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Rum Head

Tomorrow (8.16) is National Rum Day! Last month, we rounded up the best spots for rum-focused frozen brews for National Daiquiri Day, honoring one of the signature rum-focused drinks of New Orleans. Want some more boozy options to break up the hump day blues? Whether a mojito, a rum punch, a piña colada, or a simple rum & coke, celebrate this most hallowed of days with NoDef's round-up of the best spots in the Big Easy for this spirit. 

Serendipity in Mid-City

New Restaurant From Creators of Green Goddess, Bar Tonique Opens By the Bayou

Chef Chris DeBarr is bringing his knack for pleasant surprises to the banks of Bayou St. John.

Cocktail of the Week: The Green Goddess' D-Day Rum Sazerac

by Laine Kaplan-Levenson

It’s not every day a bartender describes his restaurant establishment as "Blitzkrieg Psychedelic Dining." But when it's coming from a man who makes a Sazerac with rum, an adjustment of expectations is in order. Scotty Dagenhart runs the speed game known as restaurant bartending at the French Quarter’s Green Goddess, located at 307 Exchange Place. With a background in cooking, which "definitely affects his drink making," Dagenhart runs his deck to compliment and be up to par with the food of chefs Chris DeBarr and Paul Artigues. "They may be the Mingus, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get a sax solo," he explains.

Dining on the Alleyway

The Green Goddess' Omnivourous Outré

The tiny, apple-green hideaway known as Green Goddess has acquired an outsize reputation since its 2009 opening – mostly positive, some perplexing.

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