Where NOLA Chefs Eat: Nina Compton


So there are so many places to eat in
New Orleans, how do you decide where you’re gonna go? I’m Todd Price from Where
NOLA Eats. Let’s go talk to somebody who spends her whole day cooking about where
she goes when she wants to go out to eat. Let’s go talk to Nina Compton
at Compère Lapin. I mean, New Orleans is such a beautiful city for chefs. It reminds me a lot of home.
The buildings, you know, Mardi Gras is like Carnival at home for us. Growing up in St. Lucia, this teeny tiny island, I wanted to bring
those things that I grew up with, you know, putting that on the menu, and
letting people experience it. I live in the Bywater, so for my
little treat is going Uptown on Magazine Street because I want to feel fancy. Magazine is so great it’s like this walking street where you have such a good time. And my husband I, normally on our days off, we just roll Magazine, stop
into these beautiful boutiques, you know, maybe pick up a couple of things, and then we have lunch at Lilette. It’s like a little French bistro. You walk in, and you feel like you’re somewhere in Paris but it’s all tucked away. And they brought this beautiful chicken and roasted brussels sprouts, which I love, sauteed mushrooms. That I can have
every single day for the rest of my life. So, when you’re going to Marjie’s Grill,
you’re just like, “Where am I?” You’re on South Broad, and you go in, and it’s brightly colored and it has like these little picnic tables for
your condiments and it’s it’s like a Tiki bar, but I don’t even … I don’t know,
there’s no way to describe it! (Marcus) Here we come! So Marcus does a really good job
of simply preparing something. He brings out these roasted ruby red shrimp, then he’s like, “You could eat the whole thing.” And I ate shell and everything, because I’m like, “This is so good, I want to eat every single piece of it!” But that’s what he does so well. If I have
friends in town, I bring them there. You know when I first moved here, people said,
“Oh, you have to go to Mosca’s.” And I said, “Ok, where is it?” I’m thinking it’s gonna be, you know, Uptown, downtown, or wherever it is. They’re like, “No, it’s waaay over there.” And when somebody says
it’s way over there, it’s way over there. And you first walk in, it’s like
a beautiful time warp. You know, It’s been around since 1946, I mean,
there’s not a lot of restaurants like that. You smell lots of garlic (laughing) and that’s
when you know you’re in the right place. I always get the spaghetti and meatballs.
I mean, it’s just like Sopranos style. You have to have the bread with the
spaghetti and meatballs and the oysters and then you’re good to go. And the portions
are massive so you have to go with a lot of people. Don’t go by yourself,
with your husband or your spouse. Bring like 6-10 people and you have this
beautiful spread of all this food. It was a little nerve-wracking open a
restaurant here. And I’m like, “How are people gonna receive me?” And you know, I was welcomed with
flowers and cards and, “Welcome! We’re all here to support each other. Let’s all cook beautiful food and let’s elevate the city.”

2 Comments

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  2. Great video. When she first walked into the restaurant, I was like: "Oh wow! She is going to Le Petite." I would have been surprised. Of course, the place was Lillette. I have always felt – even since the Top Chef days – that Nina and Justin, the owner of Le Petite didn't get along quite too well. Like there was always just some unspoken tension between the two of them. And I don't think I am wrong. To be honest, I don't like how he came off on that show.

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