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Cafe Degas Restaurant Review: Famed French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas, a onetime New Orleans resident who had family living in the city, lends his name to this bistro that’s an oasis on a bustling thoroughfare. Although frequented by nearby residents, diners come from all points in the metro area to sample the chef’s 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 is not to be missed. 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. The pastries offer yet another reason to stay awhile. Stop by between the lunch and dinner hours for cocktails and an assortment of small plates.