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MiLa offers its own spin on Southern cuisine.
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MiLa Restaurant Review

: The restaurant's name often confounds people, but it’s formed by simply joining the abbreviations for Mississippi and Louisiana, home states of its wedded chef-owners Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing. After succeeding in New York culinary circles, the pair returned to the South to open this showcase. Before dinner, take a seat at the bar and enjoy light appetizers, such as coconut shrimp beignets in a pepper jelly sauce. Among the signature appetizers are the "deconstructed" oysters Rockefeller with delicately poached oysters set atop sautéed spinach, capped with crisp chips of salty bacon and surrounded by a buttery foam. Such main dishes as smoked, pepper-dusted yellowfin tuna show off the chefs’ delicate touch with seafood, and the kitchen usually has more than a few specials each night. If the venison tenderloin is offered, snap it up. For dessert, either go as basic as a root beer float or as exotic as a muscadine wine gelée with ripe tropical fruits and a touch of sweet cream. The wine list leads with a good selection of Champagnes and sparkling wines, and offers numerous out-of-the-ordinary selections. Many of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir choices are Burgundian, but the list selects from around the world. MiLa’s setting in the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel exudes a contemporary, hip vibe without being distracting, and service is in step with the expectations of the high-end pricing.

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