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.

Review: Petit Lion at The Troubadour

Chef Phillip Lopez presents contemporary bistro fare
At Part & Parcel, chef Phillip Lopez's modern delicatessen, and at his restaurants Root and Square Root, there's no mistaking who is in charge. The chef's touch is evident everywhere — from creative charcuterie plates toppling with obscure cured meats and pickled bits to the avant-garde approach and cutting-edge techniques that pepper his creative menus.

Review: more than grilled cheese at Melt in Mid-City

Cheese, sandwiches and more on Banks Street
The name might imply otherwise, but Melt isn't just a grilled cheese operation. The Mid-City restaurant feels more polished and grown-up than just another place hawking the childhood staple.

Review: The Country Club

A refined new approach at the Bywater restaurant, bar and pool
The Country Club always has had a certain allure. Though the days of clothing-optional revelry may have come to an end, there's still a relaxed and bohemian feel to the Bywater bar, restaurant and pool — and a recent makeover has delivered an updated look.

Review: Marjie’s Grill in Mid-City

Casual Southeast Asian-style barbecue on Broad
It's impossible to forget a first encounter with Southeast Asian roadside barbecue. The first thing to register is the smell, sometimes from a distance: a mix of burning wood, lemon grass, slow-roasted pork, fish sauce and sweat.

Review: Seersucker Restaurant and Catering in Gretna

A place for po-boys with some creative twists
When it comes to the po-boy, there are time-tested classics — loaded with fried oysters, roast beef drenched in gravy or shrimp with remoulade — but in the past few years, the city has seen new versions emerge with creative twists. Such sandwiches have come from Killer Poboys, Bevi Seafood Co. and The Sammich, which now is shuttered.

Review: Annunciation in Warehouse District

Chef Jacob Cureton's menu straddles the past and present
It's interesting to see what happens when a new chef takes over a kitchen. A restaurant's former reputation can linger even when there are changes or new direction.

Review: Heads and Tails Seafood in Harahan

Classic Creole seafood dishes at a family-friendly spot
Neighborhood seafood restaurants are one of our city's best-known calling cards — family-friendly spots without pretense where platters of boiled crabs and crawfish, peel-and-eat shrimp and fried catfish are as welcome as delicate dishes of crab-stuffed flounder and trout meuniere.   Shelley Flick, whose grandparents founded Bucktown's R&O's restaurant, knows the formula well.

Review: Freret Beer Room

Creative bistro fare pairs with craft beer on Freret Street
The concept at Freret Beer Room might seem self-explanatory, but there's more than beer and bar food at the restaurant. Owner Eli Gay opened the Freret Street bistro in November, and it offers draft beer and chef Charles Vincent's creative takes on New American bistro fare.


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