News for Restaurants in New Orleans
There is delicious news from LaCote Brasserie, the plush dining room inside the Renaissance Arts Hotel in the Warehouse District. Chef Chuck Subra Jr. is now featuring a soup du jour every day. These include roasted red pepper, winter squash and clams with tomato, plus roasted beef soup. Still on the menu are Subra's duck and andouille gumbo and his Louisiana seafood stew. Also at LaCote Brasserie, the daily three-course lunch special is $17 and includes the house-made pound cake with chocolate sauce. Subra features three selections of house-made ceviche every day at happy hour from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., along with $3 Heiner Brau and Covington Brewhouse (local) bottled beer. Selected wines are offered for $7 by the glass. LaCote Brasserie, 700 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-613-2350.
Mike’s on the Avenue owners Vicky Bayley and chef Mike Fennelly call it “Dinner and the Greatest Free Show on Earth.” They are talking about your opportunity to spend an evening in the restaurant during Mardi Gras season, where the many evening parades roll right past Mike’s oversize windows. With no need to fight the crowds or the elements, you can enjoy some of Fennelly’s creations, ranging from Korean-style barbecued oyster or redfish pate appetizers, to an assortment of small plates, including the full-flavored marinated sizzling steak with oyster sauce, and some great pork debris sliders. There are, of course, full entrees, including our favorite, the green tea mint rubbed double cut pork chop with baked yams and green beans. Call early for reservations, and visit http://www.nola.com/mardigras/parades/ for a full 2011 Mardi Gras parade schedule. Mike's on the Avenue, Lafayette Hotel, 678 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-7600.
Chef Duke LoCicero, owner/chef of Café Giovanni in the French Quarter, just launched a new Ladies Night Out dinner special. The evening begins at Belli Baci, the ornate and stylish lounge adjacent to Café Giovanni, with half-priced designer cocktails. The party continues with a special three-course menu designed by chef Duke (menu includes several options from which to select) from $35 per person. Parties of six ladies or more will get an extra treat of a complimentary bottle of Prosecco, Italian sparkling wine. After dinner, the evening continues in the Belli Baci Lounge with a half-priced nightcap. Ladies Night Out specials are available every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights. As an added bonus on Wednesday and Friday nights, the restaurant features live opera singers (who regularly make a weekend appearance on Saturdays, as well). LoCicero’s menu offerings for the Ladies Night Out dinner includes his locally beloved spicy shrimp and grits appetizer, as well as two of the most popular entrées, the spaghetti a la Bolognese with a traditional Italian meat sauce, and the tournedos of beef with a brandy, green peppercorn and foie gras sauce. There are many other items from which to choose on the appetizer, entrée and dessert menu. If you are a first-timer at the café, be good to yourself and try the white chocolate bread pudding. Café Giovanni, 117 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-529-2154.
Meson 923, the chic dining spot in the heart of the Warehouse district, just introduced its new happy hour deal: For $9, pick your preference for the best two combinations of three select Spanish- and French-inspired appetizers that pair with a white wine, red wine, beer or specialty cocktail. Take your pick from three choices of two combinations---drink and appetizer---and pay only $9. From mussels and lager to a confit of pork shoulder matched with a select glass of red wine, the dishes change weekly. The bar at Meson 923 is small, but truly inviting. (Tax and gratuity are not included in the price). Meson 923, 923 S. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-9200.
Donald Link has been called the "Cajunest" chef in New Orleans, and rightfully so. Having grown up in Cajun country, surrounded by outstanding cooks, Link's regional expertise is unmatched. Now he brings some of his knowledge to a new video series, called "A Taste of Place." The series, which can be accessed from the Cochon website (http://www.cochonrestaurant.com), examines the connection between fresh, local ingredients and the people connected to the land and waters that produce them. “Taste of Place” takes viewers on a tour across the country to visit local ranchers and farmers, artisan bread makers, fisherman---people who understand that “place makes the taste.” Episodes vary from a visit to a unique bakery in Fredericksburg to a working cattle farm in Texas. Link interviews colorful characters and shows the locale at its best. The episodes are brief and well produced. Check Link's website weekly for new episodes. Cochon, 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-588-2123.
The elegant Morton’s The Steakhouse is introducing its new Friday “Power Lunch.” Patrons will enjoy selections from the à la carte menu or a pre-set Power Lunch Menu. The power lunch menu at $39/person will offer three courses, including a choice of salads, entrées (with sides) and desserts. The entrées are among some of Morton’s top dishes, including the jumbo lump crab cakes, the filet mignon and broiled salmon. Dessert is a choice of double chocolate mousse or key lime pie. The per person price does not include tax or gratuity. Morton's The Steakhouse, Shops at Canal St., 365 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-566-0221.
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