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400 E. William David Pkwy. (Interstate 10) Send to Phone
Imaginative twists on some Creole classics and a clever way with vegetables are a pleasing match-up with Portobello’s unpretentious look. Friendly and efficient.

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat.
  • Parking available
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Kid-friendly
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Portobello Cafe Restaurant Review

: Don’t let the obscurity of Portobello CafĂ©’s location---on the edge of New Orleans’ city limits facing a freeway ramp---discourage you. Its easy friendliness, approachable food and modest prices are the real assets here. Owner-chef Vinny Bruno, an alumnus of Commander’s Palace, has a cooking style with dashes of both elegance and hominess, somewhat similar to the low-ceilinged, pleasantly unpretentious dining room. His fried, bacon-wrapped oysters could hardly be fresher or crisper in their cloak of airy puff pastry. Fried catfish gains new culinary stature in a creamed-corn sauce atop a slaw of radishes and mirliton (a local species of squash). The slaw is a reminder that deftly seasoned vegetables never take a back seat to the centerpiece of a main course, including a soft and flavor-infused filet mignon. Custard aficionados are bound to love Bruno’s French-vanilla creation, studded with a few berries and a drizzle of caramel. A bit of creative overload does show up now and then; but Portobello delivers the goods more often than not.


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