Can we just cut to the chase and say that this is a near-perfect bistro? The tucked-away restaurant is chic but inviting; the locally sourced ingredients are bright with freshness; service is practiced; and the menu is French meets modern Southern bistro. We sampled an octopus carpaccio made lively with a pepper-and-chorizo citrus vinaigrette, and loved a simple lamb-ribs appetizer—just right with a dollop of marinated eggplant and Creole tomato jam. The grilled hanger steak, in a rich red-wine bone-marrow reduction, is deeply flavored, and local dessert favorites are tweaked in amusing, inviting ways—king-cake bread pudding with Creole cream-cheese ice cream (though the pretzel-crust peanut-butter cup gives it a run). All are sweet and worthy. Reserve well in advance during peak periods.
New Orleans› Restaurant
6078 Laurel St
Our Rating Neighborhood Uptown Garden District Hours Wed–Thurs 5:30–10pm; Fri 11:30am–2pm and 5:30–10:30pm; Sat 5:30–10:30pm; Sun 10:30am–2pm Phone 504/895-9441 Prices Main courses $22–$30 dinner, $12–$21 lunch Cuisine Type Bistro/Contemporary Creole Web site Patois