neon sculpture and neon art installations by artist Ehlenberger including modern and contemporary artwork, sconces and neon clocks
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Venusian Gardens

"the most unique venue in New Orleans"




Fauberg Marigny
(near Venusian Gardens)

French Quarter

Central Business District

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Immediate neighborhood of Venusian Gardens
(Fauberg Marigny)

Feelings Cafe
2600 Chartres
(504) 945-2222
Sun - Thurs: 6pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 6pm - 11pm
Lunch: Fri: 11am - 2pm
Brunch: Sun: 11am - 2pm

One of the most romantic restaurants in New Orleans, guests to Feelings Cafe enjoy their courtyard's intimacy with a brick patio sheltered by palms, banana trees, and high walls ... music from the Patio Lounge along one side serenades you as you sip cocktails and dine at the outdoor tables.
Dishes in the Clemenceau style bring an old, nearly forgotten local taste to the table, including shrimp, seafood and steak dishes.

2483 Royal Street
(504) 948-1666
Mon - Thurs: 10am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 10am - 11pm
The Café and Bar is a popular neighborhood gathering place for our local collection of artists, musicians, and let's just say "personalities", and offers authentic New Orleans comfort food, knock your socks off cocktails, and great people watching.

Flora's Cafe
2600 Royal Street
(504) 947-8358
Mon - Sun: 8am - 12pm
A great local coffee house, amateur poets sling their latest verses every Monday. Even the cafe's menu reflects a certain aesthetic: imported coffee, chai tea, fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and meat-free burritos. The cigarette machine dispenses only "additive-free" American Spirits.

Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St.
(504) 943-3934
Down-home cooking in the southern-Creole style is the forte of this rather quirky restaurant a couple of blocks from the French Quarter. The fried or stewed chicken, smothered pork chops, barbecue ribs, and collard greens are definitively done. And the soulful file gumbo, bread pudding, and sweet-potato pie are among the best in town. To all this add moderate prices, a congenial staff, and a neat-as-a-pin dining room. The adjacent sweetshop holds such delights as sweet-potato cookies and Creole pralines.

437 Esplanade Ave.
(504) 943-1912
closed monday
A lovely shaded garden and frequently superb food are among the assets of this bright, attractive restaurant near the Mississippi River. A bold floral design animates the soft gold of the dining room's walls. Owner-chef Peter Vazquez is a self-taught cook with a fertile imagination. Mussels are steeped to succulence in basil, scallions, and wine. A peppery Thai-style soup of crab and coconut is a marvelous marriage of elegance and fire. Roasted red snapper's freshness is underlined by a light application of tomato and pureed eggplant. Desserts are often strikingly original, as in a crème brûlee flanked by lemon madeleine cookies. Wines pair nicely with the food.

Mona's Cafe & Deli
504 Frenchmen St.
(504) 949-4115
Inside this rather bare and simple spot you'll find some of the best, basic eastern Mediterranean cooking. Cut open a ball of crunchy fried kibbee and the reward is superbly seasoned beef and lamb. Tabouleh, with lots of parsley and mint flecks, is more than just seasoned bulghur wheat. The gyro sandwiches are meaty and flavorful, too. The laid-back service is friendly and efficient.

900 Frenchmen
(504) 813-8881
The closest sushi and japanese food to the Venusian Gardens, this restaurant provides excellent cuisine and service.

more coming!

French Quarter

Antoine's Restaurant
713 St Louis Street
(504) 581-4422
Mon - Sat, closed Sunday
Lunch: 11:30 AM through 2:00 PM
Dinner: 5:30 PM through 9:30 PM
Opening in 1868, Antoine's is one of the oldest and most famous restaurants in the country. Known for classic French and Creole cuisine, the quality and service here is all top rate.

