Cafe Adelaide, the Commander’s Palace Family of Restaurants’ cafe that just closed in the Loews New Orleans Hotel, has been replaced by Poydras & Peters, an American brasserie with chef Thomas Hines helming the kitchen.
Hines, a New Orleans native, gained his cooking stripes working for the Brennan family of restaurants in New Orleans, the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City, Mesa Grill Bahamas, Viceroy Snowmass, and most recently Noyane at the Conrad Chicago.
“With Poydras & Peters, I’ve pushed creative boundaries by reimagining classic American dishes with the influence of several cultures, and use fresh, locally sourced ingredients to ensure every course tells a great story,” Hines said in a statement.
His menu includes tuna crudo with shiso and miso broth; a breakfast banh mi with eggs, pickled vegetables, daikon, Sriracha mayo, and sausage; a modern take on the panzanella with confit beet and Thai basil crème; a twist on the po-boy with scallops, white anchovy butter, and pickled vegetables; and a fried chicken steam bun with Asian slaw and citrus-yuzu aioli.
The restaurant’s name comes from both its location at the corner of Poydras and Peters as well as the 1830s-era Poydras Market, a public market once located across from Maylie’s restaurant (now Copper Vine wine pub) on Poydras Street.
Cafe Adelaide’s cocktail-centric Swizzle Stick Bar has been replaced with Bar Peters. It’s still serving cocktails, plus local beers, over 45 whiskeys, and flights of rum. Its signature drink is the “Sneakin’ Sally through the Alley” featuring two different kinds of Old New Orleans Rum.
The rum theme continues to the restaurant’s walls, which hang with original artwork on rotation by New Orleans artist and Old New Orleans Rum founder James Michalopoulos.
Cafe Adelaide celebrated the life of Adelaide Brennan, Ella Brennan’s lively sister who never descended her staircase before 3 p.m., wore perfume to bed each night, and whose idea of “casual” was no sequins, with easygoing interpretations of New Orleans cuisine served at tables decked out with colorful balloons in the Loews New Orleans Hotel for about 15 years. The party ended on August 24.
Poydras and Peters serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Bar Peters is open from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, and until midnight on weekends.
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