Author: Robert Petyon

Auld Lang Syne

  My wife sent me a link to a Times-Picayune story featuring photographs of 48 New Orleans restaurants that have closed. The piece, by Todd Price, brought back a lot of memories for me, even if I only remember visiting…

Foreign Shrimp and Crawfish

  This is not an opinion piece about the wisdom of imposing tariffs on goods imported from abroad. That is not because I have no opinion, rather it is beyond the remit of this column. Also I am not very…

Corn, and other foods native to the Americas

  I remember when I first learned that chile peppers, tomatoes and chocolate were native to the Americas. I was shocked that ingredients I so closely associated with European and Asian cuisines only reached those places in the centuries after…

Fried Chicken

  It is said that there is no better fried chicken than that served at Popeye’s. This is a thing said by many chefs and while it is not true, it is nearly so. If you are looking to purchase…

New Restaurant Ideas

  In the last several years we’ve seen a variety of restaurants open in New Orleans. There are places that serve raw or raw-adjacent fish; places that serve ironic ethnic food; places that serve sandwiches and of course places that…

Chickpea Flour is HUGE

  Apparently chickpea flour, or more accurately things made from it, are huge in the U.S. now. This was an observation I read in an article at NPR’s website devoted to food issues, The Salt. The article I read was written…

And The Award Goes To...

  New Orleans did not have the success we usually have at the annual James Beard Foundation Awards this year. Of the multiple chefs, restaurateurs and food service professionals up for the honor, Brett Anderson of the Times Picayune was given…

What is “local” food?

In Jacobellis v. Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court heard an appeal from the owner of a movie theater in Ohio from a conviction for obscenity. There is a very famous quote from that case, by Justice Potter Stewart, who in…

New Orleans Restaurant Recommendations

  Lots of people from out of town ask me for recommendations, and when I have the time to respond I’m happy to do so. I start by asking a few questions of my own, though. What sort of food…

Ethiopian

I’ve written about the revelatory experience I had when I attended the wedding ceremony of two friends, one of whom is from Eritrea. Her family prepared a feast for the reception, and it blew my mind. I thought I was…

Mid City Pizza

I first learned to love pizza when I was a youth and got to taste the pies that Dan put out at Mark Twain’s Pizza Landing on Metairie Road. These were New York style pizzas, and it was the 80s,…

It's No Joke

  There are few cuisines less represented in New Orleans than that of Kazakhstan. Some would say this is because the cuisine of Kazakhstan, at least to the extent it differs from the cuisine of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and other…

News From the Kitchen

Chef D’z Café Chef Donald “Chef D” Smith closed his eponymous restaurant Chef D’z Café on Broad Street last year, but re-opened at the start of Carnival season in a new location. You’ll find the same classic New Orleans comfort…

News From the Kitchen

Gris Gris The space that the recently-opened restaurant occupies was once Square Root, and chef Eric Cook has kept the open kitchen on the first floor. The food is quite different – Cook’s menu features sophisticated Southern food rather than…

Tough Times

It’s hard to write a column like this when a friend has died. It’s hard to think of much else, to be honest. This friend was someone I met when I was in college in Memphis. His name was Chris.…

Specialty Markets

I’ve written fairly often about Hong Kong Market here, but while I’ve mentioned other places where one can find things from abroad, I haven’t written in much detail about one of my favorites: Golden City Asian Market.  Like a lot of…