Totally unrelated to Food & Wine calling restaurateur Leah Chase an American Culinary Icon yesterday, Liz Genest Smith of Go NOLA reviewed the Treme landmark Dooky Chase that Chase has helmed for decades. After making the ill-advised admission that she doesn't actually like fried chicken and "heavy-handed Louisiana cooking that smothers vegetables within inches of their lives," she goes on to praise absolutely everything at the restaurant.
The fried chicken was "Magic," the catfish prompted a satisfied "Wow" and the peach cobbler was, simply put, "Heaven." All of which is simple but serious praise.
Meanwhile, Ian McNulty in the Gambit crossed the river to review Taste of Caribbean, a (you guessed it) Caribbean restaurant in Gretna. Opened last year by Haitian immigrant Elianne Charles and her family, McNulty writes that, while the menu is ultimately not as exotic as you might expect, "The Haitian twist makes all the difference on this menu, and it makes this tiny restaurant hiding at the back of a Gretna strip mall worth the trip." The grilled chicken, for example, is unique due to its "robust and distinctive bouquet of Haitian seasoning."
And in the blogs, the Red Streetcar reviewed Pizzicare, the new-ish New York style pizza shop in Mid City, comparing it favorably to other area pizzerias: "High quality and great taste at a cheaper price? Sounds like a winner to me." And Rene Louapre of Blackened Out waxed poetic on Brigtsen's and restaurants in general: "Notice that feeling of relaxation and contentment at the end of the meal. That is the ultimate goal of a restaurant. And one that Brigtsen's performs better than anyone else in the city."
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