Table Talk

Table Talk: New Orleans’ Sweet Side

This month I pushed back from the dining room table and stepped up to the counter for some confections and baked goods, as February in New Orleans offers a lot of temptation for those with a sweet tooth. With Carnival…

Taking on Tasting Menus

If you’re going to go over-the-top, is a mere three courses truly enough? Why settle for business class when first class dangles within reach, handed out alongside the regular menu as an oft-disregarded enticement, a heavenly brass ring so often…

EATS ALONG JEFFERSON HIGHWAY

The Harahan and River Ridge communities offer the typical comforts of suburbia: green space, quiet neighborhoods and lots that can accommodate homes larger than a double-shotgun. They also offer other perks, like independently owned and operated restaurants. Diners have several…

MEATS OF ALL KINDS

Steak is classic, though charcuterie boards give a guy plenty to choose from. Throw in some spicy grilled pork ribs with pickled watermelon rind and you’ve got a plateful of offerings few can resist. Nowadays locals have plenty of options.…

3 In The University Section

The neighborhoods surrounding Tulane and Loyola universities offer diners a slew of quirky and idiosyncratic dining options. Price points are often reasonable, making them attractive to students, and there seems to be a willingness to experiment on the part of…

3 in lakeview

Lakeview was one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the levee breaks, and commercial establishments were relatively slow to return. For a long time, homeowners rebuilding there were akin to homesteaders, having little in the way of supporting infrastructure. The…

In Search of Barbecue

That old chestnut about New Orleans not having any good barbecue is something that needs to be put to rest. While not necessarily a hotbed of hickory smoked goodness, in truth, good barbecue has been available for a long while…

Masters on Magazine

The long renaissance of Magazine Street in part can be attributed to its collection of restaurants, which serve as waypoints between the boutiques, hipster haberdashers and alternative toy depots that pavé this unique indie thoroughfare. Magazine Street offers choices including…

MASTERS OF INGREDIENTS

Though blessed with Gulf seafood, great citrus and a small but dedicated network of organic farmers and purveyors, New Orleans doesn’t have an adjacent breadbasket on par with Northern California’s Napa Valley or New York’s Hudson Valley. So how do…

tres experiencias espanolas

For a city with a lot of Spanish blood in its veins, it’s a bit surprising that Spanish cuisine in New Orleans restaurants has remained somewhat underrepresented. When untangling the influences that have come together to create our unique regional…

THE WORLDS OF ADOLFO GARCIA

With the opening of the central/southern Italian trattoria a Mano in November, chef Adolfo Garcia has increased his portfolio to partnership in three holdings, rounded out by Rio Mar and La Boca. And while the cuisines served at each are…

RIVERBEND

Gathered within the Riverbend’s embrace is one of the most diverse collections of restaurants in the city. Backed by the defining green mound of the Mississippi’s levee, this quietly vibrant area attracts a mélange of college students, locals and streetcar-riding…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…