New Orleans Dining

New Orleans’ MoPho Serves Up Eclectic Asian Cuisine

One of the latest Asian restaurants to open up this year, MoPho in Mid-City (514 City Park Ave) is a New Orleans-Asian fusion restaurant that features delectable dishes that are sure to both satisfy and entertain your palette with unique and vibrant flavors.

MoPho is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. Sunday through Saturday and closes at 10 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It’s located blocks away from City Park in the picturesque Mid-City neighborhood, just a few blocks from the Canal St streetcar.

Photo by NOLA.com

Photo by NOLA.com

 

 

MoPro aims to combine New Orleans classics with Asian traditions to explore all new flavors. On the appetizer list are Crispy Chicken Wings coated with lemongrass and ginger, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, Gulf Shrimp or Pork Shoulder Spring Rolls with fermented pepper and peanut, and Crispy Friend P&J Oysters with MoPho Mayo (another crowd favorite), Easter egg radish and pickled blue cheese.

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Three Best Snoball Stands in New Orleans

In New Orleans, we take snoballs very seriously. The season extends even longer than actual summer (though it admittedly gets hotter long before official summer too), and it’s a joyous return when it does, despite the heat that may come with it. Snoballs are the perfect sweet treat on a hot day, whether you like them fruity, creamy, with ice cream in the middle or drenched in condensed milk.

While you can find plenty of snoball stands in New Orleans, a few of them really get it right. Here are three of the best snoball stands in the city.

Hansen’s Sno-Bliz (Uptown – 4801 Tchoupitoulas St)

Guaranteed, you will wait in some sort of line for a Hansen’s snoball, but it will always be worth it. This Uptown gem makes all of its own flavors using Mary Hansen’s original and secret recipes from back when she opened the joint with her husband Ernest in 1939. They even use the original machine they had back in the day. They make the snoballs in layers so that the snoball is packed with flavor all the way down to the very bottom.

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Pandora’s (Mid-City – 901 N Carrolton Ave)

You can bet that especially on a hot day, this snoball corner store always has a line as well. It’s tucked into the middle of Mid-City just blocks away from City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art and sits right on the Canal St streetcar line for easy access. This stand is also known for getting heavy-handed on the syrup, so if you like your snoball particularly sweet, Pandora’s will hit it right out of the park—City Park, that is.

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4 Best Bars in New Orleans for Craft Beer Lovers

Craft beer has become a massive trend around the world, particularly in the U.S., over the past decade, and that trend has hit New Orleans in particular in the last few years. While at one time craft beer lovers could only find a handful of establishments offering these prime brews in the city, nowadays, as more and more craft breweries are popping up throughout both New Orleans and Louisiana as a whole, craft beer is present throughout the city more than ever. Here are a few of the best bars in New Orleans for craft beer.

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Avenue Pub (1732 St. Charles Ave – Uptown)

Using clipboards rather than a blackboard or menu behind the bar, Avenue Pub delivers its regularly changing beer menu daily based on the new and tapped kegs that go in and out of this premier craft beer bar and its impressively long line of taps—arguably the best in New Orleans. At any given moment, the pub might have six or seven different IPAs, two or three different barleywines or five or six stouts and porters. And that’s not even taking into account the dozens of different bottled beers that further expand the bar’s extensive beer list. To top it off, Avenue Pub as a full bourbon, rye and whiskey list and a kitchen that serves up gourmet burgers and bar food. Try one of the signature burgers made with prime local beef or the Dump Truck Fries, hand-cut fries topped with béchamel, roasted pork, grilled onions and port wine au jus.

Bayou Beer Garden (326 N Jefferson Davis – Mid-City)

While the Bayou Beer Garden may not harvest craft beer, it does serve beer in a lush garden-like setting with a huge backyard porch filled with bar stools and small tables surrounded by the emerald green foliage you can so often find in New Orleans. The joint has a smaller bar out back, but the real treasure trove of craft beer is in the front of the house, where dozens of local and national craft beers line a long list for aficionados of all types of craft beer. This Mid-City spot also offers a solid menu of tantalizing bar food, including its signature 10 oz. burger or Gravy Fries, French fries topped with savory roast beef debris.

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Classy Entertainment at the 2014 New Orleans Burlesque Fest

Looking for some classy yet sultry fun featuring lascivious performances that reach beyond the bars and clubs of Bourbon St? The New Orleans Burlesque Festival (Sept. 18th-21st) offers all that and more with a handful of unforgettable evening performances and other crowd-pleasing events sure to stir up enticing excitement for all who attend.

Besides the evening shows themselves, the New Orleans Burlesque Festival offers a few extra treats for its lush-loving guests. On Thursday evening, Sept. 18th, the event kicks off with a special opening night party, where attendees can mingle with the stars of the festival.

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Before the headlining shows, the festival presents various daytime events, including book signings, social mixers, burlesque workshops and dance lessons to give attendees a closer look at the magic behind the scenes. Sunday also has a series of events, though the lineup has not yet been released, so check back on the festival website for more information closer to the dates of the fest.

