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SoBou Restaurant Review: Combining two trends --- the gastropub concept and the craft cocktail craze --- SoBou (South of Bourbon) in the heart of the French Quarter is a chic, strictly twenty-first century restaurant and lounge owned by the same family that operates Commander's Palace. SoBou calls its cuisine "Louisiana Street Food." That translates to crispy oyster tacos, duck debris and butternut beignets, crispy boudin balls and even a foie gras burger. The interior of the restaurant has been totally refashioned from the former Italian place that occupied the space, with an architectural emphasis on the bar, which serves concoctions with fancy names such as the “Commander's Palace Cha Cha” and the “Pink Elephant Parade.” Although the small plates are nicely priced, you're likely to spend more than you think by the time you leave, because the dishes are indeed quite small. The wine list is extensive, with a number of Spanish selections that complement the Creole- and Caribbean-spiced foods. Be sure to ask about the “Chocolate Coma Bar” for dessert.