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Irene's Cuisine

539 St. Philip St. (Chartres St.) Send to Phone
Irene's Cuisine may be the best Creole Italian restaurant in the French Quarter.
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Irene's Cuisine Restaurant Review

: Reminiscent of the now-shuttered Elaine’s in New York, Irene’s relies for atmosphere at least partly on lining the walls with photos of regular customers and famous patrons. The dining rooms are intimate (even a bit snug), and the waiters are old favorites in the French Quarter. A décor enriched with garlic braids, crockery and gewgaws proclaims Sicilian influences, as does the menu, although a Creole accent also comes through to ground many of the dishes in their New Orleans roots. The cooking relies on southern Italian sauces, rather than the truffles-and-cream cuisine of northern Italy. For instance, a marinara with a toss of garlic and oil is notable in its simplicity. For more complex pairings of seasonings, consider the tender veal Marsala, and grilled red snapper with shrimp and peppers. Italian-style baked Alaska aflame with grappa makes a good conclusion. The wine list features Italian selections that pair well with the lusty food. Service is efficient, considering the space configuration. Be prepared to wait for a table most nights, and know in advance that you will probably be doing so outdoors.

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