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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Mango House Restaurant Review: HURRICANE KATRINA: this establishment is currently closed. For a New Orleans Travel Update as well as resources, information and help click here. Anne Lloyd's fascination with Caribbean foods began when she was a child, during family vacations in Belize. A culinary education and several Caribbean vacations later, her fascination has became her livelihood at a lovely restaurant located in Uptown's Carrollton area. Lloyd's food fits so well into New Orleans' tropical setting that it's a wonder there aren't more such restaurants. Because Mango House is one-of-a kind, the most casual meals feel like special occasions. The first item to hit the table is a gratis basket of fried sweet potato chips, which would be deadly if refills were free, too. Make the next taste a house cocktail, perhaps a refreshing rum punch dusted with freshly grated nutmeg, or a Dark & Stormy, a mix of housemade ginger beer and dark rum. Mango House is a tropical version of the Southern meat-and-three restaurant, and entrée satisfaction depends largely upon your choice of side dishes. For example, chicken prepared in a light, spiced coconut sauce is a perfect match for pigeon peas with rice and fried plantains; crabcakes topped with tangy avocado sauce shine beside the vinegar-spiked curried mango relish and the coriander-seasoned Calypso Slaw. Mango House has many virtues; unfortunately consistency isn't one of them. Cross your fingers before crossing the threshold.