Author: Jyl Benson

A Few Hot Dining Deals to Beat The Damned Heat

  An enthusiastic cook at heart, as August rolls around I want nothing to do with the heat boiling in my kitchen. These days I am prone to skipping meals altogether or I might just pick them up at Made…

Get 'Cool' This Month with Coolinary

  Today kicks off the doldrums of August, the heat sucks and, yes, we are collectively sick to death of it. That said, a slew of dining and cultural deals also kick off today and run through the rest of…

Cool, Satisfying Summertime Bites

Though I’m an enthusiastic cook, by the time August rolls around I want nothing to do with a heat belching oven, roiling liquid in a hot pot or even hot food. I am in the mood for cool, refreshing soups,…

Sur la menu: Meal and Deal

EatLafayette, the annual celebration of Lafayette’s local restaurants, from humble to haute, continues through Sept. 15. Created by Lafayette Travel in 2005 to boost things a bit during the sultry summer months with cool-on-the-wallet offerings, to qualify as a local…

Brunch, Fried Chicken and a Trip to the Caribbean Islands

  On Saturday the Crescent City Cafe (3900 St. Charles Ave., crescentcitycafe.com) will host its annual Me + 3  Brunch Fundraiser. A $20 donation will cover your brunch plus 3 meals for future Cafe guests, most of whom are homeless.…

Cheap Eats and Drinks, Five Events This Weekend

  Happy Birthday to me! By the time you read this I will be celebrating is Asheville, North Carolina with my best bud, Cyndi. If  I were here to celebrate a few cool things are on my radar. Last week…

Fill Your Weekend With Fried Chicken

  Happy Independence Day, Everyone! If I had to plan my final menu fried chicken would be the entree. In the past few years I have made a concerted effort to limit my intake of meat but I cannot resist…

Best New Restaurants

Discussing food, cooking and restaurants is a part-time sport for New Orleanians. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to cocktail bites, dinner to late night eats and desserts, we’ve got a lot to talk about. Enjoy our selection of the best…

Roadside Dining: Bowled Over

  With 10 bowling lanes, a stage for live music, a full-service restaurant, multiple bars, a rooftop deck and a beer garden, Red Stick Social, Baton Rouge’s newest hot spot, defies definition. Robert Lay was the developer who reimagined then…

Opulent Offerings

New Orleanians of a certain age may recall when local “happy” hours came in three basic forms with slight variations thereof: Three-for-one well brand specials at The Boot, Friar Tucks, Hillary’s and Shanahan’s; the Friday evening “Sippin’ into Sunset,” the…

Classically Louisiana

As a child of New Orleans, coming up in the ‘70s and ‘80s, I was accustomed to seeing the same things on restaurant menus again and again, as I dined out with my gustatory-minded parents. Common were panéed meat, poultry…

My Happy ’Hood

I was 27 when I bought my home near Magazine Street and Jefferson Avenue. That was 1996, and I still love it here. I never get bored. I have seen things change and, due to an astronomic property value uptick…

Best Place To Take Your Dog This Weekend

  The Best Place to be with your dog this weekend? A taco pop-up. Avo Taco, with roots in Miami and New York will take over the kitchen at Port of Orleans Brewing Company (4124 Tchoupitoulas St.,) this weekend (Friday-Sunday).…

Free and Final: Drink Sales and Events This Weekend

  We all make mistakes and sometimes we benefit from others' mishaps. Such is the case with a Big Easy Bucha (4040 Euphrosine St., bigeasybucha.com) sale ending today at 4 p.m. when shoppers can grab up overruns and mislabeled (OOPS)…

New Orleans Pride, And Other Culinary Events This Weekend

  This year’s New Orleans Pride celebration (togetherwenola.com) takes place Friday through Sunday with activities around the French Quarter. Voted the second most welcoming city in the U.S, and the number one festival destination for LGBT travelers, New Orleans Pride…

Shrimp Toast

A cornerstone of the Pu-Pu platter – companion to crab rangoon, sticky red ribs, fried wontons and other Americanized Chinese bites – shrimp toast is finally getting the respect I have long denied it. As a child I indulged at every…

Sur la menu: Filler Up

Last fall the familiar historic corner of Johnston and Jefferson streets in downtown Lafayette, previously occupied by The Filling Station and long ago serving as a Conoco gasoline station, reopened after a full renovation and expansion as Spoonbill Watering Hole…

Embrace the Heat

  That bliss-inducing extended spring is over and the heat is definitely on. With the departure of cool temperatures comes the departure of most tourists leaving those of us who do not leave for the summer with a bit more…

Passing A Good Time From The West Bank To The Treme

  We were starving. It was late on a Saturday afternoon and the two of us were the only people in Hong Minh (Hong Minh, 2101 8th St., Harvey, 592.7316, hongminhharvey.com) save for three generations of the extended Vietnamese-Chinese family…

Tacos, Bread, BBQ and more!

  After having been postponed earlier this spring due to inclement weather, New Orleans’ third annual Top Taco (toptaconola.com) festival kicks off this evening at 6 p.m., at Woldenberg Park with chefs and bartenders from over 50 restaurants competing for…

Time with Ya'Mama

  Each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, members of the Magazine Street Merchants' Association (magazinestreet.com) join together to host a free champagne stroll whereby participating merchants remain open until 9 p.m. Many merchants use the opportunity to provide…

All Things Good On the Cheap

This being the week between Jazz Fest weekends my taste buds are heightened, making the same-old pretty undesirable, I am ready to party, and while my wallet is thinned, resulting in the Champagne Taste Beer Wallet Syndrome we all dread.…

Serious Shrimp

The first time I had the Shrimp Buster at Herby K’s I could have fallen off of my counter barstool and cracked my head on the floor. It was years ago and I was dining with my friend Chris Jay,…

Off the Path Perfection

We were starving. It was late on a Saturday afternoon and the two of us were the only people in Hong Minh, save for three generations of the…

Food, Fun And Festivals

New Orleans' Recreation Department will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on the Lafitte Greenway in Mid-City on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Children ages three to 12 can enjoy an Easter egg hunt, space walks, carnival games,…

Kids in the Kitchen And Other Culinary Adventures

I have known Chef Dominique Macquet for years. When his daughter was a toddler she joined us in the kitchen as we worked up recipes for some project or another. Like many chefs, hell, like many people, Macquet had a reputation…