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.

Review: Cloud Nine Bistro

The Uptown restaurant specializes in Belgian liege waffles
In Belgium, the waffle options are endless, but the Liege waffle, or gaufre de Liege, stands out. Named for the Belgian city of Liege, it is dense and chewy and much sweeter than traditional Brussels waffles.

Review: Wild about Saffron NOLA on Magazine Street

An Uptown restaurant brings a deft touch to reimagined Indian cuisine
At Saffron NOLA, the flavors and overarching theme are distinctly Indian, but there's a modern, refined undercurrent that gives nods to Southern ingredients and many international influences.   The venture is the Vilkhu family's first full-time restaurant, but for six years chef Arvinder Vilkhu served dinner on Fridays at the home of their West Bank catering operation.

Review: Sac-A-Lait

A Warehouse District restaurant gets ambitious with Louisiana ingredients
Sac-A-Lait, the sprawling Warehouse District restaurant from husband-and-wife team Cody and Samantha Carroll, pays homage to the duo's rural Louisiana upbringing and the abundance that the land and sea of their home state brings to the plate. But the restaurant is a far cry from a downhome country concept, and when the spot made its debut, modern techniques, flashy presentations and creative and sometimes questionable combinations were prevalent.

Review: Gautreau’s

The Uptown institution shines under its chef Baruch Rabasa
The marks of a timeless restaurant are manifold. There's the owner who doubles as the maitre d', greeting customers and answering phones.

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.


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