Aug 072018

Aaron Ackerson flips sausages on the grill for Vaucresson during the 2017 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival. (Zach Brien,

This year’s Oak Street Po-Boy Festival will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, and will continue requiring a $5 wristband for po-boy purchases under new management from the founder of the Bayou Boogaloo in Mid-City, organizers announced Tuesday.

More than 30,000 people are expected to attend, and more than 50 varieties of po-boys will be available. For more information, see the full event announcement from the Oak Street merchants’ association: Continue reading »

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Jul 242018

Seth Dunlap, owner of the warehouse on Magazine Street slated to become the venue for The Fallen Saint, speaks before the City Planning Commission on Tuesday afternoon. (Robert Morris,

The City Planning Commission gave unanimous approval this afternoon to the new “Fallen Saint” immersive theatre venue on Magazine Street, after hearing from dozens of Lower Garden District neighbors. Continue reading »

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Jul 242018

Freret Beer Annex is planned for 5012 Freret Street (on the far left), in the building next to Freret Beer Room at 5018 Freret. (via Google Maps)

The Freret Beer Room won easy approval from the New Orleans City Council to add an “Annex” selling packaged liquor next door, despite a slightly more contentious path through the city planning process earlier this summer. Continue reading »

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Jul 212018

LemonShark Poke’s new Magazine Street location shows off its offerings on a daily basis on social media. (via Facebook)

Lemonshark Poke on Magazine Street will join the sushi-bowl craze this week; a new restaurant called Masterp1ece has moved into the Little Tokyo space on South Carrollton, and Saffron has expanded its offerings to lunch. Continue reading »

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Jul 202018

New Orleans Baby Cakes Burger grilled with caramelized bacon onion jam and cream cheese on a Mardi Gras glazed sugar brioche bun. (photo credit: Julie Couret)



If there is one thing New Orleans likes more than controversy—and even baseball–it’s a social media war. This time it’s not the kale lady, the Disney gumbo video (an abomination), or even that New York travel writer (#besafe). But, yes, the yanks are at it again, literally.

The New York Yankees’ minor league baseball affiliate are attacking our team’s king cake baby on several fronts. The Scranton Baby Bombers, to put it delicately, are battling our New Orleans Baby Cakes. Not all of it is nice, not at all. Continue reading »

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Jul 192018

Nick Marshall, an architect and board chair of Neighborhood Housing Services, discusses plans for the Publiq House building with Freret residents on Wednesday evening. (Robert Morris,

The shuttered Publiq House bar and music venue on Freret Street is slated to be redeveloped into a modest-sized neighborhood grocery store, with a new condominium building constructed over the parking lot outside, developers told neighbors on Wednesday evening.

A rendering of the building at 4528 Freret Street after its proposed redevelopment into a grocery store with condos above the parking lot. Architect Nick Marshall noted that the building was a Canal Villere grocery store in the 1970s and 80s. (image courtesy of Chase Marshall architects)

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Jul 162018

The building at 4306 Magazine Street will be the home of Mona Lisa restaurant’s second location. (image via city of New Orleans)

The Uptown expansion of the French Quarter’s popular Italian restaurant Mona Lisa has received final approval from the New Orleans City Council for its Magazine Street location, as did a new bar from the owner of Tujague’s in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Jul 142018

The opening day line at Barrow’s Catfish stretches into the parking lot. (via Barrow’s Catfish on Facebook)

To fanfare and long lines, Barrow’s Catfish reopened in Hollygrove last week. A new Guatemalan restaurant is planned for Maple Street; a new cupcake shop has opened on Magazine Street, and Prytania Street brunch favorite Coulis has closed, according to recent restaurant news from around Uptown. Continue reading »

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Jul 132018

La Crêpe Nanou’s Classic garlic wine broth Moules et Frites (Kristine Froeba)

France’s La Fête Nationale, or national celebration, commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. La Crêpe Nanou, our resident French bistro, has been an Uptown touchstone since 1983. At 35 years of age, it hasn’t a long history, but in restaurant years, remarkable nonetheless.

In a city where things are changing more often than not, the familiar is appreciated. A plate of steaming Moules et Frites bathed in a garlicky white wine sauce and a crusty baguette at La Crêpe Nanou’s qualifies. Continue reading »

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Jul 022018

The “Little Den” convenience store at 3336 South Claiborne Avenue is seeking permission to sell packaged liquor. (via city of New Orleans)

The “Little Den” convenience store at South Claiborne and Louisiana avenues has received a first round of approval from city officials for its request to sell packaged liquor. Continue reading »

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Jul 022018


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Due to the success of the annual culinary series in other cities, Black Restaurant Week (BRW) has decided to expand to New Orleans. Diners can enjoy casual dining options for $15 to $25 per person, and fine dining options from $35 to $45 per person.

BRW, created in Houston, TX, is a culinary series that celebrates the flavors of African-American, African, and Caribbean cuisine. For one week, New Orleans foodies and local influencers can satisfy their culinary cravings with signature events and restaurant menu specials. Continue reading »

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Jul 012018

The Sassy Private Chef’s Shrimp n’ Grit’s Recipe as featured on Bravo

Bravo’s Chef Benny Poppins aka Benjamin Levasseur (photo by G. Doucet)

Each series has one breakout character, and while the Bravo Southern Charm New Orleans series offered little to locals other than indigestion, it did present us with the sass of New Orleans’ private cook, Mr. Benny Poppins.

Poppins, aka Benjamin Levasseur, originally from Algiers, plies his trade amongst New Orleans’ families as a personal cook. “The name ‘Benny Poppins’ came from working closely with families and their children as a personal chef, and it stuck,” said Levasseur. Continue reading »

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Jun 302018

Gris Gris is the new restaurant planned for the former Square Root space on Magazine Street. (via Facebook)

After half a dozen high-profile restaurants around Uptown New Orleans announced their closing in May, a wave of new restaurants have been announced in June, with at least six aiming for Magazine Street alone. Continue reading »

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Jun 272018

The Eiffel Society on St. Charles Avenue is seeking a change in use from a reception hall to a bar. (Robert Morris,

The Eiffel Society wants to change its use from an event space to a bar, allowing it to charge a cover for patrons that the owner says he will invest into more improvements to the building, but neighbors already tired of late night parties at the St. Charles Avenue building say they are wary of granting any additional permissions there. Continue reading »

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Jun 272018

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum holds a yearly “Made in Louisiana” festival. The fest features merchants, chefs, distillers and all-around interesting people with locally made products available in New Orleans. I was lucky enough to be invited, and I plan to introduce you to some of those people and their products.

Part Two: Louisiana’s Sugarcane Fields
yield a local answer to Balsamic

Chef Tory McPhail’s New Orleans Rum Vinegar. Born and Bred from Sugarcane. 100% Snake Proof * Not for Babies. (Kristine Froeba)

Commander’s Palace Executive Chef Tory McPhail’s latest entry to our local supermarket and kitchen shelves is New Orleans Rum Vinegar. The condiment is a melding of Louisiana sugarcane, molasses, rum, and brown sugar. The result is dark, rich, flavorful, and uniquely New Orleans. Continue reading »

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