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New Orleans Food News: December 2014

00:30 November 24, 2014
By: Kim Ranjbar

Deli-ghtful! … Recently opened in the South Carrollton Ave. space that once housed Maurice French Pastries, CIBO Italian Eatery and Deli brings a taste of New York to the Oak Street corridor. Owner Darren Iapichino moved to New Orleans a year ago and wanted to bring the flavors of home along for the ride. Open every day except Monday, CIBO offers an array of Italian-American deli sandwich favorites, both hot and cold, featuring cured meats, cheese and breads all the way from the Big Apple. You can also score their housemade lasagne, chicken Parmesan, spaghetti and meatballs, Caprese salad and more. 1114 S. Carrollton Ave. ~ 592.7797 

Two is better than one … The world-famous Willie Mae’s Scotch House has brought their fabulous fried chicken Uptown to flourish in a building on St. Charles Ave. that many believe is cursed. The location was home to C’est Si Bon and Fat Hen Grocery, among others that failed miserably, but Willie Mae’s owners are confident they’ll break the chain. The new spot, dubbed Willie Mae’s Grocery & Deli, offers the complete menu available at the original location, so Uptowners can count on their fried chicken, red beans, catfish and pork chops. Plus, they also have salads, wraps and po-boys … let’s keep them Uptown, shall we? 7457 St. Charles Ave. ~ 417.5424 ~ facebook.com/WillieMaesScotchHouse

Changing Chinese food in NOLA … Chef Doug Crowell, who hails from Herbsaint, has opened his own restaurant in the Marigny called Bao & Noodle, inspired by his Chinese-American wife. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Sound Cafe, this casual eatery offers a simple menu of Chinese cuisine with dishes like Baked Char Siu Bao, Beef Chow Fun, Ma Po Tofu and Ginger Milk Custard. Bao & Noodle is open Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. 2700 Chartres St. ~ 504.272.0004 ~ baoandnoodle.com   

Parking it … If you’re looking for “ridiculously fresh” coffee but are unable to find the little yellow truck, fret no longer! French Truck Coffee just opened a roastery and tasting room in a building located on the corner of Erato and Magazine Streets. Although there is no café per se, you can “grab and go” with a cup of their delicious java or purchase freshly roasted beans and cold brew concentrate from this bright yellow building in the Lower Garden District. 1200 Magazine St. ~ 298.1115 ~ frenchtruckcoffee.com

Moving on … Executive Chef Alex Harrell has left the popular French Quarter bistro Sylvain with his eye on the prize: a place of his very own. Harrell plans to take over the recently vacated Stella! location and open Angeline, a casual neighborhood restaurant named after his mother. It’s expected to launch early in 2015. Meanwhile, sous chef Martha Wiggins will take the helm at Sylvain. 625 Chartres Street ~ 265.8123 ~ sylvainnola.com    

Seafood on Magazine … Chef Chappy Chapman, a Gulf Coast cuisine restaurateur, has brought his menu to New Orleans. Opened recently in the space next to the Monkey Hill Bar, Chappy’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a casual atmosphere serving Creole and Cajun cuisine with an emphasis on fresh fish and shellfish from the Gulf in addition to tuna and scallops. Chef Chapman has been in the industry for over 30 years and we’re pleased to welcome him to New Orleans. 6106 Magazine St. ~ 214.0117 ~ chappysrestaurant6106.com

Keeping it green ... City Greens, the popular salad and wrap spot in the CBD, has opened a new location at the Elmwood Shopping Center in Harahan. Open daily, City Greens offers delicious and healthy lunch options, featuring fresh greens grown at the restaurant’s hydroponic greenhouse. Try a Spinach Club Salad with avocado, shaved onion, diced egg, bacon and white cheddar or a BBQ Chicken Wrap with pepper jack, jicama and roasted corn. 5161 Citrus Blvd. ~ 229.4240 ~ eatcitygreens.com

Keep on cooking … Seasoned, a community-focused, second-hand cookware store, recently opened on Broad Street. Owner Paige Lindell, baker and home cook, knows the value of a well-stocked kitchen, especially after relocating to New Orleans from California and lacking certain kitchen essentials. “You either had Williams-Sonoma at the mall, which was out of my price range, or Walmart, where the quality was lacking,” Lindell said. Turning to the second-hand market for the quality and affordability she was seeking, Lindell was inspired to offer a similar shop focused on well-made yet inexpensive cookware. 1016 North Broad St. ~ 860.748.1739 ~ free-the-food.com

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