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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Where Y'Eat
4:30 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Frostop-Side-Up Again at Ted’s

The iconic root beer mug at Ted's Frostop is right-side-up again.
Ian McNulty WWNO

Long a symbol of post-Katrina defiance, the refurbished sign at vintage burger joint kindles the past and points to the future.

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Where Y'Eat
3:54 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Mid-City's Cuban Connection

A crisply-grilled Cuban sandwich from Regla Store.
Ian McNulty WWNO

As turkeys were prepared in countless New Orleans kitchens this past holiday season, in the Cuban kitchen at the back of the Mid-City corner grocery Regla Store, attention turned to roasted pork legs.

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Where Y'Eat
3:47 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Fish Tales at Kanno

Kanno is right at home in its Fat City strip mall.
Ian McNulty WWNO

Along the diverse, densely-packed blocks of Fat City you’ll find a creative Japanese chef crafting exquisite compositions.

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Where Y'Eat
7:34 pm
Thu January 5, 2012

The Road to Redemption

Amber light from stained glass windows fills this church-turned-restaurant.
Ian McNulty WWNO

As word got around last year that a new restaurant called Redemption would open at the Mid-City address that had for so long been Christian's, it naturally kindled expectations, and even specific food cravings. Christian's was one of the few major restaurants that didn't return after Hurricane Katrina, and its setting, inside a century-old church, gave it an ambiance like nowhere else in town.

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Where Y'Eat
12:22 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Restaurant Year in Review

If you couldn't find someplace new and different to eat around New Orleans in 2011 it's probably your own fault. Certainly, our chefs and restaurateurs did their part this year to bring new options, new flavors and whole new concepts to the scene, and if you had a highly-specific craving in mind when setting out to sample them that was all the better.

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Where Y'Eat
12:19 am
Thu December 22, 2011

In Synch with the Season at Irish House

The Irish House.
Ian McNulty WWNO

You might expect meatloaf at a pub, and the way things are going with the gastropub trend these days you might even expect a few high-brow touches along with it.

Still, I wasn't initially expecting one made of heritage cattle from a family-run ranch in New Iberia, nor that it would be slathered with foie gras butter, balanced on fried walnut bread, and served at the Irish House bar by the same guy who just took the two minutes necessary to properly draw off my Guinness pint.

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Where Y'Eat
1:19 am
Thu December 8, 2011

South by Southeast Louisiana at High Hat Café

The dining room at the High Hat Café.
Ian McNulty WWNO

It's the dishes with a bit of a drawl that jump off the menu at High Hat Café — the Delta-style tamales napped neatly in their cornhusks, a pimento cheese plate, homey sides of beans and greens and the restaurant's centerpiece, fried catfish with hushpuppies, a dish that's practically the fish and chips of cotton country.

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Where Y'Eat
2:35 pm
Thu December 30, 2010

The Year in New Orleans Restaurants

Mondo, pictured, was part of a rich harvest of new restaurants in 2010.
Ian McNulty WWNO

If some people out there still don't yet appreciate the heritage of our cuisine and the natural abundance that fuels it, I really wish they would get with the program already. After all, I don't think our region can stand another brutal lesson in just how much it all means.

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Where Y'Eat
5:28 am
Thu December 23, 2010

The French Quarter's French 75

Arnaud's Restaurant

The holiday season is my favorite time to be in the French Quarter. The Old World architecture and the narrow streets seem especially evocative. Strings of lights curl around wrought iron balconies like ivy, carriageways are framed in green flocking and some gas lanterns even wear red Christmas bows as their orange flames flicker away against brick and reflect on flagstone paving.

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Where Y'Eat
2:14 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Keeping the McKenzie's Name Alive

The McKenzie's Pastry Shoppes of New Orleans were born in the Great Depression, not an easy time for a new business to get started. Maybe that has something to do with why the old brand is so darn tough.

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