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Trio Restaurant Restaurant Review: Trio, like most restaurants in the Uptown Design District, is a trendy retreat for locals and those just breezing in for a quick getaway. Delivering a mix of traditional and hip fare, this is a place to see and be seen. Chef-owner Mark Van Laanen brings touches of New Orleans, Miami and Wisconsin to his menu. There’s Yankee pot roast and a mac ‘n’ cheese that couldn’t be any cheesier --- Gouda, cheddar, blue, Romano and goat cheeses make their way into this comfort dish, along with bacon and green onion. It’s then topped with tomatoes and bread crumbs. Crawfish potpie is another twist on a classic, Van Laanen using a Creole etouffée sauce in his version. Fried artichoke hearts with caper aïoli; scallops seared rare in a cantaloupe-habanero sauce; and summer succotash are nice hot weather possibilities. Not feeling adventurous? The artisanal cheese plate is a safe and savory bet.