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Garden District's Best Lunch: Michael Stoltzfus opened Coquette in 2008, a garden district favorite known for his creative seasonal Southern-influenced cuisine. Located in the heart of Magazine Street shopping, Coquette offers a three course/$30 lunch option in a lovely setting, a two-story 19th century building with dining rooms on two floors and a cozy 14-seat bar. If you aren't hungry enough for three courses, there are always options to share, like fried chicken dusted with hot paprika and drizzled with honey or hangar steak with pimento cheese and slaw. Or start with options like rice in duck broth with shiitake mushrooms or coffee cured cobia, move on to crawfish agnolotti or beef brisket sausage with crab roe aioli. Save room for sweets - pastry chef Zak Miller is a dessert alchemist.

Dessert: Opened by chef Mike Stoltzfus and his wife Lillian Hubbard in December 2008, Coquette is a Garden District stunner, from its gleaming floors and crisp linens to its architectural details and warm exposed brick walls. Chef Stoltzfus proffers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product and pastry chef Zak Miller does the same, with an emphasis on unexpected twists that elevate dessert into something ethereal. He uses seasonal fruit, fresh herbs and surprising flavors like smoke and heat to bring something special to the table. Whether he's concocting a satsuma creamsicle float or a chocolate cremeaux spiked with salted caramel and the tang of beer, guaranteed you won't skip dessert.

Garden District's Best Brunch: Opened by chef Mike Stoltzfus and his wife Lillian Hubbard in December 2008, Coquette is a Garden District stunner, from its gleaming floors and crisp linens to its architectural details and warm exposed brick walls. Chef Stoltzfus proffers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product and pastry chef Zak Miller does the same, with an emphasis on unexpected twists that elevate dessert into something ethereal. He uses seasonal fruit, fresh herbs and surprising flavors like smoke and heat to bring something special to the table. Whether he's concocting a satsuma creamsicle float or a chocolate cremeaux spiked with salted caramel and the tang of beer, guaranteed you won't skip dessert. �le flottante

Romantic Dining: Opened by chef Mike Stoltzfus and his wife Lillian Hubbard in December 2008, Coquette is a Garden District stunner, from its gleaming floors and crisp linens to its architectural details and warm exposed brick walls. The Garden District building was built in the late 1880's and has been among other things a residence, grocery store, auto parts store and several restaurants. Chef Stoltzfus, who honed his craft as sous chef at Restaurant August, proffers innovative southern cuisine with an emphasis on locally sourced product. The three course, $23 lunch is a great deal. A few not to miss dishes include the housemade charcuterie plate and striped bass served with kohlrabi abd kumquat in a clam broth spiked with jalapen.o.

Beignets: Open on Magazine in the Garden District since 2008, Coquette is known for its innovative take on modern Southern fare. Pastry chef Zak Miller, who prefers no more than three elements on a plate to keep the focus on fresh ingredients, plays around with all kinds of flavors in the beignet package. With a bit more heft to them than the typical airy pillow from Cafe du Monde, Miller's current fave is a rich carrot cake beignet with a silky cream cheese bavarian, a drizzle of Pedro Ximénez sherry and pecans. You're in the heart of the shopping district for before or after lunch browsing.

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Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:

Garden District's Best Lunch: "Lunch is only served from 11:30 to 2:30, this isn't a place for mid afternoon nibbling."

Dessert: "Don't miss the floating islands, île flottante, which is like eating clouds."

Garden District's Best Brunch: "Don't miss the floating islands, le flottante, which is like eating clouds."

Romantic Dining: "Try the five-course "blind tasting" menu for $70, a bargain fine dining experience improved by a $30 wine pairing."

Beignets: "Nothing traditional about these beignets - which is why they are such a delight."

Best for Garden District's Best Lunch Because: Coquette's $30 three course lunch menu is a real treat.

Best for Dessert Because: Pastry chef Zak Miller brings a modern edge to classic French meets Southern desserts.

Best for Garden District's Best Brunch Because: Gorgeously composed food is a signature of the kitchen and the three course, $30 brunch is a great deal.

Best for Romantic Dining Because: Exposed brick and glowing chandeliers set the mood for a romantic evening at Coquette.

Best for Beignets Because: Coquette is one of the best spots to eat on Magazine Street, with creative beignets sweetening the deal.

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