New Orleans is littered with restaurants and bars stashed in unassuming locations along less-traveled paths. Capdeville, the newest addition to that clique, is tucked away on the eponymous CBD street across from the loading dock of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Building. Labeled as “an American interpretation of a British social house,” Capdeville is nightclub impresario Robert LeBlanc’s first foray into the restaurant business. People with an eye towards decorating tell us the décor is hip, with a bold-patterned wallpaper, rock mementos on the walls and a well-stocked bar, an adjective which could be used to describe the jukebox as well.
During daytime hours, the tables fill with suits and skirts grabbing a bite for lunch. The menu lists a variety of options but mainly stays within the familiar confines of bar food with a few noticeable upticks. The Philly cheese steak salad is a great example. Tender medallions of rosy-red hanger steak nest on a bed of lettuce with torn bread croutons and blue cheese dressing to put a healthier spin on a delicious sandwich. One of the standout starters is the fried red beans and rice. If that sounds strange, rest assured that these little croquettes of rice stuffed with creamy red beans and pickled pork are delicious and addictive.
Burgers play a major role on the menu and are dressed to the nines with designer toppings such as a rich au poivre sauce, chipotle ketchup and green tomato jam. Handcut fries are best enjoyed simply straight from the fryer, but covered with manchego and chorizo or parmesan and truffle oil are not terrible choices either.
As the sun goes down and the jukebox oscillates between Billy Idol and Bob Marley, the afterwork crowd downs pints and snacks on fare from a kitchen that stays open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. The bar pumps out a few local craft beers on draft and mixes a dozen specialty cocktails known as “Whiskey Tributes.” And if you’re feeling rather British and fancy an order of fish and chips, Capdeville even has that too.
520 Capdeville St.
Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m. until, kitchen until 11 p.m.
Fri. 11:30 a.m. until, kitchen until 1 a.m.
Sat. 6 p.m. until, kitchen until 1 a.m.