Boswell's is Back
Just when I thought and wrote that Coco Hut (2515 Bayou Road, 945-8788) is the last stand for Jamaican food in New Orleans, one of the city's long-time masters of island cooking came back to business. Boswell's Jamaican Grill (3521 Tulane Ave., 482-6600) had been a fixture along South Broad Street and a gathering place for the city's island community for years before it was wrecked by the levee failures. In late June, the restaurant reopened not far away on Tulane Avenue in Mid-City. As before, its menu includes jerk chicken and pork, steamed, grilled or escabeche fish, beef or vegetable patties (the stuffed Jamaican pastries) and sandwiches made with jerk meats. In addition, the restaurant serves a weekday lunch buffet with jerk chicken, brown chicken stew, chicken curry, the island greens callaloo, rice and beans and other staples for $8.50. Boswell's is open for lunch and early dinner Monday through Saturday. Galatoire's on the Cheap Previously, the only way to be assured of a quick, cheap lunch at Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 525-2021; www.galatoires.com
) was to table hop and crash someone else's appetizer course. But now, the venerable Creole landmark is offering a three-course "business lunch menu" on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., which includes items not found on the tradition-bound regular menu. For instance, meals can start with an avocado vichyssoise or a watermelon and tomato salad, followed by a sirloin steak served with herb butter and fries or a croque monsieur , the famous French sandwich. Caramel cup custard is the standard dessert. The three-course lunch costs $23, not including any rounds of Sazeracs someone might convince you to order. Bajeux on the Move Again Chef Rene Bajeux has left La Provence (25020 Hwy. 190, Lacombe, 985-626-7662; www.laprovencerestaurant.com
), where he was hired last summer. La Provence, a stalwart among local French restaurants, changed hands when chef and restaurateur John Besh bought the property just months before the death of its founder, chef Chris Kerageorgiou. Bajeux, originally from France, was chef/owner of Rene Bistrot in downtown New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina and, in a release, the Besh Restaurant Group says Bajeux is interested in opening his own restaurant again. He has been replaced at La Provence by Randy Lewis , who was the chef at the now-defunct New Orleans restaurant Indigo. Lewis was named one of America's best new chefs by Food & Wine magazine in 2001.