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La Boca is bringing the authentic Argentinian flavors to the Big Easy.

La Boca or ‘The Mouth’ is an Argentinian steakhouse that exclusively serves steak as its main entree. Aside from the literal meaning of the name ‘La Boca,’ it also refers to a heavily European influenced neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. La Boca channels its inspiration from this neighborhood.

Inside La Boca, the dim lighting and rustic wood and iron decor create an ambiance fit for a steakhouse. Daniel, the General Manager at La Boca, talked about the design of the interior.

 “Almost everything you see here was handmade in New Orleans,” he says. “The beautiful bar you’re sitting at was made handmade by a local.”

And Daniel thinks this sends an immediate message to customers.

“When you walk in, you immediately know what we’re all about,” he says.

“We do have a strong local following. People are always hungry. If you just keep serving good food, they’ll keep coming.”

All of the steaks are served a la carte, so there is no carving at the table. You can choose anything Bone-In Filet Mignon to Organic Hanger Steak. Before your steak arrives, your server will bring a box filled with unique knives and let you “choose your weapon.” The steaks are served with three equally delicious sauces to compliment your preference: a parsley and garlic sauce, horseradish sauce and one with roasted red peppers.

And the sides are big enough to share with a friend. Try the Mashed Potatoes, served in a cast-iron skillet or the perfectly seasoned French Fries “La Boca.”

In an effort to stay authentic, the wine list at La Boca is comprised of all Argentinian wines.

Since opening the Warehouse District location, Daniel says that the locals have embraced La Boca.

The Company Burger

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When you catch a craving for a hamburger, the only way to solve it is with … a hamburger! Have you ever tried eating a salad when you really want a burger? Doesn’t work.

The Company Burger is the solution to all of your burger-craving woes. If it feels like a chain, it’s not. Nina, the General Manager, made sure we knew that.

“People are always surprised when we tell them we’re not a chain,” she says. “We’re locally owned and operated.”

And when you’re at a place called The Company Burger, why wouldn’t you order The Company Burger? The restaurant’s namesake sandwich comes sporting two patties, bread and butter pickles, red onion and, as Nina says, “good American cheese.” Adding bacon and a fried egg on top of your burger is a must!

“We don’t cut any corners, we just do the hard work. If it can be made in-house, it is.”

The Company Burger

Okay, so is this burger just sounding too ordinary at this point? We have two words that you need to hear — mayo bar. Even if you don’t typically dig mayo, you need to stop by this bar and give it a shot. From chipotle and creole honey mustard to basil and garlic, there’s a mayo for you. Don’t forget to add some jalapeños that are pickled fresh in-house! One bite out of this burger and you’ll know why we sent you. Everything from the patties to the toppings just works. 

And since you’re on vacation, no trip to The Company Burger is considered complete without a milkshake. The shakes are made with a smooth and creamy soft serve and with in-house ingredients — even the chocolate is a 100-year-old family recipe.

You’re in good company at The Company Burger.

The Company Burger is located at 611 O’Keefe Ave C7, New Orleans, LA. For more information or to look at a menu, visit The Company Burger website or call (504) 309-9422.

El Gato Negro

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Dec 16
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So, maybe you didn’t exactly come to New Orleans with Mexican food in mind, but don’t let that discourage you from trying El Gato Negro.

El Gato Negro just a hop, skip and a jump from The Mercantile Hotel. As soon as you are seated, you will be welcomed with free chips and salsa. Joseph, the Assistant Manager, came through with a recommendation to help take our chip dipping experience to the next level.

“You really have to try our guacamole,” he says. “It’s all prepared fresh tableside.”

And “fresh” is an understatement. Enjoy the show as your server cuts open whole avocados and spoons them out into a mixing bowl with all of the ingredients–a delicious treat that is worth the wait!

The guacamole isn’t the only thing that is fresh at El Gato Negro. Joseph spoke to us about the mission.

“Our goal is to make sure everyone leaves feeling full and healthy. That’s why everything we use, from our food to our margaritas, is always fresh.”

El Gato Negro

And the quality of the protein at El Gato Negro something to be admired. 

“Juan, the owner, buys all of his beef from Braveheart,” says Joseph. “It’s all vegetarian fed cattle and we’re the only place in New Orleans that uses it.” 

So, it’s no surprise that the most popular item on the menu is the fajitas. 

“Everyone keeps coming back for our fajitas,” says Joseph. 

Juan is going the extra mile to deliver a truly authentic experience by making his own tequila. 

“Juan grows his own agave on his farm in Mexico for his tequila,” says Joseph.

Start your Big Easy vacation off the right way at El Gato Negro.

El Gato Negro is located at 800 S Peters St. For more information, visit their website.  

Turkey and the Wolf

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 There’s a new sandwich shop on the block in the Lower Garden District and it’s not what you may expect from a typical New Orleans lunch spot. 

Turkey & the Wolf was opened in 2016 with the hopes of keeping a simple menu. The menu is filled with creative and innovative sandwiches and “not sandwiches.” Swade, a sous chef at Turkey & the Wolf, talked about the menu.

“Most of the people in the back of the house have worked in fine dining around New Orleans,” he says. “We wanted to open a place where we could be creative with the menu, but keep it small at the same time.” 

And the goal for the food was simple according to Swade. 

The sandwich menu at Turkey & the Wolf doesn’t mean that they are sacrificing quality of ingredients or not using techniques they have carried over from the fine dining world. Swade pointed out some more kitchen strategies.

“We just make whatever we think tastes good, like our fried bologna sandwich with salt and vinegar chips. What’s not to like about that?” 

“Our goal with our sandwiches is to make a fully composed dish in sandwich form,” he says. “We’re all extremely serious about our food here.” 

Sandwich shops aren’t exactly scarce in New Orleans, so we asked Swade what is setting Turkey & the Wolf apart from the crowd. 

“Most sandwich shops in New Orleans are serving Po Boys,” he says. “Nothing against Po Boys, but we’re probably one of the few places that isn’t serving them.” 

And it’s not enough to just have great food. Turkey & the Wolf is keeping fun at the top of the list. 

“It’s just a really fun place to be and work,” says Swade. “We feel like we’ve created a place where locals want to come hangout.” 

Turkey & the Wolf is located at 739 Jackson Ave. New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Turkey & the Wolf website or call (504) 218-7428.

Mister Apple

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There are some things that you absolutely have to eat when you come to New Orleans. Somewhere near the top of that list is pralines. 

And if it’s not? Well, it should be. 

Now, we wouldn’t dream of dissing the classic sugary goodness that is a praline, but we also know when to tip our caps to innovators in the confectionery game. 

Mister Apple is a candy shop on North Peters that’s dipping apples in just about everything sweet you can imagine, including pralines. That’s right — we finally have the technology to create the fabled praline covered apple. 

All jokes aside, the praline apples at Mister Apple are absolutely scrumptious. Timothy, the owner of Mister Apple, started out doing the classic caramel and candy apples. 

“Everything is made in-house, you get the smell of a real candy store when you walk in here.” 

“But people kept wanting to know why we don’t do a praline apple,” he says.

Timothy listened to the town’s cry, and we’re glad he did. The praline apples start off as caramel pecan apples, before being dipped in the warm praline mixture. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell your dentist.)

The first bite out of the praline apple, and Timothy’s recipe of “sugar, sugar … and a little more sugar” starts to make sense. 

The praline train doesn’t stop at apples. Mister Apple is serving up plenty of the classic pralines, chocolate dipped pralines and even a chocolate chunk brownie laced with pralines. 

And there are a few intangible ingredients that go into every treat. 

“We put a lot of pride and love into everything we do,” says Timothy. 

That must be why everything here tastes so good. 

Mister Apple is located at 201 N Peters St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Mister Apple website or call (504) 524-0601.

