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 »

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 »

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.

The wine, however, is serious. Continue reading »

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 »

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 »

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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Jun 172016
 
Shaksuka of Eggs Poached in Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce, with Tahini, Pita, and Salad. (Kristine Froeba)

Shaksuka of Eggs Poached in Red Pepper and Tomato Sauce, with Tahini, Pita, and Salad. (Kristine Froeba)

The bright, clean flavors of the Mediterranean have arrived Uptown just in time for Summer. While we have Shaya to accommodate our fine-dining yearnings for authentic Israeli foods, we didn’t have a casual counterpart – until now. Tal’s Hummus opened three weeks ago in the space formerly occupied by McClure’s BBQ. Already the small space is packed. This time, the neighbors aren’t complaining (to be fair, McClure’s is beyond excellent, but the neighbors didn’t like the smoker). Continue reading »

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Jun 162016
 
Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than three decades operating restaurants in New Orleans, Darryl Cortello knew exactly what he wanted from his next endeavor — something small — so the closed little restaurant on Cohn Street in Carrollton stood out as a perfect match.

“I love the space. I love small,” Cortello said Thursday afternoon, his third day open for lunch at Luca Eats. “We wanted to keep the menu really, really small, and do it really, really well.”

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 152016
 

Parkway Pakery, Tracey’s Bar, and other local po-boy shops will host a Po-Boy Street Party to support the recovery of Guy’s Po-Boys after two fires and a car crash (see Magazine Street crash sends truck into Guy’s Po-Boys). The party will take place on Saturday, June 18 at Guy’s, located at 5259 Magazine Street, from 12 to 4 p.m.

(via facebook.com/events/1535733450069608/)

(via facebook.com/events/1535733450069608/)

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Jun 102016
 
Fresh Herbs and Produce from Two Acre Farms (Kristine Froeba)

Fresh Herbs and Produce from Two Acre Farms. Last week’s haul. Pre-picked is also available. (Kristine Froeba)

When perusing menus and speaking to chefs, “locally sourced,” “farm-to-table,” and “seasonal greens” are the phrases most oft repeated. The current widespread movement of farm-to-table is replacing the larger food suppliers with a more personal experience. Chefs know the farmers. There is a running dialogue of what will be ripe in two weeks. The food is fresher. The flavors are more intense. Menus are dependent on the seasons and the day’s harvest. Continue reading »

Jun 032016
 

Let’s be clear: District isn’t just a foodie’s donut paradise. There’s a lot more to District than just great donuts. Granted, the donut creations are innovative; frequently decadent, and, depending on the day, crazily inspired fun. The slider specials follow suit in innovation, but one can always skip the Fried Oyster with Micro-chi Kara and Caper Aioli Slider, or the Fried Chicken All Natural Thigh, Sweet & Spicy Slaw, Scratch Candied Jalapeños, & Crispy Chicken Skin Slider, and just order the perfect little gourmet Black Angus Cheeseburger – either choice leaves room for a donut!

Cookie Dough Chocolate Glaze Donut (Kristine Froeba)

Cookie Dough Chocolate Glaze Donut (Kristine Froeba)

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Jun 012016
 

The Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association will host First Fridays on the Boulevard this Friday, June 3. The monthly event features art exhibits, live music, food and drink specials from restaurants, and more, starting in the afternoon.

(via ochaleyblvd.org/first-fridays/)

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May 272016
 
Turtle Doberge Crème Brûlée (Froeba)

Turtle Doberge Crème Brûlée (Froeba)

Chocolate Doberge (Froeba)

Chocolate Doberge (Froeba)

‘Debbie Does Doberge’ has found a storefront and has combined it with cocktails. That’s right: the Doberge darling’s cakes can now be purchased from a brick and mortar address. The concept is Cake, Cocktails, and Savories. The setting is the Lower Garden District—the old location of Eleven 79. The vibe is casual and comfortable. The décor brighter. There’s a light-filled dessert case. A dark whiskey lined bar. Shelves filled with carefully selected books and a staff of the hip and young variety.

If you didn’t know, ‘Debbie Does Doberge,’ is the local success story of couple Charlotte McGehee and Charles Mary IV. Local names. The partner is Coquette’s and Twelve Mile Limit’s Jeff Schwartz, the newcomer from up North. Charlotte Bakes. Charles is the charmer who does everything – including the baking. Jeff creates craft cocktails, teaches cocktail history at the bar, and runs the operation. Continue reading »