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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. 

Pause for Paws Raises Money for Pets at 50 Eateries

On Thursday (6-12), more than fifty local restaurants will be helping to raise money for animal welfare as part of the Pause 4 Paws event. Twenty percent of dining proceeds in participating restaurants will be given to the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Louisiana SPCA).

Treo Brings Cocktails, Grub & Gallery to Tulane Avenue

Still in the soft opening phase, the latest venture from the owners of Finn McCool’s is bringing craft cocktails to Tulane Avenue. Treo (3835 Tulane Avenue) opened the bar, restaurant and art gallery quietly on January 26. Owners Steve and Pauline Patterson are still preparing the kitchen for their grand opening, slated for Friday, February 7. 

New Health Care Program for NOLA Restaurant Workers

The Barman's Fund and the Musicians' Clinic offered bartenders medical check-ups last year. Now, a new program in town aims to give service industry folks more comprehensive health care solutions. The Restaurant Worker Referral Program, Inc. functions as a co-operative healthcare network for those in the service industry. 

'3 Potato 4' Comes to Broadmoor

With a shift towards healthy, local eating on the horizon, the Crescent City is becoming more vegan friendly. Now, New Orleans has its own 3 Potato 4, (2727 S. Broad Avenue), the tater franchise that takes the grease out of comfort food. The restaurant serves the versatile starch baked, in a compostable snack cone.

Red Gravy Cafe Holds 'Feast of Seven Fishes' for X-Mas

New Orleans’ Italian traditions are no longer limited to St. Joseph’s Day Altars. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is coming to the CBD, where Red Gravy Café (125 Camp Street) is serving up a seafood driven holiday feast. 

Franky & Johnny's Reopens: New Owner, Same Food

Nearly a year ago, famed Uptown eatery Franky & Johnny’s (321 Arabella St.) had to close its doors after over 70 years in the neighborhood. Anthony Malacuso, a partner in the CBD's Ernst Café, heard the call for a new operator. The restaurant will reopen on Friday, November 28, with the same menu, the same layout, and a few minor additions.   

Doris Metropolitan

International Steakhouse Opens in French Quarter

New Orleanians are accustomed to eating their beef below a bed of crabmeat, but the French Quarter’s latest steakhouse explores a more international palate. 

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