Landry’s Seafood House opens in Jackson Brewery building

The seafood chain returns to the French Quarter
Just in time for lent, Landry's Seafood House opened a new French Quarter location at 620 Decatur St. The seafood chain operated a restaurant at 400 N. Peters for 20 years before closing in 2016.   The new restaurant occupies parts of two floors in the Jackson Brewery building.

Avo and Toups South add brunch options

Italian brunch options and special menus at Toups South
  Restaurants Avo and Toups South are upping their brunch games.   Chef Nick Lama's Italian restaurant Avo (5908 Magazine St., 504-509-6550; is serving a brunch menu including baskets of house-made pastries and small plates such as pesto deviled eggs, meatballs and polenta, brown butter yogurt parfaits and an everything-spice bagel flatbread topped with smoked salmon, capers, red onions and leek cream.

Mr. Okra dies at 75

Albert Robinson was known for selling produce out of his brightly painted truck
"Mr. Okra," Arthur Robinson, the singing produce vendor who drove the streets of New Orleans for decades selling fruits and vegetables from his brightly painted truck, has died at 75.   When Mr. Okra's truck died in 2009, New Orleanians held fundraisers to buy him a new one.

New Orleans restaurants and chefs shortlisted for James Beard awards

Many local chefs and restaurants eligible for 2018 awards
The James Beard Foundation ( released the list of semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards, considered the Oscars of the culinary and hospitality worlds. The list of finalists will be released March 14.

Auction House Market adds more vendors

Warehouse District food hall opens next month with sushi, Indian cuisine and more
Empanadas, poke bowlS, an Indian Dosa Concept and craft cocktails are among items that will be offered at Auction House Market (801 Magazine St.; when it opens next month. Six new vendors have been announced for the Warehouse District food hub.

Alon Shaya doesn’t get temporary injunction over use of his name

Trademark battle between Shaya and Besh Restaurant Group continues
A federal judge denied chef Alon Shaya's request for a temp-orary injunction against the con- tinued use of his name at Shaya (4213 Magazine St., 504-891-4213;, the modern Israeli restaurant he launched with his former employer, the Besh Restaurant Group (   U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle denied Shaya's request.

Dong Phuong Bakery king cake caper

King cakes only available at New Orleans East bakery
After difficulties involving distribution of its king cakes, including an allegation of "cake scalping" posted on the internet, Dong Phuong (14207 Chef Menteur Highway, 504-254-1568; is selling its cakes only at the bakery in New Orleans East, the owners said.   On Wednesday, a commenter on who identified himself as "DongPhuongDriver" said the owners had received reports of the cakes being scalped, forcing the restaurant to "do a per person limit at retail," and also wrote that "multiple fist fights" had been reported at locations offering the bakery's cakes.

Echo’s Pizza opens in Mid-City

Wood-fired pizzas from owners of 1000 Figs and Leo’s Bread
Echo's Pizza (3200 Banks St., 504-267-3231; is now open in Mid-City.   Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady, of Faubourg St. John Mediterranean restaurant 1000 Figs (3141 Ponce de Leon St., 504-301-0848; and the Fat Falafel food truck, teamed up with Kate Heller of Leo's Bread ( to open a pizza place designed around a wood-burning oven.

Where to grab food on Mardi Gras parade routes

Carnival menus and grab-and-go eats
When Megan and Jay Forman opened Gracious Bakery + Cafe on South Jefferson Davis Parkway, they expected to sell king cakes. They didn't expect to serve Carnival crowds.

Press Street Station to close Feb. 11

NOCCA Institute restaurant space to be repurposed
Press Street Station (5 Press St. 504-249-5622;, the casual cafe and restaurant inside the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), will close Feb. 11.   The restaurant is run by the NOCCA Institute and attached to the school.

Twelve Mile Limit owner to open Bywater bar

The owner of Mid-City watering hole Twelve Mile Limit (500 S. Telemachus St., 504-488-8114; will open a bar on St. Claude Avenue in Bywater.   By midyear, T. Cole Newton says his new project, called Domino, will open at 3044 St. Claude Ave., next to Red's Chinese.

Shahrazed Cafe opens on Magazine Street

More Middle Eastern and Mediterraean food in Uptown
Shahrazad Cafe (4739 Magazine St., 504-571-5003), a new Mediterranean restaurant, is now open in Uptown.   For nearly two years, the cor- ner building with orange trim across the street from Le Bon Temps Roule and Tal's Hummus sat empty.


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