Atomic Burger (3934 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-309-7474; www.theatomicburger.com) joins the New Orleans area's growing stable of restaurants offering fast food with a focus on fresh, local ingredients. Atomic follows a national trend of restaurants — including California's In-N-Out Burger (www.in-n-out.com), New York's Shake Shack (www.shakeshack.com), and of course New Orleans own Company Burger (4600 Freret St., 504-267-0320; www.thecompanyburger.com) — serving hamburgers, fries and other fast food favorites while still paying attention to quality sourcing and preparation.
Galatoire's (209 Bourbon St., 504-525-2021; www.galatoires.com) doesn't accept reservations for tables in its main dining room, but twice a year, patrons can buy them. The first of two winter table auctions is Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the restaurant, and patrons can bid on reservations for lunch on the Friday (Dec. 20) before Christmas.
Foodies who can't get enough of chef John Besh in their lives through his television show, restaurants, cookbooks and media appearances are in luck. Just in time for the holidays, Besh has announced the launch of his Besh Box monthly subscription service.
Metairie has long had a sole "breastaurant" dining option with Hooters (4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-889-0160; www.hooters.com) but now there's a pair. A second of these man food and mammary-obsessed establishments, Twin Peaks (4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-602-9999.), recently opened inside