Cafe Beignet

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Dec 16
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 Let’s be honest, you want a beignet. It’s part of the New Orleans experience. But not all beignets are created equal, and there are plenty of spots to devour the doughy, sugary treats.

Café Beignet on Royal is a beignet spot you’ll want to pump the brakes for. This French-inspired roadside bistro is overflowing with charm — and beignets.

“Café Beignet specializes in beignets, which are hand cut and fresh to order,” says Miles, Director of Business Development.

All three of our locations offer live jazz and a warm, friendly atmosphere.”

Cafe Beignet Beignets

The inside of the café is quaint and cozy, with vintage checkered tiles covering the floor and chairs with heart-shaped backs. Most locals opt to sit outside, in the courtyard under the shade. (As it turns out, the local birds are also fans of beignets, so don’t be surprised if you meet some adorable little-winged friends.)

So you don’t have much of a sweet tooth in the morning? Although we’re going to insist you try the beignets anyways, Café Beignet is far from a one-trick pony.

“In addition to the traditional beignets and coffee, we offer a complete breakfast menu, New Orleans specialty lunch items, pastries and a full-service bar,” says Miles. “Just about anything you might like to have during your stay in the French Quarter.”

If history is any guide, there are no brakes on this powdered sugar-fueled train.

“Café Beignet has been operating for 27 years and continues to grow,” says Miles. “We cater to people from all over the world, but we love to service our locals as well.”

Tell your friends that you have “beignet … done that.”

Cafe Beignet is located at 334 Royal St, New Orleans, LA. For more information or to look at a menu, visit the Cafe Beignet website or call (504) 524-5530. 



Acme Oyster House

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Dec 16
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Whether it’s your first visit to New Orleans or you live here, you’ve probably heard of Acme Oyster House.

To get the whole story, you have to go back more than a century. The original Acme Café opened in 1910 on Royal Street. Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the first location, and Acme Oyster House set up shop on Iberville in 1924.

Today, its red glowing neon sign is a beacon of hope for oyster lovers wandering the streets of New Orleans. And one visit is all it takes to get people to make Acme part of their New Orleans itinerary.

“I think the reason people come back to Acme is the experience they have when they come dine with us. We offer great food, and the atmosphere can’t be beaten.”

Acme Oyster House Exterior

But the atmosphere at Acme isn’t just what’s hanging on the walls — it’s the people. One of the greatest is Master Shucker “Stormin” Norman, who didn’t exactly go through what you would consider a traditional hiring process.

“I stopped in to get a beer back in 1978,” says Norman. “They needed help for Mardi Gras, and I just never left.”

Norman might look familiar when you see him, because he’s pretty famous, shucking oysters everywhere from the Grammys to the Masters. He has a certain magnetic effect on the people in New Orleans.

“I’m like a musician,” says Norman. “I bring people to this restaurant.”

And if you’re looking for tips on how to properly consume an oyster, class is always in session.

“I eat them with a squeeze of lemon and cocktail sauce straight from the shell,” says Norman.

Go see what the shuck is going on today at Acme Oyster House.

Acme Oyster House is located at 724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Acme Oyster House website or call (504) 522-5973.

Atchafalaya

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Dec 16
2019

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Dec 17
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Taking a leisurely stroll through the Lower Garden District is one of our favorite things to do in the Big Easy. One of our favorite places to start? Atchafalaya.

The name “Atchafalaya” originally comes from the Choctaw word for “winding river.” The shotgun style building itself, located just two blocks from the Mighty Mississippi, dates back to the 1800s. Originally owned by a family that immigrated from Italy in the early 1900s, the Atchafalaya that stands today has undergone quite a few transformations. After Katrina, Café Atchafalaya was remodeled using materials salvaged materials from the hurricane.

Now, owned by Rachael Jaffe and Tony Tocco, Atchafalaya is a restaurant that continues to embrace “New Orleans’ culinary traditions while pushing boundaries.”

Atchafalaya is well-known for having a brunch that most places can only hope to match. One unique aspect of Atchafalaya is the Bloody Mary Bar. Choose your own vodka from the menu, and make your way down to customize your Bloody Mary just the way you like it!

