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Coquette Bistro and Wine Bar is owned by Chef Michael Stolzfus and Lillian Hubbard. They opened shop in December 2008 on the corner of Washington Avenue and Magazine Street in New Orleans. Coquette features a two-story dining room and a fourteen-seat bar in the Garden District building which was built in the late 1800’s and used to be a grocery stores, residence, auto parts store and other restaurants, among other things.
The restaurant serves American cuisine, with their menu changing on a daily basis depending on the available seasonal products which ensures the freshness of the food that they serve. They are open to serve dinner the whole week from 5:30 in the afternoon until 10:00 in the evening. Lunch is available every Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11:30 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon. The dining room located at the second floor, with a seating capacity of fifty, is sometimes used as a function room for private gatherings, parties or meetings.
Their menu includes three-course lunches with options like Salad of Local Greens, Mississippi Lamb Pâté or Turnip Soup for appetizer, Black Drum, Duck Confit or Pork Belly Lettuce Wraps for main course and Sweet Potato Tart or Chocolate Cake for dessert. They also have a la carte starters like Market Vegetable Salad, Warm Octopus Salad, Fried Oysters and Gulf Shrimp. The main course menu can include Cochon de Lait, Steak Frites, Chicken Breast, Shrimp and Grits and Sea Scallops.
Coquette’s dinner menu has more variety compared to the lunch menu. They offer seven kinds of appetizers, six main courses, five kinds of side dishes and seven choices for dessert. The list of food in the dinner menu is also different from the ones on the lunch menu. These, however, may vary as they do change their menu daily as mentioned earlier.
The place is normally packed so it would be best if you call in a reservation to make sure you get seated once you get there. But even if you don’t, chances are you would be able to get at a table at minimum waiting time. While in line, you can already place your order and you will find your food coming out a few moments after you are seated.
Most people took notice of the bread they serve prior to dinner. The warm loaf of bread which they make on their own is seasoned with sea-salt and creamy butter, and their house-made ciabatta is tasty as well.
Another famous mark of Croquette is their Wednesday’s happy-hour which in fact lasts the whole day through unlike other bars. They serve $5 glasses of wine every Wednesday and any of their specialty cocktails every Thursdays at $5 a glass as well. So people do not just flock over Croquette to eat, they also drop by to unwind after a very busy day at work, or tourists cap off their very busy day of touring with inexpensive drinks. The staff is also awesome making sure that customers are all satisfied with their food and service.
2800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Telephone: (504) 265-0421