If you’re looking for classic New Orleans Creole cooking in a bistro setting with attentive table service, Mr. B’s Bistro will be happy to seat you. Located on Royale Street in the French Quarter, this Brennan family restaurant really satisfies.
We stopped in for lunch on a Saturday and decided that a Blood Orange Margarita and Mr. B’s Orange Julius would whet our appetites.
We both opted for luncheon specials. The gumbo here is simple and uncomplicated. A server brings your gumbo in a heated stainless steel cup which they pour into the bowl at your table. I ordered the Gumbo Ya Ya, described as a “rich country style gumbo made with chicken and andouille sausage.” I loved the smoky flavor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Paul ordered the Seafood Gumbo with “Gulf shrimp, oysters, crabmeat and okra.” The fresh baked French bread brought to the table in a paper sleeve to keep it warm is perfect for tearing and sopping up the velvety gumbo broth. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Our next course, included the Mussels and Linguinne for Paul and the Crawfish Gnocchi for me. The Prince Edward Island mussels steamed in a Chardonnay, tomato, and herbed butter broth were served with toasted focaccia bread (divine when soaked in the broth). ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The “Louisiana crawfish tails in a roasted garlic brandy cream sautéed with housemade gnocchi” is a filling lunch. Reserve some French bread to sop up the creamy sauce from the bowl. It would be simply wrong to let that bowl leave the table before wiping it clean with Mr. B’s soft and crispy bread. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
The dessert offerings here are delicious, but we decided it was time to walk off some of our big lunch in the art galleries and antique shops on Royale down the street. A perfect afternoon.