JULY 2018 / VOLUME 54 / NUMBER 9 Editor-in-Chief Errol Laborde Managing Editor Ashley McLellan Art Director Tiffani Reding Amedeo Contributing Writers Mary Lou Eichhorn, Fritz Esker, Kathy Finn, Dawn Ruth Wilson, Brobson Lutz, M.D., Jason Berry, Carolyn Kolb, Chris Rose, Eve Crawford Peyton, Mike Griffith, Liz Scott Monaghan, Lee Cutrone, Dale Curry, Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton, Mirella Cameran, Alexa Renee Harrison Digital Media Editor Kelly Massicot Social Media Assistant Becca Miller Staff Writers Topher Balfer, Kelly Massicot, Vice President of Sales Colleen Monaghan Advertising Sales Manager Kate Sanders Henry (504) 830-7216 / Kate@MyNewOrleans.com Senior Account Executive Claire Cummings Account Executives Meggie Schmidt, Rachel Webber Director of Marketing and Events Cheryl Lemoine Event Coordinator Whitney Weathers Digital Media Associate Mallary Matherne For event information call (504) 830-7264 Production Manager Jessica DeBold Senior Production Designer Demi Schaffer Production Designers Emily Andras Special Projects Art Director Molly Tullier Traffic Manager Topher Balfer Chief Executive Officer Todd Matherne President Alan Campell Executive Vice President Errol Laborde Distribution Manager John Holzer Administrative Assistant Mallary Matherne Subscriptions Manager Brittanie Bryant For subscription information call (504) 828-1380 WYES DIAL 12 STAFF (504) 486-5511 Executive Editor Aislinn Hinyup Associate Editor Robin Cooper Art Director Jenny Hronek NEW ORLEANS MAGAZINE Printed in USA A Publication of Renaissance Publishing 110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005 MyNewOrleans.com New Orleans Magazine (ISSN 0897 8174) is published monthly by Renaissance Publishing, LLC., 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005; (504) 828-1380. Subscription rates: one year $19.95; Mexico, South America and Canada $48; Europe, Asia and Australia $75. An associate subscription to New Orleans Magazine is available by a contribution of $40 or more to WYES-TV/Channel 12, $10.00 of which is used to offset the cost of publication. Also available electronically, on CD-ROM and on-line. Periodicals postage paid at Metairie, LA, and additional entry offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New Orleans Magazine, 110 Veterans Blvd., Suite 123, Metairie, LA 70005. Copyright 2018 New Orleans Magazine. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. The trademark New Orleans and New Orleans Magazine are registered. New Orleans Magazine is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photos and artwork even if accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. The opinions expressed in New Orleans Magazine are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the magazine managers or owners.
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46 Eat Here Our 2018 Best New Restaurants By Jay Forman, Tim McNally, Robert Peyton
on the cover Samples from the Best of the Best Winner, Bywater American Bistro photo by Gabrielle Geiselman-Milone
64 Slay the Summer Slump 30 + Kid-Friendly Places to Cool Off By kim singletary
Local Color Chris Rose Taking a Stand 34
Modine Gunch How to Flush 36
Joie d’Eve Life Skills 101 38
In Tune Essence and More 40
Home An Instant Connection 42
The Beat Marquee Entertainment calendar 20
Creativity Matters 22
Uptown Whirl 74
Stephen Watson 24
News from the Kitchen 76
Next Stop, St. Bernard. 26
Summer Savories 78
Revamping the School Board 28
Honeycomb Old Fashioned 80
Memorable Funerals 30
Plus Restaurant Spotlights 82
In Every Issue Inside Amuse Bouche 10
Speaking Out 40
Editorial, plus a Mike Luckovich cartoon 14
Julia Street Questions and Answers About Our City 16
Streetcar A Korean Star 120
DIAL 12, D1 Celebrity chef and “Chopped” judge Marcus Samuelsson is touring the United States exploring the nation’s diverse palate. The series features six episodes in which Samuelsson travels to Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, Washington, DC, Miami and Queens. Watch it Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning on July 10th. For all WYES program and event information, go to wyes.org.
Amuse Bouche Something extra
ave you ever been in a fancy restaurant and right after you place your order, the server brings you something on a small plate that the chef has created? It is tiny—usually a piece of something with something else squeezed on it, and topped by a mini-dollop of something and maybe a garnish like a leaf. This is an amuse-bouche and there is nothing more appropriately named. To me this item is totally amusing, especially after hearing that the chef has specially prepared this. He could have used a thimble as a utensil. There is nothing wrong per se with the amuses—after all they come at no extra charge and they provide evidence that the chef is more than a burger flipper, but someone skilled in the art of fine cuisine. It is a badge of honor for the chef. The only problem is that the amuses are just so tiny it is hard for the taste buds to grasp a flavor to send to the brain to trigger the senses to launch a “wow!” For
amuse bouches to make a sensory impact, they would have the be served just as the French serve escargot, “by the dozen.” We honor Best New Restaurants in this issue. Just for fun, I wondered if I were a new chef what my amuse bouche would be. Well, since many involve raw fish, I would use an oyster. For the cracker I would use a saltine on which the oyster would be placed. As sauce I would look for something red and tomato-based. Then for that extra touch, I would add a squirt of lemon juice. If a seed should fall on the oyster, so much the better. Americans might recognize this as a raw oyster on a cracker, although to be amuse, I would use the French: huître crue sur un biscuit. A bottle of bière froid on the side could be as effervescent as champagne.
CLARIFICATION Ingrid Rinck was one of the honorees in the June issue Top Female Achievers feature. Her business, as listed in the article subhead, is now properly known as Sensible Meals. 10
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Land of Brothers How Religious Orders Effected Local Education
century ago this year, 1918, a little noticed property sale near Covington would have a far-reaching impact on local education. In that year, the Benedictines, a Catholic religious order that operated nearby St. Joseph Abby sold Dixon Academy, a school they had purchased in 1911. The buyer was another Catholic order, the Christian Brothers, consisting locally of 19 French brothers who, for political reasons, had been exiled from France and Mexico. They worked hard to build a quality school. It would be known as St. Paul’s Catholic School. By the end of the first year the fledgling school had approximately 100 students and a growing reputation. (This Christian Brothers group, which was started in France in 1680 by St. John Baptist de La Salle, is not to be confused with an Irish based order with a similar name, the Congregation of Christian Brothers, that, despite many good works, has been linked to sexual 14
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scandals.) Within the century to follow, the LaSallian Christian Brothers would establish quite a presence in New Orleans education. Among the schools either owned or operated by the order are De La Salle High in uptown; Christian Brothers middle school in City Park and Rummell High School in Metairie, all described as operating under the “LaSallian” tradition which traces back to the founder with emphasis on faith, quality and respect, among other values. Though their local presence is now a century old, the Christian Brothers are still comparatively newcomers among religious orders in a city founded by Catholic France and Spain. The Ursulines began providing health care and education in 1726; the Jesuits have been a force locally since 1847. And the list would continue. The Josephites, an order with the mission of educating young black students started St. Augustine
High. The first canonized saint to have lived part of her life in New Orleans, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, started the school by that name. (Father Francis Seelos, a German-born Redemptorist priest remains near canonization for his work with yellow fever victims, and Hentriette De Lille, a native of black Creole ancestry, is also on the possible list.) We mention Catholic education because in this the year of the Tricentennial it is certainly an important part of the city’s story. The religious orders made quality education available at tuitions cheaper than non-sectarian private schools, partially because the educators who belonged to the orders worked for little salary. On the other hand, the argument has been made that Catholic education undermined stronger support for public schools. Parents who were paying for one school system were seldom willing to pay taxes to support another. We suspect,
though, that without Catholic education something else would have risen in its place. The appeal of individual school governance, similar to the charter schools, would have always been strong. Catholic education has changed dramatically from what it once was. The biggest difference is that there are fewer faculties with religious vocations. The global shortage in nuns, priests and brothers is resulting in more lay faculty and administration. Last month Jesuit-run Loyola University hired a lay woman as its president. We congratulate the Christian Brothers for their centennial anniversary in Louisiana. The story is told of a former De LaSalle principal who one day, while in civilian dress, was asked if he had any children. “Yes,” the principal replied, “I have 443 sons.” May the spirit of the founders continue into the future. •
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Dear Julia and Poydras, There is an intriguing abandoned commercial building on a small triangular block fronting on Westbank Expressway at Truxton Street in Gretna. The reason it caught my attention is that it has a complex angular roof that looks a bit like a piece of origami and extends from the main structure like wings. I have asked West Bank friends about it but nobody could tell me when and for whom it was built. I know that parts of it were, at some time, a sandwich shop and the Hour Glass Lounge. There is no address on the building. Do you know anything else about it? Joe Johnson (Jefferson, La.) I suspect the building at 77 Westbank Expressway may have been built in the late 1960s for an obscure and short-lived seafood chain. In mid-June 1969, Fast Food Distributors, Inc. began running advertisements in New Orleans and Baton Rouge newspapers seeking people wishing to invest in Sea Host, a national fast food chain that was entering the Louisiana market. It appears Sea Host had a short-lived Gretna restaurant because, in February 1970, the company placed a want ad seeking counter help and a fry cook to work at 77 Westbank Expressway. By the early 1970s, Sea Host, which had retained athlete Jackie Robinson as a vice president, was bankrupt.
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Dear Julia, I have a question about a mural of Mardi Maskers that was high up on a wall above the soda fountain counter in the Canal St., corner N. Rampart St., Woolworth’s Bldg. (it is now gone and being replaced by a Hard Rock Hotel.) Do you know if it’s been preserved, and was it done by an individual artist, or was it the work of the WPA? It was there during the ‘40’s. We seem to lose so much of our childhood memories from haunts like this. Thanks. Mike Palisi, Jr. (Chalmette, La.) News footage from the Civil Rights era clearly shows the dining area in that Woolworth’s, yet no mural is visible. Either the store had been remodeled by that time or you may have seen the mural elsewhere. Are you sure you’re not recalling the Mardi Gras mural at the nearby Miller-Wohl store? In November 1940, Miller-Wohl, a New York-based upscale women’s apparel store, opened a new location at 939 Canal Street. Located in a building originally built as the Audubon Hotel, the fully-renovated store was a showplace of modern style, from its glass doors to its burl wood furnishings and marble staircase to the apparel it sold. Installed above and to the side of the store’s front entrance was a carnival-themed mural depicting revelers, a carnival float and maskers.
Hungarian artist Alexander Raymond Katz (18951974), whose first name, Sandor, was Anglicized as Alexander, came to the United States as a child. A prolific Chicago-trained artist, Katz worked in various media but became a muralist at Frank Lloyd Wright’s urging. Known for both religious and secular works produced for clients ranging from Chicago’s Loop Synagogue to Paramount Studios and the Chicago Civic Opera, Katz also created murals for the Chicago and New York World’s Fairs and participated in depression era federal arts projects. The Audubon Building that formerly housed the Miller-Wohl store has survived and has been converted into the Saint hotel.
Dear Julia, When I was very small, my aunt would take me to Lakeside, where she would treat me to lunch and a banana split in the dime store. I don’t think it was a TG&Y but don’t remember the name of the long-gone store. Can you help? Christa Rose (Metairie, La.) The department store was S. S. Kresge’s. In 1977, the name changed to K-Mart but a few old Kresge stores continued to operate under their original name until the last S. S. Kresge store closed in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1994.
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The Beat MARQUEE . ART . PERSONA . BIZ . EDUCATION . CHRONICLES
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July Our top picks for this month’s events By fritz esker
San Fermin en Nueva Orleans (Running of the Bulls) Have you ever wanted to run with the bulls in Pamplona but were put off by the prospect of being trampled or impaled by an angry bull? If so, then San Fermin en Nueva Orleans is for you. On July 14, there will be a “bull run” featuring roller derby players with bull horns and toy bats chasing runners through the CBD. Other social events will be held throughout the weekend from July 13-15. Information, NOLAbulls.com.
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Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories From June 29 to September 16, the New Orleans Museum of Art is showcasing Changing Course: Reflections on New Orleans Histories. The exhibition marks the Crescent City’s 300th anniversary by displaying seven contemporary art projects focusing on forgotten or marginalized parts of New Orleans’ history. Information, Noma.org.
Dine & Dance with the Victory Swing Orchestra The National World War II Museum’s Victory Swing Orchestra celebrates the great big bands of the 1940s for a night of toe-tapping fun. Attendees can enjoy delicious food at the museum’s Stage Door Canteen and dance the night away to high-energy swing music on July 14 and 28. Information, NationalWW2Museum.org.
Bastille Day Fete Celebrate New Orleans’ French heritage with the Bastille Day Fete. On July 14, the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon in the historic Faubourg St. John neighborhood turns into a lively block party with live music, food, activities for kids, and classic French games like pétanque (similar to bocce ball). Information, Facebook.com/FSJNA.
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calendar Events, Exhibits & Performances
June 22-July 1 Nunsense, Stage Door Canteen. Information, NationalWW2Museum.org. July 1-2 Theresa Caputo - Live the Experience, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com. July 4 Independence Day French Quarter Fireworks, French Quarter. Information, NewOrleansOnline.com.
July 13 Allison Krauss, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com. July 13 Audubon Zoo’s Dinner and a ZOOvie: Coco, Audubon Zoo. Information, AudubonNatureInstitute.org. July 15 31st Annual Spillway Classic Trail Run, Bonnet Carre Spillway. Information, RunNOTC.org.
July 5-8 ESSENCE Festival, Mercedes Benz Superdome. Information, Essence.com.
July 17 Sam Smith: The Thrill of It All Tour, Smoothie King Center. Information, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
July 6 The Best of Both Worlds Comedy Show, Saenger Theater. Information, SaengerNOLA.com.
July 17-22 Tales of the Cocktail, Various Locations. Information, TalesOfTheCocktail.com.
July 6 Copeland’s Chicken Jam, UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, Arena.uno.edu.
July 18 By Any Scenes Necessary at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Tulane University. Information, NewOrleansShakespeare.org.
July 6-22 Macbeth at the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, Tulane University. Information, NewOrleansShakespeare.org.
July 22 Educare Presents Blind Boys of Alabama, Orpheum Theater. Information, OrpheumNOLA.com.
July 6 Essence Festival Presents The Read Live! with Kid Fury & Crissie, Joy Theater. Information, TheJoyTheater.com.
July 26-28 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, Grand Isle. Information, TarponRodeo.org.
July 7 West Bank Beer Fest at NOLA Motor Sports, NOLA Motorsports Park. Information, NOLAMotor.com.
July 27 Audubon Zoo’s Dinner and a ZOOvie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Audubon Zoo. Information, AudubonNatureInstitute.org.
July 10 Paramore with Foster the People & Jay Som, Champions Square. Information, Champions-Square.com.
July 28 Beatles Fest, House of Blues. Information, HouseOfBlues.com.
July 12-22 Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information, RivertownTheaters.com. m y ne w orleans . com
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Creativity Matters New Orleans’ new STEAM camp By Alexa Renée Harrison
n order to solve problems, both sides of the brain need to be utilized. The left side of the brain focuses on facts and known solutions. When a solution is not currently present, that’s when the right side, the creative, innovative side, has to kick in. Children in the New Orleans area ages 4-12 will have the opportunity to use both sides of their brains during Upturn Arts’ brand new STEAM Camp, which runs July 9 - 20. “The goal of our program is to teach the foundations of dance, music, visual arts, and theater and use these methods to guide children through the artistic process and encourage self-exploration,” said Alli Womac, program director 22
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of Upturn Arts. “By integrating our philosophy with principles of math, science, technology and engineering, we are hoping to create a cross-functional approach to helping students develop vital, transferable skills.” Typically, arts camps are heavy on the right brain: emotions, intuition, impulse, and creativity. The new STEAM camp will introduce young artists to the left brain by focusing on analysis, logic, and reflection. Example curriculum includes a partnership with EnergyWise Alliance, touching on topics of energy-efficient homes, recycling, and making decisions based on its impact on the environment. Additionally, Regions Bank will
host a session on financial literacy; Mr. Z will show students how to create electronic music; and David Shaw of The Revivalists will teach a songwriting workshop. “Through an integrated foundation, young artists will investigate, discover, connect, create and reflect on the world around them,” Womac said. “The STEAM theme will place an emphasis on inquiry and collaboration through process-based learning, showing our young artists that art can be found anywhere!” In this truly unique camp, students will experience music paired with math, visual art paired with science, theater paired with technology, and dance paired with engineering. But ultimately,
it will be up to the young artists to determine the problems they will solve together during this two-week session. The world we live in is rapidly evolving. STEM curriculum has become a major focus in education as the current workforce relies heavily on skills relating to these four areas of study. While students in STEM curriculum have more experiential learning opportunities, they are missing the emphasis on creation, imagination, and ingenuity. That is where the idea of STEAM comes in, and how this camp is poised at the forefront of innovation: art matters, creativity matters.•
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Stephen Watson National WWII Museum President and CEO by Ashley McLellan
his month Stephen Watson marks one year on the job as President and CEO of the National WWII Museum, after taking the helm from retired president Gordon Mueller. Watson, a native of Scotland (he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2015), brings a unique international perspective to the museum, and is poised to oversee the most extensive development of the museum to date, even as it continues to set visitation records each season. On the drafting table are the 230-room Higgins Hotel and Conference Center, the Bollinger Canopy of Peace architectural
addition, and the $28 million Hall of Democracy. For Watson, the challenge of leadership remains in continuing to tell the stories of those that led, fought, volunteered and gave of themselves and their families, in a fresh and innovative way for future generations. Q: How did stories from your childhood in Scotland influence your ideas of and knowledge of World War II? Like so many of us, my first knowledge of World War II came from a family member. In my case, it was my grandfather – Peter Watson, who was a pilot in the Royal Air Force. He often
talked about his experiences in the war – mainly the mundane aspects of his service like the food and traveling to Africa on a troop ship – but it made a big impression on me. The first time I left Scotland, I was 15, and as I recall we had two choices for our high school trip that year – a ski trip somewhere in Europe or a trip to France to visit the WWI and WWII battlefields. I always loved history, so of course I chose the latter. It was a humbling experience, and I can still vividly remember visiting the commonwealth and American cemeteries and seeing row after
row of head stones. So many of them simply carried the inscription “A Soldier of the Great War… known unto God.” I still get chills when I think about that. Q: What was the biggest surprise, good or bad, you felt upon moving to New Orleans as a young person? It was a time full of so many emotions – excitement and fear were probably at the top of the list. I had never been on a plane or experienced heat or humidity before, and here I was traveling to New Orleans in August as a 19-year-old to run long distances for the Nicholls [State University] greg miles photo
track team. It just so happened that the day I left for America was my grandad’s birthday, and I remember thinking that what he left Scotland to do as a teenager during World War II was way more significant than what I was doing – so just keep calm and enjoy the experience. In terms of biggest surprise, keep in mind, I wasn’t moving to New Orleans. I was heading to Thibodaux, and this was before you could pop online and check things out. Coming from Scotland, it’s hard to prepare yourself for what to expect in rural south Louisiana, and the climate was even harsher than I expected – I say that through the lens of coming here to run competitively. I was in great shape when I arrived, but nothing could prepare me for the heat and humidity. We were probably running 10 or 11 times per week and in excess of 70 miles per week. It was a tough adjustment, but the people at Nicholls and in Thibodaux were fantastic. They embraced all five of us who came from Scotland to run on track scholarships, and we embraced them. Q: Why do you think it is important to tell the story of those that fought in World War II for current and future generations? Well, I believe we have a responsibility to tell the story of one of the most significant and important events in human history. Sixty-five million people, including more than 400,000 of our fellow citizens, paid the ultimate sacrifice to help save freedom and democracy, not just for us here in the United States but for other across the world. That’s a story that needs to be told for the next 1,000 years, and it is a great privilege
and responsibility to be the stewards of this important period in our history. Q: There are so many exciting developments coming up for the museum. What are you most excited to see come to fruition? That’s a good question and a tough one. All of our brick and mortar projects underway right now are critically important to advancing our mission. The Bollinger Canopy of Peace will become a new symbol for our Museum and city – creating a new nighttime New Orleans landmark and bringing more attention to the peace secured by the sacrifice of so many during World War II. You won’t fully appreciate its grandeur and impact until we complete the sculpture and turn on its lights in November. Of course, we’re also looking forward to the opening of The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center next summer, which will help us meet the needs of our growing number of visitors as well as expand our educational program offerings. Less obvious to the public eye is construction on the Hall of Democracy, which will become our new hub for educational outreach, media, and research while also housing a special exhibit gallery and WWII library. By 2020, we hope to be nearing completion on our final exhibition hall, the Liberation Pavilion, which will explore the final months of the war, the postwar years, and the WWII legacies that continue to impact our lives today. With each new addition, it is always most exciting to see the reaction of our WWII veterans and their families as they experience what we’ve built to honor their stories of services.
Q: How does the museum keep the story fresh and innovative for new generations?It always starts with a commitment to excellence, authenticity, and innovation. Whether it’s our 4D experience Beyond All Boundaries, our Dog Tag experience that allows you to follow the story of a real person during your visit, or the multi-layered approach to the exhibits in Road to Berlin and Tokyo, we have tried to redefine what it means to visit a history museum. All credit goes to our Board and my predecessor Nick Mueller. We are now applying those same principles to new programs we’re developing in leadership training, overseas travel tours, symposia, conferences, new online learning programs, podcasts, and more. That work will never be complete. Q: What is your favorite corner, part or exhibit in the museum? The Museum started with Stephen Ambrose’s collection of personal stories from veterans, and that continues to be our hallmark. War is a human experience, and stories of the men and women of the WWII generation are at the center of everything we do. That’s my favorite part.
