We were five tired, cold, and hungry individuals on a Saturday night in New Orleans without a reservation anywhere. Realtors were in town, so the city was finally bustling with tourists. My husband wanted ""something blackened"" preferably from a hole in a wall diner. I wanted fine dining. Thus we were all tired, cold, hungry, and as I have already mentioned reservationless. We considered Riche which was close by, but not what either of us really wanted. Finally, in desperation, I went to the concierge. He gave us no choices, only quickly picked up the phone and made arrangements for us to squeeze in before the 7pm rush. Realize, this adds to the magic of an incredible dinner... just the serendipity of it all! We arrived and were promptly seated. This little bistro has 11 tables, and each is filled all night with amazing dishes. We did not order wine, so I cannot speak to the variety. We had several appetizers, different entres and tried each dessert. We spent the entire evening passing plates around the table (in a very poor manners kind of way) just so everybody could try everything. This little gem ranks as one of the best dining experiences of my life. Be sure to speak to Mars, the chef. He's delightful. One bit of advice though, don't think you'll be able to get in without a reservation. People were being turned away. But, do check out the Louisiana Bistro. It is worth the effort!
Pros: amazing food, great service, quaint
Cons: it's a 9 hour drive from San Antonio