Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Magazine Street restaurant The Standard now open

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 at 5:56 PM

click to enlarge The Standard  serves lunch, brunch and dinner on Magazine Street. - HELEN FREUND
  • The Standard serves lunch, brunch and dinner on Magazine Street.

Whenever Lana Banks and Ali Wild would come into New Orleans for a weekend, they would eye a tiny shop on Magazine near Milan Street.

“We’d always walk by and think, ‘What a great spot for a restaurant,’” Banks says.

Banks and Wild own Across the Street, a Mexican restaurant in Atlanta, but since Wild hails from New Orleans, the pair often visit town. After settling into a home on nearby Marengo Street a few months ago, they opened The Standard (4206 Magazine St.), serving lunch, brunch and dinner in the space that used to house C'est La Vie and N'awlins Jazz Café, among others.

“This is a wonderful neighborhood for food,” Banks says. “There’s Vietnamese, there’s Israeli, there’s Thai…there’s so much great food here.”

The renovated space feels light and airy; the walls are painted pale cream, wooden chairs and barstools are covered paisley cloth and a mix of antique tools and artwork line the walls, including a recently purchased set of antique dinner plates the pair found at a local estate sale.

“We love anything with a story,” Banks says. “We wanted it be a place were people could come and feel comfortable.”

An outdoor patio is in the works for when the weather cools down, Banks says.

The lunch and dinner menu suit a casual, neighborhood cafe: there’s herbed chicken salad on a croissant, arugula and watermelon salad and a char-grilled half-pound Angus beef burger topped with Irish cheddar cheese.

Larger entrees take a more Southern turn. Buttermilk fried chicken is served with mashed potatoes, biscuits and gravy; mirliton is stuffed with lump crab and Gulf shrimp, and corn-fried tilapia comes with jalapeno macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and tartar sauce.

Brunch features a number of egg dishes, including crab cake Benedict topped with spicy sauteed spinach and the "Benicio" – jalapeno cornbread topped with Puebla-style pulled pork, two poached eggs and deep fried hot peppers.

The Standard is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday. A midday happy hour menu will launch in coming weeks. 

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