New in 2018, Curio is a reboot of a space that was most recently a Chase bank. You’d never know it from the classically pretty decor and enticing wraparound patio upstairs—a hard spot to leave on a nice day. Creole cuisine also gets a reboot here: It’s an accent to American bistro cuisine rather than the main event. So local oysters show up in a chopped Cobb salad and a BL(O)T, but you can also get a very good ‘ole American burger. Appetizers that shine include shrimp boulettes (breaded and fried golf-ball-size balls with buttermilk-chive dipping sauce) and a generous plate of delicate tuna and scallop carpaccio. Short ribs are sweetly glazed with cane syrup and accompanied by cheesy grits, while grilled salmon with lemon-shallot vinaigrette is a delightful antidote to heavier fare. Allow room for the luscious café au lait crème brulee with mini donuts.
New Orleans› Restaurant
301 Royal St., New Orleans, Louisiana
Our Rating Neighborhood French Quarter Hours Sun–Thurs 11am–11pm; Fri–Sat 11am–midnight; Sat–Sun brunch 9am–3pm Phone 504/717-4198 Prices Main courses $13–$26 lunch, $23–$34 dinner Cuisine Type Bistro, Contemporary Creole Web site Curio
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