On the corner where Spring and Main Streets split, right at 9th Street, there is a new two-story restaurant called Preux & Proper. The place is inspired by New Orleans. The first floor is the “Preux,” an open air daiquiri bar like something you would find in the French Quarter. The second floor is the “Proper.” It has more of the feeling like being in an uptown New Orleans bistro. The other night, we decided to check out the upstairs portion of the restaurant and headed straight for the bar.
We started with the punch bowl of Drunken Watermelon. Seriously, this concoction of Stillhouse watermelon moonshine, lime juice, simple syrup and a lot of ice was served in a punch bowl with a few straws. It ended up being a race to see who could drink the most. Needless to say, we sucked it down… clearly we loved it.
When it came to food, we decided to order a few of the share plates on the menu. First up was the Grilled Gulf Shrimp served with a bread salad and pickled peppers for $16. Up next was the Debris Hash – brisket with belly potatoes, onion jam and a soft egg for $17. Both of these dishes were good, but nothing compares to what came next…
And we can’t say enough about the service. The bartenders were friendly and made some great recommendations. The biggest difference between Preux & Proper and New Orleans is that were aren’t a bunch of drunk barefoot sorority girls running around… and that’s a good thing.
Preux & Proper 840 So. Spring Street (at 9th Street) 213.896.0090