If you’re the owner of one of the best Italian restaurants in the city, what’s a logical next move? The guys behind Bocca di Lupo decided that it should be to open a Creole and Cajun-style place in a converted pub in Islington. Stepping inside the new Plaquemine Lock feels like walking into a kitschy theme pub, and there are po’boys and seafood gumbo on the menu. While the food’s fine, the service aspect can be hit and miss.
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