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New Orleans Dining

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 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.



Valentine’s In New Orleans




New Orleans is the most romantic city in the country, don’t you agree? And you can see it in so many distinctive ways. We’ve got horsedrawn (or muledrawn) carriage rides through the lacy iron-adorned streets of the French Quarter; we’ve got the elegant St. Charles Avenue streetcar ride for $1.50, past the Victorian mansions and live oak trees and ivy-covered universities; we’ve got the free ferry ride from Canal Street across the Mississippi River, with the stately old-world façade of St. Louis Cathedral looming in the background, like something out of Disney, as you glide slowly across the river.  There are reasons so many movies get filmed in New Orleans.  We live in the prettiest European –or is it Caribbean? – town you’re likely to find in the United States.

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New Orleans Traditions

New Orleans Reveillon Dinners

Photo Courtesy of New Orleans Tourist Board


A beloved local tradition around the holiday, New Orleans restaurants and their Reveillon dinners have been gearing up throughout the month of December in preparation of Christmas and New Year’s. From the French word for “awakening,” Reveillon dinners were historically held after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and again on New Year’s Eve as families and friends gathered to celebrate the holidays. Due to the city’s strong French heritage and love of tradition, New Orleanians continue to revel in the Reveillon dinners every holiday season.

In New Orleans, 47 restaurants across the city will continue this tradition by hosting their own unique Reveillon dinner throughout this month. Original Reveillon menus generally consisted of Creole delicacies, various egg dishes, and sweets, but these local restaurants have developed unique variations of the meal to reflect their house specialties and their take on the spirit of the season.

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