This week's Gambit came out today, which means we have a new review by Ian McNulty. He went to Munch Factory in Gentilly, a neighborhood spot owned by two New Orleans natives who "who left for school but felt the urge to return home after Hurricane Katrina to join their city's rebirth." He had the gumbo, which he describes as "classic down-home Creole, with a thin, dark roux brimming with shrimp, crab and no fewer than three types of sausage." And really, that's what the Munch Factory is all about. "This is what The Munch Factory does: Familiar comfort food gets refined culinary tweaks and a strong dose of Creole flavor."
McNulty's only complaint was the bread, which apparently made a nice Cuban but was not quite right for an otherwise very good roast beef po' boy. They don't have a liquor license yet (boo), but in a neighborhood that doesn't have "many other restaurant options," you've got to go. [Gambit]
Meanwhile, Tom Fitzmorris did his Fitzy thing over in CityBusiness, hitting up Vega in Old Metairie, a small-plates restaurant that "is largely responsible for defining tapas in New Orleans." For best results: "Go in groups of four to six and order for the table. Most dishes are big enough to share, and the range of the menu is so wide that it becomes fun." [CB]
In Offbeat, Jenny Sklar checked out the charitable eats at Liberty's Kitchen and Café Reconcile. But they're more than just for good cause: "the food is phenomenal." At Reconcile she had the best chicken tenders of her life. (And here's some lagniappe food porn from Sklar.) [Offbeat]
And then there's the blogs. Emily at Fleurdelicious finally got her "silly butt" to Dat Dog, where she found the food to be awesome as expected but the buns. Oh the buns! Addie K Martin at Culicurious went to Bouligny Tavern and was "very pleased!" And Rene had more "short order reviews" in Blackened Out, giving a birdie to Midway Pizza, a par/birdie to Fat Hen Grocery, and a birdie/eagle to Baru
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