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Maurice's Plantation Bistro was open less than six months


Hey Blake,

I read that the Bayou Barriere golf course has closed. Am I dreaming or was there a fine dining restaurant on the second floor of the clubhouse? I seem to recall eating there but can't remember the name.


Dear Darryl,

  There's a reason your memory of that West Bank restaurant might be a little hazy. Though it earned good reviews and was owned by a well-known chef, Maurice's Plantation Bistro was open less than six months.

  The restaurant was located inside the clubhouse at Bayou Barriere Golf Club in Belle Chasse. The 27-hole golf course opened in 1965 and was designed by local golf pro Jimmy Self. It was one of at least 10 West Bank golf courses over the years. In January, Bayou Barriere closed for good, citing a decline in membership.

  Maurice's Plantation Bistro opened there in August 1987. It was operated by chef Maurice Bitoun. Born in Morocco, the French-trained chef came to New Orleans in 1963. Bitoun and his brothers Jacques, Andre and Simon opened several West Bank restaurants including Andre's in the Village, Maurice's Bistro and the Bistro Steak Room. Maurice's hallmark dishes included fried parsley (a free appetizer served in a basket at the start of the meal) and kosher eggs Benedict, featuring smoked salmon instead of Canadian bacon or ham. Times-Picayune restaurant critic Gene Bourg wrote of the restaurant, "The menu is filled with what may be the most sumptuous combinations ever seen in a Plaquemines Parish restaurant, a showcase for the chef's multifaceted talent." Unfortunately, the next time Bourg wrote about the restaurant in December 1987, it was to say it would be closing.

  Maurice Bitoun died in 1995.

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