Esquire just released their annual Best New Restaurants issue and New Orleans' own Sobou is on the list. Food and Travel Correspondent John Mariani, who has "eaten his way across the country for nearly three decades," believes the French Quarter Creole saloon from the Commander's Palace team is part of a bold "ethnic food" trend that is one of the "five most exciting things in dining now."
Sobou opened in the old Bacco space over the summer with Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez running the kitchen (and consulting chef Tory McPhail) and turning out a sort of Puerto Rican-inflected Cajun-ish cuisine. Local bartending favorite, Lu Brow,is in charge of the cocktail program. This is what Mariani has to say about the restaurant:
For decades, restaurants run by the Brennan family of New Orleans have regularly made Esquire's list, and this year cousins Ti and Lally have returned to the French Quarter to open SoBou (South of Bourbon Street), where chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez brings "Creolized" bar food to a new level with creations like the blue-crab mousse, duck "debris" and butternut beignets napped.