Dis Taco OffBeat

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 offbeat

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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Mark Strella, Gold and the Rush, photo, Carly Levenshon, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

En Route: Gold and the Rush’s Mark Strella at Food Drunk Food Truck

  What did you order today? The Mardi Gras burger, a burger on a king cake bun. What do you like about it? Definitely the part where the bun was a king cake.   Was it good? It was actually so good. Well done, Food Drunk.   What do you like about food trucks? In [...]

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Colleen Viznets, Emeril's Delmonico, photo, Elsa Hahne, OffBeat Magazine, March 2014

In the Spirit: “Buddy Bolden” by Emeril’s Delmonico’s Colleen Vizents

“I used to come to New Orleans on vacation all the time, before I picked up and moved here. Seattle is beautiful, but it doesn’t have the same history and architecture and culture and love for music. Also, I’m not sad about the weather here. We have traditional New Orleans cocktails on our menu and [...]

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La Boca, steak, photo, Renee Bienvenu

Dining Out: La Boca (Restaurant Review)

The prototypical American steakhouse is defined by masculine affluence—leather banquettes, California cult cabernets and mammoth-sized portions of the most expensive cuts of beef. For many years, the New Orleans steakhouse was no different, save for the added gratuity of serving steaks still sizzling on a plate of melted butter. Then in 2006, Chef Adolfo Garcia [...]

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Christin Bradford, photo, Carly Levenshon, OffBeat Magazine, February 2014

En Route: Christin Bradford at the Empanada Intifada Food Truck

    What do you like about Empanada Intifada? All of the empanada options are super yummy. I would have had them all if I had multiple stomachs and a hollow leg.   What did you order today? I went with the Beana Vista. That plantain, black bean and coconut rice party had my name [...]

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