When Chris “Shaggy” Davis is boiling, there’s often a band nearby jamming. This combination will be in full swing at NOLA Crawfish Festival, a three-day food and music event between Jazz Fest weekends at a unique venue in Central City.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Staying out late is one way to do Jazz Fest, as revelers stretch the celebration into the wee hours. BreakFest, by contrast, is proposing an early start, and a different way to ease into a big day.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I’ll admit that I’m a sucker for restaurants with good stories to tell, with narratives that set the stage and frame the flavors.
Monday, April 17, 2017
We talk about it with our best friends and with perfect strangers. We rant about it online and we dream about it at night. It's a natural fixation when we’re hungry, yet we still talk about it when our mouths are full.
Doris Metropolitan has turned heads in New Orleans since opening in the French Quarter with its distinctive approach to steak and an artfully rendered modern Mediterranean menu. Now Doris Metropolitan is expanding to another metropolis.
As the New Orleans-based restaurant brand Legacy Kitchen has grown, each new location has mixed a roster of “all star” dishes and its own individual niche.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Since striking out on his own to open the restaurant MoPho, chef Michael Gulotta has shown New Orleans his take on Vietnamese cuisine, coastal Italian cooking, pub grub and some offbeat combinations of all those flavors. On Sunday (April 16), the …
Thursday, April 13, 2017
This spring edition of our New Orleans dining guide is arranged by neighborhood, though each restaurant here is recommended for reasons that go beyond location.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
On any given day at his market and po-boy shop Bevi Seafood Co., Justin LeBlanc will field calls from employees, from sales people and also, perhaps, from guys who are ostensibly his competitors in the boiled seafood business.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
After 10 years in business, the Mid-City location of Little Tokyo has changed hands and reopened as Ikura Hibachi and Sushi (310 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-485-5658).
Thursday, April 06, 2017
On Friday morning, Celestine "Tina" Dunbar and her family prepped the gumbo, gathered for prayers and, at long last, opened the doors to their new restaurant, Dunbar’s Creole Cuisine.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
On the edge of the French Quarter, the eatery and bar Saint Lawrence keeps its kitchen rolling into the wee hours and courts a downtown service industry crowd.
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
A new cafe has brought a bit of Turkish flavor to the Treme, and it marks a big change for an address that once filled a much different role in this neighborhood during the pre-Katrina era.
Monday, April 03, 2017
Chef Nina Compton arrived in New Orleans in 2015 with a fan base already in place thanks to her star turn on "Top Chef" the year before. At her restaurant Compère Lapin, however, she's been winning new fans one meal at a time, with a refreshingly …
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Last summer, a New Orleans restaurant group added three Warehouse District properties in one fell swoop, buying Tommy’s Cuisine, the attached Tommy's Wine Bar and, just across the street, Tomas Bistro and its large event space.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
If a New Orleans festival devoted to fried chicken sounds like a good time to you, you’re not alone. The first edition of the Fried Chicken Festival held last fall proved to be such a draw that its venue at Lafayette Square was swamped by the turn…
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
When Central City BBQ opened just before Christmas it marked an ambitious new addition for the barbecue scene in a city just developing one. At the same time, it was the second act for a pitmaster who had earned an ardent following at his own earl…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Saying “down the bayou” in some parts of Louisiana is a bit like saying “back-a-town” in New Orleans. It's not really meant as instructional directions but rather gives a frame of reference.
In New Orleans the humble red bean has the power to make people look forward to Mondays. It’s been the muse for art and fashion and it even has its own Carnival parade.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
When Myers Rudolph surveyed the competition last year at Hogs for the Cause, he saw cook-off teams with elaborate party pavilions, big top canopies, scores of team members and displays of sponsor logos to rival a NASCAR crew.
