Toups South is the joint venture of local chef Isaac Toups and Amanda, his wife. The restaurateur couple opened a 2nd Toups South restaurant in the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, situated on the junction of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. This restaurant which opened on 5th Oct is bang opposite to the New Orleans Jazz Market. The dishes listed on the Toups South’s menu are inspired by traditional Cajun cuisine that essentially comprised of soulful food like rice, chicken, pork, oysters, crawfish, and shrimps. No wonder then that Isaac includes these ingredients in his new restaurant.
Toups South specializes in rustling a variety of dishes for lunch, dinner, brunch, and happy hours offerings that include wines and cocktails along with side dishes. No matter whatever fare you order, starting from ‘smoked lamb leg’ to ‘heritage pork boudin’ and from smoked ‘foie gras terrine’, sampling any of these preparations will leave you pining for more.
Heads & Tails tucked away is a quaint restaurant in an equally laidback Dickory Avenue. So, chances are that like most diners, you’re not familiar with Heads & Tails Seafood and Oyster Bar. This restaurant which began cooking commercially from November (2016) stirs up magic in its seafood preparations and mixologists excel in blending immaculate cocktails and drinks. Shelley Flick, one of the owners has a penchant for rustling up smoky roast beef and carries the genes of the founders of R&O’s. So, that is one good reason why you should be visiting this newly opened joint.
Step into the restaurant for sampling regular or special dishes for dinner, lunch, and brunch. Don’t miss tucking into a Cajun or Creole cuisine that comprises of a range of savory appetizers and dishes including but not limited to Italian salad, the seafood salad, crawfish beignets, crabcake, shrimp and tasso pasta. And yes, before you take your leave, don’t forget to sample the cheesecake.
The Meril is the fourth neighborhood bistro that celebrated chef Emeril Lagasse opened in New Orleans. This new restaurant of Emeril which shares the same name as his daughter is strategically located at 424 Girod St. in Warehouse District. The décor of Meril is laidback and casual characterized by an open-faced kitchen, spacious bar area, and a large dining area where sets of highly polished tables and chairs are laid out in an orderly manner. The menu comprises of a revamped lineup of offerings starting from Spanish croquettes to Vietnamese spring rolls to turkey necks done in a sofrito and offered in a bathing of mojo.
Food connoisseurs and seasoned epicures step should step into the restaurant to sample some of Lagasse’s favorites including but not limited to oysters, rocky road pecan pie, special flatbread, candied pork ribs, lasagna Bolognese-the list are endless. After having your fill of shrimp & grilled pork, and shaved iberico ham, don’t forget to order the lemon box pie or salted caramel ice cream.
Toast, literally speaking, is the toast of the town at least on Gentilly Boulevard and Laurel Street. The brainchild of Evan and Cara Benson, Toast started doing business from 2014 and has two addresses in New Orleans. Toast is your ideal neighborhood bakery where you settle down cozily into a chair and munch on muffins or cheddars biscuits with bacon, eggs, and cheese or omelet with bacon, spinach, and gruyere on a weekend morning. Or, you can grab a ‘toast with cream cheese, cured salmon & scrambled egg’ while sipping on piping hot cappuccino while heading to the office.
The ‘Gentilly’ breakfast spot opened recently and already has become popular with the early morning crowd rushing to office. The menu offerings are divided into two distinct categories-‘Uptown’ and Fairgrounds’ with the former offering ‘baked goods’, ‘eggs (preparations)’, ‘Aebleskivers’, ‘savory crepes’, ‘sweet crepes’, ‘entrees’, ‘sides’, and ‘toast’. The ‘Fairgrounds’ category adds ‘waffles’ to the existing offerings of ‘Uptown’.
Pastry specialist and chef, Sage Spicuzza and her mother threw open the doors of Amore Bakery and Café on Nov 25th, 2016. Amore has been an instant hit right from day one as Spicuzza along with mom Bonnie Pecot and sister, Calli Boullosa is having a hard time coping with the crowds that never seems to fade. Pecot always wished to do something where the entire family could be involved and Amore Bakery and Café happened. The bakery serves the full repertoire of Angelo Brocato gelatos and has also started offering zeppoles and beignets.
Gradually, the bakery-cum-café will graduate to serving breakfast, soups and sandwiches. Currently, Amore’s menu fare includes affogato (Espresso over gelato), almond Mac cookie, chocolate chip cookie, cheese Danishes, pastries, Chantilly cupcake, Frappe, croissants, tiramisu, white chocolate almond gelato, tarts, and much more. All the roads in New Orleans now seem to be leading towards downtown Gretna where Amore Bakery is doing brisk business.