Crescent City Brew House
527 Decatur Street
(504) 522-0571
Mon - Sun: 10am - 11pm
The Crescent City Brewhouse is the only French Quarter microbrewery serving world-class beer brewed in small quantities according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. No stabilizers or chemicals are used. The atmosphere at the Crescent City Brewhouse is warm, relaxed and festive with LIVE JAZZ performed nightly by local musicians ... and monthly exhibits of local art to compliment your total Brewhouse experience! The restaurant serves its own unique combination of traditional Louisiana ingredients and recipes with a modern flair.

Bella Luna
914 North Peters
French Market, near Decatur and Dumaine Sts.
(504) 529-1583

open 7 days: No lunch
If luxurious surroundings and a knockout view of the Mississippi River are high on your list of priorities, this elegant restaurant in the French Market complex should fill the bill. Handsome French-style windows line one wall in the plush main dining room, providing views of the riverbank and the ships and excursion boats gliding by. The kitchen takes an eclectic contemporary approach, although the strongest accent is Italian. Good bets are the pastas, especially penne with roasted eggplant, Gorgonzola, peppers, and fried herbs in Fontina sauce; grilled salmon topped with buttery shrimp, and fork-tender osso buco served with fresh-tasting vegetables. Reservations essential.

Croissant d'Or
617 Ursulines St.
(504) 524-4663

open 7 days: 7am - 5pm
Closed the week after July 4th
Locals compete with visitors for a table in this colorful, pristine pastry shop, which serves excellent and authentic French croissants, pies, tarts, and custards, as well as an imaginative selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Wash them down with real French breakfast coffee, cappuccino, or espresso. In good weather, the cheerful courtyard, with its quietly gurgling fountain, is the place to sit. A filling lunch can be had for less than $10.

430 Dauphine St.
(504) 525-4455
Closed Sunday
"New World" is the label chef Susan Spicer applies to her cooking style, which results in such creations as turnovers filled with spicy crawfish tails; a bisque of corn, leeks, and chicken; or fresh salmon fillet in white-wine sauce with sauerkraut. These and other imaginative dishes are served in an early 19th-century Creole cottage. Reservations essential.

Central Business District (CBD)

823 Fulton St.
(504) 581-7253

open 7 days: sun - thurs 10pm, Fri & Sat 11pm
An excellent Japanese and Sushi Restaurant, this restaurant also displays many of Ehlenberger's sculptures, setting a festive ambiance to enjoy the fine cuisine. A fine selection of sake is available as well.

301 Tchoupitoulas St.
(504) 299-9777

Closed Sunday. No lunch Saturday.
If the Gilded Age is long gone, someone forgot to tell the folks at August, whose main dining room shimmers with masses of chandelier prisms, thick brocade fabrics and glossy woods. The formalities are toned down considerably in the service, however, and chef John Besh's dazzling, modern technique informs every plate. Roasted pheasant and prime beef could hardly be improved on, tiny soft-shelled crabs crackle with sea flavors, and lumps of backfin crabmeat and pillows of springy gnocchi glisten in truffle oil. The sommelier is ready to confer with you on the hefty, but surprisingly affordable, wine list.

Lemon Grass Cafe
217 Camp St.
International House
(504) 523-1200

No lunch weekend
What draws the regulars here are the aromatic and spicy flavors of Vietnamese cuisine, specifically that of Saigon, with occasional French influences and lots of eye appeal. The dining room is another visual feast, a soothing, contemporary blend of rice-paper screens, pale walls, and simple yet striking patterns. Try crisp spring rolls filled with minced chicken, jicama root, wood-ear mushrooms, carrot, and onion; juicy soft-shell crab, roasted in a light salt-and-pepper crust; beautifully seared fish, and thin slices of duck breast escorted by sticky rice. Desserts are surprisingly imaginative for an Asian restaurant, with choices in styles from Asian to European.

more coming!

Venusian Gardens

2601 Chartres Street
New Orleans, La 70117

(504) 943-7446
fax: (504) 948-3113


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