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Dante's Kitchen Restaurant Review: Dante’s Kitchen has the urban chic feel of a SoHo café or a downtown San Francisco eatery. Occupying an old house near the Mississippi River levee, the 70-seat restaurant boasts a covered terrace, a small private dining room and an airy bar. A veteran of Commander's Palace, owner and chef Emmanuel Loubier takes a California approach to Creole cooking, so grains, aromatic vegetables and herbs inform much of the repertoire. At the same time, even ordinary side dishes get the local touch, such as sweet potatoes with a nip of Barq's, a New Orleans original root beer. Many of the entrées are complemented by vegetables grown on local farms, like the double-cut pork chop with kale, smoked onions and pickled peaches. Brunch is a mainstay for area diners, largely because of such options as bread pudding french toast and Brie omelets. The smartly conceived wine list, while not extensive, covers all the necessary bases. For dessert, we suggest the “Gain a Pound Chocolate Cake” with chocolate chip ricotta, chocolate peanut butter sauce, fig jam, and cocoa candied peanuts.