Louisiana just keeps finding ways of creeping into Los Angeles. First Little Jewel of New Orleans, which offers po' boys and house-made andouille. And now Preux & Proper (when will the ampersands stop?), which takes over the space formerly occupied by the beautifully designed Parish, which flopped despite The Tasting Kitchen's Casey Lane at the helm. This new production, which was launched by FiveOFour's Joshua Kopel and Mark Egland, resembles something plucked straight out of the French quarter (recall that this used to be Angelique Cafe for many years).
Michael Ruiz (The Morrison) is overseeing the kitchen, which has a market-driven set of small and shareable plates, like wood-grilled oysters and smoked shrimp beignets. Naturally, this place features a raw bar (which tends to be the profit center at many restaurants these days), with many offerings from the Gulf Coast. A muffaletta plates replaces the traditional charcuterie board with house-cured meats, while grilled short ribs marinaded with Abita and sided with cajun kimchi shows a bit more of Ruiz's ambitions here.
Downstairs, things get a little more Bourbon Street, with a full-on daiquiri bar, which will pair well with the Sunday NFL games. Pablo Moix is putting together a moonshine cocktail menu like juleps, sazeracs, and hurricanes, while the beer menu will feature the largest selection of Abita brews available anywhere in L.A. NOLA transplants better get ready.
Preux & Proper
840 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA