Notes from a mostly victorious weekend entertaining particular out-of-town visitors:
Six adults can squeeze comfortably along the oyster bar at Casamento's (4330 Magazine St., 895-9761).
The cooks at Liuzza's by the Track (1518 N. Lopez St., 943-8667) have found a way to make pretty good soup from a B.L.T.
No, aside from iceberg lettuce, there are no green vegetables at Mosca's (4137 Hwy. 90-W., Avondale, 436-9942).
You can find green vegetables at Lulu's in the Garden (2203 St. Charles Ave., 566-1200) during brunch, but no one will order them when there's fried chicken with waffles.
Cocktails always help. Herbsaint's (701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114) Half Sinner Half Saint (equal parts dry and sweet Californian Vya vermouth, with a splash of Herbsaint), the Rib Room's (621 St. Louis St., 529-7045) too-smooth-for-safety golden margarita, and Bourbon House's (144 Bourbon St., 522-0111) sabayon-rich bourbon milk punch, were the weekend favorites.
This year's officially sanctioned Reveillon menus can be viewed at www.frenchquarterfestivals.com. I recommend the sprawling one offered at Upperline (1413 Upperline St., 891-9822); this month, it adds to the restaurant's perpetually festive air. The price is $38 for four well-portioned courses, including signatures like the oyster and watercress soup, the fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade, and the roasted duck with ginger-peach sauce.
The Holidays in the Caribbean menu at Mango House (8115 Jeannette St., 862-5848), available all month for $32.95, begins with a sorrel cocktail and progresses through four courses including choices of roasted pumpkin soup and duck with guava glaze.
Proprietors Greg and Mary Sonnier are celebrating Gabrielle's (3201 Esplanade Ave., 948-6233) 27-point rating in the Zagat Survey by offering a three-course menu for $27 on weeknights throughout December. In addition to regular Friday lunches, Gabrielle will open for lunch on consecutive Thursdays, Dec. 16 and 23.
Indigo's New Mood
Indigo (2285 Bayou Road, 261-8652) is newly open for dinner on Wednesday evenings with a three-course menu for $24.95. Chorizo cakes with spicy tomato remoulade, pork tenderloin with andouille-cornbread stuffing and creme brulee are among the special menu's offerings.
Grand Opening Oasis, a Middle Eastern pastry shop adjacent to Cleopatra restaurant (2701 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, 361-1113), is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.