Best Place To Take Your Dog This Weekend
And upcoming July culinary events
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). The celebrated taco joint’s pop-up will run from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Shared plates will include Avo’s celebrated street corn for $3, green chili queso & chips for $4, and guacamole & chips for $4 with signature toppings such as mango salsa (+$1), pulled pork & crispy onions (+$3) and shrimp rémoulade & corn salsa (+$3). Nearly a dozen tacos featuring steak, pork, seafood and veggies will also be available for $4 each. Port Orleans recommends pairing the pop-up menu with its Mexican-style Lager, “Dorada”. In addition, Port Orleans will unveil two new beers—“Mango Lassi” and a collaboration brew with the “Krewe of Tucks” called Friar Water. Added bonus The Soul Project NOLA will be grooving on Saturday starting at 1PM with their energetic and original mix of funk, jazz, soul, blues and gospel. The event is family and dog friendly and all proceeds will benefit the LASPCA.
The Best Place to be both high brown and low-down? Toups South (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504.304.2147, toupssouth.com).
Wildman/Chef Isaac Toups’ Central City dining destination for Southern regional cuisine, is inviting guests to delve deep into the wines of America with the restaurant’s newly expanded wine program. Each month, imbibers and aspiring oenophiles are welcome to sip deeply discounted bottles from a rotating selection of wines curated by sommelier Thea Sasseen.
Since joining the Toups krewe earlier this year, Sasseen has revamped the wine program to focus on an entirely domestic wine list highlighting small producers throughout the country. Guests looking to up their wine game can enjoy a selection of discounted bottles all day every Monday and during Happy Hour, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Bottles are available in the bar only. The wine theme for July is Baller Bubbles & Crack and deep discounts will be offered on sparkling wine and Champagne, all served with a full order of Toups’ killer cracklins.
Guests can also enjoy discounted $5 wines-by-the-glass during Happy Hour and $25 select bottles on Wine Wednesdays.
Fins Feast is upon us again. GW Fins’ (808 Bienville St., 504.581.3467, gwfins.com)popular July dining deal, whereby a three course meal can be had at the swanky eatery for $39 kicks off on Monday. The prix fix specialty menu will be available every Sunday through Thursday through the end of the month. The menu will change every day, just as GW Fins’ dinner menu does, but here are some examples of the three courses diners can expect:
Local chanterelles & Creole Tomato, soft polenta, goat cheese
Royal Red Shrimp, green apple slaw, Vietnamese glaze
Corn & crab bisque, local sweet corn and blue crab
Black Drum, chicken cracklin crust, whipped butternut squash, shiitake, green beans, pecans, brown butter
Fried soft shell crab, spoonbread, maque choux, roasted corn butter
Wasabi Crusted Wahoo, pickled ginger slaw, baby bok choy, sticky rice, sweet soy butter
Bourbon pecan pie, vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce
Alabama peach Panna Cotta, amaretto syrup, raspberries
Tiramisu, mascarpone cream, espresso syrup, Dutch cocoa powder
Black Restaurant Week (nolabrw.com) kicks off tomorrow and runs through July 7. A national celebration of African American, Caribbean and African cuisine and chefs, cities from across the country participate in highlighting black-owned eateries, caterers, food trucks and bartenders which offer specialty menus and dining deals throughout the week. Restaurant Week pricing varies depending on location and menu items. Casual Dining ranges between $15-25 and fine dining options between $35-45. New Orleans’ participants include Cafe Dauphine, Beaucoup Eats, Tasty Treat Restaurant, Heard Dat Kitchen, Blaze Bistro, Neyow’s Creole Cafe, Sassafras, Barrow’s, Chef D’z Café, Peewee Crabcakes, and Loretta’s Authentic Pralines.
Associated events include NOSH: Culinary Showcase on Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The exclusive tasting event will feature sweet treats, savory bites and craft cocktails as well as cooking and bartending competitions, and live music. Visit the NOLA Black Restaurant Week (nobrw) website for tickets. Next Wednesday (July 3) Aroma, a culinary panel discussion will include a lineup chefs, restaurateurs, and caterers at the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra from 6-8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public but registration via the nobrw website is required .
The Soundbites Food Truck Fest will be held on July 6 at Deja Vieux Food Park (1681 Religious St.) from 12-8 p.m.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Use it to celebrate the people and the community you love.