An overwhelming majority of diners and patrons who’ve stepped inside Pho Michael on 3559 18th Street in Metairie have given positive reviews not only about the sumptuous fare but also about the ambience and décor. Step into the restaurant and you’re sure to be impressed by the glossy granite bar, the elaborate floral paintings, and the scintillating light fixtures fashioned in the form of cylinders. The Oriental backdrop and the décor entice you to sample the eclectic Vietnamese fare starting from filet mignon beef to pho and from tantalizing spring rolls to banh mi.
Whatever your taste buds test, you can take one thing for granted and that is each and every dish is prepared without even a speckle of MSG (monosodium glutamate) going into them. You’ll surely love the ambience of the place and any meal you order will whet your appetite leaving you with an aftertaste that’ll stay long after you’ve left.
Michael, Sean, Allen, and Ray, the co-founders of the Kung Fu Tea chain of cafeterias have abided by the essence of Kung Fu in letter and spirit. Kung Fu, a form of martial arts that developed and evolved in China a millennium ago inspires one to take advantage of one’s potential to the fullest. It is this tenet that has stimulated the founders of Kung Fu Tea to take their business from strength to strength. The originators felt the need to open a cafeteria that served the exactly the same bubble tea so popular in Taiwan and the rest is history.
The Kung Fu Tea chain has a total of 56 cafes throughout the USA including locations in Wisconsin, South Carolina, Alabama, and New York. The location in Metairie, New Orleans opened recently and serves beverages under the categories of ‘classic’, ‘milk tea’, ‘slush’, ‘punch’, ‘yogurt’, ‘milk’, and ‘milk cap’.
Chef Ray Gruezke recently raised the curtains for a barbeque joint at 4141 Bienville Street-the Frey Smoked Meat Co. The restaurant which threw its doors open on November 11, 2016, is an enterprise that is jointly administered and owned by Ray’s near and dear ones. The enterprising won a charity barbeque meet that served as the spur for opening the joint. The highlights of the menu include classic barbecue preparations like ‘beef ribs with sides’, ‘brisket platter with sides’, ‘pulled pork sandwich’, ‘brisket with cabbage and potato salad’, , brisket, baked beans, and Brussels sprouts’, and ‘beef rib, slaw, and Brussels sprouts’.
You’ll also be able to tuck into items that are offbeat and struggle to find other joints serving these unusual preparations like shrimp remoulade salad, pork belly popper, and wedge salad. The décor and setting of the restaurant are in keeping with the barbeque delicacies that are served. Step inside the restaurant and you’ll bump into alcoves stacked with split woods.
Café Sbisa situated in 1011 Decatur St, has pedigree on its side as it started on the hospitality journey way back in 1899. The century-old restaurant which has been through many ups & downs has downed its shutters and reopened several times since 2005. Café Sbisa is undoubtedly one of the most upscale and finest dining restaurants in the French Quarter. The restaurant was refurbished and threw open its doors yet again on 5th October 2016. The restaurant is well-known throughout the city for dishing up traditional local cuisine including BBQ shrimp, Louisiana blue crab cakes, and turtle soups.
All its fare is prepared from crustaceans and fish caught from the Mississippi River and ingredients that are sourced locally and kept fresh. The interior decorators have been hard at work ensuring that the classic décor is not disturbed. You’ll love taking an aperitif sitting on a stool in the bar chiseled out of mahogany.
The Fire Food and Spirits located at 5951 Bullard Avenue in the eastern section of the city and is an excellent eatery-cum-watering hole where you can step in for a bite and sip. You’ll love the laidback and casual atmosphere of the place and sure to be swept away by the cordiality extended by the owner. Almost all the patrons have reported that the owner along with the chef went from one table to another to check on the patrons. You’ll be in seventh heaven when you tuck into the appetizers for a start, for instance, the Crawfish Quesadillas which is hugely fulfilling.
You can take your pick from ‘shrimp, chicken, and crawfish pasta’, ‘BBQ cognac wings’, ‘creamy crawfish pasta’, ‘shrimp pasta topped with grilled fish and sautéed spinach’. You’ll also love to tuck in mouthfuls of sweet potato fries and the Thai chicken wings. The menu is segregated into categories of ‘wings’, ‘sandwiches’, ‘pasta’, ‘salads’, ‘sides’ and ‘beverages’.