Food News ~ December 2015

06:03 November 23, 2015
By: Kim Ranjbar

From sammiches to sports … Chef Michael Brewer, owner of the recently shuttered The Sammich in the Riverbend, has taken over the kitchen at Manning’s, which is owned and operated by Harrah’s. Located on Fulton Street, Manning’s Eat-Drink-Cheer is a sports-inspired bar and restaurant named for Archie Manning with many beers on tap, tons of big-screen TVs and an ever-changing menu. This position shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Brewer, who has been specializing in elevated bar food since popping up inside Chickie Wah Wah. Here’s hoping that he’ll have the fried lobster “sammich” on Manning’s new-and-improved menu. 504.593.8118 ~ 519 Fulton St. ~


Bring on the bourbon … The long-awaited Kenton’s recently opened on Magazine Street. Located in the building that once housed Rare Cuts, this whiskey-focused eatery features American cuisine and over 150 different types of whiskey, especially bourbons distilled in the good ole USA. Owned by Sean Josephs, Mani Dawes and chef Kyle Knall, Kenton’s cuisine (and whiskey) is reflective of the fare offered in their New York restaurant dubbed Maysville. Kenton’s menu features dishes like Crab Toast with ginger aioli, Hay Roasted Oysters with brown butter and pickled shallots, and Smoked & Grilled Butcher’s Steak with smoked oyster sauce.  504.891.1177 ~ 5757 Magazine Street


Keep them doggies rollin' … In an effort to constantly expand their wiener empire, Dat Dog has launched their own food truck, affectionately dubbed the Datmobile. All of the popular hot dog chain’s best-selling menu items are available on the truck, including the new Dat Burger with seasoned ground beef in place of a frank, topped with pickles, onions, tomatoes, cheese, ketchup and mustard.


Arrivederci! … The Sicilian-inspired restaurant Cibugnù on St. Charles Avenue recently shuttered its doors. Though it would seem that being located between Herbsaint and Marcello’s would create its own issues, the owners describe their decision to redefine their restaurant into a private events venue on Cibugnù’s website. 709 Events, as the space is now named, has been open for bookings since late October. 504.558.8990 ~ 709 St. Charles Ave. ~


It's a no-dough … Proofed, the pink and purple donut shop on Tchoupitoulas Street, has closed its doors. The shop began as a franchise of the popular Mid-City Blue Dot Donuts run by retired New Orleans police officers, and then morphed into a kolache and donut shop serving both sweet and savory options to the Uptown neighborhood. Unfortunately, their donut-maker was stabbed a few months ago, which could be the cause of the closure. On a mysterious note, Proofed’s Facebook page was updated with a post on November 6 saying, “We will be open.” Error or hint? We’re all hoping for the latter.  504.941.7675 ~ 5236 Tchoupitoulas Street ~ 

Where there's smoke, there's ice … The anxiously awaited Black Label Ice House recently opened on the corner of Dryades and Seventh in Central City. Located in a building that once housed Pop’s House of Blues, Black Label Ice House is essentially a neighborhood bar offering beer and Texas-style barbecue. The menu is sexy yet simple, with sandwiches like the Cowboy from Hell featuring smoked brisket, Vidalia onion and Black Label Barrel Sauce on Bunny Texas toast, or (my favorite) Crack Poppers, which are like jalapeno poppers but with smoked and candied bacon-laced cream cheese. Be forewarned, the Black Label Ice House has bar-like hours, open weekdays from 4 pm to 2 am and on weekends from 11 am to 2 am.  504.875.2876 ~ 3000 Dryades St. ~


We've got a truck full … There's another new food truck rolling around the Crescent City and it’s all about wings. Taylor Made Wings on the Geaux is cruising around town, offering hungry New Orleanians a menu of smoked or fried wings tossed in an array of unique sauces with French fries on the side. Try smoked wings with sweet whiskey Hawaiian sauce or garlic parmesan, or try them all when you hire Taylor Made Wings to cater your next tailgate party. Follow Taylor Made Wings @wings_taylor on Twitter.


A token for your hops? ... Beer is the big news in New Orleans these days, and yet another spot to guzzle some brews recently opened next to Emeril’s flagship restaurant. Dubbed the Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden, this bar and restaurant touts itself as “the New Orleans version of an Oktoberfest-style beer garden where authentic street food, the best beer, and great times are shared at communal picnic tables in our open indoor space.” The eatery offers eight beers on tap, boilermakers and bourbons, plus a menu featuring dishes like Braised Pork Belly and Venezuelan Strasse Wurst with cabbage slaw and crispy potatoes. The biggest surprise at the Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden is that you have to buy tokens, dubbed “TBG Doubloons,” each a $4.50 value, which you then use to buy food or drinks. I wonder if they have an exchange rate for Mardi Gras beads?  840 Tchoupitoulas Street ~


Most important meal of the day … In the mood for breakfast? A new breakfast and lunch spot, Bayou Breakfast, opened recently in the old De Blanc Pharmacy building on Esplanade in Mid-City. Located next to the Half Shell (another recent newcomer to the area), Bayou Breakfast offers dishes like Fried Cinnamon Rolls, Fried Frog Legs in lemon pepper, Crab Benedict and Chicken & Waffles. Bayou Breakfast is open every day from 7 am to 3 pm.  504.252.9129 ~ 3111 Grand Route St. John ~ 

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