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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4:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Getting To The Point, For Dinner With A Side Of History

Longer hours for ferry service between Canal Street and Algiers Point expands opportunities to experience the river and a historic neighborhood..
Ian McNulty

We follow a family story that leads across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point, and the tight-knit circuit of restaurants that make the neighborhood so inviting for short excursions. 

Where Y'Eat: Getting To The Point, For Dinner With A Side Of History

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4:35 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Exploring Authentic Chinese Flavors In Metairie

Shanghai wonton soup with bitter greens at Soho Asian Cuisine in Metairie.
Ian McNulty

Two restaurants with deep menus of traditional Chinese flavors seem to be hiding in plain sight directly across from each other along one of the area's busiest boulevards.

The sound of broiled oysters sizzling in their shells is a familiar one in southeast Louisiana, and it will always turn heads. But it wasn't just the sound effects or wafting smell of garlic that captured our attention as a waitress crossed the dining room with one particular order.

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4:35 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Something New Between The Bread At The Sammich

Duck confit with Brie makes is one of the unconventional po-boys on the Sammich menu.
Ian McNulty

An exploration of a new po-boy shop with some different ideas for New Orleans' favorite sandwich, and some po-boy wine pairings too.

No matter what goes into it, the key to a po-boy is always the bread. That's the crucial difference that manifests from one po-boy shop to the next around New Orleans. And it’s the X-factor that has frustrated so many attempts to faithfully recreate a po-boy very far outside the 504 area code.

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Food
4:35 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Throw It Back, Or Throw A Dinner Party? Exploring 'Trash Fish'

Gulf squid and lionfish prepared as a Mexican seafood cocktail at GW Fins.
Ian McNulty

Food writer Ian McNulty sits down for a meal of under-utilized seafood meant to showcase what diners might be missing in the bounty of the Gulf.

The prospect of an exotic dining experience may conjure the unfamiliar food traditions of far-off lands or ingredients too luxurious for everyday meals. But recently I sat down for an intriguingly original dinner built around seafood that is not only found close to home but is also routinely discarded as soon as it’s caught — or else chopped up as bait to catch other fish.

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Food
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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Food
4:35 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Stalking Greens At The Vietnamese Market

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Food
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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