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Upperline Restaurant, New Orleans

1413 Upperline Street
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 891 9822
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This Uptown eatery—an art-packed casual room with a stellar, homey menu—never fails to make you feel like family. The friendly, convivial vibe emanates from genial owner/hostess JoAnn Clevenger; since opening Upperline in 1983, she has built a reputation for mixing heartfelt hospitality with well-executed updates of Creole and Southern favorites. One of the now-classic combinations of contemporary New Orleans cuisine—fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade—originated here. The bistro-style menu is long on earthy, comforting flavors: duck with ginger-peach sauce, veal grillades over rich cheese grits, an outstanding duck and andouille étouffée. The three dining rooms house the owner's considerable collection of New Orleans-themed art; paintings cover every inch of wall, and folksy sculptures sprout from any horizontal surface. Get JoAnn talking about any of the colorful masks, photos, paintings, or prints in the room, and you can piece together an informal art history of the Crescent City.

Open Wednesdays through Sundays 5:30 to 10 pm.

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