Best of New Orleans #28

Lüke is John Besh's homage to the grand Franco-German brasseries once popular in New Orleans

The menu at Lüke demonstrates just how French-inspired lots of Creole is.
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The menu at Lüke demonstrates just how French-inspired lots of Creole is.

Every day during the month of August, we’re highlighting one restaurant from our recent ranking of the 31 Best Restaurants in New Orleans. Today’s restaurant, Lüke, is #28 on our list. 

You’ll be seeing a lot of John Besh on this list, and with good reason: he’s quite possibly the reigning king of Orleans fine dining at the moment. At Lüke, his homage to the grand Franco-German brasseries once popular in New Orleans, he demonstrates just how French-inspired lots of Creole fare is. French brasserie classics like shellfish platters, moules frites, roast duck, and croque-monsieur share the menu with a French crawfish boil (with black truffle and cream), crab and shrimp etoufée, boudin noir, seafood gumbo, and crispy frog legs, elevating Creole and French classics to heights typically reserved for the grand old New Orleans restaurants, like Antoine’s. Not surprisingly, in most cases Besh and executive chef Matt Regan do it better than the old guard, whose stars have, for the most part, been coasting by for decades.

Here's our complete ranking:
#31. Maurepas Fine Foods
#30. Boucherie
#29. Mother’s
#28. Luke
#27. The Joint
#26. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse
#25. Mahony’s
#24. MiLa
#23. La Petite Grocery
#22. Gautreau’s
#21. Coquette
#20. Parkway Bakery
#19. Clancy’s
#18. Dooky Chase
#17. Drago’s
#16. Emeril’s
#15. Redfish Grill
#14. Jacques-Imo’s
#13. Bayona
#12. Camellia Grill
#11. Domilese’s
#10. Willie Mae’s Scotch House
#9. SoBou
#8. Root
#7. Herbsaint
#6. Domenica
#5. Cochon
#4. Peche
#3. August
#2. Galatoire’s
#1. Commander’s Palace


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