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.
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.”
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.
In a city known for fine restaurants, Commander’s Palace is both a New Orleans legend and an ever-evolving enterprise, as revered behind the scenes among chefs and service industry workers as it is to the dining public.
On this edition of Out to Lunch owner/managers/cousins Lally Brennan and Ti Martin share the Commander's culture.
More than wireless Internet access is free at the Lafourche Parish Public Library System's new Wi-Fi Café. The coffee's free, too.
The Daily Comet reports the cafe is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the old Thibodaux Library.
Patrons can buy snacks from vending machines or bring their own food. There are tables and easy chairs for individuals and small groups, and larger groups as meeting spaces for groups. And there are places to charge electronics.