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Restaurant Spotlight: Coquette

DSC_0343If you’re looking for a hidden gem in the New Orleans restaurant industry, head over to Coquette on Magazine St at Washington Ave in the Irish Channel, just a few blocks from famed local restaurant Commander’s Palace. The restaurant is housed in a building notorious for its short-lived businesses’ comings and goings, but with a stellar chef, menu and service, it is doubtful that Coquette will be going anywhere.

Having moved to New Orleans from the eastern shore of Maryland about two years ago, chef Mike Stoltzfus began as a sous chef at Restaurant August before deciding to open up his own fine dining establishment. He dedicates himself to the finest food, cocktails and ingredients, and that dedication shows in Coquette’s high ratings across the board, both locally and nationally.

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New Year’s Travel Resolutions

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In the hustle and bustle of the passing year, it can be easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget to take some time to do a little traveling. Unless finances are keeping you from it, there’s really no need to forgo traveling—even if it means a quick weekend getaway to somewhere close by. Traveling gives you the opportunity to recharge your batteries, to see and experience new places, to try new foods and create memories that can last a lifetime. Here are a few New Year’s travel resolutions for 2014 that you can add to your list.

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French Market’s Holiday Cooking Demonstrations

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No matter what a holiday or celebration calls for, in New Orleans, rest assured that food will play a major role in the festivities. Whether that’s cooking at home for family and friends or learning how to cook from local masters, food always finds a way into the holiday fun.

Cooking demonstrations have become a popular travel activity, as visitors often love to take home a new set of recipes or cooking methods from the places they visit. Already known worldwide for its unique and timeless cuisine, New Orleans is a city rife with opportunities to bring a fresh cooking experience home for the holidays.

This year, as part of the holiday celebrations, The Market Stage at the French Market will host a series of holiday cooking demonstrations by local professional chefs. These demonstrations will give both locals and visitors a chance to see various dishes, prepared by the masters themselves, that they can bring home to their own holiday tables.

The demonstrations take place on Tuesdays through Fridays in December from Dec. 17th through 20th at 2pm, and they last about 30 minutes, plus samplings to follow. Admission is free for all, but seating is limited. read more »

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Carrollton Ave: Lots of Foodie Fare

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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 NOMenu.com.

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.

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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.

 

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Best Po-boys Around New Orleans

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No one does po-boys like New Orleans, and so many restaurants in the city have their own take on the beloved sandwich that it can be hard to choose which is the best. There are many things to take into consideration when finding the best po-boy in town, including the bread—toasted Leidenheimer, please!—meat or veggies, dressing and overall menu. Take a look at some of our favorites to get ideas for your next po-boy eating adventure.

Parkway Bakery & Tavern. Parkway has a long-standing reputation of being one of the best po-boy spots in the city, and it is beloved by locals and visitors alike. They have an extensive menu with all of the classics plus some unique additions like alligator sausage, caprese and fried sweet potato. Their fried shrimp and oysters are crispy and light, their roast beef is tender and sloppy with gravy, and their bread is fresh and crisp. (538 Hagan Ave)

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Café Degas: French Creole Fare at the Fairgrounds

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If you’ll be in town for this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, you’re likely looking for food options outside of the festival grounds. For a delicious meal of French and Creole cuisine in a charming, cozy spot near the Fairgrounds, Café Degas on Esplanade Ave is a sure bet. They serve up lunch Wednesday through Saturday, dinner Wednesday through Sunday and Sunday Brunch (just call ahead for hours), so you can enjoy their cuisine either before or after your Jazz Fest experience.

The restaurant is named after the 19th century French impressionist Edgar Degas who lived down the street in this quaint Creole neighborhood. The building itself houses tables both indoors and outdoors in a covered space that is pleasant even while it’s raining. You can enjoy the pleasing atmosphere of the restaurant against the lush, historic backdrop of Esplanade Ave while dining on splendid Creole-influenced French fare. The inside is small but cozy and intimate with the feel and appeal of a French bistro.

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