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.

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.


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