Where Y'Eat

New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana.

Ian gives listeners the low-down on the hottest new restaurants, old local favorites, and hidden hole-in-the-wall joints alike, and he profiles the new trends, the cherished traditions, and the people and personalities keeping America's most distinctive food scene cooking.

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4:35 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Exploring The Latin Deli At Norma's

Mexican pan dulce fills the bakery cases at Norma's.
Ian McNulty

Eating your way through the deli — and falling for impulse-buy ceviche — at a new Latin American market in Mid-City.

Where Y'Eat: Exploring The Latin Deli At Norma's

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4:35 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Stalking Greens At The Vietnamese Market

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4:35 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A Second Round Of Flavor Memories At Frankie & Johnny's

Boiled seafood has been a Frankie & Johnny's staple for generations.
Ian McNulty

The revival of a classic backstreet seafood restaurant helps restore more than just a roster of familiar dishes.

Where Y'Eat: A Second Round Of Flavor Memories At Frankie & Johnny's

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Father’s Day Feasts, With A Side Of Baloney

Pancakes were a pathway to conversation in this father-and-son relationship.
Ian McNulty

Father’s Day, food and being there when the stories start percolating around the table.

Dad cooked a lot of the breakfasts when I was growing up. Pancakes were usually the order of the day, but no matter what he was making the meal usually included a little baloney.

Cooking seemed to put dad in the mood for stories, some about his days in the army, some about the dubious adventures he and his brothers got into when they were young. As the syrup and butter went on the pancakes, so the exaggeration and embroidery built these stories up to Paul Bunyan proportions.

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Food
4:33 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A New Look For New Orleans Barbecue

Brisket and pulled pork from NOLA Smokehouse in the Irish Channel.
Ian McNulty

There is a growing number of options for New Orleans barbecue fanatics, and, at new shop in particular, a distinctly local view at the smoker.

It can be a tricky business to declare something a "golden age" while you’re right in the midst of it. That sort of analysis is usually better left to hindsight. But still, for barbecue fanatics, there has probably never been a better time to be alive and eating in New Orleans than right now.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Pop-Up Restaurants Go Permanent

A Filipino dish of smoked fish, egg and noodles at the new Milkfish in Mid-City.
Ian McNulty

After building familiarity and followings, one-time pop-up dining concepts are making the leap to become fulltime restaurants around New Orleans.

Food terms like pancit noodles, lumpia eggrolls and the pork and tamarind-based soup called sinigang are not exactly household words in New Orleans. But when the local chef Cristina Quackenbush debuted her new Filipino restaurant Milkfish she found a familiar crowd eager to dine on dishes like these, starting right on opening night.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Red Beans, Po-Boys And A Hearty Greek Heritage

Greek Fest is held each year on Bayou St. John at the Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Ian McNulty

Tracing the roots of a widespread network of New Orleans restaurateurs back to one Greek island and one shared American story.

“Opa!” that’s the universal Greek exclamation of joy, and you’ll be hearing it a lot this weekend as the Greek Festival returns to the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Lakeview. But for some of those sharing in the opa spirit, the toast is about more than just the revelry of the moment.

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4:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Where Y'Eat: When Suppertime Meets Showtime

Music and food are twin draws at the Three Muses on Frenchmen Street.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans is obsessed with food and music, but how often do they share equal billing under the same roof here? We've scouted some new and old favorite options, from barbecue with blues to contemporary jazz with Creole flavors.

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4:35 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Not-So-Simple Math For Restaurant Growth

The newly opened Square Root serves a nightly tasting menu of at least a dozen small dishes, like this Wagyu beef with marrow emulsion.
Ian McNulty

From physical expansions to spin-offs to a high-profile second concept, ambitious chefs are finding different ways to expand while keeping the dining options coming.

Open a burger joint or coffee shop and the path to expansion can be as clear as a roadmap: find a good location and replicate.

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4:35 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Food Finds Around Jazz Fest

Spring rolls from Indochow, a street food vendor that serves from Pal's Lounge near Jazz Fest.
Ian McNulty

The enterprising neighbors and opportune eats in the colorful neighborhood around the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival make for an appetizing scene before or after the show.

Everyone knows you should be ready to eat during a day at Jazz Fest. But no one says you have to show up starving. And on the way back out, I’ve found it’s a good idea to have a little room in the tank too, to be ready for opportune eats.

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