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The Red Maple Restaurant Restaurant Review: The West Bank of New Orleans is not known for fine dining, but The Red Maple Restaurant provides the one exception. Exposed brick walls, soft lighting and gas fireplaces compose a cozy, inviting atmosphere. Steaks presented with the typical sauces are joined by traditional side dishes, but lunch may yield an eggplant Parmesan worth the trip. An evening standout is the jumbo lump crab au gratin. When in season, the fried soft-shell crabs are plump and crisped on the outside. In fact, the best dishes on the menu are those that are iconic to the city, such as the fried shrimp platter and Gulf fish Pontchartrain, topped with lump crab meat. Order the sweet potato casserole on the side; it’s almost a dessert. Desserts proper feature all the usual local suspects, bread pudding and chocolate cake among them. More attention could be paid to developing the wine list, although there is a nice reserve section and an above-average number of half-bottles.