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Compère Lapin

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Lunch, Brunch: Compere Lapin (pronounced kom-pare la-pan) means "brother rabbit," a reference to a mischievous rabbit featured in the Caribbean folk tales chef Nina Compton read as a kid. Drawing on the story's themes of exploration and play, Compton designed a restaurant that features a mix of inventive flavors drawn from the New Orleans table, Compton's Caribbean roots, her French culinary training and deep experience with Italian cuisine. After even just a few bites, it's not hard to conjure Compere Lapin's island roots. Small plates, which pair insanely well with the bold drinks program designed by beverage director Ricky Gomez, include the likes of conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce and roasted jerk corn with a citrus aioli. Flavors are exotic, tropical and tinged with just the right amount of heat. Brunch dishes including bruleed grapefruit, coconut French toast and goat Bolognese over cavatelli are delish.

Best Restaurants: Compere Lapin (pronounced kom-pare la-pan) means "brother rabbit," a reference to a mischievous rabbit featured in the Caribbean folk tales chef Nina Compton read as a kid. Drawing on the story's themes of exploration and play, Compton designed a restaurant that features a mix of inventive flavors drawn from the New Orleans table, Compton's Caribbean roots, her French culinary training and deep experience with Italian cuisine. After even just a few bites, it's not hard to conjure Compere Lapin's island roots. Small plates, which pair insanely well with the bold drinks program designed by beverage director Ricky Gomez, include the likes of conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce and roasted jerk corn with a citrus aioli. Flavors are exotic, tropical and tinged with just the right amount of heat. She's up for a James Beard Award this year.


Address

535 Tchoupitoulas St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Map / Directions
(504) 599-2119

Expert Tips by Beth D'Addono

New Orleans Local Expert

Lunch, Best Restaurants: "Ask about the unlimited Pimm's Cups available during weekend brunch."

Brunch: "Ask about the bottomless brunch punch available during weekend brunch."

Best for Lunch Because: Global flavors and a lively bar scene add up to a terrific CBD lunch.

Best for Brunch Because: A fun mix of sweet and savory makes this brunch menu especially satisfying.

Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: She may not have won Top Chef New Orleans, but that didn't stop Nina Compton from moving here and opening her own restaurant.

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