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New Orleans Food News Halloween 2014

00:00 October 13, 2014
By: Kim Ranjbar

Día de Muertos New Orleans-style … Mizado Cocina, the brand new and increasingly popular Mexican restaurant on Pontchartrain Boulevard, is hosting a month-long celebration this month in honor of Day of the Dead. Beginning October 17th, the restaurant will be offering a special menu featuring a sampler with dishes like Baja Shrimp Ceviche, Chicken Mole Anticucho and Duck Enfrijolada. Diners can register to win a “Day of the Dead Experience” which includes a limo that will take you and a guest to a grand brunch at Mizado on Sunday, November 2nd. After brunch, you'll be whisked away again (by limousine) to the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans' City Park! On Halloween and the day after for their “Wake the Dead” party, Mizado will offer drink specials, a Day of the Dead altar and a DJ spinning on the patio. 885.5555 ~ 5080 Ponchartrain Boulevard ~ mizadococina.com


So long, farewell, sort of? … Instead of a short hiatus, Velvet Espresso Bar, the tiny cafe on the corner of Magazine and Arabella, is officially and permanently closed. Owner Tamara Muro posted a heartfelt Facebook status last month declaring that she's in the process of moving her whole family back to New Orleans from California and will not be able to re-open. It seems that her food truck, Velvet To Go, will be revving its engine up sometime this month, home made “Pop Tarts” included. 450.2129 ~ 5637 Magazine Street ~ throwacupcake.com


More Mediterranean … The building that briefly housed Vida's Bistro, Courtyard Grill and, for a long while, Tee-Eva's pralines, is playing host to a new restaurant called Mezze Mediterranean. Not unlike Vida's and Courtyard, Mezze serves Middle Eastern cuisine with a focus on dishes from Turkey, owner Mustafa Yucesoy's country of origin. The menu features familiar favorites like hummus, babaganush and stuffed grape leaves, but this Persian/Turkish girl is hoping for the best from their Eggplant Dolma (koresh de bademjan) and Kofte (Turkish-style meatloaf).  267.3696 ~ 4430 Magazine Street ~ mezzenola.com


Dem and dose … Skip Murray, co-founder of the hugely successful Dat Dog, recently opened his latest restaurant inside a shotgun single on Banks Street dubbed “Dis & Dat,” which touts itself mainly as a hamburger joint. Although the focus is their “100% Moo Cow” burgers, there are quite a few hot dogs on the menu –  in fact, there appears to be more hot dogs than hamburgers –  but who's counting? Dis & Dat is open every day from 11:30 am to 9 pm and features a daily happy hour (half-off all drinks) from 4-7pm. 909.0458 ~ 2540 Banks Street ~ disanddatnola.com


Comfy pasta … Arabella Casa di Pasta has opened up inside its own digs on St. Claude Avenue in the Marigny, much to the pleasure of owners Mowgli & Amanda Pierlas. Located next to Kajuns Pub, this new eatery aims to be a family-style, neighborhood joint serving fresh, house made pasta and sauces that you can mix and match on a whim in a cozy, relaxed environment. Although the restaurant is currently open, the owners hope to upgrade a bit with better seating and sound quality funded by friends and fans through LocalLift.com. 267.6108 ~ 2258 St. Claude Avenue ~ arabellanola.com


Northshore nirvana … Chef Jeffrey Hansell and his wife Amy recently opened Ox Lot 9, an upscale restaurant in Covington. The restaurant features a “sophisticated approach to seasonal ingredients” offering dishes like Fried Frog Legs in hot sauce butter, Smoked Mullet “on the half shell,” Southern Bouillabaisse with grouper, mussels and shrimp, and Carrot Cake with cream cheese mousseline, compressed pineapple and walnut pralines. Located on E. Boston Street, right across from Del Porto Ristorante, Ox Lot 9 is open nightly Tuesday through Saturday, plus they offer brunch on Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. 985.400.5663 ~ 428 E. Boston Street ~ oxlot9.com 

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