Montelone hotel which is on Royal street. They are suppose to make the best bloody mary's there pretty hotel too!! The bar is a moving bar you won't even notice but it takes about 15 min until you realized you are not at the place you started. This hotel is right on the otherside of ACME rest. which they have the best raw oysters in town. Also if you want to go for a drive get on St. Charles street and go all the way down until the street curves and turns into Napoleon St. on the left side a little ways down there is a nice sunday after church reat. all the locals go to mostly old people, but it is fun to watch and the Italian is great and they serve you this great cheese bread and they keep bring it to you and it is free. the rest. is called Cavalino's. I think you maybe able to even take the troolly from canal steet all the way to the rest. If I think of anything else I will let you know. Have fun!!!
 
Old May 16th, 2002, 11:53 AM
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I forgot one other thing. Go get a muffalato at Central grocery store and a little container of black olives and go sit on the river banks and watch the ship roll.

Liz
 
Old May 16th, 2002, 01:02 PM
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Also remember that there is a dress code at Commander's Palace. No shorts! Not even for brunch.
 
Old May 17th, 2002, 06:20 AM
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Paul, I don't know if you have ever stayed at the Windsor Court, but I did a couple of years ago. My wife and I had the time of our lives. It is an elegant hotel with exceptional service. The restaurant there is a 4 star though I'm not sure I would do it for the anniversary dinner.

Some of my favorites while there were Brennan's (try the lump crab omlette), K Paul's, Emmeril's, and Commander Palace. Enjoy!
 
Old May 22nd, 2002, 11:35 AM
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I've heard that Upperline is the best restaurant in N.O. and that it's a local favorite. I've been to Bayona, and it was just OK.
 

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