The 300 block of Chartres just got its second Huey P. Long-themed restaurant from swelling restaurant group, Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts (CCRC). The Governor Restaurant and Seafood Bar (301 Chartres Street) has swung open its doors only a one-minute walk from Kingfish (337 Chartres Street), for which CCRC used the populist politician’s nickname.
Serving “power brunch,” lunch, and dinner, many of the food and drink items have names that evoke government: the “party line” omelet, capital city potatoes, and Election Day red beans and rice (in this case, served with fried chicken and a hushpuppy), the ballot bloody Mary, and the landslide gin fizz, to name a few. Sandwiches fall under a category called “Uncle Sammies.”
There’s a robust “seafood assembly” menu with raw oysters and a choice of sauces, various baked oysters, crab claws, caviar and fried oyster-topped deviled eggs, as well as plenty of “Share the Wealth” small, splittable plates (named for Long’s proposed “Share the Wealth” plan, which would have prohibited anyone from making over a million a year.)
The interior is minimally designed with black and white tile on the floor, faux black marble on the counter tops, and a bright caricature of Long to drive home the point.
Eater was first tipped off about the new Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts spot 14 months ago, when SCNZ Architects, LLC filed construction documents with plans to turn the former bank and apartment building into a restaurant.
Located at the corner of Chartres and Bienville, the historic three-story, brick building was home to New Orleans’ first Charity Hospital and housed the Ursuline nuns.
Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week.
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- The Governor Restaurant and Seafood Bar [official website]
- Governor Restaurant Menu [official website]