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Cuisine: American, Creole
Price Range: $$
The reopening of Cafe Sbisa, the century-old brasserie on Decatur Street, is big news on lots of fronts. Closed for a year during the pandemic, it reopened in March, a tribute to chef/co-owner Albert... Read More
The reopening of Cafe Sbisa, the century-old brasserie on Decatur Street, is big news on lots of fronts. Closed for a year during the pandemic, it reopened in March, a tribute to chef/co-owner Albert Singleton's grit and vision. The place is an atmospheric stunner, with original wood, intimate balcony and patio dining and a staircase that harks back to a golden age. Singleton, who worked his way up from busboy to chef until Katrina devastated the restaurant, is back in the kitchen, a partner with owner Craig Napoli, whose seafood business assures the freshest gulf catch on the seafood-centric menu. Outstanding French-Creole cuisine including the likes of blue crabcakes and an amazing turtle soup laced with sherry is served under the watchful eyes of a bawdy George Dureau mural - which somehow survived the mold that bloomed after the flood. Enjoy the likes of crawfish beignets, pasta jambalaya and barbecue shrimp on the second floor balcony overlooking the luscious bar. So happy this place made it through.
- Best for Creole Because: Chef Albert Singleton started as a bus boy and is now a chef/partner at Sbisa, leading one of the finest French Creole kitchens in town.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Cafe Sbisa is one of the few fine-dining restaurants in New Orleans with a Black chef at the helm as co-owner.