Extinct Restaurants

C’Est la Vie
Late 1970s-early 1980s

The first restaurant I can remember at this location was C’Est La Vie. The name tells us that these were the days when you could give a French name to a straight-ahead New Orleans restaurant without implying that French food was served there. (Compare this to the wide use of “laissez le bon temps rouler!” to give a New Orleans touch to a party of crawfish and beer.)

C’Est la Vie had not caught on in the times where I went there. Mostly, it was a seafood restaurant, complete with gumbo, platters, and a few dishes with familiar sauces and garnishes (trout amandine, for example). It was there for a few years, and I never found it interesting enough to review.

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