At Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St., 304-4714; www.chickiewahwah.com), you'll find local and touring roots music acts and the unlikely combination of vegetarian tempeh dishes and meatball calzones. The refreshingly grown-up Mid-City music venue has for the past few months been the latest roost for Garage Pizza (2828 Canal St., 214-5177), an eatery that specializes as much in light, meatless dishes as it does in the standard pizza parlor array of pies, calzones and pastas.
I wrote about Garage Pizza and its chef Karen Bolds in 2009, after I happily stumbled upon a place that delivered both pepperoni pizza and bowls of soba noodles in peanut sauce with grilled vegetables. Garage Pizza was located near the old Charity Hospital building, at an address now home to Angeletto's Pizzeria (220 S. Robertson St., 581-3500; www.angelettospizzeria.com).
Last fall, Bolds took over the small tavern kitchen inside Chickie Wah Wah, where the taco truck Taceaux Loceaux had previously set up a stationary spot. Garage Pizza keeps regular hours independent of the club's music calendar, serving from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The venue is non-smoking, and there are tables inside and outside in a small, enclosed patio. There also is a takeout window, and the kitchen delivers.