La Crêpe Nanou
Quick report on LCN: We went there last night after a Sippin at the Savvy (Gourmet) session. The place was hopping, but for a table for two it was a 30 minute wait.
The highlight was the cheese fondue: Gruyère, Emmenthaler, and Jarlsberg.
The low point was the crêpe special, coq au vin. It more like tender chicken with gravy.
The moules marinieres, large bowl of mussels, came in a bland broth, which did disappoint.
The ambiance was lovely, the service was very good. I look forward to going back for another fondue on these cold evenings and a good desert crêpe.
Oh, and it looks like they are serving the cheese from St. James cheese store, the new shop open on Prytania around the corner. In fact, the maître d' walked to the shop to call a table of four, which I thought was a nice show of local support for the new business.
Glad to hear LCN is bustling. It has been a very long time since I have been there since I moved away from NOLA in 2000, but it is a special, romantic place, one that my husband and I remember fondly because of the countless dates we had there. While the food is quite good, it was never in the league with places, say, like Brigtsen's, but very enjoyable and consistent nonetheless. Some crepes are better than others, but the mussels steamed in the cream-wine-shallot broth and served with pomme frittes were a favoirte of ours (I hope your experience with this dish the other night was just an aberation). Also, my husband always loved the sauteed sweetbreads, if you are into them. I also enjoyed the half of a roasted chicken with herbs and remember that it was always moist, juicy, and flavorful. I agree that the fondue was always well done, served with fruit and bread (and I don't know of another place in NOLA for fondue). We always ended our meal splitting a Crepe Lucille (I think that's the name) with bananas added--its the vanilla ice cream filled crepe with sliced strawberries, bananas, and chocolate sauce). Of course, this was my experience quite a while ago and it may be very different now, but I could not refrain from responding to this because of my very fine memories of LCN.