May 202019
 
Cherry Coffee Roasters New Orleans

Cherry Coffee Roasters opened at 1581 Magazine St. in April 2018. The elegant Lower Garden District shop serves coffee roasted in New Orleans. (Zach Brien/Cherry Coffee Roasters)

Lauren Fink, roaster and owner at Cherry Espresso Bar and Cherry Coffee Rosters

It’s been one year since Cherry Coffee Roasters opened shop in the Lower Garden District. What started as a popup at Stein’s Deli in 2013 has grown into two shops, each with its own personality, and each serving locally-roasted coffee.

A neighborhood needs more than just another coffee shop, says owner and coffee lover Lauren Fink. She had worked in the industry for 15 years and saw an opportunity with Cherry to bring her love for taste and flavor to others. “I love experiencing flavors. I find that experiencing food and drink is so special,” Fink said.

With Cherry Coffee Roasters, she explores roasting her own coffee and offering a full and fresh experience. “You don’t need a bunch of money, and you don’t have to go to many places to get a great experience, or a balance in flavor.” Continue reading »

May 032019
 

Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar served its Costa Rican breakfast, with two eggs over brown rice beans with fresh avocados cheddar and pico. (Kristine Froeba)

The one thing every New Orleanian can agree one is that someone is always coming to visit. We know our city is fabulous — filled with unique culture, food, architecture and music. We also are tasked with being tour guides several times a year. This is the list I hand out when they have to find their own way.

It’s not that we — and I, as a professional tour guide — don’t love showing off our city, but sometimes, we’re busy. I, for one, gave up the Big Ass Beer strolls and Bourbon Street a few decades ago. Or at least I say I have, and cross my fingers I can avoid it. Locals know Royal is the only street worth strolling anyway.

However, in the interim, as they will, the friends, associates, alumni, co-workers and relatives, want to know where to go on their first visit to New Orleans. Here is my quick and dirty mostly Uptown-centric cheat-sheet: Continue reading »

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Apr 102019
 

courtesy of Broadmoor Improvement Association

The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA) is searching for vendors, sponsors, and volunteers to join their EATmoor! Spring Festival on Tuesday, May 7.

BIA says the event will feature local food trucks, local restaurants and caterers “to raise awareness around bringing healthy and affordable food options for needy families in our community.” Continue reading »

Apr 072019
 

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, a resident of the Freret neighborhood, performs on the Dat Dog Stage at the Freret Street Festival on April 6. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The annual Freret Street festival drew a large crowd on Saturday, April 6, packing the street from curb to curb between Napoleon Avenue and Soniat Street. Performers included Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Debauche, J & the Causeways, Little Freddie King, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers and more.

Crabs fried up with a healthy dose of butter at the Freret Street Festival. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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Mar 262019
 

Leah Chase, long-time chef at Dooky Chase’s restaurant in the 6th Ward, gives a speech before accepting the 2019 InnovatHER award during an event at NOLA Brewing on March 26. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

By Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

Leah Chase has been working in what is now Dooky Chase’s restaurant since the 1950s. She still works in the kitchen today, at 96. On Tuesday, she accepted the first 2019 InnovatHER award, presented by TruFund Financial services, honoring her legacy as a female entrepreneur and business owner.

The award was presented at a press conference by TruFund Financial Services where they announced their participation in the Wisdom Fund, a national loan fund targeted to women entrepreneurs. The event was held at NOLA Brewery. Continue reading »

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Mar 182019
 

The Dead Beans parade marches along the banks of Bayou St. John in 2018. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Red Beans & Dead Beans kicks off its third annual “Road to the Final Fork,” a Bean Madness within March Madness, on Wednesday. The Carnival walking krewe with the artistic bean-decorated costumes organizes the culinary competition styled after the NCAA March Madness.

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Mar 132019
 

Ernie Grillot holds a green beer in front of Tracey’s on St. Patrick’s Day. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com file photo)

Partying in the streets, a New Orleans specialty, will be full force this week in celebration of St. Partrick’s Day. There are multiple opportunities in the Irish Channel to celebrate your Irish roots, or someone else’s Irish roots, or just the fact that there is an Ireland. Continue reading »

Mar 112019
 

by Kristine Froeba

This sign has recently appeared at Rue de la Course on Oak and Carrollton. (via Facebook)

Uptown restaurants and coffee houses are about to remove outdoor sidewalk seating due to what some local business owners see as cost prohibitive fees being levied by the city.

