UPTOWN— New Orleans snoball institution Hansen's Sno Bliz opens for the season today, and they're now taking credit cards (for a small fee). Also new this year: a sweet tea syrup. [NOLA.com]
WAREHOUSE DISTRICT— Emeril's is celebrating 25 Years In all month with weekly throwback menus from chef David Slater showcasing favorite dishes from the past 25 years like Potatoes Alexa, which was originally created for Billy Joel and his daughter.
QUARTER— Todd Price talks Slade Rushing's fresh take on Creole at Brennan's this week: "The octopus 'a la Creole,' which tastes like Spanish home cooking... Vietnamese-style roasted duck rubbed with palm sugar, reveal Rushing's more inclusive definition of 'what is New Orleans.'" [NOLA.com]