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Food News - April 2015

18:30 March 23, 2015
By: Kimmie Tubre

Sampling the Seder Plate … In yet another killer collaboration, John Besh and Alon Shaya have launched Shaya, a modern Israeli restaurant on Magazine Street. A wood-fired oven that pumps out prodigious pita is the main attraction, a toothsome backdrop for a selection of pickled and roasted vegetables, hummus and labneh ... among many other Mediterranean delights. 

Additionally, this year Chef Alon Shaya will be serving his traditional Passover dinner at Shaya from Friday, April 3 to Friday, April 10. The three-course prix fixe menu includes dishes like Wood-Fired Matzo, Lamb Shank with date honey, Pickled Wild-Caught Salmon and a whole roasted apple with spiced wine and candied walnuts for dessert. 891.4213 ~ 4213 Magazine Street ~ shayarestaurant.com

 

Banks Street is Boilin' … Clesi's Catering quickly swooped in and took over the former Mid-City Pizza location and is already serving em up hot with daily, 5pm boils. You can pinch the tails and suck the heads or jam on jambalaya fries, shrimp and tasso pasta, fried boudin and more. It's BYOB, but that's not a problem considering the Banks Street Bar is right next door.  909.0108 ~  4413 Banks Street ~ facebook.com/pages/Clesis-Catering  

 

Creative Eats … Dine to support the arts at the Press Street Station now open on the edge of the Marigny on, you guessed it, Press Street! Adjacent to another NOCCA outpost, the 5 Press Gallery, Press Street Station is headed by Chef Jonathan Schmidt, and staffed with culinary students from NOCCA. The ecletic menu offers everything from a Boudin-Stuffed Mirliton to "Darn Good Chicken Tostones" and  coconut pancakes, and profits from the restaurant contribute to financial aid for NOCCA students, so eat up!   249.5622 ~ 5 Press Street ~  pressstreetstation.com

 

Antoine's in the Big Apple …The oldest family-run restaurant in the country will be making an appearance at the James Beard House this month. As part of their 175th anniversary, Antoine's Restaurant's Chef Michael Regua and proprietor Rick Blount will be hosting dinner in New York on April 2 featuring a menu of classic Creole cuisine. Diners will enjoy dishes like Oysters Rockefeller, Crabmeat Ravigote, Grilled Pompano, Baked Alaska and Cafe Brulot. The Yankees won't know what hit 'em!  581.4422 ~  713 St. Louis St. ~ antoines.com

 

Something to cheer about … The sports fan's paradise on Fulton Street, Manning's Restaurant, just announced a bunch of new menu items to tackle your taste buds that are “craveable, shareable and hand-held.” Additions include a Fried Grilled Cheese (yes, battered and deep fried) with pimento, provolone, pepper jack and cheddar; Baby Back Ribs & BBQ Chicken Platter and a “Manning's Dog”—an all-beef foot-long with onions, relish and mustard. They've also increased what's available on tap with 24 new draft lines featuring both craft and local brews, plus a special cooler for aluminum beer bottles that chills to 26°.  593.8072 ~ 519 Fulton Street ~ facebook.com/ManningsNOLA     

 

Turning the corner ... Chef Nathanial Zimet's Uptown restaurant Boucherie has made the move around the corner and re-opened in the space that once housed the Spanish eatery Cafe Granada. The new digs on South Carrollton Avenue offer a huge increase in space with lots of light, enabling the restaurant to please more diners at once. But don't you forget about that purple cottage on Jeannette! Zimet is using that building for another restaurant dubbed Bourré (named after the Cajun card game) serving craft daiquiris, wings and more.  862.5514 ~ 1506 South Carrollton Ave. ~  boucherie-nola.com  

 

Gone pho now ... After more than three decades, the immensely popular Pho Tau Bay has closed up shop on the Westbank to make way for a new shopping center on the Expressway. Gretna is mourning its loss, but folks on the East Bank are excited for the iconic Vietnamese restaurant to reopen sometime soon on Tulane Avenue near Claiborne. We'll be counting the days …  photaubayrestaurant.com

 

“I don't see nothing wrong with a little" … Peter and Cassi Dymond, co-owners of Satsuma Cafe, have expanded their reach downtown to open Pulp & Grind. Located in the space that was formerly occupied by PJ's Coffee on Camp Street, the cafe is offering a wide variety of coffee drinks, their own pre-bottled, cold-pressed juices and assorted pastries (vegan and otherwise).  5622 Camp Street ~ pulpandgrind.com 

 

Desire by the dozen … The iconic Desire Oyster Bar has re-opened at last. After extensive renovations, the restaurant located on the corner of Bourbon and Bienville inside the Royal Sonesta Hotel has maintained its classic feel while incorporating touches that are very contemporary. Desire Oyster Bar has been serving French Quarter denizens and visitors for over 45 years, specializing in raw oysters on the half shell, peel-and-eat shrimp and po-boys aplenty. Plus, the restaurant now boasts a “state-of-the-art chargrill station,” adding the beloved chargrilled oyster to their repertoire.  553.2281 ~ 300 Bourbon Street ~ facebook.com/desireoysterbar

 

If you please … The Big Cheezy has officially parked in the building that once housed Liberty's Kitchen on South Broad. Co-owners  Adam York and Josh Fogarty have launched a grilled cheese haven featuring sandwiches like the “Crawgator” with cheddar, pepper jack, and crawfish and alligator sausage; the “Flying Dutchman” with gouda, smoked turkey and apple wood-smoked bacon; and the “Briezy” with Monterey jack, brie, caramelized apples and toasted pecans drizzled with honey.   302.2598 ~ 422 ½ South Broad Street ~ thebigcheezy.com 

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