By David Lee Simmons, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
It should shock no one -- New Orleans natives or visitors -- that the city's bar scene is in a constant state of change, and that sometimes it feels like there's a new bar popping up every month. It's not that dynamic a scene, but certainly for visitors it's easy to skip a new bar (especially in the French Quarter) and head straight toward the tried and true.
It makes sense, but we'd be remiss if we didn't remind everyone that even in the historic French Quarter, where bars are institutions, there's always something new to consider. With Mardi Gras fast approaching, you need
by Broussard's | about a month ago
By Nora McGunnigle | New Orleans Eater
New Orleans is well known as the birthplace (or at least the torch-bearer) of many drinks, both alcoholic and non. The Sazerac, brandy milk punch, Pimms Cup, Vieux Carre, the French 75, the Hurricane, and of course, the Hand Grenade.
The creation and promotion of these drinks in New Orleans has been finely tuned and honed over time. Iconic bars and restaurants are well known for their versions of the classic drinks. And as cocktail history has become more widely embraced by the new generation of mixologists, more and more bars are seeking to recreate classics invented elsewhere and creating unique cocktails that are
By Gwendolyn Knapp | New Orleans Eater
As Eater's first ever Classics Week kicks off, here now we present the 25 Classic restaurants every New Orleanian must try once. Yes, the Crescent City is a town full of classics, and it's nearly impossible to capture the true essence of its dining landscape and heritage in a scant 25 places alone. So let this be a starting point, the places most locals will agree are essential to the storied history of New Orleans' dining.
Please keep in mind, these are restaurants in Orleans Parish. Because the Greater New Orleans area has so many classics, check back for the best of Jefferson Parish and elsewhere later
David Lee Simmons, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Cocktail recipes aren't always set in stone. That's one of the things that becomes clear in this video in which three New Orleans bartenders make the city's celebrated Sazerac. The video, a coda for our weeklong series "Through the Whiskey Glass" for our Bar Guide, features three experts: T. Cole Newton (owner, Twelve Mile Limit), Monica Zeringue (Herbstaint Restaurant) and Paul Gustings (Empire Barat Broussard's Restaurant).
There are subtle differences among the professionals. For example, one favors going easy on the bitters (always Peychaud's), while the other two prefer a heavier
By Beth D'Addono | 10best.com
Man may not be able to live on bread alone, but add in a dozen grilled oysters, a pecan crusted red fish and bananas foster prepared tableside, and we're getting somewhere.
New Orleans is a city that inspires love, Talk to locals and more often than not, you'll hear a few stories of people who fall in love with New Orleans, and wind up moving here. Like every love affair, there are highs and lows, but in New Orleans, the rich gastronomic landscape is impossible not to adore. With the person you love across the table, sharing quaffs of bubbly, local seafood and pecan-defined desserts is sure to satisfy on multiple
by Gwendolyn Knapp | New Orleans Eater
The former Lucky Rooster chef plans to infuse the Grand Dame's menu with some Caribbean flavor and fun.
Well, looky here, an exciting turn of events over at Broussard's, with Todd Price reporting that Neal Swidler, the chef mastermind behind the sadly shuttered Asian street food fave Lucky Rooster, has now stepped IN as executive chef. Swidler takes over for French chef Guy Reinbolt, who helped relaunch the restaurant (and menu) after Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concepts purchased the restaurant in 2013 and immediately gave it a million-dollar upgrade before reopening. The revamp included the addition swanky
By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune
In August 2013, Broussard's reopened after a complete renovation. The restaurant, founded in 1920, hired two familiar faces: bartender Paul Gustings and manager Chris Ycaza. Now it also has a chef with a local track record: Neal Swidler.
Swidler most recently created the restaurant Lucky Rooster, which closed in September. Before Hurricane Katrina, he was the chef de cuisine at both NOLA and Emeril's Delmonico.
"I came in for dinner, looked at this handsome dining room," Swidler said, "and thought this brings back great memories of Delmonico."
Swidler's first day was Monday (Dec.
By Elizabeth Pearce | The New Orleans Advocate
Photo by Matthew Mead
Forty-eight New Orleans bartenders. Twenty-four cocktails. Eighteen restaurants. One night.
