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A Dozen Places to Eat Rabbit in New Orleans

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Feeling like celebrating Easter in a slightly more sinister way? The Easter bunny and his candy-filled basket is one way — chowing down on rabbit is certainly another.

Here are 12 places around the city with rabbit on the menu — from deep-fried to braised —and many, many dishes in between.

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As always, this list is arranged by geography, not ranking.

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OXLOT 9

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This Northshore charmer located in the boutique Southern Hotel is certainly worth the drive for anything on the menu and the paired-down, upscale ambiance. Plus, there are two bunny dishes on the menu. On the small plates side, there’s a ragú of Mississippi rabbit with a goat cheese polenta cake, pickled peppers, and braising jus. On the big plate side, there’s a fried, stuffed rabbit with tasso, mozz, sweet potato hash, and Creole mustard vinaigrette for $33. The rabbit dishes are limited to the dinner menu, but there are a few Easter brunch (sans rabbit) reservations left.

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Toups Meatery

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Of course a restaurant that refers to itself as a “meatery” has rabbit on the menu. And leave it to Isaac Toups to make that menu item rabbit livers. The forest friend’s tiny liver get fried and served with brown butter and thyme spätzle, mushrooms, and caramelized onions. It’s available on the dinner menu for $18.

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Paladar 511

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Paladar 511 is a stylish Marigny restaurant with West Coast roots. The interior has lots of exposed brick, soaring ceilings, an open kitchen, and magnificent windows. For dinner, Paladar 511 serves braised rabbit with sweet potato gnocchi and fried Brussels sprouts for $22.

Bywater American Bistro

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This warm, industrial-chic restaurant in the Bywater serves curried rabbit with jasmine rice, pecans, and cilantro for $26. It’s nearly booked for Easter brunch/lunch, but plenty of dinner reservations remain open. Grab a cozy, forest green banquette or ask to sit around the bar with a view of the Caribbean-blue, tiled open kitchen and the chefs at work.

Coop's Place

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If there’s a dish this cozy dive is known for, it’s the rabbit and pork sausage jambalaya. Order it as a cup (less than $6), a bowl, “supreme” (with shrimp and smoky tasso), or as a side to the fried chicken. Some people complain about the sassy service and the mediocre cocktails, but all that can be avoided if you stay off your phone at the table, generally behave politely, and just order a damn beer. It’s usually open from 11 a.m. until around midnight. 21 and up only.

Fried chicken, cole slaw, and rabbit jambalaya
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Brennan's

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A rabbit-filled brunch (or lunch, pick your poison) is guaranteed at the iconic pink restaurant on Royal Street with a rabbit dish so sumptuous it’s named after its James Beard-nominated executive chef, Slade Rushing. Rabbit Rushing means fried rabbit with creamed collards, eggs, and pickled pork jus. Be sure to enjoy the brunch cocktails.

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Jacques-Imo's

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Jacques-Imo’s, the rowdy and playful heart of Oak Street, serves two rabbit dishes. The app version is fried rabbit tenderloin with Creole mustard sauce for $8.95. For an entrée, there’s the panéed rabbit with shrimp and tasso pasta $30.95. The restaurant is not open on Sundays. No reservations for parties under 5.

Brigtsen's Restaurant

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Eat rabbit for an appetizer and an entree at this quaint and lauded Riverbend gem, Brigtsen’s. Start with the rabbit tenderloin with an andouille and parmesan grits cake, spinach, and Creole mustard sauce. If that doesn’t satisfy the craving, opt for the (very similar) rabbit entree: sesame-crusted, panéed rabbit with spinach and Creole mustard sauce. The app is $15 and the entree is $28. One note: The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so Easter dining is off the table.

Cochon Restaurant

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This Cajun darling from Donald Link serves its hearty rabbit and dumplings as an entree in a cast iron pan straight out of a wood-burning oven for $23. There’s plenty more on the menu that’s very good, especially the roasted oysters. It’s open for normal business hours on Easter from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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La Petite Grocery

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Justin Devillier’s chic neighborhood bistro (one of the best restaurants in America) serves its panéed rabbit with spätzle, wilted greens, turnip purée, and sauce grenobloise (browned butter, capers, parsley, and lemon). It’s available for brunch, lunch, or dinner for around $27. It’s too late for an Easter brunch res, but there are a few Easter dinner spots still open.

You’ll have to stop by Frenchified Patois at brunch to eat its rabbit dish — a fried rabbit sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit, complete with a poached egg and Italian sausage white gravy. With plenty of natural light streaming in through the large windows of this Uptown neighborhood jewel, brunch is one of the best times to visit anyway.

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Coquette

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One of Eater New Orleans’ 38 Essential Restaurants, the James Beard-nominated chefs at the smart, wood-clad corner bistro serve up a rabbit board at dinner. It includes rabbit pâté, rabbit liver mousse, rabbit rillettes, and rye bread for $15. That’s rabbit three ways, folks.

