The Independent Caveau NOLA
The Independent Caveau NOLA is a fairly new wine bar and retail operation that also serves cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as high-end tinned seafood. Operated by Joanne Close and husband Jim Yonkus, it’s a great place to browse for interesting wines and grab a bite to eat in the bar or on the patio. The Independent Caveau NOLA, 1226 S. White St., 702-8033, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Theindependentnola.com. (A good place, but could be a little difficult to find. Call ahead for directions.)
Turmeric , a new Indian restaurant opened in November on the West Bank in the space formerly occupied by Red Palace, a Chinese restaurant. The new spot features a menu of standard dishes, including biryanis, dishes cooked in the tandoor oven and multiple breads. Try the Country Chicken Curry, a stew flavored with chiles, tamarind, coriander and curry leaves. Turmeric, 1025 Westbank Expy., Gretna, 354 1422; open daily (except Tuesday) 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wei Dao Asian Cuisine
Wei Dao Asian Cuisine bills itself as a sushi restaurant, and that’s certainly a large part of the menu. But the restaurant also has a Chinese menu with offerings like fish with black bean sauce and bitter melon, cumin flavor beef and salt & pepper squid. We Dao Asian Cuisine, 5024 West Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 888-4288; Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and until 2:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Weidaoasiancuisine.com.