Feb 052016
Ignatius Eatery Alligator Sausage & Peppers Poboy, Cochon de Lait with Jalapeño Cole Slaw Poboy, and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Ignatius Eatery’s Alligator Sausage & Peppers Poboy, Cochon de Lait with Jalapeño Cole Slaw Poboy, and Chicken & Sausage Gumbo (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

While New Orleans’ unique culinary history is well known, its influx of new restaurants can be dizzying. Many of the newer restaurants provide an homage to traditional New Orleans culinary dishes, many do not. The choices are endless. On Magazine Street alone, we can chose from African, Mayan, Japanese, Chinese, Caribbean, Italian, Israeli, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican, Korean, French, Vietnamese, and Thai. Gourmet Hotdogs, Elk Burgers, Gluten-Free, Sweet Potato Pancakes and Vegetarian, co-exist with Paleo.

So, where do locals go for local food? Where do we take our never-ending houseguests for an authentic, inexpensive, casual Creole New Orleans meal? Where do I find my New Orleans traditional wash-day Red Beans & Rice?

Lately, I find myself returning to the following three. Continue reading »

Jan 292016
Domilise's Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Domilise’s Roast Beef Poboy (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

It wasn’t long ago that every Uptown house was within walking distance of a Roast Beef Poboy. Only twenty years ago, almost every second corner had a grocery or bar with a sandwich shop in the back. You can still see their architectural remains Uptown. The historic corner houses with double doors facing the intersection are vestiges of that simpler time. A select few of these locations continue to operate. Clancy’s the restaurant was once old man Clancy’s Bar and Poboy Shop. I rode my bike there to buy candy. Norby’s bar and restaurant has become Patois. An apartment two blocks down was formerly LaCour’s Grocery. In another direction was Mouledous’ Butcher and Grocery, now Fresh Bar. Toast now occupies the defunct Draube’s neighborhood Bar and Grocer. These establishments coexisted with dozen of others in the same few blocks. Most served poboys. Due to gentrification and time, most are now lost. Continue reading »

Jan 222016
Sucre' Ziggy Stardust Cream Cheese King Cake* Kristine Froeba)

Sucré’s Ziggy Stardust Cream Cheese King Cake (Kristine Froeba)

It’s that time of the year again. You’ve probably already had one.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

If not, you’re planning on buying two. But which King Cake will it be? Things have changed since McKenzie’s Bakery held sovereignty over King Cake’s court. Before the year 2000, New Orleanians chose between the small round King Cake or the large oval classroom size. There was no question of which “type” of King Cake. King Cake was, simply, King Cake. The cake was plain, akin to French bread, narrow, no filling, barely sweet, but covered with colored sugar crystals. Earliest memories of King Cake for most New Orleanians are King Cake parties in grammar school. The teacher bringing a sugary chunk of cake to your desk. Green, Gold, and Purple sugar all over your uniform. Terrified you’d get the baby. Hoping you’d get the baby. If you lost, or won, depending on how you saw it, your mother would be delivering the next King Cake to class. Somehow, I always got the baby.

Today’s King Cake market is wildly different. The rules are—there are no rules. Continue reading »

Jan 152016
Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

New Orleanians love international food and Mexican food is no exception. However, Uptowners crave the authentic, we are not a crowd clamoring for a Chimichanga. Tex-Mex also doesn’t cut it. Two new restaurants on Magazine are satisfying Uptown’s need for fresh authentic Mexican Cuisine.
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Jan 082016

Craft Cocktails, Boutique Wine Pours, & Southern Comfort with Style!

Red Dog Diner’s Roasted Duck Waffle with Duck Crackling, Slaw, and Five Spice Maple Syrup (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Red Dog Diner opened only two months ago, but they are making their mark with the breakfast and brunch crowd. The “Kitchen Sink Bloody Mary” lists “everything in the kitchen sink. Tell ya mom an Dem!” They aren’t kidding.

“Everything fresh and made from scratch” isn’t a bad way to start. Another unique attribute is that Red Dog plans to serve brunch seven days a week until 2 p.m. Currently, it’s Tuesday through Saturday. New Orleanians love breakfast, and long lines at most Uptown breakfast spots attest to that. Unlike most of those other favorite breakfast spots, Red Dog also serves dinner. Continue reading »

Dec 282015
Pan Roasted Lamb T-Bone with White Bean Ragout, Winter Greens, Satsuma & Green Olive, a dish from Reveillon dinner offered by Emeril's Delmonico (Facebook/Emeril's Delmonico).

Pan Roasted Lamb T-Bone with White Bean Ragout, Winter Greens, Satsuma & Green Olive, a dish from Reveillon dinner offered by Emeril’s Delmonico (Facebook/Emeril’s Delmonico).

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to ring in the New Year with holiday festivities New Orleans-style.

Some of the city’s most famous restaurants are still offering Reveillon dinners, a delectable dish of Creole tradition dating back to mid-1800s, through the end of December. Continue reading »

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Dec 232015

Oyster Patties (Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

No culinary topic in New Orleans evokes quite the response that Oyster Patties do. The mention of the dish by New Orleanians causes instant sensory memory— “Ah, Oyster Patties!” They begin by telling you who in their family made them, how they were made, and over which particular holiday the Oyster Patty held sway. The conversation rapidly turns to family recipes. Next is the ubiquitous reminiscing over McKenzie’s Bakery. Then a pause, finally, when the idea dawns: “Hmmm, who’s still making the shells?” Happily, they are still available.

