I live in New Orleans, LA, and this restaurant is a go-to for my wife and me. With all of the places there are to eat in this city (we are talking literally thousands of establishments), we end up here very often.
Why? Well, the food is high end and high quality, moderately priced for what you get, and in an atmosphere that is comfortable. It doesn't feel like an "event" eating here. I mean that in a very positive way. We always know the food will be great and it doesn't have to be a once-a-year occasion. The restaurant is situated on a very nice, Uptown New Orleans street that gets a lot of pedestrian traffic from students in the nearby Loyola and Tulane universities. It is a very "Naturally N'Awlins" location.
The menu is creole with Mediterranean touches. Our favorite appetizers are the oysters almondine (delicious crispy fried oysters in a lemon butter sauce topped with slivered almonds) and the stuffed shrimp (large shrimp wrapped in phyllo dough with seafood stuffing and a lemon butter sauce). We often get their delicious Greek salad served in a crusty bread bowl. Another favorite of ours is the eggplant cake which is shredded eggplant formed into a patty, paneed, and covered in a crabmeat cream sauce. Ridiculous good!
For entrees, the fish of any species is always delicious. Soft shell crabs in season are phenomenal. In general, anything they do fried is perfect. Crispy, hot, and light in color. One specialty of theirs is Duck Jameel, a pan seared duck breast with a great fig sauce. There is a whole list of pasta items for people a bit less adventurous. We also very often get the large grilled pork chop with a honey ginger glaze or the 8 oz. filet mignon with a portabello demi glace.
At this point, I am just running down the menu of things that I like. We have never had a bad meal here. The restaurant is small but very quaint. There are two levels with many tables on the bottom and the rest on an upper level maybe three steps higher. Our favorite table is actually a little two top in the front window which looks out on Maple Street. If the weather is nice, you should ask to be seated outside. The restaurant can get a bit noisy. For some reason very few people ask to sit outside, and my wife and I have had many amazing dinners in our own private outdoor dining area. The wait staff is very attentive and never forgets you are out there.
Tourists who find their way here can be assured that they are getting very fine New Orleans cuisine that many others may not discover. Locals who want good food can be confident that the food will stand up to any other place in the city and do it in an unpretentious way.
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