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artvandelay
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6 years ago

Heading to the Big Easy for a few days for work. I have never been and would love some recommendations on places to eat both upscale and downscale. I am staying at the Westin Canal Place and won't have a car.

Thanks very much.
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6 years ago

Last time I was there (about 4 or 5 years ago?) it was a lot of very business-y dinners as I was there a few times doing work for a high end law firm in town. It was post Katrina so the town still wasn't at 100% quite yet. Furthermore another hurricane was on its way (I think it was the first one after Katrina hit) during one of my trips and people freaked out. I had to get out of town pretty quickly.

Anyway I think my favorite meal was at Besh steakhouse inside the Harrah's casino. I wouldn't go out of my way for it necessarily but if you're enjoying the gaming you're not going to find a better restaurant inside of that casino. Apparently Lawyers like beef because I think they took me to Ruth's Chris as well that trip. But I think they started in New Orleans and we ate at the original one or something like that and I remember that being very good as well.

Funny story about N.O.L.A... On a rare evening off during one of my trips I was out one night (it was pretty late, I had enjoyed Bourbon Street for a few hours) and was hungry. I was carrying a hurricane in a plastic cup and walked into McDonalds. They wouldn't serve me because of my drink. I was so mad. So I walked into the next restaurant that was open on my way back to my hotel which was Morton Steakhouse. They were probably 10 minutes away from closing the kitchen but they treated me like a king! They even poured my hurricane into a proper glass... :) I ordered a big steak and potatoe, etc. so what turned into a $10 meal turned into a $75 meal if I remember correctly... I'll never forget that.
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6 years ago

That would be Rita, Zach I was in that town that starts with H when it hit and it messed things up.
And that story does not surprise me.

I would suggest Cochon (sp)
Dragos? It's an oyster bar in one of the Hotels I cant remember, sit at the oyster Bar and order charred oysters and watch they cooks while they work.
Cafe Du Monde and get coffee and beignets even late into the night.
Pretty much any random Po Boy hole in the wall people will argue telling you which to go to but any is fine.
I also really like Kenner Seafood, (in the burbs aka Kenner) especially if you are there during crawfish season, get those. Any their bread pudding is pretty awesome too.
That is all that comes to my head right now I could call some relatives and get better detail if you want something specific but those are my standard suggestions.
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6 years ago

I haven't been to NO since before Katrina, so this will likely be outdated, but-

1. Strong +1 on Cafe Du Monde- the biegnets and chicory coffee are the bomb.
2. Outside the French Quarter in the garden district (you can even take a streetcar there and kill 2 birds with one stone) is Jacque Imo's. Awesome, awesome food (at least it was several years ago- I'm assuming if they're still around post-Katrina, they must be doing something right)- http://jacques-imos.com/
3. Any of the Brennan's establishments are good, if not a little pricey.
4. Also outside the Quarter is Pascal's Manale, famous for its BBQ shrimp- it's not BBQ as you would think of it, it is more of a "sauteed in all sorts of spicy and smoky broth" BBQ. It is really good. http://www.neworleansrestaurants.com/pascalsmanale/

Definitely let us know what you find when you get back- I'm long overdue for a trip back to NO.
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6 years ago

Oh good call forgot that one. Doing brunch at Brennan's is definitely a thing to do.
Turtle Soup and Baked Alaska are two of the dishes they are known for.
I like that place but it was never a big priority for me since there is one in Houston.
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6 years ago

Brigtsen's is one of a kind: http://endoedibles.com/?p=201
Cab it to Clancy's: http://endoedibles.com/?p=210
Luke is excellent: http://endoedibles.com/?p=210
Commander's Palace - just for the experience: http://endoedibles.com/?p=205
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6 years ago

We had a super meal at August.
For casual places, Coop's on Decataur St (next to one of our favorite bars, Tujagues) is solid.

If you are there at all for music, head to d.b.a on Frenchman and have yourself a Sazerac while listening to John Boutte.
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Oh, man, let me second Cochon. It was three and a half years ago, but that place was great:
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His meat shop around the corner is pretty flipping fantastic, too. It has carry-on bag written all over it.

And it's a fifteen minute drive, so I don't imagine you'll be getting there, but for future reference, good god, are the fried oyster and fried shimp po' boys at Domilise's fantastic:
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The place is a trip. As divey as they get, no refrigeration behind the bar, just huge coolers packed with cans and bottles and ice (naturally, the food half of the place has plenty of refrigeration :-) ).

Report back! Excited to hear about what you have!
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6 years ago

Went maybe two years ago?

