Husband and wife chef-owners Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing combine the cuisines of Mississippi and Louisiana to create contemporary Southern cuisine with French touches at their Central Business District restaurant, MiLa. Fresh, local ingredients are a hallmark in such dishes as sweet tea brined rotisserie duck, crispy skinned red snapper, and sweet potato pappardelle with shiitake mushrooms. Special menus include a three-course prix fix lunch, and seasonal tasting for the entire table. Located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, the interior has lanterns suspended from a glowing blue ceiling, adding to the warmth of the wood floor and deep-blue walls.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Slade Rushing and Allison Vines-Rushing are Southerners who met in New Orleans, got a lot of attention in Manhattan and then returned to the South to open the short-lived Longbranch north of Lake Pontchartrain. Last fall, they launched MiLa, in the Central Business District, with an inventive menu that combines a Southern sensibility and New York sophistication.
We loved: Sherry-spiked turtle soup; pig cheeks and langoustines with collard greens and pepper vinegar.