Review: a taste of Peru at the Catahoula Hotel

The boutique hotel offers pisco cocktails and an introduction to Peruvian cuisine
It's no secret that boutique hotels rely on more than room amenities and mini-bars stocked with premium products. Big budget restaurateurs sign on to properties, and sometimes the restaurant's buildup surpasses that of the hotel.

Review: Cavan

A taste of coastal America in a charming Uptown mansion
The most remarkable things about dining at Cavan are the restaurant's charm and character. While restoring the 19th-century mansion, designers highlighted the historic home's natural decay, and it's hard not to be instantly seduced by the high ceilings, layered patina, glowing chandeliers and crimson banquettes that frame the downstairs dining room.

Review: Josephine Estelle at the Ace Hotel

Seasonal, light Italian fare with a southern twist inside the buzzy Ace Hotel
At Josephine Estelle, vegetables are participants, not bystanders. A delicately fried soft-shell crab is good enough on its own, but ribbons of shaved asparagus, pink radishes and fresh fava beans add dimension and crunch, and ultimately make the dish outstanding.

Review: LA Smokehouse

Variety is king at the choose-your-own adventure barbecue and sandwich stop
At LA Smokehouse, you are the boss.   While most barbecue places stick to a standard meat-side-sauce regimen, the layout here is a little different.

Review: The Original Fiorellas’ Cafe in Gentilly

The neighborhood spot serves New Orleans classics with Italian undercurrents
At the Original Fiorellas' Cafe, tradition is everything. Though it sits in a nondescript strip mall on Franklin Avenue, the bright red and white awning with the signature script is an easy giveaway of what's in store.

Review: St. James Cheese Company in the Warehouse District

The cheese shop’s second location serves sandwiches with international flair
It doesn't come as a surprise that the second location of St. James Cheese Company appears to be doing pretty well. Though distinct from its Uptown predecessor, the concept at the bright and airy Warehouse District space is much the same: an eclectic cheese and charcuterie selection is rounded out by gourmet sandwiches and a few cheese-heavy salads.

Review: Tana is Michael Gulotta’s take on Italian cuisine at Treo

The MoPho chef taps into his Sicilian background at the Tulane Avenue cocktail bar
chef Michael Gulotta honed his skills During his six-year tenure at chef John Besh's flagship, August. At MoPho, his Mid-City homage to popular Vietnamese dishes, he wowed diners with creative spins on Southeast Asian dishes fused with Southern soul.

Review: Bayou Wine Garden builds on Mid-City’s popular beer garden

The animated wine bar offers charcuterie and a “hangover” banh mi
It didn't take long for Bayou Wine Garden to attract a following. The wine bar from the owners of the popular beer and bro-haven Bayou Beer Garden opened in January, and the two bars' connecting patios all but guarantee a built-in customer base, which ranges from busy on weekdays to animated on sunny weekend afternoons.

Review: Island Paradise

Nadine Balbosa and Kwesi Jordan share a taste of Trinidad in Gretna
In Trinidad and Tobago, there's little shying away from spice. That's also the case at Island Paradise, a new restaurant in Gretna where the fiery scorpion peppers native to the Caribbean island add heat to many dishes.

Review: Kitchen Table Cafe in Arabi

The neighborhood restaurant offers a short menu with seasonal ingredients
When the quaint and eclectic restaurant Old Arabi Eats closed last fall, it left a void in the neighborhood. For six months, the tiny spot customers loved for its relaxed atmosphere and simple-yet-polished menu sat vacant.

Review: La Casita Taqueria brings creative tacos to Oak Street

Cochon de lait tacos and pork belly nachos are on the menu at the new Uptown spot
The original La Casita opened as a petite cantina on Julia Street. The Mexican restaurant expanded to a second location on Oak Street with 4,000 square feet of space and an expanded menu focused on creative taco combinations.

Review: Bacobar

A spot for creative bao — steamed buns with international fillings — in Covington
Bacobar bills itself as an international street food concept that draws influences from Asian, Latin, Creole and Cajun cuisines. Commander's Palace alums Jean Pierre Guidry and Carl Schaubhut opened the restaurant in Covington in February and serve dishes that are creative, colorful and fun.


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