When you consider that one owner is a veteran of Mission Chinese, many menu items at Red's may have a familiar ring. I was sorely tempted, for example, by a fellow diner's plateful of General Lee's chicken. But for a change of pace from a weekend's worth of deep-fried poultry and seafood, I gave the nod to two vegetarian dishes: Bywater eggplant and bayou bok and broccoli ($10 each). The first was complemented by crunchy green chunks of mirliton, better known outside of New Orleans as chayote; the most notable flavor of the second was preserved lemon. Both entrees were served in large, sharable portions.
From any distance, the restaurant itself — in the final photo, it's on the ground floor of the center building — is identified only by a large red square. Signage that reads "Coca-Cola, groceries, ice, taqueria, meats, deli" is a holdover from the previous tenant, and adds a divey appeal. It's spiffier inside.
3048 St. Claude Ave. (Montegut-Clouet Sts.), New Orleans