News for Restaurants in New Orleans
ONE Restaurant & Lounge is the little restaurant that could, located uptown a bit off the beaten path, but packing the crowds in every night anyway. Chef Scott Snodgrass and co-owner Lee McCullough have just unveiled their spicy mid-summer menu, featuring everything from braised pork belly with jalapeño cornbread and plum/pepper jelly to grilled redfish topped with peach and cucumber relish and baby bok choy. In between, look for Louisiana crabmeat, mirliton and Vidalia onion au gratin, and a stellar sweet potato gnocchi with sage, pecans and blue cheese. The chef likes full-flavored dishes, so be prepared for escargot over fried green tomatoes, topped with garlic Bordelaise sauce. Insider's tip: Snodgrass cooks in an open kitchen, so when you make your reservation, fight the good fight for one of the very few seats at the "food bar" that overlooks Snodgrass and his staff making their magic. Visit the web site for the full summer menu. ONE offers a happy hour Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., featuring half-price specialty drinks and appetizers at the bar. ONE Restaurant & Lounge, 8132 Hampson St., New Orleans, LA 70118, 504-301-9061.
Last year when Domenica opened in the newly renovated The Roosevelt New Orleans, word of mouth spread quickly and the dining room was (and still is) full every night. Little did chef/owner John Besh know that one of the most popular items on the menu would be the wood-fired pizzas. Quickly, the pizza became the talk of the town, and now Besh has expanded the offerings, and started a highly popular carry out service. Pizza orders are taken daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., guaranteed ready for pickup at the bar within 30 minutes of the order. Among the favorites: Calabrese, topped with spicy salami, mozzarella, capers and olives; Cotechino, made with pork sausage, scallions and oven dried tomatoes; Wild Mushroom, with Fontina, bacon and topped with a fried yard egg; and Pizza Enzo, topped with anchovies, tomatoes, garlic and mortadella. The restaurant is easy walking distance from many downtown hotels, and here’s the best part: All pizzas are just $13. Call 504-648-6020 to place orders. Domenica , The Roosevelt New Orleans, 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-648-6020.
It is only fitting that one of New Orleans' preeminent seafood houses should do its part to help clean up the Gulf oil spill, and G W Fins has found a creative approach. This summer, G W Fins offers "Fins Feast," a three-course dinner for just $35, with $5 going directly to the Louisiana Gulf Response, an organization formed by the joint efforts of the National Estuary Program, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy. These five organizations collaborate to supply volunteers and supplies to assist in the recovery efforts. Since G W Fins changes its menu daily based on the fresh fish available worldwide, the Fins Feast menu will also change daily. Recent offerings have included Blue Hill Bay mussels in Thai curry broth with chanterelles, Chinese sausage and rice noodles; a seafood cocktail with shrimp, crabmeat and squid; Louisiana barbecue shrimp with stone-ground grits; and wood-grilled Canadian salmon with pepper salsa and chipotle butter sauce. The $35 dinner price does not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are suggested. Dinner nightly. G W Fins, 808 Bienville St., New Orleans, LA 70112, 504-581-3467.
Martin Wine Cellar has become an in-demand social gathering spot in Metairie, and this summer is no exception. Through August 27, Martin's offers "Summer Bistro Nights," early evening dinners from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Attendees may choose two small plates (from a selection of four), or a cheese plate for just $15. Add a glass of wine selected by Wine Manager P.J. Rosenberg, for an additional $5. To see the weekly selections via email, sign up at martinwine.com, or become a fan on Facebook. Typical offerings include such items as crispy pulled pork cakes with wild mushroom salsa verde, or duck corn dogs with spicy pear mustard. And the wine? Martin's never disappoints and usually manages to find vintages that you may have thought impossible to locate. Martin Wine Cellar, 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, LA 70005, 504-896-7300.
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