OXLOT 9

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This Northshore charmer located in the boutique Southern Hotel is certainly worth the drive for anything on the menu and the paired-down, upscale ambiance. Plus, there are two bunny dishes on the menu. On the small plates side, there’s a ragú of Mississippi rabbit with a goat cheese polenta cake, pickled peppers, and braising jus. On the big plate side, there’s a fried, stuffed rabbit with tasso, mozz, sweet potato hash, and Creole mustard vinaigrette for $33. The rabbit dishes are limited to the dinner menu, but there are a few Easter brunch (sans rabbit) reservations left.

Josh Brasted

Toups Meatery

Fried livers and spätzle
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Of course a restaurant that refers to itself as a “meatery” has rabbit on the menu. And leave it to Isaac Toups to make that menu item rabbit livers. The forest friend’s tiny liver get fried and served with brown butter and thyme spätzle, mushrooms, and caramelized onions. It’s available on the dinner menu for $18.

Fried livers and spätzle
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Paladar 511

Paladar 511 is a stylish Marigny restaurant with West Coast roots. The interior has lots of exposed brick, soaring ceilings, an open kitchen, and magnificent windows. For dinner, Paladar 511 serves braised rabbit with sweet potato gnocchi and fried Brussels sprouts for $22.

Bywater American Bistro

This warm, industrial-chic restaurant in the Bywater serves curried rabbit with jasmine rice, pecans, and cilantro for $26. It’s nearly booked for Easter brunch/lunch, but plenty of dinner reservations remain open. Grab a cozy, forest green banquette or ask to sit around the bar with a view of the Caribbean-blue, tiled open kitchen and the chefs at work.

Coop's Place

Fried chicken, cole slaw, and rabbit jambalaya
Yelp/ Latonia C.

If there’s a dish this cozy dive is known for, it’s the rabbit and pork sausage jambalaya. Order it as a cup (less than $6), a bowl, “supreme” (with shrimp and smoky tasso), or as a side to the fried chicken. Some people complain about the sassy service and the mediocre cocktails, but all that can be avoided if you stay off your phone at the table, generally behave politely, and just order a damn beer. It’s usually open from 11 a.m. until around midnight. 21 and up only.

Fried chicken, cole slaw, and rabbit jambalaya
Yelp/ Latonia C.

Brennan's

Rabbit Rushing
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A rabbit-filled brunch (or lunch, pick your poison) is guaranteed at the iconic pink restaurant on Royal Street with a rabbit dish so sumptuous it’s named after its James Beard-nominated executive chef, Slade Rushing. Rabbit Rushing means fried rabbit with creamed collards, eggs, and pickled pork jus. Be sure to enjoy the brunch cocktails.

Rabbit Rushing
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Jacques-Imo's

Jacques-Imo’s, the rowdy and playful heart of Oak Street, serves two rabbit dishes. The app version is fried rabbit tenderloin with Creole mustard sauce for $8.95. For an entrée, there’s the panéed rabbit with shrimp and tasso pasta $30.95. The restaurant is not open on Sundays. No reservations for parties under 5.

Brigtsen's Restaurant

Eat rabbit for an appetizer and an entree at this quaint and lauded Riverbend gem, Brigtsen’s. Start with the rabbit tenderloin with an andouille and parmesan grits cake, spinach, and Creole mustard sauce. If that doesn’t satisfy the craving, opt for the (very similar) rabbit entree: sesame-crusted, panéed rabbit with spinach and Creole mustard sauce. The app is $15 and the entree is $28. One note: The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so Easter dining is off the table.

Cochon Restaurant

Rabbit and dumplings
FACEBOOK/ Cochon

This Cajun darling from Donald Link serves its hearty rabbit and dumplings as an entree in a cast iron pan straight out of a wood-burning oven for $23. There’s plenty more on the menu that’s very good, especially the roasted oysters. It’s open for normal business hours on Easter from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rabbit and dumplings
FACEBOOK/ Cochon

La Petite Grocery

Justin Devillier’s chic neighborhood bistro (one of the best restaurants in America) serves its panéed rabbit with spätzle, wilted greens, turnip purée, and sauce grenobloise (browned butter, capers, parsley, and lemon). It’s available for brunch, lunch, or dinner for around $27. It’s too late for an Easter brunch res, but there are a few Easter dinner spots still open.

Patois

Fried MS breakfast sandwich at Patois
Yelp/Nash G.

You’ll have to stop by Frenchified Patois at brunch to eat its rabbit dish — a fried rabbit sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit, complete with a poached egg and Italian sausage white gravy. With plenty of natural light streaming in through the large windows of this Uptown neighborhood jewel, brunch is one of the best times to visit anyway.

Fried MS breakfast sandwich at Patois
Yelp/Nash G.

Coquette

One of Eater New Orleans’ 38 Essential Restaurants, the James Beard-nominated chefs at the smart, wood-clad corner bistro serve up a rabbit board at dinner. It includes rabbit pâté, rabbit liver mousse, rabbit rillettes, and rye bread for $15. That’s rabbit three ways, folks.

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