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2014 Winter Restaurant Guide: New Orleans French Restaurants


Baie Rouge
4128 Magazine St., (504) 304-3667;
The 8-ounce chuck Baie burger is dressed with garlic aioli, red onion marmalade, arugula, applewood-smoked bacon, manchego cheese and a fried egg on a seeded Roma roll. It's served with hand-cut fries or citrus coleslaw. Shrimp and risotto Milanese tops saffron risotto with lemon-seasoned jumbo shrimp drizzled with chili oil and served with haricots verts. Reservations accepted for large parties. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner Tue.-Sat., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

Bouligny Tavern
3641 Magazine St., (504) 891-1810;
Chef John Harris' elegant tavern offers cheese boards and small plates. Dishes include bone marrow and garlic crostini and airy Gouda beignets. No reservations. Dinner and late-night Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

Cafe Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635;
Cognac duck foie gras with black truffle is served with brioche crostini and honey balsamic gastrique. Braised veal stew with carrots and pearl onions fill a puff pastry topped with wild mushroom and white wine bechamel. Reservations recommended. Lunch Wed.-Sat., dinner Wed.-Sun., brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$$

Chateau du Lac Bistro
2037 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-3773;
Escargots bourguignons are served with garlic and parsley butter. Traditional French cassoulet is served with duck confit. Reservations recommended. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Ciro's Cote Sud
7918 Maple St., (504) 866-9551;
Cotes d'agneau grillees aux herbs de Provence is a grilled rack of lamb served with vegetables. Les moules frites is a large bowl of steamed mussels served with fries and a choice of marinieres, curry, Provencal or blue cheese sauce. Delivery available. Reservations recommended. Dinner daily. Cash and checks.  $$

Crepes A La Cart
1039 Broadway St., (504) 866-2362;
The chicken florentine comes with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, red onion and baby spinach. The tiki rum runner is filled with Nutella, pecan, coconut, raisin, caramel, rum and cream. Delivery available. No reservations. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night daily. Credit cards. $

Dominique's on Magazine
4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-9282;
Sizzling Royal Red shrimp is served with a lemon-thyme beurre blanc. Braised Morgan Ranch wagyu beef short ribs are served with root vegetable puree. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Flaming Torch Restaurant
737 Octavia St., (504) 895-0900;
Coq au vin pommes de terre gremolata features red wine-braised, free-range chicken served with potatoes, root vegetables and gremolata. Barbecue shrimp features whole jumbo shrimp cooked with herbs, spices and butter served with potatoes. Reservations recommended. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$$

La Crepe Nanou
1410 Robert St., (504) 899-2670;
The brunch menu includes a Louisiana jumbo lump crab omelet with sauteed spinach and Mornay sauce. For dinner, crispy sweetbreads are served with sherry vinaigrette, lardons and frisee. Dinner daily, brunch Sun. Credit cards. $$

3637 Magazine St., (504) 895-1636; www.lilette-
Alaskan king crab claws are served with passion fruit butter. Sauteed loup de mer is Mediterranean sea bass served with hen of the woods mushrooms, wilted spinach and marsala cream. Reservations recommended. Dinner Mon.-Sat., lunch Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

Hilton Hotel, 333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840;
Le grand plateau de fruits de mer includes P&J oysters, chilled clams, mussels, Louisiana shrimp, whole Maine lobster and ceviche with remoulade, horseradish, cocktail and mignonette sauces. Choucroute garnie maison features bratwurst, crispy pork belly, smoked pork shank, house-made sauerkraut and sweet mustard. Reservations recommended. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat.-Sun. Credit cards. $$

Rene Bistrot
Renaissance Arts Hotel, 700 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 613-2350;
The oyster bar platter includes lobster, oysters, ceviche, shrimp, mussels and steamed clams, available in two sizes. Gulf fish is served with oyster dressing, mirliton slaw and citrus butter. Reservations accepted. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $$$

7217 Perrier St., (504) 866-4860;
The breakfast menu includes daily quiche selections, scones, bagels and baked eggs in brioche. Popular lunch items include a tuna nicoise salad with olives, potatoes, boiled eggs and hearts of palm. The grilled steak sandwich is dressed with pistou, pickled carrots, shallots and spicy aioli on ciabatta. No reservations. Breakfast and lunch daily. Credit cards. $

African | American | Bar & Grill | Barbecue | Brewpub

Burgers | Cafe | Cajun | Caribbean/Cuban | Chinese

Coffee & Dessert | Contemporary | Creole | Deli | Diner | Fondue

French | German | Greek | Indian/Pakistani | Irish | Italian

Japanese/Sushi | Juice Bar | Korean | Latin American | Louisiana Contemporary

Mediterranean/Middle Eastern | Mexican/Southwest | Music & Food

Neighborhood | Pan-Asian | Pizza | Sandwiches & Po-Boys | Seafood

Steakhouse | Tapas/Spanish | Thai | Vietnamese

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