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We Live to Eat! Restaurant Week Kicks Off In NOLA

One could argue that every week is Restaurant Week in New Orleans, but next week, they’d be right. We Live to Eat Restaurant Week kicks off this Monday, September 8, and runs through the Sunday the 14th. Local heavyweights like Antoine’s, Emeril’s, Commander’s, and Ruth’s Chris are set to participate, as well as newcomers like Booty’s and Mizado Cocina.

New Restos from Deuce McAllister, Drago's Family Open This Week

The Saints' season has sadly come to an end, but former players continue to keep Who Dat pride alive through August. Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap is coming to to Wyndham Hotel (132 Royal St.). In Fat City,  the owners of Drago’s are expanding their charbroiled empire to hamburgers. 


Local Voodoo Vendors Jump on Bacon Bandwagon, Vegetarians Get Tofu Banh Mi

While there are still out-of-town vendors pushing healthy festival grub, famous local restaurants such as Drago’s and Ernst Café have a presence at this year's NOLA Food Experience. Joining the seafood sensations are up-and-comers such as Booty’s and NOLA Pho Life, as well as street food faves Crepes a la Cart. The portable grub experts' menus span the gamut from veggie-friendly to bacon crazed. 

Louisiana Seafood Festival Docks in the French Quarter

by Emma Boyce

Louisiana is known for their soulful music, delicious food and warm hospitality.  Support all three this weekend by enjoying a large plate of your favorite creature from under the sea at the Louisiana Seafood Festival at Woldenberg Park.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation (LHF), a non-profit organization that supports local youth programs.

Fish on Friday

3 Spots to Go Meatless at the End of the Week

For Part 1 of our Lenten seafood sojourn, we spotlight a trio of restaurants where making a sacrifice doesn't involve giving up good food.

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