Review: Pandan Teahouse in Harahan

Filipino sweets, banh mi and other treats at a quirky confection shop
The bright color of ube, a purple yam commonly used in desserts in the Philippines, is striking. It is sometimes a light lavender, often a deeper mauve and at times a rich violet, but the bolder shades don't reflect its flavor, which is subtly sweet with the slightest hint of vanilla.

Review: The return of Gabrielle Restaurant

Greg, Mary and Gabrielle Sonniers’ restaurant is back
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a bowl of game-changing gumbo. It was beyond dark.

Review: Wah Kitchen in Kenner

Fiery and flavorful Pakistani dishes tucked inside a Kenner storefront
One of the great pleasures of exploring a suburban strip is finding new international food treasures. In Kenner, often tucked away in nondescript buildings, I've come across exciting Chinese, Honduran, Palestinian, Brazilian and Vietnamese restaurants.

New Orleans' year in food

Sandwiches, poke, scandals and more shook up New Orleans’ restaurant scene in 2017
In 2017, the toughest table to get in New Orleans wasn't at a white tablecloth place or a celebrity chef-driven restaurant. It was at a sandwich shop.

Review: Curio

A lighter approach to seafood in the French Quarter
Seafood restaurants in New Orleans can be predictable, safe bets. We're proud — and rightly so — of our Gulf Coast classics and our culinary prowess in preparing them.

Review: Osaka Kohai

A new Uptown sushi spot honors former restaurant Kyoto
Twenty years had passed since Kanetha Chau first worked with Sara Molony at her popular Prytania Street restaurant Kyoto. Working under Molony's guidance, Chau learned how to run a successful sushi restaurant, and she later opened several of her own spots on the Northshore.

Review: Bird is the word at Good Bird

Rotisserie roasted chicken stars on Freret Street and at St. Roch Market
There are few things more wonderful than a perfectly roasted chicken — hot from the oven with crisp, caramel-colored skin giving way to juicy, tender meat. With the prick of a fork or a carving knife, the aroma of roasting juices, garlic and herbs escapes, instantly spurring feelings of comfort, home and hearth.

Review: MeMe’s Bar & Grille in Chalmette

Steak and oysters with neighborhood ambience in St. Bernard Parish
From the outside, MeMe's Bar & Grille looks like many restaurants that dot the winding stretch of strip malls along Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. But the unassuming facade belies the warm welcome, casual ambience and contemporary Louisiana cooking that awaits diners inside.

Review: Picayune Social House

Eclectic small plates in a former CBD newsroom
Brick walls displaying backlit vintage New Orleans newspaper covers and a blown-up photo of reporters banging away at typewriters in the early 1900s set a nostalgic scene at Picayune Social House in the Central Business District. Chris DeMers opened the restaurant in May, and the design — by local collector Joseph Makkos — fits the setting.

Review: Le’s Baguette Banh Mi Cafe

Southern staples mingle with traditional Vietnamese cuisine Uptown
In 1989, when Michael Le opened his first cafe in the Central Business District, his son was 1 year old. Over the next 28 years, Le and his wife Michelle opened more than 10 restaurants, seafood markets and cafes across the New Orleans area, from Metairie to Belle Chasse and Chalmette.

Review: Nomiya on Magazine Street

An Uptown restaurant with ramen on the menu
"Irasshaimase!"   Having a group of chefs and waiters yell at you when you walk into a restaurant can be alarming at first.

Review: Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco

An elegant Uptown restaurant showcases Peruvian cuisine
Peruvian food is having a moment — and nowhere is that more evident than at Tito's Ceviche & Pisco, a new upscale Peruvian restaurant on Magazine Street.   The last time I visited Tito's, it was fairly late by Uptown standards — past 9 p.m. on a Tuesday evening — and the dining room was packed.

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