The New Orleans Oyster Patty tradition harkens back to Creole New Orleans. The origins of the French dish entered the New Orleans lexicon of cooking as far back as the 1840s. It was already a mainstay of Creole entertaining long before the turn of the century. Bouchées d’Huitres are documented in New Orleans’ cookbooks as early as 1922. Oyster Bouchées, Oyster Vol-Au-Vents, or as they have come to be known, Oyster Patties, continue to be a mainstay in New Orleans entertaining and holiday meals. Continue reading »

Dec 152015
The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The shade structure at Palmer Park. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Choir members of Mater Dolorosa and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ will lead the Carrollton Area Network’s annual holiday caroling at Palmer Park this Sunday, Dec. 20, with free eggnog, hot chocolate, popcorn and other snacks in an effort to support Second Harvest Food Bank. Continue reading »

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Dec 122015
A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

A shopper at the Frereststivus market in December 2010. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The corner of Freret and Napoleon will once again become a hub of holiday shopping and free music today with the annual Freretstivus sale. The gift market will take place from noon to 4 p.m. and will feature 96 vendors and 2 bands. Continue reading »

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Dec 112015
Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Baba Ganoush and Labneh (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Chef Alon Shaya has been taking the restaurant scene by storm, and not just the local scene. We’re actually talking about the country. His namesake restaurant Shaya was recently voted Best Restaurant in America by Esquire Magazine. Chef Shaya was already well known for bringing his cuisine to both Domenica, at the Roosevelt Hotel, and Pizza Domenica, but now he has become a national celebrity with the success of Shaya’s “Modern Israeli Cuisine”. Not bad for a restaurant that only opened in February.

The accolades are many, and they continue to grow. Chef Shaya racked up a James Beard award in May for Domenica, while Shaya was listed in August’s Bon Appetite Magazine’s Best 50 Restaurants in America. Middle Eastern-influenced Shaya was even singled out in the latest issue of Garden & Gun Magazine, a magazine that showcases the very best of the South. Continue reading »

Dec 092015
(photo via Google)

(photo via Google)

The sale of alcoholic beverages at a neighborhood café on Panola Street and outdoor seating for a fast-food fried chicken restaurant on St. Charles Avenue were both granted initial approval by city planning officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

Dec 042015

Kenton’s drink menu displays its whiskey-driven focus (photo by Kristine Froeba)

Following months of chatter about the proposed restaurant at Nashville and Magazine, New Orleans’ first American Whiskey Bar Restaurant opened to fully-booked tables. Kenton’s is attracting crowds and a neighborhood clamoring for both a taste and a peek inside.

Kristine Froeba

Kristine Froeba

Owners and husband-and-wife team Sean Josephs and Uptown’s Mani Dawes, along with Alabama native and Executive Chef Kyle Knall, are the names behind the restaurant. Josephs and Dawes are also the current owners of Maysville in Manhattan’s Flatiron District where Knall is also executive chef. Like Kenton’s, Maysville prominently features American cuisine and earned mention by The New York Times food writer Peter Wells. Wells described Knall’s cooking, saying his “understated American style is a winning blend of the refined and the unpretentious.” That theme continues at Kenton’s. The whiskey restaurant concept is courtesy of Sean Josephs; this is his second whiskey-themed restaurant. Kenton’s is following in the steps of his successful Char No. 4 in Cobble Hill, NY, while Dawes owns a Chelsea tapas bar, Tia Pol. Continue reading »

Nov 072015

Community Commitment Education Center

The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill will host a fundraiser this Sunday, Nov. 8, to support the Community Commitment Education Center, which provides resources, programs, and weekly classes to the Leonidas neighborhood. Donation includes dinner at The Half Shell Oyster Bar & Grill and a preview showing of the Community Commitment Education Center’s new video produced by So-Called Media. Continue reading »

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Nov 052015

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

Southern Food and Beverage Museum will have a guest scientist address the similarities in South Carolina barbecuing and applying STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) this Saturday, Nov. 7.  The museum will be offering free admission all day Saturday in celebration of the first anniversary of their “Trail of Smoke & Fire” event, which examines barbecue culture throughout the South. Continue reading »

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Oct 292015
Thibodeaux School of Music spooky fun night

(via Thibodeaux School of Music)

The Thibodeaux School of Music is hosting a spooky fun night for children of all ages today, Oct. 29. There will be trick-or-treating in the Thibodeaux classrooms, and the Thibodeaux faculty will be playing spooky musical sounds.

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Oct 152015
(via https://www.facebook.com/The.Encore.Shop.NOLA?fref=ts)

(via facebook.com/The.Encore.Shop.NOLA)



The Encore Shop is a women’s resale clothing shop that supports the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The Encore Shop is having a fundraiser this Tuesday, Oct. 20, and the event will include a designer boutique, live music, food and drink. Continue reading »

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Oct 132015
Crowds gather at the Night Out Against Crime at Laurence Square in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Crowds gather at the Night Out Against Crime at Laurence Square in 2011. (UptownMessenger.com file photo)


Tonight will feature many neighborhoods, churches, and businesses across Uptown hosting block parties to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime. Some of the biggest celebrations include a park party at the Lawrence Square Basketball Court and 24 Magazine street businesses holding sales and Crime Stoppers give-a-ways. Continue reading »

Oct 092015
Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe (via Google Maps)

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe (via Google Maps)

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe, the corner brunch spot in Carrollton, is seeking the city’s permission to add mimosas and bloody marys to its menu — drawing concern from some neighbors who worry about what growth at the restaurant could mean in terms of parking, litter and noise. Continue reading »

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Oct 052015
Owen Courrèges

Owen Courrèges

Uptown’s bar and restaurant scene is always thriving. There’s just nothing quite like indulging some fine dining on a weeknight, treating yourself to a bottle of wine, taking in a sumptuous three-course meal, and – Wait… Is that – Oh my God, he has a gun! Continue reading »