Review: Echo’s Pizza in Mid-City

Wood-fired pizzas and simple, fresh ingredients at a charming neighborhood spot
At 1000 Figs, Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady provide a simple and fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine. In many ways, the approach at their new Mid-City restaurant, Echo's Pizza, feels like a similarly thoughtful exercise in restraint.

Review: Gin Korean BBQ

Tabletop grilling at a Fat City restaurant
At Gin Korean BBQ, get ready to grill.   The blank facade of this Fat City restaurant doesn't suggest much about what's inside.

Review: Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA

After 25 years, the French Quarter restaurant has a new look
Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter mainstay NOLA unveiled some major changes last fall on the cusp of its 25th anniversary.   The restaurant was closed for two months for a renovation that included both a complete makeover of the physical space and the menu.

Review: SoBou's tribute to 'cocina criolla'

Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez highlights a modern Creole menu with Latin influences
Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez developed a fondness for chuletas can-can, a dish emblematic of the country's "cocina criolla." It's a massive pork chop including the rib, loin and belly with some skin attached.

Review: Shahrazad Cafe

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare in Uptown
Shahrazad Cafe, which opened in January, can feel like a one-man show. Often on slower nights, owner Jamal Ismail is the sole person greeting and serving diners, which feels welcoming and puts guests at ease.

Review: Max Well on Magazine Street

Vegan eats at a health-focused cafe
New Orleans generally isn't known for healthy eating, but the trend has officially caught on here. These days, it's almost as easy to stumble upon a cold-pressed juice bar as a po-boy shop, and while the places pushing a health-forward menu are expanding quickly, the types available vary.

Review: Vyoone's in the Warehouse District

A chic French-inspired bistro with Creole touches
On a nondescript stretch of Girod Street, a set of bright green shutters beckons passersby. Step off the street into the narrow dining room at Vyoone's and you'll likely be greeted at the door by one or both of the women who run the charming Warehouse District restaurant.

Review: El Patio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Garden

Creative tacos and margaritas in the Warehouse District
El Patio Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Garden opened in the Warehouse District late last year with a lengthy, ambitious menu of elevated Mexican fare in a yawning Carondelet Street space.   As is often the case with new restaurants, there have been hiccups and changes along the way.

Review: Paloma Cafe in Bywater

Latin and Caribbean influences fuel an 'all-day cafe'
Coffee and pastries kick off the day. There's a mid-morning laptop crowd fueled by espresso drinks and maybe a breakfast taco or two.

Review: Poke-chan on St. Claude Avenue

A charming Marigny spot takes its own approach to poke
The poke craze has spread quickly. Just a year ago, the Hawaiian marinated raw fish dish hadn't really infiltrated the New Orleans dining scene.

Review: Cafe Bella in Marrero

A charming cafe serving New Orleans classics and plenty of seafood
Until very recently, I had not come across the color-changing effects of butterfly pea flower tea, a Southeast Asian staple known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Common in Thailand and Malaysia, it's used to color desserts — and dye fabrics — and its color changes depending on the pH of items with which it is mixed.

Review: Pressed on St. Charles Avenue

From Dirty Dishes food truck to a busy hub for creative pressed sandwiches
Panini, or pressed sandwiches, are a lunchtime staple. The sandwiches, featuring thick, crusty white bread pressed on the grill, had their heyday in the 1990s, and though they may not seem as ubiquitous, their popularity endures.

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