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Burger Spot Phil’s Grill Sadly Shutters in Metairie

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NOLA— Searching for down home New Orleans cooking? Ian McNulty reports on a new wave of neighborhood eateries that are perfecting the feel good classics like gumbo, po’ boys and more, including The Munch Factory, Station 6, Bevi Seafood Co, Seither’s Seafood, Rosedale, and High Hat Cafe. [Advocate]

METAIRIE— Ten year old burger spot Phil’s Grill has sadly shuttered its flagship on Severn. Owner Phil De Gruy tells Todd Price that “a failed expansion effort on Camp Street, increased competition, the rising costs of operating a restaurant, and... a personal battle with stage III Colon Cancer” have all contributed to the closure, but a location in Harahan is still open. []

BAYOU ST. LOUIS— Brett Anderson reports that chef Armand Jonte, who came up under Paul Prudhomme at Commander’s and “who pushed the boundaries of New Orleans and Gulf coast cuisine in the 1980s and '90s” at Gautreau’s and elsewhere has passed away due to cancer at the age of 64.

NOLA— Just FYI, Dat Dog currently has a Turducken Holiday Dog on the menu. Also this Saturday, November 26, the Magazine location will have local handcrafted gifts from 20+ small businesses and artists for purchase as part of the Magazine St. Art Market. And the first three weekends in December, the courtyard will transform into a holiday market with lots of activities for kids and a toy drive to benefit Children’s Hospital New Orleans. [Eaterwire]