500BestSquareRoast Duck With Orange Or Cherry Sauce @ Austin’s

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Duck a l’orange is a French classic that has been left behind in recent years. Too many restaurants have shifted from serving whole ducks to just breasts or confit legs. At Austin’s, which preserves a lot of older dishes, they still give you the half ducking, with the old-style savory orange (or cherry–just as classical) sauce. It comes to the table with dirty rice and mashed sweet potatoes. Perfect for a chilly night. Come hungry: like most dishes at Austin’s, the portion is very generous.

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Austin’s. Metairie: 5101 West Esplanade Ave . 504-888-5533.

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