Archive for July, 2010

Best BBQ

One of our favorite mags—Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel—has a story this month about the best BBQ joints in America. It includes this item about one of our favorites in our next-door neighborhood, the Bywater.

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New Orleans: The Joint
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A year before Hurricane Katrina hit, husband-and-wife owners Pete and Jenny Breen outfitted an abandoned building in New Orleans’s Bywater neighborhood with wooden benches and a giant black smoker. After the storm, the duo reopened right away, trucking in meat to cook free meals for neighbors. Today, they’re still pleasing locals with spicy, Cajun-style sausages and rapidly gaining a reputation as one of America’s best stops for BBQ pork ribs, rubbed in spice and smoked for hours until they gain a crisp, caramelized coating and fall-off-the-bone texture. End the meal with a traditional Southern specialty, extra-creamy peanut butter pie. 801 Poland Ave., 504/949-3232, ribs plate $10.

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Best Bars

mimisThis weekend I finally got around to perusing Gambit magazine’s list of top 50 bars in New Orleans. Right there in the #2 spot is Mimi’s in the Marigny, just a few blocks from us.The bar was praised for, among other things, its terrific tapas bar upstairs that serves late into the night. Coming in at #12 was the nearby Allways Lounge which Gambit notes “has blossomed as a destination and odd intersection for bohemian theatergoers, indie and alternative rock fans, and regulars for whom it’s always been a gay and lesbian friendly neighborhood bar.” Also nearby: D.B.A., the Blue Nile, HiHo Lounge, and everybody’s favorite dive the Saturn all get kudos as well.

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This Morning in the Marigny

This morning on the way to our nearby coffee shop, the Who Dat Coffee Cafe, I encountered another of those magical moments that help make our neighborhood unlike any other.beadcar1beadcar2beadcar3

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Fond Memories

After reading our summer update Eileen Riordan was kind enough to share some great pix from their visit with us back in 2007. Here are a few of my favorites.

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