Franky & Johnny’s has reopened under new management on Arabella Street, the NOLA Smokehouse barbecue popup plans to open on Jackson Avenue in February, the Aline Street Beer Garden has a new permanent Dat Dog counter and the recent opening of Ivy on Magazine Street has prompted a contemplation of the restaurant industry’s place in the New Orleans economy by The New York Times.
Freret Street will host two different rallies tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 4), a Christmas-themed roundup of food trucks at Dat Dog, and a $50-per-person fundraiser for Mayor Mitch Landrieu at Publiq House headlined by the Brass-A-Holics.
Reflecting on the all things I’m thankful for out of everything that has taken place over this last year, my 2-year-old’s brief dialogue with a stranger early one morning during our family walk to the neighborhood beignet purveyor takes the top spot. The six of us were leisurely making our way down General Pershing one sun-drenched spring dawn when we happened upon some men with car hood popped quizzically troubleshooting an engine. As we traded greetings, one of the men asked my youngest where we were going, and she paused with big smile and excitedly responded monosyllabically “Hey,” followed by a pause. Then a “Beignets” came next, followed by another pause. And then, with a slight nod if not an air of invitation, she finished with an “Eat.”
“Hey. Beignets. Eat.” The purposefully chosen words have stuck with me in their complete, albeit disjointed, simplicity since, and here’s why.
Gautreau’s chef Sue Zemanick has opened her Ivy restaurant on Magazine Street, Dolce Vita is now serving pizza on St. Charles Avenue, and Another Broken Egg Cafe plans a location in the Garden District.
Three years after opening the popular Oak wine bar, the owners are planning to expand with a new gastropub next door on Oak Street called Ale, joined with a courtyard between them.
It’s time again to sample open-faced sandwiches and other delicacies at the annual Scandinavian Festival and Christmas sale this weekend at the Norwegian church in the Garden District in New Orleans.
Among the plethora of regional “only in New Orleans” who dats, where yats, and duck fats, what makes one feel more like a local than the timeless event of gathering foodstuffs we commonly call “makin’ groceries”? I put the origin to my French-immersed 11-year-old, and she walked away perplexed, but more like, “duh.” In French “to buy” translates as acheter (ash-atay), but we are talking academic-France French here, right? So you don’t simply buy your food, you of course “do the market” or faire la marche’. Ergo “to do” and parallel that in “to make” and, voila, one makes one’s groceries. One tween eye roll later, I knew I was on to something.
The owners of the Rum House on Magazine Street plan to open a new restaurant next door, the “Red Dog Diner,” serving a wine-country comfort food in a casual Old World atmosphere, they said Tuesday.
The Courtyard Brewery, a new “nano” brewery with a small taproom, is planned for a warehouse on Erato Street in the Lower Garden District, its founders told neighbors Monday night.
A new Vietnamese restaurant called Mint plans to open next month on Freret Street, bringing yet another cuisine to the corridor’s eclectic mix of eateries.
A new restaurant in Broadmoor is serving baked French fry-style potatoes with a variety of sauces, and Mahony’s Po-Boy Shop on Magazine is preparing to close for a week for kitchen renovations.
The owners of Sylvain, the French Quarter gastropub that has drawn national accolades since opening in 2010, are looking at a location on Magazine Street for their next restaurant, they told neighbors this week, becoming the third proprietors of popular New Orleans downtown restaurants to announce an Uptown expansion in recent months.