It just keeps getting hotter, but no one appears to be slowing down...ahh that storied southern industry. We play hard, but we work even harder to catch up! throughout our rigorous schedule of festivals, endless nights filled with music and long hours of gluttonous dining, we're still getting it done.
speaking of timely accomplishments, Pizza delicious, the Bywater pizza pop-up, will finally be moving to permanent digs in an old warehouse space located at 617 Piety street. the unsuspecting owners and pizza connoisseurs Michael Friedman and Greg augarten began making pizzas to-go every sunday over a year ago in the hopes of bringing what they considered true new York-style pizza to the people of new orleans. although they are beginning with an empty warehouse and no equipment to speak of, they hope to have their pizzeria up and running by the end of the long, hot summer...and we wish them the best of luck.
Another restaurant recently appeared in the Bywater on Burgundy street, dubbed suis Generis. apparently, this new eatery is in a class all by itself, with an ever-changing menu created by not one, but four different chefs working together to build something entirely unique. on their website they ask, "Do you listen to the same music constantly? Do you drive the same way every time? Do you wear the same clothes all year? Do you cook the same food every day? ...We don't." this mantra is obvious in the range of dishes offered, from roasted Poblano Peppers stuffed with black beans and cojito cheese to the "Bruce Lee" special Pan-seared sea scallops with ginger-sake butter, baby bok choy and jasmine rice, but don't quote me on that, because the menu will probably be entirely different tomorrow.
In other news, siberia, the live music club on st. Claude avenue, recently announced the addition of Kukhnya, a pop-up featuring slavic-themed dishes, a unique and welcome addition to the local food scene. the menu offers items such as the spiced apple Blini (a crepe filled with cinnamon apples, honey-dill vinaigrette and goat cheese), a "Polboy" built from grilled Polish sausage and spicy cabbage on French bread, and traditional Pierogi. the kitchen is open from 5 p.m. to midnight, so you can cure your craving for kielbasa while the band plays on...
Since his departure from the rib room a little while ago, we have all been waiting patiently to see where rene Bajeaux would finally land. as it turns out, the famous French chef re-opened his original rene Bistrot in the renaissance arts Hotel, in the recently closed La Cote Brasserie.
Though has the same name, the new restaurant touts an original menu with more daring and sophisticated dishes for the new, daring and what he considers improved palates of local diners.
In another change of scenery, the cafe aux Folies riverluna recently moved from its Uptown location on Maple street to the Lower Garden District. taking over the space on Magazine street that once housed the Lucky Ladle (which wasn't so lucky) and the constantly morphing J'anita's, aux Folies riverluna has made the exposed brick space its own and is serving up breakfast, lunch and specialty coffees once again. Hopefully the quaint cafe will receive a better reception in its new neighborhood, which is in desperate need of a place to score a great cuppa joe.