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Jazz Feast! Ian McNulty on what’s new for Jazz Fest food and how it all shakes out

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - BBQ chicken (left) and BBQ brisket sandwiches with collard greens from Squeal Bar-B-Q, new items at Food Area I at Jazz Fest.

The first day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival began with a nice breeze, overcast skies and a high probability of smoked meat. That was courtesy of Squeal Bar-B-Q. The Oak Street restaurant is making its Jazz Fest debut, so its stand was the natural place to start a day of eating around… Continue reading →

Jazz Fest visitors: Insider’s guide to must-see, do, eat in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Big Chief Juan Pardo, photographed Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Maïs Arepas, one of his favorite post Jazz Fest hangouts.

Just a few years ago, it was easy to play the role of concierge to friends and family visiting the city for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. It wasn’t hard to show off your singular but tourist-friendly take on New Orleans, sending them home with memories of one hell of a good time. It’s… Continue reading →

‘Hot Honey’ tops Louisiana Sisters Cocktail Competition

Photo provided by Tréo  --  The cocktail Hot Honey in the City by Tyler Chauvin of Tréo in New Orleans wins first place in the Louisiana Sisters Cocktail Competition on March 4 at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.

Tréo bartender Tyler Chauvin took the top prize in the recent Louisiana Sisters Cocktail Competition with her original craft cocktail, Hot Honey in the City. She was one of nine New Orleans bartenders challenged to create cocktails inspired by Louisiana Sisters spiced gourmet foods at the event at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum. In addition… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Food lover’s favorite companion and handy reference

“The Deluxe Food Lover’s Companion, 2nd Edition” by Ron Herbst and Sharon Tyler Herbst Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., $29.99 854-page hardcover It seems fitting that I write about the latest — and “deluxe” — edition of Barron’s authoritative “The New Food Lover’s Companion” today. The reference volume, which first appeared in print… Continue reading →

Gourmet Gallery: The Berry Best: Nothing beats fresh Louisiana strawberries as the perfect finish to a great meal

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Pineapple Strawberry Cake

We can get strawberries year around, but there’s nothing like this time of year when our Louisiana strawberries are so delicious. Honestly, there’s nothing better and prettier than a bowl of freshly sliced strawberries. We can’t seem to ever stop there; we have to add the cake or the cream or the pudding. I absolutely loved… Continue reading →

Eat Your Vegetables: Fancy-cut, Hasselback potatoes not as tricky as they look

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Hasselback Baked Potato

Serve up a skillet of fancy-cut potatoes for dinner tonight. Potatoes cut this way were made famous at the Hasselbacken restaurant in Stockholm. It was their way of preparing them for baking that resulted in a crispy outside and creamy center. Today, there are many versions of buttery herb toppings but they all begin with cutting… Continue reading →

Chris' Specialty Meats -- a popular Baton Rouge shop -- to open new location in New Orleans

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Chris' Specialty Meats will bring a Cajun-style butcher shop to Lakeview.

Two new butcher shops are separately taking shape in the Faubourg Marigny and Lakeview. One is the expansion of a well-established Cajun shop from Baton Rouge, and another is the next step up for a well-known local butcher from the city’s charcuterie circuit. Chris’ Specialty Meats is slated to open by July 1… Continue reading →

Thumbprint Cellars sets wine dinners in Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Winemaker Scott Lindstrom-Dake, owner of Thumbprint Cellars in Healdsburg, California, will be pouring his wines at wine dinners this week in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The Baton Rouge event will be held at Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant, 18811 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, on Thursday, April 23. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. and dinner at… Continue reading →

Sidewalk seating, patios, more: Big changes in downtown New Orleans spur demand for new outdoor eateries

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse turned a quiet corner of the Warehouse District into a lively patio when it opened earlier this year.

