Brazil is a huge country and accordingly has a diverse cuisine. Until recently, I was unfamiliar with “quitutes,” which translates to “canapés” in Portuguese. Quitutes is also the name of a restaurant that opened in August in Arabi with a menu focused on the small bites as well as Brazilian staples like the yucca-flour bread pão de queijo and of course steak. Quitutes, 6617 Judge Perez Dr., 766-8694, Tuesday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Quitutescuisine.com. (under construction)
Aloha Grill & Sushi
Aloha Grill & Sushi got its start in the Auction House Market food court, and owners Dave Kirtland and Tracey Davenport have now opened a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on Calhoun street. The fare is eclectic, with Hawaiian style sushi and smoked pork, poke bowls, sandwiches and a full bar. Aloha Grill & Sushi, 3151 Calhoun St.; 309-2699; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 to 10 on Saturday and Sunday; Alohaleinola.com.
One would think that New Orleans would have more places serving Haitian cuisine, but until recently there were more Ethiopian restaurants in town. The numbers are equal now that Rendez-Vous Créole has opened in Algiers. The menu is short, with a half-dozen entrées and about as many sides, with items such as fried or stewed whole fish, beef or goat first braised, then fried and simmered conch. Rendez-Vous Créole, 3042 General Collins Ave., Algiers; 281-4834; daily from 11:45 to 9.