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New Orleans Food News

18:30 December 26, 2014
By: Kim Ranjbar

Eat your alphabet … Le Méridien New Orleans, the new hotel on Poydras Street that has replaced the W, announced the name and executive chef of their new restaurant, both of which debuted last month. LMNO will offer “new American” dishes with Cajun and Creole flavors created by Executive Chef Mauricio Gutierrez, who has over 15 years’ experience cooking at resorts and upscale restaurants. The restaurant menu reads more like gastropub fare, with small dishes of shrimp po-boys on buttered rolls, andouille hushpuppies and raw oysters.  333 Poydras Street ~ 525.9444 ~ lmnonola.com


Mastering the art of pizza … Dolce Vita Wood Fired Pizzeria has tapped Zac Watters, a Louisiana native who’s worked in the kitchens of restaurants like Stella!, Del Porto and Cafe Adelaide, as executive chef. Taking over the daily responsibilities of Chef Bogdan Mocanu, Chef Watters will undoubtedly keep the stellar reputation Dolce Vita has earned thus far alive and kicking. 1205 St. Charles Avenue ~ 324.7574 ~ dvpizzeria.com


Who gives a fig? … Fat Falafel food truck owners Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady have opened a brick and mortar version dubbed 1000 Figs in Mid-City, much to the delight of falafel fans in the neighborhood. Located on Ponce de Leon, just a few doors down from Fair Grinds Coffeehouse, this small yet modern eatery serves dishes like their famous falafel (of course) alongside grilled cheese sandwiches, flash-fried Brussels sprouts and hand-cut fries with toum for dipping. Although there’s nary a fig in sight on the menu, do we really care? Just pass the falafel, will ya?  3141 Ponce de Leon Street ~ 301.0848 ~ 1000figs.com


Real, schmeal ... Red’s Chinese opened last month on St. Claude Avenue, an ethnic spot that is proud of touting its lack of authenticity. Following in the footsteps of Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese in San Francisco, owners Tobias Womack and Amy Mosberger offer dishes like Kung Pao Pastrami with their own mesquite-smoked meat and the holy trinity, Confetti Rice with Louisiana catfish and Chinese sausage, and Bywater Eggplant with mirliton and pumpkin seeds. 3048 St. Claude Avenue ~ 304.6030 ~ redschinese.com


Truly Tiki ... Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 recently opened inside the Bienville House Hotel, a space that formerly housed Iris, and everyone who’s anyone is raving about it. Decorations are eerily similar to the Tiki Room in Disneyland, but instead of animatronic birds dropping from the ceiling, one can expect fruit-laden cocktails and Polynesian-inspired dishes like taro fries seasoned with curry and served with kimchi ketchup, Pang Wings, or a Hawaiian Cuban sandwich with pork belly, ham and cream cheese on pineapple bread. 321 N. Peters Street ~ 609.3811 ~ latitude29nola.com


Gelato for juice … Just recently, the owners of Magasin Vietnamese Cafe opened The Pressery in the space that once belonged to La Divina Gelateria on Magazine Street. Selling mostly organic, cold-pressed, bottled juices, The Pressery also offers fresh salads, vegetarian spring rolls, vegan milks and popsicles. 3005 Magazine Street ~ 304.7791 ~  thepresserynola.com 


Savoring our seafood … With a focus on rustic preparations of Gulf seafood, Trenasse was recently opened inside the Intercontinental Hotel by Word of Mouth Restaurant Group. At a self-proclaimed “store-front restaurant,” Chef Jim Richard offers dishes like Blue Crab Bisque, Smoked Alligator Tamales, Pressed Crab Po-Boy and Duck Confit Lettuce Wrap with pepper jelly glaze. Trenasse is open daily for lunch and dinner, plus they also offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 444 St. Charles Avenue ~ 680.7000 ~  trenasse.com 


Cheesy babies … Beginning  Janaury 6 through Mardi Gras Day, Copeland's of New Orleans and Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro will be offering a delectable slice of carnival with their Mardi Gras King Cake Cheesecake, only $7.95 … that is, unless you want a whole one?  copelandsofneworleans.com 


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