At a Glance Born: Forfar, Scotland Education: BS in Marketing and MBA from Nicholls State University (and an honorary doctorate, but I guess that’s cheating) Favorite Book: “Escape from the Deep” by Alex Kershaw Favorite Movie: “Gallipoli” Favorite TV show: Walking Dead – yes really – and of course, Band of Brothers Favorite food: Shrimp Po-Boy Favorite restaurant: Houston’s is our go-to family restaurant m y ne w orleans . com
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Next Stop, St. Bernard Port plans to keep trade rolling on the river By Kathy Finn
or many residents of New Orleans, it is easy to go through life largely unaware of one of the city’s most vital industries. The Port of New Orleans, despite occupying hundreds of acres of prime land along New Orleans’ most prominent geographic feature, the Mississippi River, tends to go about its business unobtrusively. Though anyone who strolls along the riverfront will see ships and barges plying the mighty stream, few give much thought to how important those vessels and their cargo are to the local economy. The port, of course, or rather its early predecessor, formed the foundation of New Orleans, as early traders decided that a ridge along the great river, close to what is now the French Quarter, was a good spot for boats to load and unload cargo. Ultimately, the activity shifted upriver as the port 26
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built wharves that stretched along much of the Uptown riverfront. The Port of New Orleans over time grew into one of the country’s great cargo-handling centers, where ships from around the world picked up or delivered goods ranging from lumber and steel to grain, rubber and petroleum products. As global commerce patterns shifted to focus on transporting cargo in large, boxcar-like containers that can be moved from ship to truck to rail, New Orleans responded with the construction of container-handling facilities that kept the city competitive with neighboring ports. Recently, for the first time in a decade, the Port of New Orleans published a new master plan that lays out $2 billion worth of improvements and strategies to keep the port growing far into the future. Some observers think the
plan has the potential to reshape maritime commerce in the local region. One of the plan’s most important proposals is the development of a large container cargo complex on a 700-acre tract downriver from the city, in St. Bernard Parish. Such a substantial step into St. Bernard would be momentous for several reasons. First, it affords the port a crucial expansion opportunity as available land in Orleans Parish grows increasingly scarce. Second, the move would address long-standing complaints by St. Bernard officials that the port has given short shrift to its downriver neighbor, despite the fact that St. Bernard Parish is within the port’s legal jurisdiction. Most importantly, the expansion into St. Bernard could have a big impact on the regional economy by creating substantial new business
opportunities. Local economist and real estate analyst Wade Ragas noted that the port’s reach into both St. Bernard and, on the upriver side, Jefferson Parish, where the port could potentially develop new facilities on the west bank of the river, could produce a valuable economic boost for the whole region. “A move into St. Bernard Parish could double the port’s current container capacity,” Ragas said. “A big container yard with cargo turning over every 48 hours or so would mean good jobs in an area that includes eastern New Orleans, where jobs are much needed.” Similarly, if efforts to redevelop the site of the former Avondale Shipyards through a public-private partnership become successful, new maritime jobs could be headed for Jefferson parish as well. In releasing the master plan, port President and CEO Brandy Christian said that the port is in a “unique position” with all “the rail and water connectivity of an intramodal shipping port.” She said the new plan reflects “the port’s bold vision to deliver significant, sustained economic benefit throughout our jurisdiction, which includes Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes.” Christian added that the plan “challenges us to think more cohesively about growing” local maritime commerce. • cheryl gerber photo
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Revamping the School Board Orleans body is back in charge By Dawn Ruth Wilson
uly 1, 2018 will have gone down in history as Independence Day for the New Orleans public school system. Long divided into two systems, one locally controlled and one state controlled, the city’s schools unify this month under the tutelage of the Orleans Parish School Board. The state seized control of more than 100 “failing” public schools after Hurricane Katrina, leaving the OPSB a few high performing schools to run. The intervention enraged New Orleans leaders and a succession of school boards fought for the return of schools to local control for a decade before the state legislature adopted a law in 2016 setting a timeline for their return. “It’s a great day,” New Orleans school Superintendent Henderson Lewis said. “Once again, New
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Orleans will be treated like any other parish.” The size of the OPSB’s system doubled on July 1, increasing from 41 to 80 schools with about 50,000 students enrolled. Lewis says the expansion requires double the work, but since the transfer has been two years in the making, “We are ready.” Much has changed since 2005, and the unification marks the beginning of a new era for New Orleans schools and the school board. The centralized, top-down management structure that is the norm for most systems in the nation is a thing of the past here. All but one New Orleans school now operate under multi-year charter contracts that allow schoolbased management. Each school has its own board and school leaders that make employee and
budget decisions. The OPSB’s role is to hold the charter operators accountable through its ability to renew or suspend contracts. The school board nowadays, Lewis said, is the “protector” of students, an “advocate” for schools and an “honest steward” of taxpayers’ money. “This is not the old OPSB,” he said. At the time of the state takeover, the school board supervised the operation of about 120 schools. The New Orleans school district was considered one of the worst in the country, known for dismal academic performance, financial mismanagement and corruption. It was $500 million in debt. At one point, a former school board president pleaded guilty to bribery. Those days are long gone, says Woody Koppel, who was elected to the board in 2008. “The school
board has worked very hard to earn the public’s trust,” he said. With a smaller system to operate, subsequent school boards focused on paying down the debt and taking a firm hand to all spending decisions. Koppel noted the debt has been halved in the past decade and is expected to be paid in full by 2021. As a result, he said, the board has earned a top bond rating. At the same time, the state Recovery School District created the first all-charter school district in the country. Failing schools were closed, new leaders acquired, cutting-edge facilities were built with $2 billion in FEMA funding, and overall student performance climbed from “failing” by state standards to average. “We have come a long way,” Koppel said. “Of course, post July, I think there will be some adjusting.” Even though the school board will no longer be involved in day-to-day operations of schools, there are problems to solve such as how to improve busing services and how to fund early childhood programs. Because schools statewide are not adequately funded, he said, the greatest challenge is learning how “to do more with less.” •
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Memorable Funerals An old New Orleans custom by Carolyn Kolb
ver the centuries, this city has raised the staging of funerals to an art form. And, not even a corpse is required. New Orleans, then a Spanish colony, once held a funeral when the King of Spain died. Charles III succumbed December 14, 1788, but news did not reach here until early 1789. According to historian Charles Gayarre’s mid-19th century “History of Louisiana,” “On the 7th of May, the usual funeral rites were performed in New Orleans in honor of departed royalty, with as much pomp and solemnity as the finances of the colony could afford.” Funerals in early New Orleans were grandiose affairs, even if the deceased might have wanted something more simple: Don Andres Almonester (father of Micaela Pontalba, who built the buildings on either side of Jackson Square) 30
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died suddenly April 25, 1798. known primarily as a voodoo According to Christina Vella’s practitioner, died June 16, 1881 “Intimate Enemies” biography and, according to The Picayune, at of his daughter, Almonester’s her funeral the next afternoon “her will specifically requested that remains were followed to the grave alms were to be given to 200 by a large concourse of people, poor persons who the most prominent attended his funeral. and the most humble His executors were joining in paying A funeral car from an instructed to take 1852 New Orleans funeral their last respects procession honoring to the dead.” roll at the event three out-of-state “in order that presWhen Jefferson political figures: Henry ence may not be Davis, former Clay, John C. Calhoun falsely pretended president of the and Daniel Webster Confederacy, died in on the part of some.” Almonester also asked New Orleans, his funeral cortege to be buried in a plot behind the on December 11, 1889, also drew charity hospital, but King Charles a crowd. An estimated 200,000 IV of Spain ordered his body to people lined the streets while the be entombed in more grandeur hearse passed. Davis was first inside St. Louis Cathedral, which buried in Metairie Cemetery, then Almonester had paid to rebuild. later reinterred in Richmond, One early Orleanian did not Virginia. There was a viewing have to pay people to show up for of his corpse at Gallier Hall for her funeral. Marie Laveau Glapion, the days between his death and
his funeral. Ironically, during this same time period, the Washington Artillery (a local military unit that had served in the Confederate army) was sponsoring a concert series with the visiting brass band of Patrick S. Gilmore, who had previously been brought to New Orleans with his musicians by the occupying Union Army during the Civil War. Perhaps the oddest funeral ceremony in New Orleans was a procession and church services held December 9,1852 in honor of three recently deceased American figures: John C. Calhoun, staunch defender of slavery from South Carolina; Daniel Webster, statesman and orator from New England; and Henry Clay, the “great compromiser” from Kentucky, whose political life was dedicated to staving off national conflict over slavery. All three men had died elsewhere, but Orleanians decided to honor them here anyway. Everyone in town – politicians, the legal establishment, military units, benevolent societies, workmen’s associations, school children and orphans – began the parade at six in the evening on December 9, 1852. The starting point was Lafayette Square and the entire assembly, accompanied by bands, marched to the French Quarter and back. Urns honoring each man were to be placed in a cenotaph (rather like a large gravestone without a grave) in Lafayette Square, and a religious service was held for each in a different church. Their graves may have been elsewhere, but each has a namesake uptown thoroughfare: Calhoun, Henry Clay, and Webster are still lined up as streets beginning at the river just downtown from Audubon Park. You are welcomed to second-line on them anytime, with or without a funeral.•
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Local Color CHRIS ROSE . MODINE GUNCH . JOIE D’EVE . IN TUNE . HOME
Maggie Koerner performs at tipitina’s july 6.
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t’s early summer in New Orleans and that means one thing: Who Dat, baby! While the rest of the country ponders heat and humidity, summer vacations, beach reading, baseball and backyard barbeques – and while the other Gulf Coast states ponder the start of hurricane season – early summer in New Orleans lights the flames of football fever, the annual process of faith over reason. The Saints are, and have been for decades, the single most unifying force in our community; the one superseding element that binds us all together despite race, class, age, gender and politics. On Sundays in the fall, the Superdome has always been a laboratory for the American idyll, for the collective gathering of our better angels. On Game Day, we are one. Until we weren’t. Until Colin Kaepernick and then the others and then … the Saints. We took a knee. Or, if your social and political leanings dictate, “they” took a knee. And everything changed. Last season, folks around here – well around everywhere, I guess – drew lines in the sand. Either you’re with the players or you’re not. Their sideline protests sullied the sport for you or it didn’t. It was a big deal or it wasn’t. You renounced your citizenship in the Who Dat Nation or you didn’t. The players were disrespecting our anthem, our flag, our troops, our country. Except they weren’t. I’m going to assume, since you are patronizing this fine, learned and lofty publication, 34
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Taking A Stand Game day debate By Chris Rose
that you are able to see through the smoke and mirrors and hear above the rabble and din and parse the circumstances on your own thoughtful term But back to the point. Maybe you stopped rooting for the Saints when they took a knee last year. Maybe you cancelled your season ticket subscription. Maybe you burned your old Rickey Jackson jersey. Maybe you swore off them forever; or at least until they made a run in the playoffs. Whatever. Or maybe you grouse about it, online and to your friends, and it offends your patriotic sensi-
bilities, but you still go to the games because, well … because it’s Game Day. It’s ritual. Church. I mean, what the hell else are you supposed to do? So to those of you who suffer this indignity but still go to the games, for those who loathe this blatant disrespect of flag of country, I want to ask you to undertake your own anthropological study come Game Day: When the National Anthem begins to play in the Dome, instead of standing at attention, venture up (or down, depending on your seat location and socio-economic
status) to the nearest concourse or mezzanine or lounge or concession stand or restroom or smoking area. It’s doubtful that you’ll see anyone taking a knee there, disrespecting the troops and defiling the flag. Instead, you’ll see your fellow patriots ordering bloody marys, high-fiving, shouting “Who Dat!” macking on the fine ladies in Drew Brees jerseys and generally expressing their right to live in the moment and enjoy themselves on their own terms, regardless of what you think they should be doing. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, right? You won’t see anyone taking a knee out on the concourse, but you’ll see people wiping mustard off their faces and trading bro-hugs and taking Jello shots and talking about what traitors the players who take a knee are. Wander into the restroom and you won’t see anyone taking a knee, but someone taking a dump. During the National Anthem. Now I ask you: Who, exactly, is disrespecting the troops? These are the Patriot Games. WE are all pawns! And who wants to be a Patriot, anyway? Aren’t you as sick of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick as everyone else? The true standard of a Patriot is to protest. Think about it: Who were the first Patriots? Protesters all. Against oppression and what they perceived as affront against their civil liberties and freedom to express themselves. True dat. Who dat. Love the game or leave it. •
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How to Flush It Aint’ Easy Anymore By Modine Gunch
sed to be, you would go to the ladies room, do the necessary, wash your hands, dry them, check your lipstick, and leave. Not no more. Nowadays, you practically need a choreographed dance routine to get a hand towel out of the dispenser. Wave at it. Waggle your fingers underneath. Pull the towel with both hands. Pull with one hand, in center. Or use the blow drier, which we all know, thanks to Facebook, blasts extremely disgusting bathroom germs into your hands. (If you ain’t on Facebook, don’t ask. You’re better off not knowing.) My mother-in-law Ms. Larda thinks the towel dispenser manu-
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facturers are doing this on purpose to drive us to hand sanitizer. She says they probably secretly own hand sanitizer companies. But she is too smart for them. She sewed terrycloth pockets on all her pants, so she don’t ever have to grovel in front of the towel dispenser. She and myself and my friend Awlette are on our way to Tennessee for a fingernail art workshop. Awlette is a nail artist, and she is going to demonstrate. Me and Ms. Larda are bringing our fingernails to be decorated. We are taking turns driving, keeping alert with gas station coffee, making a lot of potty stops, and rating the restrooms for our trip back. Awlette points out that we don’t have the problem of drying our
hands unless we get them wet. And we need another routine for that. We can’t just turn the handles on the faucets no more. We got to wave or waggle, and also wave or waggle under the soap dispenser. Usually either the faucet or the soap dispenser works, but never both. You get your hands wet, and then you got to wave your hand under the soap dispenser at the next sink, but the lady at that sink don’t notice, because she is trying to decide whether to wave or waggle under the faucet. Ms. Larda just reaches in her enormous purse and pulls out a bottle of water and a bar of soap in a Tupperware box. Like I said, she’s prepared. But even she can’t carry an extra toilet. And now they got robotcontrolled flushers. Now, my own mama brought me up to be a foot flusher. You touch nothing with your hands. After you finish your business, you stand up, turn around and rare back— this is tricky if you got on spike heels and a tight skirt, but you do it— and you push that flusher with your foot. But now the toilets got Electric Eyes — which got to be a violation of privacy. These things watch when you stand up and are supposedly there to flush for you. But half the time they get
excited and flush when you are still busy sitting. Or else they don’t even notice you stood up, and you got everything pulled up and you’re ready to leave, but you don’t like to leave the toilet unflushed. So you dance around a little, to catch the Eye’s attention, and if that don’t work, you turn around and look at the tiny button there, which is the manual flusher, but you ain’t going to touch THAT (your mama again) so you got to balance on one foot and poke it with your toe. Thanks a lot, Eye. Of course, Ms. Larda got the answer in a plastic bag in her purse. It’s a black hood from somebody’s old Batman costume. When she goes into the stall, she drops this hood over the Electric Eye. It immediately flushes, while she is getting her drawers down and putting her purse strap between her teeth. (We all do this because of that urban legend that purse snatchers will reach over stall door and snatch your purse off the purse hook there while you got your drawers down.) But then the flusher shuts up, like when you put a towel over a parrot’s cage. It keeps quiet until she’s done. Then she removes the hood, and the toilet flushes like it’s supposed to. So that’s the secret to dealing with public restrooms these days. Be prepared and carry a big purse. •
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sometimes joke that Ruby is the person in infomercials. You know, the person who is completely flustered by the idea of spreading a blanket over their lap or buttoning a blouse. The person who encounters catastrophe by opening a window or trying to put a dish away. The person who can’t crack an egg or put ketchup on a burger without something dramatic happening. None of this is because she’s not capable. She is entirely capable of pouring her own milk, making her own sandwiches, packing her own backpack. She even packs for sleepovers and trips by herself, and she’s flown solo possibly more times than I have. Still, though, she has a flair for the theatrical that sometimes contrasts with her independent streak, which is what results in the infomercial-worthy antics. The other day, I asked her to pick up a book she’d dropped in the hallway. It was an entirely reasonable request, given politely, A list of things kids need to learn to do something she was 1,000 percent able to do with ease. By Eve Crawford Peyton (Yes, I know 1,000 percent is not a real thing.) But she was in a why they sometimes need to be (and sometimes fail) to teach them mood, and so she walked to the hallway, picked the book up with told that Room 405 is on the fourth basic table manners and etiquette. her toes, and hopped back to her floor or, as in the case of one of There are some things, though, room, scowling at me the whole my long-ago interns, that things that are falling through the cracks. time to make sure I registered are filed by last name and not And so I asked last week on just how much of an imposition first name and that “the” doesn’t Facebook what are some things count as the first word. I needed kids need to learn how to do by this was on her. We hear a lot these days about to learn these things, too, once the time they are high school how incompetent millennials are, upon a time. We all did. freshmen. Then I pulled together how they are weak, I want my kids to be my own list of life skills that I’d spoiled snowflakes functional adults, so I like Ruby to try this summer. who expect everyone Excerpted from Eve teach them all the time. Here are mine: • Do a load of your own laundry, Crawford Peyton’s to cater to them. I When we go to a new blog, Joie d’Eve, work on a college building, I show them from start to finish, including which appears campus, though, so how to read the building folding and putting away. each Friday on • Write a handwritten thank I know that this is not MyNewOrleans.com directory. When we are true – these kids are at the airport, I show you note to someone — it doesn’t smart, engaged, caring, funny. But them how to find flights and have to be for a gift; it can be to a some of them are just figuring out terminals and baggage claims. teacher, friend, or neighbor who how basic things work, which is When we are at restaurants, I try has helped you.
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Find a recipe and make it, including writing out a grocery list for ingredients and reading reviews from other people who have made the recipe for any helpful feedback. • Read two books that aren’t part of your required reading. • Volunteer at a food pantry or other nonprofit organization. • Build a model (car, airplane, boat). • Visit the websites of three colleges you’re interested in and take notes about what you like about them. • Draw your own comic. • Read the newspaper and write a letter to the editor about something you’ve read. • Take a CPR, first aid, or babysitting course. • Watch while I show where the fuse box is, how to open it, and how to reset a flipped circuit breaker. • Make a travel brochure for a place you’d like to visit. Research it to find out the main attractions and places to stay. • Make your bed — put clean sheets on and everything. • Go berry-picking. • Go grocery shopping and try to keep track of how much each item costs. Try to guess the total amount of all the items and see how close you get. (My mom taught me this, and I am freakishly good at it. I would kill on The Price Is Right.) • Make yourself a cozy study space for when school starts again. • Write five haiku. • Get rid of seven things you don’t play with anymore. • Research who your state representatives are. • Go without your iPhone or any technology for at least 24 hours (not counting the three weeks of camp). • •
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calendar must-see music july 10
Paramore and Foster the People rock Champions Square. july 11
Unknown Mortal Orchestra psych out Republic. july 13
Alison Krauss sings to the Saenger. Mary J. Blige
Essence and More A Serious Destination By Mike Griffith
ver the years, Essence Fest has made New Orleans a serious destination for music in July. This year, the festival returns July 5-8, with an absolutely amazing lineup. For starters, the headliners are Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu. You can also catch Jill Scott, The Roots, Snoop Dogg and Queen Latifah as well. One of the great things about this festival is it really brings the Quarter to life. Keep an eye out for all of the after party announcements, as every part of downtown will be some special event. If you’re interested in going a bit farther afield and maybe avoiding a bit of the summer heat, it’s time once again for Jazz Fest’s sister festival Newport Folk. From the 27th to the 29th the folk world will once again descend
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on Fort Adams for three days of As usual, we’ll have daily updates collaboration and play. This year from the festival online, so keep the festival will feature Margo an eye on that space. Price, Moses Sumney, St. Vincent, If you’re not making that trip, Sturgill Simpson, Courtney Barnett, make sure to check out the Free Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, Friday shows at Tipitina’s. On July Jenny Lewis, Passenger and The 6, you can catch Maggie Koerner War and Treaty among others. and Miss Mojo. On July 13 they This is an extreme amount of have Corey Henry’s Treme Funktet talent packed into one weekend. and Erica Falls. On July 20, they Courtney Barnett has have Gravity A with an extremely good new Video Age and Spencer record out and Moses Whatever and on July Playlist of Sumney had one of the 27 you can see the mentioned bands best albums of last year. excellent Honey Island available at: http:// St. Vincent has debuted Swamp Band with Sonic bit.ly/InTune7-18 an exciting new stage Bloom. These shows show and Hamilton + Leithauser’s are a great way to beat the heat collaboration with Rostam has and check out some free live local been absolutely epic. When you music. You really can’t go wrong couple all that with the temperate with any of these nights. • New England weather it makes for an excellent excuse for a vacation.
Lake Street Dive rocks the House of Blue. july 20
The Body experiments at Gasa Gasa. july 21
Deacon John brings the blue to Tipitina’s. july 25
River Whyless folks the Parish. july 31
Sales and No Vacation pop into Gasa Gasa.
Dates are subject to change; email Mike@ MyNewOrleans.com or contact him through Twitter @Minima.
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Left: Cobalt blue (blue is Harper’s favorite color) and pink are the dominant shades in the living room; Harper removed walls to give the front of the house an open flow and juxtaposed the patina of the peeling walls with modernist and Hollywood glam furnishings; sofa from Anthropologie, chair with pleated upholstery from All Modern, Mississippi River map behind the sofa, from Etsy.
An Instant Connection A 7th Ward double with downtown style By Lee Cutrone
esigner K.V. Harper was born in Miami, on the southern coast of the U.S., raised in Seattle, on the west coast, and attended Harvard, on the east coast. An avid traveler who’s lived in both Amsterdam and Argentina, she eventually settled in Brooklyn
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while working as an advertising strategist. It was there that she cut her design teeth, buying and completely renovating a multi-unit turn-of-the-century brownstone in what was then a frontier section of the now uber-fashionable burrow. In 2014, the south called again
when K.V. visited New Orleans and felt an instant connection with the city. “I was driving through the city and one of my first thoughts was ‘I could totally live here,’” she said. Several years of looking for a property to renovate followed and in 2016, she settled on a rundown
double in the 7th ward. Having survived the difficult and lengthy process of securing construction permits and renovating a historical building in New York, K.V. found that her New Orleans renovation project involved less red tape, shorter wait times and lower costs. “New Orleans felt a lot more manageable,” she said of her second foray into home renovation. “I was happy I did the more difficult project first. It made everything that came after easier.” K.V. began the renovation where she says every renovation should begin – by seeing what could be salvaged. “We see what we can save and what we can match and go from there,” she said. She estimates that the original double shotgun portion of the house was probably built around the 1930s and that the camel back with lower ceilings was added sometime between the 1950s and 1970s. Happily, linoleum floors and boarded up windows across the vinyl-clad façade gave way to original wooden floors and windows underneath. There were also brick fireplaces sorely in need of repair. Her original contractor told her they could not be saved, but contacts in Brooklyn insisted otherwise. K.V. found
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a new contractor, Erix Peres, who refurbished the fireplaces and the two have since become partners in a full-time design business, KEX Designs, based in Brooklyn and New Orleans. With a tight budget, K.V.â€™s redesign left the footprint (including placement of plumbing and electrical) the same, but gutted the interior to the studs. The partners then opted for simple materials that were cost-friendly and historically appropriate, while also fresh and intentional looking
from a design standpoint. Simple, kitchen counters of reclaimed wood for example, connect not only to the modest origins of the double but also read as modern and directional in that they are a departure from the ubiquitous marble counters that have reigned supreme in recent years. K.V.â€™s juxtaposition of natural unpainted wood, peeling plaster, industrial fixtures, vintage furnishings, strong color, custom pieces and historic references with personal meaning is
Top, left: The floors on the owner side of the double could not be saved, so Harper replaced them with new smart growth pine; walls are left in a pre-plaster state and the brick above the fireplace exposed; mantel from Riccaâ€™s, mirror from Canal Furniture, bench from World Market, pillows are a combination of finds from Turkey and H&M Home; light fixture from West Elm. Top, right: Homeowner and designer K.V. Harper. Bottom, right: Harper used the blue focal wall to highlight images of her family and of black history; the mustard yellow theater chairs are originally from a segregated movie theater.
