Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Where to eat after Jazz Fest — Part 3: Canal Street theater district

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM

click to enlarge Domenica. - CHERYL GERBER
  • CHERYL GERBER
  • Domenica.


All week long, we’ll be looking at dining options around some New Orleans neighborhoods that are featuring night concerts after the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Part 1: The St. Claude Avenue scene.
Part 2: Around Tipitina's.


The pair of vintage theater marquees at the Saenger and Joy Theaters light up for Jazz Fest, hosting Southern rockers, bluesmen, funk bassists, sample-based pop and more.

Domenica (123 Baronne St., 504-648-6020)
Virtuoso chef Alon Shaya beautifully translates rustic Italian dishes for an urban audience, who turn out in such numbers that reservations are a must for weekend dinners, year-round. This season, look for whipped burrata paired with fried oysters and biscuits, gnocchi cradled with spring onions, and crackled-skin chicken with rosemary. As always, the bubble-blistered pizzas (half-priced at happy hour) and lively charcuterie boards can’t be beat.

City Diner (201 Baronne St., 504-309-7339)
Breakfast is the jam when it’s this decadent - sweet, cymbal-sized pancakes stuffed with cream cheese and fruit; creamy, custom-flavored milkshakes (choose from on-hand ice creams like cookie dough); mounds of hash browns with eggs, cheese, and sauce or sausage gravy. Bottomless appetites should try the “Bottom of the Bowl” – an edible bread bowl is the prize for polishing off creamed shrimp, crawfish and crabmeat. On Friday and Saturday, the foodie fun goes around the clock.

Cleo’s Cuisine & Grocery (165 University Place, 504-522-4504)
When the music’s over, Cleo’s still hums along. The dual restaurant/mini market slings authentic Mediterranean fare through the night, including generous plates of chicken or beef shawarma, lamb and beef gyro, meaty kebabs and falafel. From 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. daily, the kitchen turns out eggy, American-style breakfast sandwiches and scrambles, as well as sandwiches filled with goat cheese, feta cheese or mashed fava beans. In the mart, shop for fig preserves, jarred ghee, ground sesame seeds and other exotic fixings. 


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