Aug 262016
 
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The Petrossi family behind the bar at Charlie’s Steak House, later 1940s (via Charlie’s Steak House)

Charlie’s Steak House is many things. There’s the menu, or lack thereof, the history, and then, there’re the anecdotes. It’s an old school New Orleans restaurant of the neighborhood variety. It’s a tad “Goodfellas”, in the best way; its Italian origins are everywhere. It’s a place where local’s grandparents drank highballs and chain smoked between courses. Of course, it’s not an Italian restaurant; it’s a Steak House. The Original New Orleans Steak House.

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Aug 182016
 
(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

(via Irish Channel Neighborhood Association)

The Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (ICNA) will host their first Irish Channel Regatta, a themed neighborhood pub crawl, this Saturday, August 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. The pub crawl will make five stops including Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar and NOLA Brewery, and proceeds will benefit the association, a 501(c)3 organization.

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Aug 172016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street has been relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street has been relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills bar on Maple Street will no longer have to pay a $1,000 monthly fee toward security patrols in the surrounding neighborhood, the city’s alcohol board ruled on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Aug 152016
 
A po-boy and fries from Fat Boy Pantry. (via the restaurant's Facebook page)

A po-boy and fries from Fat Boy Pantry. (via the restaurant’s Facebook page)

The new ice cream and sandwich shop from root beer heiress Hillary Barq, Fat Boy Pantry, has opened in the Lower Garden District, and chef Isaac Toups will convert the Purloo space in Central City’s Southern Food and Beverage Museum into Toups South. Continue reading »

Aug 122016
 
El Fuego Brisket and Flame Torched Jack and Catfish and Chipotle tacos (Kristine Froeba)

El Fuego Brisket and Flame Torched Jack and Catfish and Chipotle tacos (Kristine Froeba)

There’s a new Mexican joint in the historic Town of Carrollton. The Oak Street shopping district of yore continues its gentrification, with an influx of small businesses as the result. The street where we all bought our first pair of shoes at Haase’s has come a long way. What was once then, a main shopping corridor, fell onto hard times, then a few shabby decades, followed by a post-Katrina renaissance.

Not far from the railroad tracks, replacing Squeal BBQ, is a new hipster restaurant, surely to be popular with locals and students alike. Continue reading »

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Aug 102016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone's Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone’s Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone’s Market, the new grocery store slated to open on Oak Street this fall, easily won approval to include packaged alcohol among its aisles Tuesday evening from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Aug 062016
 

High-concept sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf opens today on Jackson Avenue; Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine has opened on Freret Street, where the “Freret Beer Room” is planned for later in the year, and the Magazine Street restaurant Saveur has closed and reopened under the new name Tryst. Continue reading »

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Aug 052016
 
University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

University of Vermont freshman Stephen Tonra contemplates Pecan Pie (Kristine Froeba)

Some things never change, and thankfully Camellia Grill on South Carrollton is (mostly) one of them.

Friend and legislator Neil Abramson’s first New Orleans post-Hurricane Isaac meal was at the diner’s famous Riverbend lunch counter. Neil’s usual, two cheeseburgers with onions. Both on one plate, same time, he doesn’t mess around. He and his son Parrish also insist on Vanilla Freezes. I prefer the Cherry Chocolate. The Orange Freeze is unique and worth a try if you miss Orange Julius. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in October 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone’s Market, a new specialty neighborhood grocery store focusing on Louisiana products, is planned to open in October in a vacant building on Oak Street, and the owners will appear before the city next week seeking permission to sell packaged alcohol there. Continue reading »

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Jul 292016
 
Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Jamaican Scalllops in pineapple juice, jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and piri piri sauce (Kristine Froeba)

Mayas Nuevo Latina will soon be celebrating its tenth year, offering Zagat-rated Central American Caribbean fusion in New Orleans. The restaurant is a frontrunner for those seeking a casual, but elegant, gourmand Latin American experience Uptown.

Chef Edgar Irias and co-owner, Trinity Cazzola, founded the restaurant in 2007 and are about to expand their reach with a second restaurant further upriver. The concept will be an authentic Mexican menu, with zero Tex-Mex influence. Expect goat meat and imported local cheeses.

