Restaurants Open Christmas Eve

5Fifty5. CBD. Marriott Hotel, 555 Canal. 504-553-5638. Contemporary Creole. 8 Block Kitchen & Bar. CBD. 601 Loyola Ave. (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3850. American. Albertine’s Tea Room (Columns Hotel). Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon. 3811 St Charles Ave. 504-899-9308. Creole. Andrea’s. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd. 3100 19th St. 504-834-8583. Italian. Arnaud’s. French Quarter. 813 Bienville. 504-523-5433. Creole French. Bistreaux. French Quarter. 1001 Toulouse St. 504-586-8000. Creole. Bombay Club. French Quarter. 830 Conti. 504-577-2237. Contemporary Creole. Borgne. CBD. 601 Loyola Ave (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3860. Seafood. Bourbon House. French…

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Restaurants Open On Christmas Eve/Day

8 Block Kitchen & Bar. CBD. 601 Loyola Ave. (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3850. American. Albertine’s Tea Room (Columns Hotel). Uptown 2: Washington To Napoleon. 3811 St Charles Ave. 504-899-9308. Creole. Andrea’s. Metairie 2: Orleans Line To Houma Blvd. 3100 19th St. 504-834-8583. Italian. Arnaud’s. French Quarter. 813 Bienville. 504-523-5433. Creole French. Bistreaux. French Quarter. 1001 Toulouse St. 504-586-8000. Creole. Bombay Club. French Quarter. 830 Conti. 504-577-2237. Contemporary Creole. Borgne. CBD. 601 Loyola Ave (Hyatt Regency Hotel). 504-613-3860. Seafood. Bourbon House. French Quarter. 144 Bourbon. 504-522-0111. Seafood. Brennan’s. French Quarter. 417…

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A Christmas Toast, 2013

erry Christmas to you! And all other foodies! This food commentator Does his Yule duties To summarize winter’s Summer’s, fall’s and last spring’s Gastronomical news And our appetites’ swings. Sixty-four openings And one surprise meltdown Don’t capture the status Of eating in our town. Chefs make much baloney And their own house-cured hams But neglect the flavors, And offer tepid yams. Ambient noise increases Tablecloths disappear Some bread? We beg the waiter. Sorry, not since last year. Creativity comes Before all other ends It’s what a chef claims now When…

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A Christmas Toast 2011
Christmas And New Year

A Christmas Toast 2011

Holy Jesus! Warm all To His birthday again. Are you sure? Already? And not some other when? Mardi Gras was last week– Right? Jazz Fest the next day, NOWFE wined and fed us The last weekend of–May? Halloween! Then turkey! Now the table we clear! Fat Santa’s awaiting The big feast of the year! Funny thing happened to Our restaurant guides. Same number of places Half again that besides, Than the count of all rests We had pre-Katrina. Impossible, some say Of this fulsome scene. A Hundred dozen rest’rants Attract…

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A Christmas Toast
Christmas And New Year

A Christmas Toast

From round the tree jumps, Like some kind of jester, Your joyful gourmet And dining suggester, Here again with my list Of meals fondly retold, And chefs and the servers In hot eat’ries and cold. I’m generalizing When I call the past year A time of a turning In the way we dine here. First Root, with its food lab, Gelling fruit, curing meats. Then John Besh’s new Borgne With IsleƱos-style eats. But Bywater’s bohemia Is on fire–no joking! Maurepas’s innovating. A new Joint is smoking. A dozen new restos…

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