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Garden District's Best Lunch: Chef Justin Devillier and his wife/partner Mia Freiberger-Devillier operate this refined lunch and dinner restaurant that turns any meal into a special occasion. With its Magazine Street setting, La Petite makes an ideal lunch break if you're not down with fried food and po-boys. Chef's blue crab beignets are a fabulous savory treatment of the New Orleans specialty, but all the apps are tempting, including fried green tomatoes with burrata and country ham. There's rarely a wait for lunch, but if you must, do grab a drink from their innovative cocktail menu and soak in the historic ambiance of this sweet and beckoning restaurant.

Dessert: Pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt creates poetry on a plate. Whether that has anything to do with her degree in English from Tulane or not, her lyrical desserts spin quite a tale. Wyatt came back to New Orleans in 2011 to develop the pastry program at La Petite Grocery, and now also oversees pastry at chef/owner Justin Devillier's second restaurant, Balise. Wyatt's desserts are informed by her Southern heritage and her adoration of all things seasonal. The seamless balance of sweet and savory can be found in her grilled vanilla bean panna cotta with satsuma sorbet and pistachio brittle and her grilled Alabama peach with mayhaw sauce harnesses the tart, fruity flavor of the berries that grow wild in the Louisiana swamps.

French: La Petite Grocery leaves the sugary powdered beignets to the Cafe du Mondes of the world, taking its own approach to the beignet. La Petite stuffs their doughy morsels with blue crab and tops them with a savory roumalade. These are a must order appetizer when you visit La Petite Grocery for lunch, dinner or brunch. Positioned on Magazine Street, La Petite is often void of the long wait times associated with other popular local restaurants. If you do find yourself waiting a little bit, you can grab a drink from their innovative cocktail menu and soak in the historic decor of the property.

Beignets: La Petite Grocery leaves the sugary powdered beignets to the Cafe du Mondes of the world, taking its own approach to the beignet. La Petite stuffs their doughy morsels with blue crab and serves them with a tangy malt vinegar aioli. These are a must order appetizer when you visit this popular Magazine Street eatery for lunch, dinner or brunch. Chef/owner Justin Devillier, a California native who moved to New Orleans in 2003, is known for his creative approach to all kinds of local culinary customs, including a spin on bread pudding that pairs it with black truffle jus and the introduction of local turtle meat to an outstanding Bolognese.

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Local Expert Beth D'Addono Says:

Garden District's Best Lunch: "La Petite Grocery is named after the specialty grocery store that was opened on site in the late 1800s."

Dessert: "La Petite Grocery is named after specialty grocery store that occupied the building in the early 1900s."

French, Beignets: "La Petite Grocery is named after the business that used to exist on the property; a specialty grocery store."

Best for Garden District's Best Lunch Because: La Petite Grocery is a lovely setting for an upscale lunch.

Best for Dessert Because: Chef/owner Justin Devillier is known for innovation, and pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt is cut from the same cloth.

Best for French Because: La Petite Grocery head chef Justin Deviller was recently up for the James Beard "Best Chef-South" award.

Best for Beignets Because: Chef Justin Devillier is a creative culinary force to be reckoned with in New Orleans

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