Restaurants

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Restaurant Insider

New Orleans owes its existence almost as much to Spain as France, and in the last decade or so that’s been reflected in the dining scene. One example is Restaurant Madrid (300 Harrison Ave.), which has moved from its former…

Dining Features

Schiro’s, a Marigny mainstayA fixture in the Marigny, Schiro’s has been in business for more than 100 years. It’s a café, bar, Laundromat, bed-and-breakfast and it also sells groceries, beer and wine. The food served is mainly indigenous to New…

Going Coastal

When June hit this year, it felt to me as if the entire metro area has been plated and slid beneath a Superdome-sized salamander, baking the city to a point at which boudin left in a parked car with the…

Exploring Esplanade

Each year at Jazz Fest I’m reminded again of the beauty of Faubourg St. John. The logistical park-n-walk demands of the Fest allow me to view the neighborhood at a snail’s pace, rather than through a car window, and the…

Restaurant Insider

New Orleans hasn’t, until fairly recently, been the kind of place where you’d find “mixologists” behind the bar of your local watering hole. But now there are a couple of relatively new local joints where you can find inventive drinks…

Dining Features

Satisfying hunger at House of BluesWhile House of Blues is certainly known more for the variety of concerts that take place therein, music-lovers can also now indulge in fine cuisine. Mark Roberts, who’s a marketer for the Decatur Street location,…

Vizard's & Donald Link's new cookbook

Vizard's There is something very personal about dining at Vizard's. Perhaps it is the small room, which pulls off the trick of making tables placed closely together feel intimate rather than cramped. Perhaps it is the large portrait of lady…

We Got Spirit

Budget-friendly while luxe, Tales of the Cocktail serves dinner.

May Flowers

Local restaurants are blooming – and not just in name.

Recession Concessions

By the time this issue hits the stands, I hope the inspiration for this column is no longer relevant: namely the Bad Economy. But as I type this now we linger in limbo, stuck in a wait-and-see mode. Fittingly, the…

Restaurant Insider

The sign outside Chill Out Cafe’s (729 Burdette St.) Uptown dining room advertises it as a spot for breakfast and “Asian fusion,” but it’s really more of a Thai restaurant with a breakfast menu, with some updated touches to Thai…

Featured Dining

Fine dining for less at Austin’s Owned by Ed McIntyre, Austin’s opened in 2003 as an extension of Mr. Ed’s Restaurants, and is named after McIntyre’s son. Specializing in steaks, the restaurant offers diners a casual upscale atmosphere. “It’s a…

Bistro Daisy Remains a Perennial Favorite

It is easy to miss Bistro Daisy on Magazine Street, where it is wedged into a narrow lot alongside the National Art and Hobby shop. But to pass it up would be to pass up the chance to enjoy some…