I wanted to thank posters on this board for the scattered recommendations for Dante's Kitchen. After culling top recs from the board and investigating my "short list", I settled on Dante's for a nice dinner out on a recent visit. It was really amazing, especially for the price!
We had a party of six and started out with a round of incredible cocktails. Tried their ginger-infused vodka, cucumber-infused gin, and raspberry gin in various concoctions. I'm not a big cocktail-drinker, mostly wine for me, but I was fully sold! We had a large variety of apps, small plates, entrees, and desserts. The stand-out dish for me was the short rib, pork belly, and polenta small plate. It melted in my mouth. The only criticism of the dish was that it was an incredibly rich and filling small plate. Even though I split the dish, it left little room for the entrees to come. The maple-glazed (eek, can't remember the glaze exactly) chicken was also delicious - moist, huge portion, glaze with the right balance between sweet and savory. We were less impressed with the grilled artichoke (small, so little meat on the thing and difficult to get) and the mac & cheese (texture was lovely but it was a bit underseasoned). But all of our other dishes ranged from really good to great.
The desserts were wonderful - I especially enjoyed the Mexican chocolate pot du creme with toasted marshmallows. It was rich, not too sweet, amazingly creamy and the crunchy caramelization of the marshmallows was a lovely counterpoint. And, like the cocktails, I'm not a dessert person either. So to love a dessert is quite unusual for me! To top it all off, the service couldn't be better and the check was a real treat in comparison to dinners of a similar caliber in Toronto. Waiting for the streetcar late on Sunday evening left something to be desired, but getting out of the French Quarter for this meal was well worth it. I will definitely be returning to Dante's on my next visit.
736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118