Food News for July 2019
Jul 02 2019

Food News for July 2019

By: Kim Ranjbar

Saying goodbye to the Queen … Food-lovers in New Orleans and across the globe were crushed to learn of the passing of one of our city's greatest living legends, Leah Chase. Not only did she bring New Orleans-style cooking to the national stage, but she was also a supporter and activist during the civil rights movement in the 1960s and an advocate for African American art and artists. She will be sorely missed, and her welcoming manner and bright smile will remain in our hearts and minds forever.


Vegan Wit a Twist
Vegan Wit a Twist

A shave, haircut, and vegan cuisine? … Barbers Roy Joseph, Ryan Billew, and Ollie Williams recently opened the restaurant Vegan Wit a Twist near the Fair Grounds on St. Bernard Avenue. According to WeBuyBlack.com, the idea for the new digs came about because Joseph regularly brought delicious homemade vegan cuisine to the shop, and everyone wanted more. Enjoy vegan dishes like hot sausage and fries, jack fruit burgers, teriyaki bowls, spinach fries, and more. 3225 St. Bernard Ave., (504) 376-9779, facebook.com/veganwitatwist

We'll have a glass … Tujague's owners, Candace and Mark Latter, just recently launched Claret, a new wine and cocktail bar in the Lower Garden District. Located in the uber-modern Framework building on Magazine Street, the bar offers an escape from the historic landscape that surrounds it, with large glass windows and minimalist décor. Patrons can enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail with a menu designed by Marcus Woodham (chef from their other restaurant, Bar Frances on Freret Street), featuring shareable bites, like charcuterie plates and cheese boards. 1320 Magazine St., (504) 766-9425, claretnola.com

A sanctuary for spirits … Opened concurrently with the luxury guest house Maison de la Luz, Bar Marilou is "a spirited sanctuary for craft cocktails, natural wines, and French-inflected fare," located in what formerly was the City Hall Annex's law library on Carondelet Street. Paris-based Quixotic Projects partnered with Atelier Ace on the bar and has created a menu with inspiration from the French West Indies, Paris, and (of course) New Orleans. Dishes include anchovies with vinegar and olive oil; "Pommes Marilou," or crispy fried potatoes topped with crème fraiche and bowfin caviar; and the Saint Jacques, with seared scallops, charred broccoli rabe, and white miso dressing. Pair any dish with one of their cocktails, like The Holy Mountain, made with frozen Suze and crème de cassis, or Sunset at Café de Flore, with strawberries, lemon, and ginger beer. 544 Carondelet St., (504) 814-7711, barmarilou.com

New to the market … Laksa Nola has settled down and is the latest vendor at the St. Roch Market. Owner and chef Than Lin Regules has been offering Malaysian and Burmese comfort food at pop-ups around town for a while, and fans are anxious to see her settle down. Visitors to the market can now enjoy dishes like her Yahoo Shrimp Egg Roll, served with a special Laksa sauce; shumai, or chicken and shrimp dumplings; chicken or shrimp "Omunoodles," with boiled rice, special sauce, and crushed peanuts; or nasi lemak, featuring coconut chicken curry with coconut rice, egg, and fried ikan bilis (anchovies). 2381 St. Claude Ave., neworleans.strochmarket.com/laksanola

More pastry, please! … Chez Pierre French Bakery recently opened its fifth location on Harrison Avenue in Lakeview. Since the first location opened in 2005, the bakery has grown exponentially, offering French sweets and traditional Vietnamese specialties. This new location is run by the original owner's daughter, Taylor Bui, who has expanded the menu to offer more prepared, to-go meals, like French toast, omelets, and butter croissant sandwiches, along with plenty of delicious pastries-from macarons to chocolate mousse cake and almond tarts. 141 W. Harrison Ave., (504) 467-3176, chezpierreneworleans.com

At long last … Longtime beloved local taco truck Taceaux Loceaux has finally scored its own digs on Octavia Street, in the building that formerly housed The Flaming Torch and, briefly, the fast-casual restaurant Byblos Mediterranean. Owners Alex and Maribeth del Castillo have had intentions on their own brick and mortar for years, and fans are excited to finally see it come to fruition. Naturally, the truck's most favored tacos are still on the menu-from Messin' with Texas to Carnital Knowledge-along with other additions. Try some quesadillas with potato and poblanos, chips and queso, escabeche, and tot nachos with chicken or pork. They're also offering margaritas, "mojiteauxs," sangria, and more. 737 Octavia St., facebook.com/Taceaux-Loceaux

Just keep pouring … T. Cole Newton, the owner of successful Mid-City bar Twelve Mile Limit, just opened The Domino. According to Eater New Orleans, the new incarnation (dubbed a wine dive bar) aims to make wine more approachable, affordable, and less cliquish, with all of the wines being on draft, canned, boxed, or in corkless bottles. Visitors are encouraged to bring food from other restaurants (Red's Chinese is right next door), but the new Bywater bar does offer what Newton describes as "elevated stoner snacks," like pizza bagels and pressed sandwiches. 3044 St. Claude Ave., (504) 354-8737, dominola.com

Gelato and bagels … Family-owned Nola Mia Gelato Café opened last month in the Marigny on St. Claude Avenue. Located in what was formerly a vintage music store next to the AllWays Lounge, the new café was launched by Raffaele Lorio, his wife Roseann, and daughter Rosaria. Along with gelato and Italian ices, this Bywater café also serves pressed panini and authentic New York bagels. Nola Mia Gelato Café is open daily. 2230 St. Claude Ave., (504) 249-5009, facebook.com/nolamia19

So long, farewell … One of the first victims of summer, Blue Line Sandwich Co. shuttered its doors in the CBD after less than two years in operation. Thankfully, chef and owner Brad McGehee will be keeping his first location on Metairie Road open, and the CBD building will remain in the family for catering services. bluelinesandwichco.com


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