The Backyard coming to Lakeview

  Lakeview residents in search of a new place for sandwiches and casual outdoor dining may have a new favorite with the arrival of The Backyard in February. The restaurant is located in a former bank building at 244 W. Harrison Ave.

Nutria-tricious

"The best and quickest way is to take the hind saddle, bone-in, and put a honey mustard dressing on it with brown sugar, then put it on a barbecue pit. Anyone who knows how to barbecue will know how to cook it, just like pork.

Olivier's closes

  Olivier's Creole Restaurant — a French Quarter stalwart for traditional Creole food, including its signature smothered rabbit — shuttered recently after more than three decades in operation.   Run for more than 35 years by Armand Olivier Jr. and his family, much of that time in the 200 block of Decatur Street, Olivier's served as an ambassador of old-line New Orleans style, weathering change and upheaval with an even hand and focus on classic Creole dishes.

Chili in the Channel cookoff

  New Orleanians may be more discriminating about their gumbo recipes, but chili is poised to gain some attention at the second annual Chili in the Channel cookoff March 7.   A fundraiser to benefit ReNew Schools, the event's second iteration promises to be packed with spicier, meatier competition than last year's, which featured 15 restaurants (many located in the Irish Channel) and amateurs competing for the golden pot trophy.

Southern Tier Brewing

  Three members of Southern Eagle Sales and Service's (www.southerneagle.com) craft beer distribution team went to upstate New York to brew a beer with Southern Tier Brewing (www.stbcbeer.com), and that beer was released exclusively in New Orleans last week.   Kyle Huling, Travis Clark and Donn Lacoste of LA Craft Beer (www.lacraftbeer.com), the craft beer department at Southern Eagle, collaborated with Southern Tier Director of Research and Development Joe Reynolds, to create Southern Tier 30°/90°, which is an American cream ale style brewed with lavender.

Dat Dog Opening in Lakeside Mall

Shoppers visiting Lakeside Shopping Center (www.lakesideshopping.com) will soon be able to enjoy Dat Dog (www.datdognola.com) hot dogs with the opening of a location inside the mall Feb. 1."Lakeside will be a new approach to Dat Dog," says Dat Dog spokeswoman Chelsea Brauwn. "We've never had a venue like this, but each of our restaurants are unique venues that reflect the needs of the neighborhoods.

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