The shows themselves take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19th and 20th, and typically feature about 70 dancers and several chorus girl troupes at Harrah’s Casino (Riverside end of Canal St) in the CBD and House of Blues (225 Decatur St) just a few blocks away in the French Quarter.

Friday night features two shows: Mondo Burlesque at Harrah’s starting at 8 p.m. is a variety show of burlesque entertainers that have graced stages and riled up crowds around the world, and Bad Girls of Burlesque at House of Blues starting at 11 p.m. is another “celebration of the wicked, the wayward and the wanton” in the burlesque scene.

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Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse Showcases N.O. Jazz

Looking for a jazz club in New Orleans open seven days a week with premier local jazz artists and no cover to get in? Legendary and Grammy-award winning New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield has a treat for you. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse showcases some of the best jazz artists in the city every night of the week and has quickly become a go-to for the genre. While it’s located on Bourbon St in the French Quarter, it’s a breath of fresh air as a classy retreat from the typical Bourbon St clubs. If jazz is what you’re after, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is an ideal location.

One special regular event at New Orleans’ Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse is the Playhour at the Playhouse, which features different artists performing at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. every week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Upcoming Playhours at the Playhouse this week include Lady Sings the Blues feat. Dana Abbot on Wed., June 25th, Paul Longstreth on Thurs., June 26th and Jeff “Snake” Greenberg on June 27th, all at 5 p.m.

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Other regular featured artists that you might catch on your trip are Gerald French and the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band every Monday, Irvin Mayfield himself with the NOJO Jam every Wednesday and Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown every Friday, all at 8 p.m.

This regular slot is always filled with both popular and up-and-coming artists in the local jazz scene and makes a perfect music performance to catch in the late afternoon just before your dinner plans (particularly if your reservations are in the French Quarter). In the same way, the 8 p.m. concerts are a perfect after-dinner musical dessert and an especially jazzy way to close out your evening if you’re turning in early read more »

New Orleans Dining

Celebrate Fine Local Dining at COOLinary New Orleans

Throughout the month of August, New Orleans residents and visitors are treated to a superb dining experience—the annual COOLinary New Orleans event, sponsored by the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. The month features unbeatable deals on high-quality New Orleans cuisine hosted by restaurants throughout the city, and all are invited to partake in the foodie celebration.

With COOLinary New Orleans, restaurants offer special lunch and dinner menus crafted just for the summertime—a way to “cool down,” as the event hosts describe it. More than 50 restaurants participate each year, and each hope that their unique menu will help them become a new favorite for locals and tourists alike.Shrimp Dish

For a taste of the coming menus, Café Degas offers its own $20 lunch and $33 dinner menus at the restaurant, located in the historic Faubourg St. John area and Mid-City on Esplanade Ave, the street that divides the French Quarter and the Marigny down closer to the Mississippi River. GW Fins in the French Quarter, which prints a new menu daily, will take diners on a culinary expedition around the world with its $35 dinner menus offered Sunday through Thursday. The Pelican Club, also in the French Quarter, will offer a COOLinary $35 dinner menu as well. And this is just a small sample of what’s to come, though the prices ($20 lunch, $35 dinner, both either two or three-courses) will be fairly standard at most participating restaurants. read more »

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Sobou – New Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter

 

Voted one of the 25 Most Important Restaurants of 2013 by Zagat, SoBou is an up-and-coming niche restaurant in the French Quarter that focuses just as much on spirits as its neighbor, Bourbon St (SoBou stands for South of Bourbon), but with an upscale and gourmet class that is truly inimitable.

Owned by the Commander’s Family of Restaurants, SoBou describes itself as, “a modern Creole saloon” and “a Louisiana-centric and street food inspired restaurant with a beverage focus,” hence its tagline of being “A Spirited Restaurant South of Bourbon.” This French Quarter gem serves everything from breakfast, brunch and lunch to exquisite dinners and even their “Happier Hour.”young lady dressed in red with a flower in her hair sitting at the bar with an array of cocktails in front of her

SoBou consists of a main dining room, a semi-private pool room, a beer garden with beer taps in the tables and self-serve wine machines, a bar with a bar chef table and The Saloon, a semi-private room for up to 10 guests. The décor is classy with large wrap around booths and walls full of well-lit empty glass bottles, which provide a distinct ambience that complements the food and drinks.

The dinner menu is nothing short of inventive and impressive, beginning with Snacky Things like Yellowfin Tuna Cones with pineapple ceviche and basil avocado ice cream and upgraded bar snacks like $1 pork cracklin’s, $4 Creole beer nuts and $4 boudin balls. Small Bites include Sweet Potato Beignets and a Louisiana Strawberry & Kale Salad, and Big Bites include a Foie Gras Burger, Creole Chili Mustard Painted Gulf Fish and Breaux Bridge Crawfish Salad. Top it off with a dessert like Cherries Jubille & White Chocolate Bread Pudding or a Candied Pecan Chocolate Fudge Brownie, layered with bruleed banana filling, brandy spiked strawberries and sea salt caramel.

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