Did August. Pretty great. Even as hyped as it was, the truffled crab gnocchi was out of this world.

Second favorite meal was at Mr. B's Bistro. I did a lot of research and went solely for the gumbo ya ya and bbq shrimp. So phenomenally delicious. However, my fiance's pork chop was pretty lackluster, and from what I've read so is most of the rest of the menu.

Second rec for Luke. I had the shrimp and grits, and my fiance was incredibly happy with his steak (rib eye, I believe).

Commander's Palace was a big let down for me. We did the brunch, and literally the only thing I was happy with was my drink (some sort of Hendricks, basil, and blueberry concoction). I didn't even bother eating a lot of the food I ordered. I think this may have been due to the fact I didn't listen to what my server suggested. Perhaps even due to how I hyped it up? This was the one place we visited outside the Quarter I feel like it wasn't worth it.

I really wanted to do lunch at Galatoire's, but a jacket is required, and I knew there was no way I was talking my boyfriend into wearing a jacket around the city at 2 PM.

All of that said, one of the best meals I *vaguely* remember was at some combination pizza/slushy joint at 3 AM. Sitting on a stool with a slice of greasy pizza while you watch a dozen machines spin fluorescent colored slush through half closed eyes? The epitome of a NOLA dining experience, if you ask me.
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meleyna wrote:All of that said, one of the best meals I *vaguely* remember was at some combination pizza/slushy joint at 3 AM. Sitting on a stool with a slice of greasy pizza while you watch a dozen machines spin fluorescent colored slush through half closed eyes? The epitome of a NOLA dining experience, if you ask me.
I believe you are referring to the infamous Daiquiri stands of various stripes. These are quite the institution there you will see everyone walking around with Styrofoam cups this is generally what they are drinking. When I was young and we were visiting relatives there they had drive thru's all over and people would hit them on their way home from work and you would see every car with a cup and they were all drinking. Ahhhhhh New Orleans there is no place quite like you, while that is no longer legal there you still see a lot of stands and a lot of styrofoam cups, it is an experience not to be missed along with a Hurricane.
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6 years ago

...I'm apparently the only person I know (or read) who felt August was a let down. The gnocchi was good, but at 1/3 the price I preferred Besh's Luke over his flagship.
artvandelay
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6 years ago

Thanks all. Work kept me from trying as much as I would have liked. Got beingettes from Cafe du Monde which were great but man do they go overboard on the powdered sugar. Tried to go to Cochon for lunch one day but the restaurant was running an hour and the place next door had a line out the door so didn't have time. Did get to Luke's and that was wonderful. Started with the Matzoh ball soup for no other reason than it seemed so out of place that it had to be great. The soup was although I prefer a lighter matzoh ball. For dinner I got the steak frites. It was well seasoned, perfectly cooked and had a ton of flavor. One of the better versions I have had. The fries were likewise outstanding. For dessert I had to get the bread pudding, which didn't disappoint. Overall a great experience.
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Thanks for reporting back, Art! Bummer about Cochon :-/
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Reviving this...heading to New Orleans Saturday but only two meals before conference begins. At this late date chose Luke's (tentatively) for Saturday night as K Paul's, my first choice, was booked. For Sunday morning it seems Cafe du Monde would be a very popular choice...any other breakfasty spots I should look into instead?
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5 years ago

du Monde is open very late so you can practically pop in there at any time.
You could always hit Brennan's
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5 years ago

PHXeater wrote:...any other breakfasty spots I should look into instead?
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5 years ago

As a note for future travelers: Jacques Imo's.

Last visit I found out that's where most of the local foodies go. And everything was amazing.
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Thanks for suggestions! LaPan, I heard about Jacques but doing the one dinner with a few other colleagues who wanted to be near our hotel. Wish I had more solo meals to explore!
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5 years ago

My wife and I went to New Orleans in late 2012. Here are our picks for places we would visit again.

5 stars:

Boucherie
Jacques-Imo's Cafe
Slice Pizzeria
Voodoo BBQ
Domenica

4 stars:

Cafe Amelie
Freret Street Po-Boy and Donut Shop
Liuzza's by the Track
Please-U Restaurant
Cafe Granada

The stars are an indicator of how well they did on food, service, and atmosphere, not of how upscale the place is.

Cafe du Monde is obviously better if you like beignets and coffee a lot. Even so, there are much better hangouts in the Quarter, and the experience I had was distinctly average.

Do check out Bar Uncommon if you want a well-mixed, inventive cocktail and friendly bartender.
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5 years ago

Cochon Butcher seems like a perfectly reasonable way to start the day. :D

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