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.

Review: Shank Charcuterie on St. Claude Avenue

Kristopher Doll's butcher shop and deli offers a short menu of creative fare
Kristopher Doll knows his way around a piece of meat. The Lafayette native and local chef has plenty of experience with all things salumi, evidenced by his tenures at Cleaver & Co., Cochon Butcher and several of chef/restaurateur Adolfo Garcia's restaurants.

Review: Bywater Bakery

Decadent cakes meet creative lunch fare in a casual Bywater cafe
To say Chaya Conrad knows her way around cakes is an understatement. For several years, the owner of the new Bywater Bakery worked as the bakery director for Rouses, overseeing 45 stores and the production of inumerable king cakes.

Review: Shawarma on the Go

Middle Eastern fare at an Uptown gas station
If the smells of cumin and slow-roasting meat aren't enough of a tip-off, the three rotating spits in the corner of the store should do it.   Shawarma on the Go is a small Middle Eastern restaurant tucked inside the Jetgo gas station on Magazine Street.

Review: Sala in Lakeview

The Riccobono family's younger generation takes a modern approach to seafood and Creole-Italian fare
Sala, a new restaurant near the New Orleans lakefront, is the latest venture from members of the Riccobono family, owners of the long-running Riccobono's Peppermill, Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe and Cafe Navarre. Siblings Heather and Joe Riccobono opened Sala in December.

Review: Petit Lion at The Troubadour

Chef Phillip Lopez presents contemporary bistro fare
At Part & Parcel, chef Phillip Lopez's modern delicatessen, and at his restaurants Root and Square Root, there's no mistaking who is in charge. The chef's touch is evident everywhere — from creative charcuterie plates toppling with obscure cured meats and pickled bits to the avant-garde approach and cutting-edge techniques that pepper his creative menus.

Review: more than grilled cheese at Melt in Mid-City

Cheese, sandwiches and more on Banks Street
The name might imply otherwise, but Melt isn't just a grilled cheese operation. The Mid-City restaurant feels more polished and grown-up than just another place hawking the childhood staple.

Review: The Country Club

A refined new approach at the Bywater restaurant, bar and pool
The Country Club always has had a certain allure. Though the days of clothing-optional revelry may have come to an end, there's still a relaxed and bohemian feel to the Bywater bar, restaurant and pool — and a recent makeover has delivered an updated look.

Review: Marjie’s Grill in Mid-City

Casual Southeast Asian-style barbecue on Broad
It's impossible to forget a first encounter with Southeast Asian roadside barbecue. The first thing to register is the smell, sometimes from a distance: a mix of burning wood, lemon grass, slow-roasted pork, fish sauce and sweat.

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