While perhaps not the most exciting restaurant in the city, quite possibly the most beautiful; the downstairs is shiny classic brassier including a handsome bar, while the upstairs is the classic New Orleans look, complete with gleaming chandeliers, tall windows, meticulously restored brick walls, dark polished wood, and working fireplaces. It's all fresh, new, and prettily maintained. No innovations on the menu, but the French country style pâté (with pork, duckling, and rabbit) with a spicy sweet shallot and cherry compote is hearty, the duran wheat is a strong flavor in the house-made pasta, and the filet mignon one of the most tender in the city, a lovely cut of meat. A bleu cheese trio for dessert is one of the better options, though their cakes and parfaits are certainly fine. It's prettiest in the evening, but you might want to come for lunch for budgetary reasons or at least drop in later in the evening for a drink and an appetizer.
- © Frommer's 2013