It's a good week to get out of the busiest parts of the city, yeah? That's the way it seems, with Ian McNulty heading to Algiers Point and Tom Fitzmorris going to Metairie. The Gambit's resident critic reviews the Pernt's "wine shop-turned-cafe," Vine & Dine. He compares the format to Bacchanal, saying that, in addition to not having music, it's "far less hip and much cheaper," with a menu that's "more about noshing and sharing than conventional restaurant dining." But that's a good thing: "[T]his is a wine destination with the laid-back ambience of a neighborhood watering hole, a place without any pretense."
Meanwhile, the Fitz uses his space in this week's CityBusiness to write up Ralph Brennan's Old Metairie eatery, Café B. Calling it "a comfortable restaurant" with an "attractive bar" and "chatty and casual" service, Fitzmorris writes that the "kitchen is as ambitious as any of [Ralph Brennan's] others'."
· Review: Vine & Dine [Gambit]
· Brennan Finds a Following in Old Metairie at Café B [CB]