Friday, March 24, 2017
There’s no printed menu at Charlie’s Steakhouse, but the stories about this old, peculiar Uptown dining institution could fill a book. Many of them sooner or later involve Dottye Bennett, the daughter of Charlie’s namesake who waited tables here f…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
From the most basic ingredients, bakers create wonders. It’s that pastry that makes up for getting up early, the cakes that become centerpieces of our celebrations, the anytime indulgences that get us through the day and even the unadorned loaves …
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The pleasures of Louisiana seafood are usually big, bold and familiar, to the tune of oysters by the bushel and great drifts of crabmeat. Lately though, a different sort of flavor from local waters has been getting a new look.
As John Besh’s restaurant group has grown, so has the organization’s charitable arm. The John Besh Foundation funds scholarships for minorities in New Orleans to attend culinary school, and it also funds micro loans for local food producers.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
The Uptown restaurant Atchafalaya sees a steady flow of regulars, though lately the familiar faces have been a little more prevalent around its dining room and bar.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
The first Phil’s Grill opened in Metairie 10 years ago this week. The last one closed Tuesday night in Harahan, marking the end of a long run for a homegrown burger brand that had become a ritual for its regulars and once had ambitious expansion plans.
Classic New Orleans restaurants, rising stars, seasoned veterans of the dining scene, a pastry chef and two bars are among the New Orleans contenders for this year's James Beard Awards.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
As the Irish Channel St. Patrick’s Day parade rolled Saturday, showering cabbages and kisses on Magazine Street, I found Robért LeBlanc in front of his restaurant Cavan, hosting some friends and waving for beads with his son Bear on his shoulders.
Dickie Brennan followed his father into the restaurant business, learning the ropes at Commander's Palace and going on to open four New Orleans restaurants through his own company.
Monday, March 13, 2017
A Cafe Bar starts with frozen coffee — not a coffee-flavored coating but actual, full-tilt cold brew coffee. Underneath, there's ice cream, with a stick for a handle.
Friday, March 10, 2017
A local hospitality company has announced plans for two new restaurants in very different parts of town, with each bringing back into commerce properties that have been out of circulation.
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Three New Orleans chefs and a forthcoming Uptown craft brewery are working together to create a restaurant that will offer a different approach to the familiar brewpub format.
One of the familiar, long-running restaurants of the West Bank has always been about getting something a little different. It still is, though the terms have changed.
Wednesday, March 08, 2017
Red beans are right at home anywhere in New Orleans, though during the next few weeks you might find a taste of the classic dish in some unexpected locations.
A London-based company that operates walking tours to backstreet joints, markets and small eateries in a circuit of European cities is expanding to the U.S. and it’s starting in New Orleans.
Tuesday, March 07, 2017
High Hat Café is one of those next-generation New Orleans eateries where you can get a definitive bowl of gumbo (chicken and andouille), proper shrimp remoulade and something more modern, farmers market-driven and seasonal on the specials board (t…
A chef noted for his robust approach to Louisiana flavors in the French Quarter is taking the helm at an Uptown restaurant that has seen its share of changes in the past year.
Monday, March 06, 2017
Goffredo Fraccaro displays a medal on the wall of his Metairie home commemorating the day in 1983 when the government of Italy made him a knight, or cavaliere, in recognition of his culinary achievements.
Friday, March 03, 2017
The Food Network is bringing back one of its biggest shows and a rising star of New Orleans culinary talent will be in the spotlight.
A new series of dinner events will soon debut in New Orleans with well-known chefs at the helm but many other details kept secret until the meal unfolds.
Wednesday, March 01, 2017
What does $5 get you these days? At Kin, a consistently unconventional New Orleans eatery, the answer is a plate of dumplings that burst with flavor, envelop a surprise and give a lesson on rebooting a restaurant in our city's increasingly competi…
The start of another Lenten season in Louisiana means you’ll inevitably hear jokes about the “sacrifice” of meatless Fridays in a place renowned for its varied and prodigious seafood.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
After the excesses of Mardi Gras, seeking redemption at a draft tap may sound like the hair of the dog.
Friday, February 24, 2017
The Metairie eatery That's Amore has always been a neutral ground for pizza styles not normally seen together. It serves both Chicago deep dish and thin-crusted New York style pies under the same roof, and on the same table if your appetite can ha…
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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.
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.