Review: Spotted Cat Food & Spirits on St. Claude Avenue

A lively St. Claude spot for Southern-inspired fare
At Spotted Cat Food & Spirits, the restaurant's name, signature pale green decor and colorful logo match its Frenchmen Street predecessor, but that's where the similarities end. The restaurant on St. Claude Avenue is from the owners of the Marigny music spot, but it is foremost a restaurant, albeit with regular live music.

Review: Dunbar's Creole Cuisine

The New Orleans restaurant revives the classics at its new spot on Earhart
It's been nearly 12 years since Hurricane Katrina and the federal levee failures forced Celestine Dunbar to close her beloved restaurant on Freret Street. Though she never stopped cooking — she showed up at festivals and took over a spot at the Loyola Law School cafeteria — it's taken time to find a permanent location, a place Dunbar and her loyal regulars could call home.

Review: Tsunami Sushi in the CBD

The Japanese restaurant satisfies a sushi craving in the Poydras corridor
When Horinoya closed last year, New Orleans lost one of its best, longest-standing traditional Japanese and sushi restaurants.   Tsunami Sushi, a new restaurant along the same Poydras Street corridor as Horinoya, is a Japanese restaurant of a different vein, but it will scratch the sushi itch in a neighborhood with limited options.

Review: The Daily Beet, a health-conscious cafe in the Warehouse District

A fast-casual eatery where vegetables are the stars
In 2014, The New York Times published an article about New Orleans and its perceived lack of kale that spurred some backlash. Social media provocateurs dubbed it #kalegate, and it became a rallying cry for a debate linking the leafy green to gentrification in the city.

Review: NOSH in the Warehouse District

New Orleans Social House on Tchoupitoulas Street serves small plates and cocktails
The name NOSH is short for New Orleans Social House and refers to the dining experience the new Warehouse District spot promises its guests. But snacking on small plates is just one part of the equation at this swanky cocktail lounge from Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts.

Review: Champagne and more at Effervescence

The swanky French Quarter bar serves Champagne wishes and creative small dishes
It's a bubbly, swanky affair at Effervescence, the Champagne bar on Rampart Street.   At this homage to all things sparkling, a baby grand piano anchors the dining room and tall ceilings and crown molding imbue an air of elegance.

Review: Tandoori Chicken in Metairie

Traditional Indian dishes shine at a family-run Metairie restaurant
Owners Mohan Singh and Sukhdarshan Singh have run the unassuming Indian restaurant Tandoori Chicken at several locations across the area for more than two decades. But don't let the restaurant's run-down exterior in a Metairie strip mall fool you.

Review: DTB on Oak Street

A Cajun-inspired restaurant with a modern spin and creative twists
When we think of what classifies as Cajun cuisine, we often think in terms of tradition: smoked andouille, catfish courtbouillon, boudin links, items smothered and stewed. Tradition and the idea of a cuisine's authenticity don't always leave much room for interpretation or tweaking.

Review: Bratz Y'all! in Bywater

The biergarten serves brats, brews and other German specialties
It's hard to resist the allure of a good biergarten. At Bratz Y'all!, rows of wooden picnic tables face lattice-lined walls, giant barrels serve as stands for overflowing potted plants and dangling pendant lights illuminate the outdoor area.

Review: Neyow's Creole Cafe in Mid-City

The lively neighborhood restaurant serves classic Creole dishes
From several blocks away, I could see the line snaking out the door and spilling onto the street, where groups of people huddled under awnings to avoid the rain, clutching waiting-list buzzers and sipping from giant go-cups.   Once inside Neyow's Creole Cafe, it took about 10 minutes to reach the host stand, and even on a Saturday night, this felt excessive.

Review: Lula Restaurant Distillery on St. Charles Avenue

The micro-distillery and restaurant serves Southern-inspired fare
When word of Lula Restaurant-Distillery's opening spread, it wasn't immediately clear what the owners of the 10,000-square-foot space had in mind. A microdistillery that doubles as a full-service restaurant hadn't existed in the state before — partially due to old laws that limited the amount of alcohol distillers could sell directly to consumers.

Review: Poke Loa on Magazine Street

The poke-focused restaurant brings the Hawaiian dish to New Orleans
It's hard to deny that some trends take a bit longer to infiltrate New Orleans, including many of the healthy eating fads taking the West and East coasts by storm. New Orleanians are proud of indulgences and for very good reason, but every now and then a trend comes along so pervasive — and so persuasive — it's hard to pass up.


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