The second you turn onto Smith Street and see the two-story brick building surrounded by Live Oak trees and iron railings, you’re in old New Orleans. Brennan’s Of Houston, a classic Creole restaurant in Midtown, keeps the Big Easy illusion alive inside, too, with white tablecloths and chandeliers, and servers in vests lighting food on fire. Something about Brennan’s never made it past a certain era, which we kind of love, almost like being tucked away on the quiet Midtown street also suspended the restaurant in time. Enjoy bowls of snapping turtle soup with drizzles of sherry or decadent gulf fish Pontchartrain mounded with jumbo lump crab and crispy oysters. And don’t miss the bananas foster, which is flambeed tableside.