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New Orleans Dining

New Restaurants in New Orleans for 2014

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New restaurants are constantly opening up throughout New Orleans. In 2011, 89 restaurants opened in the city, and in 2012, there were 43 grand openings. This year, at least 25 new restaurants already have planned openings. Here are a few exciting choices.

Mopho (514 City Park Ave)

Just opened in January, Mopho is the creation of former August chef Michael Gulotta. This greatly anticipated spot for “Vietnamese meets Louisiana cuisine” has a wide variety of foods on its menu, including appetizers like Banh Xeo Battered Shrimp and Grilled Shrimp or Pork Shoulder Spring Roll, specials like Pepper Jelly Braised Cedar Key Clams and Slow Roast Lamb Neck and Beet in Green Curry, customizable vermicelli, po-boys and, of course, pho. The opening was a great success, and this restaurant has significant potential to provide quality Vietnamese food to both New Orleans’ Vietnamese population and fans of Southeast Asian cuisine. read more »

New Orleans Dining

The Best of Besh: John Besh’s Restaurants in New Orleans

John BeshNever heard of John Besh? He’s an extremely popular chef the world over, and he’s one of New Orleans’ favorite and most famous chefs and frequent TV personalities. Naturally, he owns more than half a dozen restaurants in and around the city, all of which are held in high esteem. If you’re looking for a high-quality meal in New Orleans, consider one of these Besh eateries.

Restaurant August (301 Tchoupitoulas St)

August is one of Besh’s newer restaurants, and it’s perhaps his most highly rated in the city. It has a smaller menu of dishes that are of the highest class and quality, including agnolotti, grilled octopus and red beans, Gulf dorado, pompano, courtbouillon, duckling dirty rice and Berkshire-duroc pork. August also has a five-course degustation menu and a tasting of farmers market vegetables, both with the additional option of a sommelier’s pairing.

Lüke (333 St. Charles Ave)

Lüke has been featured in a variety of media, such as Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and The Times Picayune, for its brilliant menu and fantastic fare, particularly its seafood bar and famous Lüke burger. The menu includes a charcuterie selection, a wide range of seafood, including a plethora of oysters, shrimp, clams and mussels, and other delicious entrees, such as etouffe, roasted duck breast, fresh Gulf fish, paneed pork and homemade sausages.

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New Orleans Traditions

New Orleans Reveillon Dinners

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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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