Restaurants

Things I Have Learned Lately

  As many of you know, I was one of the lucky humans to visit outer space recently. No, it was not with Branson or Bezos; I was on the rocket built by Joe Lotrglio. I am told that we…

The Elysian Bar’s Rectory is Now Open for Cocktails

    NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The team behind the Marigny’s European inspired escape, The Elysian Bar, has officially reopened the Rectory for imbibing. Guests can now enjoy a spritz or cocktail from The Elysian Bar’s drink menu every…

Cool Down With Hot Happy Hours

  We always try to find fun and festive happy hour deals to share with cocktail lovers. Here are just a few options as we gear up to tolerate the dog days of Louisiana summer heat. Try them all, or…

The Best Happy Birthday to Me

  As a lifelong plant and flower enthusiast I am excited about the return of floral design workshops at Mitch’s Flower’s, a beautifully appointed horticultural oasis on a shaded block of Magazine Street. While they were once common, today shops…

"Brunch Month" at Southern Food & Beverage Museum

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – In the 1870’s, Madame Begue invented the meal “brunch” for New Orleans’ working people who finished their shifts after traditional breakfast hours, but before lunch hours began. Since then, brunch has become a cultural sensation,…

Arnaud's To Host Christmas In July Luncheon, July 30

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Join Arnaud’s Restaurant in celebrating Christmas in July! Guests can choose from a special three-course, prix-fixe menu, featuring Pan Seared Gulf Fish, Crab Cakes, Croque Madame, Duck Confit and Grilled Pork Chop as entrée…

Mister Mao Opening July 24 in New Orleans’ Uptown Neighborhood

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Mister Mao, the highly-anticipated restaurant from Chef Sophina Uong and husband/partner William “Wildcat” Greenwell is set to officially open to the public in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhood on Saturday, July 24, 2021. With a bar…

The Best Foods to Try This Weekend

  Seemingly forever, brothers John and Moe Thabata have run Rainbow Grocery (4837 Magazine St., 504-875-3635), the popular Uptown corner store best known for its extensive selection of everything from very cheap beers sold as singles to fine wines and…

The Best Frozen Drinks to Keep You Cool this Weekend

  Both beloved and reviled, the frozen daiquiri in a Styrofoam cup from a drive-through has some solid upscale competition around town and wise restaurateurs are rolling out a plethora of options for those seeking to stay cool while imbibing…

COOLinary New Orleans

  I’m not a huge fan of the capitalization where “COOLinary New Orleans” is concerned, but I’m a fan of the endeavor. It’s a chance for people, mostly locals, to check out some restaurants that maybe they’d been meaning to…

The Best New Sushi Experience

  It is too hot to hang in the kitchen, so I have been on a sushi kick of late. At the suggestion of a friend my daughter, Cecilia, and I hit up Yakuza House in Metairie for a late…

Flavorful Summer Cocktails

  It’s not unusual for us to constantly work to upgrade our cocktail game, trying to find over the top cocktail creations and fun places to enjoy them. While the weather is heating up, so are the bartenders who are…

The Doldrums

  This is the time of year in which restaurants are typically slow. It is hot and it is humid and we don’t have the tourists we normally do during the year. That’s in a good year, but this year?…

Broussard's Hosts Disco Drag Brunch

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Enjoy a day of bubbly, bites, and Studio 54 dance moves at the Broussard's Restaurant Disco Drag Brunch June 26 at 11 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.! Come see the Southern Barbitchuates, Monalot Fontaine, Gia Giovanni,…

Copper Vine Announces NEW Wine Tasting Experiences

  NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Exploring the terrain of wine is now becoming more accessible with the announcement of Copper Vine’s new private wine tasting experiences – bringing the winery tour to your table! Copper Vine’s wine experiences showcase…

Summer Cocktail Specials

  It is so much fun watching the city come back to life and seeing how things have changed in the last year. Restrictions are slowly being lifted, which means many bars and restaurants are loosening the rules and allowing…

Things Going On Around Town

  There are restaurants opening around town, which is not all that unusual. One is a pizza joint that was also a pizza joint before. Another is a Haitian restaurant that, when I first ran into it, was at the…

Masks and Dining and Things

  As reported by the Times Picayune Advocate, the mask mandate has been lifted in New Orleans, per new guidelines from the CDC. I don’t know how to feel about it, to be honest. Given my work, I’ve been dining out…

But First, Let’s Cocktail

  Eating and drinking your way through town is something so fun to do, especially this time of year. Now we are noticing many places lifting some of the coronavirus restrictions and making going out, an enjoyable experience. There are…

The Best Places to Catch Me This Weekend

  Sooo, as much as I really do not like being on camera that is exactly where my new gig as the NOSH columnist for New Orleans Magazine has landed me. Check it out here if you are ready to…

Live Music Returns to Bayou Bar in Garden District

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Nestled on the ground floor of the Pontchartrain Hotel, the Bayou Bar is a casual tavern-style bar where music played an integral role in its storied past: both Sinatra and Capote spent many a night…