At Sweet Soulfood, you can't miss the restaurant's health-conscious approach. There are fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies, a salad bar with vegan dressings thickened with avocado and cashews, and many dishes that swap meat substitutes for the real thing. Read more

Veggie burgers never have been my thing. They bring to mind college days, when mealy patties stuffed with black beans and grains were seemingly everywhere, and almost always a letdown. Give me a burger cooked medium rare, juicy and just the tiniest bit bloody with plenty of char and crust, t… Read more

When Donald "Chef D" Smith returned home to New Orleans a couple of years ago, he wanted to open a restaurant that spoke to the food he ate while growing up in the city. Smith had plenty of experience doing that, having opened and run several restaurants in Oakland, California that specializ… Read more

A few years ago, it was difficult to find restaurants specializing in ramen in New Orleans and almost impossible to find poke, the Hawaiian-inspired raw fish salad. Now the two dishes are riding a trend, and restaurants serving them are sprouting up across the city. The latest is Momo Ramen … Read more

Growing up in England, Harveen Khera lived across from a woman with an apple tree. The apples were coveted by the neighbors and hard to come by, but every so often, Khera was allowed to pick a few and bring them home, where they always were baked in a buttery pie. Several decades later, that… Read more

At 1000 Figs, Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady provide a simple and fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine. In many ways, the approach at their new Mid-City restaurant, Echo's Pizza, feels like a similarly thoughtful exercise in restraint. Read more

Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez developed a fondness for chuletas can-can, a dish emblematic of the country's "cocina criolla." It's a massive pork chop including the rib, loin and belly with some skin attached. It is fried until the skin flares into thick, cru… Read more

Shahrazad Cafe, which opened in January, can feel like a one-man show. Often on slower nights, owner Jamal Ismail is the sole person greeting and serving diners, which feels welcoming and puts guests at ease. Read more

New Orleans generally isn't known for healthy eating, but the trend has officially caught on here. These days, it's almost as easy to stumble upon a cold-pressed juice bar as a po-boy shop, and while the places pushing a health-forward menu are expanding quickly, the types available vary. Read more

On a nondescript stretch of Girod Street, a set of bright green shutters beckons passersby. Step off the street into the narrow dining room at Vyoone's and you'll likely be greeted at the door by one or both of the women who run the charming Warehouse District restaurant. Read more