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New York, New York
December 28, 2000
The wait staff was clearly used to serving out of towners and led me through the Cajun/Creole menu with kindness and helpful suggestions. I had the etoufee (I hope I'm spelling this correctly!), which is a mound of crawfish in this amazing spicy sauce served over rice which is also seasoned to perfection. Of course, this was the first time I'd ever eaten etoufee [sic], so for all I know it could be sub-par etoufee, but I highly doubt it. They had other traditional Lousiana foods on the menu, as well as whole list of crepes. I began my meal with gumbo, which was also so delicious I forgot the fact that the soup was just as hot as the temperature outside. Of course, for dessert I had the most perfect pecan pie, sweet and soft, gooey with a firm crust. Now, you know the food's got to be good for a person to eat such a heavy meal in the middle of a hot and humid Louisiana summer!
The restaurant itself is sweetly decorated, all in pink and white and green, with images of its namesake hung upon all the walls. The front windows let in lots of bright sun from St. Louis Street. The old building's architectural accents have been highlighted nicely on the interior, in such a way that the feel of New Orleans follows you inside from the street, and compliments the cuisine.
I left Petunia's satisfied in my belly and in my soul, feeling like I had eaten a genuine New Orleans meal, and vowing to return to the city to see more and eat again at this charming restaurant.
From journal Eating Fine in Nawlins