Lüke (New Orleans, LA, USA)

When I first arrived in New Orleans, I consulted Yelp to find a Cajun restaurant where parking was not only safe, but wasn't a nightmare.  This is when  I found Lüke, located inside the Hilton on St. Charles Avenue.  John Besh, who is the chef behind Domenica and Soda Shop in New Orleans, is the culinary brainchild behind Lüke.

My first meal here was for dinner, where me and family started with the Boudin Louisianne (9.5), which was boudin served with cracklins and spicy cabbage.  I had never had boudin before in my life until then, so I have nothing to gauge its authenticity.  All I can say is, I enjoyed it!  The spicy cabbage lacked a bit of flavor except for the spiciness, but the it did compliment the boudin.  The boudin is definitely a dish to be split between several people, as it can get a bit heavy, but the cracklins really were a plus!

We also got the Jumbo Louisiana Shrimp "en cocotte" (22), which was roasted jalapeno cheese grits, andouille & green onion sausages all in a cast-iron skillet.  The jalapeno cheese grits ended up being my favorite part of any dish that night!  The jalapeno was just enough to flavor the melted, slightly burnt cheese on top of the grits.  And I didn't think I liked grits before this - but beware, it's oily!  The andouille sausage was also good, but unfortunately, the shrimp didn't taste very fresh.

We also had the Seafood Gumbo a la Creole (8), which was tasty, but in my opinion, not all that unforgettable for one reason or another.  It wasn't the spectacular gumbo I was hoping it would be, but it was still flavorful, though a little too salty for my taste.
Boudin Louisianne
Seafood Gumbo
Jumbo Louisiana Shrimp "en cocotte"
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I was told by one of the friendly staff that they have a happy hour with 50 cent oysters and half off drinks, so sure enough, I returned with a couple of friends.  The bar is quite the wait (reservations are recommended), but it's totally worth it!  The oysters are ginormous, they're fresh, and cleaned out well by the extremely friendly guys behind the counter.  I had the St. Charles Streetcar, which was nice and refreshing.  The Riverbend was also refreshing, but a bit sweeter and fruitier.  Needless to say, we had an awesome time, and completely recommend this to everyone (who eats seafood/oysters).

Price: varies | $$-$$$
Rating: 4/5, 4.5/5 for happy hour

Tip: Sit at the bar for better service and bigger oysters!

Lüke (Website)
333 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
#: (504) 378-2840
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