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 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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Food
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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Food
4:36 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Eating By The Numbers At Jazz Fest

Trout Baquet, a longtime favorite from the Jazz Fest food booths.
Ian McNulty

Just as some fans of Jazz Fest plan their days to make the most of all the music available, the food obsessed must make their town blueprint the handle the cornucopia of Louisiana flavors around the event.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Choosing Traditional As An Alternative

Oyster po-boys may have pastrami bacon and smoked Gouda at Bevi Seafood Co., but they still stem from old-school New Orleans flavor.
Ian McNulty

In a sea of diverse dining concepts, a small current of new eateries are dialing back to a much older model of New Orleans flavor.

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Where Y'Eat
4:35 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Visions Of Street Food At French Quarter Fest

Cooking up a unique feast of New Orleans street food at French Quarter Festival.
Ian McNulty

Think New Orleans needs more street food? This weekend's French Quarter Festival is teeming with inspiration for new ideas.

Street food is a term that has a lot of cachet in the dining world these days. I just wish we could get our hands on it a little more.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Smoking Hogs, Blowing Off Steam

New Orleans chefs including Aaron Burgau, Nathaniel Zimet, Dan Esses and Bart Bell celebrate a win in last year's Hogs for the Cause competition.

Hogs for the Cause, a charitable cook-off and festival, has quickly established a niche in New Orleans restaurant subculture.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Reeling Them In With New Approach To Gulf Seafood

Fish collars, a cut behind the gills, are gaining a following at modern seafood restaurants, like Pêche in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Unconventional cuts of fish, raw seafood and other changes are rising in popularity, adding to the standard lineup at New Orleans restaurants.

New Orleanians know the routine well enough: Lent arrives, jokes regarding the “sacrifice” of eating fish instead of meat make the rounds, and people start gorging on fried seafood platters, oyster po-boys and the grilled fish du jour.

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Food
4:41 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A Forecast Of Food For St. Patrick's Day

Cabbages — and carrots, and potatoes, and onions — will deck parade floats this weekend.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty on the odd, annual rite of airborne produce as the city celebrates St. Patrick's Day along the parade route.

Long before we thought much about food culture, learned to crave complex flavors or even did our own ordering at restaurants, many of us began to fantasize about food thanks to one enduring classic of a book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Healthy Helpings That Help Others

Pickled shrimp on baguette at the Green Dot Café.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty on two off-the-radar cafes with healthy options on the menu and social service in the business plan.

As fun as Carnival can be in New Orleans, the end of this season of parades and parties and carrying on can come as something of a relief. Whatever Lent might mean to you, the aftermath of Mardi Gras is a time to regroup and get your priorities back in focus. 

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Following Your Nose For Mardi Gras Meals

Street food will rule as Carnival parades roll in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

Looking for memorable meals during Carnival in New Orleans? Food writer Ian McNulty says the answer may come courtesy of "entrepreneurial home cooking" near the parade routes. 

Conventional wisdom holds that Carnival is a lousy time to go looking for the celebrated food culture of New Orleans, that the season of parades and balls and late-night parties is when our town's intense fixation on food takes a breather.

I disagree. In my experience, the focus just shifts a bit, and this new look can be rewarding and memorable in its own right.

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