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McNulty Likes Kanno, Gaudin Dreams of Tomato Tarts

Another week, another edition of the Gambit, and another review from Ian McNulty. This week, he headed to Kanno California Sushi Bar in the Fat City section of Metairie, an "unexceptional entertainment district" with a "lushly diverse dining scene." According to McNulty, Kanno, by chef/owner Hidetoshi Suzuki, "has become one of the best Japanese restaurants in the area." How's the food?

The sashimi I've tried at Kanno always has been unimpeachably fresh and luscious. But what makes this restaurant worth seeking out are dishes like the Dijon tuna, a sculpted tower made from thick chunks of ruby-red raw fish dressed in a mixture of ponzu and mustard seeds.
Suzuki trained as a fine-dining chef in Japan before learning sushi making in the States, bringing a sensibility and level of care to his cooking that McNulty certainly believes is worth checking out.

In GoNOLA, Lorin Gaudin talked up the pastries from Lisa Barbato at the Crescent City Farmer's Market on Magazine and Girod. Barbato is a fixture at the Saturday morning market, but Gaudin is especially smitten with her tomato tarts: "To call these tarts 'glorious' is giving them short shrift. They are dream-invaders, often playing a role in scenes of my sleep plays." High praise, indeed.

But what's Tommy up to? In his New Orleans Menu, Tom Fitzmorris gave two stars to Kenner's Shishkabob House, a "low-key vendor of the standard Middle-Eastern menu." For what it's worth, Shishkabob House is "better than you might expect given the location." So if you're in Kenner and craving halal meats, you might as well stop in.

And finally, Peter Thriffiley Jr at Blackened Out gave a Birdie to Felipe's Taqueria, writing that it's not your typical, mediocre burrito joint. Thriffiley likes the French Quarter location better than the one in Broadmoor.

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Kanno California Sushi Bar

3205 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, LA

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