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La Petite Grocery Restaurant Review: This circa 19th-century building that once sold “fancy groceries” experienced a rebirth when chef/owner Justin Devillier artfully transformed it into a quaint, uptown restaurant, with an eye-catching wall-long bar, nicely spaced tables and just enough local charm to display its enviable history. In an increasingly restaurant-rich part of Magazine Street in Uptown New Orleans, La Petite Grocery stands out for creative, well-executed cuisine. Chef Devillier excels with French classics (don’t miss the blue crab beignets with aïoli) and a light touch. Impeccable ingredients, many locally grown, are showcased in a polished but unpretentious manner on a seasonally updated menu. Appetizers might range from steak tartare and grilled octopus to ricotta dumplings. Among the entrées, we like the pan-roasted beef tenderloin and the “Louisiana bouillabaisse," which rotates off the menu from time to time. The wine list is ambitious for such a small restaurant, but the smart balance of domestic and European selections is well-conceived. Look for a good lineup of by-the-glass choices, too, as well as several surprise offerings. From the ever-evolving dessert list by pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt is a Louisiana cane sugar crème brûlée and a coconut tres leches cake with muscadine grape sorbet and salt-roasted peanuts.