Nine Roses Café takes over the small restaurant space that was most recently Somethin’ Else Cafe, adjacent to the picturesque Exchange Place pedestrian mall. There is table service and outdoor seating as well. Nine Roses Café serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.

Chefs seek crawfish crown

Crawfish cook-offs are a fixture for springtime festivals and events, with teams pouring their secret ingredients into the boil.

For its own crawfish cook off this week, however, the Louisiana Restaurant Association challenged member restaurants from around the area to get a little more creative with their crawfish dishes, and the group is inviting the public to sample the field and crown a winner.

Called the King of Crawfish, the second annual event will be held Thursday, June 18, at the Chicory (610 S. Peters St.), from 6-9 p.m., featuring 17 teams competing with an array of hot and chilled crawfish dishes.

Barcadia is bringing “Hubig’s crawfish pies,” for instance, while Mr. B’s Bistro will top jalapeno cornbread with crawfish, tasso and smoked tomato butter.

Arnaud’s will step away from its traditional French Creole cuisine with a crawfish boil salad built with fried green tomatoes and potatoes, and Drago’s Seafood Restaurant is topping andouille ravioli with a crawfish cream sauce, to name a few of the entries this year.

Last year, Katie’s Restaurant & Bar won the King of Crawfish title with its crawfish beignet, a regular menu item at the Mid-City eatery that will be back in contention again on Thursday.

Tickets — $45 at the door or online at lra.org — include drinks and samples of the dishes.

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