Sorry to go against the grain, but we had one dinner in NOLA and decided on Brigtsen's due to great reviews here. Unfortunately, for our one dinner, I wish we had gone elsewhere. We had 8 pm ressies and stood in the hallway trying to have a cocktail w/the other couple we were out with while looking at an empty table and being told the other table that was "ours" had a party still eating dessert. Finally, after 30 minutes we were seated at the empty table. Probably another party didn't show up, but why hold that one for them while we were there???? The food was very good, don't get me wrong - I had duck, DH had tuna, other couple had the duck and a fish special. We also started w/butternut soup and a shrimp app. and ended w/creme brulee and pecan pie. Service was good, but for me the big thing was the atmosphere - or lack thereof. I felt like I was eating in my grandma's living room. The whole place looked shabby and run-down. For $25-30 an entree, I want the whole shebang - service, food and surroundings! I wanted to post this b/c ppl should be aware of the setting; it was not what I expected anyway.
On the other hand, we had lunch at CP and loved it - I had the gulf fish w/caiprihana glaze and DH had shrimp. Started w/turtle soup (can't believe I tried it, but so glad I did) and salad and ended w/bread pudding. Of course, we had to have a few $.25 martinis, too. Looked like lots of locals were there - "ladies who lunch" all dolled up, businessmen in small groups, etc. Loved the team service and the atmosphere in the garden room was perfect.
Maybe this dichotomy suggests my pedestrian tastes, b/c it seems so opposite most people's opinions!