May 02 2011

May Food News

By: David Vicari

[Where Y'At Staff/Provided Photo]
Blue Dot's Superman Donut

A donut shop opened by cops in Mid-City? Brilliant! Mid-City's newest sweet spot is sure to satisfy everyone's sweet cravings. The new donut shop, Blue Dot Donuts, is located near the intersection of Canal and Carrollton at 4301 Canal St and serves a creative menu of delicacies like the peanut butter bacon donut, and the popular Maple Bacon Donut. Opened by police officers Brandon Singleton, and Dennis Gibliant, they say the jokes are endless, but the donuts are good. Not only does Blue Dot have many varieties of donuts and holes for sale - from cake, buttermilk, filled, long johns and "Supermans" (a giant donut with a swirled S of dough in the middle) - but they also serve locally-made ice cream from New Orleans Ice Cream Company and French Market Coffee. Be sure to try the one of New Orleans ice cream flavors (Vanilla Bean, Creole Cream Cheese, and Chocolate City) with the donuts in a donut ice cream sandwich. Stop by early before Jazz Fest; Blue Dot opens at 6 am with donuts warm and fresh from the ovens.

If you didn't get enough to eat at Jazz Fest, be sure to stop by Chickie Wah Wahs in Mid city afterwards, where everyone's favorite Nola-Mex can now be found. Acclaimed food truck Taceaux Loceaux has taken up permanent residence in Chickie Wah Wah's kitchen at 2828 Canal St. Serving their original menu of New Orleans-inspired Mexican food highlighted by fresh ingredients, Taceaux Loceaux is also planning to eventually expand their menu to include soups, salads, and other Latin fare. Started by Emeril's alum Maribeth Del Castillo and her husband Alex, Taceaux Loceaux's menu has been locally and nationally acclaimed since they started roaming the city in the taco truck and publicizing themselves on twitter. Now we won't have to keep up with them on Twitter just to find out where to get their delicious Taceauxs and Diablo Dogs - they'll be at Chickie Wah Wahs and there is even outdoor service in case you don't want to come in to see any more music.

More tacos are to be had in speakeasy fashion at New Orleans newest pop-up or speakeasy eatery Rosalita's in the Bywater. Bordering Rosalie alley, Rosalita's is on N Rampart between Piety and Desire. Rosalita's is the handiwork of Iris' chef-owners Ian Schnoebelen and Laurie Casebonne, so you know the food is going to be good! They serve two to three menu items, about $5 each: a vegetarian burrito, and three meat tacos with ingredients that rotate. In casual speakeasy style, seating is on the ground or on lawn chairs. They serve a few non-alcoholic drinks that includes homemade lemonade but you are welcome to BYOB. Inspired by their friends and neighbors at the Bywater pop-up Pizza Delicious, Rosalita's is open Sundays, 12-4.

In other New Orleans food news, Sucre's pastry chef and owner, Tariq Hanna has been nominated as one of the top ten best pastry chefs in America by Dessert Professional Magazine. "With more and more remarkable talent filling the ranks of dessert professionals, being recognized as one of best has gained a new level of prestige," notes Editor Matthew Stevens. "We set out to recognize outstanding chefs who elevate the industry as a whole with their contributions in talent, innovation, and community service. These are the chefs who have proven they most embody the spirit of excellence and hospitality that we are all committed to," said Publisher Jeff Dryfoos. This years top ten includes the crème de la crème from around the country, so it's very exciting that Tariq Hanna got nominated and puts Sucre (and New Orleans) on the culinary map. The ceremony announcing the winner will be held June 6th, at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York.

From our friends over at Kingpin Bar, comes The Midway, a brand new New Orleans deep-dish pizza joint. Opening sometime in June right across the street from Cure Bar, check them out at 4725 Freret Street for what promises to be some delicious Italian pizza.


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