Restaurant L. Boudro in Milneburg (Public Domain image courtesy HNOC)

Restaurant L. Boudro in Milneburg (Public Domain image courtesy HNOC)

Lucien Boudro opened a seafood restaurant in Milneburg, in 1842. He passed away in 1867, and the restaurant closed a few years later. The restaurant was in a charming house with a gated garden. The train tracks in front of the restaurant were for the Orleans and Pontchartrain RR, known as the “Smokey Mary”. Milneburg was an active port area in Antebellum New Orleans. Ships could bypass the river passes by coming from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Borgne, through the Chef Menteur Pass or the Rigolets, then into Lake Pontchartrain, docking at Milneburg. They’d get back to Faubourg Marigny by taking the train down Elysian Fields Avenue.

I haven’t found any restaurant reviews for Boudro’s, but surely they had access to a lot of good lake seafood.

Image is a watercolor on linen. Artist is unknown.