A new French and Southern spot has made its debut in the neighborhood. Called Laurel Oak, Southern Brasserie, the fresh addition is located at 535 Gravier St. in Central Business District.
Developed by chef Troy Guard and Magnolia Hotels, Southern Brasserie offers new twists on comfort food in a modern atmosphere, notes the business' website.
Expect a menu that features appetizers like burrata pimen, fried oysters and potato croquettes as well as main dishes like jerk spiced duck and Yukon Gold gnocchi with smoked tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, kale, pine nuts and parmesan. For dessert, try the blue corn cake with marscapone or coconut custard with roasted pineapple.
The fresh addition has garnered rave reviews thus far, with a five-star rating out of 11 reviews on Yelp.
Krista M., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Jan. 3, wrote, "Came here with my fiancé for a date night. ... We ordered the smoked redfish dip, steak tartare, and gumbo as appetizers. The redfish dip was my personal favorite—the salty and smoky flavors mixed well. The gumbo had a fantastic twist on the classic, with potato salad in lieu of rice."
Yelper Jason Y. shared, "The restaurant is open, warm, and most importantly, not pretentious. Potato croquettes [are] served with a creamy sauce that will remind you of the best onion dip you've ever had with a hit of caviar and chives. You're going to fight for the last bite!"
Laurel Oak, Southern Brasserie has yet to share its business hours online.
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