For now, you can enjoy brunch, lunch, and dinner at their flagship restaurant in the LGD. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hookah House Cafe on Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends, after overcoming an unusual objection from the building’s owner. Continue reading »

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Jul 222016
 
The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

The patio at Tasting Room (Kristine Froeba)

If you follow Magazine right after it forks above Camp, there’s a tiny gem of a place you may have missed. The Tasting Room, hidden amongst several bars and shops in the LGD, is easy to miss but worth a visit. The décor is elegant, of the shabby chic variety, deep azure velvet sofas, candlelight, chandeliers, refurbished wood, and antique mirrors. The night I arrived, “Casablanca” was being shown on the historic brick wall above the patio. The perfect date place.

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Jul 202016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street is asking to be relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Five years after New Orleans city officials ordered the TJ Quills college bar to help pay for private security patrols around Maple Street in order to remain open, the Alcohol Beverage Control board appears poised to release the bar from its $1,000 monthly payments. Continue reading »

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Jul 192016
 
Alba Sanabria helps a young customer at Supermercado Las Acacias in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Alba Sanabria helps a young customer at Supermercado Las Acacias in March 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

In a quiet end to a debate simmering on Freret Street for five years, the New Orleans City Council voted unanimously last week to allow the Supermercado Las Acacias to begin selling single beers. Continue reading »

Jul 182016
 
The rendering for one of Chick-Fil-A's newest locations in Nevada. The company has not confirmed the possibility of a location on South Claiborne Avenue. (via chickfila.com)

The rendering for one of Chick-Fil-A’s newest locations in Nevada. The company has not confirmed the possibility of a location on South Claiborne Avenue. (via chickfila.com)

LaToya Cantrell

LaToya Cantrell

Amid a broader conversation about the ongoing revitalization of South Claiborne Avenue, one tender detail from the mayor’s budget meeting last week stoked New Orleans appetites — is Chick-Fil-A eyeing a new location on that heavily-traveled Uptown corridor? Continue reading »

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Jul 082016
 
Summer Ramen (Kristine Froeba)

Summer Ramen (Kristine Froeba)

There are so many restaurants to frequent in our little hamlets of Uptown; we sometimes forget the one’s right around the corner. A walk to the neighborhood hardware store led me to stumble into Noodle and Pie. I’d been there before and enjoyed it, but now found a delightful Summer Menu with a few new additions. Continue reading »

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Jul 012016
 
First Banana Split for Miss Olivia Witte, Ice Cream Expert, aged five (Kristine Froeba)

First Banana Split for Miss Olivia Witte, ice cream expert, aged five (Kristine Froeba)

The main ice cream parlor of any small southern town is a summer staple. It’s usually on Main Street. Ours, in our little town of “Uptown”, is on Prytania. The Creole Creamery sits snugly in the middle of the block in the most nostalgic of locations, the old Mckenzie’s Bakery.

It is exactly as an ice cream parlor should be. There’s a long counter where you can pull up a stool and order a malted, bright red vinyl booths that invite sharing a banana split, and glass cases to peer in to oogle the flavors. Oddly enough, we seem to have only one ice cream parlor Uptown, but the quaint charm of this one is all we need. Continue reading »

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Jun 282016
 
Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrated Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. (Courtesy of Mojo Coffee Roasters)

Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrated Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. (Courtesy of Mojo Coffee Roasters)

Mojo Coffee Roasters has partnered with the owners of Ignatius Eatery to create Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe at 3121 Magazine Street. The transition will bring cappuccinos, manual, cortados, and more made with local small-batch roasted Mojo Coffee. Continue reading »

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Jun 242016
 
Isabel Mendez’s Tamales, Salsa, and Burritos (Kristine Froeba)

Isabel Mendez’s Tamales, Salsa, and Burritos (Kristine Froeba)

Every Tuesday, Uptowners clamor for Homemade Tamales, Artisan Cheeses, Fresh Diary, and Spices. They’re not at Whole Foods or St. James Cheese Company.

Instead, they crowd a tented open-air area of the old Uptown Square where Free Range Eggs, Watermelon Frescas, and Organic Honey are among other homemade, freshly harvested, and artisan produced items. You can start with an Iced Coffee and an Authentic Breakfast Burrito before filling carrier bags with fresh picked blueberries, okra, and butter beans. And there is usually live music playing.

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