HARAHAN —The final Phil’s Grill has closed, Ian McNulty reports, marking the end of a decade-long run for the local burger almost-chain owned by Phil de Gruy. Phil’s Grill opened before burger spots touting high-quality ingredients and creative combinations dotted New Orleans’ culinary landscape, gaining a loyal following early on. In recent years, de Gruy has dealt with a failed attempt at expansion, increased competition on the high-quality burger front, and a personal battle with colon cancer. Phil’s Grill served its final burger on Tuesday. [Advocate]
METAIRIE — Helen Freund reports that a new Korean spot has opened in Metairie. Gogi Korean Restaurant (4620 Veterans Memorial Blvd.) moved into the location that was formerly Sushipop. The menu includes bibimbap, bulgogi, and other authentic Korean dishes. [GAMBIT]
NEW ORLEANS — Southern Living announced its South’s Best Awards, reports Melinda Morris. Winners were decided by readers and Commander’s Palace was awarded Best Restaurant. Best Bar went to an Irish spot in Alabama. [NOLA.COM]
NEW ORLEANS — The James Beard Foundation announced finalists for its annual awards yesterday. New Orleans had an impressive showing.