Feb 13, 201409:51 AM
Haute Plates

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Meauxbar Bistro Closes Its Doors

Meauxbar says goodbye, plus more restaurant news.

Chef Matt Guidry making boudin.

Meauxbar Bistro closed last weekend. My last meal there was several months ago, when I took a client who'd flown in from Wisconsin. He loved it, as I knew he would. We had a table near the door; it was loud, and we had wonderful food and a great time.

Meauxbar was one of the first restaurants I covered for New Orleans Magazine. The picture that accompanies this piece was taken in March 2008, and I still remember pestering chef Guidry while I was taking the series of pictures of which that is one. He and his partner Jim Conte were gracious and patient with me. When I got to know them a little better, I realized it was their nature. I don't think I've met two more kind, calm and generous people. Jim, in particular.

I learned Meauxbar was closing from a piece Brett Anderson wrote, and when I read it, I thought his description of chef Guidry's cooking was apt. “Erudite,” he called it. I love words and I love food and I find the coincidence of the two delightful.

Guidry cooks some bad-ass French food with Cajun soul from the perspective of a man who'd spent some time in Thailand and came back smelling like kaffir lime, lemongrass and andouille. I'll miss Meauxbar for the food, the atmosphere and the company.

I haven't talked to Guidry or Conte, but I understand they're going to take some time to decide what they want to do next. They didn't close Meauxbar because of a lack of business; if they open another place tomorrow, I've got no doubt they'd keep it packed from day one. Hopefully that's what they'll do, eventually, and hopefully they'll do it here.

In other news, Cane & Table is opening for lunch starting this weekend. HEY HOWDY, HERE'S THE WORD: 

The restaurant will begin to offer lunch this Saturday, February 15th and will be ongoing, every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., followed by Happy Hour from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. and then regular dinner service from 5:00 p.m. on.

Personally, I'd be happier if they were open for lunch during the week, but I'm old, I have kids and I work downtown. Your mileage may vary. I'm not sure when I'll get to sample Cane & Table's lunch menu, but when I do, I'll try to report on it. I mean, I'm pretty sure that if I eat at Cane & Table, I'll be able to report on it, even if the report is just, “I ate at Cane & Table.” That's not what I mean, really. What I mean is that I'll try to assess the food and drink. But I guess you probably knew that already. So... Yeah.
 

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Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived here his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.

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