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Food News March 2015

21:00 February 27, 2015
By: Kim Ranjbar

Lakeside franks … In their continuing effort to “make the world a better place,” Dat Dog has opened its fourth location in Lakeside Shopping Center on Veterans Memorial Boulevard. The new location offers all of your favorite dogs and fries found at their other restaurants on Freret, Magazine and Frenchmen Streets, but also features their first-ever “Combo Meal,” which includes your choice of hot dog, a fountain drink and Dat Dog’s famous fries. datdognola.com

Sailing downtown … Chef Justin Devillier of the ever-popular La Petite Grocery on Magazine Street has ventured downtown and opened a second restaurant on the corner of Carondolet and Girod dubbed Balise. Located inside a Creole townhouse that’s almost two centuries old, this nautical-themed restaurant features dishes like Venison Tartare with dill mayonnaise and horseradish granita, Pork Shoulder Pastrami Sandwich with pickled cabbage, Blue Crab Claws with lemongrass butter and Lamb T-Bones. 504.459.4449 ~ 640 Carondolet Street ~ balisenola.com

Conversion … The elegant Uptown gastro pub Ivy, headed by acclaimed chef Sue Zemanick, has closed its doors to the public, converting into a private event venue. Chef Zemanick will still manage the cuisine. Owners Patrick and Rebecca Singley still have plenty on their plates with Marti’s Restaurant in the French Quarter and Uptown fine-dining eatery Gautreau’s. ivynola.com

Electrifying pie (and quiche) … It seems that coffee and pie lovers in the Uptown area will have several options to choose from with the recent opening of the LGD’s HiVolt Coffee partnering with P’s & Q’s (Pies & Quiches) near the corner of Nashville Avenue on Magazine Street. The “to-go” only coffee bar offers third-wave java, just like the original, which you can grab along with Chocolate Cream Pie and Chorizo, Manchego and Piquillo Quiche. 504.897.5131 ~ 5720 Magazine Street ~ facebook.com/Hivolt2 ~ piesandquiches.com

Like buttah … Chefs Dayne Womax and Simon Beck have joined forces to make their own magic in Mid-City at their very own digs dubbed Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar. Found in a small strip mall on N. Carrollton Avenue, this casual, comfortable restaurant offers a surprisingly affordable menu with items like Warm Pork Rinds with smoked corn buttermilk dressing for dipping, Truffled Egg Salad Croissant Sandwich with toasted garlic aioli and pickled red onion, Brown Buttered Cream Soda and specials like a vinegar-braised, grilled short rib served atop stone-ground grits. 504.609.3871 ~ 231 North Carrollton Avenue ~ brownbutterrestaurant.com

Pizza & beer ...  If you think there aren’t enough pizza joints in New Orleans, think again. Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse opened early this year in the Warehouse District. Located on the corner of Tchoupitoulas Street and Andrew Higgins Drive, the brand new pizzeria features a huge patio and a large selection of beer (both craft and otherwise) on tap. Chef Will Salisbury has created a modest menu with fresh salads, appetizers like roasted scallops and salumi and, of course, pizza made in their wood-burning oven. 504.281.4893 ~ 404 Andrew Higgins Drive ~ woodpizzaneworleans.com

Bloody Mary boxing ... New Orleans’ own Daisy Dukes won yet again in a bloody bout with national competitor Zing Zang from Illinois. Zing Zang was up against the ropes when an astonishing 80% of tasters chose Daisy Dukes Cajun Bloody Mary Mix as the out-and-out winner. Daisy Dukes Restaurant is a 24-hour breakfast spot (its first location is on Chartres Street in the French Quarter) that serves a combination of diner favorites and po-boys plus, of course, Bottomless Cajun Bloody Marys. daisydukesrestaurant.com

And now for something a little different ... Crescent City Brewhouse on Decatur Street has a couple of new dishes to rave about. The French Quarter restaurant has announced an appetizer called Evelyn’s Boudin Balls, made with slow-cooked pork, crawfish, rice and Cajun seasonings all rolled together, deep-fried and served with bread and butter pickles and red pepper coulis. They also have a new entree of Veal Cutlet Grillades braised in their own Black Forest beer, accompanied by mushroom and onions in a demi-glace sauce and served over cornbread pudding. Plus, don’t forget to try their special March brew, an Imperial Pilsner that’s a “bigger, stronger version” of their blonde lager with a more pronounced malt and hop flavor. 504.522.0571 ~ 527 Decatur Street ~ crescentcitybrewhouse.com

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