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Calling a beautiful, historic building home since 2004 (it housed a fine grocery store for decades), this restaurant/bar hybrid is all about putting an unexpected spin on traditional New Orleans fare. This means that rather than rely on the familiarity of French cuisine, executive chef—and since 2010, also owner—Justin Devillier is willing to take some risks (blue crab beignets and turtle bolognese are solid examples). The dining area is actually quite sprawling, but thanks to strategically placed curtains it feels cozy and intimate.

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