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NOLA Smokehouse, Renee Bienvenu, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

Dining Out: NOLA Smokehouse

As millions of Americans fire up their backyard grills this month in commemoration of our nation’s independence, New Orleans celebrates a multi-year surge in the number of local eateries specializing in what some consider America’s only indigenous cuisine: barbecue. What was once a glaring omission in the city’s otherwise wide-ranging culinary community now features a [...]

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Chris Hannah, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, July 2014

In the Spirit: Chris Hannah of French 75

“Danny Barker is one of my heroes. I don’t think enough people talk about him. Probably my favorite compliment that I ever received living here was at the Backstreet Cultural Museum. I asked the lady there if there were more pictures of Danny Barker, because I like the way he dressed, and she said, ‘You [...]

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Fulton Alley, photo, Renee Bienvenu, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

Dining Out: Fulton Alley

With an extended winter season long behind us and the last breezes of spring quickly fading away, entertainment options for both residents and visitors to New Orleans are gradually shifting from outdoor festivals to any activity that takes place either poolside or in the cool comfort of air conditioning. For the swimsuit conscious, one of [...]

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Ricky Ostry, photo, Carly Levenshon, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

Ricky Ostry Hits the Spot at Horn’s

What did you order today? Basic breakfast, two eggs with hash browns, bacon and biscuits. I like the basics, especially when I’ve never tried a place before. If they can’t cook two eggs properly, I probably won’t have time for the rest of it. Are you a basic kind of eater? I’m typically an adventurous [...]

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Steve Yamada, Revlution, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, June 2014

In the Spirit: Steve Yamada of Bar R’evolution

“I was working at Tivoli & Lee recently and we were doing live music for our brunches, and Josh Paxton was there, and in between sets he’d play Booker. One of the things Booker was famous for doing was taking classical pieces like Chopin and Bach and inserting jazz themes, going from a baroque theme [...]

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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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