'Mandina's' on Serious Eats

A Sandwich a Day: Po' Boy from Mandina's in New Orleans

During my trip to New Orleans I ate so well and continuously that I'm not sure I ever grew hungry in the week I spent in the big easy. Though most of my meals were chock full of oysters, shrimp, and crayfish, no meal in my mind represented the indulgent excess of the city more than Mandina's, a Creole/Italian restaurant in Mid-City that's been family owned and operated since the 1930s. More

Will New Orleans Critic Brett Anderson Go Easy on the Big Easy Restaurants? Nope!

Photos from some of my recent trips to New Orleans. My friend Brett Anderson has just resumed reviewing restaurants in the New Orleans Times-Picayune for the first time since Katrina struck, according to the New York Times. He reviewed the classic New Orleans restaurant Mr. B's Bistro in his typically straightforward, clear-eyed fashion. Anderson lauded what he found delicious (barbecued shrimp) and fairly criticized what he found wanting (fried catfish). In other words he did what a good restaurant critic does. This is good news for Serious Eaters everywhere, who shouldn't need anymore reasons to visit the Big Easy to do some serious eatin'. When I last visited Brett in April he was already in reviewer mode, directing our... More

Sunday Reading

Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune recently wrote a terrific series chronicling the post-Katrina reopening of legendary New Orleans neighborhood restaurant Mandina's. The New York Times' Frank Bruni interviews New York chef-restaurateur Jimmy Bradley (the Red Cat and the Harrison). My favorite part of the Q and A: Frank Bruni: Is there a rule of conduct or etiquette in your kitchen that you enforce above all others?Jimmy Bradley: I use this quote from George Washington Carver: “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”... More

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