Many residents are expressing their unhappiness on social media. “You are killing small businesses that are the lifeblood of this city,” said New Orleans’ Katie Winters on Facebook.

The city is letting businesses know it will enforce an ordinance that requires restaurants, cafés and coffeehouses to obtain a permit for sidewalk seating. Businesses in the high-traffic neighborhoods along the river will pay at least $350 annually for each of their sidewalk tables. Continue reading »

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Mar 082019
 

Paul Broussard fixes a strawberry and ice-cream snowball with sprinkles. The  opened for the season on Friday. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Friday, Hansen’s Sno-Bliz, a local summer staple, opened for the first time in 2019. The snowball stand, established in 1939, uses homemade flavors. Its snowcones are made with their own ice machine, the Sno-Bliz, invented by one of the founders, Ernest Hansen.

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Mar 082019
 

Brother Martin High School in Gentilly holds its annual fish fry. (via brothermartin.com)

Lenten fish frys at Catholic churches and schools start today and continue throughout Lent. Here’s some local Friday fish fries from a list compiled by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. If you know of a fish fry in the Uptown area that’s not on this list, we invite you to leave the information in the comment section. Continue reading »

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Mar 082019
 

Shrimp & Grits, Gumbo, Poboys, & Snoballs

The up-and-coming Faubourg Lafayette is the location of Café Porche & Snowbar which opened last year on Baronne Street. You may have to look twice for the red umbrellas, as the little southern Café is tucked behind a whimsical two-story Lilliputian white and blue Wendy house that operates as the café’s Snowbar (snoball stand).

Café Porche’s Seafood and Sausage Gumbo (Courtesy of Coronella Porche-Jenneford)

The modern Café has proven popular with locals and tourists and is finding its footing in the new Central City restaurant scene. It is noteworthy that the kitchen and restaurant is owned and run by a Black woman, which is still too rare in our local food scene. Continue reading »

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Feb 132019
 

By Jesse Baum for Uptown Messenger

Jacob Landry, Urban South’s president, goes to test the new beers in the Tchoupitoulas Street brewery. (Jesse Baum, UptownMessenger.com)

From its inception less than three years ago, Urban South Brewery has grown to be the third-largest brewer in Louisiana, ubiquitous in bars across the city. Last year, they brewed enough beer to fill 3.6 million cans, though some was of course sold in kegs or in their taproom on Tchoupitoulas Street.

After creating dozens of different craft beers over the years, Urban South is releasing two more brews this Friday — two types of “pastry stouts.” Continue reading »

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Feb 112019
 

Cafe Reconcile is open for lunch M-F from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Café Reconcile is recruiting new students for its 2019 classes. While Café Reconcile’s Class 1 is already underway, applications to participate in future classes, including Class 2 which begins March 18, are currently being accepted both online and in person. Young adults ages 16-24 years old can apply.

Café Reconcile is an eight-week hospitality training and job placement program that provides paid stipends, life skills classes, visits to industry partners, interview training and more. Continue reading »

Jan 112019
 

La Boulangerie’s traditional sugar topped cinnamon King Cakes (via La Boulangerie)

The local New Orleans grocer Breaux Mart has rechristened itself King Cake Mart on Twitter for the duration of the carnival season. That should give out-of-towners an idea of the importance of King Cake in our city.

As many in the world awaited Twelfth Night and the Epiphany or Three Kings Day to mark the ending of Christmas, New Orleanians impatiently ticked off the days until Jan. 6 for another reason: to signify the arrival of the carnival season and the blessed arrival of King Cake.

It’s the time for locals to play, feast, and attend endless parties, masque balls, and parades. But first, it’s time for an entire city to eat large circles of sugar-laden cake. Every. Single. Day.

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Jan 102019
 

4125 St. Charles Ave. (via Google Maps)

LeBlanc + Smith, a local restaurant group whose holdings include Cavan on Magazine Street, is redeveloping a historic St. Charles Avenue mansion into the Corsair Hotel, a boutique hotel with a 15 guest rooms, restaurant, hotel bar and pool bar, the New Orleans Advocate reports.

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