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Dante's Kitchen Restaurant Review: Ask many of the city’s best chefs where they like to eat on their day off, and they’re likely to mention Dante’s Kitchen. The place has the urban chic feel of a SoHo café or a downtown San Francisco eatery. Occupying an old house near the Mississippi River levee, this 70-seat restaurant has an informal ambience, with 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. The house version of low country shrimp and grits is complemented by andouille red-eye gravy. Brunch is a mainstay for area diners, largely because of such dishes as bread pudding french toast and Brie omelets. The wine list isn’t extensive, but it 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.