A Brennan's blend: A look at historic New Orleans restaurant's menu, bar as it prepares to reopen _lowres

Photo provided by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group -- Slade Rushing

Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans is one of the South’s 30 Best Restaurants, according to Southern Living magazine.

Magazine editors asked their favorite chefs where they wine and dine outside their own restaurants, and narrowed down their selections to 30 “that everyone needs to try stat.”

The magazine said, “Since 1946, Brennan’s has anchored the New Orleans fine dining community. After all, this is the flagship of the family who invented Bananas Foster.”

So when the restaurant unexpectedly closed in 2013, the city held its collective breath until Ralph Brennan reopened the institution with chef Slade Rushing helming the kitchen.

“The menu still features old favorites like turtle soup with aged sherry and grated egg, but it also offers new twists on traditional dishes such as the BBQ lobster with lemon confit and thyme.”