Food News

19:00 September 21, 2015
By: Kim Ranjbar

Cheesy dragon … The grilled cheese haven on Broad Street has been so successful they decided to spread their brie-filled bliss to the Marigny! The Big Cheezy has made big plans to launch a permanent kitchen installation inside the Dragon's Den on Esplanade Avenue just a hop from the historic French Quarter. They'll be taking over the kitchen from The Seoul Shack, which is aiming for its own brick and mortar digs on St. Claude … but that's another story. As of the beginning of this month, ooey-gooey cheese fans can get their fill of the sandwiches and soups they love from The Big Cheezy, only altered a bit to match the bar scene at the Dragon's Den. 504.302.2598 ~ 435 Esplanade Ave. ~ thebigcheezy.com

 

Rollin' on Thai … A popular vendor at Gretna Farmer's Market has recently launched the Thai DJing food truck serving up green curry, spring rolls, pad thai and more. Nola.com reports that Jeerasak Boonlert has been selling Thai food for two years at the market and after becoming naturalized, decided to offer his much-desired Thai cuisine to folks in the Central Business District. Although a Twitter account has yet to be created, there is a schedule up on Thai Djing's Facebook page that outlines a somewhat tentative weekly schedule of stops on Loyola near the Energy Centre on Mondays and Fridays, Bolivar Street near the LSU Health Sciences Center on Tuesdays and Tulane near the Tulane Medical Center on Wednesdays and Thursdays. facebook.com/thai.djing   

 

Black is the new barbecue … Black Label Barbecue, once a 'cue pop-up at Barrel Proof, has found its own digs in Central City on Dryades and is now dubbed the Black Label Ice House. Texas-born pit master Damian Bruggar has brought his smokin' skills to New Orleans, offering neighbors and visitors a bar that will also feature not only awesome barbecue, but live music, a game room, craft beers on tap and a menu with the usual bar suspects like burgers and wings. 504.400.0837 ~ 3000 Dryades St. ~ blacklabelbbq.com  

 

Riverbend Mexican … Indian has gone Mexican in the space that once housed Sara's Bistro and Taj of India on Dublin Street. New owners Edwin Guzman and Veronica Cordona have launched La Mansion, a casual Mexican restaurant, featuring Tex-Mex and Latin cuisine. Dishes include several different types of nachos, pupusas, enchiladas, tacos and even a breakfast menu with huevos rancheros and chilaquiles. La Mansion is open daily from 9 am to 9 pm. 504.249.5830 ~ 724 Dublin St. ~ facebook.com/pages/La-mansion-restaurant

 

Aloha CoNola! … The closure of the Sun Ray Grill in Metairie has allowed budding restaurateurs Will and Kinsey Varas to fully launch Aloha Sushi (which was popping up inside the Grill) into what is now CoNola Grill & Sushi. Offering an interesting mix of Southern favorites and a Japanese sushi bar, CoNola's menu could be confusing to some, featuring dishes like poutine smothered with duck and andouille gumbo on one page and Yellowtail Sumiso on the next. CoNola Grill & Sushi is open every day but Monday from 11 am to 10 pm.  504.837.0055 ~ 619 Pink St. ~ conolagrillsushi.com

 

Back to school … Pizza man Jeff Baron who recently closed a couple of other ventures (Pizzicare and Crescent Pie & Sausage) has gone back to school, or more appropriately, back to The Boot where he's re-focused his energy on the quality of pie made at the Dough Bowl, re-dubbing the place as The Boot Pizza & Grill. He's also stepped inside the Palms, another popular college bar in the area, to offer Cantina Comida, a small Latin cuisine kitchen installation offering burritos, tacos, arepas and empanadas a-go-go.  Boot Pizza & Grill ~ 1039 Broadway St. ~ 504.866.2668 ~ thebootneworleans.com /Cantina Comida at the Palms ~ 7130 Freret St. ~ facebook.com/pages/The-Palms-Bar-New-Orleans

 

One happy rabbit … Newcomer restaurant Compère Lapin in the Warehouse district recently announced a delicious happy hour available Monday through Friday from 3-6 pm! With spectacular cocktails hopped up behind the stick by spirit masters Ricky Gomez, Abigail Gullo and Zach Augustin, Compère Lapin is sure to become the new post-grind hot spot downtown. In addition to $6 wines and cocktails, chef and co-owner Nina Compton has created a stellar selection of snacks, including conch croquettes with pickled pineapple tartar sauce; spiced pig ears with smoked aioli; roasted jerk corn and crispy dirty rice arancini with sour orange mojo all for only $5 each.  504.599.2119 ~ 535 Tchoupitoulas St. ~ comperelapin.com 

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