New Orleans, La. – I heard plenty about places like LeRuth's, Chez Helene, Kolb's and Buster Holmes when I first began exploring New Orleans restaurants as a newly arrived transplant. Never mind that they all had closed years before I moved here in 1999.
New Orleans, LA – In much the same way that their red flavor burns your lips, their wet grease stains your fingers and their bomb-drop weight rests on your belly, the memories of New Orleans hot tamales have a way of sticking around too.
New Orleans, LA – The Vietnamese call them "Chopstick Beans" because they look like chopsticks. And with the heat in full swing this is a great time of year to head out to the New Orleans East's Viet-town for it's early morning Saturday farmer's market. Grab a refreshing sweetened iced coffee or bubble tea and search out these amazing yardlong beans before the day heats up. Thin as a chopstick and found in a variety of green hues, it's also know as asparagus green, presumably for it's length.
The kitchen at Crescent City Cafe is slammed at eight in the morning on a recent Saturday. Cooks plate the day's specials as fast as they can, expediters urge them on and servers constantly cycle through the line, picking up two or three dishes at a time to shuttle to the dining room.