Restaurant Dish:Take a bite out of New Orleans at Gautreau’s

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Restaurant Dish: Gautreau’s

Dress code: Dressy Casual to Dressy

Exterior

Exterior

Many locals can attest to Gautreau’s wild popularity. Nestled in a charming historical building that was once a drugstore, this little bistro captivates guests with its atmosphere and attitude. Through potentially devastating circumstances such as a bad economy and changes in the kitchen, Gautreau’s has managed to remain at the top of its class.  This could be a result of their elegant atmosphere, or possibly their quality modern French Creole cuisine that leaves New Orleans Bed and Breakfast guests and the locals begging for more.

Stepping into the Uptown restaurant feels a little like stepping into a Parisian bistro. From the tromp l’oeil artfully painted walls to the array of French antique mirrors dispersed throughout the space, guests can definitely spot the French flair. It is precisely this old-world charm that makes Gautreau’s a popular date-night spot.

The current mastermind behind these crave-worthy dishes is Sue Zemanick. Gautreau’s popularity may have something to do with the creative genius of their chefs. Zemanick is the third chef from Gautreau’s to be named “America’s Top Ten Best New Chefs” in Food & Wine magazine. Adding to that success, Gautreau’s has received much recognition in The New York Times, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Town and Country magazines.

While the chefs of Gautreau’s have always respected classic New Orleans dishes, they inject a bit of French flavor in to the mix, and routinely change the menu about every six weeks to keep things fresh. Past dishes have included a duck fillet with red cabbage, sautéed halibut with veal cheek ravioli, confit of duck with Beluga lentils, Louisiana blue crab with pasta, seared scallops with fennel and a citrus glaze, roasted chicken with haricots verts, filet mignon in a sauce bordelaise, and bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with creamed corn and roasted tomato pork jus.

Main dining room

Main dining room

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Private event

Although the interior is cozy, private dining options are available. While the main dining room is located downstairs, there is a larger private room upstairs that can be rented out for a number of occasions.

To experience Gautreau’s, making an advanced reservation from your bed and breakfast in New Orleans would be the best way to go. The bistro is open on Mondays through Saturdays. Gautreau’s is located conveniently close to the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast in the garden district, so all of you serious foodies can book a weekend, and get your personalized taste bud tour of NOLA courtesy of the Innkeepers.Its just a short streetcar ride away.

So picture this: Only a short streetcar ride from your Bed and Breakfast, you are dining in a charming New Orleans French bistro, sipping a vintage Merlot, and ordering a creamy scallop risotto as a starter. A dream? Not really. Let Joe and Bebe of the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast be your ambassadors to New Orleans dining. They can make this foodie fantasy a reality. Come discover the product of timeless elegance and inspired cuisine at Gautreau’s.

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