Chef Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette - New Orleans, LA

2800 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 265-0421
Hours: Mon-Sun 5:30pm-10pm; Wed-Sat 11:30am-3pm

Coquette, with its script sign, exposed brick, chandeliers, and white linens, could have opened in the New Orleans’ Garden District in a bygone era of elegance. But 2012 Rising Star Chef Michael Stoltzfus—younger than 30 at the time—opened this Magazine Street restaurant in 2008 at a time when chefs were scaling back on any type of dining room refinement. Ambiance alone doesn’t bring diners back night after night. It’s the fire power of the Coquette kitchen. The crew here draws inspiration from Louisiana’s agricultural bounty, and Stoltzfus isn’t afraid of serving vegetarian (even vegan!) dishes. He’s that confident in his cooking and local products. But he also has a way with meats and seafood (e.g. Stoltzfus takes a menu’s typically throw-away chicken dish and casts it as the star). Pastry Chef Zak Miller recently joined the team from posts at Anthos and Blue Hill in New York City, and he brings his big city sensibility and training, along with a sense of whimsy, to the sweet endings at Coquette.

Recommended Dishes:
  • Market Vegetable Salad, Cashew Purée, and Navel Orange Vinaigrette
  • Fried Poulet Rouge Breast with Truffles and Forcemeat, Cabbage-Chicken Roulade, Hedgehog Mushrooms, Turnips, Chicken Jus, and Cauliflower
  • Milk Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel Cream, Caramel Tuiles, Peanut Butter Sorbet, and Fleur de Sel
  • Bananas Foster, Caramelized Banana Bread, Confiture de Lait, and Salt Tuile

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