Annunciation mines the classic bentwood-chairs, white-tablecloth decor, and “good time was had by all” tone we love so well in New Orleans, as well as well as some time-honored recipes and attentive service. The fried oysters with spinach and brie, and buttery, crispy chicken Bonne Femme au jus, two signature dishes, both belong on the table. A salad of abundant crab and a creamy herb dressing is delicious; and the tender veal with crawfish and Andouille cornbread dressing is a little bit Southern, a little bit city, and a lot of flavor. A stunning soft-shell-crab special was enough for two, but too good to share. Despite the cool brick, jet-black stained floors, and angular black-and-white abstract artwork, there’s a warmth to the room that sets the mood on genial, owing largely to Richard Williams, the ever-gracious, perpetually bow-tied maître d. If form follows, good moods mean wine and dessert. The wine list is a bit more interesting, but a simple tawny Port and the budino will lengthen a lovely night of lingering.
New Orleans› Restaurant
1016 Annunciation St
Our Rating Neighborhood Central Business District Hours Mon–Thurs and Sun 5:30–10pm, Fri–Sat 5:30–11pm Phone 504/568-0245 Prices Main courses $24–$32 Cuisine Type Contemporary Creole Web site Annunciation