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 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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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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2:35 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Saints Season Off, Crawfish Season On

Teamwork: crawfish season means another avenue for communal gatherings in New Orleans.
Ian McNulty

This week, New Orleans Saints faithful must watch as Broncos fans — in their safety orange jerseys — and Seahawks fans — in their murky neon — psych up for the Super Bowl, instead of the Black and Gold.

It can be downright dispiriting. But, if there’s one bright side Saints fans know to look for, it’s cultural consolation, and food is a big part of that salve. 

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Food
4:31 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Tradition And Expression In The Land Of The King Cake

Goat cheese and apples fill this king cake from Cake Café & Bakery.
Ian McNulty

As the king cake joins a long line of New Orleans food traditions up for reinterpretation, bakers and shoppers alike have decisions to make.

King cakes used to be easy. You waited — usually — until the start of Carnival season to get one, you argued about your favorites through the season and eventually you’d groan when yet another cake materialized in the office break room. You had one last slice on Fat Tuesday and that was that.

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Food
4:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Tapping The Elemental Oyster Appeal

Sometimes oysters are at their best with the least done to them.
Ian McNulty

Start with a pile of fresh oysters and you don't need much more to make a party. That's part of the inspiration for a new event coming up this weekend in New Orleans.

Where Y'Eat: Tapping The Elemental Oyster Appeal

Confronted with the crazy abundance of oysters in coastal Louisiana, we have come up with countless ways to prepare them.

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Food
4:36 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Where Y'Eat: Winter Colors On The Plate At Maurepas Foods

Chocolate and satsuma team on the Maurepas Foods dessert list.
Ian McNulty

After two years, the cooking at Maurepas Foods remains as eclectic and unorthodox as ever, and with the Louisiana winter settling in its minutely seasonal menu is at its most lush.

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4:31 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Where Y'Eat: A New Day For The Beignet

The new twists for a classic New Orleans food include chocolate beignets.
Ian McNulty

The beignet, long an emblem of New Orleans food culture, is experiencing a revival across town, from classic renditions to modern interpretations.

It's easy to imagine how someone could walk into the Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park for the first time and see the place as an act of historic preservation.

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Food
4:37 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Where Y'Eat: Act Two For Tujague's

In business since 1856, Tujague's retains a historic feel on Decatur Street.
Ian McNulty

Back from the brink, a Creole culinary landmark in the French Quarter has been revived and retooled by the next generation.

During a recent lunch at Tujague’s, a man asked his waiter if he was familiar enough with the seafood gumbo to recommend it. “Of course,” the waiter declared. “I’ve been working here for 30 years; it’s always been good.”

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4:37 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Where Y'Eat: A Holiday Diet Of Nostalgia

An old-fashioned Bud's Broiler is likely on the holiday hit list for hungry New Orleans expats visiting for the holidays.
Ian McNulty

Dining trends and new concepts can be exciting, but for some New Orleans expats the food priorities are all from the past. The holiday season is their time to reconvene with familiar flavors, and that time is limited. Don't get in their way. 

Where Y'Eat: A Holiday Diet Of Nostalgia

For those interested in the latest from the realm of food and restaurants, these have been exciting times around New Orleans. There have been so many new eateries, new flavors and hot trends turning up, it’s been hard just to keep track of them, never mind try them all.

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4:35 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Where Y'Eat: After Hours Eats For The Holiday Season

Ivy covers the exterior, and continues through the decor motiff, at a new Uptown hotspot of the same name.
Ian McNulty

A growing niche in the New Orleans dining scene splits the difference between restaurant and lounge, and they'll be in demand this season for the holiday after-party circuit.

Where Y'Eat: After Hours Eats For The Holiday Season

On a recent Friday night at the new Uptown nightspot Ivy, the wait staff seemed to be in perpetual motion, whisking around tightly-spaced tables with plates of crab claws, sliced Italian meats curled on wooden platters and amber-hued Old Fashioned cocktails in rocks glasses the size of goblets.

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