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Upon a recommendation from a friend in Mobile, Al, we made reservations at this quaint little cottage on the corner of Dryades and General Taylor, in the Uptown area of the city. The concept was developed to offer patrons a place to enjoy a truly authentic Cajun meal not often found within the New Orleans restaurant scene. The owner and chef, Melissa Martin, grew up on Bayou Petit Caillou in Chauvin, LA. What better than a true Cajun girl cooking you up some awesome Cajun dishes while you’re sitting family-style, enjoying the company of complete strangers!  Melissa uses locally-sourced, extremely fresh ingredients in all her dishes, which shine through in the incredible flavors presented throughout the meal.  So many great memories of my Mother’s Cajun cooking were brought back to life while enjoying fried oysters topped with caviar, seafood gumbo (with crab claws/bodies included), stuffed crab in authentic crab shells (not those shiny silver things), farmer’s market salad, followed by a scrumptious slice of queen’s cake with fresh Louisiana strawberries! Menu changes frequently based on availability of local ingredients. The restaurant also features a small bar, offering classic New Orleans cocktails, wines and local Louisiana beers. You may also choose to arrive early and enjoy freshly shucked Louisiana raw oysters while sipping on a glass of wine or “bubbles.” Paid reservations must be made in advance.  If you’re looking for a unique, “something different” kind of dining experience, we highly recommend giving this Cajun gem a try!

Address 3824 Dryades St New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone 504-517-0374
Website www.mosquitosupperclub.com

 

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Wow, just Wow!! This is one of those places where you’re planning your next visit before you’ve completed your entrée!  Owned by James Beard Award winning chef, Sue Zemanick, Zasu opened on New Year’s Eve 2018 in a quaint little cottage, decorated in art deco fashion with a comforting hue of green lining the walls. As you enter the restaurant, you come upon a tiny bar, manned by an extremely talented mixologist creating craft cocktails in his own unique fashion. The restaurant was bustling with patrons, seemingly happy with their current situation—couples enjoying each other’s company, girlfriends laughing hysterically, and groups of friends celebrating the end of a busy work week. Upon first glance at the menu, I knew we were in for a flavorful treat!

Our meal began with Grilled Baby Octopus and Artichoke/Goat Cheese Agnolotti.  If you’ve experienced eating octopus, you’ll know that it can be quite rich in flavor.  This dish had a perfect portion of baby octopus, grilled to perfection, balanced with the delicate flavors of the baby potatoes, fennel, roasted peppers and salsa verde.  The agnolotti (flattened pasta folded over a filling of vegetables/cheese/meat) was wonderfully crafted with a hint of lemony deliciousness, topped with morsels of crispy sunchokes. Both portions were perfect for sharing. We also shared a cup of the Soup du Jour, Lobster Bisque, which consisted of small chunks of sweet lobster meat in a beautifully rich, perfectly seasoned creamy broth.  Our entrees consisted of the Sautéed Halibut (white, flaky, mild) and Roasted Chicken Breast, which were both spot on! We completed our meal with the Warm Olive Oil and Cornmeal Cake topped with satsumas and almonds, iced with mascarpone—the perfect amount of sweetness!  Call a couple of weeks in advance for reservations. If you’re a party of two, you may get lucky, like we did, with a last minute call.

Address 127 N. Carrollton Ave New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone (504) 267-3233
Website http://www.zasunola.com

 

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We’d been hearing about this place for a while and decided to give it a try.  So glad we did! The physical space is amazing—a renovated warehouse with high ceilings, painted brick walls, huge windows, exposed beams and exquisite lighting fixtures! Tasty Italian dishes are served from the bustling, exposed kitchen—brick oven pizzas, small plates, and impressive entrees.  Featuring a perfectly-placed full service bar in the center of the restaurant. The atmosphere is spirited and fun, frequented by quite a hipster, young crowd. Can get a bit loud at peak times. The tables are in fairly close proximity; hence, we became part of the most hysterical conversation with the three guys sitting next to us. Two of them were gay and the other straight. The straight guy had just returned from a blind date and was giving the other two guys a play by play as they were providing him with some extremely helpful, albeit, hilarious advice!!  Throughout our “foodie” adventures, we have met some of the coolest people, most often the result of tight seating arrangements.  I know this would drive some people crazy, but we’ve always embraced the experience!

Address 511 Marigny St New Orleans, LA 70117
Phone (504) 509-6782
Website http://www.paladar511.com

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This family-owned eatery serves delicious home-cooked plates of traditional New Orleans dishes, daily specials, yummy appetizers, po boys, soups, salads, desserts and a kid’s menu.  There’s truly something for everyone!  Recommended dishes include the Roast Beef Debris Po Boy, Eggplant Napoleon, Crab and Corn Beignets (topped with spicy powdered sugar), Red Beans and Rice and Breaded Veal Cutlet. Casual atmosphere with a full-service bar (serving 18 oz. schooners of beer). Gets crowded around lunch hour, but we’ve always been able to easily get a table.

