For lunch on my last full day in New Orleans, I went to another classic restaurant: Clancy’s.
Clancy’s has been a neighbourhood restaurant since the late 1940s. It’s far from the French Quarter, only a few blocks from the Audubon Zoo. (Hint to Freshman Literature Majors: Foreshadowing!)
About 30 years ago, it went through a re-birth. It’s still a neighbourhood standard—from the number of patrons who stopped to visit friends on their way to be seated, it seemed to me that most of the mature clientele knew each other—but it’s also one of the best Creole restaurants in town. The Times-Picayune included it the 2014 list of New Orleans’ Top 10 Restaurants.
A Southern standard. Fried Green Tomatoes, served with Shrimp Remoulade.
I didn’t have to think twice when the server said that one of the specials was Flounder Meunière. Sole Meunière was, famously, Julia Child’s first taste of true French cuisine when she arrived in Rouen, France:
“That lunch in Rouen….It was the most exciting meal of my life.”
It started her on the way to creating one of the key books of the 20th Century. It changed her life, and changed the world.
The Flounder Meunière at Clancy’s, swimming in butter and covered w/crab meat, deserves another Julia quote: “It was a morsel of perfection.”