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Facing page: Top: Harper continued the feeling of aged patina found in the front of the house into the lower-ceilinged rear of the house by bricking the kitchen floor; wood counters are a fresh departure from marble so often used in contemporary kitchens and are combined with navy blue cabinets; Harper designed the table custom-made by Peres; chairs from Birch Lane; light fixture from Industrial Light Electric. Bottom, left: The master bath’s sink and faucet by Delta were found on Ebay, the counter is custom; hexagonal tiles in contrasting black and white surround the shower; pre-treated boards left over from the bar were used for the ceiling. Bottom, right: Vibrant color in the master bedroom; a photo of Jean-Michel Basquiat hangs behind the bed. This page: Top, left: The guest bath, which also serves as a powder room downstairs, features a space-saving, sliding barn door; sink, from Rejuvenation, mirror from World Market. Cuban cement tiles used for the floor (not shown) add pattern. Top, right: The base of the bar is striped with pre-treated boards from Lowe’s, which are also used for the ceiling of the master bath; the stools, from a restaurant supply store, were silver toned and Harper painted them a gold tone; light fixture, West Elm.
a young, urbane take on how to mix periods and styles. “I’m always open to mixing design styles and having a lot of overlapping of color and ideas and textures,” the designer said, and who admits to “pinning” voraciously. “When you mix styles, it’s welcoming and fresh and it brings a little bit of playfulness to it.” As with each of her renovations, K.V. found inspiration in both the structure and its location. The design history of sub-tropical New Orleans motivated her selection of a pink sofa. The powerful African American history of the city also influenced her design choices. A pair of yellow seats from a once-segregated movie theater and images of early Haitian leaders are among the items tied to the city’s African American heritage. “I decided early on I wanted the house to be very New Orleans,” K.V. said. “The interior design needed to speak to that.” Other constant sources of inspira-
tion come from K.V.’s love of travel and her commitment to sustainability. She frequently shops brick and mortar stores for ideas when traveling, but prefers the speed and breadth of online sites when working on a job. Design enthusiasts have responded to K.V.’s hip downtown style and her business is growing. Clients, mostly in their late 20s to early 40s according to K.V., find her via an old blog that she no longer uses, as well as Instagram and word-of-mouth reviews. She recently completed a renovation in Treme, is currently working on one in Los Angeles and dreams of transforming an old Church into a residence. “The thing I love the most is seeing a place come back to life,” she said. “I love living there and adding my own personal style as well, turning it into an actual place that people can enjoy.” •
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HERE Discussing food, cooking and restaurants is a part-time sport for New Orleanians. Only here do we discuss where we’re going to eat next, while we’re still eating. From breakfast to brunch, lunch to cocktail bites, dinner to late night eats and
desserts, we’ve got a lot to talk about. Enjoy our selection of the best new dining spots in New Orleans, and continue your own food conversations!
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Nina Compton’s Caribbean-inspired cuisine at Compère Lapin has been surfing a wave of accolades since it opened, and this year she won the James Beard Award for Best Chef South. So a second restaurant was always a question not of ‘if’ but ‘when’. That question was answered in March when Bywater American Bistro opened its doors. For “BABs”, as it has become known, Compton and her husband Larry Miller brought on Chef Levi Raines as a partner. Raines had proven himself to be an integral part of Compere Lapin and Compton envisioned the restaurant to be a platform for this rising star. Compere Lapin and BABs therefore share connections, but they are not clones. While both are rooted in the French and Italian techniques Compton and Raines acquired at Johnson and Wales in Miami, BABs features a more marketdriven contemporary American approach. “To differentiate it, we wanted the restaurant made sense with the space itself. For example, we put a focus on rice and grains because the building is a former rice mill,”
Raines explained. “Here we focus more on regional ingredients, like fresh milled flour from Bellegarde and a lot of produce from Covey Rise.” BABs also swaps out a charcuterie and cheese section in lieu of Lapin’s raw bar; a bit more turf to the latter’s surf. Raines’ approach is multi-dimensional, often reinforcing ingredients by employing them in multiple but differentiated ways in the same dish. An appetizer of blue crab dip is not what you might expect. Here it lighter; more like a scoopable salad. He starts with a vinegar cream paired with mustards in both chiffonade and prepared forms. The chiffonade is dressed in a horseradish vinaigrette spiked with Zatarain’s Creole mustard. “For me it made sense – mustard greens with mustard,” Raines points out. “And horseradish just goes great with seafood.” The crabmeat itself is dressed simply with olive oil and salt. Tackle it with the accompanying sourdough crackers and what you get is a light, nuanced approach that doesn’t skimp on flavor.
From the “Rice, Grains and Noodles” section, consider the crab fat rice, prepared in a modified risotto style that employs coconut milk and fish sauce for silkiness and umami, spiked with lime juice for bite. The dish is finished with green apples and nasturtium. A recommended entrée is the pork belly with juniper, apples and wild rice. The belly first gets brined and rubbed with juniper, garlic, thyme and brown sugar, then slow-roasted and portioned for pickup. Topped with chicharrons dusted with powdered green apple along with a compote of caramelized onion, apple and celery root, the belly slices are served over a bed of herbed wild rice and quinoa. As you might expect from Larry Miller, the drink menu is superb. Larry and Nina both live in the building and recognized the need for a neighborhood spot that catered to residents rather than trends. BABs is that restaurant, and once again they’ve struck gold.
2900 Chartres St., 605-3827, Bywateramericanbistro.com
Boil Seafood House Just when you thought you’d seen it all with seafood, along comes a place that sets something new on the table. Say hello to Boil Seafood House, the latest offering of restaurateur Hieu Doan, which heralds the arrival of this Viet-Cajun dining trend that began in Houston. “My idea was to give the city more options,” says Doan. “I’m not trying to change traditions. I think New Orleans is more open to this kind of thing now.” This cross-cultural mashup adds an extra layer of taste to the traditional crawfish boil thanks to a final toss in the seasoning of your choice. Choose from Caribbean, Cajun or Garlic Butter. Can’t decide? The Boil House blend mixes up all three. Finalize it with the level of heat you prefer from mild to extra-spicy. The seafood is not limited to crawfish – you can pick Dungeness crab, lobster and more. A wide array of appetizers and sides are available to accompany the peel-and-eat items. 3340 Magazine St., 309-4532.
C o ffee S ci en ce A big backyard, light-filled rooms and a welcoming porch – these are all amenities near the courthouse building on South Broad. Coffee Science, an urban oasis by barista Tom Oliver, brings all this and more to this underserved niche. Coffee Science takes full advantage of New Orleans’s burgeoning small-batch roaster scene, sourcing beans from French Truck, Mojo, Congregation Coffee and more. Shots are pulled on his gleaming Victoria Arduino Black Eagle espresso machine and black coffee comes by way of his custom-modded drip brewer, which produces pour-over quality product without the typical wait. Nostalgia buffs will love his Venetian and Bavarian Crèmes, inspired by the ‘Ain’t Dere No More’ Kaldi’s on Decatur. “Ours is a coconut-milk based iced latte finished with a little cream,” Oliver says. “It’s a real texture drink.” Yet Coffee Science looks forward, not back – guests here will enjoy a rotating cast of pop-ups serving BBQ, tacos and more with DJs to boot. Artisan pastries and retail beans round out the appeal. 410 S Broad St., 814-0878, Facebook.com/coffeesciencenola
Auction House “Food courts” in malls and offices are designed for convenience; the former to keep folks shopping and the latter to encourage quick lunches. The Food Hall at the Auction House Market, like the St. Roch Market (which is also operated by Will Donaldson and Barre Tanguis) is a destination itself. Light from windows on two sides and a skylight keep it bright, and there’s enough space to comfortably browse the offerings or sit and eat. Among the places to choose from are The Mayhaw, which in addition to craft cocktails and beer offers wines by the glass or bottle occupies the center of the space, and Coast Roast, which like the Mayhaw also has a location at St. Roch, serves a range of brewed beverages with beans roasted in-house. At Tava, vegetarian and omnivorous fillings are served in delicate, crepe-like dosas, heartier uttapam, and kati rolls: layered bread similar to paratha. Elysian Seafood, as at St. Roch, serves local seafood and raw oysters. At Empanola, flaky pastry surrounds fillings both traditional – ground beef with olives – and innovative, such as crawfish etouffee, ratatouille or beef bourguignon. The Mediterranean food at Alpha comes in the form of small plates like hummus and labneh, salads such as fattoush and pita wraps and plates of chicken shawarma or shakshouka. Sola Deli sells sandwiches, salads and wraps as well as retail sale of specialty products and charcuterie. The “mac” at Mac & Moon refers to macarons, the airy French delicacy which like the other baked goods available at the shop, are vegan. Toasts are the focus at HappyJaxx, where chef Patrick Kearney serves multiple versions of the fashionable dish as well as salads, omelettes, teas and fruit smoothies. Each of the above could merit inclusion in our list individually, but together there’s no doubt that the Food Hall at Auction House Market is among the best new offerings of the year. 801 magazine St., 372-4321, auctionhousemarket.com
Ga b r i e l l e Chef Greg Sonnier’s earthy, sophisticated cooking made Gabrielle one of the most cherished restaurants in New Orleans. Its original location on Esplanade Avenue was damaged during Katrina, and like so many other locals, Sonnier and his equally-talented wife Mary, were stymied in their efforts to reopen. They tried to start again with the Uptowner, but Byzantine zoning laws and neighborhood opposition proved insurmountable hurdles. In September of last year, their dream became a reality when Gabrielle reopened on Orleans Avenue, with Gabie now running the front of the house. The location has changed, and chef Sonnier’s food has evolved, but Gabrielle remains a welcoming, family-oriented place, and the bold, rich flavors will be familiar to anyone who dined with the Sonniers on Esplanade. Chef Sonnier’s experience working with chefs Paul Prudhomme and Frank Brigtsen is evident on each plate. The food tends toward rustic, full-bodied flavors, and many dishes benefit from long, slow cooking. Though each element of every dish is carefully considered and artfully presented, the flavors are reminiscent of the best of our region’s home cooking. From the dark, smoky gumbo to Sonnier’s renowned slow-roasted duck, the food is unmistakably from south Louisiana. 2441 orleans ave., 603-2344,
A lineup of national poke chains are bearing down on New Orleans. But on St. Claude Avenue you will find Poke-chan, a local independent that serves up colorful bowls of the marinated fish and whose care and attention to detail will put such interlopers to shame. Owned by a trio of sisters, Loan, Lien and Susan Nguyen, the concept came about while working at N7, where they met their other business partner, Dalena Vo. A scattering of Japanese dishes such as takoyaki, from N7’s chef Yuki Yamaguchi, complete the menu. Loan views poke as an affordable, casual alternative to sushi. “Also it’s healthy,” Loan says, “A lot of classic New Orleans food is so heavy.” Choose from a selection of composed bowls or else build you own from an array of options. There are also cooked bowls featuring unagi as well as karaage, flavorful morsels of Japanese fried chicken. Popular options include the Honey Garlic bowl, an assemblage of rice, tuna, salmon and snow crab seasoned with honey-garlic marinade, pickled daikon and a spicy aioli. Housemade Jasmine and Thai-style milk teas help to complete the experience. 2809 St. Claude Ave., 571-5446, Poke-chan.com
Jac k R o s e Inclusion among the best new restaurants for Jack Rose is deserved, but it’s a bit unusual. The predecessor Caribbean Room opened in the Pontchartrain Hotel in 1948 to high accolades. Despite a steady stream of locals and visitors from around the world, the Caribbean Room went dark in 1994. The reopening in 2016 was cause for much celebration, but difficult operating circumstances with the parent corporation, and some missteps with menu and presentation, caused the Caribbean Room to close earlier this year. Happily, it has found its voice once again, and this time the effort reinforces an important statement: New Orleans understands and appreciates top-notch dining in
comfortable surroundings. The re-birth has been quite the success. The room has been renamed and designed as an homage to a great play set in our city, “The Rose Tattoo,” written by one of this town’s most illustrious playwrights, Tennessee Williams, who also lived for a while at the Pontchartrain Hotel, in which the restaurant is located. To make matters practically perfect when applied to this cocktail-mad community, the Jack Rose mixed drink is as fine a use of brandy, fresh citrus juices and grenadine as you will find anywhere. The restaurant has returned to its true purpose, placing an emphasis on local ingredients creatively served without pretension. Still there is a new, more casual
atmosphere, approachable and comfortable. It works very well. Brian Landry and Emery Whalen have hit a home run with Jack Rose, their first venture for the fledgling QED Hospitality Group, of which they are founders. Both are experienced restaurateurs and know their way around a kitchen and a dining room. It took them about a day to decide to return the Mile-High Pie to its previous glories with home-made ice creams, particularly the peppermint, presented in the traditional slice, not a tower as was done by the previous proprietor. 2031 St. Charles Ave., 323-1500, JackRoseRestaurant.com
echo’s pizza Great pizza starts with the crust. Like a beautiful house built on sand, even the finest toppings cannot support a weak foundation. Great crust starts with the dough, and dough is the domain of bakers. At Echo’s Pizza in Mid-City, the pizzas (and breads) are baked by Kate Heller, of Leo’s Bread. Heller and her partners at Echo’s, Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady, began their relationship at 1000 Figs, the outstanding, small Mediterranean restaurant Galli and Cady operate off Esplanade Avenue near City Park. Heller’s bread proved to be a big hit there, and fortunately for New Orleans diners the trio have continued their collaboration. The talented kitchen team at Echo’s puts out food that matches the quality of Heller’s wonderful breads and blistered, thin pizza crusts. The food and drinks are simple and direct, focusing on high-quality and largely local products rather than over-complicated or fussy presentations. The wood fired oven that dominates the center of the restaurant’s dining room turns out the pizzas and breads, but many other items on the small menu are touched by its intense heat. This is not a onetrick pony, though; at Echo’s small plates include items like pickled carrots, dandelion greens with yogurt and beer-battered zucchini with aioli. But pizza is in the restaurant’s name, and it does not disappoint. From classics like the Margherita to innovative pies topped with miso, roasted onion, mushroom and lemon, there’s not a weak entry to be had. The restaurant’s décor is restrained, with light-colored walls and pale wood that focus attention on the few more colorful elements. A rear patio with hanging lights and custom-made planters provides more space for dining. It’s a comforting space that fits into the restaurant’s goal of being a neighborhood hangout. These are some of the reasons that we feel Echo’s Pizza is not only the best new pizza restaurant in New Orleans, it’s one of the best, period. 3200 Banks St., 267-3231, EchosPizza.com
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Vyoone ’s To paraphrase Mark Twain, the rumors of the death of French restaurants are greatly exaggerated. In this case, there is cause for a grand Second Line because Vyoone’s is most certainly alive, well and setting the pace for a wonderful re-emphasis of this style of cooking and service. Vyoone’s Segue Lewis is the owner. She is Canadian French, African Creole and Cherokee Indian - a one-woman United Nations. Among other pursuits, a Pediatric Geneticist trained at Tulane University. Her friend and partner, Zohreh Khaleghi, was a key element at the long-successful Flaming Torch restaurant. From the kitchen at Vyoone’s, comes excellent versions of coq au vin, poisson, duck breast chambord, poulet a la provençal, and even a few nods to Vietnamese cuisine. Vyoone’s will be an important part of the unfolding Warehouse District dining destination story and a main retort when “French cuisine is over” becomes a topic. 412 Girod St., 518-6007, Vyoone.com
Anyone thinking that a Peruvian restaurant has both feet in South America, is in for an historic and pleasant surprise at Tito’s. The long, close relationship between Japan and Peru is on full display. To be sure, European influence is not ignored which makes for a most interesting and varied tasting dining experience. Then, of course, there are the many presentations of the national beverage of Peru, a mostly colorless, seductive brandy, Pisco, made from plentiful native grape varietals. To enjoy a simple dish, like ceviche, highlighted with New Orleans’ fresh local seafood, and pairing it with the pride of Peru, TIto’s is to understand an entire nation in just one sitting. The menu at Tito’s is varied and authentic. It’s an absolute culinary treasure. 5015 Magazine St., 267-7612, Titoscevichepisco.com
Paloma Cafe Paloma, where Café Henri held forth in the Bywater, is not just a new operation, it is a trend-setter. The culinary creations of chefs Justin Rodriguez (Dominican Republic), and Danny Alas (Venezuela) are the next important step for our city’s involvement with the cuisines of South and Latin America. These supremely talented professionals, who first met at Cordon Bleu in Miami and then hitched their star to Nina Compton, joining the new Compere Lapin when she pulled up stakes in South Florida to come here. Rodriquez and Alas are now ready to place their own imprints on the profession. Dishes include chorizo-stuffed dates, amazing cauliflower in a romesco and manchego marriage, salt cod fritter with aioli, and a layered salad punctuated with pistachio that will tempt you not to order anything else. The dinner menu really gets interesting with both small plate offerings and full-scale entrees, suitable for sharing. The Yuca Frita is a carryover from lunch, and positively delicious in a garlic cilantro aioli. Carrying the succulent theme forward, the pork chop in a yucca puree with pearl onions melts on the palate. The camarones con tomate head for an authentic southof-the-border yet still authentically New Orleans sensation: local shrimp with charred tomato, maso and chili butter. There is the not quite soup/not quite solid, appropriate given our soggy land texture, mix of octopus and shrimp in an herb broth. You will be reaching for the bread to soak up every drop. Desserts are not about quantity but flavors, and the churros coated with cinnamon ready for dipping into the chocolate bowl will give rise to another order, please. Paloma is serving three meals daily, and brunch, served during an extra long 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. timeframe on weekends. The full and creative bar offers a fine selection of wines, along with properly prepared cocktails, many of Paloma’s own design. . 800 Louisa Street, 304-3062, Palomanola.com
slay the summer slump Looking for some new ideas for family fun that beat the heat? Just like suntan lotion, we’ve got you covered.
We’re officially smack dab in the middle of the hottest time of the year and the kids have been out of school for over a month. You’ve been to the Audubon trifecta (zoo, aquarium, insectarium) more times than you can count, exhausted the indoor playgrounds and neighborhood pool options and if you have to watch, or even hear the theme song of, [insert your child’s favorite show here] one more time you’re, quite frankly, going to lose it. The summer slump is real, but fear not, because it turns out there’s plenty of solutions for New Orleans families involving either water or air-conditioning that you may never have thought about.
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Hatch an Alligator in Your Hand! Tucked away in Covington is a hands-on experience your child will never forget. From Aug. 12 through Sept. 6, the Insta-gator Ranch & Hatchery allows visitors the rare chance to have a baby alligator greet the world for the first time sitting right inside your hand. The whole experience lasts about an hourand-a-half and includes a guided tour, play time with baby alligators in the catch pool and a hatching. Weekend hatches are $49.99 per person, weekdays are $39.99. Online bookings are possible but calling is best to get all the details and ask any questions.
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Get Out of Town The following are day trips perfect for kids. Go ahead and pile them in the car, tire them out and hopefully you’ll be rewarded with some quiet drive time as they nap on the way home. Abita Springs So Much In One Spot! In less than an hour’s drive over the lake, you can park once at the Abita Springs Trailhead and Park and enjoy a host of activities, starting with a free splash pad adjacent to a large playground complete with zip-line.
Hungry? Abita Brewing Company is right there, offering food and beverages for all, including a menu of fun flavored sodas (like King Cake and Chocolate Salted Caramel) for the kids. Up for a little adventure into the weird and wild? Check out the Abita Mystery House, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. For just $3 a person you can
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wander through a collection of oddities to amuse any age, including homemade inventions, old arcade machines and “Darrel the Dogigator,” a taxidermied creature that has to be seen to be believed. Baton Rouge Cosmic Wonders and Water Slides What kid fun can be had in our capital city? Plenty. While July may be a bit warm for wandering the zoo, there’s always the air-conditioned comfort of the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, where you can check out a real mummy, examine a meteorite and see giant planet models built to scale. The museum also houses a planetarium that hosts a “Family Hour and Stargazing” led by an educator every Saturday morning from 10 to 10:50 a.m. The planetarium features eight different shows including two shows about dinosaurs, “Magic Tree House Space Mission,” and a show starring the world’s most famous fowl, Big Bird, called “One World, One Sky.” All are included with admission to the museum — $9 for adults and $7.50 for kids ages 3-12. Visit on the first Sunday of any month and admission is free and unlimited planetarium shows are $6 per person. Baton Rouge also boasts two water parks. The first is Liberty Lagoon, open daily through Aug. 5 and weekends Aug. 11-26. Admission is charged by height — $10 for under 48 inches tall and $12 for over 48 inches. Children under 1 are free. The park includes a covered splash pad and water playground for the little ones, along with a lazy river, lap pool and multiple water slides. Free life jackets are available. The second option is Blue Bayou Water Park, which fea-
tures some serious water slides, a lazy river, and a “Pirate’s Cove” for the little ones. This park is bigger and thus comes with a larger price tag: Kids under 35 inches are free, but those 36 to 48 inches are $29.99. Over 48 inches is $36.99. Parking is $5. Hammond A Gem for Budding Explorers Build a house or a skyscraper, fly in a hot air balloon, perform on stage, work on a shrimp boat, show off your moves on an interactive dance floor — it’s all possible at the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond. Access to over 30 different hands-on exhibits is $8.24 per person. Closed Mondays. Before heading home, don’t miss another top spot for summer fun in Hammond just 7 minutes south at the Chappapeela Sports Park Splash Ground. This free play area
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features four splash pad areas and three playgrounds. Private bookings are also available for parties for just $40 an hour. Mandeville Explore Louisiana’s Newest Children’s Museum This past January, the Children’s Museum of St. Tammany opened in its interim location at the Tammany Trace Trailhead. Activities include a climbing wall, the chance to build a rollercoaster and an 8-foot-tall magnetic ball wall. Admission is $7 and children under 12 months are free. Check the website for information on weekly story hours, sing-alongs and “STEAM Sundays. Closed Mondays. Finish with the museum and looking for something else before heading back over the bridge? Follow Louisiana 59 south and you’ll end up right by not one, not two, but THREE splash pads — the Mandeville Trailhead Splash Fountain (free), East Lakefront Children’s Park (1500 block of Lakeshore Dr.), also free, and Fontainebleau State Park Wa-
ter Playground ($3 per person for park access, children under 3 are free). Gulfport, Mississippi Sea Lion Kisses and a Water Roller Coaster About an hour and 15 minutes away, Gulfport, Mississippi has enough activities for multiple day trips, but the following are some of the favorites. Popular as the jumping off point for the Ship Island Ferry excursions, Gulfport also offers visitors the chance to interact with sea creatures at the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies’ Ocean Adventures Marine Park, which features interactive exhibits like touch pools, the chance to dig for a shark tooth souvenir, animal presentations and dolphin shows. Open daily. $14 for adults, $12 ages 3-12. The real highlight here is the animal encounter options. Hands-on dolphin meet and greets (10 minutes long) are available for $55 per person, while more educational-focused dolphin encounters (45 minutes) are $75 per person. Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a paid adult for both.
Kids age 8 and over can receive a kiss from a sea lion (photographed of course) for $25 or swim with a stingray for $65. Want to experience the Gulf Coast’s only water roller coaster? Check out Gulf Islands Water Park, also home to a wave pool and a rafting adventure for the whole family. Prices vary by the day (check the online calendar). July prices range from $12.99 to $21.99 for under 42 inches, and $17.99 to $29.99 for over 42 inches tall.
MOVIES Even if you’ve already seen this summer’s kid-friendly blockbusters there’s still plenty of options to enjoy the movies — and they’re cheap or free! The Orpheum Theater offers a FREE summer film series. Remaining dates and shows include: July 12: Princess and the Frog. Doors open at 6 p.m. Film at 7 p.m.
