New Restaurants

Piecing Together Origami

January 13, 2012

The recently opened Origami continues the trend of resurgence and rebirth on Freret Street (ten restaurants and counting!). Not only is it another bustling restaurant along a corridor that has become synonymous with food, but it marks an extreme makeover for the building that once housed the notorious Friar Tucks, which mercifully closed after a […]

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Noodle & Pie Pops Up at Coulis

October 5, 2011
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As NOLA Defender reported last week the gang over at Dante’s Kitchen is joining the pop-up restaurant parade. Because these guys clearly have way too much free time on their hands you can, for the foreseeable future, find them Sunday and Monday nights at Coulis (3625 Prytania) serving up piping hot bowls of handmade ramen […]

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Dinner @ Dinner

August 12, 2011

What makes a restaurant the best in the world? If you ask me the idea of the World’s best anything is a ludicrous notion, especially when you are talking about food. How can the sublime tasting menus of Eric Ripert’s timeless Le Bernadin be consider inferior to the mad cap genius of Rene Redzepi’s NOMA. I’ve […]

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NKOTB: Ancora & Tru Burger

June 17, 2011
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There’s a rush on fast food in New Orleans. Maybe that’s not quite fair terminology, but at the end of the day, it’s burger joints and pizza parlors that are quickly filling the vacant real estate throughout the city, with more of the same to follow. Maybe New Orleans is finally catching up with the food trends […]

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Tartine? Mais Oui!

April 2, 2011
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Po-boy shops are a dime a dozen in New Orleans.  For something a little fancier, more refined, and not dripping in roast beef debris cue WINO, Saint James Cheese Company, and Cochon Butcher, neighborhood favorites that bring the sandwich to New Orleans residents in its many varied, heightened forms. Happily you can add Freshman Tartine to that list. While the others […]

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Weiner Fest

March 17, 2011

The Gourmet: If you grow up in New York the hot dog is simply a way of life. An everyday food that you don’t think twice about. From cheap corner vendors hawking steaming dogs in murky water, to Nathans Famous’ annual competition, to the overpriced weiners they shill out at Yankee Stadium, hot dogs are […]

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Mexican Fail: Tomasito’s

December 5, 2010

The Gourmet: Full disclosure right off the bat, I am not a huge Tex-Mex fan. I don’t like the heaviness of the beans, cheese and rice. Nachos are great when you are hungover, but for a proper meal? Why bother. I would much prefer a more manageable meal of soft tacos. A little grilled fish, a little cabbage, nothing that […]

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Mommy Needs A Cocktail: A Tale of Two Bars

December 3, 2010

The Gourmet: Better late then never. We finally went to Sylvain last night and while I won’t bore you by adding to the chorus of reviews (two of which can be found here and here ) I will add one thought. To lift a line from Denis Leary, and I am paraphrasing here, sometimes all you want […]

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Mike’s On The Ave? Meh…

November 23, 2010

The Gourmet: Talk about nonplussed. Mike’s on the Ave recently reopened in its old digs on Lafayette Square in the CBD. I can’t claim to have been to the original and was not hugely impressed with the latest iteration. Maybe I just need to give it another chance. Then again, there are too many other […]

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November 16, 2010

The Gourmet: Is it just me, or are new restaurants sprouting like weeds in this city? Trying desperately to keep up with all of these openings and falling dangerously behind the curve, Gourmand and I headed to Meson 923 on a recent night. After a quick perusal of the menu I was intrigued by the way that […]

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