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Green Pave: Tulane's New Food Truck

Tulane students are often accused of an ivory tower lifestyle removed from the actual City of New Orleans. However, today international food services giant Sodexo announced that Tulane kids will not be denied the opportunity to indulge in the food truck trend. On Monday (8.31), the University is rolling their own food truck, only for meal plan subscribers.

Araña Taqueria Opens on Magazine Street

Araña Taqueria y Cantina is Uptown and running. The latest Magazine St. Mexican spot opened its doors at 3 p.m. Tuesday, making good on a prior promise to open in August. 

Kebab on St. Claude

First Taste: Hearty Sandwiches, First-Rate Falafel from Pizza Speakeasy Pair

I love Mediterranean food. I’ve made more midnight solo trips to Cleo’s, the CBD’s 24/7 gyro grocery, than I care to admit. I’ve trekked out to the International Market for bargain tahini sauce and big canisters of falafel seasoning. But there’s no room for a vertical spit roaster in my kitchen, so I was eager to try Kebab (2315 St. Claude Ave.), a new joint bringing quality seasoned meat downtown to St. Roch.

British Art, International Flavors Behind Cellar Door

Tucked away on a CBD side street, Cellar Door (916 Lafayette St.) is hoping to bring something a little bit different than gumbo and bourbon to New Orleans. The neighborhood's newest food and drink spot is billed as a “gastrolounge on the surface,” where patrons can gather over carefully crafted cocktails and international cuisine. 

Araña Coming in August

Chef Richard Papier Talks New Taqueria on Magazine Street

Local chef Richard Papier has spent time in some big name kitchens across town — Emeril Lagasse, Susan Spicer, and Donald Link to name a few.  But it was dinner at Guillermo Peters’ Coyoacán where Papier found his true culinary calling in Mexican cuisine. Now, he’s taking his appreciation of the ethnic fare to the next level by opening his own restaurant, Araña Taqueria y Cantina on Magazine Street.

We've Got Soul Returns to Marigny

Pop-up favorite We’ve Got Soul is back in the Marigny after a six-month hiatus and Chef Tres Barnard is excited to be back in the kitchen. The pop-up eatery has relocated to Jims (3000 Royal St.) and will be open every Friday from 6-10 p.m.

Humble Bagel Rises on Freret

by Jessica Placzek

The recent closing of Artz Bagelz left Uptowners down a bagel spot, but the owners of a new shop are hoping to fill the hole on Freret. Humble Bagel (4716 Freret St.) opened its doors to New Orleans last Thursday. The shop's bagels are hand rolled and kettle boiled daily, and 


Company Burger's Adam Biderman Takes Over New Freret Cocktail Spot's Kitchen

The meat maven behind Company Burger has taken over the menu at Cure, adding his own culinary touch by creating palate pleasers that compliment the Freret Street spot's cocktails. 

A Well-Dressed Guappo

Creole Cookin' with Chef Anthony Scanio Explores Italian Salad

Chef Anthony Scanio of Emeril's Delmonico reaches back through Arabi Spaghetti Dinners and Treme to arrive at his take on Italian Salad.

National Oreo Day Comes with Fried

by Stacy Coco

Oreos are milk's best friend. And since every food item has a day, today is National Oreo Day. The National Biscuit Company, known today as Nabisco, first developed and produced the cookie on this day in 1912, thus marking March 6 as National Oreo Day.

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