Maple Street is still prominent in its name, but the growing Maple Street Patisserie brand is now found all across town.
The latest venture, Maple Street Patisserie et Deli (3138 Magazine St., 504-309-9283), opened around the Fourth of July holiday in the former home of Artz Bagels. Brioche French toast, bundles of baguettes and a dessert case underscore the bakery connection, while a thick stack of peppery, smoky, juice-gushing pastrami on marble rye from the deli sandwich menu made a strong first impression.
From its original bakery Maple Street Patisserie (7638 Maple St., 504-304-1526), this company expanded in May with its Maple Street Patisserie et Bistro (8300 Earhart Blvd., 504-265-8905). The related locations help supply each other with their house-made specialties, so the smoked salmon from the bistro turns up on bagel platters at the deli.
The new deli now serves breakfast and lunch. Co-owner Patricia Ann Donohue intends to add beer and wine by September and expand with evening hours in the hopes of luring an after-dinner crowd for desserts.
Kebab shop on St. Claude
The latest addition to the growing number of eateries along St. Claude Avenue is called Kebab (2315 St. Claude Ave., 504-383-4328; kebabnola.com) but don’t expect the familiar local Middle Eastern restaurant template.
Rather, proprietors Benjamin Harlow and Walker Reisman modeled the menu for this casual, counter-service café on the doner kebab shops they came to rely on for quick street food while traveling in Europe. They call it “European drunk food,” and they’re keeping late hours to help live up to the billing.
The short menu includes pork and chicken sliced from rotisserie cookers, along with falafel, made into sandwiches on house-made loaves. This bread follows a Turkish style called pide, which resembles a fuller, fluffier pita. Yogurt-based tzatziki and the garlicky, herbal-green sauce called skhug dress them up, and fries and hummus are available on the side. The restaurant serves its own house-made sodas and is BYOB for anything harder.
Kebab is open from 3 p.m. to midnight Friday through Monday and celebrates its official grand opening on Friday, July 25.
Mondo on the mend
A fire in an adjoining building forced Susan Spicer’s Lakeview restaurant Mondo (900 Harrison Ave., 504-224-2633; mondoneworleans.com) to close for repairs earlier this month. But with that work complete and a few other renovations banged out during the down time, the eclectic neighborhood restaurant has reopened and resumed normal hours. As usual, Mondo serves lunch Monday through Friday, dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on Sunday.
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