What a surprising little find. The new owners have clearly taken some care with both the food and the look of the small, attractive room at this 2013 newbie. Ask about the stunning pastoral oil painting and the intriguing sepia-toned photographs, and their connection to the philosophy of Vacherie’s Cajun Louisiana–driven cooking. For breakfast, try the Andouille hash or hearty cornmeal Johnnycakes; they also poach eggs perfectly. At dinner, have some yam chips and the boudin-stuffed fried hen with greens—a delicious, rustic curveball. You don’t need to cross town for Vacherie, but if you’re in the neighborhood of the Hotel St. Marie (where the restaurant is located), you'll find that it is a huge step up from your average hotel dining room (likewise for the little lobby bar).