New Orleans is a helluva food town!!!
|December 7, 2012||Posted by hog under Restaurant Reviews||
The last time I was in New Orleans was in college…..safe to say many years ago. Back then it was all about Mardi Gras, getting wasted and throwing beads, having sugar fights at Cafe du Monde, and maybe coming home with a souvenir glass from Pat O’Brien’s.
New Orleans for an adult is an entirely different scene. Magazine Street trumps Bourbon, ingredient-driven restaurants are as worthwhile as fried oysters, and nothing about the fun-first spirit has been dampened by the more sophisticated chow.
The newest entry we found was R’evolution. The tip-off came from our homegrown Orleans-o-phile Mitchell Rosenthal, whose Town Hall restaurant here in San Francisco was the best nod to the big NOLA as any place in town. The restaurant was tailored and elegant: polish woods, white tablecloths and well-made drinks. NY born chef, Rick Tramonto hails from 4-star Tru in Chicago, no slouch.
The simple, refined menu boasted “Death By Gumbo”, which arrived with an empty bowl, and half quail stuffed with andouille sausage, oysters and filé rice. With a tableside pour of gumbo broth, you knew you were in for a rather original and refined treat. A turn on a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made with brioche and a big slab of foie gras would bring any Californian back, especially since the foie is illegal at home, as would the beer-battered crab beignets. Run, don’t walk to R‘evolution.
The next day we discovered Cochon, in the warehouse district, and my personal favorite sandwich shop, Cochon Butcher. Cochon is modern, open and loud. And, it feels so much like the way we eat in the Bay Area. Simple. Straightforward. Sophisticated. The wood-fired oyster roast made me swoon as did the cane syrup glazed pork cheeks with feta, mint and apples. A side of Anson Mills grits and two Manhattans, why get on a plane back to SF..ever?!
Carousel bar at Hotel Monteleon
214 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Coquette New Orleans
2800 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70115
777 Bienville Street, New Orleans, LA 70130