When I first moved to New Orleans, back in 1999, I was amazed by how often people talked about restaurants that no longer existed. But I had it all wrong, of course. In New Orleans, just because a restaurant is no longer open for business does not…
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Monday, August 21, 2017
New Orleans was under a heat advisory last Friday when Wade Buquoi, Carlos Pipper and a few of their pals got the idea to head to Liuzza’s Restaurant & Bar for lunch.
When he first took over Middendorf's Restaurant (30160 Highway 51, Akers, 985-386-6666), chef Horst Pfeifer vowed not to fiddle with the recipe that has drawn crowds out to this vintage seafood house on the marshy edge of Manchac. He’s kept that p…
Monday, August 21, 2017
Scott Williams knows why people are drawn to his catered spreads of smoked boudin, cracklin’-topped deviled eggs and andouille croutons with champagne Parmesan fondue.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
A recent dinner at Marjie’s Grill started with cornbread turned into fishcake shrimp toast, with wahoo and shrimp under a crisp shell and buttermilk dip on the side. It ran through charred okra with briny dried shrimp vinaigrette and a stick of gr…
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Latin American flavors are an increasingly prominent part of the modern dining scene, from traditional tacos to inventive ceviche. One high-profile figure is now trying to bring more Latin American chefs to the forefront of the dining scene as well.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Your go-to sushi bar might be that first place where you tried a California roll way back when, or the spot that always has something different on the specials board. It could be the sushi bar that just happens to be closest to your house, or that…
For months now, I've been on a steady diet of raw tuna and crabstick, soy sauce and panko crumbs, pickled ginger and wasabi paste. Yes, I've been on a mission.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The New Orleans sushi circuit has seen some changes lately, as longtime favorites have departed (Horinoya, Kyoto) and high profiler players have expanded.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
The New Orleans sushi circuit has seen some changes lately, as longtime favorites have departed (Horinoya, Kyoto) and high profiler players have expanded (Rock-n-Sake) or entered the market (Tsunami).
Monday, August 14, 2017
Working at the upscale Italian eatery Altamura made Jamie Risbourg fall in love with the restaurant business again. She was a server at the Lower Garden District restaurant, housed in the stately Magnolia Mansion, and she said what made the differ…
The New Orleans sushi circuit has seen some changes lately, as longtime favorites have departed (Horinoya, Kyoto) and high profile players have expanded (Rock-n-Sake) or entered the market (Tsunami).
Friday, August 11, 2017
Next week, on Aug. 19, a restaurant known broadly for Cajun cooking and particularly for pork will set the tables with fried chicken and Champagne. It's a special party at Cochon, dubbed Louisiana Saturday Night, and the idea has proved popular (i…
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Louisiana oysters are at their best in the colder months, so they usually get our full attention beginning in autumn.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Monday, August 07, 2017
Saffron NOLA started as a well-hidden, once-a-week restaurant serving a one-of-a-kind cuisine, a contemporary, boundary-bending approach to Indian cooking.
Friday, August 04, 2017
A set of narrow French doors along the historic Julia Row once led to La Casita, a cozy den for tacos and margaritas that became a popular happy hour haunt in downtown New Orleans.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
David Montes de Oca, a Kenner restaurateur who arrived as part of the early post-Hurricane Katrina influx of Latin Americans to the New Orleans area and won acclaim for his tacos, died Tuesday at a Metairie hotel. He was 36.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
This year Coolinary is hot, with more than 100 restaurants taking part in the biggest edition of the citywide summer dining promotion to date. But Coolinary menus aren’t the only angle New Orleans restaurants are working to lure the locals during …
Monday, July 31, 2017
The Uptown eatery Amici Ristorante & Bar (3218 Magazine St., 504-300-1250) has reopened following a change in ownership and a round of renovations.
The Uptown taqueria Rosa Mezcal has closed and will soon be replaced by a familiar name in the region's Mexican restaurant circuit.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
From the start it was out to do something different. In a grand antebellum mansion in the Lower Garden District, under the low rafters of a ground floor space stylishly renovated along the lines of a lounge and dinner club, Altamura served a disti…
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Do you have the appetite for one more New Orleans food festival? Producers of a new one set to debut in September are betting the answer is yes, especially for burger fans and lovers of jazz and R&B.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Lakeview got the news Friday that neighborhood burger joint Lakeview Harbor will have to hit the road early next year, after losing its lease. While its proprietor has pledged to reopen elsewhere, the next restaurant lined up to take over Lakeview…
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
If you were at the debut edition of the Fried Chicken Festival in downtown New Orleans last fall, it might have seemed like the whole world was there, too. Certainly, it could feel like that from the end of one of the long lines for fried chicken …
Monday, July 17, 2017
We live in an era full of celebrity chefs that you probably have never heard of. Just think about that for second — people can be celebrities now and you’ve never even heard their names.
