Review: Mangu in Gretna

The restaurant serves Dominican dishes — and plenty of plantains
Bright green plantains are boiled, smashed and whipped with butter until silky. Known as mangu, the traditional Dominican dish is where it all begins at a new Gretna restaurant bearing the same name.

Review: Bearcat Cafe in Uptown

It's good to be bad in the Freret corridor
Do you want to be good or do you want to be bad?   That's the question folks dining at Bearcat Cafe should be ready to ask themselves.

Review: Baja Nola

Metairie restaurant combines Mexican and Cajun influences
There are tacos, crunchy flautas, sizzling fajitas, guacamole and velvety queso. One glance at the menu will confirm that yes, this is a Mexican restaurant.

Review: Stokehold at Port Orleans Brewing Company

A gastrobpub menu pairs with brews on tap
Chef Jeremy Wolgamott's desire to open a restaurant inside a brewery had been simmering for some time. Beer and food aren't such odd bedfellows, he thought, and wineries had adopted the format long ago.

Review: Saint Cecilia in the French Quarter

Sipping craft daiquiris near the French Market
When St. Lawrence opened on North Peters Street, the restaurant was one of a handful of local eateries that followed the gastropub format, offering quality late-night meals and craft frozen daiquiris in a casual bar setting.   On the other end of the French Quarter, Saint Cecilia, which Saint Lawrence's owners opened this spring on the edge of the French Market, follows a similar concept, although in recent years, the model has become more common.

Review: Brasa Churrasqueria in Metairie

A modern South American-inspired steakhouse
There is something timeless about old-fashioned steakhouses and the predictable format they often employ. Diners can expect sultry lighting, gin martinis, wedge salads dripping with blue cheese dressing and — most important — well-cooked steaks.

Review: Tavolino Pizza & Lounge in Algiers Point

Italian neighborhood spot keeps it simple and fresh
The inviting aroma of oregano, tomatoes and dough rising in the oven hits diners the moment they walk through the door. The sounds of glasses clinking, children playing and laughter travels just as fast, echoing through the narrow dining area at Tavolino Pizza & Lounge.

Review: Gogi Korean Restaurant in Metairie

The restaurant adds playful, modern touches to traditional Korean dishes
During a meal at Gogi Korean Restaurant, the first plates to arrive are banchan, a host of small dishes of pickled and fermented vegetables and other items. There was sukjunamul, the fermented mung bean salad with a touch of brine and lots of crunch.

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.

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