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LA Hound returning for annual visit, advice sought.

a213b | Jan 2, 201205:46 PM

My wife and I (Louisianians born & bred both) are heading back into town for our annual post-holiday trip. We'll be staying for three nights next week (post Epiphany -- time for King Cake!) and are looking to sort out a list of places to dine. We will have our car with us, and aren't at all restricted by anything (whether dietary, distance, etc). We will most likely be there from Tues to Fri.

Here's a quick rundown of our past experiences:

We've absolutely loved Herbsaint, Gal's, CP and Brigtsens. Mr. B's & Cochon (both for lunch) too. I've half a mind simply to return to them, but I do so love trying places I've not tried before (or not been to since I was growing up).

August was solid, if soulless, and I don't really have a burning desire to return (though MIGHT for the lunch special as a more cost-effective way of giving them a second shot). Emerils I wanted to love but just could not get into it. We ate at the chef's counter and had fun, though on our visit that night the food seemed thoroughly unspectacular.

Stella left me absolutely scratching my head -- I completely fail to see what all the hubbub is about; it seemed to me to have Per Se aspirations with none of the savoir faire, skill, and more. I dunno ... maybe we just hit them on the perfect storm of mediocrity?

Parkway Poboy was good; Central Grocery Muffaletta was mediocre at best. Love Sucre, and have tried both Randazzo's and Haydels King Cakes. We always hit up Cafe Du Monde the morning we leave for fresh beignets and cafe au lait.

Ok ... all that being said, here's some of the places I'm considering (and my quick thoughts).

Green Goddess - everyone seems to rave, and the menu looks fine, but not what I think when I come into town. Is it really outstanding?

Antoines, K-Pauls - seems like classic New Orleanians, but am I just better served going to Gal's or CP?

Upperline - Looks really good, though recent turnover makes me wonder if this is the best time to hit them.

Willie Mae's - I should do this once, I figure.

Coquette - Looks pretty damn good.

Any other thoughts/suggestions, by all means send them my way. We are also looking for some great coffee, and I have an insatiable sweet-tooth, so recs for those are appreciated.

Ask away with any other questions, and thanks!

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