Endymion may rule the parade route on Saturday, but in the French Quarter earlier that same day two renowned chefs will rule the roux for a different sort of Carnival procession.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Carnival can feel like a dance between the familiar and new. We go to the same parades each year, invade the same friends’ homes, and we might stake out the same spot on the neutral ground. But we perk up for new floats in the lineup and we covet,…
One of the wonders of Carnival time in New Orleans is its ability to transform. Your normal neighbors can become temporary monarchs, if only of a krewe of their own. The streets of our daily commutes become stages for fantasy, imagination and gene…
Monday, February 20, 2017
Between the marching bands and the cheering crowds, the last thing anyone could hear on a Mardi Gras parade route is a rumbling stomach.
Mardi Gras beads can incite desperate longing when dangled before you, and they can bring a visceral joy when plucked from the sky. But then, quickly, they all too often become clutter to be managed later or simply more plastic trash to haul away.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Semifinalists for this year’s James Beard Foundation awards are out, and once again New Orleans is well represented in the running for these coveted honors in dining and hospitality.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
The north shore restaurant and lounge N’Tini’s will pour its last martini this Friday (Feb. 17) as a fast-growing New Orleans restaurant company takes over its Mandeville address.
Matassa's Market (1001 Dauphine St., 504-412-8700) has a history reaching back more than 90 years. It has family ties to the dawn of rock 'n' roll and the golden age of New Orleans R&B. It makes a solid hot sausage po-boy, too.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
In early February, the menu at Clancy’s Restaurant was, as usual, brimming with crabmeat — in the soup, between the gnocchi, with the paneed veal and standing on its own for the crabmeat salad, a decadent house standard.
Friday, February 10, 2017
As a chef, Jess Bourgeois is in his natural domain in the kitchen of his new restaurant Lula, discussing the molasses fig sauce for his boudin eggrolls, the pork trotter garlic butter for his escargot or the glaze on his Gulf shrimp.
Wednesday, February 08, 2017
There's been a buzz of activity in Mid-City lately as redevelopment catches up with large, long-idled commercial properties. The latest transformation, though, is a cottage-sized edition where the buzz comes from coffee, and maybe some pastry sweets.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Street food, food halls, public markets, fast-casual — these terms all carry buzz in the current American food realm. The term "operational efficiencies” does not.
Monday, February 06, 2017
Restaurant pop-ups can serve as the garage bands of the dining scene — ad hoc, a little rough at the edges and potentially the spark for something new.
Friday, February 03, 2017
El Gato Negro (300 Harrison Ave., 504-488-0107) first opened its Lakeview location at an address that looked like a suburban ranch house. On Friday (Feb. 3), the popular Mexican restaurant will reopen after a renovation that has restyled the same …
Thursday, February 02, 2017
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
There are restaurants where experiencing the upper reaches of contemporary cuisine can feel like standing on your toes – you get an elevated perspective, but it’s no way to live.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
On Wednesday (Feb. 1), the local brunch spot the Ruby Slipper Café will officially debut its latest restaurant, taking over the former Uptown location of Brick & Spoon at 2802 Magazine St.
Plenty of us plan our days around food. Since I cover dining and food culture, this is actually part of my job description. Still, sometimes the day gets away from the plan. You need lunch, but it has to be fast, and it must be close at hand.
A one-time bar that was a cornerstone in the Treme neighborhood is now slated to open its doors again with a much different calling.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
When a popular restaurant relocates, you can count on some upsides and downsides. It's no different with the case of the Munch Factory (1901 Sophie Wright Pl., 504-324-5372), which served its last meal in Gentilly on Christmas Eve and reopened thi…
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The wood-burning oven at the Uptown eatery Pizza Domenica turns out Neapolitan-style pies that are thin-crusted, char-marked and round. Now, the same oven is also producing bigger, thicker square-shaped pizzas.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017
A club that helped remake Frenchmen Street as an all-day destination for live music is now expanding to another section of New Orleans seeing a wave of change.
