Bon Ton Cafe
There are quite a few restaurants in New Orleans that can tell a story without saying a word. Bon Ton Cafe is one of them.
Since the early 1900s, Bon Ton Cafe has been a rallying point for important business lunches in New Orleans. The only difference today is that the daytime meetings don’t typically include cocktails — hey, it was a different time back then.
But when we say nothing else has changed, we mean it. From the red and white checkered tablecloths to the recipes passed down through generations, Bon Ton Cafe is keeping it classic. There are even some staffers who have been at the restaurant for more than 25 years!
If you’re imagining a menu full of spicy Creole dishes, think again. The entire menu is Cajun. In fact, Bon Ton Cafe was one of the first places in New Orleans to offer an entirely Cajun menu. (And if you’re wondering, Cajun food is just our more rustic, country-style cuisine.) How do you stay successful in a town saturated with Creole joints?
“Don’t change a thing,” says Ryan, the General Manager. “Not even the crackers we put out in the baskets have changed since the beginning.”
Let’s talk about Crabmeat Au Gratin and how Bon Ton Cafe has the best in the city. This rich, decadent creation is served with cheesy baked crust on top of a lump crabmeat smothered in a bechamel sauce. (Be prepared to take breaks between bites just to regain your composure.)
And since you’re already indulging, you might as well keep the train moving with a piece of Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. This dessert is such a staple that it has its very own plate — seriously, the plates say “Bread Pudding.” Ain’t that sweet?
Grab a table and become part of the family.