May 25th, 2010
09:30 AM ET

TV recap: John Besh in the front of the house on 'Treme'

John Besh.

His name was good enough to get four big-wig New York chefs a table a couple of weeks ago at Janette DeSautel's fictional restaurant in "Treme." But viewers have yet to meet this Louisiana chef … until now.

With DeSautel ready to shutter her eponymous restaurant, she turns to Besh in episode seven to see if he will take some kitchen equipment off her hands.

"Well I might take the walk-in cooler, depending upon the dimensions," Besh tells DeSautel over a couple of glasses of red at his acclaimed restaurant August. "And the silverware, the flatware and the tablecloths, I can definitely use."

DeSautel has decided to buy a mobile grill and smoker and take her food to the city's bar scene. "Just pull up to whatever nightclub will have me for the weekend," she tells Besh.

"You can't keep a good cook down," Besh says.

Here's a guide to the local products and restaurants in episode seven of "Treme":

Bacchanal Wine: This tiny wine shop on Poland Avenue in the Ninth Ward plays host to chefs in the courtyard every Sunday night. On "Treme," it's where Sonny bought Annie a birthday bottle of wine, and now it’s where DeSautel fires up her mobile kitchen with the help of DJ Davis.

Bayona: DeSautel's sous chef Jacques quickly finds work on the grill at Chef Susan Spicer's romantic restaurant Bayona in the French Quarter.

Lil' Dizzy’s Café: Fried chicken is the hit at this Creole lunch spot on Esplanade. It's made appearances in "Treme" before, but in this episode, Lil' Dizzy's serves as a backdrop for Davis' decision to drop out of the city council race in exchange for a judge's "get out of jail free" card.

Restaurant August: August was John Besh's first New Orleans restaurant, and he's now got six - five in the city and a country eatery in Lacombe, Louisiana. August has won national raves, luring diners to Tchoupitoulas Street downtown since the early aughts.

Rue de la Course: Rue, as the locals call it, has been a favorite of students lured by the green hue of banker lights and small tables perfect for cramming for exams. Though its Magazine Street location moved across the street a handful of years ago, it still has the feel of the original. Creighton Bernette likes it so much, he’s got the signature mug at home.

Tipitina’s: A giant hand with a peeled banana is the symbol for Tip’s, a club on Napoleon Avenue that played host to the legendary Professor Longhair. Named for Fess's song "Tipitina," the club spawned the Tipitina's Foundation, which helps get instruments to school bands in need.

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  1. Joel Madden

    Excellent insight on this subject. I will attempt to take it in and actually pay attention for as soon as!

    November 26, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. a mom

    DeSautel is actually Patois....an awesome place. They have an amazing sous chef there...try it sometime...loving the HBO series

    May 25, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |

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