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Gautreau's, New Orleans, Louisiana

1728 Soniat Street
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 899 7397's insider take:

Although you might not expect it from a TV-savvy celebrity chef, almost everything about Sue Zeminack tends toward utter understatement. After many accolades for her performance on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, Zeminack returned to this hidden gem of an Uptown restaurant to refine her culinary identity. Her style is precise in execution and far-reaching in influence. Her flash-fried sweetbreads balance nicely with savory waffle sticks and a slightly sweet maple-syrup gastrique. Asian and Moroccan influences permeate the current menu with entrées such as the spiced lamb shank with apricots and fried chickpeas. The dining room, dominated by subtle trompe l'oeil draperies, has a clubhouse ambience with a slightly formal feel, which is apparently just how the steady crowd of Uptown locals likes it.—Pableaux Johnson

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