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.

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.


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