K Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen is in the French Quarter in a beautiful Creole townhouse. It was the flagship restaurant of the late, groundbreaking Cajun chef Paul Prudhomme, who brought Cajun food out of the countryside and into New Orleans, and then to the whole nation. I really recommend this oral history of Paul Prudhomme from NOLA.com – I’ve excerpted a few quotes but the whole thing is worth checking out.
Saffron NOLA is an Indian restaurant with a New Orleans accent. They make some of the best Indian food I’ve had anywhere.
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Uptown, on the west side of the city (“Up” being a river direction in New Orleans), is host to enough excellent restaurants to overflow the page of a moleskine notebook devoted to listing them. And if you go asking every waiter, barfly and streetcar-rider the best place to eat in town, one of the names you will hear over and over again is Shaya.
In the leafy uptown suburbs near Audoban park is a quaint, romantic, neighborhood restaurant that serves classic French food with a local accent: Patois.
On the last day of my New Orleans trip last year, I treated my brother, my best friend and our NOLA host to dinner at Patois. It had come recommended to me by nobody and it turned up in no research I had done about Crescent City culinary tableau, but Patois was a “can’t miss” destination for me for one reason: it was the filming location for Chef Janette Desautel’s restaurant in Treme.
I have her fictional menu memorised.
Strike out east from the red-light charms of the French Quarter and keep going through the hipster homes and pop-art covered renovated warehouses of the Bywater. When your way is blocked by a hulkingly functional wall of freight train cars, turn around and you will see a distressed brickwork and plaster building that looks just as in-place here as it would in a French mountain village. Continue reading “Smoke and Thyme in New Orleans: Bacchanal”