Oct 202017
 

Saffron NOLA: Tikki Trio of beet, pea pate, and vegetable potato cakes (photo by Katherine Kimball, katkimballphoto.com)

It’s been two months since its grand opening on Magazine Street, and the renown Gretna pop-up officially has a permanent home in New Orleans.

Saffron NOLA is finally Uptown; better yet, it’s now open five nights a week and still offering craft cocktails, now with a Happy Hour and Sunday brunch. Continue reading »

Oct 172017
 

Kristen Essig (left), Michael Stoltzfus and Beverly House discuss the planned transformation of the former Shamrock Tavern into the Thalia restaurant on Monday night at a meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The co-owners of the beloved Coquette restaurant on Magazine Street received a warm reception Monday night as they introduced their idea for a new restaurant, “Thalia,” to their neighbors in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Oct 092017
 

A rendering of the Chipotle proposed for 2801 Magazine Street. (via city of New Orleans)

The Chipotle restaurant planned for the Garden District that has stirred questions about the proliferation of chain restaurants on Magazine Street is scheduled to be discussed by the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Sep 222017
 

Pickled Shrimp and Deviled Eggs (Kristine Froeba)

Fall diners in New Orleans know how to capitalize on balcony breezes and craft cocktails. Root offers both in a trendy setting with a menu to please the most exacting gastronome. Tucked above the more well-known (and difficult to book) Square Root is simply, Root.

Root, a separate entity, juts out over the sidewalk with a small industrial-chic dining room, a Magazine Street balcony, and an inspired menu. Continue reading »

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Sep 012017
 

Quinoa breakfast bowl of seasonal roasted vegetables, quinoa, pickled carrots, ginger lemon sauce, and fried egg with avocado and egg. (Kristine Froeba)

The revival of the Wisner Playground neighbourhood was a long time coming. Now, it’s here, and our childhood little league haunt has officially joined the gourmet coffee scene. Not the chain scene, but a real haven for lovers of the bean.

Cherry Espresso Bar, across from the playground, can be found steaming and pouring inside the confines of Engine 37 seven days a week. Uptown’s old and abandoned 1910 craftsman Firehouse, built by notable city architect E. A. Christy, has found new life. The feedback from neighbours is good. Continue reading »

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Aug 182017
 

Rosa Mezcal Apache, Mezcaleros, and Notenos Tacos (Kristine Froeba)

Magazine Street winds itself along the river down the center of old New Orleans from the French Quarter to Audubon Park.

It’s our Main Street. It is also our restaurant row.

Along its corridor, diners can explore our unique local culinary styles and culture, and experience both regional and international food.

What makes this plethora of restaurants unique is their individuality. Each is a small business with a chef, a menu and a soul. Our restaurants, big and small, represent the histories, tastes, and dreams of the owners and chefs. Continue reading »

Aug 122017
 

Beth Biundo Sweets (via Facebook)

Both the ManhattanJack and Il Posto restaurants are closing, saying they plan to reopen under new management, while the new Beth Biundo Sweets bakery shop has opened on Baronne Street. Continue reading »

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Aug 082017
 

Chipotle plans to open its first New Orleans location in the former Radio Shack at 2801 Magazine Street in the Garden District. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Chipotle fans tired of driving to Metairie may soon have a much closer option in Uptown New Orleans — with 2,250 locations nationwide, the chain is seeking to open its first storefront in New Orleans on Magazine Street in the Garden District next year. Continue reading »

Aug 032017
 

The newest Juan’s Flying Burrito is now open for dinner in the former Slice location at Magazine and Joseph Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The fourth location of Juan’s Flying Burrito is now open for dinner in the former Slice Pizza location on Magazine Street, and a new Ramen noodle shop called Nomiya has also begun opening its doors on Magazine. Continue reading »

Aug 022017
 

The Super Discount Gas station at 2727 South Claiborne, photographed in April 2017. (via Google Maps)

A gas station at South Claiborne Avenue and Washington Avenue has received permission from the New Orleans City Council to sell alcohol after the completion of renovations there. Continue reading »

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Jul 282017
 

Workers were still putting the finishing touches Thursday on the new location of Liberty Cheesesteaks on Freret. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Like its predecessor Dat Dog, Liberty Cheesesteaks has moved out of the tiny spot where it started and will reopen next week in a much larger space just down Freret Street.

Meanwhile, in other recent Uptown dining news, the Freret corridor has another new restaurant called “Bearcat,” the O’Henry’s location on South Carrollton is now home to Batture seafood restaurant, Byblos will return to Magazine Street, and the heralded Altamura restaurant at the Magnolia Mansion has abruptly closed. Continue reading »

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Jul 252017
 

Kynnadi Smith, left, fits Tammy Lee, right, for a bracelet from Ugly Betty Boutique at the Friends and Flows event on July, 22 at Dryades Public Market. The pop-up event featured painters, photographers, merchants, clothing designers and drink specials. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Dryades Public Market hosted the popup marketplace “Friends and Flows” for the first time Saturday, raising awareness of issues like food deserts, the market’s role in the Central City neighborhood, and gentrification. Continue reading »

Jul 242017
 

Kellie Thorn, from Atlanta, mixes two cocktails at Hi Hat Cafe. The 3rd annual Freret Street Block Party, the closing event of Tails of the Cocktail, included drinks at seven different restaurants from Jena to Soniat Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven bars on Freret Street between Jena and Soniat Streets offered specialty cocktails as part of the third annual Freret Street Block Party. The block party is the closing event for New Orleans’ annual Tails of the Cocktail event. Some participating venues featured bartenders from out of town.

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