Food News

04:00 October 12, 2015
By: Kim Ranjbar

Trois fromages … Grilled cheese is oozing its way throughout the Greater New Orleans Area. Popular Mid-City lunch spot The Big Cheezy recently established a kitchen installment in the Dragon’s Den adjacent to the French Quarter, and now it’s bubbling up in Kenner on Williams Boulevard. Now denizens of that neighborhood won’t have to travel all the way into the city for gooey grilled cheese indulgence. 3232 Williams Blvd. ~ 


Two’s company … Freret corridor favorite Company Burger has expanded into the new South Market District development downtown. “CoBu2” recently opened inside The Paramount on O’Keefe Avenue, offering the same choice of burgers and sides as at the original location but with the addition of a lot more sitting space and a large bar. Chef and owner Adam Biderman, like the owners of Willa Jean and Magasin, is taking full advantage of this new development that has already attracted more residents to the neighborhood ... not to mention its proximity to the Superdome.  504.309.9422 ~ 611 O’Keefe Ave. ~


Chef? … A small Cuban sandwich shop dubbed El Libre recently opened in the French Quarter. Located across from Chiwawa Gaga on Dumaine Street, El Libre offers a small menu of pressed sandwiches, classic rum-based cocktails, a few enticing sweets and coffee. One can’t help but wonder if the movie Chef has come to life and planted roots right here in the Crescent City. Let us know if you spot Jon Favreau, would ya? 504.309.2699 ~ 508 Dumaine Street ~


Más por favor … The ever-controversial St. Roch Market welcomes Tex-Mex vendor La Mezcla to its ranks, Todd Price of reports. Taking over Lagos’ spot, La Mezcla is run by Yvonne Molina and Cat Smith, who are offering a changing menu of tamales, fish tacos and burritos daily. 2381 St. Claude Ave. ~


He’s so saucy! … James Beard Award–winning chef Tory McPhail, from the venerable Commander’s Palace, recently launched his own line of sauces. Complete with a photo of McPhail’s handsome mug on the label, the sauces are available in three unique flavors: Cilantro, Lime and Sea Salt Sauce; Coconut, Key Lime and Curry Sauce; and Pineapple, Ginger and Cayenne Sauce. You can purchase these all-natural sauces online at and in all Rouses Supermarkets.  


Farewell, friends … Although restaurants seem to be popping up all over New Orleans, like daisies after a rainfall, a couple have recently said farewell, much to the dismay of their loyal fans. On October 5, Bywater trailblazer Maurepas Foods closed its doors for good. Chef and owner Michael Doyle opened his eclectic, veggie-centric restaurant 3½ years ago, leading the way for the veritable flood of Bywater restaurants that came afterward. 

As well, The Sammich on Maple Street in the Riverbend shuttered its doors last month, to everyone’s surprise. Chef and owner Mike Brewer posted a message on The Sammich’s Facebook page bidding adieu to friends and fans not long after being crowned the King of Louisiana Seafood at the 2015 Louisiana Seafood Festival. What will we do without his sammiches? 

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