July 26: Mary Poppins. Doors open at 6 p.m. Film at 7 p.m. The Grand Esplanade 14 Theatre in Kenner hosts “The Regal Summer Movie Express” — $1 kids movies every Tues. and Wed. at 10 a.m. through Aug. 1. Check the theater’s website for showings. Dinner and a ZOOvie at the Audubon Zoo Bring your blanket and pack a picnic dinner (or money for the food trucks and concessions) and enjoy a movie under the stars at the zoo. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there’s a DJ, games and activities until the movie starts at 8 p.m. Want to cool off before the show? The Cool Zoo will be open from 6-8 p.m. No zoo membership necessary. Cost is $6 each for the movie and an additional $6 to add the Cool Zoo. Zoovie Remaining Schedule: July 13: Coco July 27: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Aug. 3: Black Panther
Cool off with snowballs at the Abita Springs Trailhead and Park
Dinner and a ZOOvie at the Audubon Zoo
Prytania Theatre Just because it’s 104 years old doesn’t’ mean the Prytania doesn’t have something for the young ones. The theater’s summer kids series offers familyfriendly flicks every Friday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. through July. Tickets are $6 and include a popcorn and drink. Schedule: July 6 and 7: E.T. July 13-14: The Muppet Movie July 20-21: The Wizard of Oz July 27-28: The Goonies
ART Summer is a great time to cut loose and let the creative juices flow. Take the mess to someone else’s space with these fun options: Mini Art Center in Algiers Point An art studio and gallery shop,
Bookmark these website for fun… Abita Brewing Company, Abita.com Abita Mystery House, AbitaMysteryHouse.com Audubon Zoo, Dinner and a ZOOvie, AudubonNatureInstitute.org/ Zoovie Blue Bayou Water Park, BlueBayou.com Chappapeela Sports Park Splash Ground, PlayCSP.com Children’s Museum of St. Tammany, CMSTKids.org Crescent City Cat Club, CrescentCityCatClub.com The Grand Esplanade 14 Theater, Regmovies. com/theaters/the-grandesplanade-14-gpx/ C0044061120 Gulf Islands Water Park, GulfIslandsWaterPark.org Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, Insta-gatorRanch.com Liberty Lagoon, LibertyLagoon.com Louisiana Art and Science Museum, lasm.org Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, LCDCofHammond.org Marine Mammal Studies’ Ocean Adventures Marine Park, IMMS.org Mini Art Center, MiniArtCenter.com New Orleans Public Library, NOLALibrary.org Lil’ Yats Art & Play Studio, Lilyatsartplay.com the Mini Art Center offers classes for kids and adults all year long, as well as free open studio hours on the first and third Saturday of every month from 12 to 5 p.m. Participate in a collaborative art project as a family or with others, or make something on your own with help from a teaching artist.
All materials are provided. Lil’ Yats Art & Play Studio in Lakeview On the east bank, Lil’ Yats Art & Play in Lakeview offers Walk-in Art & Play from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. In addition to art materials, the Play Stu-
dio portion of the space includes a stage, puppet theater and play kitchen. “Lil’ Yats” from walking age to 13, are $15 for two hours of creative play. Adult guardians are free with the option to add an “a la carte” painting project.
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Sip & Paint in Metairie – Break out the Martinelli’s sparkling cider (and maybe a little something for yourself) and get ready to create some wall-worthy art. Sip & Paint Metairie offers a kids walk in on the last Sunday of the month from 1-3 p.m. Kids are free to choose from a gallery of paintings on the wall to duplicate for themselves with the help of an artist. Adults are welcome to paint as well. Cost is $15 per person. Get Inspired by the Professionals. Free days at local art museums include: Wednesdays: New Orleans Museum of Art (children 6 and under are always free. Teenagers: age 13 to 19 — are free through 2018. Thursdays: Ogden Museum of Southern Art (children under 5 are always free). Free Ogden Museum passes can also be checked out at New Orleans Public Libraries. Always: Contemporary Arts Center
OTHER GREAT IDEAS! Crescent City Cat Club in the Marigny Have a kitty lover in the family? The Crescent City Cat Club is a dream come true for feline aficionados of all ages. This shotgun house (and catio) near the St. Roch Market is home to anywhere between 20 and 40 cats at a time, all ready to play with or ignore you, depending on their mood of course. Outside food and drink are permitted and free wi-fi is available. Admission is $10 and hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 12 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Be Warned: All the cats are available for adoption…Let the pleading begin.
Tubby & Coo’s in Mid-City Locally owned new and used book and tabletop gaming store Tubby & Coo’s is the perfect respite on a hot summer day. In addition to science fiction, fantasy and children’s books, the store offers a Board Game Club where, for $5 per person, families can play all the board games they want — pulling from the shop’s over 200 titles. Like a game and want to take it home for a while? Rentals are available for $1 per day up to 7 days. Your Local Library Sure, the library is a great spot for story time, but there’s so much more going on. The New Orleans Public Library’s Summer Fun & Reading Challenge is packed with hundreds of free events and activities for children, teens and adults in June and July, including performances by local children’s book author Johnette Downing, a puppet making workshop with Miss Pussycat and anime workshops. Aside from the summer program, year-long activities at various branches range from weekly Lego clubs to make your own Slime Club to an inventors club and even “Reading to Rover,” where kids gather once a month to practice reading aloud to dogs. Check your local library for offerings.
Other Nearby Watering Holes to Consider Lafreniere Spray Park At the center of Lafreniere Park sits 13 water features on 4,000 square feet. Ninetyminute sessions can be purchased for $5 per person. Bring exact cash. Open daily through Aug. 9.
A Walk in City Park Take a tour through City Park, New Orleans’ biggest urban oasis with these (mostly) free and (totally) fun things to do with kids. Start: Visit the recently opened Magnolia Playground, located near the soccer fields along Marconi at Harrison Avenue. The playground (designed for ages 2 to 12) includes a climbing wall, rope wall, balance beam and more. Go early to avoid the heat and then… Next: ….visit the wildflower gardens. Located at the entrance of Roosevelt Mall at Tad Gormley Stadium, the wildflowers will be in bloom on and off through several cycles throughout the summer, so keep checking for new blooms. Next… Tour: ….take a walk through the peaceful 5 acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at New Orleans Museum of Art. Filled with sculptures from national and international artists, the shady, tranquil and inspiring park will refresh kids’ body and spirit. Finally… Treat yourself:…try a rainbow of up to four different flavors with the “snowball flight” at the new Snoball Stand next to City Putt for a sweet and refreshing end to the day.
Crescent City Cat Club in the Marigny
UNO Aquatic Center Located inside the UNO Lakefront Arena, the UNO Aquatic Center features both an indoor and outdoor pool. Day passes are $10, or just purchase a membership for $15 per month. LSU Health Fitness & Wellness Center Opened in April in Algiers, this 45,000 square-foot center includes a huge, brand new outdoor pool. One-day guest passes are available for $16.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids, but you can also grab a short-term family membership for $79 a month with no contract and no signup or cancellation fees. Spray Park at Jambalaya Park An hour outside of New Orleans, Gonzales, Louisiana boasts a free spray park inside Jambalaya Park (near the city hall). Closed Mondays. Jambalaya Park also features a public pool for $5 per person that has free life vests. Bayou Segnette Wave Pool Thursdays through Sundays until Aug. 1, the Bayou Segnette Wave Pool is making waves. For the little ones there’s also a kids’ splash pool and slide. Admission is $10 for those over 4 feet tall, $8 for under. White Sands Lake Day Beach If a spring-fed lake sounds appealing, a half hour north of Covington lies White Sands Lake Day Beach. For $15 for adults and $10 for kids age 3 to 11, the family can enjoy a little oasis of white sand beaches, clear water spotted with giant inflatables and water trampolines and the option of renting pedal boats, kayaks or paddle boards.
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Uptown Whirl Parran’s Expands to Prytania By Jay Forman
ith so much going on in the restaurant scene these days, it can be easy to overlook the kinds of places that helped make New Orleans unique in the first place.
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I’m talking about the neighborhood poor boy shop. Serving as casual neighborhood anchors, the New Orleans version of the English Pub, but with food you actually enjoy, these places dish
Parran’s got its start in 1975 by Nick Impastato. In 1990 Al Hornbrook and his wife bought the original Metairie shop on Veteran’s Boulevard. Since then, the family-run operation has expanded to two other locations, one in Kenner and the newest one Uptown on Prytania Street. This latest shop takes over the space recently vacated by the short-lived Flying Pig and, before that, long-running sushi star Kyoto. “We’re pretty traditional,” Hornbrook said. “We don’t have fancy ones with duck and stuff like that. We are just a straight-up poor boy shop.” Which, according to his clientele, is just what the neighborhood needed.
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out generously portioned plates the poor boy lineup is traditional. at modest prices. And while these Therefore, expect fried shrimp are not technically farm-to-table, and fried oyster, along with a chef-driven enterprises, you do healthy smattering of Creole see gulf seafood piled atop locally Italian specialties like Meatball baked bread. And, really, isn’t and Italian Sausage, all served this pretty much the same thing? on Gendusa Bakery’s unmistakBy this logic, when we see able French bread. Parran’s also small poor boy shops expand, it offers entrées, like fried seafood is cause for celebration, as such platters and pasta dishes; the moves help to carry the torch. This Shrimp and Crawfish Diane is recently happened with Parran’s recommended, served over angel Po-Boys, which recently opened hair in a heavy cream sauce. “We Uptown on Prytania Street. It all also have salads. For people that started with a simple phone call. like salads,” Hornbrook added. “A friend of mine owns the But one gets the feeling that this building. He gave me a call and isn’t really a salad kind of place. said the current tenant closed Parran’s Uptown opened with down out of the blue and asked a limited menu, but the recent me to come check it out,” recalled addition of a deck oven in the Parran’s owner Al Hornbrook. “I back means that they now turn said, ‘Ok I’ll look,’ out homemade but I wasn’t really pizzas. This, plus looking to open the kid’s menu Parran’s Po-Boys another restaurant. and low prices, Uptown. 4920 Prytania But my wife and I makes it a great St., Uptown; 875-4620; L, fell in love with the family option. D Mon.-Sat. Closed Sun.; neighborhood and Still, despite all Parranspoboys.com we said, “Let’s do these choices, the number one seller it.” Just like that, Uptown had a new poor boy shop. remains the Roast Beef Poor Boy. The interior is clean and simple, “Everyone loves a gravy bath,” with a polished concrete floor Hornbrook said. Whichever you and lots of natural light flooding get, keep a mound of napkins at in from the plate glass windows the ready. • overlooking Prytania Street. Guests order at the counter and runners bring out their food. The menu is typical of what you’d find at most poor boy shops but with a few original items. One such signature item is their Seafood Muffuletta, overflowing with fried catfish, shrimp and oysters atop a sesame-studded round loaf. Just the half-portion is more than Poor Boy Classic enough for one. Dressed here For many locals it is hard to beat means lettuce and tomato and, the little shop on the corner of for the Seafood Muffuletta, Cajun Annunciation and Bellecastle Mayo. “We make the Cajun mayo, streets. Domilise’s has been which is kind of like a remoulade serving up New Orleans’s most sauce,” Hornbrook says. “If you traditional sandwich for 100 want to be more traditional you years now. The fried shrimp, can get it with the olive salad we with its spicy red sauce, is have on the regular Muffuletta.” terrific, but consider swapping Which, of course, is also on the out the red sauce for brown menu and is served hot – a nice gravy, an off-menu hack that touch. amplifies the savory profile of Outside the Seafood Muffuletta, the golden fried shrimp. my ne w orleans . co m
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News From the Kitchen Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar, Pythian Market and Morrow’s By Robert Peyton
The Daily Catch; Louisiana Red Drum caught at the chef’s finishing camp is prepared with an Olive pickled sauce inspired by his mother’s recipes.
Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar
Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar has opened in the B Hotel on Canal street. The name is a reference to Storyville, but the menu is modern. There’s a selection of local and Atlantic oysters, cheese and charcuterie plates, and entrees like a steak with fries and “forest” mushrooms and adobo braised pork shank. Madam’s Modern Kitchen + Bar 1300 Canal St., 226-2993; Daily for breakfast, 7 -11, lunch from 11-2, Happy hour 2-5 and dinner 5-9 Mon.-Th. and 10 Fri.-Sat. Brunch Sat.-Sun., 10-3.
The latest food hall to hit New Orleans is Pythian Market, which opened in the CBD recently. Similar to the St. Roch and Auction House Markets, Pythian offers a wide range of dining options in a sleek, modern space. The 14 vendors’ products include freshly squeezed juices, salads, sandwiches, barbecue, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Latin food. Pythian Market 234 Loyola Ave., 605-0414; Sun.-Thurs. from 7-9, Fri. and Sat. 7-10; pythianmarket.com.
Morrow’s opened recently at the border between the Marigny and Bywater, with a menu comprised of New Orleans classics and a few Korean twists. The latter comes from chef Lenora Chong, who owns and operates the place with her son, Larry Morrow. Look for fresh and broiled oysters, poor boys, fried catfish and chicken and Korean grilled beef ribs. Morrow’s 2438 St. Claude Ave., 827-1519; Mon. 4-10, Tues.-Thurs. 11-10, Fri./Sat., 11-11 and Sun., 10:30-5; morrowsnola.com.
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Summer Savories Shrimp And Veggies On The Grill BY Dale Curry
summer barbecue in New Orleans can make you feel like the main course. My idea is to cook something that goes on the grill for a matter of minutes, putting you back in the air-conditioning or pool as quickly as possible. For the hottest of days, shrimp wrapped in bacon with roasted vegetables on the side is my go-to meal. Grilling time is literally 15 minutes. Yes, there’s some prep time wrapping up all those shrimp in bacon, but it’s worth it. I liken it to grilling oysters on the half shell in the late fall when, in a matter of minutes, you are feasting on one of the best dishes in the world. Give me a moment to reflect. Unless you have lived somewhere else before moving to New Orleans, you just don’t realize how lucky we are to have this quality and magnitude of seafood at our fingertips. Roasting vegetables has become the easiest and tastiest way to eat our most healthful food. Simply roasted in the oven, they retain their juices and crisp up on the edges. When barbecuing, a grilling basket serves this purpose well. Brush the veggies with extra-virgin olive oil and cook a few minutes or until lightly browning. Large vegetables, such as Portobello mushrooms, eggplant and corn, can be brushed and placed directly on the grill without a basket. I like non-stick grilling baskets, which are usually available in the summers where kitchenware is sold. If you have a large grill, shrimp and veggies can be done at the same time. When shrimp wrapped in bacon with roasted vegetables are on the menu, the meal should be served casually on paper plates with cold beer and wine. That’s summer dining.
on the side hot off the grill
For fish on the grill, use non-stick grilling baskets for small fillets, which can otherwise stick and fall apart. Brush well with olive oil or melted butter. To grill whole fish, place directly on the grill. Use firm-fleshed fish such as snapper or redfish, sprinkle with salt and pepper, brush with olive oil, place well above the flame and roast on both sides until just done. Move fish about with a spatula, and don’t overcook. Check with a knife in the thickest part and taste to determine doneness.
RECIPE SHRIMP WRAPPED IN BACON
Ingredients 3 pounds raw large (16-20
Ingredients 2 yellow squash
count) head-on shrimp,
2 zucchini squash
or 2 pounds peeled and
½ pound asparagus
deveined frozen ½ cup ketchup
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons horseradish
Salt, pepper and Creole seasoning
4 good shots Worcestershire sauce
1 small eggplant
4 good shots Tabasco sauce
Several large Portobello mushrooms
Juice of ½ lemon 1 pound regular-sliced bacon Toothpicks or skewers
Fresh rosemary leaves, roughly chopped (optional) Directions 1. Cut squash into 1/4-inch
slices and asparagus into
1. Peel and devein shrimp.
1-inch pieces. Place in a bowl
Or, thaw if using frozen.
and toss with half the olive
2. To make cocktail sauce,
oil and seasonings. Place on
mix ketchup, horseradish,
greased grilling basket.
Worcestershire, Tabasco and
2. Peel and slice eggplant
into ½-inch circles. Brush
3. Cut bacon strips into
both sides of eggplant slices
thirds. Wrap each shrimp in
and Portobello mushrooms
a piece of bacon and spear
with remaining oil and
with two toothpicks. Or put
sprinkle with seasonings.
3. Place basket of vegetables
3. Clean and oil a grill,
and eggplant and
preferably charcoal, and heat
mushrooms directly on hot
grill and roast, turning occa-
4. Place grill several inches
sionally, until fork tender.
above hot coals or flames,
Vegetables should be fork
and cook until bacon is
tender but slightly crisp in
browning on one side. Turn
about 15 minutes. Sprinkle
and cook until bacon is
with fresh rosemary just
crispy on all sides, about 15
before taking up, if desired.
minutes. If in doubt about
Serve immediately. Serves
doneness, cut into the
6 to 8.
large part and taste. Shrimp should be done when bacon is crispy. Serve immediately with cocktail sauce for dipping. Serves a crowd as appetizer or 6 to 8 as entrée.
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With Style Loa’s Honeycomb Old Fashioned By Tim McNally
epending on our mood, our age, our location, or even what else we have planned for later, making the choice of what watering hole to patronize takes on shades of importance. We are all quite fortunate to live in a place that offers every manner of drinking establishment, so no matter what the circumstance, there is a destination that is ideal for the moment. And, again, no matter what the choice, there is something very close. That being noted and celebrated, with increasing frequency, we are opting for places that both allow for conversation and are capable of
delivering an outstanding adult beverage. Loa, the bar in the International House Hotel, is ethereal, almost mystical. That’s the idea. Loa, in the broad sense, are spirits in the Voodoo religion. They represent a range of emotions, but mostly are about contentment and peace. The core philosophy of the bar demands absolutely fresh ingredients in the cocktail offerings. Alan and Nick scour the town to obtain raw materials, which are used directly or in tinctures of their creation. It makes all the difference.
RECIPE The Honeycomb Old Fashioned
2 oz Evan Williams Single Barrel Whisky 4 dash Moroccan bitters 2 bar spoons local honey (Nick’ uses honey from his own hives) Orange zest, muddled Combine all ingredients into a bar glass, starting with orange zest. Add ice. Stir gently. By Alan Walter and Nick Inman. Loa, International House Hotel, 221 Camp St., 553-9550, IHHotel.com.
