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May 21, 2007 01:32 PM

La Petite Grocery

Has anyone been to La Petite Grocery recently? I'm wondering how things have changed since the original chef left.

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  1. I went several weeks ago and it was mixed for me. The escargot was SO bland that I almost dreaded my main course. It was quite a relief when my bouillabaisse was beyond flavorful with the perfect amount of richness. Service was good but the wine list was HORRIBLE. Guess it just depends on what you get.

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    1. re: byH20grl

      Rebuilding wine lists post-K has been a big challenge for NOLA restaurants.

      1. re: Blumie

        I'm curious as to why that is. After all, its been 2 years now.

        1. re: Kingrover

          I can't say that I agree with Blumie. Maybe my tastes are not as sophisticated, but I have not seen a big change.

          1. re: Tonto

            Certainly much wine was lost in the storm, and I have not been to Petite, but I've seen very nice wine lists at Cuvee, Emerils, and Bayona, just to name a few. Even as a local, I have to agree that after two years, unless your standard is verticals of Margaux or Petrus, a good wine list is a reasonable fine-dining expectation.

            1. re: steveds

              I completely agree. it is a reasonable expectation to see a well-rounded wine list anywhere that entrees cost above $30. I don't want to see 50% of the wine list on the shelves at Sav-A-Center. Good wine is NOT hard to get at all.

    2. Give me a break. The wine reps are in every restaurant every day. There is no reason for any restauant to have an excuse for a bad wine list.

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      1. re: happy12

        They can and should have a decent wine list, but it's extremely difficult to have a list with the same depth as one that is built over a period of years.

      2. I went to La Petite at the end of April - the food was pretty good but the service was mediocre. If I were going to drop that kind of cash I'd spend it at Dante's, Marigny Brasserie or somewhere like that...