Shelling Out for Fishermen
Muriel's Jackson Square (801 Chartres St., 568-1885; www.muriels.com) has been working with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (www.louisianaseafood.com) to support the state's hugely productive but fragile fisheries. Just as he did with Louisiana crab in the spring, chef Guy Sockrider has composed a four-course menu featuring local oysters available nightly for $38 through the end of October. Muriel's will donate a portion of this special menu's sales to the seafood board's Back to the Dock program, which provides grants to fishermen rebuilding from the 2005 hurricanes. The meal includes an appetizer of fried and champagne-poached oysters; a salad with smoked oysters; an oyster and artichoke pan roast topped with Grana Padana cheese; and a sparkling rose sorbet for dessert.
Howl at the Moon
Moonlight Café (1921 Sophie Wright Place, 561-1255), long a popular stop for late-night eats in the Lower Garden District, is back open with a new menu featuring both smoked barbecue and a few vegetarian options as well. The kitchen is open until 3 a.m. nightly serving garden burgers, pulled pork, brisket and smoked chicken, po-boys and salads with a unique tea- and honey-based dressing. Weekend breakfast service is also new, with dishes like grillades and grits. In honor of Halloween, the café will show late-night horror films and serve $1 draft beers each Tuesday in October beginning at 11 p.m. McNulty