I did a little comparative taste test today, trying the seafood gumbo and bread pudding at both restaurants.
Mr. B's won on both counts, although the gumbo at Mr. B's was not up to its usual standards and wasn't served hot.
The bread pudding at both was superb, but Mr. B's texture is superb and the sauce not quite as sweet.
But Bon Ton had its considerable charms, too, not the least were superb giant onion rings and grilled crawfish. The grilled oysters w/lemon butter were a treat, and the shrimp and crawfish etoufee was good. The grilled black drum was fabulous, but it was a special.
I had never visited Bon Ton before. It's a charming space -- one large room, relaxed and informal. Mr. B's remains a favorite. It is not a Mom & Pop kind of place, but there is room for a commercial establishment run with finesse, fine service and excellent food.
Four days and running, and not one bad meal.