Hitting High Notes
In other about-the-town notes, the newish deep-fried roast beef po-boy at Jacques-Imo's (8324 Oak St., 861-0886) is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds -- and patent-worthy. (But Chef Jack: What kind of woody, maroon-colored "greens" were those on the salad?) And while I was relieved to learn that I'm not alone in misunderstanding the gigantic, fishy-tasting Friday crabcake special at Liuzza's by the Track (1518 N. Lopez St., 943-8667) -- the table next to mine last week sent two back -- never again will I take visitors elsewhere when they ask, "Where can I get the best po-boy?" Judging from the friends I was hosting, the barbecue shrimp po-boy at this Liuzza's is good enough to keep any tourist away from the French Quarter.
Prodigal Chef Returns
Daniel Bonnot was the first executive chef to rule over the kitchen at Louis XVI (730 Bienville St., 581-7000) when it first opened in 1971. He's back in that kitchen all month, collaborating with current Chef Agnes Bellet (who worked there with Bonnot in the 1970s) to recreate some of the restaurant's original dishes in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The special menu includes steak tartare prepared tableside, oysters Rockefeller and Bienville, crab Imperial and cherries jubilee. Bonnot's most recent restaurant foray was at his former St. Charles Avenue restaurant, Bizou, which was located where Herbsaint (701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114) now sits.