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Cafe Degas Restaurant Review: In New Orleans, nowhere is the memory of French Impressionist Edgar Degas more respected than at this charming French café near City Park. Although frequented by nearby residents, diners come from all points in the metro area to sample the authentic salade niçoise, tender mignonettes of veal Parmesan, and a Dijon-crusted Australian rack of lamb. Every meal at Café Degas should begin with the comforting warmth of the house French onion soup. Brunch is best enjoyed slowly, beginning with a pâté or cheese board, and the crab omelet. The chef even tips his hat to New Orleans with grillades and a variant of the low country's Hoppin’ John using stone-ground grits in place of the traditional rice. The diverse American and French red and white wines are surprisingly sophisticated for such a small café and often encourage diners to linger and watch the world go by on the partially covered deck under the aged oak trees. Pastries offer yet another reason to stay awhile. Dinner on Wednesday is a bargain: a three-course prix-fixe menu for $35. Selected bottles of wine are 20 percent reduced in price.