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Andrea’s 25th

This month, Andrea’s Restaurant & Catering is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Tia Summerville, public relations for Andreas, comments on upgrades that Andrea’s has made over the years.

Summerville says, “Improvements made on the land and the building with bigger banquet rooms, after 20 something years we added a premier piano lounge called Capri Blu. We also added more ample free parking.”

According to Summerville, the Ribeye Pizzaiola is always a popular item and is great with one of the 50 different wines by the glass from Andrea’s wine cellar. Chef Andrea Apuzzo always includes the freshest Louisiana seafood in his dishes. For the past 51 years, Chef Apuzzo has traveled around the world cooking and is passionate for about the best quality ingredients and seafood.

With the celebration of its 25th Anniversary, Andrea’s is offering a New Piccoa Piatti menu, which is a smaller portioned menu with specials. Also there will be 25-cent martinis, Andrea’s My Home is Your Home cookbook for $25 and 25 percent off food and beverage bills.

Information, 834-8583, 3100 19th St., Metairie; andreasrestaurant.com.

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Uncorked at La Meritage

Opened in March 2009, Le Meritage, located in the Maison Dupuy, introduced a new approach to dining and wine pairings. The menu features a variety of Southern Coastal Cuisine, with small and large plates for each menu option, and half and full pours for all wine pairings.

Sarah Finnin, a hostess at Le Meritage, says, “Because our menu is a wine-centric menu, most guests choose to enjoy their meal with the suggested wine pairings.” Finnin suggests the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake; the Braised Short Ribs with parsnip puree and basil gremolata also seems to be one of the most popular items.

Le Meritage is currently preparing for the French Quarter Wine Festival which begins in February. For six weeks guests will be able to experience some of the fine wine dinners.

Information: 1001 Rue Toulouse, New Orleans 522-8800, lemeritagerestaurant.com.

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Rediscovering The Court of Two Sisters

In 1963 The Court of Two Sisters was acquired by Joe Fein Jr., who began to restore and preserve the historic site. Today, ownership has been passed down to Joseph Fein III and Jerome Fein.

This site has much history, says Michelle Fein Morantez, director of marketing. According to legend, the pirate Jean Lafitte killed three men in three separate duels one night under the once famed courtyard willow tree that was destroyed in 1965 by Hurricane Betsy.

On the more blissful side, Morantez adds that she loves seeing couples get engaged at The Court of Two Sisters, then return a few years later to relive those special memories.

Recently, the Char-broiled Tenderloin of Beef has been an exciting and popular choice on the menu. The whole tenderloin is lightly charred and cooked to perfection. The Seafood Orleans omelet is a popular choice for the Jazz brunch, offered daily 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Many customers experience the brunch with a mimosa or The Court of Two Sisters’ award-winning Bloody Mary.

Information, 522-7261, 613 Royal St., courtoftwosisters.com.