August by Chef John Besh

August by Chef John Besh

We had been told by some awesome local Nola folks that we had met during our stay that the restaurant by chef John Besh called August was amazing.   We were intrigued, especially since it was located directly across from our hotel.   But we had so many other places to hit, we decided we’d just have to check it out the next time we’re in Nola.   It was a Sunday, and we were convinced that we had reservations for Peche…the hot new restaurant that had just been named ‘Best Restaurant’ by the James Beard Foundation.  Well, something was amiss…Peche was closed on Sundays, we obviously got something mixed up.   Turns out, we didn’t have a place lined up to eat…on the eve of the night before we left…we resisted panicking.

We stepped out of our hotel, knowing that the Crescent City would look out for us.  We immediately saw August across the street, and thought, well…it couldn’t hurt asking.  We walked into the gorgeous, warm, setting and asked if there was any chance we could have a table for two.  She smiled, and said, you happen to be in luck…a table of two for 7pm (the current time), just had to make a last minute cancellation.  We were in luck.

We were seated by the awesome ‘captain’ of the place, Mark…and he took amazing care of us.  Before we were seated, the maitre d’ asked us if we were celebrating anything special.  We told her we had just celebrated our 22nd year wedding anniversary.  She said.  ‘awesome!  congratulations!’  And then Mark came and took us to our wonderful table.

Unfortunately, during this time, our camera was giving a trouble, so we don’t have a lot of shots, but let me tell you, the food was about as good as we’ve ever had.   The entire dining experience was top notch.

Inside August
Inside August

After ordering drinks, we ordered our appetizers.   I had an amazing handmade potato gnocchi that was tossed with blue crab meat and black truffle.   To die for.

Fresh gnocchi with crab and black truffle
Fresh gnocchi with crab and black truffle

For our entrees, I had (I know I keep saying this, but it is really true) probably one of the top 3 best dishes I’ve ever had in my life.  It was a lightly breaded trout Pontchartrain with sauteed gulf shrimp, blue crab and wild mushrooms nestled in a delectable and incredible hollandaise sauce.

The Loon, of course, had steak.  It was amazing.  See below.

Amazing proteins at August
Amazing proteins at August

Finally, Mark brought us an amazing dessert that was a blonde chocolate cake with milk chocolate , coffee, and vanilla bean and tonka cream.  Around the exterior of the plate, written in chocolate, was ‘Happy Anniversary’.  It was incredible.

Then Mark asked us if we’d like to take a tour of the kitchen.  I said…”are you kidding me??”  So, we walked in, and I’m not kidding…the entire kitchen staff cheered.  I’m sure they do that all the time, but it sure made us feel special.

An August Kitchen in NOLA
An August Kitchen in NOLA

It was one of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had in New Orleans.  We were lucky…reservations are a must.   Go…you won’t regret it.

August by Chef John Besh
301 Tchoupitoulas
New Orleans
Phone:  504-299-9777

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