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Milkfish to start serving cocktails 

  Milkfish (125 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-267-4199; www.milkfishnola.com), New Orleans' lone Filipino restaurant, is in the final stages of liquor license approval and expects to begin serving cocktails soon.

  "We have all the pieces in place, just waiting for the final word," chef/owner Christina Quackenbush said at press time. "It's any day now."

  The cocktails will be heavily influenced by exotic fruits, including jackfruit and dragon fruit, and will pull from the restaurant's current menu of "mocktails." The menu also will feature a Filipino bloody mary with a healthy dose of pickled vegetables; a white bloody mary; and a boozy concoction made with a traditional Filipino ginger tea called salabat. Local beers and a wine list also will be available.

  Quackenbush said the drink menu is a long time coming. "We want to feature drinks that have unusual ingredients people aren't used to seeing in New Orleans, so this is exciting for us."

  Milkfish is open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Tuesday.

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