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Brigtsen's Restaurant Review: Viewed from the outside, this Riverbend cottage-turned-restaurant looks like anyone’s neighborhood home. And within, still-life paintings, quaint and homey murals, and lace curtains set the mood. The décor is compatible with such signature dishes as butternut shrimp bisque; boned pieces of slow-roasted duck with cornbread dressing and a honey-pecan gravy; or crackle-fresh pan-sautéed soft-shell crabs, in season, with a meunière sauce. Chef Frank Brigtsen --- pronounced "bright sun" --- and his wife Marna seem content to reassure customers that south Louisiana cooking is a worthy centuries-old Creole-Acadian tradition, and leave the razzle-dazzle to others. Because the chef is present whenever the restaurant is open, consistency is achieved. A passionate fisherman, Brigtsen spends many free days on the water, so seafood of all kinds gets the royal treatment. For dessert, several fluffy bread puddings and a variety of freshly made ice creams are irresistible. The small wine list is carefully chosen, and Brigtsen’s offers some of the most attentive and personal service of any comparable restaurant in town. Insider’s tip: Ask for a table in the intimate, sunny front room.