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Food News

20:30 April 13, 2015
By: Kim Ranjbar

Angeline! … Alex Harrell, the former executive chef at Sylvain, has opened his own digs at long last in the space that once housed Scott Boswell's Stella!  Named after his mother, Angeline is the talented chef's homage to Southern (and Northern Mediterranean) cooking located just a hop from Jackson Square. The menu features dishes like Southern Fried Quail served with hoe cake (like a cornmeal pancake), Butterbean Tortellini, Heritage Pork Noisette and braised cheeks, Gulf Shrimp & Creamed Rice and Ricotta Fritters with Louisiana strawberry curd. Angeline is open for dinner every night, but you better make reservations as this restaurant is quickly becoming a new hot spot in the French Quarter. 308.3106 ~ 1032 Chartres Street ~ angelinenola.com


Riding the next wave … Grand Isle Restaurant recently announced the appointment of Ryan Haigler as their new executive chef who's style will  “modernize and elevate the seafood-centric menu.” Raised in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Haigler spent a lot of time in local kitchens as a teenager until he scored a gig in New York. After learning his chops in places like Tom Colicchio's Craft, Kittichai and Jean-Georges Spice Market, Haigler moved to New Orleans in 2006 where he ran the charcuterie program at Emeril's Delmonico and later was tapped to help open Restaurant R'evolution. The new menu at Grand Isle reflects Haigler's background with dishes like Crispy Calamari served with green garlic and sesame vinaigrette and Confit Pork Cheek & Clams. 520.8530 ~ 575 Convention Center Boulevard ~ grandislerestaurant.com

On Magazine, not the magazine … Not long after closing Dominique's on Magazine (the space now houses Shaya), Chef Dominique Macquet hopped across the street to help re-make the underrated Baie Rouge into Saveur Cuisine & Cocktails with owner Kimble Donington-Smith. The new incarnation opened under the radar, but diners are quickly catching on and diving into dishes like a Crispy Black Angus Beef Belly salad with local kale, Venison Curry Flatbread, Royal Red Shrimp Ceviche, Kaffir Lime-Marinated & Roasted Whole Gulf Fish and Seared Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast with duck crackling and local butter beans. 304.3667 ~ 4128 Magazine Street ~ saveurnola.com


A cool name for crappie … The owners of Hot Tails in New Roads, Louisiana, Cody and Samantha Carroll, recently opened Sac-a-Lait inside the space that once housed Sun Ray Grill in the Warehouse District. The Cajun-inspired cuisine features Hot Boiled Crawfish, Alligator & Mirliton, “River Gumbo” with smoked frog's legs, Gulf Oysters from Area 3, Serrano & Goat Cheese Grits, Lost Trout with sweet corn calas and Crawfish Fettuccine with mustard green pasta. Sac-a-Lait is open every day for dinner and even features a Sunday brunch from 11am to 3 pm. 324.3658 ~ 1051 Annunciation Street ~ sac-a-laitrestaurant.com


A slice of the West Coast … If you're still not overwhelmed by all of the new pizza joints in the city, here's another one to add to your “to eat” list. Just recently, Paladar 511 was opened in the Marigny by Jack Murphy and Susan Dunn, two restaurateurs from San Francisco. The restaurant offers California-style cuisine with a focus on pizza. Paladar 511's menu includes Tuna Crudo with navel orange and pistachio, Littleneck Clams with chorizo and saffron broth and Short Rib Ragu. The pizzas (and their toppings) go from the simple like tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil to the strange like a farm egg, collard greens, bacon, Gruyere and garlic confit. Paladar 511 is open for dinner every night except Tuesday. 509.6782 ~ 511 Marigny Street ~ paladar511.com


Part II … The NOHSC Restaurant Group has opened a second Legacy Kitchen inside the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District. Like the original restaurant in Metairie, the New Orleans location offers lunch and dinner daily with dishes like Cajun Queso with smoked tasso, Maine Lobster Cobb Salad, Wowie Maui Chicken Sandwich with grilled pineapple and avocado, Duck Chili, Crab Cake Meatballs & Spaghetti and a Who-Dat Chocolate Dome for dessert. Plus, a New Orleans Coffee & Beignet (also owned by the NOHSC Restaurant Group) will be opening up right next door.  504.613.2350 ~ 700 Tchoupitoulas Street ~ legacykitchen.com


Goodness gracious! … Pastry chef Megan Forman has extended the reach of her popular bakery with the opening of Gracious To Go on Earhart Boulevard. Now, on the way Downtown from Mid-City, visitors can pop in to grab a cup of French Truck Coffee, fresh pastries and pre-made sandwiches in this more convenient location that's attached to the bakery's new commissary kitchen. Gracious To Go is open Monday through Friday from 7am to noon.  7220 Earhart Boulevard ~ graciousbakery.com 

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