My husband's family is in New Orleans and when we go, we often dine out at "family" favorites--Antoine's, Galatoire's, Commander's, etc. And the food is amazing, traditional fare, often very imaginatively rendered.
But during each visit, we sneak off to try some of the "new" New Orleans. This time it was Coquette. What an amazing place. It is beautiful, with the fabulous floors, flowing curtains, and tin ceilings you expect from a NOLA building. But the food is some of the best we have ever eaten. It is all fresh and seems to be local--sometimes this kind of crafted and creative food is hard to picture from the menu description, but our very good server described it to us.
My husband had been eating soft-shell crab the whole trip, but the tender crab he had here seemed in a class by itself. I had the tasting menu and it was one delight after the other. It turns out when you exquisitely flavor three perfect sea scallops, it is more satisfying than a plateful of lesser food.
I admit I wouldn't have ordered the dessert that came with my meal--chocolate with spruce ice cream. Spruce? Surely, they didn't mean . . . spruce? But sure enough, when the beautiful plate came, there were small needles garnishing the ice cream. But it worked. Together, the two made a marriage in my mouth.
When we come back, we'll eat that bread pudding at Antoine's with happiness, but we'll be looking for the chance to sneak back to Coquette!
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