Review: Sweet Soulfood

New Orleans-style home cooking inspires vegan soul food in Mid-City
At Sweet Soulfood, you can't miss the restaurant's health-conscious approach. There are fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies, a salad bar with vegan dressings thickened with avocado and cashews, and many dishes that swap meat substitutes for the real thing.

Review: Meals from the Heart and a better burger

Going meatless, vegan and gluten-free at a French Market cafe
Veggie burgers never have been my thing. They bring to mind college days, when mealy patties stuffed with black beans and grains were seemingly everywhere, and almost always a letdown.

Review: Chef D’z Cafe in Mid-City

Classic New Orleans plates get some creative twists
When Donald "Chef D" Smith returned home to New Orleans a couple of years ago, he wanted to open a restaurant that spoke to the food he ate while growing up in the city. Smith had plenty of experience doing that, having opened and run several restaurants in Oakland, California that specialized in the New Orleans-style home cooking of his mother.

Review: Momo Ramen + Poke

A hit and miss pan-Asian restaurant in Riverbend
A few years ago, it was difficult to find restaurants specializing in ramen in New Orleans and almost impossible to find poke, the Hawaiian-inspired raw fish salad. Now the two dishes are riding a trend, and restaurants serving them are sprouting up across the city.

Review: Hippie Kitchen in Old Jefferson

A colorful cafe takes a simple approach to eating healthy
Growing up in England, Harveen Khera lived across from a woman with an apple tree. The apples were coveted by the neighbors and hard to come by, but every so often, Khera was allowed to pick a few and bring them home, where they always were baked in a buttery pie.

Review: Echo’s Pizza in Mid-City

Wood-fired pizzas and simple, fresh ingredients at a charming neighborhood spot
At 1000 Figs, Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady provide a simple and fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine. In many ways, the approach at their new Mid-City restaurant, Echo's Pizza, feels like a similarly thoughtful exercise in restraint.

Review: Gin Korean BBQ

Tabletop grilling at a Fat City restaurant
At Gin Korean BBQ, get ready to grill.   The blank facade of this Fat City restaurant doesn't suggest much about what's inside.

Review: Emeril Lagasse’s NOLA

After 25 years, the French Quarter restaurant has a new look
Emeril Lagasse's French Quarter mainstay NOLA unveiled some major changes last fall on the cusp of its 25th anniversary.   The restaurant was closed for two months for a renovation that included both a complete makeover of the physical space and the menu.

Review: SoBou's tribute to 'cocina criolla'

Chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez highlights a modern Creole menu with Latin influences
Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico, chef Juan Carlos Gonzalez developed a fondness for chuletas can-can, a dish emblematic of the country's "cocina criolla." It's a massive pork chop including the rib, loin and belly with some skin attached.

Review: Shahrazad Cafe

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare in Uptown
Shahrazad Cafe, which opened in January, can feel like a one-man show. Often on slower nights, owner Jamal Ismail is the sole person greeting and serving diners, which feels welcoming and puts guests at ease.

Review: Max Well on Magazine Street

Vegan eats at a health-focused cafe
New Orleans generally isn't known for healthy eating, but the trend has officially caught on here. These days, it's almost as easy to stumble upon a cold-pressed juice bar as a po-boy shop, and while the places pushing a health-forward menu are expanding quickly, the types available vary.

Review: Vyoone's in the Warehouse District

A chic French-inspired bistro with Creole touches
On a nondescript stretch of Girod Street, a set of bright green shutters beckons passersby. Step off the street into the narrow dining room at Vyoone's and you'll likely be greeted at the door by one or both of the women who run the charming Warehouse District restaurant.


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