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  Milkfish ( is the place to find Filipino food in New Orleans, but first you have to find Milkfish — and that's become trickier lately.

  Early in 2012, Cristina Quackenbush started Milkfish as a one-night pop-up inside RioMar, where she worked at the time, to showcase the cooking of her native Philippines. The venture evolved rapidly and by last fall it had a more-or-less conventional restaurant format, serving dinner six nights a week inside the Who Dat Coffee Cafe (2401 Burgundy St., 504-872-0360; in the Marigny.

  Her arrangement with the cafe ended abruptly earlier this month, and Quackenbush is shuttling her business between a pair of unrelated Italian restaurants three days a week.

  "We have some generous chefs in this town," Quackenbush says. "When people heard I needed a new space, the phone started ringing."

  Milkfish now serves its full menu on Sundays inside a Mano (870 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-208-9280; in the Warehouse District, and on Mondays and Tuesdays inside Cibugnu (709 St. Charles Ave., 504-558-8990;, which opened recently a few blocks away. Milkfish is open at each location from noon to 10 p.m., and delivery is available in the neighborhood. Quackenbush says she hopes to open in her own space soon so she can resume regular service.

  Who Dat Coffee Cafe owner Craig Nero has brought on chef Tim Wilkerson to oversee an expanded breakfast, lunch and brunch menu. He says they plan to add dinner service by fall.


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