A bakery and a casual restaurant are the latest openings along one of Uptown's increasingly busy restaurant rows.
Baie Rouge (4128 Magazine St., 504-304-3667; www.baierougenola.com) is offering anytime dining with counter service during the day and table service at night. The menu is relatively short but eclectic. The pommes frites with brie could be on a bar food menu, for instance, but seared duck with orange gastrique sounds like an entree at an upscale dinner spot. Prices are moderate, with sandwiches and entrees between $10 and $18.
Longtime local bartender Kimble Donington Smith and chef Michael Capiton (previously of Eleven79 and Galatoire's Restaurant) opened Baie Rouge in what for years had been a vacant storefront. Their design includes an open kitchen, lots of recycled and repurposed woodwork and a long bar. It doesn't have a liquor license, however, so Baie Rouge is BYOB. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
Lisa and Chris Barbato opened their new bakery Rivista (4226 Magazine St., 504-371-5558; www.facebook.com/rivistanola). Until recently, Chris was the executive chef at Cafe Adelaide. Lisa was pastry chef at the former French Quarter restaurant Peristyle before opening a booth at the Crescent City Farmers Market. Her croissants, bagels, sweet and savory tarts and other pastries have been a weekly treat for market shoppers, and they're now available at Rivista.
The shop takes its name from the Italian word for magazine, and it serves Italian coffee drinks too. Barbato says to look for soups, salads and sandwiches as Rivista gets rolling. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily.