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Bayona: Soup to Die For
Bayona was a cool, calm haven in the French Quarter on a hot August day. We dropped in for lunch on the spur of the moment and were surprised to get a table after only a fifteen minute wait. It's housed in a charming 19th century cottage that's been decorated in cheerful colors.
Owner/chef Susan Spicer is deservedly famous for her innovative cuisine, which incorporates ethnic influences from countries around the world.
Reservations are recommended.
Favorite Dish: The cream of garlic soup at Bayona is possibly the best soup I've ever eaten. (The air conditioning there is cranked up high enough so that you don't mind eating soup even on a hot summer day!) As I remarked regretfully to the waiter as he came to clear the table, "I thought it might be gauche to lick the bowl."
The price below is what we paid for lunch. Dinner will run about $30 per person and is more formal.
Bayona: Susan Spicer knows comfort food
This is local cooking with an elegant flair. Susan Spicer is the chef at this restaurant and she´s got quite a reputation in NOLA. Now I know why.
I ate at Bayona on my last trip home and I haven´t eaten that well in ages. First of all, the restaurant is a bit upscale yet cozy and relaxed. The service was excellent and everything that my friend and I had was divine.
Neither my friend nor I like to drink wine. The high sugar content gives us a headache. So, I can´t comment on that.
Favorite Dish: I had scallops with a sweet potato puree under the scallops and some crunchy onions to top everything off. Maybe there were more ingredients that I just can´t remember but this was so good it put all of those trendy experimental restaurants to shame.
Bayona: Susan Spicer's Original Restaurant
A cozy little Creole cottage with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Wonderful date place.
Favorite Dish: My choices for the evening were the grilled shrimp with black bean cake & coriander sauce, the veal medallions with wild mushrooms in a marsala sauce with leek mashed potatoes, and the cheese selection (Humboldt Fog, manchego and Stilton). Both the appetizer & entree were real winners!
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Bayona: Pricey, but worth it.
This is a great restaurant tucked away on a relatively quiet street in the French Quarter. I walked by early on in my trip and read the menu posted outside and decided that dinner was out of my price range. Come for lunch and you'll get more bang for your buck. A lot of locals told me to come here as did my sister and her husband who honeymooned here a few years back. There is a beautiful courtyard and a couple different rooms inside (it's in an historic Creole cottage house) featuring different Italian and Mediterranean artworks and soft colored walls.
Favorite Dish: I had a mixed greens salad that had flower petals on top and a great balsamic-based dressing. For the main course, I had a papardelle (wide pasta) and rabbit confit with a great French red wine. Dessert was a port wine based sorbet. Susan Spicer is the restaurant's owner and chef and my waitress told me that she was trained in Paris, New York and California, so you can expect an eclectic mix of foods and wines. You'll find heavy Medieterranean influences as well as Asian and other tastes.
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