Proudly and justifiably, the Fiorella brothers hang their hats on their fried chicken. It's a family recipe, and one they brought back to life last year when they opened their Gentilly restaurant, the Original Fiorellas' Café.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A local company that is expanding in the restaurant business now has two projects underway for properties with long histories in New Orleans dining.
Monday, January 16, 2017
At the corner of Tulane and Broad, you can get a box of chicken wings and a bottle of pills with one stop at Best Life, a pharmacy that doubles as a take-out eatery. Two blocks away, you can find boudin balls and a Chicago beef sandwich at a joint…
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Sisters Mariah Harmony and Tania Torres say no matter what they do — no matter the conversation topic, the side project or the family gathering — somehow dogs always return to the center of attention.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
On the day after New Year's Day, with recuperation still on our minds, dinner at a wine bar might not have sounded like the natural call. Our destination, however, was Bar Frances, and we were after something different than elevated pub grub.
Friday, January 06, 2017
A new multi-faceted eatery is bringing a little more buzz to one corner of the CBD to the tune of oysters and beer, beignets and coffee.
Thursday, January 05, 2017
Each year, the king cake faithful count the days to Jan. 6. It’s the Epiphany, the official start of Carnival season and the date that gives a king cake its power and meaning, raising it from a mere sugary treat to a New Orleans tradition.
The ranks of French restaurants around New Orleans have taken another hit, with the bistro Château du Lac closing its doors in Old Metairie (2037 Metairie Rd.).
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
The butcher’s craft entails breaking things down. The blueprint behind a new butcher shop now taking shape in Mid-City, however, is about combining different parts to create something bigger.
Monday, January 02, 2017
When chefs throw a party, food naturally gets the spotlight, and Bal Masqué, the gala that Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski host this week, should have plenty.
Friday, December 30, 2016
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Monday, December 26, 2016
Want to know what makes New Orleans such a great food town? Look down at your plate, then look in the mirror.
Friday, December 23, 2016
On busy afternoons this fall, Michael Gulotta and his chefs turned a circuit of Mid-City restaurant kitchens into something like an international food bazaar crossed with an R&D lab.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Great barbecue takes smoke, patience and intuition, and Rob Bechtold could draw on little else when he decided to pursue it for a living.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Some meals stay with you, and I don’t just mean around the waistline. They might be planned feasts or unexpectedly delicious dinners you found along the way, and you can't get them off your mind.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Parsing the difference between Creole and Cajun cuisine can entail a journey across Louisiana. For chef Ricky Cheramie, however, these days all it takes is a few footsteps down one block in the Warehouse District.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Sazerac cocktail has an honored place in New Orleans drinking culture. Soon it will have its own museum and visitor attraction in the Central Business District.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Joe and Heather Riccobono weren't just born into the restaurant business. They were born into a family restaurant tradition, one that goes back for generations. Now the two siblings have a new place, and this time it’s pitched to their own generation.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Dinner at Tony Angello’s Ristorante can seem endless as one dish after another arrives for the signature “feed me Mr. Tony” experience. Now though, the end is in sight for the beloved Lakeview restaurant itself.
Whenever the holidays draw us out or bring us home, people just start gobbling cheese. It’s the first thing set out when company comes calling, it’s part of the dessert spread and it awaits in endless cubes on catering trays for office parties eve…
Monday, December 12, 2016
Long before he got New Orleans talking about modern Israeli cuisine at his restaurant Shaya, chef Alon Shaya tapped flavors from his Jewish heritage to build an annual restaurant tradition.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Christmas season is a busy time for the grand Creole restaurants of the French Quarter, where families and groups of friends traditionally flock for festive lunches or Reveillon dinners.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Fried catfish cut as thin as a dime, a view of the water that ends with the sky and a regular crowd coming from the North Shore and the South Shore to meet in the middle — these are hallmarks of a trip to Middendorf's, the vintage Louisiana seafoo…