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February Food News

21:00 January 26, 2015
By: Kim Ranjbar

The art of Southern dining … At long, long last, Purloo has opened inside the Southern Food & Beverage Museum on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in Central City. Chef and owner Ryan Hughes, who has worked in the kitchens of well-known, local eateries like Brennan's, Emeril's Delmonico, Cafe Degas, Bayona and more, offers a seasonal menu showcasing fresh ingredients from different areas all over the South. Menu items include dishes like Cape Hatteras-Style Clams, Smoky Lamb with Charleston Pimento Cheese, Panéed Rabbit and Pecan-Crusted Barbequed Beef Short Rib. Chef Hughes also plans to feature up to ten different specialty dishes each week that will highlight different regional cuisines across the South. 324.6020 ~ 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. ~ nolapurloo.com


Did someone say pie? … Taking over the former Velvet Espresso spot Uptown, District Hand Pie & Coffee Bar opened on the corner of Arabella and Magazine, giving the neighborhood it's coffee shop back, plus a little bit more. Launched by Chris Audler, the founder of Donuts, Sliders, Brew in the Lower Garden District, this quaint little cafe is offering  a vast array of both sweet and savory pies like their POP pie made with biscuit dough that conceals fried chicken, red beans and rice. Oh yeah, they also serve some pretty cool coffee options like a “Vietnamese Sno-Ball” with carbonated espresso garnished with citrus or an “Under 'Spro” – a layered shot of root beer syrup, cream and espresso. 5637 Magazine Street ~ districtcoffeebar.com


Double the monkey … Mid-City denizens can now get their java fix at Monkey Monkey Coffee & Tea. Located on the corner of S. Carrollton and Cleveland Avenue, this brand-new cafe offers all of the lattes, mochas and cappuccinos you can swill, including frozen, cold-brewed coffee and sweet tea. Monkey Monkey also features quite a few loose leaf teas, a nice assortment of baked goods and sandwiches, plus their own, house-made chocolate chip cookies that are guaranteed to make you swoon ... in a good way! 324.4899 ~ 4641 S. Carrollton Avenue ~ facebook.com/monkeymonkeynola


Get in line! … Brad McGehee, the former executive chef of Ye Old College Inn, has opened Blue Line Sandwich Co. in Metairie. Located on Metairie Road, Blue Line is named after the old streetcar line that once connected downtown New Orleans to the Metairie suburbs in 1916. McGehee's new restaurant offers breakfast and lunch in a modern, casual atmosphere with a menu featuring items like a “Duck-Duck-Goose Waffle” topped with confit duck and sweet potato hash, a “Broken Yolk” sandwich with house corned beef and  Duck & Mushroom Gumbo. 309.3773 ~ 2023 Metairie Rd. ~ bluelinesandwichco.com    


What's your function? … The Bywater continues to blow up with the recent opening of Junction, a pub/restaurant on St. Claude Avenue. Lloyd Miller and Jim and Alana Monaghan (of Molly's at the Market and 13 Monaghan) have joined forces to bring yet another popular bar to the NOLA scene. Offering 40 craft beers on tap, plus quite a few bottles and cans, Junction also features some seriously special burgers like the “New Mexico Rail Runner” with roasted green chiles and chipotle aioli or the “Iowa Interstate” with bacon, bleu cheese and corn relish. 272.0205 ~ 3021 St. Claude Ave. ~ junctionnola.com


Place for pizza … Mid-City Pizza has formally taken over the Crescent Pie & Sausage building right across the street. They have already put their own stamp on the rust-red building with colorful murals and skateboard art. In late August of last year, Crescent owners Jeff Baron and Bart Bell sold the building to Mid-City Pizza owner Rand Owens, who is also the proprietor of Wakin' Bakin' just next door. 483.8609 ~ 4400 Banks St. ~ midcitypizza.com


Celebrating tradition … Antoine's, the oldest, family-run restaurant in the U.S., is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year with special events and menus all year long. After almost two centuries, this venerable eatery is still owned and operated by relatives of Antoine Alciatore, who opened the restaurant in 1840. “This anniversary is more than a celebration for Antoine’s – it is a celebration for the city of New Orleans – and we cannot wait to make this major milestone something for the entire city and restaurant community to celebrate,” says CEO Rick Blount. 581.4422 ~ 713 St. Louis St. ~ antoines.com


Keeping it Creole … Restaurateur A.J. Tusa and his wife, Anna, have launched New Orleans Creole Cookery, a brand new restaurant in the French Quarter. Tusa's family has a history in the restaurant industry in New Orleans. In fact, it was his father who opened the original Messina's on the corner of Chartres and Iberville in 1905. Open daily, New Orleans Creole Cookery offers all the old favorites like raw and grilled oysters, shrimp Creole and crawfish etouffee. 524.9632 ~ 508 Toulouse St. ~ facebook.com/NewOrleansCreoleCookery  


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