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Abita Springs Abita Brew Pub Gastropub 72011 Holly St., (985) 892-5837, AbitaBrewPub.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Better-than-expected pub food in its namesake eatery.“Tasteful” tours available for visitors. $$ Akers Middendorf’s Seafood Interstate 55, Exit 15, 30160 Hwy. 51 S., (985) 386-6666, MiddendorfsRestaurant.com. L, D Wed-Sun. Historic seafood destination along the shores of Lake Maurepas is world-famous for its thin-fried catfish fillets. Open since 1934, it’s a Sun. drive tradition. $$ Avondale
H Mosca’s Italian 4137 Hwy. 90 W., 4368950, MoscasRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sat. Italian institution dishes out massive portions of great food, family-style. Good bets are the shrimp Mosca and chicken à la grande. Cash only. $$$ Bywater H Pizza Delicious pizza 617 Piety St., 676-8482, PizzaDelicious.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Authentic New York-style thin crust pizza is the reason to come to this affordable restaurant , that also offers excellent salads sourced from small farms and homemade pasta dishes. Outdoor seating a plus. $ Carrollton Bourré AMERICAN 1510 S. Carrollton Ave., 510-4040. L, D Tue-Sun.“Elevated” street food along with quality daiquiris and wings are the draw at this newcomer from the team behind Boucherie. $$ Breads on Oak Bakery/Breakfast 8640 Oak St., 324-8271, BreadsOnOak.com. B, L WedSun. Artisan bakeshop tucked away near the levee on Oak St. serves breads, sandwiches, gluten-free and vegan-friendly options. $ City Park Café NOMA AMERICAN 1 Collins Diboll Cir., NO Museum of Art, 482-1264, CafeNoma. com. L, (snacks) Tue-Sun. Sleek bar and café in the ground floor of museum offers a thoughtful array of snacks, sandwiches and small plates that are sure to enchant, with a kids’ menu to boot. $$ Morning Call Bakery/Breakfast 56 Dreyfous Dr., City Park, 885-4068, NewOrleansCityPark.com/in-the-park/ morning-call. 24 hours a day; cash-only. Chicory coffee and beignets make this the quintessential New Orleans coffee shop. $ CBD/Warehouse District H Annunciation Louisianian Fare 1016 Annunciation St., 568-0245, AnnunciationRestaurant.com. D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Steven Manning brings a refined sensibility to this refined Warehouse District oasis along with his famous fried oysters with melted brie. $$$ Balise Louisianian Fare 640 Carondelet St., 459-4449, BaliseNola.com. L Tue-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Chef Justin Devillier turns back the clock at this turn-of-the-century inspired bistro in the CBD. Carefully crafted fare fits 82
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H BH Steak Steakhouse Harrah’s Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6111, HarrahsNewOrleans. com. D daily. Acclaimed chef John Besh reinterprets the classic steakhouse with his signature contemporary Louisiana flair. $$$$$
H Borgne Seafood 601 Loyola Ave., 613-3860, BorgneRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Coastal Louisiana with an emphasis on Isleños cuisine (descendants of Canary Islanders who settled in St. Bernard Parish) is the focus of this high-volume destination adjacent to the Superdome. $$$ Café Adelaide Louisianian Fare Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., 595-3305, CafeAdelaide.com. B, L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. This offering from the Commander’s Palace family of restaurants has become a power-lunch favorite for business-people and politicos. Also features the Swizzle Stick Bar. $$$$ Calcasieu Specialty Foods 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2188, CalcasieuRooms.com. For large and small gatherings, the catering menus feature modern Louisiana cooking and the Cajun cuisine for which chef Donald Link is justifiably famous. Chophouse New Orleans Steakhouse 322 Magazine St., 522-7902, ChophouseNola.com. D daily. In addition to USDA prime grade aged steaks, Chophouse offers lobster, redfish and classic steakhouse sides. $$$
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Mon-Fri, D daily. The flagship of superstar chef Emeril Lagasse’s culinary empire, this landmark attracts pilgrims from all over the world. $$$$$ Gordon Biersch Gastropub 200 Poydras St., 552-2739, GordonBiersch.com. L, D daily. Local outpost of this popular chain serves specialty brews made on-site and crowdpleasing lunch and dinner fare. $$
H Herbsaint Louisianian Fare 701 St. Charles Ave., 524-4114, Herbsaint.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Enjoy a sophisticated cocktail before sampling chef Donald Link’s menu that melds contemporary bistro fare with classic Louisiana cuisine. The banana brown butter tart is a favorite dessert. $$$$$ Johnny Sanchez World 930 Poydras St., 304-6615, JohnnySanchezRestaurant. com. L, D daily. Contemporary Mexican mecca offering locally sourced produce accompanying the Bistec a la Parilla. Popular happy hour and downtown locale next to South Market District add to the appeal. $$$
H La Boca Steakhouse 870 Tchoupitoulas St., 525-8205, LaBocaSteaks.com. D Mon-Sat. This Argentine steakhouse specializes in cuts of meat along with pastas and wines. Specials include the provoleta appetizer and the Vacio flank steak. $$$
H Lüke World 333 St. Charles Ave., 3782840, LukeNewOrleans.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Germanic specialties and French bistro classics, house-made pâtés and plateaux of cold, fresh seafood. $$$
H Cochon Louisianian Fare 930 Tchoupitoulas St., 588-2123, CochonRestaurant.com. L, D, Mon-Sat. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski feature Cajun and Southern cuisine. Boudin and other pork dishes reign supreme, along with Louisiana seafood and real moonshine Reservations recommended. $$
Manning’s AMERICAN 519 Fulton St., 5938118. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. A partnership between New Orleans’ First Family of Football and Harrah’s Casino, Manning’s offers sports bar fans a step up, with a menu that draws on both New Orleans and the Deep South. $$$
H Desi Vega’s Steakhouse Steakhouse
St., 571-9580, MerchantNewOrleans.com. B, L daily. Coffee, creative crêpes, sandwiches and more are served at this sleek and contemporary café on the ground floor of the Merchant Building. $
628 St. Charles Ave., 523-7600, DesiVegaSteaks.com. L Mon-Fri, D Tue-Sat. USDA Prime steaks form the base of this menu, but Italian specialties and a smattering of locally inspired seafood dishes round out the appeal. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare Hilton Riverside Hotel, 2 Poydras St., 584-3911, DragosRestaurant.com. L, D daily. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$
H Domenica Italian The Roosevelt Hotel, 123 Baronne St., 648-6020, DomenicaRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Authentic, regional Italian cuisine. The menu of thin, lightly topped pizzas, artisanal salumi and cheese, and a carefully chosen selection of antipasti, pasta and entrées features locally raised products. $$$$ Emeril’s Louisianian Fare 800 Tchoupitoulas St., 528-9393, EmerilsRestaurants.com. L
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Morton’s The Steakhouse Steakhouse 365 Canal St., One Canal Place, 566-0221, Mortons.com/NewOrleans. D daily. Private elevator leads to the plush, wood-paneled environs of this local outpost of the famed Chicago steakhouse popular with politicians and celebrities. $$$$ Mother’s Louisianian Fare 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, MothersRestaurant.net. B, L, D daily. Locals and tourists alike endure long lines to enjoy iconic dishes such as the Ferdi poor boy and Jerry’s jambalaya. Come for a late lunch to avoid the rush. $$ Mulate’s Louisianian Fare 201 Julia St., 5221492, Mulates.com. L, D daily. Live music and dancing add to the fun at this world-famous
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Cajun destination. $$ Palace Café World 605 Canal St., 523-1661, PalaceCafe.com. B, L, D daily. Cassic New Orleans restaurant, the Dickie Brennan and Palace Cafe team evolve traditional Creol dishes. Enjoy specialty cocktails and small plates at the Black Duck Bar. $$$
H Pêche Seafood 800 Magazine St., 5221744, PecheRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Award-winning southern-inspired seafood destination by Chef Donald Link serves whole roasted Gulf fish from its massive, wood-burning oven, and an excellent raw bar. $$$ Q&C Hotel/Bar AMERICAN 344 Camp St., 587-9700, QandC.com. B, D daily, L Fri-Sun. Boutique hotel bar offering a small plates menu with tempting choices such as a Short Rib Poor Boy and Lobster Mac and Cheese to complement their sophisticated craft cocktails. $$
HRed Gravy Bakery/Breakfast 4125 Camp St., 561-8844, RedGravy.com. B, Br, L, Wed-Mon. Farm-to-table brunch restaurant offers a creative array of items such as Cannoli Pancakes and Skillet Cakes, as well as delectable sandwiches and more. Homemade pastas and authentic Tuscan specialties round out the menu. $$ H Restaurant August AMERICAN 301 Tchoupitoulas St., 299-9777, RestaurantAugust.com. L Fri, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu is based on classical techniques of Louisiana cuisine and produce with a splash of European flavor set in an historic carriage warehouse. $$$$$ Rock-N-Sake Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 823 Fulton St., 581-7253, RockNSake.com. L Fri, D Tue-Sun, late night Fri-Sat. Fresh sushi and contemporary takes on Japanese favorites in an upbeat, casual setting. $$$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse Harrah’s Hotel, 525 Fulton St., 587-7099, RuthsChris.com. D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution. There are also great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sac-A-Lait Seafood 1051 Annunciation St., 324-3658, Sac-A-LaitRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sat, L Fri. Cody and Sam Carroll’s shrine to Gulf Coast and Louisiana culinary heritage melds seafood, game, artisan produce, and craft libations in an ambitious menu that celebrates local and southern cuisine. $$$$ The Grill AMERICAN 540 Chartres St., 522-1800. B, L, D daily. A diner with local character staffed by local characters. $ The Grill Room AMERICAN Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., 522-6000, GrillRoomNewOrleans.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Modern American cuisine with a distinctive New Orleans flair, the adjacent Polo Club Lounge offers live music nightly.
Jazz Brunch on Sunday. $$$$$ Tommy’s Cuisine Italian 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, TommysNewOrleans.com. D daily. Classic Creole-Italian cuisine is the name of the game at this upscale eatery. Appetizers include the namesake oysters Tommy, baked in the shell with Romano cheese, pancetta and roasted red pepper. $$$$$ Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar AMERICAN 1009 Poydras St., 309-6530, Walk-Ons. com. L, D, daily. Burger, sandwiches, wraps and more with a Louisiana twist are served at this sports bar near the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. $$ Warehouse Grille AMERICAN 869 Magazine St., 322-2188, WarehouseGrille.com. L, D daily, Br Fri-Sat. Creative fare served in an art-filled environment. Try the lamb spring rolls. $$ Victory Gastropub 339 Baronne St., 522-8664, VictoryNola.com. D daily. Craft cocktails served by owner and acclaimed bartender Daniel Victory, as well as refined small plates and gourmet pizza. $$ Central City Café Reconcile Louisiana fare 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, CafeReconcile. org. L Mon-Fri. Good food for a great cause, this nonprofit on the burgeoning OCH corridor helps train at-risk youth for careers in the food service industry. $$ Covington Don’s Seafood seafood 126 Lake Dr., (985) 327-7111, DonsSeafoodOnline.com. L, D Daily. Popular neighborhood seafood joint offers an array of crowd-pleasing south Louisiana dishes, including char-broiled oysters and Zydeco shrimp. Kid’s Menu makes it a good choice for families. $$$ Darrow Café Burnside Louisianian Fare Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Hwy. 942, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com. L daily, Br Sun. Historic plantation’s casual dining option features dishes such as seafood pasta, fried catfish, crawfish and shrimp, gumbo and red beans and rice. $$ Latil’s Landing Louisianian Fare Houmas House Plantation, 40136 Hwy. 942, (225) 473-9380, HoumasHouse.com. D Wed-Sun. Nouvelle Louisiane cooking served in an opulent setting features dishes like rack of lamb and plume de veau. $$$$$ Faubourg Marigny Feelings Cafe, Bar and Courtyard Lounge Louisianian Fare 535 Franklin Ave, 446-0040, FeelingsCafeBar.com. D Tue-Sat, L Fri. The All New Feelings Marigny is a complete relaunch of the much beloved “Feelings Cafe”. Executive Chef Scott Maki has transformed the menu with an emphasis on contemporary Creole-Louisiana fare.$$$$ Langlois AMERICAN 1710 Pauger St., 934-1010, LangloisNola.com. L Fri-Sat, D Wed-Sun. *Reservations only Supper club and boutique cooking school in the Marigny serves up culturally informed, farm-to-table fare with the added bonus of instruction. Open kitchen and convivial atmosphere add up to a good time. $$$
H Mona’s Café World 504 Frenchmen
St., 949-4115. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros.The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $
H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/ Breakfast 2001 Burgundy St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$ The Marigny Brasserie AMERICAN 640 Frenchmen St., 945-4472, MarignyBrasserie. com. L, D daily. Chic neighborhood bistro with traditional dishes like fried green tomatoes and innovative cocktails such as the cucumber Collins. $$$ Faubourg St. John H Café Degas French 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, CafeDegas.com. L, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. Salad Niçoise, Hanger steak and frites are served in a lovely enclosed courtyard at this jewel of a French bistro. $$
H 1000 Figs World 3141 Ponce De Leon
hours are a big part of the fun. $$$ Bayou Burger Burgers 503 Bourbon St., 529-4256, SportsBarNewOrleans.com. L, D daily. Sports bar in the thick of Bourbon Street scene distinguishes its fare with choices like Crawfish Beignets and Gator Bites. $$ Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun. Local seafood, featured in both classic and contemporary dishes, is the focus of this New Orleans-centric destination. And yes, bourbon is offered as well. $$$ Bayona World 430 Dauphine St., 525-4455, Bayona.com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef Susan Spicer’s nationally acclaimed cuisine is served in this 200-year-old cottage. Ask for a seat on the romantic patio, weather permitting. $$$$$ Broussard’s French 819 Conti St., 581-3866, Broussards.com. D daily, Br Sun. CreoleFrench institution also offers beautiful courtyard seating. $$$$
H Cane & Table Gastropub 1113 Decatur
St., 301-0848, 1000Figs.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Vegetarian-friendly offshoot of the Fat Falafel Food Truck offers a healthy farm-totable alternative to cookie-cutter Middle Eastern places. $$
St., 581-1112, CaneAndTableNola.com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Open late, this chefdriven rustic colonial cuisine with rum and “proto-Tiki” cocktails make this a fun place to gather. $$
French Quarter Angeline AMERICAN 1032 Chartres St., 308-3106, AngelineNola.com. B Mon-Thu, D daily, Br Sat-Sun,. Modern southern with a fine dining focus is this bistro’s hallmark. Southern Fried Quail and Duck Confit Ravoli represent the style. $$$
Chartres House Italian 601 Chartres St., 586-8383, ChartresHouse.com. L, D daily. This iconic French Quarter bar serves terrific Mint Juleps and Gin Fizzes in its picturesque courtyard and balcony settings. Also famous for its fried green tomatoes and other local favorite dishes. $$$
Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 724 Iberville St., 522-5973, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$
Court of Two Sisters Louisianian Fare 613 Royal St., 522-7261, CourtOfTwoSisters.com. Br, D daily. The historic environs make for a memorable outdoor dining experience. The famous daily Jazz Brunch buffet and classic Creole dishes sweeten the deal. $$$$$
H Arnaud’s Louisianian Fare 813 Bienville St., 523-5433, ArnaudsRestaurant.com. D daily, Br Sun. Waiters in tuxedos prepare Café Brûlot tableside at this storied Creole grande dame; live jazz during Sun. brunch. $$$$$ Arnaud’s Remoulade Italian 309 Bourbon St., 523-0377, Remoulade.com. L, D daily. Home of the eclectic menu of famous shrimp Arnaud, red beans and rice and poor boys as well as specialty burgers, grilled allbeef hot dogs and thin-crust pizza. $$ Antoine’s Louisianian Fare 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, Antoines.com. L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. This pinnacle of haute cuisine and birthplace of oysters Rockefeller is New Orleans’ oldest restaurant. (Every item is à la carte, with an $11 minimum.) Private dining rooms available. $$$$$ Antoine’s Annex Specialty Foods 513 Royal St., 525-8045, Antoines.com/AntoinesAnnex. Open daily. Serves French pastries, including individual baked Alaskas, ice cream and gelato, as well as panini, salads and coffee. Delivery available. BB King’s Blues Club Barbecue 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, BBKings.com/neworleans. L, D daily. New Orleans outpost of music club named for the famed blues musician with a menu loaded with BBQ and southern specialties. Live music and late
Criollo Louisianian Fare Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 681-4444, CriolloNola.com. B, L, D daily. Next to the famous Carousel Bar in the historic Monteleone Hotel, Criollo represents an amalgam of the various Louisiana cultures, with a contemporary twist. $$$ Crazy Lobster Seafood 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83, 569-3380, TheCrazyLobster.com. L, D daily. Boiled seafood and festive atmosphere come together at this seafood-centric destination overlooking the Mississippi River. Outdoor seating a plus. $$$ Creole Cookery Seafood 508 Toulouse St., Suite C110, 524-9632, NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. L, D daily. Crowd-pleasing destination in the French Quarter offers an expansive menu of Creole favorites and specialty cocktails served with New Orleans flair. $$$ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 841 Iberville St., 581-1316, Deanies.com. L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$
H Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House Seafood 144 Bourbon St., 522-0111, BourbonHouse.com. B, L, D daily, Br Sun.
Classic Creole dishes, such as redfish on the halfshell, and an Oyster Bar. Its extensive bourbon menu will please aficionados. $$$$ Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 716 Iberville St., 522-2467, DickieBrennansSteakhouse.com. L Fri, D daily. Nationally recognized steakhouse serves USDA Prime steaks and local seafood. Validated Parking next door. $$$$
H Doris Metropolitan Steakhouse 620 Chartres St., 267-3500, DorisMetropolitan.com. L Fri-Sun, D daily. Innovative steakhouse plays with expectations and succeeds with modernist dishes like their Classified Cut and Beetroot Supreme. $$$$ El Gato Negro World 81 French Market Place, 525-9752, ElGatoNegroNola.com. L, D daily. Central Mexican cuisine along with hand-muddled mojitos and margaritas made with freshly squeezed juice. A weekend breakfast menu is an additional plus. $$ Galatoire’s Louisianian Fare 209 Bourbon St., 525-2021, Galatoires.com. L, D Tue-Sun. Friday lunches are a New Orleans tradition at this world-famous French-Creole grand dame. Tradition counts for everything here, and the crabmeat Sardou is delicious. Note: Jackets required for dinner and all day Sun. $$$$$
H GW Fins Seafood 808 Bienville St., 581FINS (3467), GWFins.com. D daily. Owners Gary Wollerman and twice chef of the year Tenney Flynn provide dishes at their seasonal peak. On a quest for unique variety, menu is printed daily. $$$$$ Galatoire’s 33 Bar & Steak Steakhouse 215 Bourbon St., 335-3932, Galatoires33BarAndSteak.com. L Fri, D SunThu. Steakhouse offshoot of the venerable Creole grande dame offers hand-crafted cocktails and classic steakhouse fare and inspired dishes. Reservations accepted. $$$ Hard Rock Café AMERICAN 125 Bourbon St., 529-5617, HardRock.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Local outpost of this global brand serves burgers, café fare and drinks in their rock memorabilia-themed environs. $$ House of Blues Louisianian Fare 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, HouseOfBlues. com/NewOrleans. L, D daily. Good menu complements music in the main room. World-famous Gospel Brunch every Sunday. Patio seating available. $$ Irene’s Cuisine Italian 539 St. Philip St., 529-8881. D Mon-Sat. Long waits at the lively piano bar are part of the appeal of this Creole-Italian favorite beloved by locals. Try the oysters Irene and crabmeat gratin appetizers. $$$$
H Italian Barrel Italian 430 Barracks St., 569-0198, ItalianBarrel.com. L, D daily. Northern Italian dishes like Braciola di Maiale as well as an exhaustive pasta menu tempt at this local favorite that also offers al fresco seating. $$$ Killer Poboys Louisianian Fare 811 Conti St., 252-6745, KillerPoboys.blogspot.com. L, D Wed-Mon. This quasi-popup operating out of the Erin Rose Bar serves some of the city’s
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H Kingfish Seafood 337 Charters St., 5985005, KingfishNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Regionally inspired seafood dishes with carefully sourced ingredients and southern influence is the focus at this chef-driven French Quarter establishment. $$$ Le Bayou Seafood 208 Bourbon St., 5254755, LeBayouRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Blackened redfish and Shrimp Ya-Ya are a just a few of the choices at this seafoodcentric destination on Bourbon Street. $$$
H Marti’s French 1041 Dumaine St., 522-5478, MartisNola.com. L Fri, D daily. Classic French cuisine, small plates and chilled seafood platters like Grand Plateau Fruits De Mer are the calling cards for this restaurant with elegant “Old World” feel. $$$ Muriel’s Jackson Square Italian 801 Chartres St., 568-1885, Muriels.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Enjoy local classics while dining in the courtyard bar or any other room in this labyrinthine, rumored-to-behaunted establishment. $$$$ Napoleon House Italian 500 Chartres St., 524-9752, NapoleonHouse.com. L MonSat, D Tue-Sat. Originally built in 1797 as a respite for Napoleon, this family-owned European-style café serves local favorites gumbo, jambalaya and muffulettas. A Sazerac or Pimm’s Cup are perfect accompaniments. $$ NOLA Louisianian Fare 534 St. Louis St., 522-6652, EmerilsRestaurants.com/NolaRestaurant. L Thu-Mon, D daily. Emeril’s more affordable eatery, featuring cedarplank-roasted redfish; private dining. $$$$$ Oceana Grill Seafood 739 Conti St., 525-6002, OceanaGrill.com. B, L, D daily. Gumbo, poor boys and barbecue shrimp are served at this kid-friendly seafood destination. $$ Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro Gastropub 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, OrleansGrapevine.com. D daily. Wine is the muse at this bistro, which offers vino by the flight, glass and bottle. A classic menu with an emphasis on local cuisine. $$$
H Patrick’s Bar Vin Gastropub 730 Bienville St., 200-3180, PatricksBarVin. com. D daily. This oasis of a wine bar offers terrific selections by the bottle and glass. Small plates are served as well. $$ Pier 424 Seafood 424 Bourbon St., 3091574, Pier424SeafoodMarket.com. L, D daily. Seafood-centric restaurant offers long menu of traditional New Orleans fare augmented by unusual twists like “CajunBoiled” Lobster. $$$ Port of Call Burgers 838 Esplanade Ave., 84
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H Restaurant R’evolution Italian 777 Bienville St., 553-2277, RevolutionNola. com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. An opulent place that combines the local flavors of chef John Folse with the cosmopolitan influence of chef Rick Tramonto. Chef de cuisine Jana Billiot and executive sous chef Gabriel Beard are in charge of day-to-day operations, which include house-made charcuterie, pastries, pastas and more. $$$$$
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Ralph Brennan’s Red Fish Grill Italian 115 Bourbon St., 598-1200, RedFishGrill. com. L, D daily. Chef Austin Kirzner cooks up a broad menu peppered with local favorites such as barbecue oysters, blackened redfish and double-chocolate bread pudding. $$$$$ Rib Room AMERICAN Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7046, RibRoomNewOrleans.com. B, D daily, L Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Old World elegance, house classic cocktails and Anthony Spizale’s broad menu of prime rib, stunning seafood and on Sundays a jazz brunch. $$$ Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar & Restaurant Louisianian Fare 301 Dauphine St., 586-0972, RichardFiskes.com. B, Bar Lunch daily. Just a few steps off of Bourbon Street is this relaxing bar featuring an innovative menu with dishes like Crawfish, Jalapeno-and-Bacon Mac and Cheese garnished with fried oysters. Live music a plus. $$$ Royal House Louisianian Fare 441 Royal St., 528-2601, RoyalHouseRestaurant. com. L, D daily. B Sat and Sun. Poor boys, jambalaya and shrimp Creole are some of the favorites served here. Weekend breakfast and an oyster bar add to the crowd-pleasing appeal. $$$ SoBou Louisianian Fare 310 Chartres St., 552-4095, SoBouNola.com. B, L, D daily. There is something for everyone at this “Modern Creole Saloon.” Decidedly unstuffy with an emphasis on craft cocktails and wines by the glass. Everything from $1 pork cracklins to an extravagant foie gras burger on an accomplished yet eclectic menus. $$
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A New Orleans eye opener is one of the cocktails available on Ralph’s at the Park weekend brunch menu? Sip on a pomegranate sparkler or endless Champagne and mimosas while you try to choose from numerous delicious
St., 934-3463, TableauFrenchQuarter.com. B Mon-Fri, L Mon-Sat, D daily, Brunch SatSun. Gulf seafood such as Redfish Bienville and classic Creole brunch dishes like eggs Hussard are the highlights of this Dickie Brennan restaurant that shares space with Le Petite Théâtre. $$$
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Orleans Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., 586-8000, MaisonDupuy. com/dining.html. B, L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Dishes ranging from the casual (truffle mac and cheese) to the upscale (tuna tasting trio) are served in an elegant courtyard. $$ The Bombay Club Louisianian Fare Prince Conti Hotel, 830 Conti St., 577-2237, TheBombayClub.com. D daily. Popular
and poached eggs or Southern schnitzel? Talented chef Chip Flanagan pulls from his globally inspired farm-to-table cuisine to create a brunch menu that marries inspired classics with new interpretations. If you are short on time, live music. Otherwise pull up a chair on the patio and enjoy a craft cocktail and snacks. Brunch is available 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 600 City Park Avenue, 488-1000, Ralphsonthepark.com.
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cultivated on the property. $$$$$ Lakeview H Cava Louisianian Fare 789 Harrison Ave., 304-9034. D daily. Fine dining (and excellent wine list) at this high-end Cajun and Creole restaurant that makes customer service a big part of the experience. $$$
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Lakeview Harbor Burgers 911 Harrison Ave., 486-4887. L, D daily. Burgers are the name of the game at this restaurant. Daily specials, pizza and steaks are offered as well. $
St., 525-8676, TujaguesRestaurant.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. For more than 150 years this landmark restaurant has been offering Creole cuisine. Favorites include a nightly sixcourse table d’hôté menu featuring a unique beef brisket with Creole sauce. $$$$$
Lakeview Pearl Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 6300 Canal St., 309-5711, LakeviewPearl. com. L, D Mon-Sat. A long list of specialty rolls rounds out the offerings of this AsianFusion restaurant. $$
Garden District Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s AMERICAN 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, CopelandsCheesecakeBistro.com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sun. Shiny, contemporary bistro serves Cajun-fusion fare along with its signature decadent desserts. Good lunch value to boot. $$ District Donuts Sliders Brew AMERICAN 2209 Magazine Street, 570-6945, DonutsAndSliders.com. B, L, D daily. Creative sliders (hello, pork belly) and super-creative donuts (think root beer float) are the hallmarks of this next-generation café. $ Hoshun Restaurant Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1601 St. Charles Ave., 302-9716, HoshunRestaurant.com. L, D daily. A wide variety of Asian cuisines, primarily dishes culled from China, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. Private dining rooms available. $$
H Mr. John’s Steakhouse Steakhouse 2111 St. Charles Ave., 679-7697, MrJohnsSteakhouse.com. D Tue-Sat, L Fri-Sat. Wood paneling, white tile and USDA Prime Beef served sizzling in butter are the hallmarks of this classic New Orleans steakhouse. $$$ Gretna H Tan Dinh Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1705 Lafayette St., 361-8008. B, L, D daily. Roasted quail and the beef pho rule at this Vietnamese outpost. $$ Harahan H Oak Oven Italian 6625 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 305-4039, OakOvenRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Wood-fired pizza and seasonal Italian cuisine with a locavore philosophy brings respite to the burbs. Family friendly with patio seating to boot. $$ Kenner H Fiesta Latina World 1924 Airline Drive, 469-5792, FiestaLatinaRestaurant.com. B, L, D daily. A big-screen TV normally shows a soccer match or MTV Latino at this home for authentic Central American food. Tacos include a charred carne asada. $$ Lacombe H La Provence French 25020 Highway 190, (985) 626-7662, LaProvenceRestaurant.com. D Wed-Sun, Br Sun. Time-honored Provençal cuisine rewards guests with a true farm-life experience, from house-made preserves, charcuterie, herbs, kitchen gardens and eggs
H Mondo World 900 Harrison Ave., 2242633, MondoNewOrleans.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Chef Susan Spicer’s take on world cuisine. This place has a deserved reputation for good food and good times. $$$ Lower Garden District H The Green Fork Vegan/Vegetarian 1400 Prytania St., 267-7672, GreenForkNola.com. B, L Mon-Sat. Fresh juices, smoothies and vegetarian-friendly fare make The Green Fork a favorite for lovers of healthy food. Catering is offered as well. $$ The Tasting Room Gastropub 1906 Magazine St., 581-3880, TTRNewOrleans. com. D Tue-Sun. Flights of wine and sophisticated small plates are the calling cards for this wine bar. $$ Voodoo BBQ Barbecue 1501 St. Charles Ave., 522-4647, VoodooBBQAndGrill.com. L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$ Metairie
H Andrea’s Restaurant Italian 3100 19th St., 834-8583, AndreasRestaurant.com. L Mon-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Osso buco and homemade pastas in a setting that’s both elegant and intimate; off-premise catering. $$$ Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 3000 Veterans Blvd., 309-4056, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Austin’s Louisianian Fare 5101 W. Esplanade Ave., 888-5533, AustinsNo.com. D Mon-Sat. Mr. Ed’s upscale bistro serves contemporary Creole fare, including seafood and steaks. $$$ Boulevard American Bistro AMERICAN 4241 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-2301. L, D daily. Classic American cuisine including steaks, chops and more is augmented by regional favorites like Boulevard Oysters at this Metairie bistro. $$$ café B AMERICAN 2700 Metairie Road, 9344700, cafeB.com. D daily, L Mon-Fri. Br Sun. Ralph Brennan offers New American bistro fare with a Louisiana twist at this familyfriendly neighborhood spot. $$$ Caffe! Caffe! AMERICAN 3547 N. Hullen St., 267-9190. B, L Mon-Sat. & 4301 Clearview Parkway, 885-4845. B, L daily; D Mon-Sat.
