Lead by <em>Top Chef</em> contestant Nina Compton, Compére Lapin is Caribbean-meets-Louisiana-Creole cuisine that is thoughtful and refined, but not fussy. Add a killer bar program (headed by NOLA barkeep Abigail Gullo from SoBou), and you've got yourself your next Friday night dinner reservation. Located in the Warehouse District, the space is a stunner, with exposed brick walls, wood finishes and a mosaic tile floor.
As one of the best and brightest chefs to appear on the NOLA dining scene over the past decade, Nina Compton continues to delight diners at her debut restaurant. Mixing the Caribbean flavors of her native Saint Lucia with classic New Orleans cuisine, Compton has introduced countless locals to goat via her delicious curry preparation served atop sweet potato gnocchi. Other favorites include the blackened pig ears, marinated crab claws, and one of the city’s standout fried chicken dishes; drizzled with jerk honey butter, the juicy bird is served with coconut grits and peanuts. With its exposed brick and wooden beams, the dining space is perfect for a date night, as is the buzzy bar area. Also worth visiting is Compton’s follow-up to Compere Lapin, Bywater American Bistro, as well as her newest offering, Nina’s Creole Cottage at Harrah’s.