The bustling Maple Street restaurant replicates its wine bistro formula
When the Delachaise opened 13 years ago, it didn't take long for the crowds to come. Though there are clear distinctions between the popular St. Charles Avenue wine haunt and its new Uptown sister, Chais Delachaise, the concept is similar.
Cakes, cocktails and other treats in the Lower Garden District
Bakery Bar is fun. The board games on shelves lining the walls and the lively late-night crowd that packs the bar show that, but the spot is built around the odd marriage of cake and cocktails.
Creative comfort food on Banks Street
It has been a slow and steady trickle, but over the past few years, a small group of businesses has opened in the once beleaguered area surrounding the University Medical Center and soon-to-open Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System complex. The linchpins of this effort have been restaurants and bars, including Fharmacy, which opened on a sparse stretch of Banks Street in June.
Metairie banh mi shop gets creative with Vietnamese food
There's no shortage of fantastic Vietnamese food in New Orleans, and in the past several years, traveling to destination eateries has become less necessary as new spots sprouted all over town. Many of these places are the product of second- and third-generation immigrants, which have honored traditional dishes and reinterpreted them in creative ways.
Regional seafood shines at a cosmopolitan spot on lower Decatur Street
At Trinity, the name implies homage to the holy trio of New Orleans cooking — onions, bell pepper and celery — but the menu promises a modern interpretation of the city's cuisine. The restaurant space itself doesn't feel much like New Orleans, but it sure feels modern.
Meat market, grocery and smoked meats with Louisiana soul
It hits you the moment you step out of your car, before you even can walk across the parking lot to the red storefront on Jefferson Highway, the smell of smoke, slowly rendering fat and char — the unmistakable aroma of smoked meat. During crawfish season it might be the scent of Zatarain's boil and citrus.
Finding Nicaraguan food in Kenner
In recent years, Kenner has built a solid reputation as a multicultural dining destination for adventurous eaters. Joining the mix of Brazilian, Honduran, Middle Eastern and other international eateries is NolaNica, a Nicaraguan restaurant tucked away in a nondescript strip mall on Airline Drive.
The revamped Marigny staple serves creative, refined Creole dishes
Even among diners who never visited Feelings Cafe, the Marigny restaurant's romantic courtyard and magnetic charm were not well-kept secrets. Though the Chartres Street space has changed hands several times in the past few years, its most recent revival includes significant renovations to the building and a finessed Creole-inspired menu.
A casual Israeli street food spot on Magazine Street
It shouldn't come as a surprise that Uptown's newest Israeli spot, Tal's Hummus, is already enjoying a modicum of success, considering the accolades racked up by nearby Shaya. While Shaya's approach is polished and elegant, Tal's is much more casual.
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.
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.
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.