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Reviews For Dante's, Daiwa, Dreamy Weenies, and More

 Dante's Kitchen
Dante's Kitchen
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In his first review since returning from Harvard, Brett Anderson throws THREE BEANS at Dante's Kitchen for their "graceful maturity" and notes New Orleans' recent obsession with whole fish this week: While Dante's core is Southern cuisine, "dinners can pivot in many directions at once, with Asian flavors taking a particular place of pride in the recipes," such as the whole trout, which comes off as an "honest example" of chef/ownerEman Loubiere's many interests, and tastes "like little else in town," which can be said about quite a few dishes here. []

Ian McNulty reviews Daiwa this week, a little known gem for sushi (and karaoke, zomg!) out in a Marerro strip mall: Chef/owner Ken Wong? he's Chinese, actually? "mixes first-rate raw materials and a charmingly cheeky attitude to stand out from the increasingly crowded pack of local Japanese restaurants" with a Hong Kong "style" and "irreverence" and a bunch of private karaoke rooms including a "bubble gum-pink Hello Kitty" one. [Advocate]

Scott Gold reviews Dreamy Weenies in the Quarter this week: "What separates Dreamy Weenies from the competition — most notably the growing Dat Dog weiner empire and smaller shops such as Diva Dog — is a dedication to serving kosher, halal and vegan versions of what it calls the 'New Orleans-style hot dog,' loaded with topping combinations incorporating local and global flavors." But don't expect late hours or beer. [Gambit]

Tom Fitzmorris doles out THREE WHOLE STARS to Thai Space on the North Shore. It's a place that "went from being great to mediocre" after co-owner Ricky Seubsanh was sentenced to 20 years for "a number of unsavory charges" last year, but T-Fitz finds the restaurant finally back to its "formerly fine self" this week. No hipness points here. The dining room is "spare" but "cheery." And while the coke-king of the North Shore's Thai Food industry is gone, the "pad prik king" lives on as T-Fitz' #9 Essential Dish. [CityBusiness, sub req]

Dreamy Weenies

740 N Rampart, New Orleans, LA 70116 (504) 872-0157

Dante's Kitchen

736 Dante Street, , LA 70118 (504) 861-3121