McKenzie's Fries Again
A familiar name in the annals of New Orleans food history is back after Katrina, though in a form that's probably much less familiar to most locals. McKenzie's , the venerable brand name that for generations was synonymous with glazed donuts, turtle pastries, and king cakes, is cooking up chicken again in its one remaining store still in business bearing its name: McKenzie's Chicken in a Box (3839 Frenchmen St., 943-8908). McKenzie's was founded in the 1920s and grew to become the city's largest bakery, with shops in practically every neighborhood. In 2000, the Entringer family closed the operation after a highly publicized run-in with state health inspectors. They sold the business to new investors who reopened some of the stores but soon went bankrupt and shuttered the company for good in 2001. The Entringers never sold their McKenzie's Chicken in a Box, however, and since Katrina it has resumed serving the menu summed up in its name. The store is located in the rear of the defunct McKenzie's bake shop in Gentilly.
Time for Tee
Fiddles and vittles are back in action in the Warehouse District with the reopening of Mulate's (743 Convention Center Blvd., 522-1492; www.mulates.com). The Cajun restaurant and dance hall, located across the street from the convention center, suffered major damage in the tumult that followed Katrina, but it has reopened as Tee Mulate's in a smaller space next door that was formerly used for private parties. The menu is a bit smaller now, too, but still features fried and grilled Louisiana seafood and appetizers like meat pies, fried alligator and gumbo. Cajun bands play now on Friday nights. This month, the restaurant also plans to release the second edition of its cookbook, Recipes from Mulate's Ñ The Original Cajun Restaurant and other Family Favorites .
King Cakes Take Flight
The international shipping company DHL inked a deal with Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery (3501 Pontchartrain Drive, Slidell, 800-684-2253; www.kingcakes.com) to distribute king cakes nationwide and help displaced New Orleanians get a taste of home this Carnival season. DHL developed a new shipping box with both companies' logos that is designed to open from the top to protect the oval-shaped cake, and will ship all orders placed with the bakery across the country. Randazzo's lost one of its two bake shops to the storm but still hopes to ship as many as 25,000 king cakes this season. DHL automated Randazzo's shipping process through the bakery's Web site and dedicating a truck for deliveries directly to the airport.