Restaurants

Going Green

Chris DeBarr is a food evangelist. During his time at the Delachaise, he helmed one of the city’s most eclectic and interesting kitchens. When the owners of the wine bar decided to scale back the food, DeBarr moved on. After…

Changes at Cuvee

Sept. 25 was chef Bob Iacovone's last day in the kitchen at Restaurant Cuvee, where he’d been executive chef for the past seven years. Bob’s wife, Julianna, recently gave birth to the couple’s first child –– a son named Witt…

Game Time

Fall dishes bring warmth and comfort as the seasonal coin flips.

RESTAURANT INSIDER

A wise man once told me: “Never debate politics with a fig tree.” By wise, of course, I mean drunk, but you can’t quibble with the accuracy of the advice: fig trees are truly awful conversationalists. I hope what follows…

An Alternative to Pita

I’m a sucker for good bread. It’s a detail that I never fail to notice in a fine-dining restaurant, and when I find good bread in a more casual place, it’s always a pleasant surprise. Here in New Orleans, of…

Riffs on Southern Themes

Chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing opened MiLa in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel after Rene Bajeux’s eponymous Bistrot was shuttered by Katrina. The chefs, who are married, are from Mississippi (Slade) and Louisiana (Allison), and the restaurant’s name reflects…

A (Mostly) Accurate Introduction

This is my inaugural post for the Haute Plates blog, and I thought I’d take the opportunity to give you a sense of what you might expect. If you read New Orleans Magazine, you might be familiar with me from…

Restaurant Insider

Normally when I show up on neighborhood doorsteps demanding candy, folks tend to call to the police. In October, however, things are different. Plus, I have a child. Or, as I call him, “Daddy’s Cover.”When Kelly Ponder and Michael Buchert…

Dining

Specialties at Ristorante FilippoPhillip Gagliano, a proud born-and-raised New Orleans Italian-American, started Ristorante Filippo in 2001 to employ his passions for the restaurant industry and for serving his guests. Ristorante Filippo has 64-seat capacity for lunch and dinner, with a…

Pupuseria La Macarena

The Riverbend neighborhood has a pretty impressive collection of restaurants, spanning the price spectrum from fine dining to cheap college eats and spanning nationalities from Thailand to Main Street, USA. Part of this assortment is Pupuseria La Macarena, a family-owned…

Bayona

Last weekend I had an all-around excellent meal at Bayona and upon leaving had to ask myself why I don’t go there more often. I was surprised to be reminded that it has been around for 18 years as even…

New Orleans Seafood Festival

Food- and music-lovers get ready –– the Third Annual New Orleans Seafood Festival kicks off next Friday, Sept. 25. The three-day event features artists such as Amanda Shaw and Dumpstaphunk, along with cooking demos from great local chefs including Susan…

Dauphin Island

This Labor Day I spent the weekend with friends at their beach house on Dauphin Island in Alabama. On the menu were smoked ribs, seafood gumbo, boiled crabs and some excellent pimento cheese spread courtesy of our hostess Amanda. Their…

The Joint

Looking for some distinctive barbecue in a setting with enough local character to stand up to the dry rub on its ribs? If so, check out The Joint, a shaggy dog ‘cue shack nestled deep in the Bywater where Poland…

Bucktown Neighborhood

A lot has changed in Bucktown since the storm. While this short stretch of Lakefront remains a favorite destination for casual seafood, much of its charm has been obliterated by the massive gate and pumping station at the mouth of…

Restaurant Insider

Bee Sweet Cupcakes (5706 Magazine St.) has opened a second boutique bakery at 800 Metairie Road, Suite Q. The new location serves the same decadent cupcakes as the original, including the “Drew Bees,” which is a chocolate cupcake with vanilla…

Dining

5 Fifty 5 Restaurant 555 Canal St., 553-5638, French Quarter. B, L, D daily. This restaurant in the Marriott Hotel offers innovative American fare such as Lobster Macaroni and Cheese and Seasonal Gulf fish with crab and Mache Salad with…

Perfect Catch

With an embarrassment of riches when it comes to seafood, here are three tasty treats.

Kids' stuff

Liberty’s KitchenLunch at Liberty’s Kitchen involves a special kind of lagniappe –– diners here don’t just get a good meal; they are also helping at-risk youth. A social enterprise dedicated to providing youths with training, education and marketable skills, Liberty’s…

Fresh produce and fine dining in Montreal

I just spent a week in Montreal and was struck again by what a great food and dining destination this city is. Combine a young population, amazing markets, Francophile roots and a rich blend of cultures, and you have a…

Dining Features

Sizzling Summer Specials at Pascal’s ManaleThis month, owner and manager of Pascal’s Manale Sandy Defelice assures diners “sizzling hot summer specials” from executive chef Mark Defelice. Family-owned since 1913, Pascal’s takes credit for the invention of the original barbecued shrimp…

Neighborhood pride

When I saw restaurants reviewed in a recent issue of Consumer Reports it made me sad. While I read this magazine to get reliability ratings on, say, a Toyota Yaris, I feel that some things lend themselves better to empirical…

Restaurant Insider

Fiesta Latina now has three locations in New Orleans, the newest being 133 N. Carrollton Ave., near Canal Street, which opened about six months ago. Fiesta Latina’s menu at the new location tends towards food that’s more familiar to those…

The gilded age

Back in the day, several top restaurants in New Orleans were the prominently featured crown jewels of sumptuous downtown hotels; places I tend to recollect within the context of special occasions as a child – the old Fairmont at Christmas,…