Food News - April 10, 2014

01:00 April 11, 2014
By: Kim Ranjbar
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 Beep! Beep! … Ma Momma's House restaurant in New Orleans East is hosting their 2nd Annual Taxi Cab Appreciation Day, honoring those individuals who serve as ambassadors to the Greater New Orleans Area, taxi-cab drivers being the first point of contact for many visitors. On Monday April 21st from 8am to 3pm, Ma Momma's House will be offering FREE food, drinks and music to show their appreciation of the city's valuable, hard-working taxi cab drivers. The restaurant is expecting to serve breakfast and/or lunch to over 250 drivers.   
244-0021 • 5741 Crowder Blvd. •

New owners … Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts recently announced their acquisition of Cafe Maspero on Decatur Street. Owned and operated by the Malachias family for over 40 years, the French Quarter restaurant has long been a spot where both tourists and locals enjoy great po-boys and seafood platters. Creole Cuisine has retained the current staff with the addition of Thomas Burns as the new general manager. “We would like to thank the great people of the city of New Orleans and all the folks from out of town who have supported us throughout the years,” previous co-owner Bobby Malachias comments, “Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts has shown great attention to the French Quarter over that last 24 years and we have seen the care and dedication they have for their restaurant and hospitality businesses. We are confident that they are the right family to carry forward the legacy of Café Maspero in the French Quarter.”  
523-6250 • 601 Decatur St. •

Freret Street bagels … Bagel-lovers were heart-broken when Artz Bagelz closed on Magazine Street, but lo and behold, there's a new bagelry in town. Recently opened during the Freret Street Festival, Humble Bagel is the latest addition to the Freret Street corridor, blowing the neighborhood away with kettle-boiled bagels and flavorful “shmears.” Let's hope they're here to stay.  
4716 Freret St. •

Switcheroo … This month Sainte Marie Brasserie will close, yet the entire staff will be relocating to  Meauxbar on Rampart Street. Owner Robert LeBlanc purchased Meauxbar from brothers Leon and Pierre Touzet of Patois. Chef Kristen Essig will be offering a similar menu at Meauxbar to that which is currently offered at Sainte Marie, though she will put a bit more emphasis on classic French cuisine.  
304-6988 • 930 Poydras Street •  

Organic update … One of Uptown's favorite coffee shops, Velvet Espresso Bar, has shut down for a little makeover and won't return until October. Owner Tamara Muro plans to offer her java fans wholly organic treats as well as some decent air conditioning in the tiny, standing-room-only cafe on the corner of Arabella Street. Hopefully we'll see her in the fall!
450-2129 • 5637 Magazine St. •

Beefing up Nola BBQ … Just recently, Dickey's Barbecue Pit opened it's third Louisiana restaurant on Jefferson Highway in Harahan. Founded by Travis Dickey in Dallas, Texas over 70 years ago, Dickey's now has hundreds of locations all over the country. Their meats are seasoned and slow-smoked in hickory wood-burning pits daily on-site at each locale. The menu features juicy, smoky barbecue dishes like Spicy Cheddar Sausage, Pulled Pork, Beef Brisket and Barbecue Honey Ham with plenty of “home-style” sides like Mac & Cheese, Green Beans with bacon and Coleslaw.
224-6810 • 6005 Jefferson Highway •

Filipino food in Mid-City … The popular pop-up Milkfish finally has its own digs in a space that was formerly occupied by Italian Pie on North Carrollton Avenue. Co-owner and chef Cristina Quackenbush offers a menu featuring dishes like lumpia, chicken and pork adobo, “Kare-Kare” - oxtail stewed in peanut butter and more. The restaurant is open six days a week, the seventh reserved for other possible pop-ups, and will also have an upstairs arts and event space that's already been dubbed “Little Fish.”  
327-0635 • 125 N. Carrollton Ave. •

In with the new … Carrollton Market has opened its doors on Hampson Street in the Riverbend. Chef Jason Goodenough from Mississippi has changed the space formerly occupied by One Restaurant & Lounge and made it his own with a playful, New Orleans-inspired menu. Open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, Carrollton Market offers dishes like Grilled Mississippi Quail, Crispy Fried Pork “Tail Tots,” Pan-Seared Foie Gras with a buttermilk biscuit and New Orleans-style Cassoulet.  
252-9928 • 8132 Hampson St. •

Belay the buggy … Hate grocery shopping? Wish you could pay someone else to do it? Well, now you can! There's a new buggy in town that will make your groceries for you called Groceries On The Go. The local grocery shopping service will take your grocery list and do the shopping for you at stores like Whole Foods Market, Costco, Walmart, Sam's, Winn-Dixie, Rouses and more. All you have to do email your list and your groceries will be delivered (with an additional charge) right to your door the following business day. Plus, they will even bring your groceries inside and help you put them away.

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