Address 3001 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone (504) 891-0997
Website http://joeyksrestaurant.com/

 

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In my humble opinion, Mayas is one of the best Latin American restaurants in the city! The exquisite flavors and food presentation are second to none! Serving Plantains, Ceviches, Empanadas, Curries, Steaks and Small Plates! Personal favorites include Crab Avocado Mango Stack, Tuna Tartar, Ceviche Dorado, Crab Caprichosa, Seafood Tostones, Mayas Curry and the Guacamole. Take a break while strolling along Magazine St to enjoy a wonderfully delicious meal at this unique restaurant. We’ve always been able to get a table for lunch without a reservation, not certain about dinner.

Address 2027 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 309-3401
Website http://mayasonmagazine.com

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Owned and operated by Justin Devillier and Mia Freiberger-Devillier (Balise Tavern). The interesting history of this popular Uptown restaurant can be found on its website. Offers Creole fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Personal favorite dishes include the Blue Crab Beignets, Steak Tartare, Brussels Sprouts, Turtle Bolognese, Paneed Rabbit, and Shellfish Stew. Don’t miss out on the incredible “The Big Red Hammer” Bloody Mary, offered on the brunch menu!!

Address 4238 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone (504) 891-3377
Website http://www.lapetitegrocery.com/

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Owned and operated by Desi Vega, Rodney Salvaggio (Mr. John’s son-in-law) and Paul Varisco. Rodney Savaggio owned and operated “Smilie’s” in Jefferson Parish for 25 years. This was one of my Dad’s frequent haunts!! Reminds me of a classic New York steakhouse with its wood-paneled walls and boisterous atmosphere. From the moment you walk through the door, you can smell the aroma of steaks sizzling in melted butter!  So yummy!!  The servers are extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Extensive wine list! Fried Calamari (topped with Creole marinated olive salad) is to die for!!  Other personal favorites include the French Onion Soup, Hearts of Lettuce Salad, Surf and Turf, Veal Alyssa, Crystal Hot Sauce Onion Rings, Freddie Mac and Cheese and, of course, the Creamed Spinach!

Address 2111 St Charles Ave New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone (504) 679-7697
Website http://www.mrjohnssteakhouse.com

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In the past, the building (built in the late 1880s) that now houses Coquette was, at some point, previously a grocery store, residence and auto parts store. It was originally opened in 2008 by Chef Michael Stoltzfus, with Chef Kristen Essig joining him in 2016. Serving southern cuisine with an international flare. During our last visit, Judge and I ordered the 5 Course Blind Tasting (all at the table must participate). It was fabulous—Highly Recommend!!  Coquette offers seating on both the first and second floor dining rooms as well as at the bar, which accommodates 12 people. It’s a popular gathering place for locals.  Wait staff provided impeccable service during each of our visits.

Address 2800 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone (504) 265-0421
Website http://www.coquettenola.com/

 

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Housed in what was once a pharmacy, Gautreau’s is tucked away in a residential neighborhood. It has no signage, just the street numbers on the exterior wall to the right of the main entrance. The food, consisting of French American cuisine, has been consistently spectacular during each of our visits.  You can tell this is a local hotspot from the minute you enter through the restaurant’s main entrance. The atmosphere is cozy with soft lighting, which lends itself to a nice, romantic dinner.  Noise level can be a bit loud at times due to the small size of the dining room.  Favorite dishes include Duck Confit, Roasted Duck Breast, Sautéed Shrimp, Foie Gras Torchon, Carrot Cake accompanied by Rum Raisin Ice Cream.

Address 1728 Soniat St New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone (504) 899-7397
Website http://www.gautreausrestaurant.com

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This little gem, in the heart of Uptown, offers classic New Orleans dishes in an inviting, relaxed atmosphere.  Known for her charm and incredible hospitality, JoAnn Clevenger (owner) has been nominated as a semi-finalist several years in a row for a James Beard Award in the Best Restaurateur category. Culinary options include (but not limited to) Duck and Andouille Gumbo, Turtle Soup, Fried Green Tomato with Shrimp Remoulade, Duck and Andouille Etouffee, delicious salad options, Slow Roasted Half Duckling, Rack of Lamb, Louisiana Grillades/Cheese Grits, Drum Fish Piquant, and a selection of scrumptious desserts! Call now to make your reservation!

Address 1413 Upperline St New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone (504) 891-9822
Website http://www.upperline.com

 

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