I found this little gem while I was sipping tea across the street at Verve Coffee in DTLA. It was during that time in the afternoon where it’s way too late for lunch, and too early to justify an early dinner. They didn’t seem to be open, but what caught my eye was their little black iron fences and their pretty white french doors. So naturally, I had to find out more about this pretty little New Orleans inspired brick building.
Located on the corner of the flatiron building on Spring & Main St., this nearly non-descript restaurant is a little easy to miss. The exterior is clad in brick and you can see a small balcony with heat lamps and seating, but the restaurant signage is not completely visible if you’re just driving by. Looking from outside in, the space could be perceived as small, but once inside, it reminds me of the long and narrow restaurants in NY, you won’t know what you’re in for until you walk all the way through the space. Their floor to ceiling glass doors and windows give the space an open feel, but the space feel cozy. Patrons have the option to sit in small clusters inside, or hang out outside on their small patio if you decide to stop at the first floor. Upstairs seating allows for larger parties or more intimate sit-down dining. There’s an Upstairs and Downstairs menu, so be sure to choose wisely where you’d like to sit.
I had the opportunity to come once during brunch and once for dinner. Brunch was over a year ago, so some of the things I ordered may no longer be on their menu. I heard through the grapevine that there was a change in chefs, but the food is amazing.
Here’s a little sampling of what we had for Brunch:
Fried Chicken & Pancakes
Fried Oyster & Bacon PoBoy
Debris Hash Bowl
Brussels & Belly
My most recent visit was for dinner. I’m not particularly good at making reservations, but we showed up and walked upstairs (not realizing there’s an upstairs and downstairs menu). We were seated promptly at the bar, where we found our own mini Ryan Gosling curating drinks. This is my usual – a Coke at the bar.
I’m not a drinker, but since I was sitting at the bar, I was able to watch them make some really beautiful handcrafted drinks. This is a bar that my brother and his friends frequent because of how well their drinks are made. (The Old Fashioned is highly recommended.) The staff there are genuine, making sure each detail is perfect before they present it to you. It’s rare to find that quality of care these days, and it’s something I value and appreciate when I see that in any establishment.
Here’s what we had for dinner:
Fried Mississippi Catfish: Perfectly breaded, crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Do not forget to use the red remoulade drizzled across the board.
Crispy Pork Cheek Carnitas: pickled, salty and cristpy with a mild layer of beans underneath.
Derrty Skreet Corn: This corn comes with a very generous serving of cheese and a sprinkling of corn nuts.
Next time you’re looking to have a get together with friends or just a casual night out, I hope you remember Preux & Proper. I’ll definitely be back, so perhaps you’ll see me there with a Coke at the bar.