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Bon Ton Cafe

401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA - (504) 524-3386
Posted By Andrew Mook on 3/19/2007 9:46:00 AM
I've never been so disappointed by a N.O. restaurant. While I'd visited N.O. several times and had dozens of meals, I hadn't eaten at the Bon Ton Cafe before despite its reputation. Now I don't know what to say; tell me this is a post-Katrina aberration, like they couldn't find a chef.

My expectations were dashed. Strangely, our waitress warned us off some choices. The food arrived lukewarm after a long wait. It was also unspiced and resting in a pool of grease. Even the "famous" bread pudding was soggy, lackluster and generally tasteless.

I didn't want to write such a review. We've had many fine to nearly heavenly meals in N.O. This must not be "normal." All that reputation and pricing as a fine dining experience shouldn't produce this worst meal we've ever had in N.O. Ambiance, presentation and service was certainly OK. Relatively speaking, the food was a disaster.

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Red Fish Bon Ton, one of the house specialties, is an extravaganza of redfish, crabmeat, onion rings, and lots and lots of butter.  Fantastic!
"Red Fish Bon Ton, one of the house specialties, is an extravaganza of redfish, crabmeat, onion rings, and lots and lots of butter. Fantastic!"
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Bon Ton serves the booziest bread pudding in town.  It's one of the best, too.
"Bon Ton serves the booziest bread pudding in town. It's one of the best, too."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Eggplant combines with seafood beautifully in this etouffee of crab and shrimp.
"Eggplant combines with seafood beautifully in this etouffee of crab and shrimp."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Sirloin tips in a rich red wine sauce tempted us on Ash Wednesday. We decided they were worth going to hell for.
"Sirloin tips in a rich red wine sauce tempted us on Ash Wednesday. We decided they were worth going to hell for."
Elise


Underneath the onion rings, you can see heaps of crab meat.  The succulent redfish is below that.
"Underneath the onion rings, you can see heaps of crab meat. The succulent redfish is below that."
Michael Stern


One of Bon Ton Cafe's friendly waitresses poses with a loaded tray of delicacies.
"One of Bon Ton Cafe's friendly waitresses poses with a loaded tray of delicacies."
Elise


An eating landmark, Bon Ton Cafe is a humble building on old Magazine Street, not far from the French Quarter.
"An eating landmark, Bon Ton Cafe is a humble building on old Magazine Street, not far from the French Quarter."
Michael Stern


Outside of the Bon Ton (and all over the French Quarter, too) are gas lanterns.
"Outside of the Bon Ton (and all over the French Quarter, too) are gas lanterns."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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