Parkway was the only restaurant in Louisiana to make the list, which also featured Gulf Coast eateries including Desporte & Sons Seafood in Biloxi, Mississippi; The Gulf in Orange Beach, Alabama; The Back Porch Seafood & Oyster House in Destin, Florida; and Keys Fisheries in Marathon, Florida.
Coastal Living described the list as its “annual batch of casual restaurants that care plenty about fresh fish, fried sides, and seaside locale.” The magazine recommends Parkway’s fried shrimp and fried oyster po-boys, sweet potato fries and Barq’s root beer. Interestingly, the photo it ran with the writeup was of sweet potato fries, not seafood.
See other restaurants in the list after the jump
In the earliest days, New Orleans jazz was very different than the music and settings we know today. At first, it was played in the raucous saloons of Storyville to a mostly black audience but as time went on it was embraced by the white society of New Orleans and music lovers around the country.
In New Orleans Jazz (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99), which arrives in bookstores today (April 7), New Orleans native Edward J. Branley outlines the transformation of jazz from its early days in the Crescent City to modern time. He does so mostly with short introductions to its six chapters and lots of photographs with long captions.
Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Bucktown Marina. Entertainment and blessing of the fleet begin at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5, children 12 and under are free.
Here’s the music lineup:
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. — The Quickening
2 p.m.-3 p.m. — Bucktown All-Stars
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — The Breton Sound
5 p.m.-6 p.m. — Zebra
6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. — Leon Russell
When Michael and Emily Naquin, owners of 40 Arpent Brewing Company arrived at The Avenue Pub after debuting their beer at the New Orleans International Beer Festival March 22, it was a victory celebration. Fellow brewers, distributors and beer fans crowded around to congratulate them.
“The support from area brewers was overwhelming,” Emily says.
We’re officially into Carnival season, so it’s time to get rid of the trappings of the Christmas season — namely the tree. Local parishes that offer curbside Christmas tree recycling have scheduled pickups for this week.
Jefferson Parish residents should put their trees out Wednesday, Jan. 8, and they’ll be picked up Thursday through Saturday (Jan. 9-11), and Orleans Parish residents’ trees will be picked up by the curb on regular garbage collection days, Thursday through Saturday, (Jan 9-11), this week only.
Many of the trees picked up in Jefferson Parish will be placed along shoreline fences in Goose Bayou near Lafitte, while others will be ground into mulch for composting.
To be accepted for recycling, trees should be undecorated and not have any remnants of tinsel, lights or ornaments on them. Do not place trees in plastic bags. Flocked trees are not acceptable for recycling. The trees are mostly placed along Louisiana's coastline to help rebuild land.
Recycling schedules in nearby towns include:
MoPho Mid-City (514 City Park Ave., 504-482-6845) is set to open this weekend (Jan. 11), with former August chef de cuisine Michael Gulotta offering a menu of pho, vermicelli and other traditional Southeast Vietnamese dishes and specials that meld Vietnamese and Louisiana influences.
“That’s where chef’s really going to shine, through the daily specials,” says Jeff Gulotta, the chef’s brother, MoPho general manager and co-owner. Those specials include dishes like slow-roasted lamb neck in green curry with Creole cream cheese potatoes and grilled Two Run Farms beef ribs and cast iron roasted rapini with lime vinaigrette. “We’re using traditional Vietnamese cooking techniques and a Gulf pantry.”
The restaurant previously was scheduled to open the last week of December 2013, but Jeff Gulotta says, “We were just waiting on chairs and permits. The chairs came in [Jan. 3].” The Gulottas partnered with August veteran (and high school friend) Jeff Bybee on the new restaurant.
“We may try to do a soft opening on Friday (Jan. 10),” Jeff Gulotta says. “We’re shooting for opening next weekend.”
Live Oak Cafe (8140 Oak St.) opens Saturday, Jan. 4, in a renovated space that less than a month ago was Oak Street Cafe. That breakfast and lunch restaurant closed Dec. 13, and partners and cooking team Helena Hjort, Clare Leavy and Bryan Harrison began revamping the interior and reworking the menu.
The new restaurant will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will have table service and a menu of classic breakfast fare and comfort food. The focus is on making everything on the menu from scratch, including sausage, and procuring all-natural produce and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats from local sources.
The cafe also will be environmentally responsible, partnering with Hollygrove Market & Farm for composting, recycling cooking oil from its kitchen and placing a recycling bin outside for the public to use. The team isn’t trying to revolutionize Oak Street, however.
“We want to keep with the history of the neighborhood, be a part of that and build on it,” says Leavy, a native of Chicago who has worked at Oak Street Cafe on and off for several years. She also has cooked at Carmo, Pizza Delicious and Vizard’s. Hjort is from Sweden and Harrison is a New Orleans native.
“We’re all from different places,” Leavy says of her partners. “We’ll take classic cooking that feels like home to us and meld it together for the best taste. We want [customers] to learn to trust us, so that they know whatever is on the menu, it will be good.”
Garland Robinette, Hill’s former husband and longtime co-anchor at WWL-TV, announced Hill’s new show Thursday during an interview with her on The Think Tank With Garland Robinette.
He promised another programming announcement on his show Sept. 23 — this one regarding John “Spud” McConnell, whose Talk Gumbo with John “Spud” McConnell program will be displaced when Hill takes the time slot Talk Gumbo now fills.
In a news release issued after the announcement Chris Claus, vice president and general manager of Entercom New Orleans, WWL’s parent company, said, “Spud isn’t going anywhere. We have big and exciting plans for him.” It was followed by a pitch to tune in at noon Sept. 23 for the announcement.
You've got to eat, so you may as well make buying groceries a cultural outing — or at least one that supports cultural — by shopping on Wednesday, Aug. 7, when Whole Foods Market (3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; www.wholefoodsmarket.com) donates 5 percent of its net sales for the day to the Tennessee Willliams/New Orleans Literary Festival.
Visit the Tennessee Williams/ New Orleans Literary Festival table at the store and register for a chance to win a VIP all-access pass to the 2014 festival, valued at about $400. A festival spokesperson says, “Tennessee will be there, too,” (albeit in cardboard form), so bring your camera.
The festival is March 19-23, 2014, and includes five days of seminars, panel discussions, master classes, writing contests, performances, tours, playwriting, a popular Stella shouting contest and more at venues in the French Quarter. Speakers at the 2014 festival include Dorothy Allison, Emily Raboteau, Justin Torres, Robert Pinsky, Victor LaValle and others, and the NOLA Project will stage a production of Williams’ Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. For more information about the festival, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net.
Several times a year, individual Whole Foods’ stores hold “5 percent” days to benefit a local nonprofit or charity as part of their mission to give back to their local communities.
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