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While other cities might find it odd to open a restaurant that grants equal time and space to donuts and hamburgers, New Orleans has long loved the combination. Now the popular Stein's Market & Deli in the Garden District is getting a new next door neighbor that will honor that tradition. District Donuts.Sliders.Brew will reportedly open as a donut and coffee house that serves craft-style donuts (although they have not defined that just yet) and mini-burgers. They will not serve alcohol --- the brew is coffee. However, Stein's has a full selection of beers just next door and patrons are welcome to purchase beer there and carry it in to the new restaurant. The new place is slated to open in the Fall, but a definitive opening date has not yet been determined. District Donuts.Sliders.Brew, 2209 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70125, no phone.
Since the popular Domenica opened in The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, word has spread far and wide about its outstanding and reasonably-priced pizzas. Now, chefs John Besh and Alon Shaya are acting on the unexpected popularity of their pizza by planning a spin-off restaurant where they will focus mainly on their wood-fired pizzas, along with a selection of small plate items. The new restaurant does not yet have an anticiapted opening date, and will be located in a 3000-square-foot building on upper Magazine St. Reportedly, the new spot will be appropriately named Pizza Domenica.
The burgeoning restaurant row on Magazine St. in the Garden District just got a bit spicier with the debut of Amici Ristorante & Bar, where coal-fired pizzas are rapidly becoming the house signature dish. If the pizza has a distinct smoky flavor, that is strictly by design and a product of baking it at extremely high temperatures. For those who are particular about beer selections to go with their pizza, Amici offers 30 draft beers, as well as distinctive frozen liquors. In addition to the pizza, there are about a dozen pasta offerings, as well as veal chops, double-cut pork chops (also coal-fired) and an outstanding chicken marsala. If none of that has you looking for your keys just yet, just remember these words: Fried Oreo cookies with gelato. Dinner nightly. Amici Ristorante & Bar, 3218 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70125, 504-300-1250.
Area Restaurants Team Up with the American Heart Association
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 Reborn as a Creole Italian Spot
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.
After the sudden death of chef Ngoc Nguyen earlier this year. Ste. Marie has named Emeril's veteran Kristen Essig as the new chef. Essig, who once managed the popular Crescent City Farmer's Market, places great emphasis on the use of locally grown produce and other food products. Ste. Marie, 930 Poydras St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-304-6988.
In a news item that is way too famliar to New Orleanians, The Grill Room at the Windsor Court Hotel has once again lost its executive chef. Over the past decade or so the restaurant has seen many chefs come and go. Although the room is among the most elegant in the city, the menu and the talent behind it has been inconsistent and ever-changing. This time, chef Kristin Butterworth, who only worked in the kitchen for about a year, has left for family reasons. In her place, chef de cuisine Vlad Ahmadyaro will step up to the executive chef position while the hotel does a national search for a new chef de cuisine. The Grill Room, Windsor Court Hotel, 300 Gravier St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-522-1992.
Broussard's, one of the flagship Creole restaurants in the French Quarter, is underoing a $1 million renovation. Sold last year by its long time owners, the restaurant, now owned by Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts, is getting a much needed re-do, including lightening and opening up the main entrance hall. The dining rooms will reportedly look similar to what they have always looked like, with the excpetion of new paint colors and carpeting. Broussard's courtyard, which is among the most coveted party spaces in the city, has $40,000 worth of new trees and plants. The restaurant will remain closed until late September, at which time it will reopen with the kitchen under the direction of former Sheraton Hotel chef Guy Reinbolt. When the restaurant reopens, it will also debut its new Empire Bar. Broussard's, 819 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70116, 504-581-3866.
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