LAKEVIEW— The Backyard, a new family friendly spot with local draft beers, craft cocktails, sandwiches (including 'spiral cut' hot dogs) and a shaded playground is now open at 244 W. Harrison from chef Jason Tournillon. Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fri/Sat, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. [NOLA.com]
BYWATER— Beloved and recently-departed Bacchanal founder Chris Rudge was sent off in style at a second line yesterday. Here are photos and coverage. [NOLA.com]
ORLEANS/JEFFERSON PARISH— Ian McNulty has scoped out three new offerings for those seeking South Asian/Indian flavors, especially vegetarian food, including Good Karma Prasad Cafe at 2940 Canal Street in Mid City, and the completely-vegatarian Namo Namaste Indian Cafe at 3120 Cleary Ave. in Metairie, and Indian/Pakistani destination NOLA Desi Kitchen at 3814 Williams Blvd. in Kenner.
NOLA— The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience is up for USA Today reader's favorite food fest in America. Vote for NOWFE right here. [USAToday]