Given that our goal was to experience the famous Friday Galatoire's lunch, I can't say I was disappointed by the atmosphere. Every Friday the place bustles with local business people who take a late "liquid lunch." At first I was disappointed to be put in the more subdued upstairs area, but was grateful when I realized how deafeningly loud it was downstairs. We ordered an assortment for the table, starting with a nice and spicy bloody mary. The oysters en brochette (fried and wrapped in bacon) were deadly. Tasty, but a little dry, and one is enough. The crab salad was delicious -- super-tender crab topped with mayo and capers. My friends were raving about the fried veggies of eggplant and potato "chips," which I thought were just OK. The seafood gumbo was quite nice. The seafood average, but the roux delicious. For the second drink, the dirty martini was fine, but needed to be a little dirtier. Our waiter recommended the fried crab topped with fish or crab as the best thing on the menu. Indeed the crab was incredibly fresh and tender. But still heavy, with all the fried. A friend's fish was just OK. So all in all, worth the price? Not really, but it was fun to experience part of history in a place that fully encourages you lounge at your own pace.
I just got back from this place for the first time and I must say...I was surprised. They are very affordable for the good portion they give you. I got the budget breakfast which came with buttered grits, buttered toast, 2 pork sausage patties, and scrambled eggs with an orange juice. I assumed it would be a portion that wouldn't get me full so I was under the impression that I would leave with donuts to take home, but I didn't because I was good and FULL after that breakfast plate :). With that said, I didn't leave with any donuts lol. It was really good, like your wholesome Southern breakfast meal. The place is small but feels homely. There's also a coffee shop literally right across the street from them so the location is perfect. They don't stop serving breakfast on Sundays until noon which most places don't do that. Finding parking isn't a problem whatsoever either whether you're on your bike or in your vehicle. I recommend going down to Freret Street Poboys for their breakfast. I paid less than $7 for all of what I ate and drank there.
I was recently searching the yp.com for some new uptown restaurants that my husband and I haven't tried. I came across Pascal's which is one of our favorites and read the below review and had to pass a comment along. I have to completely disagree. For the past 15 years I have been a regular customer at Pascal's Manale. Never have I ever been disappointed. The food and service is always up to par. This restaurant is family owned and it has the "old" New Orleans vibe which is definitely rare to come by anymore in the city. The restaurant was given some updates after Katrina which are lovely and kept the same ambiance as before the storm. As for the food, every dish is a good dish. Whatever the specials are, I highly recommend getting them. They oysters Rockefeller & Bienville are amazing, the oyster bar rocks. Also I love how family friendly the restaurant is, as well. If anyone has had a bad experience here, I would definitely recommend giving it another try. It may have been a bad night.
Have to agree with a lot of posters that a lot of the food is only average. But the shrimp po boy and the fried chicken really do stand out. The shrimp was perfectly seasoned and cooked, and so tasty with the sauce. The bread was a little dry, but overall it was good. Fried chicken was the real star. DELICIOUS breading and so incredibly juicy and tender was the meat. Sadly, the shrimp creole and jambalaya were just so-so. Mother's is also famous for its Bloody Marys, which I have to say were quite good. Maybe a little spice could be bumped up, but the balance was really nice between all the strong flavors. Had to have two!
5 of us chose this establishment based on a recommendation. We were a little put off by the order process as it took a long time. The food, however, wa decent- not spectacular. The others in our party had never been to New Orleans before and wanted the real cuisine. For the price, it was good. 2 of them were teens who aren't the most adventurous taste-wise, but decided to taste the jambalya- probably won't be considered a favorite, but they did agree that it was acceptable. I also thought that the service could've been a little more attentive.
This legendary restaurant has so much history & the moment you step in the doors of Dooky Chase you see amazing ambiance, smell spectacular home cooked scents & immediately feel like family. I wasn't a huge fan of the Mac & Cheese, however the jambalaya, red beans & rice, shrimp, grits & bread pudding more than made up for it. The original owners just had their 60th wedding anniversary & still operate in the kitchen in the restaurant on a daily basis! (Make sure you say Hi!)
I ate here while visiting the 2014 Essence Music Festival. Since I have an allergy to wheat, I am limited on the selection of food in the area. I ordered the grilled shrimp, sautéed mixed veggies, and French fries. Delicious! I actually ate here twice and ordered the same thing the second time! I can honestly say that both times I was there, the customer service was lacking. However, they were super busy both times. Bottom line, good food and I would eat there again.
I have been going to Bon Ton's for years. my husband is from New Orleans and sent me there in 1996 and I took co-workers. We go EVERY time we go to NOLA (which is 2-3 annually). I have recommended Bon Ton's to many friends and co-workers and it has ALWAYS been well received! Debbie has always been gracious to my husband and myself as one of the proprietors. Keep up the good work and thank you for fighting to come back from Katrina!
Best of Best right here, a open air restaurant facing all the excitement of Bourbon st. Food is one of the best I have had here in my opinion, very creative dishes with a mouth watering presentation and the service was very friendly and accommodating the manager on duty didn't hesitate to chat with us and make sure we were comfy and it's child friendly so we took the kids to eat with us.
The Court of Two Sisters is without a doubt the most romantic restaurant I have ever been! My husband and I have eaten there everytime we have gone to New Orleans. The food is excellent and we were treated like the legendary ladies and gentlemen of the wealthy "Old South". The only thing missing was the horse and carriage waiting out front. It is a must when visiting the city.