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One Restaurant
  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber
  • Owner Lee McCullough in ONE's dining room, which features a view of the open kitchen.

Char-grilled oysters topped with Roquefort cheese and red wine vinaigrette, lump crabmeat cakes with mirliton frites and roasted garlic aioli — these are a couple of stars on the menu at ONE Restaurant & Lounge (8132 Hampson St., 301-9061; www.one-restaurantnola.com). Specializing in American Contemporary cuisine, ONE boasts a monochromatic dining room showcasing black-and-white photography by Bob Compton, an open kitchen with spectator seating and a menu that changes four or five times a year.

  "All of our seafood is local, and we always try to stick with Louis- iana products," says co-owner Lee McCullough.

  Mc Cullough and fellow Atlanta native Scott Snodgrass, former executive chef at Clancy's Restaurant, opened ONE in February 2005. The restaurant closed its doors for a few months after Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures, reopening on Oct. 27, 2005. "We've just been chugging along now for seven and a half years," McCullough says.

  The staff goes the extra mile in the back of the house, which is greatly appreciated by diners in the front of the house. "A lot of the stuff we make in house, like the chicken sausage for the duck confit, and we even bake our own bread," McCullough says. That bread is made fresh daily using a culture mixed at ONE on Oct. 15, 2005. "People do love the bread," McCullough says.

  ONE also serves distinctive cocktails, often using the same fresh, seasonal ingredients as menu items to make for easy pairing."Our signature drink is the Onetini, which has the meat of an orange, ginger, mint, lime juice, simple syrup, Absolut Citron and a touch of Prosecco splashed on top of that," McCullough says. Another specialty is the Huckleberry mojito. "We don't know of anybody around town using huckleberries in their cocktails." McCullough says.

  Signature cocktails and appetizers are half-price during happy hour 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Monday through Thursday, and bottles of wine are half-off Monday through Wednesday during dinner.

  ONE is participating in the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau's Coolinary New Orleans August dining promotion (www.coolinaryneworleans.com) and is offering two-course meals from the lunch menu for $20 and three-course meals from the dinner menu for  $35.

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