I’m not going to miss Pei Wei…...

Da Paper says Pei Wei is closing its three locations in Louisiana. The one here in #themetrys isn’t all that far from the house, and we went occasionally. We even went to the one on N. Carrollton, in Mid City, for a quick meal before a New Orleans Jesters soccer match. It’s OK food. Nothing to write home about, and I suspect that’s why the chain didn’t take off here. There are several mom-and-pop Chinese places within a mile of the Metairie location, as well as some good Japanese (Little Tokyo and Sake Cafe), just down Veterans. In Mid City, there are so many interesting dining options, the chain’s demise in that neighborhood didn’t surprise me in the least. The statement from the chain makes a lot of sense: Pei Wei spokesman John Glynn told the magazine Tuesday (June 28) the company is focusing its business “in areas where our restaurants are performing well.” The Arizona-based company closed its locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge Sunday, the magazine reported. The Metairie location will close by the end of the week, Glynn said. So, where does Pei Wei perform well? In white-bread areas where there’s not a lot of ethnic diversity. Pei Wei, along with its big brother, P.F. Chang’s, are “safe” options for “Asian” food. White people who don’t know Japanese from Chinese from Thai food can get something-sort-of-like-something else at these places. They’re chains, so the diners don’t have to worry about health code violations, etc.  Me, I’ll do like I did last week, go over to Star Wok on West Esplanade and Transcontinental if I have a craving for a Chinese...

Brunch Fest NOLA is TOMORROW!...

UPDATE – Brunch Fest NOLA has been re-located inside City Park, to Roosevelt Mall. This is no doubt because of yesterday’s flooding. We’ll be out at City Park tomorrow for Brunch Fest NOLA, benefitting the Louisiana SPCA! You don’t want to miss Wakin’ Bakin’ out there – they’ll be serving these mini shrimp/andouille cheesecakes. They’re sooo good. Wakin’ Bakin’ are partnering up with Ms. Laran Padua and her wonderful Bloody Marys! Go here to support LASPCA through Laran...

A Tale of Two Cinnamon Rolls...

I love cinnamon rolls! It doesn’t matter that the one served at PJ’s Coffee at Clearview is a king-sized Pillsbury roll. It’s still pretty good. The cinnamon roll at Wakin’ Bakin’ in Mid City is house-made. It’s VERY GOOD. That doesn’t make the PJ’s roll bad, mind you. It just re-affirms that the guys at WB are...

Elmwood Plantation on River Road...

Elmwood Planataion dated back to 1762. It was built by Nicholas Chauvin, for the first American governor of Louisiana, W.C.C. Claiborne. The two-story mansion was a fixture on the river, just above New Orleans. The house caught fire in 1940, causing heavy damage. The house was re-built as a single-story building. In 1962, a group of investors acquired the house, refurbished it, and opened it as a restaurant. Elmwood Plantation was popular out-of-the-way dining destination from the 1960s to the 1980s, when a second fire destroyed the restaurant. The image is a copy of the menu, from the State Library of Louisiana’s menu collection. It dates from the late 1970s. View the entire menu (PDF) here. My favorite part is the wine list: Wines are offered by location in France. For the Bordeauxs, there’s no breakdown by winery or vintage. There’s a good section on the history of Elmwood Plantation in the book, Lost Plantations of the South, by Marc R. Matrana. (cross-posted to NOLA History...

TDAC – Vegetable Crumble...

I enjoy savory takes on dishes that are usually created as sweets. Fruity, sweet crumbles are wonderful, but this looks like a fun side dish. They Draw And Cook is...

Little Tokyo on Veterans in #themetrys...

IZAKAYA LITTLE TOKYO RESTAURANT 4704 Veterans Blvd. Suite 101 Metairie, LA 70006 Phone. (504)885-6125 www.littletokyonola.com The owners of the Little Tokyo restaurants in New Orleans brand the location on Vets, between Clearview and Transcontinental in #themetrys as catering to “young crowds”. If the posters of Mario and Naruto on the walls aren’t a giveaway, the menu will certainly tip their hand. This isn’t your typical suburban sushi joint, but rather a place that offers a broad range of Japanese dishes. Sushi, of course! Mrs. YatPundit had chicken and fried rice from the teppan grill, but also wanted a little sushi. She’s not terribly adventurous, so a crunchy roll filled the bill. Notice that the roll is sliced into eight pieces rather than six. Thinner, and stretches a bit further when sharing, which are things important to a younger crowd. I was in a noodle mood, so Chicken Yakisoba for me. Hot off the grill, tasty, and a HUGE portion. Our server, a charming young lady, even brought a little condiment dish with Sriracha sauce, always good for a dish with a lot of veggies. I’m a beer person with Japanese food more so than a sake person (unless others prefer sake, then bring it!), so I had a Sapporo Black Label Draft. Or two. 🙂 We go to Little Tokyo more than any other sushi place around. Don’t get me wrong, I like a number of other places, but this one has an atmosphere I love, lighting that’s just right, and food that’s wonderful. I’d never noticed this sign by the register, though. They’re open until 2am! That’s...

The Happy Baker with the Flashing Light!...

We grilled ribeyes last night, so I picked up a loaf of French bread at Zuppardo’s. If I ever write a scene/story involving St. Aloysius High School, I’ll be sure to include some mention of the po-boys sold at lunch time, on bread from Binder’s. That tradition continued through my time at Brother Martin High School, in Gentilly, in the...
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