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.

Review: Public Service in the NOPSI Hotel

Hit and miss dishes at a CBD restaurant
It's hard not to be impressed by the size and scale of the operation at Public Service, which opened inside the new NOPSI Hotel earlier this year. The yawning space inside the historic New Orleans Public Service building has chandeliers hanging from its high ceilings and the open kitchen anchors a massive dining room with plush booths, exposed brick walls and beige and natural accents.

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.

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