News for Restaurants in New Orleans
Nothing much every changes at the venerable Bourbon Street eatery Galatoire's, and that's just the way its intensely loyal legion of regular customers likes it. But Galatoire's is coming closer to home with some of its newly feaured wines that have Louisiana connections. Nine wines are now being offered from seven different vineyards that have local affiliations. Some are made by New Orleanians who transplanted themselves to other parts of the country and then promoted their wines in Louisiana. Others are made by individuals who live in the state. The restaurant, which has an extensive wine program, plans to add even more wines with local affiliation. Galatoire's, 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-525-2021.
Ever since The American Sector opened at the World War II museum, although it offered lunch and dinner daily, the menu was the same throughout. Now chef de cuisine Todd Pulsinelli has introduced a new dinner menu that differs greatly from the lunch list. Pulsinelli says his goal is to attract customers who come in primarily for a meal at the restaurant, rather than just those who happen to be at the museum. The new menu is diverse to say the least. Now diners find everything from a sworfish sandwich to duck fried rice to alligator meatballs and spicy sausage over pasta. Some of the mid-20th century favorites remain, including the popular housemade footlong hot dogs with a variety of extras. The new menu also features comfort food items like creamy oyster stew, housemade mac and cheese, and meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Brave diners are likely to try a sugar cane, iced candied bacon cupcake for dessert. The American Sector, The National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, 504-528-1940.
A face very familiar to New Orleans Saints fans appeared at a recent New Orleans City Council meeting to gain approval for a new uptown restaurant. Drew Brees, the NFL Super Bowl winner and MVP was seeking the city's permission to open a franchised Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop in an area that is heavy with restaurants and bars. A number of neighbors opposed the opening because it is classified as a fast food restaurant, which traditionally has not been allowed in the area. However, others were there to support Brees, and in the end the Council gave its conditional approval for the business to open in early 2013, so long as they do not serve liquor and the restaurant closes nightly by 10 p.m. In his ongoing plans to diversify his business interests, Brees announced recently he and his wife will also open a clothing retail shop in New Orleans. As for the sandwich shop, it is almost guaranteed success, since it will be located in an area heavily travelled by students from nearby Tulane and Loyola universities. Jimmy Johns specilizes in subs and "giant club sandwiches." Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwich Shop, 7621 Maple St., New Orleans, LA 70118, no phone.
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