Monthly Archives: September 2013

New Orleans Dining

Carrollton Ave: Lots of Foodie Fare


Carrollton Ave is a long, 4-mile thoroughfare of food and fun that extends from Uptown at the Riverbend to Mid-City at Bayou St. John. It’s split into N. Carollton and S. Carrollton by Canal St in the Mid-City area of the street, and both sides offer a wide range of local and international foodie fare. You can find addresses and phone numbers for these restaurants at

Beginning in the Riverbend at the far end of S. Carrollton, you’ll find everything from Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and O’Henry’s to Cooter Brown’s Tavern’s selection of oysters and beer to great late-night diner food at Camellia Grill. Farther down you’ll find New Orleans classics at the long-time establishment Ye Olde College Inn.

In terms of more international foods, you’ll find a wealth of options on the S. Carrollton side Uptown. There’s great Thai food at LA Thai, Bangkok Thai and Basil Leaf. Lebanon’s features Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, and Café Granada next door serves up Spanish tapas. Mona’s Café also has great Middle Eastern food. There are several Chinese restaurants, including China Orchid, China Palace, Chinese Kitchen, Dragon King and, the local favorite, Five Happiness. Little Korea boasts great Korean fare, and Little Tokyo Noodle Bar and Mikimoto cover Japanese foods. Jazmine Café also has fantastic Vietnamese food.

read more »

New Orleans Events

Opera on Tap had brought Opera back to New Orleans

Rusty Nail




In October 2007, New Orleans partnered with Opera on Tap in New York City to create the first Opera on Tap franchise in a city so rich with musical talent and history, it seemed only fitting that the next one would be here. The organization is now hosting their 7th season in the city, and it continues to grow each year.

The New Orleans Chapter of Opera on Tap features some of the finest vocal talent in the city, who perform 90-minute concerts of opera, Broadway and more. The singers pack the venues they perform in—including The Rusty Nail, their home base—with opera and music lovers of all ages, often with a drink in hand to add to the special occasion. This location can be easily reached by the St. Charles Ave streetcar which is only 2 blocks from our B&B.

The music may seem a stark contrast to the typical bar setting, but that’s one aspect that makes these shows so interesting and unique. The crowds get just as into the music and applause as they would any other live music show in the city, perhaps except for the more reverential quiet during the actual performance which is sometimes on a mic and sometimes not. read more »

New Orleans Events

Drink Like a Fish: Aquarium of the Americas’ Scales and Ales


brown bottle of beer




Ever heard the term “drink like a fish?” The saying couldn’t be a better fit for next weekend’s premier event, Scales and Ales (Friday, Sept. 20th), an annual celebration benefiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. Partygoers mingle, eat, dance and drink among the Aquarium’s collection of 6,800 fish. The annual event, now in its 4th year, has brought in $350,000 since 2010 to support the aquarium’s conservation efforts and education programs.

At Scales and Ales, patrons enjoy Bites and Brews, including a wide selection of beers from local favorite Abita Beer, such as Purple Haze, Andygator, Jockamo IPA and their seasonal feature Satsuma Harvest Wit, in addition to wine and specialty cocktails. The drinks are a wonderful and welcoming counterpart to the delicious food served throughout the event.

More than 30 local restaurants also participate with offerings that run the gamut. These restaurants include the following, just to name a few: Acme Oyster House, Angelo Brocato Italian Desserts, Café du Monde, Chiba, Deanie’s Seafood, Galatoire’s, The Praline Connection, Royal House and VooDoo BBQ and Grill, plus many more local and national establishments.

read more »

New Orleans Dining

Southern Living’s 100 Places to Eat Now: New Orleans’ Finalists

gumbo Last month, Southern Living released their 100 Places to Eat list, and as can be expected, New Orleans had eight restaurants on the list. This just goes to show that New Orleans’ food isn’t only revered by its locals and tourists but by people and food critics the world over. Here is the list of eight selected restaurants.

1. Cochon. Cochon is a delicious upscale restaurant in the Warehouse District with a wood-burning oven and a penchant for fantastic meats. And of course, with a name like Cochon (French for pig), they feature some fabulous pork dishes, including (on their current menu) smoked pork ribs, pork cheeks, smothered pork loin and Louisiana cochon with cracklins.

2. Commander’s Palace. Arguably one of the best and most famous restaurants in the city, Commander’s Palace is a Garden District delicacy, and their chef Tory McPhail recently won the 2013 James Beard Best Chef: South award. He has an obsession with Creole and Louisiana cuisine, and his menu ultimately reflects that.

3. Coquette. Coquette takes a localized approach to their menu of innovative southern cuisine. Its menu changes daily, but a sample menu includes everything from yellownfin tuna crudo to chicken fried sweetbreads and classics like pork loin, duck, softshell crab and baby eggplant.

4. Domenica. Domenica, which means Sunday in Italian, is one of renowned chef John Besh’s restaurant, located downtown in the Roosevelt Hotel. It is especially known for its selection of gourmet pizzas, and it has a more casual, homey feel to it than other restaurants on this list. They serve custom-brewed beers and an Italian-focused wine list to complement their rustic Italian country fare.

5. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Initially a sandwich shop and lottery ticket outlet opened in 1941, Dooky Chase’s evolved into a bar and then a quintessential restaurant on the lineup of New Orleans’ best. Located in the Treme, the restaurant is still family-owned and operated to this day. Besides its lunch buffet, restaurant classics include Creole gumbo, stuffed bell peppers and shrimp, shrimp Clemenceau and fried chicken.

6. Gautreau’s. This restaurant (and its chef) have earned countless Best Restaurant titles over the years. This lush, Uptown garden spot is especially for developing young talent in the area, and it serves such elegant food as foie gras torchon, duck confit with blueberry balsamic, sautéed grouoer with green harissa and ricotta and spinach gnudi with truffle nage.

7. Peche Seafood Grill. Located in the arts sector of the Warehouse District, Peche specializes in preparing coastal seafood that takes a contemporary approach to old world cooking methods. The restaurant uses an open hearth over hardwood coals to prepare their rustic dishes that features the best in Gulf seafood and the cooking techniques used to make it shine.

8. Toups Meatery. This Mid-City gem has deep roots steeped in Louisiana cuisine. Their menu features a charcuterie menu with several fresh and cured meats and condiments as well as a cheese board and pickle plate of homemade pickles. Their large plates include roasted pork shoulder grillade, confit chicken legs, short ribs and tri tip steak.