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MiLa, New Orleans

817 Common Street
Central Business District
New Orleans , Louisiana
Tel: 504 412 2580
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The husband/wife chef team of Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing made their names in New York City (Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar, Alain Ducasse) before returning to New Orleans, where they had met years before. The pair now presides over the mod supper-club vibe of MiLa at the Pere Marquette hotel. They bring a refreshing mix of precision and playfulness to dishes like deconstructed oysters Rockefeller—impossibly tender poached shellfish with shattering-crisp bacon chips. The Rushings specialize in combining riffs from contemporary French and Southern styles, resulting in dishes like savory grilled duck brined in black tea and sweet potato pappardelle with baby shiitake mushrooms and delicate roasted garlic cloves. Their desserts also clear a high bar for inventiveness and flavor; the "root beer float" is actually an amazingly rich sandwich made with frozen Bavarian cream and root beer sorbet between ginger snaps. Save room or you'll live to regret it.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:30 to 10 pm, Saturdays 5:30 to 10 pm.

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