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up to date New Orleans recs

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by globetrotter, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I have 3 nights for business in NO coming up. any good recomendations for stuff that might be new or relativly unknown? a few good meals.

    thanks
     
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    Hell, toss in Butcher for a great lunch spot, it shares a kitchen with Cochon. You can't go wrong with any of them. Herbsaint is titties.

    Root is a damn good new spot, as is August. All of them are in close proximity to the quarter (in warehouse district). 10-15 minute walk from canal street area. Clancy's and Annunciation are good, too.
     
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    Third the rec for Cochon. Mothers for the crawfish etouffee. People say the blackened oysters at Dragos are the best but I really didn't find them to be anything special. The food at Luke was good if a little pricey for what you got. I didn't have a chance to eat there, but everyone absolutely raved about Restaurant August.

    I HIGHLY recommend going to Felix Oyster House and standing at the bar for shucked oysters. Better than Acme IMO.

    If you have a chance for a good drink, head over to Bar Tonique. Amazing little place that does everything right, and very very well.
     
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    ^Mothers for breakfast. Nothing fancy, but it's where the locals go and the line was out the door when I was there several years ago.
     
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    I'll 2nd Felix over acme, too. It isn't as dressed up as acme but the food is better. Their fried crab claws are the bomb.

    Another awesome spot is Stanley in Jackson Square, especially if you're there on a Sunday morning for the brunch. If you want the real deal dirty Cajun, go to Coop's.

    Uptown, Jacques-Imo's is one of my favorite restaurants ever. It gets a lot of hype and locals may whine but it is incredible and you can ride the streetcar up there and take in the sights.

    Also, get a sazerac at the bar next to Arnaud's.
     
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    +1
    That place was one of the highlights of my New Orleans trip.

    Can't say I loved Felix Oyster Bar, though. Maybe I was oystered out by that point, but I found the plastic Denny's plates and the whole vibe kind of unappetizing.
     
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    Thanks for reminding me - get a sazerac at Sazerac bar in the Roosevelt Hotel:

    http://therooseveltneworleans.com/dining/the-sazerac-bar.html

    The supposed originators of the drink. You could go for a French 75 at Arnaud's:
    http://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/french-75/


    You know, I never ate any of their actual food. But standing at the bar, shucking oysters right onto the bar countertop (they don't give you plates!) and mixing your own cocktail sauce, all while drinking beer really made for an awesome experience.
     
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    Most of the above recommendations are good; Felix's is best when you've already started drinking (but much better than Acme), and Stanley was quite disappointing the last time I was there. August is phenomenal but reservations need to be booked way in advance. IMO Jacques-Imo's is more style than substance - Dick and Jenny's on Tchoupitoulas (a block from Tipitina's, which is itself worth a trip) is a better alternative. Cochon and Herbsaint are tops.

    If you don't mind venturing off the beaten path, Maurepas Foods in the Bywater is great and pretty cheap with an awesome cocktail list. MiLa (a few blocks off Canal on Common) is one of my personal favorites, some of the best modern cuisine in town. SoBou made Esquire's Best New Restaurants in America a few months ago, but I haven't been blown away in either of my two visits. Bayona on Iberville is one of the best - similar to August but cheaper and not as much hype. Can't go wrong with the Old Guard (Commander's Palace, Galatoire's, Arnaud's etc.) but there are plenty of great new spots as well.
     
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    thanks, now I need a place open sunday nights. but great list, thanks
     
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    Emeril's eponymous restaurant is open Sundays. Actually I think all of his places are. I've had some very good food at his NOLA.
     
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    lol, I just got a reservation at nola. thanks
     
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    Cool- it's not large, casual atmosphere. Food can be pretty good and staff was always great. Won't be anything fancy.
     
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    +1. i liked the ambience better than Emeril's as well. Just felt more relaxed.
     
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    thanks, I actually ate there about 5 years ago, and liked it alot. I have reservations with a group to Dalmonico's, too.
     
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    For a bit less cash, but some inventive food, check out Sylvain. And K-Paul's is certainly a classic- worth visiting for the food, but also because of its role in the rebuilding of New Orleans food.
     
  18. Cary Grant

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    How was NOLA Gomey?
     
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    sorry not to report

    nola was fantastic, my favorite meal in town. duck confit pizza, fried chicken with mashed sweet potatos and ham gravy, some not very memorable dessert. sezerac and a rye based cocktail, again not that memorable. the chicken and the gravy were fantastic


    breakfast at mothers, twice. had the black ham once, it wasn't as good as its been before, it was cold. what they told me was that it is cold in the early morning (I was there at 7 am) and it heats up over the course of the morning. next day had the debris.


    lunch at borubon house, good gumbo, okay chicken. somebody at my office had pre-ordered for me (I had a huge group) so it wasn't special. very good manhatton

    dinner at delmonicos, twice. first time service sucked (group of 20 with garanteed tip) second time service was great. food was very good both times, gumbo and pork loin first night, gumbo and cheese plate second night



    lunch at comanders palace. yes, I know, I know, but I was taking out an old school guy. food was great, service was exceptional. gumbo (should have had the turtle soup but the gumbo of the day sounded really good) and suckling pig, which was great. mint julip,
     
  20. Cary Grant

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    Funny- I recall desserts at NOLA being rather generic versus the rest of the menu. I have this hypothesis that most American restaurants feel obliged to cater to/provide the American stereotypical dessert regardless of the rest of their approach to food.
    If they're going to do that in New Orleans it had better be the best damned bananas foster ever.
     

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