Dining Tradition

Tujague’s, the second oldest restaurant in New Orleans, has moved to a three-story building at 429 Decatur St. with eight dining rooms, a courtyard and a balcony. The first floor is made up of the bar with Otis Guichet’s portrait hanging on the wall; the Parlor Room, which includes banquet seating and white wainscoting with mirrors; and the Begue Room, which resembles the main dining room in the old building with the same chandeliers and white wainscoting with mirrors. Beyond the Begue Room is a courtyard with patio lights and a lovely wall of greenery and planters. The second floor includes the Krewe of Iris Room and the Krewe of Iris annex with a balcony used for regular and private dining. There’s also a private dining room overlooking the courtyard called the Patio Room. Finally, the third floor includes two private rooms: The Steven Latter Room has green elements throughout, and the Guichet Room is perfect for board dinners or elegant wine dinners. 429 Decatur St., 525-8676, Tujaguesrestaurant.com.

Crescent City Farmers Market Now Open on the Lafitte Greenway

The Crescent City Farmers Market has a new home in New Orleans’ vibrant Mid-City neighborhood. Operating year-round, the market now takes place at the Lafitte Greenway and Bayou St. John on Thursday afternoons from 3-7 p.m. Making use of the new Lafitte Greenway Plaza, the market will host vendors such as Crescent City Cultures, Graham’s Harvest, Honest Foods Co., Burgs Bees and many more. Pre-order is available Monday through Wednesday. 500 N. Norman C. Francis Pkwy., 861-4485, Crescentcity-farmersmarket.org.


A Tavola Opens at Lakeside Shopping Center

Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts – the restaurant group behind beloved local restaurants such as Broussard’s Restaurant & Courtyard, Kingfish Kitchen & Cocktails and The Bombay Club – has opened A Tavola Restaurant & Wine Bar on the footprint of Lakeside Shopping Center. A Tavola, which means “at the table” in Italian, is a family-friendly establishment with an open kitchen serving modern Italian cuisine. The menu includes offerings such as wood-fired pizzas, antipasti, soup and salads, paninis and sandwiches and other Italian favorites. Meanwhile, the gelato and sorbetto are supplied by local dessert-maker, Piccola Gelateria. The extensive bar program includes nearly a dozen specialty cocktails, house-made limoncello, two specialty frozen cocktails (limoncello and Italian eggnog) and wines on tap. There are also more than two dozen wines and sparkling wines available by the glass, and 58 wines available by the bottle. 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 577-2235, Atavo.la.


A Family Legacy Continues

Lil Dizzy’s Cafe, known for having some of the best Creole soul food in New Orleans, is now under new ownership. Wayne Baquet, Sr., who opened the restaurant in 2004, retired in November and sold the cafe to his son, Wayne Baquet, Jr., and his daughter-in-law, Arkesha, in December. “We wanted to continue the Baquet family legacy that has been passed down for generations,” Arkesha said. “It means the world to Wayne and I to own Lil Dizzy’s and be able to hopefully pass it on to our children who are the next generation of Baquets. We are also very happy that Wayne, Sr., and Janet Baquet are still here to witness us continue the legacy and to make them both proud.” The restaurant will open soon for takeout and catering orders, followed by dine-in services that are within Covid-19 safety protocols. 1500 Esplanade Ave., 569-8997, Lildizzyscafe.net.

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