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.

Review: Bratz Y'all! in Bywater

The biergarten serves brats, brews and other German specialties
It's hard to resist the allure of a good biergarten. At Bratz Y'all!, rows of wooden picnic tables face lattice-lined walls, giant barrels serve as stands for overflowing potted plants and dangling pendant lights illuminate the outdoor area.

Review: Neyow's Creole Cafe in Mid-City

The lively neighborhood restaurant serves classic Creole dishes
From several blocks away, I could see the line snaking out the door and spilling onto the street, where groups of people huddled under awnings to avoid the rain, clutching waiting-list buzzers and sipping from giant go-cups.   Once inside Neyow's Creole Cafe, it took about 10 minutes to reach the host stand, and even on a Saturday night, this felt excessive.

Review: Lula Restaurant Distillery on St. Charles Avenue

The micro-distillery and restaurant serves Southern-inspired fare
When word of Lula Restaurant-Distillery's opening spread, it wasn't immediately clear what the owners of the 10,000-square-foot space had in mind. A microdistillery that doubles as a full-service restaurant hadn't existed in the state before — partially due to old laws that limited the amount of alcohol distillers could sell directly to consumers.

Review: Poke Loa on Magazine Street

The poke-focused restaurant brings the Hawaiian dish to New Orleans
It's hard to deny that some trends take a bit longer to infiltrate New Orleans, including many of the healthy eating fads taking the West and East coasts by storm. New Orleanians are proud of indulgences and for very good reason, but every now and then a trend comes along so pervasive — and so persuasive — it's hard to pass up.

Review: Shank Charcuterie on St. Claude Avenue

Kristopher Doll's butcher shop and deli offers a short menu of creative fare
Kristopher Doll knows his way around a piece of meat. The Lafayette native and local chef has plenty of experience with all things salumi, evidenced by his tenures at Cleaver & Co., Cochon Butcher and several of chef/restaurateur Adolfo Garcia's restaurants.

Review: Bywater Bakery

Decadent cakes meet creative lunch fare in a casual Bywater cafe
To say Chaya Conrad knows her way around cakes is an understatement. For several years, the owner of the new Bywater Bakery worked as the bakery director for Rouses, overseeing 45 stores and the production of inumerable king cakes.

Review: Shawarma on the Go

Middle Eastern fare at an Uptown gas station
If the smells of cumin and slow-roasting meat aren't enough of a tip-off, the three rotating spits in the corner of the store should do it.   Shawarma on the Go is a small Middle Eastern restaurant tucked inside the Jetgo gas station on Magazine Street.

Review: Sala in Lakeview

The Riccobono family's younger generation takes a modern approach to seafood and Creole-Italian fare
Sala, a new restaurant near the New Orleans lakefront, is the latest venture from members of the Riccobono family, owners of the long-running Riccobono's Peppermill, Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe and Cafe Navarre. Siblings Heather and Joe Riccobono opened Sala in December.

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