NOLA Upscale Dining: La Petite Grocery


With so many restaurants in New Orleans, how do you choose which to visit during your New Orleans bed and breakfast getaway?  What we consider when recommending an eatery to our guests is, of course, food quality.  But we also consider ease of access, and our ability to obtain great service for you.  With this in mind, La Petite Grocery restaurant is on our short-list of great places to either celebrate your special occasion, or just enjoy a nice lunch, night-out, or Sunday Brunch in the Garden District.

La Petite Grocery is, of course, a French Restaurant, and a perfect place to enjoy both traditional French food with a touch of local-food personality.  Even better, Executive Chef Justin Devillier likes to support local farmers and fishermen, obtaining ingredients from local sources whenever possible.

The building itself was once a corner store.  The then Central Tea, Coffee, and Butter Depot run by Mr. Frank Mackie, provided fresh-creamery butter, coffee roasted at the store, imported teas, and a number of locally-grown items.  This very popular store commanded business from both area residents, as well as patrons from further away who would come by buggy or even ferry across the river to shop there.  Once rebuilt after a fire burned the building to the ground, the store in front was backed by a delivery barn in the back to handle incoming and outgoing goods, the store continued to be a successful grocery until it closed in 1982.  After another 15+ years of life as an amazing flower shop, La Petite Grocery was opened in 2004.  Their ideas reflect those of Mr. Mackie:  to offer the best fare to their patrons, using local ingredients and fresh produce.

Diners rave about La Petite Grocery, and so do we.  Want a light bite?  Try the Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil and Fried Sage Leaves, or the Blue Crab Bignets.  For a full dinner, maybe the Mississippi Rabbit with Spinach & Spaetzle might be to your liking.  Or try their amazing cheeseburger for more “American” fare.  Really, you can’t go wrong with anything you order!

For an out-of-the-ordinary drink experience, the refreshing Elderflower Mojito is one to try.  And The Bees Knees is just that!  Along with these and other delicious drink concoctions, La Petite Grocery also features a good selection of beers on tap, and an impressive wine list.

And save room for dessert!  Each and every one is an adventure in decadence.

So why not put La Petite Grocery on your list of restaurants to try when you stay at our uptown New Orleans bed and breakfast?  You won’t go away hungry, and your palette with definitely be satisfied!


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