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LA THAI

Re­sem­bling a swank Thai palace in shades of turquoise and gold, this gor­geous space is the per­fect set­ting for chef Diana Chau­vin Galle’s mod­ern and tra­di­tional Thai food. Do not miss “Mama’s Stuffed Chicken Wings,” the city’s best hot-and-sour soup and the “Crispy Pulled Duck Con­fit Cubes.” The bar­be­cue shrimp with Thai fla­vors puts a new twist on a lo­cal clas­sic with Louisiana shrimp swim­ming in a fin­ger-lick­ing but­ter sauce scented with ginger and lemon­grass. 4938 Pry­ta­nia St., 504.899.8886

BROWN BUT­TER

This tucked-away Mid-City gem of­fers a $20 three-course lunch on Fri­days (start with crispy, charred Brus­sels sprouts dusted gen­er­ously with fat salt crys­tals and lemon) and brunch both week­end days (go for the house-smoked sal­mon and home­made Boursin on grilled cia­batta). At din­ner, it’s all about drag­ging pork through the gar­den with meaty, bone-in ribs, mar­i­nated cu­cum­bers, mint and pork jus. 231 N. Car­roll­ton Ave., 504.609.3871

ALTAMURA

An an­te­bel­lum man­sion with Mid-Cen­tury mod­ern dé­cor and north­east­ern Amer­i­can Ital­ian food? Yes, and the com­bi­na­tion is molto bene. Chef Cole­man Jerni­gan earns raves for retro dishes like clams casino, airy gnudi (ri­cotta gnoc­chi), killer pasta put­tanesca and fork-ten­der osso bucco. The New Or­leans nod: a gor­geous Gulf shrimp parme­san with bright and tangy house mari­nara and fresh moz­zarella. Save room for dessert; the zep­pole seal the deal. 2127 Pry­ta­nia St., 504.265.8101

Brown But­ter

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