Behind the bar at the Uptown bistro La Petite Grocery, Julia Wineski mixes a six-ingredient cocktail, waves sprightly through the window to neighbors walking a dog and then stretches out every inch of her five-foot frame to arrange place settings …
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
In the middle of Texas Hill Country, a region known for barbecue and German food, John DeMers teaches people to make shrimp remoulade and bananas Foster and tries to instill the confidence to get their gumbo roux nice and dark.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The Emeril Lagasse’s French Quarter restaurant NOLA was schooling visitors on the postal shorthand for New Orleans long before “nola” became a social media hashtag. In fact, NOLA was the celebrity chef’s second restaurant, opening in the fall of 1…
Monday, July 10, 2017
All through the spring, as the renovations of the new NOPSI Hotel neared completion, New Orleans people were watching.
Sunday, July 09, 2017
The historic Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar is growing, and its latest move will return the well-known New Orleans name to Bourbon Street.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
As the shawarma spins, so the New Orleans food world turns. In a new twist, there are now competing outposts here for a type of Middle Eastern fast food that sounds familiar but brings something quite different to the mix.
I spent a lot of time eating chicken shawarma for this week’s story on the dueling quick-serve shops Shawarma on the Go and Shawarma on the Run.
If you were at the debut edition of the Fried Chicken Festival in downtown New Orleans last fall, it might have seemed like the whole world was there too. Certainly, it could feel like that from the end of one of the long lines for fried chicken a…
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Chefs can win acclaim and maybe get famous. Restaurateurs can build empires and they might make fortunes. But in New Orleans these aren't the only stars of the dining world.
Monday, July 03, 2017
Rizzuto's Ristorante & Chop House opened just last week, on Friday (June 30) to be precise. Already, though, there's a common theme among the people making reservations or dropping in for a bite at the bar.
Friday, June 30, 2017
A French Market food vendor that turned heads when it set up shop in the historic marketplace in 2014 is shutting down, while another vendor that has built a following there is stepping into its place.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
For the city’s Go Fourth on the River celebration on the Fourth of July, dueling barges will unleash a fireworks barrage of comets and stars, peony bursts and slowly-descending willow clusters over the Mississippi River. On the banks of the river,…
There’s gumbo in the pot whenever the Tremé restaurant Li’l Dizzy's Café is open, and that includes breakfast. After all, gumbo is the central dish of a restaurant that proprietor Wayne Baquet proudly describes as Creole soul.
Monday, June 26, 2017
Every neighborhood needs a pizzeria, but the new one in Old Algiers is about more than just take-out pies or the easy family pizza night.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Monday, June 19, 2017
The dining room and bar at Brasa Churrasqueria (2037 Metairie Road, 504-570-6338) are finished in paneling, banquette mirrors and inlay ceilings, giving a midcentury modern look to this new South American steakhouse in Old Metairie. The details th…
A Sicilian restaurant on Veterans Boulevard is making way for steaks. Marcello’s of Metairie has closed and will soon become a location of Saltgrass Steak House, a Houston-based chain that has been expanding in the region lately.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Ted Brennan’s Decatur is so close to opening, Bridget Brennan Tyrrell and Teddy Brennan can practically taste the turtle soup, the eggs Sardou and the pecan trout they’ll be serving.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
When word gets around that a restaurant will soon close, the news often sends people to its door. They turn up for a final visit, perhaps to have a favorite dish or sometimes just to support the people they know there with a last bit of business o…
If you want a tour of the facilities at Parleaux Beer Lab, you may have to crane your neck, but you don't need to leave your barstool. From the narrow counter of his new taproom in the Bywater, proprietor Eric Jensen can show you each piece of thi…
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The doors to the building at Baronne and Union streets first opened 90 years ago, bringing an ornate addition to a then-booming downtown New Orleans. In three weeks, and after decades of dormancy, the doors are slated to open again at a property k…