by Ian McNulty
A number of restaurants have recently expanded their service, adding new options of note around town.
In the French Quarter, Kingfish added lunch this week. This new restaurant debuted about a month ago with chef Greg Sonnier, of pre-Katrina’s Gabrielle fame, running the kitchen. Like the dinner menu, lunch is an offbeat take on Louisiana flavors. There’s a smoked rabbit gumbo, duck hash, pork and grits stew, a buffalo burger and “boudinandouille,” which is a link of the chef’s own andouille stuffed with boudin, wrapped with puff pastry and served with greens. Lunch is served daily and most daytime entrees are between $12 and $14.
Meanwhile, the restaurant is also now building out Counter by Kingfish, a casual carry-out and service counter spinoff that looks like it could be for Kingfish what the Link Restaurant Group’s Butcher is to Cochon. Located right next door to Kingfish (and sharing a kitchen), Counter by Kingfish will serve sandwiches, salads and butcher case specialties. Sonnier expects it to open sometime in June.
Uptown, the long-running bistro La Crepe Nanou now opens on Sundays for brunch. Served from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., brunch borrows a lot from the dinner menu and ably demonstrates the crossover appeal of Nutella crepes, big brothy bowls of mussels and frites and the salade Niçoise, to say nothing of cocktails and aperitifs. There are omelets and in addition to the classic French croque madame and croque monsieur grilled sandwiches there’s a vegetarian croque avocat with mashed avocado.
Another new brunch option comes from Tivoli & Lee. This modern Southern bistro opened earlier in the spring with Patois alum Mike Nirenberg at the helm and a menu full of regional flavors. The new Sunday brunch adds dishes like a rib eye version of chicken fried steak, lump crab Benedict and a miniature chicken and waffles combo. While the restaurant is noted for its cocktails, you can try your own skills during brunch at the build-your-own bloody Mary bar.
337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005
La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670
Tivoli & Lee
926 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0909