This week Helen Freund heads to 'swank' French Quarter hotel bar The Bombay Club: Though the bar has an "underlying British colonial theme," chef Philip Todd's menu branches out with New American, Creole and even Cajun elements—think gnocchi, hangar steak, charred brussels sprouts . But Freund recommends going for happy hour for the $3 bar snacks including pork belly tacos, soft braided pretzels with Guinness cheese dip and "crispy boudin and cream cheese-filled pockets" with a Steen's reduction. [Gambit]
Tom Fitzmorris journeys to the Northshore for a FOUR STAR experience at Cafe Lynn: This Mandeville gem, headed up by chef/owner/La Provence alum Joey Najolia, serves classic French bistro fare and daily specials in T-Fitz' favorite kind of setting— "very comfortable with white tablecloths," though "the lighting scheme needs to be done over."
The Dozen Essential Dishes welcomes the return of T-Fitz's long neglected personal favorite FRIED CALAMARI, served here with a remoulade sauce. Fried Calamari hasn't made a review in about two years, folks. Golf claps, everyone. +1 hipness points because of this glorious Fitzian shade— "In Mandeville, one is dressed up when he dons a shirt with a collar and sleeves." [CityBusiness, sub req]