On Dec. 18, New Orleanians are invited to the House of Blues to attend the ninth annual Tales of the Toddy, showcasing the talented folks working behind our city’s bars.
And in the midst of a season full of holiday treats, this is one night worth making time for.
In Tales of the Toddy, 24 bartending teams of two compete to make the best holiday drink. Additionally, fans can have their say, voting for People’s Choice Awards for best drink and dish.
By Foodable Web TV Network
Foodable welcomes New Orleans to our Top 25 restaurant lists this month! A city with arguably the nation's spiciest nightlife, also certainly has a flavorful restaurant scene. With restaurants that aren’t afraid to experiment with their menus, New Orleans has been recognized as one of the cities with the most creative culinary scenes.
So what are the restaurants that consumers can’t stop talking about on social media? The first ever restaurant to make the New Orleans coveted no. 1 placement on our list is Root, with the high social score of 170.88. This month’s top dog is unlike any other restaurant. It features
by Nora McGunnigle | New Orleans Eater
Local bartending legend Paul Gustings talks to Eater about his transition to the Empire Bar at Broussard's and why he loves what he's been doing for over 30 years.
Welcome to Lifers, a feature in which Eater interviews the men and women who have worked in the restaurant and bar industry for the better part of their lives, sharing their stories and more.
Paul Gustings has probably forgotten more about bartending than the vast majority of those looking to follow in his footsteps will ever know. A longtime local bartender - he put in 20 years at theNapoleon House, and 15 at Tujague's before heading
By Nora McGunnigle | Thrillist
Ever since our greatest scientists discovered a meal between breakfast and lunch, man has looked to the stars and wondered, “Where can I get the best boozy brunch deals in New Orleans?”. Well, wonder no more... because here’s a list of the very best deals you'll find in the city's best brunch spots, broken down by neighborhood. [...]
Broussard’s, French Quarter
The Deal: One of the "grand dames" of Creole cuisine and NOLA dining culture, Broussard’s jazz brunch in a quintessential French Quarter courtyard setting is a great place any Sunday (10:30am-2pm) to enjoy
by Broussard's | 5 months ago
By Emily Smith | Go NOLA
Living and working in New Orleans means working hard so you can play even harder. But why should weekends have all of the fun? An extensive list of local restaurants offering happy hours — some lasting as late as 7 p.m. and on the weekends, too — are the perfect excuse to gather with co-workers and friends over some early evening priced-just-right bites and drinks. Here are 10 New Orleans restaurants offering excellent happy hours with food and drink options that are light on the price but generous on flavor and fun. [...]
Visit one of New Orleans’ most beautiful French
by Broussard's | 6 months ago
By Scott Gold | Thrillist
Other cities might have quaint, anachronistic, bespoke cocktail dens, with their dark woods and candlelight, exposed brick, and mixologists in arm garters and handlebar mustaches. But in New Orleans, that’s not ironic or whimsical... it’s our history. NOLA barmen and barwomen have been slinging drinks since the mid-19th century, and you can still get many of those same drinks, at the same bars no less, to this very day -- and at the same time, a new breed of Big Easy bartenders are creating exciting craft cocktails, as well as paying homage to those classics.
Tying it all together, we decided to track down the essentials.
By Robert Simonson | The New York Times
Photo by Cheryl Gerber | The New York Times
NEW ORLEANS — There are as many versions of the Sazerac here as there are bars. Still, the one made by the bartender Paul Gustings stands out.
“I use much more Peychaud’s than others do,” he stated, mentioning the bright red bitters that are essential to the drink. Eleven dashes. Or 13, or 10, depending on how full the bottle is. (The dashes are smaller when it’s first opened, he explained, and larger toward the bottom.)
Mr. Gustings has his own way of doing things. An éminence grise in the New Orleans bartender community,
By David Lee Simmons, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Photo by David Lee Simmons, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans restaurant renaissancehas been matched in recent years with the bar renaissance. As we sat down to decide which new bars should be on our 2014 list, we found many of the ones we liked were associated with restaurants.
When is a restaurant bar also a great bar? After much discussion, we agreed that while it often is a tough call, a space feels more like a bar when patrons can sit and sip while experiencing little to no pressure to order food. Other spaces earned extra credit for having a separate space or entrance, creating
by Broussard's | 7 months ago