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July 2015 Archive

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Openings

Killer Poboys will open a second location in New Orleans What started out as a low-key poboy service in the back of a French Quarter bar has become something of a local phenomenon. Killer Poboys, which offers only six selections on its menu, has announced the impending opening of a second, larger location. The new restaurant will reportedly have an expanded kitchen, which unlike its first location, will serve breakfast. The menu will also feature side items and salads, neither of which is offered at the original location. Will the in-demand "Dark and Stormy" pork belly poboy make the cut on the new menu? Indeed it will. Killer Poboys, 219 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70112, no phone.
 
For many years, New Orleanians have taken the long drive over the Mississippi River bridge to the West Bank of New Orleans to dine at Nine Roses. Known for its authentic Vietnamese preparations, Nine Roses is often mentioned as the best Vietnamese cuisine in the city. Now, the owners have expanded to the French Quarter, 620 Conti St. Although the original location serves a number of Asian specialties, the new location, a bit smaller, serves strictly Vietnamese items. Nine Roses, 620 Conti St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-324‐9450.
 

News Bytes

Palace Cafe Brings Back its Temperature Lunch Special
One of the most popular summer restaurant promotions is back for another season. Palace Café, one of the anchors of the downtown dining scene, is once again offering its “Temperature Lunch” special. The menu features two courses priced to match the previous day’s high temperature. That means if you go to Palace Café after an unseasonably cool summer afternoon, such as a 75 degree day, your lunch will cost $7.50. The chef will offer a difference main course each day, Monday through Friday, through Labor Day. The first course will always be either the house gumbo or the signature “Werlein salad.” (Werlein was the name of the longtime piano store that was housed in the Palace Café building before the restaurant opened.) Palace Cafe, 605 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-523-1661.
 
Chef Emeril Lagasse Offers Summer Dinner Specials
The Emeril’s restaurant organization is taking an aggressive approach to attracting diners during the comparatively quiet summer months. At Emeril’s, NOLA and Emeril’s Delmonico, running through the end of August a four-course prix-fixe menu will be featured for $45. Optional wine pairings are offered, as well. The price will not include tax and gratuity, and the menus will change periodically. Emeril's, 800 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-9393.
 

Chef Shuffle

Following the recent death of The Franklin's chef Jason Baas, The Franklin has scored a culinary coup with the hire of Baruch Rabasa. Rabasa, most recently in the kitchen at Atchafalaya, has already added his touch to The Franklin's dinner menu.  Look for new items including a bacon-wrapped pork loin with roasted corn and poblano relish. The Franklin, 2600 Dauphine St., New Orleans, LA 70117, 504-267-0640.
 
Annunciation, the Creole and Cajun Warehouse District restaurant, has lost its high profile chef, Steve Manning. He was a big draw, having been at the helm of the venerable Clancy’s for several years prior to the opening of Annunciation. Manning has not announced his future plans, and Annunciation’s owners have not announced a new chef. Annunciation, 1016 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-568-0245.
 
Although it has not been open very long, Press Street Station already has a new chef. James Cullen, formerly of Treo, has taken over the kitchen at the charming non-profit restaurant. Press Street Station is located on the grounds of the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, and supports the school with its revenue. One of the biggest changes Cullen has already made is the introduction of an all-day breakfast menu. Look for highly inventive items such as Bywater Benedict, featuring boudin over grilled summer squash, topped with poached eggs and sauce choron. Another tempting item is Cullen’s Sweet Potato Brioche Pain Perdu (French Toast), topped with cane syrup. Cullen is still adding to the menu, but if you’re looking for a perfect fried green tomato BLT for lunch, this is your place. Press Street Station, 5 Press St., New Orleans, LA 70117, 504-249-5622.
 

Closings

CLOSED FOR GOOD
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To the surprise and disappointment of many New Orleanians, Liborio Cuban Restaurant has closed after more than 40 years in its high profile downtown location. Liborio was one of the first restaurants in the city to offer authentic Cuban fare. Whether the restaurant will open in another location has been the subject of speculation, but reportedly, the son of the owner seems optimistic about a Liborio resurrection. A hotel located next door has expressed interest in expansion into the Liborio site. Liborio, 321 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, no phone.
 

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