Smoking section: Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival returns Oct. 14-16

Local barbecue restaurants and blues artists smoke out Lafayette Square
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation launched the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival as a blues festival, but the organizer of a local festival with a similar name objected to the similarity. Inspired by the popularity of the Oak Street Po-boy Festival, the foundation added barbecue to the event, says foundation Communications and Marketing Director Scott Aiges.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Bywater

Bacchanal Wine 600 Poland Ave., (504) 948-9111; The wine shop offers cheese and charcuterie and there's a full restaurant menu. Seared beef tongue is served with salsa verde, heirloom tomatoes and arugula.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Arabi/ Chalmette/ New Orleans East

Brewster's 8751 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, (504) 309-7548; The 10-ounce Brewster burger is topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles and served with a choice of fries, a baked potato, jambalaya, chili, sweet potato fries, salad or vegetables. Caesar salad features sliced chicken breast over romaine lettuce, croutons, Caesar dressing and Parmesan.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Algiers

DiMartino's Famous New Orleans Muffulettas 3900 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, (504) 367-0227; See West Bank — Gretna section for restaurant description. Dry Dock Cafe 133 Delaronde St., (504) 361-8240; House-made red beans and rice are cooked with ham hocks.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: CBD

Acme Oyster House Harrah's New Orleans, 8 Canal St., (504) 708-2409; See French Quarter section for restaurant description. Allegro Bistro 1100 Poydras St., Suite 150, (504) 582-2350; Buttermilk fried chicken is dressed with coleslaw and sweet and spicy honey ranch dressing on a brioche bun.

2016 Fall Restaurant Guide: Carrollton/ University

Ale 8124 Oak St., (504) 324-6558; Two Run Farm beef and mozzarella top french fries. Brisket tacos are filled with red cabbage slaw, jalapenos and hot sauce crema.

What’s in store: Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop (2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-835-2022; is located on a major traffic artery in Metairie that connects five hotels in less than two miles. Word of mouth among guests and hotel personnel keeps the family-style eatery packed.

What’s in store: Riccobono’s Peppermill

Amid the 40th anniversary celebrations at Riccobono's Peppermill (3524 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-455-2266;, there is a changing of the guard. Another generation of Riccobonos is ready to leave its mark on the neighborhood restaurant.

Bar Redux in Bywater

Tucked away in Bywater, the bright purple exterior at Bar Redux (801 Poland Ave., 504-592-7083; turns heads. Its eclectic ambience and breezy courtyard keep locals coming back.

Pisco and rum: Latin-inspired cocktails in New Orleans

Latin and Caribbean spirits are making waves across the country, and bartenders in New Orleans are riding the wave, creating cocktails that go beyond familiar tequila drinks and tiki creations. Rum and pisco, the clear grape-based brandy produced in Peru, Chile and elsewhere, are popping up on cocktail menus all over town.

Cheap wine: finding hidden gems and best bargains

Wine writer Natalie MacLean's Unquenchable details her approach to finding bargain wines. Who doesn't like a wine bargain?


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