CaffeCaffe.com Healthy, refreshing meal options, and gourmet coffee and espresso drinks create a tasteful retreat for Metairie diners at a reasonable price. $ Crabby Jack’s Louisianian Fare 428 Jefferson Highway, 833-2722, CrabbyJacksNola.com. L Mon-Sat. Lunch outpost of Jacques-Imo’s. Famous for its fried seafood and poor boys including fried green tomatoes and roasted duck. $ Deanie’s Seafood Seafood 1713 Lake Ave., 831-4141, Deanies.com. L, D daily. Louisiana seafood, baked, broiled, boiled and fried, is the name of the game. Try the barbecue shrimp or towering seafood platters. $$$ Don’s Seafood seafood 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 889-1550, DonsSeafoodOnline.com. L, D Daily. Metairie outpost of historic local seafood chain that dates from 1934. Features an array of Cajun and seafood classics like their original ‘Jacked Up’ Oysters and seafood platters. Don’t miss their happy hour specials. $$$ Drago’s Louisianian Fare 3232 N. Arnoult Road, 888-9254, DragosRestaurant.com. L, D Mon-Sat. This favorite specializes in charbroiled oysters, a dish they invented. Great deals on fresh lobster as well. $$$$ Heritage Grill AMERICAN 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 934-4900, HeritageGrillMetairie.com. L Mon-Fri. This lunch-only destination caters to the office crowd offers an express two-course lunch along with its regular menu. $$ Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN 714 Elmeer Ave., 896-7300, MartinWineCellar.com. Wine by the glass or bottle to go with daily lunch specials, burgers, soups, salads and deli-style sandwiches. $ Mr. Ed’s Seafood and Italian Restaurant Seafood 1001 Live Oak St., 838-0022, AustinsNo.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Neighborhood restaurant specializes in seafood and Italian offerings such as stuffed eggplant and bell pepper. Fried seafood and sandwiches make it a good stop for lunch. $$
H Royal China Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 600 Veterans Blvd., 831-9633. L daily, D Tue-Sun. Popular and family-friendly Chinese restaurant is one of the few places around that serves dim sum. $$ Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steakhouse 3633 Veterans Blvd., 888-3600, RuthsChris. com. L Fri, D daily. Filet mignon, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin are the most popular dishes at this steak institution, and great seafood choices and top-notch desserts. $$$$$ Sucré Specialty Foods 3301 Veterans Blvd., 834-2277, ShopSucre.com. Desserts daily. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 4411 Chastant St., 885-2984, Metairie, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. L Tue-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Snug Italian boîte packs them in, yet manages to remain intimate at the same
time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Voodoo BBQ Barbecue 2740 Severn Ave., 353-4227, VoodooBBQAndGrill.com. L, D daily. Diners are never too far from this homegrown barbecue chain that features an array of specialty sauces to accompany its smoked meats and seafood. $$ Mid-City
H Blue Dot Donuts Specialty Foods 4301 Canal St., 218-4866, BlueDotDonuts.com. B, L Tue-Sun. The Bacon Maple Long John gets all the press, but returning customers are happy with the classics as well as twists like peanut butter and jelly.
H Café Minh Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4139 Canal St., 482-6266, CafeMinh. com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. Chef Minh Bui and Cynthia Vutran bring fusion to Vietnamese cuisine with French accents and a contemporary flair. $$
H Crescent City Steaks Steakhouse 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, CrescentCitySteaks.com. L Tue-Fri & Sun, D Tue-Sun. One of the classic New Orleans steakhouses. Steaks, sides and drinks are what you get. $$$$ Five Happiness Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, FiveHappiness. com. L, D daily. This longtime Chinese favorite offers up an extensive menu including its beloved mu shu pork and house-baked duck. $$ Gracious Bakery + Café Bakery/Breakfast 1000 S. Jeff Davis Parkway, Suite 100, 301-3709, GraciousBakery.com. B, L daily. Boutique bakery offers small-batch coffee, baked goods, individual desserts and sandwiches on breads made in-house. Catering options available. $ Juan’s Flying Burrito World 4724 S. Carrollton Ave., 486-9950, JuansFlyingBurrito.com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $
H Katie’s Restaurant and Bar Louisianian Fare 3701 Iberville St., 488-6582, KatiesInMidCity.com. L, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Creative poor boys, local dishes such as gumbo and Sunday brunch make this a neighborhood favorite. $$
H Liuzza’s Italian 3636 Bienville St., 482-9120, Liuzzas.com. L, D daily. Classic neighborhood joint serves favorites like the “Frenchuletta,” stuffed artichokes and andouille gumbo. Kid’s menu offered. $$ H Mandina’s Louisianian Fare 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, MandinasRestaurant.com. L, D daily. Though the ambiance is more upscale, the food and seafood dishes make dining here a New Orleans experience. $$
H Mona’s Café World 3901 Banks St., 4827743. L, D daily. Middle Eastern specialties such as baba ganuj, beef or chicken shawarma, falafel and gyros. The lentil soup and desserts, such as sticky sweet baklava, round out the menu. $
H MoPho Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, MoPhoNola.com. L, D Wed-Mon. Vietnamese cuisine meets southern Louisiana in this upscale casual hybrid by chef Michael Gulotta. Mix-andmy ne w orleans . co m
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redfish and more. A raw bar featuring gulf oysters both charbroiled and raw. $$$
Parkway Bakery and Tavern AMERICAN 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, ParkwayPoorBoys.com. L, D Wed-Mon. Featured on national TV and having served poor boys to presidents, it stakes a claim to some of the best sandwiches in town. Their french fry version with gravy and cheese is a classic at a great price. $
Reginelli’s Pizzeria pizza Multiple Locations, Reginellis.com. L, D daily. Pizzas, pastas, salads, fat calzones and lofty focaccia sandwiches are at locations all over town. $$
Ralph’s On The Park Italian 900 City Park Ave., 488-1000, RalphsOnThePark.com. Br Sun, L Tue-Fri, D daily. A modern interior and contemporary Creole dishes such as City Park salad, turtle soup, barbecue Gulf shrimp and good cocktails. $$$$
H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/ Breakfast 139 S. Cortez St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$
H Taqueria Guerrero World 208 N. Carrollton Ave., 484-6959. B, L, D, Tue-Sat. Friendly staff and authentic Mexican cuisine make this affordable neighborhood restaurant a neighborhood favorite. BYOB $ H Toups’ Meatery Louisianian Fare 845 N. Carrollton Ave., 252-4999, ToupsMeatery. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Charcuterie, specialty cocktails and an exhaustive list of excellent à la carte sides make this restaurant a carnivore’s delight. $$$ Trèo Gastropub 3835 Tulane Ave., 3044878, TreoNola.com. L Fri-Sat, D daily. Craft cocktail bar also serves a short but excellent small plates menu to accompany its artfully composed libations. $$ Multiple Locations Byblos World Multiple Locations, ByblosRestaurants.com. L, D daily. Upscale Middle Eastern cuisine featuring traditional seafood, lamb and vegetarian options. $$ Café du Monde Bakery/Breakfast Multiple Locations, CafeDuMonde.com. This New Orleans institution has been serving fresh café au lait, rich hot chocolate and positively addictive beignets since 1862 in the French Market 24/7. $ CC’s Coffee House Bakery/Breakfast Multiple locations in New Orleans, Metairie and Northshore, CCsCoffee. com. Coffeehouse specializing in coffee, espresso drinks and pastries. $ Copeland’s Louisianian Fare Multiple Locations, CopelandsofNewOrleans.com. L, D daily, Br Sun. Al Copeland’s namesake chain includes favorites such as Shrimp Ducky. Popular for lunch. $$ Little Tokyo Asian Fusion/Pan Asian Multiple locations, LittleTokyoNola.com. L, D daily. Multiple locations of this popular Japanese sushi and hibachi chain make sure that there’s always a specialty roll within easy reach. $$ Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House Seafood Multiple Locations, MrEdsRestaurants. com/oyster-bar. L, D daily. A seafood lover’s paradise offers an array of favorites like shrimp Creole, crawfish etouffée, blackened 86
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Theo’s Pizza Multiple Locations, TheosPizza.com. L, D daily. The crackercrisp crust pizzas are complemented by a broad assortment of toppings with local ingredients at cheap prices. $$ Zea’s Rotisserie and Grill AMERICAN Multiple Locations, ZeaRestaurants.com. L, D daily. Drawing from a wide range of worldly influences, this popular spot serves a variety of grilled items, appetizers, salads, side dishes, seafood, pasta and other entrées. Catering services available. $$$ Northshore Acme Oyster House Louisianian Fare 1202 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 2466155, AcmeOyster.com. L, D daily. Known as one of the best places to eat oysters. $$ Dakota AMERICAN 629 N. Highway 190, (985) 892-3712, TheDakotaRestaurant. com. L Tue-Fri, D M on-Sat. A sophisticated dining experience with generous portions. $$$$$
H Del Porto Ristorante Italian 501 E. Boston St., (985) 875-1006, DelPortoRistorante.com. L, D Tue-Sat. One of the Northshore’s premier fine dining destinations serving Italian food that makes use of locally sourced meats and produce. $$$ Gallagher’s Grill Louisianian Fare 509 S. Tyler St., (985) 892-9992, GallaghersGrill. com. L, D Tue-Sat. Chef Pat Gallagher’s destination restaurant offers al fresco seating to accompany classically inspired New Orleans fare. Event catering offered. $$$ Riverbend H Ba Chi Canteen Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 7900 Maple St., 373-5628. L, D Mon-Sat. The kitchen plays fast and loose with Vietnamese fare at this eclectic outpost on Maple Street. Try the caramelized pork “Baco”. $
H Boucherie Louisianian Fare 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-5514, Boucherie-Nola. com. L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat, Br Sun. Serving contemporary Southern food with an international angle, chef Nathaniel Zimet offers excellent ingredients presented simply. $$ Brigtsen’s Louisianian Fare 723 Dante St., 861-7610, Brigtsens.com. D Tue-Sat. Chef Frank Brigtsen’s nationally famous Creole cuisine makes this cozy cottage a true foodie destination. $$$$$
Broussard’s Restaurant celebrates Louisiana’s 300th anniversary with a special summer menu that also honors the restaurant’s founding year, 1920. Executive chef Jimi Setchim will offer a three-course, pre-fixe menu for $19.20 from June 18 through September 23. The pre-fixe menu will showcase the blended classic French and Creole cuisine that has put Broussard’s at the culinary center of the city for nearly 100 years. Dishes such as sous-vide chicken Provencal, summer vegetable bouillabaisse and “Emperor’s Fool” (a combination of blueberries, Chantilly cream, honey and almond tuille) will be available. Special pricing on wine and
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cocktails for $1.92 and a selection of menu items for $5
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H Cowbell Burgers 8801 Oak St., 298-8689, Cowbell-Nola.com. L, D Tue-Sat. Burgers and homemade sauces on potato rolls are the specialty here, along with other favorites. $$ Upper 9th Ward St. Roch Market Louisianian Fare 2381 St. Claude Ave., 615-6541, StRochMarket.com. B, L, D daily. Historic St. Claude Marketplace with open dining space houses a broad collection of independent eateries including craft cocktails and more. $$ Uptown H Ancora pizza 4508 Freret St., 324-1636, AncoraPizza.com. D daily. Authentic Neapolitan-style pizza fired in an oven imported from Naples. The housemade charcuterie makes it a double-winner. $$
H Apolline Louisianian Fare 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, ApollineRestaurant.com. D Tue-Sun, Br Sat-Sun. Cozy gem serves a refined menu of French and Creole classics peppered with Southern influences. $$$ Audubon Clubhouse AMERICAN 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282, AudubonInstitute. org. B, L Tue-Sat, Br Sun. A kid-friendly menu with local tweaks and a casually upscale sandwich and salad menu. $$ Bouligny Tavern Gastropub 3641 Magazine St., 891-1810, BoulignyTavern.com. D Mon-Sat. Carefully curated small plates, inventive cocktails and select wines are the focus of this stylish offshoot of John Harris’s nationally acclaimed Lilette. $$
H Café Abyssinia World 3511 Magazine St., 894-6238. L, D daily. One of a just few authentic Ethiopian restaurants in the city, excellent injera and spicy vegetarian fare make this a local favorite. $$ Camellia Grill AMERICAN 626 S. Carrollton Ave., 309-2679. B, L, D daily. A venerable diner whose essential character has remained intact and many of the original waiters have returned. Credit cards are now accepted. $ Casamento’s Louisianian Fare 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761, CasamentosRestaurant.com. L Thu-Sat, D Thu-Sun. The family-owned restaurant has shucked oysters and fried seafood since 1919; closed during summer and for all major holidays. $$ Chiba Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 8312 Oak St., 826-9119, Chiba-Nola.com. L Wed-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Contemporary restaurant features fresh, exotic fish from all over the world and fusion fare to go along with typical Japanese options. Extensive sake list and late night happy hours are a plus. $$$ Clancy’s Louisianian Fare 6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111, ClancysNewOrleans.com. L ThuFri, D Mon-Sat. Their Creole-inspired menu has been a favorite of locals for years. $$$ Commander’s Palace Louisianian Fare 1403 Washington Ave., 899-8221, CommandersPalace.com. L Mon-Fri, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. The grande dame is going strong under the auspices of James Beard Awardwinner chef Tory McPhail. Jazz Brunch is a great deal. $$$$
H Coquette French 2800 Magazine St.,
265-0421, CoquetteNola.com. L Fri, D daily, Br Sun. The food is French in inspiration and technique, with added imagination from the chefs. $$$ Dick and Jenny’s Louisianian Fare 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., 894-9880, DickAndJennys.com. D Mon-Sat. A funky cottage serving Louisiana comfort food with flashes of innovation. $$$$ Domilise’s Louisianian Fare 5240 Annunciation St., 899-912. L, D Mon-Sat. Local institution and rite-of-passage for those wanting an initiation to the real New Orleans. Wonderful poor boys and a unique atmosphere make this a one-of-a-kind place. $ Frankie & Johnny’s Seafood 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, FrankieAndJohnnys.net. L, D daily. Serves fried and boiled seafood along with poor boys and daily lunch specials. Kid-friendly. $$
H Gautreau’s Louisianian Fare 1728 Soniat St., 899-7397, GautreausRestaurant.com. D Mon-Sat. Upscale destination serves refined interpretations of classics along with contemporary creations. $$$$$ Jacques-Imo’s Cafe Louisianian Fare 8324 Oak St., 861-0886, Jacques-Imos.com. D MonSat. Reinvented New Orleans cuisine served in a party atmosphere. The deep-fried roast beef poor boy is delicious. The lively bar scene offsets the long wait on weekends. $$$$ Juan’s Flying Burrito 2018 Magazine St., 569-0000, JuansFlyingBurrito.com. L, D daily. Hard-core tacos and massive burritos are served in an edgy atmosphere. $
H Jung’s Golden Dragon Asian Fusion/ Pan Asian 3009 Magazine St., 891-8280, JungsChinese.com. L, D daily. This Chinese destination is a real find. One of the few local Chinese places that breaks the Americanized mold. $
H La Crêpe Nanou French 1410 Robert St., 899-2670, LaCrepeNanou.com. D daily, Br Sun. Classic French bistro fare, including terrific moules and decadent dessert crêpes, are served nightly at this neighborhood institution. $$$ La Petite Grocery French 4238 Magazine St., 891-3377, LaPetiteGrocery.com. L Tue-Sat, D daily, Br Sun. Elegant dining in a convivial atmosphere. The menu is heavily French-inspired with an emphasis on technique. $$$ Lilette French 3637 Magazine St., 895-1636, LiletteRestaurant.com. L Tue-Sat, D Mon-Sat. Chef John Harris’ innovative menu draws discerning diners to this highly regarded bistro. Desserts are wonderful as well. $$$$$
H Magasin Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 4201 Magazine St., 896-7611, MagasinCafe.com. L, D Mon-Sat. Pho, banh mi and vegetarian options are offered at this attractive and budget-friendly Vietnamese restaurant. Café sua da is available as well. $
friendly Mexican restaurant serves tamales, mole and offers free chips and salsa as well as sangria. $ Pascal’s Manale Italian 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, PascalsManale.com. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. A neighborhood favorite since 1913 and the place to go for the creation of barbecued shrimp. Its oyster bar serves freshly shucked Louisiana oysters and the Italian specialties and steaks are also solid. $$$$
H Patois World 6078 Laurel St., 895-9441, PatoisNola.com. L Fri, D Wed-Sat, Br Sun. French food, with influences from across the Mediterranean as well as the American South, all filtered through the talent of chef Aaron Burgau. Reservations recommended. $$$ Pizza Domenica pizza 4933 Magazine St., 301-4978, PizzaDomenica.com. L Fri-Sun, D daily. A pizza centric spinoff of the popular Restaurant Domenica brings Neapolitanstyle pies to Uptown. Excellent salads and charcuterie boards are offered as well. $$
H Ruby Slipper Café Bakery/Breakfast 200 Magazine St., 525-9355; 1005 Canal St., 525-9355, TheRubySlipperCafe.net. B, L daily, Br Sun. Homegrown chain specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch dishes with unique local twists such as bananas Foster French toast and barbecue shrimp and grits. $$
H Shaya World 4213 Magazine St., 891-4213, ShayaRestaurant.com. L, D daily. James Beard Award-winning menu pays homage to Israel at this contemporary Israeli hotspot. $$$ St. James Cheese Company Specialty Foods 5004 Prytania St., 899-4737, StJamesCheese.com. Open daily. Specialty shop offers a selection of fine cheeses, wines, beers and related accouterments. Look for wine and cheese specials every Friday.
Consummate hostess JoAnn Clevenger presents this nationally heralded favorite. The oft-copied fried green tomatoes with shrimp remoulade originated here. $$$$ H Wayfare AMERICAN 4510 Freret St., 309-0069, WayfareNola.com. L, D daily, Br Sat-Sun. Creative sandwiches and southerninspired small plates. $$ Ye Olde College Inn AMERICAN 3000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-3683, CollegeInn1933. com. D Tue-Sat. Serves up classic fare, albeit with a few upscale dishes peppering the menu. $$$ Vincent’s Italian Cuisine Italian 7839 St. Charles Ave., 866-9313, VicentsItalianCuisine.com. L Tue-Fri, D Tue-Sun. Snug Italian boîte packs them in yet manages to remain intimate at the same time. The cannelloni is a house specialty. $$$ Warehouse District Lucy’s World 710 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, LucysRetiredSurfers.com. L, D daily. Island-themed oasis with a menu that cherry-picks tempting dishes from across the globe’s tropical latitudes. Popular for lunch, and the after-work crowds stay into the wee hours. $ West Bank Nine Roses Asian Fusion/Pan Asian 1100 Stephen St., 366-7665, NineRosesResturant. com. L, D Sun-Tue, Thu-Sat. The extensive Vietnamese menu specializes in hot pots, noodles and dishes big enough for everyone to share. $$ West End Landry’s Seafood Seafood 8000 Lakeshore Drive, West End, 283-1010, LandrysSeafood. com. L, D daily. Kid-friendly and popular seafood spot serves of heaping platters of fried shrimp, Gulf oysters, catfish and more. $$
Sucré Specialty Foods 3025 Magazine St., 520-8311, ShopSucre.com. Desserts daily & nightly. Open late weekends. Chocolates, pastry and gelato draw rave reviews at this dessert destination. Beautiful packaging makes this a great place to shop for gifts. Catering available. Tracey’s Irish Restaurant & Bar AMERICAN 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, TraceysNola. com. L, D daily. Neighborhood bar with one of the best roast beef poor boys in town. The gumbo, cheeseburger poor boy and other sandwiches are also winners. Also a great location to watch the game. $
H The Company Burger Burgers 4600 Freret St., 267-0320, TheCompanyBurger. com. L, D daily. Custom-baked butterbrushed buns and fresh-ground beef patties make all the difference at this excellent burger hotspot. Draft beer and craft cocktails round out the appeal. $
Martin Wine Cellar AMERICAN 3827 Baronne St., 899-7411, MartinWine.com. Wine by the glass or bottle with cheeses, salads, sandwiches and snacks. $
The Delachaise Gastropub 3442 St. Charles Ave., 895-0858, TheDelaichaise.com. D daily. Cuisine elevated to the standards of the libations is the draw at this lively wine bar and gastropub. Food is grounded in French bistro fare with eclectic twists. $$
H Panchita’s World 1434 S. Carrollton Ave., 281-4127. L, D daily. Authentic, budget-
H Upperline AMERICAN 1413 Upperline St., 891-9822, Upperline.com. D Wed-Sun.
