So the quality of this photo (taken with my iPhone in a darkened dining room) stands in inverse proportion to the quality of the meal we dined on at MilA last night in New Orleans. This was a hickory smoked lamb chops on black eye puree--perfectly done.
Thanks so much for the restaurant recommendations in the comments--we chose MiLA because they were great about sourcing locally when possible (it is still Eat Local Challenge month, after all) and the the menu was just too delicious to resist. There were seven of us and everything was absolutely first rate from the cornbread with lima bean spread (think southern hummus) that came in the bread basket, to the crispy sweetbreads atop creamy grits that was the first course to the caramel laced apple slices with baby beignets and ice cream that was one of the desserts we shared--it is now lunch time in New Orleans and my friends are still raving about last night. Oh yes, the red snapper and the tea-brined duck were also hits. Barely open a year yet, this restaurant has certainly hit its stride and makes the concept of eating local, seasonal, and still with that southern/Lousiana flair, not just a dream but a reality.