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 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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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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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Eating By Example On Tulane Avenue

Trèo opened as a cocktail lounge, small-plates restaurant and art gallery on Tulane Avenue.
Ian McNulty

Restaurants and bars have been pioneers for reinvesting in areas across New Orleans. Local dining writer Ian McNulty says the next example is taking shape along Tulane Avenue.

It takes a lot more than restaurants and bars to get an economic revitalization going and turn the corner. But still, when you’re first kicking the wheels into motion, new places to eat and drink are not bad places to start, especially when you’re talking about redevelopment in New Orleans.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Coming In The From The Cold At Kukhnya

The winter colors of hearty Slavic soul food from Kukhnya, inside the music club Siberia.
Ian McNulty

Sochi may be in the spotlight, but our New Orleans food writer has his mind on Siberia — a music club with an edgy look but a surprisingly home-spun kitchen featuring Slavic soul food.

We all like to complain about the weather — or at least it seems we’re prone to do so. But truly, in New Orleans, after the summers we suffer through, it seems profoundly unfair to have to let our faucet drips, see our gardens die, and bundle ourselves up under soaring ceilings in homes designed for the subtropics. In New Orleans, freezing weather is just not cool.

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Food
4:32 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A Breakfast Boom Gets Cracking

The Ruby Slipper Café recently opened its fourth location, this time on Canal Street.
Ian McNulty

New Orleans asked for more breakfast, and New Orleans restaurateurs listened. All over town, a new crop of breakfast specialists have appeared. Ian McNulty explores the trend. 

Sometimes it’s phrased as a question, and sometimes it’s just a complaint. But whichever form it takes, one of the refrains I hear so often about the New Orleans restaurant scene is a request for more breakfast. It is not a patient request. In fact, it seems like every time someone brings it up, they are hungry, in desperate need of coffee and not interested in mincing words.

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