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Postby Redskins Win » Thu Dec 14, 2006 5:17 pm

Ok, lets have them.

I'm plannning an event for about 50 people staying on bourbon street at the Royal Sonesta, and i need some suggestions on where to eat, kinda up scale local cuisine, current suggestions via researching zagats:
Brennan's
Muriel's Jackson Square
Pierre Maspero's Food & Spirits
Emerils - warehous district (maybe a little far but we may get a shuttle)

bubba gumps has already been vetoed.

I've never been to new orleans and am looking forward to it ;-D
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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:56 pm

Doesn't look like you're getting much help RW. I've never been to New Orleans, though I did get a job offer a few years back ( :-° ), so I won't be of much help. I did have a buddy who just got back from a honeymoon there. They stayed at the Sonesta Hotel and had a lot of good things to say about the restaurant they stayed at....but I can't remember what it was. I'll try to ask him if I see him soon, although it's probably not the kind of place you're looking for. Buuuuut, I figured since you weren't getting much help, I'd be the first to at least give it a shot.

Good luck and have a blast. ;-D
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Postby Metroid » Thu Dec 14, 2006 6:59 pm

Wait its New Orleans just drink your dinner. ;-D
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Postby Tiki » Thu Dec 14, 2006 8:56 pm

Hmmm...I went there two years ago about 6-7 months before Katrina and if you just walk around you can find great places to eat if you break off into smaller groups. I remember as a whole group 50+ we ate at this great resturant where we perfomed and watched other great live music...I'll try to remember the name tonight, but I can the teacher tomorrow. ;-D





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Postby onnestabe » Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:25 pm

I lived there for about 6 years before the hurricane, and here are my recommendations...(these are some of the top places in NOLA, so I hope you are spending someone else's money)

Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse - great authentic New Orleans fare, and top notch service
Arnauds - food is excellent, but a great experience when the Captain of the waitstaff gives you the history of the building
Antoine's - a New Orleans tradition (my parents ate here on there honeymoon, and they have been married for close to 30 years), but jackets are required here, in case that becomes an issue
Mr. B's Bistro - another Brennan's-owned restaurant (it's hard to go wrong with a Brennan's restaurant)
Clancy's - an uptown tradition (so you will need to take a shuttle), absolutely delicious food, and although this might hurt it's case, it is Joe Theisman's favorite NOLA restaurant - he usually mentions it on the air when he calls a game in New Orleans

If you want to go somewhere that is a little more affordable, I think Muriel's is a good choice. The service and food isn't as good as some of the other places, but the food is still a great example of authentic New Orleans fare, and being in scenic Jackson square is a plus as well. Check out the statue of Jesus in the middle of Jackson square - about three of those massive, 100-year-old live oaks fell during Katrina, but the statue remains untouched. Amazing stuff.

Feel free to PM me if you would like some more info on restaurants or your trip. ;-D
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Postby Tiki » Thu Dec 14, 2006 9:33 pm

Also, The Hooters down there has a ton of hotties, the ones around here are Okay, I can tell it wasbetter than the one is Miami!


There is also, this great little cafe place right before the French court, very good! God I am blanking on names, but it's very famous! I think..... :-?


Shouldn't have been chasing this skirt while I was down there, can't remember a lot of stuff! !+)








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Postby The_Captain » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:08 am

Got my 15 minutes of fame at this restaurant back in 1998. Best darn cajun food on Bourbon street.

http://www.cajuncabin.com/
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Postby Redskins Win » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:22 am

thanks for the input everyone. even silly metroid. :-b

this is on the the company dime, but there is around $100 max budget per person, which includes drink and food, and may have to include shuttle transportation.

capt. cajun cabin looks like a great joint but i think we need a little more upscale. but, i would still like to hear your story of 15 minutes of fame.

abe good stuff, brennans is starting to look pretty good as well as Arnauds

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Postby SwiperNoSwiping » Fri Dec 15, 2006 12:12 pm

Red Fish Grill was awesome RW. Right down town..Has upscale appetizers plus a huge seafood tower appetizer that rules.

http://www.redfishgrill.com/

Jen and I went down there and was pretty darn good man.. We had heard it had the best seafood around down there, and would tend to agree.
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Postby The_Captain » Fri Dec 15, 2006 4:36 pm

Redskins Win wrote:thanks for the input everyone. even silly metroid. :-b

this is on the the company dime, but there is around $100 max budget per person, which includes drink and food, and may have to include shuttle transportation.

capt. cajun cabin looks like a great joint but i think we need a little more upscale. but, i would still like to hear your story of 15 minutes of fame.

abe good stuff, brennans is starting to look pretty good as well as Arnauds

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Sorry RW - I should have read your inital post a little more carefully. But here's the story of my 15 minutes of fame in New Orleans...

In 1998, my future in-laws, took me, my (now) wife, my sister-in-law and her fiance to New Orleans for Easter. After checking into the hotel we decided to head on down to Bourbon Street for some fine cajun dining. We weren't looking for anything fancy but a place with a nice atmosphere and good food. As we were heading deeper into the French Quarter, we heard good ol' zyde-cajun music coming from the corner restaurant (which happened to be Cajun Cabin). So we went in and got a table for six in the middle of the restaurant which happened to face the stage. My brother-in-law (Dave....so I don't have to keep typing "brother-in-law") and I sat on the end closest to the band.

Now, I'm a drummer, have been for 26 years. I tap on EVERYTHING regardless if I have sticks in my hand or not. While I have my favorite "styles" of music I really enjoy zydecajun music. So while the band is playin, I'm drumming on the table and tapping my feet just swinging to the music. So after about 10 minutes of me tapping on the table, the lead vocalist from the band, comes to our table and asks if we know how to play the "spoons". (Those not familiar with what "spoons" is - it's an old fashioned metal washboard with two hooks on it so you can carry it on your shoulders. Then you have two spoons and you run them up and down the board with the beat of the music. They are VERY common in cajun music.) Of course, we both said "yeah!" (even though Dave wasn't gifted with a musical bone in his body) and were escorted to the stage where we were handed our washboards and two spoons.

Well, I'm ALL into this. Dave stayed for 1 song if memory serves, but I was up there for an entire set! It was very cool!. After I was done playing, I had to pay a visit to the mensroom. As I was on my way back to our table, a couple of people at the bar wondered how long I'd been playing with the band. My reponse to them:

"About 15 minutes, I'm just a tourist visiting here!"

It was an incredible experience. I purchased one of their CD's and got signatures from the band. Every time we go back to New Orleans we always stop by Cajun Cabin.
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