September 18, 2015
By: Garland Gillen, Fox 8
When a new restaurant opens in New Orleans, without fail my Instagram and Twitter feeds get flooded with pictures of dishes from the new spot. And the new "it" place this fall is Willa Jean.
Since the August 6 opening in the CBD, the bakery has been packed daily. Making reservations is a must, especially for weekend brunch and lunch during the week. I booked my brunch reservations five days out, and was rewarded greatly with a poached farm egg topped with blue crab and hollandaise. Kelly Fields, chef and part-owner with Lisa White, didn't expect success to come so quickly for this Besh Group venture.
"You can always hope for it, and it's the best case scenario, but never a guarantee,” says Fields. “It's a dream come true for me. John and I have talked about this for over a decade. Every day I come in here, it's still unbelievable."