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If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans and have the acclaimed restaurant Bayona on your list of eateries to visit, here are five secrets about the restaurant to keep in mind before you dine:
1. Classifying the cuisine served at Bayona is tricky. You’ll taste French influences as well as Creole ones, but you’ll also notice Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors and a hint of Asia. Indeed, chef Susan Spicer’s cuisine is truly global — which, if you think about it, is really very American.
2. The restaurant has occupied the same more than 200-year-old French Quarter cottage since it opened in 1990. These days, so many restaurants come and go, but Bayona has held strong.
3. The menu features a list of signature dishes plus a selection of daily specials, and you’ll be able to sample many of the dishes that first put Bayona on the culinary map. For a classic taste of the restaurant, order the veal sweetbreads, cream of garlic soup, crispy quail salad and the peppered lamb loin with goat cheese.
4. Should you want to dine alfresco, the lovely, landscaped patio is open for dining most of the year, as weather permits — the magic temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit and below. The best time of year to eat outside is late September through early October.
5. James Beard Award-winning chef Susan Spicer has been so influential to the city’s culinary heritage that she even inspired the character of Ms. Desautel on Treme, the HBO series about post-Katrina life in the Crescent City.