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Dining Out: Pagoda Café

In the New Orleans real estate market, the principle of best use typically dictates that any available space be marketed as a potential restaurant site.  So it comes as no surprise that in recent years, a vacant bank, a gas station, and even a mortuary have all been renovated into restaurants. Now with the opening [...]

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Boyfriend at Domenica, photo, Carly Levenshon, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Boyfriend hits the Spot at Domenica

What do you like about Domenica? Domenica, much like Boyfriend, offers variety amid consistency; it’s classy, yet accessible.   Do you come often? I always come here to treat myself before a big show. You can find me here Thursday, May 1, before I play with King James & the Special Men and the Hot [...]

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Shake the Devil Off, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

In The Spirit: “Shake the Devil Off” by Kimberly Patton-Bragg of Tivoli & Lee

Washboard Chaz and I have a New York connection. A gentleman I did Shakespeare with up there used to jam with Washboard Chaz when he lived in San Francisco, so we all connected when I moved down here. Chaz doesn’t know yet that I’m creating this drink for him, for the Tin Men, but I [...]

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Shpondra at Doris, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, May 2014

Lucky 7: Profiles of Seven Newly Opened New Orleans Restaurants

One of the most striking changes on the local culinary scene since 2006 is that you no longer have to drive all the way over to the West Bank or out to New Orleans East to find real good Vietnamese food. There are now about ten choices just Uptown. “About” is appropriate since another spot [...]

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Dining Out: Cam Boudreaux and April Bellow Spice Up Dis Taco

Decatur Street is home to some of the city’s finest tourist traps hawking New Orleans trinkets made in China or serving classic Creole fare reheated to order. Pockets of authenticity can be found here and there—freshly fried beignets from Café du Monde, a muffuletta from Central Grocery and a well-made sazerac at Tujague’s.  Tucked away [...]

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In the Spirit: “The Davenport Old Fashioned” by Zoe Solis of Patrick’s Bar Vin

“This drink is basically all liquor. It’s a little dangerous. I like to make drinks like that, that are all alcohol, but don’t taste like it. I also like to keep things simple. At Patrick’s Bar Vin, we’re known as a wine bar, and we do have really great wines, but we also have fantastic [...]

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Euphrosine Gin #9

All Bottled Up: New Orleans Gin Euphrosine #9 Wins a Medal

New Orleans might be most associated with bourbon and rum, but local small-batch distillery Atelier Vie, located inside the Art Egg on Broad Street, introduced a new product, Euphrosine Gin #9, last November and has already brought home a gold medal for it from the inaugural craft spirits judging of the American Craft Distillers Association [...]

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2014 Vendy Food Truck Awards Return to the French Market

The New Orleans Vendy Awards—a competition for local food trucks—will be back for its second installment on Thursday, April 3 at the French Market, 7-10:30 p.m. Last year, Foodie Call won both the juried Vendy Cup and the People’s Choice award and they’re now back to out-food eight competitors: Crepes a la Cart, Empanada Intifada, [...]

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Rob's Smokehouse on Jackson

NOLA Smokehouse: Smokin’ on Jackson

Rob Bechtold of NOLA Smokehouse is no longer hiding his meats behind the PJ’s on Magazine Street. He’s now smoking up what used to be bounce rapper 10th Ward Buck’s wing-shack on Jackson Avenue at Annunciation Street, with actual hours posted on the door. Bechtold hopes to stay open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. [...]

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Peche, photo, Renee Bienvenu, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

Dining Out: Peche Seafood Grill (Restaurant Review)

Michael Jordan’s short-lived professional baseball career proved that excellence in all endeavors is a rare human achievement. So when a trio of chefs best known for pork preparations announced that they were launching a seafood-centric venture, some skeptics braced themselves for a sophomore slump. But at Pêche Seafood Grill, chefs Ryan Prewitt, Donald Link and [...]

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