Restaurant Dish: Never Too High Brow….Score Some Original Creole Stylings at Clancy’s

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Restaurant Dish: Clancy’s

Dress code: Casual/Dressy Casual

Upon walking into this Uptown landmark from your New Orleans bed and breakfast,  you feel right at home.  You will never encounter the initial waves of faux affection that greet customers at select nouveau modern bistros or have to deal with a pretentious waiter sporting a fake French accent. Nope, Clancy’s is the real deal, and its strong local following re-building steadily since Hurricane Katrina can attest to that. Not to say that you won’t see bed and breakfast visitors to New Orleans filling the tables next to yours, you will!

The Positives: A breakdown of everything that makes the Clancy’s experience genuine:

An Avenue Inn B&B guest favorite: Clancy's

An Avenue Inn B&B guest favorite: Clancy’s

-Fun and friendly environment: Warm and inviting, Clancy’s has retained the feeling of everyone’s favorite neighborhood café.  From the accommodating staff that makes you feel like family (host Nash could not be more hospitable and your New Orleans bed and breakfast Innkeepers have developed a good relationship with him over the years), to the no-nonsense food, Clancy’s is a dining experience that will add comfort to any day.

-Serves fearless Creole cuisine: While lesser restaurants shy away from the old-school Creole restaurant dishes and go toward more contemporary concoctions, Clancy’s serves up the dishes that put New Orleans food on the map. This being said, the chef does take some creative liberties and works in new dishes with the traditional ones, all made only with the freshest of ingredients to produce the top-notch New Orleans cuisine locals know and bed and breakfast guests love.

-Consistent food: Clancy’s is not fine dining, nor does it claim to be, but it is consistent. The gumbo will taste the same on Tuesday as it does on Friday, and customers can appreciate that.

Proud hosts like Nash are at the heart of what makes Clancy's such a great experience.

Proud hosts like Nash are at the heart of what makes Clancy’s such a great experience.

-Many rooms great for private dining: While the restaurant has a neighborhood café feeling, it is not short on space. In addition to a large dining room and bar area, there is an upstairs area that’s perfect if you’re in the mood for a little privacy.

-On-premise wood smoking capabilities add flavor to the menu: Another finer point to Clancy’s is it was the first non-barbecue restaurant with in-house smoking capabilities. To this day, the chef still adds a little zest to his menu by providing these items.

-Sizeable wine list: For a casual type place, the wine cellar is surprisingly upscale- talk about good taste!

Points to consider: Things to bear in mind before hitting up this neighborhood favorite

-Reservations: As this restaurant is a local favorite, reservations must be made well in advance before stopping in.

-Lunch and dinner days differ: While dinner is served consistently Monday-Saturday at Clancy’s, lunchtimes are limited and only run Thursday and Friday.

-Popular bar: In addition to the waiting crowd partaking in pre-dinner drinks, many singles will eat opt to eat at the bar, making space a little tight. As a general rule, don’t expect to be able to push a large party in at the bar during the dinner time rush.

Hot dishes: Standouts can be found here.

Bring the family, dine alone, or come with a significant other: if you’re looking for casual with class dining in a friendly atmosphere, Clancy’s is one uptown New Orleans bistro only minutes from your Bed and Breakfast on St. Charles Avenue that hits the target every time.

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