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Foodies Tour of New Orleans Restaurants

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New Orleans is known for many things, her people, her music, her mystical aura, her history and of course, her food. Recently I decided to start a weekly restaurant tour for all you Foodies out there.  I'm trying to showcase, the little known, underappreciated and newer restaurants. But, I'll throw in some classics also. The review will come out every Thursday as a blog with a link to the review. and will also be added to this list. So, if you've missed some of these restaurant reviews, here's the list.

1. Brightsen's Restaurant

Brightsen's Restaurant is in an old Creole cottage in the Riverbend section of Uptown New Orleans. It's a family owned restaurant that has been here for years and has been consistently good through the years. This is one of those gems that locals love and many tourists don't know about. It's well worth the cab ride to enjoy Frank Brightsen's good cooking and warm and friendly restaurants. A trip to Brightsen's brings not only a great dining experience, but the feeling that you've just been invited to sit down to dinner at a friend's home.

2. Patois

This is a classic New Orleans neighborhood restaurant.  It's small and intimate and in the middle of a purely residential area in Uptown New Orleans.  It's more on the upscale side than some neighborhood restaurants and the food is French, but with Southern overtones. Patois sits on a corner that was once a neighborhood watering hole with deep traditions beloved to the LSU and Tulane football fans.

3. Rue 127, An American Bistro

Rue 127, located in Mid-City at 127 Carrolton Avenue, is conveniently on the Canal Street streetcar line. It's a tiny bistro in a 19th century shotgun house. If you're not careful, you'll pass right by it. But, don't. It's a little known bistro with great, fresh food and a talented, inovative chef. It has a menu of meats and seafood that will please everyone in your party. You won't be disapointed with either the food or the ambiance.

4. La Petit Grocery

It's not unusual in New Orleans to go to a restaurant that started out in the 1800s as something else. There's a lovely bistro on Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans that is a prime examplt of that. La Petit Grocery, was just that when John B. Willig built the Creole-style cottage in the late 1800s on a Magazine Street corner and leased it out to Frank W. Mackie and together they opened the Central Tea, Coffee and Butter Depot. In it's current incarnation as a restaurant, it blends a comfortable neighborhood restaurant with a fine dining experience. Red Leather Banquettes along the rim of the space, looking over the cloth covered tables, the soaring ceilings, and light coming in from large windows on two sides make this a great space to be in for lunch, Sunday brunch or dinner.

La Petit Grocery is located at 4238 Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans. It's open for Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:30pm, Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30 - til', and Sunday Brunch from 10:30am - 2:30pm. Phone 504.891.3377. The official website

5. Redemption

Speaking of Restaurants that started out as something very different, Redemption was a historic church built in 1914. For 30 years it was Christian's, a fine bistro. But, the damage that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Mid-City area where the little church is located, was the end of that fine restaurant. Now, a family in the community, the Delaunes, has lovingly restored the old church and transformed it into a great bistro. The cuisine is "New Orleans Revival" and it's prepared with fresh Louisiana seafood in a "divinely inspried" manner.

Redemption is located at 3835 Iberville Street in Mid-City. Phone: 504.309.3570 LUNCH Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Happy hour 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm | DINNER Tues - Sat 5:00 pm - 10 pm SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, CLOSED MONDAY, Dress Code: Casual

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