Those of you hoping to grab a fancy cocktail or sit down for dinner during French Quarter Fest may be able to claim a seat at the Kingfish, now softly open on Chartres and Conti. The restaurant hasn't announced their Grand Opening, but Eater has verified that they are in fact open to the public for dinner as of last week.
The bar is run by legendary barkeep Chris McMillian, so expect impeccable classic libations and service. The kitchen is headed by former Gabrielle owner/chef Greg Sonnier, whose menu is packed with Cajun and Creole/Louisiana classics on crack and cracklins? there's even a Cajun-injected "junky chick."
Price points actually defy the normally astronomical French Quarter gouging (save for the $30 duck/ramen entree, though it's topped with duck cracklins, y'all). The menu is divided into 'Lil and Big Eats, from a smoked rabbit gumbo to a seafood cassoulet with gator sausage and a cheese crust. This menu is so down home, and if you want to take a trip down the muddy river in a sweet potato waffle pirogue filled with barbecue shrimp (Shrimp Gaufre), you can do that too.
Kingfish, 337 Chartres Street
Phone: (504) 598-5005
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:00 to 11 p.m. Sunday 5 to 10 p.m.
Kingfish staff on opening night [Photo: Facebook]