Tonight (Tuesday, September 2) James Beard-winner John Besh’s New Orleans Brasserie Lüke reopens after Hurricane Gustav. Quite a turn-around. It’s the first of Besh’s four restaurants to turn the lights back on, and it’s a good sign for the city post-storm.
Doors open at 5 PM, no reservations are necessary, and guests are invited to walk in at their leisure. The menu will be limited, but shall include some of Lüke’s signature dishes – Lüke Burger with Allen Benton’s Bacon; Carmelized Onions and Emmenthaler Cheese; Pressed Sandwich of Whole Roast “Cochon de Lait” with Cherry Mustard; and Croque Monsieur Croque Madame et Frites with Emmenthaler Cheese.
Also, try the French "75" cocktail. A friend described it as "like kissing a ruddy-faced, blonde-haired boy on the beach." I’ll take her word on that one, but i tried it. Perfect summer drink.