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Just got back from NO and LOVED it!
1st dinner--NOLA. Excellent food, especially the smoked duck salad and the buzz bomb for dessert.
2nd dinner-- Mr. B's Bistro. Great for a dinner with customers. Everyone was pleased with their food. BBQ shrimp is great as advertised. Only problems were the fairly slow service and smoke eminating from the bar area. (In general, NO is too smoker-friendly.)
3rd dinner--Commander's Palace. The highlight of the trip, foodwise! Beautiful, quiet room upstairs, impeccable service, the satsuma-lacquered duck was one of the best dishes I have ever had. My wife had the pecan-encrusted drum and loved it as well. Desserts were superb--Chocolate Sheba, Molten Chocolate "cupcake." Can't wait to return!
4th dinner--Muriel's. I know people here don't like it, but the food was very good and the table d'hote menu is a steal. The service was actually a bit too quick, though!
5th dinner-- Cafe Sbisa. Ended up here since originally we thought we would be out of town Sat. night. Plans changed and everything else was booked, so we ended up here. It was actually pretty good, with a jazz combo adding to the experience. Good desserts.
6th dinner-- Emerils Delmonico. Good, but somewhat disappointing... (NOLA was definitely the better of the 2 Emerils restaurtants I tried.) And very overpriced...Commander's costs less! Excellent appetizers and soups, main courses not as good (duck here far less impressive than Commander's), but the hot chocolate praline pie was delicious. Still find it strange how everyone these days dresses casually and brings their kids to restaurants that will easily run them $60 a head or more... that was the Delmonico's crowd.
All in all, we loved NO. A beautiful city with lots of color, charm and character and some damn good food! Hope to be back there again!