A cute little cottage sits at 1014 North Rampart St., and you've probably passed it many times. However, new life has taken home here, and you may want to stop and stay a while. Bijou Restaurant & Bar is like a home away from home in its feel and friendliness. The jovial nature of Bijou was apparent during the opening party just before Krewe of Boo took the streets of the French Quarter.
As you enter, you will be dazzled by the front bar, where the bartenders will be shaking up cocktails including the Cadillac Margarita featuring Lunazul Blanco Tequila and the Miss Jackson with Grey Goose Le Poire. You should not overlook the aptly-titled Bijou: London dry gin, lively green chartreuse, sweet vermouth, and orange bitters. As you progress through the hallway, you are welcomed by soft pink walls and floor-to-ceiling windows that wonderfully juxtapose the industrial (yet comfortable) lounge patio with the soothing, relaxing dining area. It's New Orleans, of course, and the dining room has a long, sexy bar of its own.
Chef Susan Spicer mentee Executive Chef Eason Barksdale is the man behind the exciting dinner menu. This is the perfect place for a small group of friends as the menu is full of tapas-style dishes made to share. May I entice you with Gruyere Gougers, Fried Artichokes, or Tom Yum Chicken? Sweet-toothed individuals may prefer the Reverie's Warm Cookie Plate or Café Au Lait Pot A Crème.
Take a look at the mouth-watering menus here. The Bijou is ready to remind you why you fell in love with the French Quarter in the first place.