Sep 232016
 

The corridor of Jackson Avenue near Annunciation has its first restaurant in years, and it’s a perfect fit for the neighborhood. Mason Hereford and Lauren Holton are the duo behind the new Irish Channel sandwich shop, Turkey and the Wolf. Hereford, former Chef of Coquette, and Holton, formerly of High Hat, have created a menu with southern soul and a dining room reminiscent of your grandmother’s porch.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich (Kristine Froeba)

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich (Kristine Froeba)

Continue reading »

Sep 232016
 
(via Gasa Gasa)

(via Gasa Gasa)

Gasa Gasa and Beaucoup Juice have joined forces to create “Sonic Juice”, an original courtyard juice bar at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. The grand opening for the juice bar takes place Friday, September 23 (today) until Sunday, September 25 and will feature performances by Big Freedia, The Tanglers, and more. Continue reading »

Sep 162016
 
Charcuterie Board of Duck Liver Mousse, Lamb Terrine, Bavarian Gelb, Roquefort Cheesecake, Salami, Thomasville Cheese, and Zucchini Pickles (Kristine Froeba)

Charcuterie Board of Duck Liver Mousse, Lamb Terrine, Bavarian Gelb, Roquefort Cheesecake, Salami, Thomasville Cheese, and Zucchini Pickles (Kristine Froeba)

What can one say about a restaurant so fastidious they bottle their own ketchup?

Not just any ketchup: a tomato sauce laced with coriander, cinnamon, thyme, and apple cider vinegar. A ketchup so tasty, I stole a baguette from a gourmet charcuterie board to dip – in ketchup. I’m using italics because this ketchup cannot compare to that bottled red stuff of the Heinz variety. Chef Brack May, formerly of Cobalt, wants people to know that Cowbell is more than just gourmet burgers. It is–a lot more than just burgers. However, no fear, the famous burgers are still on the menu. Continue reading »

Sep 122016
 
Ti Martin (via The Garden District Book Shop)

Ti Martin (via The Garden District Book Shop)

The Garden District Book Shop will present a book signing for author Ti Martin and her book, “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace”. The event will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Garden District Book Shop at 2727 Prytania Street, and will include a discussion with journalist John Pope. Continue reading »

Sep 092016
 

Italian cuisine has arrived in the Lower Garden District, albeit tucked beneath an unlikely package. The Italian-American Trattoria is housed on the first floor of the historic Harris-Maginnis House, the antebellum boutique hotel currently known as the Magnolia Mansion. The location is an irresistible combination of soaring Corinthian columns, ancient oaks towering over equally ancient iron gates, craft cocktails, a piano bar, “Mack the Knife” wafting through the air, and the perfect Osso Bucco.

Spiedini Mozzarella, pan-fried thick house bread topped with Mozzarella with an Anchovy-Lemon Caper Sauce, the way Frank Sinatra ordered it (Kristine Froeba)

Spiedini Mozzarella, pan-fried thick house bread topped with Mozzarella with an Anchovy-Lemon Caper Sauce, the way Frank Sinatra ordered it (Kristine Froeba)

The signature appetizer is Spiedini Mozzarella, served with authentic Rat Pack origins. Chef Sonny DeCrescenzi or “Sonny D”, as he was known, was the originator of the dish. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Kristine Froeba: Altamura Authentic Italian Trattoria: The Rat Pack meets Antebellum New Orleans  Tagged with:
Sep 082016
 
A rendering of the interior of Piccolo Gelateria (courtesy of Ross and Ria Turnbull)

A rendering of the interior of Piccolo Gelateria (courtesy of Ross and Ria Turnbull)

Hot on the heels of the opening of Bar Frances, the tenants in two major new developments on Freret Street are quickly being revealed as signage goes up for a new gelato shop, a pizza restaurant, a veterinarian’s office, a juice bar with an Asian garnish and a women’s boutique. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Gelato, pizza, fresh juice, women’s clothes and veterinary care among new openings in Freret developments
Sep 022016
 
The One-Eyed Jack Burger on French (Kristine Froeba)

The One-Eyed Jack Burger on French (Kristine Froeba)

Breakfast at Slim Goodies is an Uptown mainstay, whether rolling out of bed at noon for casual brunch or as the last stop of another late NOLA night. The six a.m. crowd arrives in sunglasses seeking one of the best hangover breakfasts in town. The families, tots in tow, are the next shift, early risers staring down plates of whipped cream topped waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, and eggs over easy.

The place is also popular with the Hollywood South crowd, expect to see actors, even A-list, but pretend you don’t. Vegan and healthier-type diners arrive at all hours. I usually stroll in post early-birds, before grabbing my favorite booth by the window. It’s my time, after the noise, but before the tourists and college students wake up. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Kristine Froeba: Slim Goodies Diner switches gears, still cooks with ‘Luv’
Aug 302016
 
"Witness to Change" by Sybil Morial (via Amazon.com)

“Witness to Change” by Sybil Morial (via Amazon.com)

Chef and etiquette expert Carolyn Shelton will host an etiquette class and book signing with Sybil Morial. Morial, widow to the late Ernest “Dutch” Morial, will be signing copies of her book “Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment”.

The class and book signing will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31 at Poseidon Restaurant, located at 2100 st. Charles Avenue. Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Etiquette expert to host Sybil Morial book signing, etiquette class
Aug 262016
 
petrossi

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.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Kristine Froeba: Charlie’s Steak House: A New Orleans tradition since 1932  Tagged with:
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.

Continue reading »

 Comments Off on Irish Channel Neighborhood Association to host inaugural neighborhood pub crawl
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 »

 Comments Off on City releases TJ Quills from required payments for Maple security patrols
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 »

 Comments Off on Fat Boy Pantry opens in Lower Garden District; Toups South coming to Central City
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 »

 Comments Off on Kristine Froeba: La Casita Taqueria opens on historic Oak corridor  Tagged with:
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 »

 Comments Off on Simone’s Market, new grocery on Oak, easily passes planning commission
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 »

 Comments Off on Turkey and the Wolf opens on Jackson Avenue; Freret gets Peruvian cuisine and plans for a “Beer Room”
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 »

 Comments Off on Kristine Froeba: Camellia Grill: A New Orleans tradition since 1946
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 »

 Comments Off on New neighborhood grocery on Oak Street aims for October opening
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 »

 Comments Off on Kristine Froeba: Mayas Nuevo Latino Cocina: a decade of Central America Caribbean cuisine on Magazine  Tagged with: