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Diner's Best Friend
The new Bar & Bistro at La Louisiane (725 Iberville St., 378-8200) has roughly 125 years of history to live up to; a current promotion reproduces the flamboyance of onetime owner 'Diamond Jim' Moran, who used to hide diamonds in La Lou's meatballs. For the next couple of months at least, proprietor Brett Smith is reinstating La Lou as a house of bling, awarding one diner a month with a diamond worth $3,000. Guests who order a glass of Champagne and dessert will be entered into a nightly drawing, the winner of which will receive a $50 gift certificate to Aucoin Hart Jewelers (1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-9999), as well as a chance to choose the one diamond from a collection of ring boxes otherwise filled with fakes.

New Look, New Taste
I hear that The Hunt Room Grill, located inside Hotel Monteleone (214 Royal St., 523-3341), is sporting an updated look and menu. Chef Randy Buck is still in charge of the kitchen, rolling out dishes such as shrimp Bienville, grilled lamb pot au feu and amaretto creme brulee.

Grand Re-opening
The Rib Room (Omni Royal Orleans, 621 St. Louis St., 529-7045) has re-opened following the most extensive renovation in the restaurant's history. Curious diners many capitalize on several marketing campaigns throughout the upcoming month: Wednesday is Cabaret Night from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Thursday happy hours, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., feature hand-rolled cigars, drink specials and Bobby Ellis on the piano; and the martini cart returns on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and Sunday brunch.

Open Sundays
There's one more Sunday dinner option Uptown: Mango House (8115 Jeannette St., 862-5848) is now open Sundays from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Market Watch
Cooks from Sara's (724 Dublin St., 861-0565) will host the green plate special at Tuesday's Crescent City Farmers Market with shrimp satay, grilled chicken tikka and raita with basmati cumin rice. Then, on Saturday at 10 a.m., Chef Gerard Maras from Ralph's on the Park (900 City Park Ave., 488-1000) will stir things up with a cooking demonstration. The Tuesday market is at 200 Broadway St. and runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday market is at 700 Magazine St. and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Call 861-5898 or visit for more information.


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