Bellegarde Bakery started offering bread to restaurants and retail outlets in 2013, and in July opened a storefront near the intersection of Claiborne and Carrollton. The term “artisan” is overused, but it perfectly describes Graison Gill and his team in turning out beautiful loaves of hand-made bread using grains sourced directly from farmers and ground in their own stone mill. Bellegarde Bakery 8300 Apple St., 827-0008, Tuesday – Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bellegardebakery.com.
Roman style pizza, with its with its crispy yet airy crust made from specially crafted dough, is a fascinating variation on the original. Now that Bonci has opened its third location in the U.S., outstanding Roman-style Pizza is available here. The toppings on the by-the-slice (al-taglio style), rectangular pies change frequently, but are always fresh and delicious. Bonci, 730 Julia St., 766-6071, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Bonciusa.com.
Creole lunch counter places aren’t known for vegetarian fare, or for innovative food generally, but Beaucoup Eats is the exception to the rule. At the restaurant’s second location on Canal street, you can find gumbo, grilled fish with crawfish sauce and mashed potatoes, and crawfish bread alongside vegan stuffed poblano peppers or jerk shrimp over coconut rice with grilled cabbage and brown-butter bourbon carrots. The restaurant offers dine-in and takeout service. Beaucoup Eats, 2323 Canal St., 603-4888, Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Beaucoupeats.com.