News for Restaurants in New Orleans
More than three dozen New Orleans-area restaurants have signed on for a new program called Eat Fit Nola, in cooperation with the American Heart Association. The new effort will involve the chefs creating and promoting menu items that meet the nutrition guidelines of the American Heart Association, especially by limiting sugar content and white carbohydrates. Sodium and fat content will be limited, as well. Among the restaurants already committed to the program are Commander's Palace, Byblos, Sukho Thai, Bayona, Vega Tapas Cafe and many others. Some of the participating restaurants have already added menu items that meet all of the AHA guidelines.
Dick & Jenny's, a perennial Uptown New Orleans favorite dining spot since 1999, has new owners and a new menu. The restaurant, currently in its third act since the original ownership, is now owned by Kelly Barker and Cristiano Raffignone, who also own Martinique Bistro. The new owners wisely retained some of the house signature dishes, but Raffignone, who also owns Cristiano's in Houma, LA, decided to duplicate some of the Houma restaurant's Italian specialties on the Dick & Jenny's menu. The popular fried green tomatoes with remoulade suace and shrimp made the cut, as did the barbecued shrimp. But new to the selections are a stellar osso buco and veal piccata, among additional Italian offerings. Located in a true Creole cottage, the new owners made a smart decision in leaving the charming interior decor as it has always been. Dick & Jenny's, 4501 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70115, 504-894-9880.
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