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Renovated American Sector opens at National WWII Museum 

Southern and regional dishes fill new menu

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Following an extensive renovation, The American Sector (945 Magazine St., 504-528-1940; www.ww2eats.com) at The National World War II Museum debuted an expanded restaurant space and a new menu.

  The dining room now extends to a large terrace overlooking Magazine Street. There are retractable windows, a renovated bar and new private dining areas for larger groups.

  Southern flavors and regional dishes fill the new menu. A fried chicken biscuit (pictured) is served with pepper jelly and Creole coleslaw ($13). Shrimp Louie Armstrong salad features shrimp remoulade, avocado, bibb lettuce and fried okra ($16). A cheeseburger has a half-pound grilled Angus beef patty, Creole smothered onions, sweet and dill pickles and a three cheese sauce on a brioche bun ($15). The Memphis King ($10) is a throwback to Elvis' favorite sandwich of peanut butter and bananas on grilled Texas toast, and diners can add bacon.

  American Sector now offers brunch on weekends. Executive chef Eric Schutzmann serves The Sargent's Sardou ($15), featuring poached eggs, artichokes, creamed spinach and Swiss cheese on toast. The Toast of Paris ($14) is a take on French toast with whipped pastry cream, praline bits and "boozy" strawberries. The Admiral's Crabbie Patties ($20) features blue crab cakes, lemon butter, toasted almonds and blackened tomatoes.

  Brunch cocktails include the G.I. Punch ($10) made with Bayou spiced rum, Bayou silver rum, pineapple, cranberry and orange juice. Bottomless mimosas are $18. A band plays 1940s-era swing and jazz during brunch.

  American Sector is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily and includes a selection of small plates for $5 and half-price drinks. The museum offers valet for happy hour guests with receipt.

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