Preux & Proper Brings a Taste of New Orleans to Downtown L.A.

New Orleans-inspired Bar & Restaurant Brings NOLA Dishes and Drinks to L.A.
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Executive chef Michael Ruiz has created a market-driven, New Orleans-inspired menu of small plates and shared dishes.

Joshua Kopel and Mark Egland, the team behind Hollywood’s New Orleans-inspired bar and restaurant Five0Four, opened their latest project, Preux & Proper, in downtown Los Angeles last month.

The two-story space, formerly The Parish, has been redesigned in a Southern style. Featuring two distinct dining areas, the new design houses a downstairs frozen daiquiri bar, an upstairs raw bar, and stacked open-air patios. The restaurant is decked out with white, hand-carved wood walls and distressed wood flooring with matching tables and chairs.

The menu provides a fresh Californian interpretation of New Orleans cuisine, paired with unique prohibition-style cocktails.

Executive chef Michael Ruiz (previously of The Morrison and the now-shuttered Cobras & Matadors) is leading the kitchen with a NOLA-infused and market-driven line-up of small plates and shared dishes including smoked shrimp beignets and deviled eggs. The upstairs raw bar offers a selection of fresh, raw seafood and chilled dishes. Menu highlights include the muffaletta plate made with house cured meats, crispy frog legs marinated with Anaheim chili, a fried oyster po’boy, grilled short ribs, and a steam pot with Andouille sausage, crab, crawfish, and corn.

The bar features a moonshine-based menu of classic New Orleans cocktails reimagined, like hurricanes, juleps, moonshine margaritas, and Sazeracs. 

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