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t East Jefferson General Hospital, we understand that women make the healthcare decisions for not only themselves, but for their entire family as well. That’s one reason we try to make it so easy for women to care for themselves. With convenient OB/GYN access here on our main campus and our Lakeview location and a newly expanded mammography center, we know how important it is that you receive the very best of care conveniently. Our Urgent Care on West Esplanade Avenue in Kenner was opened with the goal of making it easier than ever for women and their families to receive the care that CareChex ranked #1 in Louisiana and #19 in America. We are East Jefferson General Hospital, proudly providing the women in our community the care they need and the convenience they want. Find out more about EJGH offerings at EJGH.org. Owned and headed by Dr. Jason Alvarez, Beau Sourire Family Dentistry in Mandeville takes a unique approach to dentistry. “Traditionally, visiting the dentist focused on getting a cleaning and receiving an exam for periodontal disease and cavities,” says Dr. Alvarez. “But we focus on the bigger picture.” The practice takes a whole-health, holistic, and personalized approach to dental medicine. Since diseases in the oral cavity have been shown to cause inflammation in other parts of the body, Dr. Alvarez and his team emphasize prevention and educate their patients on how to reduce the pathogens that contribute to systemic diseases like arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and even cancer. Hygienists at Beau Sourire use AIR-FLOW® technology to 88
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remove the slimy biofilm and stains from teeth. This therapy is less damaging to the gum tissues, providing for less bleeding and a more comfortable experience. Beau Sourire Family Dentistry offers early morning appointments to accommodate busy schedules. “We want what is best for our patients and want to give back to our patients what they give us—a reason to smile,” says Dr. Alvarez. “We focus on having our patients live longer, look better, sleep better and feel better, and with modern dentistry, we can accomplish this!” Schedule an appointment by calling 985-6268980, or visit BeauSourireFamilyDentistry.com. Pure to Joseph Pilates’ original Reformer-based Contrology Method, but modernized with group practice and expanded state-of-the-art equipment, Club Pilates offers high-quality, life-changing training at a surprisingly affordable price. It’s more than just Reformers. Club Pilates teaches classes using TRX, Barre, Exo-Chair, Bosu ball, mats, rollers and more. Their certified instructors perform hundreds of hours of training to meet teacher standards and maximize your workout. Dynamic class sessions are available at a variety of levels and at convenient class times. The Club Pilates team believes that Pilates is the path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence and that being in control of your body helps you to be in control of your life. And best of all, you can start anytime. No matter your level of fitness, there’s a Pilates class for you. Book your own stress-free intro class for free at clubpilates.com/oldmetairie, or call 504-484-9650 for more information.
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All that is good begins with a smile. At Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, your smile is a top priority. Dr. Brahney and her team are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain long-term dental health and a beautiful smile, whether it be through routine cleanings and checkups or through finding a solution to a more complex dental concern. When you visit Dr. Bridget Brahney Family Dentistry, you will experience all that modern dentistry has to offer, including the latest advancements that reduce discomfort and expedite care. Dr. Brahney offers a comprehensive list of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to meet the needs of the whole family, from Velscope oral cancer screening to fillings, crowns, and tooth whitening. Not only are Dr. Brahney and her team focused on the beauty of your smile, but they’re also concerned about your health. To that end, they focus on thorough exams and routine cleanings. For more information about Dr. Bridget Brahney and her practice, or to schedule an appointment, visit SmileNewOrleans.com or call 504-888-6860. Voted one of New Orleans Magazine’s top dentists 4 years in a row, Dr. Lisa Wyatt, DDS has refined the dental experience with the most cutting-edge technologies and current medical procedures. The team at Metairie Village Dentistry is dedicated to providing professional care and treatment for both children and adults, all while ensuring that comfort and compassion are never compromised. New in-office services like Fotona Dental Lasers offer revolutionized care in oral surgery and tooth whitening; in addition, NightLase® therapy is available to reduce the effects of snoring. Patients and practitioners alike have chosen Fotona for increased precision, performance and comfort. Dr. Wyatt also offers the Pellevé wrinkle reduction system, a Botox-alternative that requires no surgery or needles, instead using radiofrequency energy to smooth out wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines on the forehead. For more information or to book your appointment, visit lisawyattdds.com or call 504-613-5499. New Orleans Shoulder Institute specializes in the management of all problems affecting the shoulder with a particular emphasis 90
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on arthroscopic reconstruction, joint replacement, arthritis, and management of failed treatments. Dr. Kindl and his staff take pride in the quality of care they deliver to patients, always taking time to talk through patient concerns, answer all questions, and provide detailed yet understandable information on each patient’s condition and all possible treatments. Board certified by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Dr. Kindl earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Louisiana State University before advancing his training in orthopedic surgery at Charity Hospital in New Orleans and University of Alabama in Birmingham, where he was trained under world-renowned orthopedic physician James Andrews. Following his residency, he completed a year long fellowship specializing in sports medicine at Orthopedic Research of Virginia. Dr. Kindl has tremendous experience in the field of minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques that offer a potentially easier and quicker recovery. For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-867-NOSI (6674) or visit nolasi.com. Nola Pilates & Yoga/Xtend Barre is one of Lakeview’s premier fitness studios. There’s no need to drive across town or to multiple studios to satisfy your personal fitness goals. This studio is outfitted with a constantly evolving array of equipment and classes to provide the best workout available. Instructors are all highly trained and certified professionals who are dedicated to your well-being and safe, effective instruction and have diverse experience and specializations. “We believe that fitness and a healthy lifestyle should not only be achievable for everyone, but should also be enjoyable and diverse,” said Kim Munoz, Owner. “That’s why our studio is designed to be a fullservice fitness facility, with a wide variety of both group exercise classes and one-on-one instruction.” The studio’s extensive schedule features over 65 classes per week including Pilates Reformer, Pilates Tower, Pilates Mat, Yoga, MELT Method, TRX Suspension and Xtend Barre. One-on-one sessions are available in the private equipment studio seven days per week. Classes range in focus and intensity from open-level Pilates Mat and Yoga classes to muscle-sculpting, calorie-torching classes like TRX and Xtend Barre.
ADVERTISING SECTION Visit the studio online at NolaPilates.com to schedule a complimentary 30-minute private Pilates reformer session. For more information, call (504) 483-8880. Oak Family Dental, the private practice of Dr. Troy L. Patterson, Dr. Margaret “Garet” Patterson, and Dr. Troy Patterson Jr., is conveniently located on Causeway Boulevard in the heart of Metairie. Having proudly served the Greater New Orleans area for over 35 years, this practice has evolved to offer the latest dental technologies and cutting-edge procedures to create beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. Every patient is welcomed into a warm, friendly, family-based environment where they are given personal attention to address existing concerns and learn how to prevent oral health problems. Focusing on comprehensive care, a variety of treatments are offered including implant procedures, crown and bridge, veneers, same day crowns, dentures, root canals, extractions, Invisalign, tooth colored fillings, dental sleep medicine, cleanings, and numerous other procedures. A membership package is offered to patients without insurance which includes preventative and emergency visits as well as discounts on all procedures. For more information and to see patient testimonials, visit oakfamilydental.com or call 504-834-6410. The unique workout experience at Orangetheory Fitness combines the energy of a group workout with the attention and personal care of one-on-one training. Over the course of a 60-minute class, you can expect to burn between 500 and 1,000 calories, but the positive effects don’t stop there — the after burn can continue to burn calories for up to 36 hours post-workout. Orangetheory is just launching their newest app, OTconnect, which will provide even more individual data for participants during their workouts.
“Currently you have to remember the distances you run and row, but moving forward OTconnect will keep track of all of that for you. The data collected on distances, heart rates, calories burned, etc. will appear in the OTconnect app,” said Elle Mahoney, Area Developer and Franchise Owner. “It will deliver more information, more accurately. When you exercise anywhere wearing your OTBeat heart rate monitor, the technology challenges you to set personal records and will feed into your fitness Personal Record.” Orangetheory currently has eight Louisiana studios, including three in New Orleans — Uptown, Mid-City and in the Downtown Warehouse District this fall. Local residents receive their first, free introductory class by visiting OrangetheoryFitness.com. Williams Law Office, LLC represents individuals exposed to benzene, including workers in refineries, chemical plants, fuel distribution, mechanics and others encountering non-occupational exposures from consumer products. Benzene causes Aplastic anemia (AA), Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Acute Myeloid Leukemia(AML), Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Childhood Leukemia’s, Multiple Myeloma (MM) and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). These blood cancers are caused by exposure to pure benzene and benzene-containing products such as gasoline, crude oil, diesel, toluene, naphtha, xylene, heptane, hexane and other solvents. If you or a loved one have suffered from the effects of Benzene, you should contact an experience attorney immediately. You could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, loss of earnings, pain, suffering or wrongful death. Even if you are not certain as to whether you have a case, contact us today for a free case review at amlbenzene. net or 504-832-9898. •
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lder adults face unique challenges that family members often face alongside them. When a change in abilities causes decisions to be made that involve a change in lifestyle, a number of questions are sure to rise. Is it time for a move? Are there healthcare providers to be consulted? Where do we turn for medications and necessary aids? Who will be there when your loved one needs help? Navigating these questions and finding answers is a process that doesn’t have to be uncomfortable or unpredictable. Support for seniors and their needs is prevalent across the metro New Orleans area. A variety of retirement communities, options for remaining in the home, and health and wellness providers who have experience assisting older adults ensures your ability to find the right fit for your family here at home in South Louisiana.
Health & Wellness Resources Dale Gedert has focused on foot care for more than 45 years. He brings his expertise to Greater New Orleans with Therapeutic Shoes, a shopping resource for those suffering from a wide variety of conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, flat feet, heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, bunions, calluses, edema and leg length discrepancies, as well as knee, hip and back pain, and more. "We specialize in custom accommodative foot orthotics, stylish extra depth shoes, diabetic shoes, custom shoes, shoe modifications, compression wear, and diabetic socks," says Gedert. "We've got over 500 styles and color of men's and women's shoes." Therapeutic Shoes features an in-house orthotic lab with certified personnel who handle all custom orthotics and shoe modifications. They offer a large selection of compression wear as well as socks shaped to fit the foot for reducing fatigue and preventing circulation problems. They offer UV Total Recovery Shoe Sanitizer for those who’ve been treated for toenail fungus by a podiatrist or medical professional to prevent reinfection. Therapeutic Shoes is located at 5017 River Road in Harahan, Louisiana. For more information and hours, call 504-731-0013.
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Generations of families have turned to Patio Drugs for assistance in managing their healthcare needs. Family owned and operated since 1958, Patio Drugs helps customers understand their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, and provides free prescription delivery throughout East Jefferson. A full-service pharmacy and the oldest independent pharmacy in Jefferson Parish, Patio Drugs is also a leading provider of home medical equipment. For everything from a Band-Aid, to medication, to a hospital bed, Patio Drugs is the one-stop source for your family’s healthcare needs. In addition to providing retail and medical equipment, Patio Drugs can assist with long-term care as well as specialty and compounding services. Patio Drugs is accredited by The Joint Commission in Home Medical Equipment, Long Term Care, and Consultant Pharmacy Services. Their Compounding Pharmacy is PCAB accredited through ACHC. Patio Drugs is located at 5208 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. For more information, call 504-889-7070. Patio Drugs, “Large Enough to Serve You, Yet, Small Enough to Know You.” As the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the health and lives of Louisianians. The company and its subsidiaries offer a full line of health insurance plans for people of every age—from birth through retirement, including supplemental coverage such as dental and senior plans, at affordable rates. The Blue Cross provider networks offer the peace of mind that comes with being covered by the Cross and Shield. Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and headquartered in Baton Rouge. To better serve customers, Blue Cross operates regional offices in Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, New Orleans, and Shreveport. Louisiana-owned and operated, Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company owned by policyholders—not shareholders. To learn more, call a Blue Cross agent or visit bcbsla.com.
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Community & Home Life Peristyle Residences offer Residential Assisted Living and Memory Care in the comfort of luxurious, intimate homes complete with private bedrooms and congregate dining and living areas. This alternative approach to senior living is ideal for seniors who seek assistance with day-to-day living in a more private, homelike setting than traditional assisted living communities can provide. Peristyle Residences consist of seven beautiful homes throughout Greater New Orleans with another two homes currently being built in Old Metairie. Peristyle’s quaint, lovely residences provide the highest level of care, comfort, and compassion possible to the seniors they serve, along with convenience and peace of mind for their loved ones. Expert consultation from Chef Aaron Burgau of Patois adds distinction and flavor to the healthy, delicious meals prepared at the community daily, and an array of stimulating activities, including an exceptional Music Therapy program, keeps residents active and engaged at home. Peristyle Residences caregivers are highly trained in dementia care and have ample experience caring for seniors. Schedule a tour today at PeristyleResidences.com or by calling 504-517-3273. Poydras Home is reaching deeper into the Greater New Orleans area to fulfill the diverse care needs of even more seniors with the acquisition of an independent, in-home, personal care attendant company, Home Care Solutions. Continuing Care Retirement Communities such as Poydras Home recognize that community living is not the only option available to the region’s aging population. With Poydras Home’s new home support, seniors and their families can choose their optimum environment. For the first time in its 201-year history, Poydras Home will now be able to offer non-medical sitter/companion services to those who elect to remain at home. Through Home Care Solutions, Poydras Home can also deliver care management services, personally advising seniors and their families as they face a wide variety of healthcare choices. This new venture and expansion of services will allow greater flexibility to meet the growing needs of more New Orleanians. For more information about Poydras Home, visit PoydrasHome. com or call 504-897-0535. Home Care Solutions, newly acquired by Poydras Home, specializes in compassionate in-home care, Alzheimer’s care, and Aging Life Care Management™ services to help your elderly loved ones extend their independence at home. They are committed to providing the highest quality of care, keeping loved ones safe and comfortable while giving families peace of mind. Caregiver’s are carefully matched to meet both your loved one’s needs and personality. Home Care Solutions Care Managers navigate the care of your loved ones with expertise and heart and are experienced advocates with creative solutions for complex situations and all care concerns. Care 94
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Managers’ familiarity with local resources saves you time and often saves you money while their compassionate understanding of the aging process saves you unnecessary distress. Home Care Solutions, a licensed Personal Care Attendant Agency, is a member of Home Care Association of America and Aging Life Care Association™. Call 504-828-0900 or visit HomeCareNewOrleans. com. Home Care Solutions would be honored to assist your family in navigating elder care. When it comes to living and aging well, Lambeth House, a fullservice retirement center, offers the best of all worlds—independent living for active adults (ages 62+) plus a full continuum of care, including Assisted Living, Nursing Care, and Memory Care in the event it’s ever needed. Lambeth House recently received top ranking in the Best Retirement Community category of City Business’s 2018 Reader Rankings. Nestled in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, Lambeth House offers luxury retirement living at its best and was awarded the Design for Aging Merit Award by the American Institute of Architecture for the attention to detail in its last expansion. With a focus on active aging, Lambeth House offers a full array of amenities including the fitness center with a stunning indoor, salt-water swimming pool, an art studio, meditation room and garden, fine and casual dining options, and engaging activities and social events. Nonresidents (55+) can access Fitness Center memberships, and Lambeth House’s Wild Azalea Café is open to the public for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday-Saturday. For more information, call 504-865-1960 or explore online at LambethHouse.com. Schonberg Care is proud to provide seniors with every opportunity to live a life worth celebrating at their award-winning assisted living and memory care communities. At Schonberg communities, you're not just a resident, you're part of the family, and your loved ones are, too. Schonberg Care understands the importance of being close to loved ones and offers several conveniently located communities: Vista Shores in New Orleans, Beau Provence in Mandeville, Park Provence in Slidell, and Ashton Manor in Luling. Everything about Schonberg’s communities, from its diverse activities calendar to customized wellness and meal plans, is tailored to fit the unique needs, preferences, and abilities of each individual, enabling them to live their best life on their own terms. Schonberg provides extensive training for staff, led by full-time memory care directors, including continuing education opportunities with leading Alzheimer’s and Dementia care researchers and experts. If you have a loved one living with Alzheimer's or Dementia, find support at Vista Shores’ free Alzheimer's Association Caregivers Monthly Support Group on the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m. To learn more, visit schonbergcare.com. •
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ocated one hour east of New Orleans is the Southeast’s largest resort to receive the AAA Four Diamond award, reflecting enhanced style, hospitality, service and attention to detail. Recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the top resorts in the country, MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss., is the premier destination for entertainment, gaming, dining and relaxation in the region. With 1,740 luxurious guest rooms, 85,000 square feet of gaming space, 10 restaurants, three lounges and bars, a 1,550-seat theater, 14 retail venues, a spa and salon, tropical pool and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed golf course, Beau Rivage offers everything the discerning vacationer can imagine. Beau Rivage’s theatrical circus sensation Circovia runs June 9-Aug. 7. Tickets start at $12.95 and room packages are available. Headline entertainment during the summer also includes Rachel Platten, Boyz II Men, Terry Fator, and Better Than Ezra. For more information or to make reservations, visit www.beaurivage.com or call 1-888-567-6667. Since 1872, Fair Grounds Race Course has been a part of the cultural fabric of the wonderful city of New Orleans. With extensive experience, southern hospitality, and unique facilities, the Fair Grounds is able to make your occasion truly memorable. Whether it's a group for "A Day at the Races," a meeting or an evening party, Fair Grounds provides an ideal setting for your next event. A major strength is its flexibility; event settings range from elegant to casual and reception-style to sit-down with your choice of view of the racetrack or downtown New Orleans. With grounds fit for even the most special of occasions, Fair Grounds would consider it a privilege to share in any big day. Host your ceremony or reception in the Paddock and be among the many greats in history that have paraded around this historic site. For groups of 25 or more, request the Fair Grounds Race Course brochure and “Win, Place and Show” your guests an afternoon to remember. Call 504-948-1285 or email email@example.com. Visit online at FGNO.com.
Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort is “The New Way” on the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Featuring a bright, open, and friendly gaming floor, the casino resort prides itself on an atmosphere of resort modernity, complemented by the best Southern hospitality. Showcasing “The New Way to Win,” the property features over 1,170 state-of-the-art slot machines, 37 top-of-the-line table games and over 80 video poker games. The Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort also offers “The New Way to Dine” with something for everyone, from an extraordinary, over-the-top Sunday Jazz Brunch featuring the ultimate Bloody Mary drink in the elegant atmosphere of Scarlet’s Steaks & Seafood, to casual dining at Under The Oak Cafe, Chopstx Noodle Bar, or Waterfront Buffet. Frankly My Dear Boutique, located inside Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, offers “The New Way to Shop” and carries top designers like Joseph Ribkoff, Hammit, Michael Kors, and many more. Additionally, on-site amenity Lava Links Miniature Golf Club offers family-friendly fun. Putt your way past an erupting volcano, and, afterwards, cool off by the luxurious Garden Oasis Pool. Book your next ultimate getaway at ScarletPearlCasino.com. •
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veryone wants your attention this summer, and whether you’re dining, traveling, or shopping, businesses and destinations are excited to woo you their way during the long, lazy days of the season. From the special menus and refreshing restaurant happy hours, to travel promotions to aid your vacations and shopping opportunities for seasonal fashions, you’ll find there’s a lot to get excited about in and around town this month. Summer’s relaxed vibe allows you to indulge your cravings for your favorite foods while exploring old and new restaurants with the benefits of discounts, specials, and fresh foods of the season. There’s nothing like beating the heat with a cold drink;you can practically hear the ice clinking all over New Orleans. Shopping offers another way to beat the heat, and perusing gifts, artwork, and fashions is like embarking on an air-conditioned summer treasure hunt. Summer specials means more summer fun.
Restaurants, Bars, & Event Spaces New Orleans food is legendary. When seeking the best variety of Creole dishes in an authentic atmosphere, locals and first-time travelers alike find themselves at The Court of Two Sisters. Located at historic 613 Rue Royale in the French Quarter, the award-winning restaurant stretches from Royal Street to Bourbon Street and features a gorgeous open courtyard decorated with lush foliage, gas lamp lighting and a peaceful central fountain. This August, Court of Two Sisters will offer a three-course menu for $39 throughout the month as a part of New Orleans and Company’s Coolinary promotion. 98
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Brunch is also a main draw, and the leisurely meal isn’t just for Sundays. The Court offers a festive live jazz brunch buffet seven days a week. Indulge in over 60 different items including specialty omelets, eggs Benedict, turtle soup, grits and grillades, boiled shrimp, salads, fruits and a variety of desserts. At night, enjoy a seasonal three-course Chef's menu or select from an extensive à la carte menu featuring dishes such as Trout Meunière, Veal Oscar and Shrimp and Grits. Call 504-522-7261 or visit CourtofTwoSisters.com for reservations. Take yourself to Tuscany with a visit this summer to Red Gravy, voted the number 1 restaurant for Brunch and Italian by a New Orleans Magazine readers’ poll. Red Gravy offers a diverse menu and features seasonal new dishes by owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker. “I’m always trying to keep the menu exciting,” says Roseann, who mixes Southern traditions, farmer’s market ingredients, and her New Jersey Italian roots to create a unique, Italian-inspired brunch. This summer, the restaurant will offer a Tuscan Picnic for Two, including frittata, salad, and homemade bakery items in addition to coffee or juice. Prefer mimosas? Not a problem—upgrade your beverages for half the usual cost. Other new favorites include the Breakfast Spaghetti—homemade pasta, hearty sausage sugo, fresh ricotta, and a sunny up yard egg— and Roseann’s original biscuit dishes, which feature everything from fresh fruit and bourbon to peanut butter, bacon, and chocolate. View the menu and make reservations online at RedGravyCafe.com, or call 504-561-8844.
Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak is a perfect place for a pre-vacation, post-vacation pick-me-up this summer. Now through August 31, Galatoire’s “33” Bar & Steak will offer an extended Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. and a special summer dinner pre-fixe menu. Additionally, the restaurant is offering a special three select appetizers for $33 with your choice of Louisiana Crabcake, Bar Frites with a Trio of Sauces, Steak Flatbread, Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs, and Burrata. For additional details, visit Galatoires33BarandSteak.com. Looking to host an event this summer? Galatoire’s private dining spaces provide the perfect atmosphere for a gathering of any size and any occasion. And Galatoire’s balconies have the best views of Bourbon Street, where you and your guests can enjoy Galatoire’s impeccable food and award-winning hospitality. For more information, call 504-335-3933. Located in the Lower Garden District and just blocks from Downtown New Orleans, Hoshun Restaurant delivers a flavorful punch of pan-Asian flavors with their own take on traditional dishes from China, Japan, Vietnam, and other South Asian countries. Popular menu items include pho soup and Vietnamese spring rolls, pad Thai, sushi, General Tsao’s Chicken, Hunan steak, Kung Pao shrimp, and more. Enjoy family-style dining in an elegant atmosphere while sharing your favorite appetizers, entrees, combination dinners, and sushi specials. Open daily until 2 a.m., Hoshun is a favorite late-night spot for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re looking for seafood, steak, or vegetarian fare, Hoshun’s extensive menu provides options for everyone. Salt & Pepper Shrimp and Ahi Tuna Seared are a couple of Hoshun's seafood specialties, while Butter Pepper Mignon offers a meatier possibility. For menu and information, visit HoshunRestaurant.com or call 504-302-9716. Located at 1601 St. Charles Ave., Hoshun offers a private party room overlooking the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line fitting between 25-70 people. Celebrate summer in the heart of the French Quarter with family and friends at New Orleans Creole Cookery. Stop in and relax from a day of shopping or exploring with authentic Creole fare and the timehonored tastes of classic favorites such as Gumbo, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Etouffee, and Snapper Pontchartrain. Looking to cool off? Come in for a cold beverage and fresh oysters at the oyster bar. New Orleans Creole Cookery is everything you love about New Orleans in a setting to fit every occasion. Enjoy casual fine dining at its very best in your choice of the charming Toulouse Lautrec dining room, romantic courtyard, or lively oyster bar. Each offers a Creole-
inspired menu complemented by tempting, handcrafted cocktails. Located at 510 Toulouse Street in one of New Orleans’ oldest and most storied locations, New Orleans Creole Cookery is right in the heart of French Quarter fun. New Orleans Creole Cookery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. for lunch and dinner, and a jazz brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Learn more at NewOrleansCreoleCookery.com. Call 504-524-9632 for reservations. This summer, visit the Warehouse District’s new addition, Briquette, the new restaurant at 701 S. Peters Street by Anna Tusa, owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. Helmed by Chef Hosie Bourgeois, Briquette puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. As the name indicates, the restaurant features a large charcoal grill to highlight the fresh coastal flavors. The menu emphasizes small plates for sharing the variety of fish and seafood, including whole grilled fish. Other flavorful menu items include aged beef, pastas, and more. The bar at Briquette features a curated wine list to accompany the menu along with specialty, handcrafted cocktails. Start a new tradition this summer with delicious food shared with friends and family together at Briquette. For more information and reservations, visit Briquette online at Briquette-Nola.com or on Facebook. Lunch is available Monday through Friday beginning at 11 a.m. Cheer on your favorite team as you dine riverside at the hottest sports bar downtown. Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar features 18 beers on tap, including loads of local brews. Poppy’s carries all of the DIRECTV sports packages and displays over 20 TVs for fans to keep up with all the excitement around the leagues. Poppy’s menu includes hand-rafted, juicy gourmet burgers made using brisket, short rib, and ground chuck. Amazing wings, loaded nachos, and seafood poor boys round out the menu’s top picks for game-winning appetizers and entrees. Bring your entire team to Poppy’s party pavilion to watch all the action. Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar is located in Spanish Plaza across from Harrah’s Casino at 500 Port of New Orleans, Ste. 80. Happy Hour runs Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and features daily specials. For photos, menus, party reservations and more, visit PoppysTimeOutSportsBar. com or call 504-247-9265 for more information. Find all of “Nawlin’s” favorites at New Orleans Cajun Cookery, located just outside the French Quarter at 719 S. Peters Street in the CBD. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Cajun Cookery is perfect for visitors and downtown professionals alike. Highlights of the menu include Chicken & Waffles, Shrimp & Grits, seafood platters, and poor boys. The Cookery’s full bar features handcrafted cocktails and a vast selection of craft beers from Louisiana’s growing list of breweries. Pony up to the bar between 3-6 p.m. and enjoy $5 drinks and appetizers. Outdoor seating is available and perfect for those breezy summer mornings, afternoons, and evenings. For more information on the restaurant and its offerings, call 504-407-0653. This summer, stop by any of the Tropical Isles, home of the Hand Grenade®, New Orleans’ Most Powerful Drink® and the Hand Grenade® Martini. Also, enjoy a Hand Grenade® at Funky Pirate Blues & Music Club or Bayou Club. Experience Trop Rock, Cajun/Zydeco & the Blues with Tropical Isle’s nightly entertainment, the best on my n e w or l e a n s . com
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Bourbon. State-of-the-art sound systems plus great live bands will keep you dancing the night away at Tropical Isle Bourbon, Tropical Isle Original, Little Tropical Isle, Funky Pirate and the Bayou Club. While there, ask about the Hand Grenade® Martini! Enjoy big screen TVs at Funky Pirate, Bayou Club, Tropical Isle Bourbon and Top of the Trop. For more on Tropical Isle, visit TropicalIsle.com. For a quiet escape with available courtyard dining, visit local favorite The Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro right off of Bourbon at 720 Orleans Ave., which has more than 200 varieties of wine by the bottle and plenty of wine by the glass, plus a Bacon Happy Hour. For sample menus and wine lists, visit OrleansGrapevine.com. Taste the rich history of New Orleans this season by going to Pascal’s Manale, home of the original BBQ Shrimp. Founded in 1913, this New Orleans tradition is now in its 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation of family involvement and still serves the classic dishes for which it’s been famous for decades. A blend of Italian and Creole, Pascal’s Manale’s menu includes New Orleans and Italian favorites, steaks, and seafood dishes. Start your night with raw oysters from the oyster bar before indulging in the succulent BBQ shrimp. The Veal Gambero and Fish Pascal specials have flavors all their own while also incorporating the richness of the BBQ Shrimp and its sauce. Other Pascal’s Manale favorites include the Oysters Bienville, baked oysters topped with a mushroom, shrimp, and bacon dressing, or the Combination Pan Roast, oysters, crabmeat, and shrimp chopped in a blend of parsley, green onions, and seasonings baked with a topping of breadcrumbs and butter. Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m., enjoy half-priced raw oysters at the oyster bar as well as half-priced beer, wine, and select cocktails at the bar. For reservations, call 504-895-4877 or visit them at PascalsManale. com. Mr. Ed’s has been a local favorite since 1989 and is still regarded as among the best eateries in New Orleans today. Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar serves your choice of chargrilled, fried, or raw oysters as well as long time favorites such as Oyster Rockefeller and Bienville. Offering both a standup oyster bar and cocktail bar, it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy. With four unique locations across Greater New Orleans, including the newest in Mid-City, Mr. Ed’s Oyster Bar & Fish House brings its fresh seafood, poor boys, platters, and specialties to Metairie, the French Quarter, and St. Charles Avenue, with the fourth location now open at 301 N. Carrollton Ave. in Mid-City Market. 100
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“Mr. Ed” McIntyre also oversees Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant of Metairie and Kenner, Austin’s Seafood & Steakhouse of Metairie, and The Pearl Room of Harahan. Explore each savory menu at MrEdsRestaurants.com. Offering modern elegance and the celebrated cuisine of Mr. Ed’s Restaurant Group, The Pearl Room is the metro area’s exceptional new venue for receptions, banquets, and special events. Located in Harahan, The Pearl Room combines exquisite ambiance, quality professional service, and decadent, diverse menus to create seamless, memorable occasions for guests. Whether planning a gorgeous ceremony at dusk under The Pearl Room’s stately entrance portico or a spectacular nighttime event with the grounds magnificently illuminated, The Pearl Room can customize and complete every detail of your event. From simple to lavish, small to grand-scale, The Pearl Room’s packages offer flexibile options for a number of different occasions. An extensive reception menu features the best of Mr. Ed’s Restaurant Group culinary team, from New Orleans favorites like crawfish ettouffe, crab cakes, and fried seafood to reception classics like carving stations and Italian entrees. “We work with each client individually to review our menus and customize details,” says Amanda McIntyre, Banquet Manager. For more information, call 504-737-0604, email pearlroomnola@gmail. com, or visit MrEdsRestaurants.com.
Travel & Entertainment There’s nothing like the feeling of jumping in the car and embarking on a long-awaited road trip to one of your favorite destinations. There’s also nothing like the feeling of experiencing car trouble on the mid-point of your journey. Fortunately, you can make sure your vacation stays on track with the peace of mind that accompanies AAA 24/7 roadside assistance. A low-cost membership to AAA provides free towing, free tire change, free lock-out assistance, free minor mechanical first aid, free jump start, and, depending on your membership level, free delivery of emergency gas. For a limited time (through September 2018), readers of New Orleans Magazine can join AAA today and receive two memberships (in the same household) for only $48 (promo code 175332). And, current AAA members can add one new household member free (promo code 175334). Visit your local AAA branch, call 844-330-2174, or visit AAA.com/AdSpecial for additional information and to sign up today. Just in time for summer, Royal Sonesta New Orleans’ annual French Quarter Fling guest package is back offering nightly rates as low as $159 and a Sonesta Savings Pack for discounts on dining, attractions, and tours for budget-friendly, fun-seeking travelers. Guests can upgrade to a newly renovated R Club Level room from $259 per night for an elevated experience including daily breakfast and more. For New Orleans’ 300th anniversary, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans is celebrating all year long with specially created Tricentennial cocktails, such as the Flight of the Earls and the Tricentennial Sazerac from Restaurant R’evolution or The French 300 from The Jazz Playhouse, as well as daily Tricentennial Happy Hour inside Desire Oyster Bar. Come discover The New York Times’ Number One Destination on their list of "52 Places to Go in 2018."
ADVERTISING SECTION Visit Sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans to book your stay using online promo code FQF, or call 504-586-0300. Harvest Wine & Food Festival, produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), returns to the Emerald Coast October 25-27. This lavish event provides attendees the opportunity to sip and savor some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the iconic beach town of WaterColor, Florida. Labeled as one of the premier fall wine events in the Southeast, Harvest Wine & Food Festival showcases over 400 wines paired with food stations designed to highlight the best in Gulf Coast fare. Each event during the three day festival is tailored to fit the different tastes and preferences of wine and food aficionados, kicking off with three intimate Celebrity Winemaker Dinners on Thursday, October 25. Friday’s Al Fresco Reserve Tasting provides patrons a selection of library wines featuring rare vintages not easily accessible to the average consumer, while Saturday’s Grand Tasting is the festival’s main event designed to highlight harvest season at the beach. Large culinary stations are combined with tasting stations featuring wine from all over the world. Visit HarvestWineandFood.com for more information and to purchase tickets. As a part of the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s ongoing celebration of New Orleans’ Tricentennial, the Museum invites families to discover the many Asian cultures that have contributed to New Orleans’ vibrant history and culture. Celebrate with the Museum on Dragon Day, Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., and search the museum on a Vietnamese word find scavenger hunt to earn a red envelope prize, learn how to write your name in Chinese calligraphy, sample flaky moon cakes and steamed buns, and enjoy a magical lion dance performance by the Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team. The Louisiana Children’s Museum is located at 420 Julia Street in the New Orleans Warehouse District. Admission is $10 for adults and children (12 months+). Louisiana Children’s Museum members are admitted free. For more information, visit LCM.org or call 504-523-1357.
Summer Shopping Nestled along the Carrollton Avenue streetcar line in Mid-City, Home Malone is a quaint shop beloved by locals. Behind the doors of a charming Old New Orleans building, the walls are lined with fine art and goods handcrafted by artisans from throughout the Deep South. The owner, Kristin Malone, is an artist herself, and she takes great pride in curating unique, well-made products that her customers are proud to give as gifts at any price point. From original folk art to whimsical jewelry, essential oil candles, clever stationery, novelty local-themed socks and apparel, baby and child accessories, kitchenwares, and locally-sourced spices, jams, and cocktail mixes, there is truly something for everyone. After hours, Home Malone hosts makers' markets, private paint parties, corporate events, and weekly art workshops, including the popular #PaintYourNOLA series. Visit homemalonenola.com to shop anytime and follow the store's Instagram or Facebook (@ homemalonenola) for daily updates.
“Women’s impacts on the world are everywhere—we can take on the world because we have created it. Fashion is for us; we deserve to be seen, admired, and revered,” says owner April Posch. A. Renée Boutique is located at 824 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. Visit AReneeBoutique.com or call 504-418-1448 for more information. Now is the perfect time to visit PERLIS Clothing in Uptown New Orleans, Mandeville, and Baton Rouge. A large selected group of quality summer clothing for men, ladies, and boys is 20% to 50% off during the Summer Sale through the end of July. A true family clothing tradition since 1939, PERLIS remains committed to complete customer satisfaction with long-time knowledgeable employees and unparalleled service including complimentary lifetime expert alterations. “We are ever-expanding our inventory with the newest names in designer merchandise while continuing to offer time-tested classic labels," says David W. Perlis, President. "Customers while traveling are often sharing with us via social media images of our iconic crawfish logo clothing they see people wearing all over the world. Look for exciting new additions to our crawfish collection soon." The men's formal wear sales and rental department is renowned for proper dress and a wide selection. Ample off street parking is available at all locations. Visit perlis.com. Newly relocated to 3649 Magazine Street, lno (Lily New Orleans), is bringing new and consignment designer fashions to the most shop-worthy street in the city. At lno, owner Jeanne Roberson offers a well-curated mix of exclusive, high-end designers and more accessible brands in sizes 0-20. The boutique also offers a diverse selection of gift items, from housewares to fragrant candles, souvenirs, and more. “Our goal is to provide a place where you can shop to dress for a night out on the town, a Sunday brunch, or a casual day at the beach, as well as run in for a quick birthday gift,” says Jeanne. Shoppers enjoy complimentary refreshments, including champagne, wine, and water for those hot summer days. Flash sales occur throughout the week, and a full-service seamstress is available for free alterations on all purchases, Thursday-Sunday. Outside alterations are also available for a small charge. For more information or questions on consignments, visit lilyneworleans.com or call 713-373-2299. View styles, sales, and more on Facebook (lilyneworleans) and Instagram (@lily_neworleans), and “check in” to receive 10 percent off your full-priced purchase. •
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ometimes it feels like if you blink, you might miss summer entirely. Don’t let summer escape you this year—fit in your travels and vacations while the weather’s still warm and the family’s less busy. Locally, regionally, and internationally, there’s plenty to hold your attention and wow you with new sights and sounds. Whether you’re sipping a piña colada by the beach, an ice tea from a southern veranda, or a draft beer in a German pub, you’ll find a multitude of ways to take advantage of what remains of summer when you venture out on an end-of-summer travel adventure. Historic sites, sun-kissed waters, luxury downtown hotels, and unique foreign destinations are a few of the options awaiting you and your family. Grab a swimsuit and sunscreen or a sweater and a suitcase—either way, you won’t regret making the most of the remaining summer season.
New Orleans Vacations & Staycations New Orleans’ most anticipated luxury hybrid project, the locally owned and operated Jung Hotel & Residences recently celebrated its grand reopening. Following a restoration and re-imagination, the modern classic is now ready for the next generation of NOLA travelers, seamlessly blending art, history, and luxury into a masterpiece of style and technology. A member of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, the 207-room hotel and residences opens to an airy, marble-clad lobby bedecked in Art Deco chandeliers and more than 10 local artists’ works from Where Y’Art Collective. The sleek, artful aesthetic extends throughout the hotel's 21,000-square-feet of event space including an exhibit hall, 102
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rooftop pool deck, fitness center, dining, and coffeehouse serving local ABITA Roasters brand coffee. Located near Tulane Medical Center and within walking distance of the French Quarter and the streetcar, The Jung serves as the gateway to the city. This summer, the Jung Hotel is part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection special “Summer in the City” offer. With free parking, WiFi, breakfast, and welcome drinks, the benefits make this the place to stay. Visit NewOrleansHotelCollection.com/summer to book. Rates start at $129. Whether it’s sipping a handcrafted cocktail on the patio surrounded by friends, enjoying sweeping views of New Orleans on the rooftop at Above the Grid, or exploring authentic culinary creations at Public Service Restaurant, there’s an experience at NOPSI Hotel waiting for you. Discover an unforgettable destination in the heart of the Crescent City’s bustling Central Business District. The first luxury hotel to open in New Orleans in a generation, NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans welcomes guests with a magnetic elegance and dynamic vibe that reflects the spirit and energy of the city. NOPSI, which stands for New Orleans Public Service Inc., opened in the former headquarters of the city’s power and transportation company. Originally built in 1927, the alluring nine-story building has been transformed into one of New Orleans’ most luxurious destinations. NOPSI Hotel is a destination where locals, professionals, and guests from across the globe come to both “see” and “be seen.” Visit NOPSIHotel.com or call 504-962-6500 for details and reservations.
Regional Travel Destinations Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on Mississippi's largest private recreational lake. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Home sites are available on the water starting at $100,000. Both the homes and home sites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway. It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories, and create new traditions at Big Bay. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast, or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life… “Big!” Big Bay Lake is only 90 minutes from New Orleans. Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit bigbaylake.com. Experiencing Historic Pensacola is a must-do for any summer getaway to America’s first multi-year European settlement. Located within Pensacola’s thriving downtown, voted 2017 Great Places in Florida People's Choice Winner, and minutes away from Pensacola’s world famous sugar-white beaches, Historic Pensacola is nestled within the footprints of the original Spanish and British forts as well as in the heart of today’s waterfront dining, shopping, and entertainment scene. The walkable museum complex shares the stories of Pensacola’s rich culture and heritage through museum exhibits, guided home tours, and engaging, period-dressed living history interpreters. Visit the Pensacola Museum of Art and immerse yourself in the diversity of visual culture through exhibitions, tours, and special events designed to educate and inspire. “One Ticket, Seven Days to Explore” ticketing allows access to all museums, tours, and activities for seven days. For hours and ticket information, visit HistoricPensacola.org (850595-5990) and PensacolaMuseum.org (850-432-6247). Make the most of the summer travel season with an escape to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of Portofino Island Resort where families enjoy
the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and adventure. Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience offers plenty to do: explore the Santa Rosa Sound on a kayak or paddleboard, surf the emerald green waters of the Gulf, soar through the sky under a parasail, or board Portofino I and watch curious dolphins play in the water. Whether you want to spend time at the beach with your family, children, spouse or friends, guests of all ages will enjoy the properties of Premier Island. More than just another summer vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime. Discover yours at PremierIsland.com or call 866-9661420. This summer, soak in a bit of Louisiana history with a visit to beautiful St. Joseph Plantation, where you can walk through time and enjoy a glimpse into the lives of the fascinating people who have called it home. Thanks to the plantation’s historic allure, scenes from All The King’s Men, Skeleton Key, 12 Years a Slave, Underground, Queen Sugar, the remake of Roots, and four-time Oscar nominee Mudbound were filmed at St. Joseph Plantation. Additionally, the plantation plays host to a number of weddings and private events throughout the year. Tour the grounds and learn about the Priestly family and grandson H. H. Richardson, who was born at St. Joseph and became one of America’s most important architects of the 19th century. Explore the story of Valcour Aime, known as “The Louis XIV of Louisiana,” and his two daughters, and learn about the slaves that lived and worked here. A thriving sugarcane plantation, St. Joseph also offers insight into the region’s significant sugarcane industry. Visit StJosephPlantation.com or call 225-265-4078 for information on tours and private events.
International Travel Condor Airlines, part of Thomas Cook Group Airline, will continue its twice-weekly service from Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport to Frankfurt, Germany in summer 2018. With 16 total gateways in North America, Condor is the only “leisure” carrier operating with fullservice, inclusive fares in Business, Premium, and Economy class on the Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Condor Airlines is the second largest airline in Germany and repeatedly named the "most popular airline" in Germany in customer satisfaction surveys. When planning European travel, consider Condor—with low fares and growing schedules, it’s the very best in international value-based leisure travel. Experience all that Germany has to offer this summer with a hasslefree, non-stop flight from home. With its numerous partner airlines, Condor also offers flights beyond Frankfurt to over 120 destinations across Europe at competitive prices. All Condor passengers receive complimentary checked baggage, beverages and meals, and in-flight entertainment. Additionally, Condor’s business class features lie-flat seats, a personal in-seat, premium touch-screen entertainment system, power and USB ports at every seat, gourmet meals with complimentary wine, beer, and cocktails, and a well-being amenity kit. Book online at Condor.com or by calling 1-866-960-7915. •
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The New Orleans Jazz Museum is housed in the historic Old U.S. Mint building, situated at the intersection between the French Quarter and Frenchman Street’s live music corridor. It includes a $4 million, state-of-the-art performance space, where there are sublime performances from some of the city’s leading artists. In addition to permanent exhibitions, the museum hosts continuous temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Currently on display is “Jazz En Route to France 1917-1918,” which examines how black military bands stationed in France helped popularize jazz in Paris during World War I. The New Orleans Jazz Museum, Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue, 568-6993, LouisianaStateMuseum.org.
New Orange Theory Gym Opens Downtown As one of the country’s fastest growing fitness chains, Orange Theory Fitness is set to open its third location in New Orleans after Labor Day. Already in Mid-City and Uptown, the new location will be in the Warehouse District. Orange Theory is based on heart rate monitored exercise aimed at stimulating metabolism and increasing energy. The company claims you can burn between 500-1000 calories with a single, 60-minute workout that incorporates moves for the whole body. Orange Theory Fitness, 954.607.7552, 618 Magazine St., Uptown.orangetheoryfitness.com.
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A Korean Star
orea is a place, the mention of which seldom ignites happy thoughts. When that country has been mentioned lately, a butterfly flitters from beyond an imaginary wall as a reminder of a certain Korean man who once lived in New Orleans. He played the violin. He also cooked his native cuisine. His name was Henry Lee, and for many years he was the lead violinist for the symphony. He also had a hankering to operate a restaurant. At both he was a virtuoso. Genghis Kahn, his restaurant, 120
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which opened in 1975, was located on Tulane Avenue on a blighted block just across the remains of the former Fontainebleau Hotel. The dining room was a refuge from the world out there, featuring a menu that authenticated Korean cooking. The national dish of Korea, kimchi, consisting of crunchy, peppery vegetables, including cabbage, was one of the appetizers. So, too, were the beef stuffed dumplings, fried calamari, and the kim made from wrapping fried rice with sheets of dried seaweed. Among the entrees, the hot pot was a favorite, as diners would add
by errol laborde
sauces to a blend of broth, seafood and vegetables. Every stage has a star, and so, too, do menus. To me, center stage belonged to the fried, whole drumfish, and by whole, it meant with the head and tail still on when served. This was a crunchy dish, in which the meat just exploded with flavor, leaving behind a fish skeleton with a scattering of fried skin for nibbling. Had the experience stopped there, the evening at Genghis Kahn would have already been fulfilling, plus there was usually someone playing something soothing on the piano, but then Henry Lee reached for his violin. Always dressed in a tuxedo, he looked imposing as his strings began to sing through the classics. Next came a pause. The singers among the wait staff, who only moments earlier had been toting away fish bones, gathered at various spots in the dining room. Suddenly to the haunting sounds of “The Phantom of the Opera” the restaurant became the world’s largest live stereo system. The men sang the Phantom parts and the women performed as Christine. Both groups joined in the chorus: And in this labyrinth Where night is blind The Phantom of the Opera is here Inside your mind A well-fed crowd hooted for what was a spectacular moment. But that was not the highlight - at least not to me. That came a little later in the evening, when Lee reached for his violin again. This time it was just him. His bow crossed
a string creating a sound like a train whistle. Then the tempo kicked up with a rolling sound, as though a train was leaving the station. Magically, Lee was playing his violin like a country fiddle. With each line the pace increased enriched by additional whistle sounds. Look a-yonder comin’ Comin’ down that railroad track…. It’s the Orange Blossom Special Bringin’ my baby back What a moment: This first chair symphony violinist, a man schooled in the classics, was playing a bluegrass masterpiece known for its torrid pace - flawlessly. If there was a Ph.D. exam for the violin, this was it. In 2002, Lee moved his restaurant to a downtown location, the former Sears building that had been converted into a hotel. He was away from the troubled old neighborhood, plus the new location was near the Orpheum Theater, where the symphony played. At first the move was successful, yet the experience was as though there was a phantom hiding in the rafters. There were several legal entanglements between him and the hotel. He lost money. In 2004 he was forced to close. After Katrina, Lee moved to Houston, but frequently returned here to visit. If music and food at their best could assure world peace, Henry Lee should have been at the summit. • ARTHUR NEAD Illustration