Spring is prime time for outdoor dining in New Orleans, when even those most in thrall to A/C will gravitate to the patio, courtyard and sidewalk table. These options have been proliferating all around town lately, but in one area in particular they’re contributing more than just picturesque perches for an al fresco meal. In downtown New… Continue reading →

Ian McNulty: Don't be surprised; this Gentilly cafe always a favorite for casual, true New Orleans food

Photo by Elsa Hahne -- Alexis Ruiz and chef Jordan Ruiz, proprietors of the Munch Factory.

When I’m asked to recommend casual restaurants for true New Orleans flavor and I get to the Munch Factory, the name will often elicit a chuckle. It’s memorable, but this Gentilly cafe resonates with me for other reasons. For one, it helped reframe my understanding of the term “family-friendly restaurant” as one… Continue reading →

Mapping Your Appetite: The Spring Dining Guide for the New Orleans area

Good problems to have are still problems, as the food lovers of New Orleans know so well these days. Dining around this city is a sumptuous pleasure. But picking the destination can be vexing. It’s only grown more difficult as so many new restaurants keep opening, bringing so many different cuisines, flavors and trends for our… Continue reading →

Downtown: The New Orleans Advocate’s spring 2015 dining guide

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Mussels take on a Thai flavor for an appetizer at Emeril's Restaurant.

Balise 640 Carondelet St.
(504) 459-4449 This new second restaurant from La Petite Grocery chef Justin Devillier starts with the feel of a high-aiming gastropub but does not end there. The small rooms in its 1830s-era building (the old Ditcharo’s bar) give a tavern atmosphere, and service is casual. As the… Continue reading →

Uptown below Napoleon: New Orleans Advocate spring 2015 dining guide

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Shrimp Henican has become a staple starter at Commander's Palace.

Atchafalaya 901 Louisiana Ave.
(504) 891-9626 Few dishes come roaring off the menu to grab your attention, and the cottage setting looks like an easy-going neighborhood bistro. But as the food arrives, robust flavors and artful precision reveal a balanced and energetic modern American restaurant in action. Though some Creole flavors… Continue reading →

West Bank: New Orleans Advocate spring 2015 dining guide

Advocate staff photo by Ian McNulty - Shrimp paste on sugar cane skewers at Tan Dinh.

Banana Blossom Thai Café 2112 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna
(504)392-7530 Small, casual and inexpensive, this café has a big payoff for lovers of traditional Thai food. The basics (tom yum soup, pad Thai, green curry) demonstrate that vibrant blend of spicy, sweet, soup and sharp flavors that can induce such strong cravings for… Continue reading →

North Shore: New Orleans Advocate spring 2015 dining guide

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ- Rabbit stuffed with tasso at Oxlot 9, a modern Southern restaurant inside Covington's revived Southern Hotel.

Del Porto Ristorante 501 E. Boston St., Covington
(985) 875-1006 A classic Tuscan approach to robust roasted meats, house-made pastas and a light touch with seafood are the enduring hallmarks of this modern Italian restaurant. Preparations are straightforward, though still multidimensional, with a balanced interplay of fresh herbs, the right hit… Continue reading →

Mid-City: The New Orleans Advocate spring 2015 dining guide

Advocate photo by J.T. BLATTY-- The falafel platter at 1000 Figs, a new restaurant that evolved from the Fat Falafel food truck.

1000 Figs 3141 Ponce de Leon St.
(504) 301-0848 This new café started as a popular food truck, the Fat Falafel, and its permanent home doesn’t feel much bigger than that old rig. No matter, this small package is a quick stop for a big dose of fresh Mediterranean flavors vividly… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Perfecting puff pastry: Top with Parmesan, Swiss chard

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING  --  Puff Pastry and Swiss Chard makes a fun bread course or appetizer.

Food Editor Cheramie Sonnier and I watched several food demonstrations when we attended the AmericasMart Atlanta market a while back. One idea in particular that I liked was topping packaged puff pastry with Swiss chard and a sprinkling of Parmesan. The chef baked the bread until it was dark brown and puffy, then roughly cut it… Continue reading →