“All of our vegetables and mixes are made fresh and in-house,” says Rachael, one of the owners at Atchafalaya. “We even have a green tomatillo mix that is really popular and different.”

Atchafalaya Meal

Brunch starts off with warm and spicy Jalapeño Cornbread with real bits of corn baked into the bread — resist the urge to load up on these bad boys, because you’ll want to save room.

If you’re having a hard time deciding on your main course, the Eggs Atchafalaya is tried and true. Hot buttered blue crab is piled on top of two fried green tomatoes, served on a bed of Rockefeller spinach and topped with hollandaise. The crab meat is so delicate and buttery that it melts in your mouth!

Don’t plan on making it down Magazine until later? Atchafalaya is open seven days a week for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m.

As they say, “You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning.”

Atchafalaya is located at 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Atchafalaya website or call (504) 891-9626.

Antoine’s 

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Dec 16
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Dec 17
2019

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The Story

To get the full story of Antoine’s, you have to go back … way back.

In 1840, Antoine Alciatore opened a French-Creole restaurant that celebrated fine dining and family. Antoine’s is the oldest family-owned restaurant in the entire country and part of the New Orleans ‘Grande Dames,’ or original fine dining restaurants.  

Antoine’s is a decadent labyrinth of unique and fascinating history. The restaurant has 14 dining rooms, each with its own story and purpose. From a room dedicated to an exclusive escargot society to the Rex Room, a royal reserve for the King of Mardis Gras, Antoine’s has space for the entire city.

So, how do you get in? Is there a special knock on the back door or a code word you whisper to a burly bouncer? Just walk right in! We recommend visiting Antoine’s for lunch, when having a reservation is rarely required. (You still might want to make reservations during the evenings, especially on the weekends.)

Ever heard of Oysters Rockefeller? Antoine’s just happens to be the place that invented it — no big deal. Legend has it that the oysters were named after the business tycoon because of their richness.

And the culinary creations don’t stop there. You can scarcely claim your trip to Antoine’s is complete without an order of the Pommes de Terre Soufflées. This Antoine’s classic features fried puffed potatoes that are hollow on the inside.

“It’s like a big, fancy french fry,” says Charles, a third-generation server at Antoine’s. “This is a fancy place, but you can use your fingers.”

Here’s where those French lessons in high school come in handy — the dinner menu is entirely in French! So, when you see entrées like Escargots à la Bourguignonne and Cotelettes d’Agneau Grillées, don’t feel bashful. The French language keeps Antoine’s traditions and history alive through the years.

“Bon Appétit.” (That’s French for enjoy your magnificent meal.)

Antoine’s is located at 713 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Antoine’s website or call (504) 581-4422.

Audubon Aquarium

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Dec 16
2019

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Dec 17
2019

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Who doesn’t love a day of fun at the aquarium? The Audubon Aquarium is an aquatic maze of wonders from around the world.

Start your underwater adventure off in the Great Maya Reef Exhibit. This 4,200 square foot exhibit makes you feel like you are in the middle of the sunken Mayan city, surrounded by lion fish, eels, coral reef and endless wonders.

Swim up to the surface and you will find yourself in the Amazon Rainforest Exhibit. This exhibit has been created to look and feel just like the rainforest with all of its inhabitants. There are plenty of payara piranhas and pacu fish in the tanks — probably don’t want to stick your finger in there! The tree-top loop lets visitors get up around the canopy where birds of the rainforest fly freely through the exhibit.

And now the moment most of you are probably waiting for — the penguins! They’re nature’s playful little butlers and Audubon Aquarium is home to over 20 African Penguins. You can watch these amphibious creatures waddle and dive through their exhibit. If you want to witness a frenzy, make sure you show up for the feeding times at 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Want more of an interactive experience?

Reef Rescue is a virtual reality experience where players are tasked to help clean up The Great Barrier Reef. Reef Rescue is not only a blast for users, but it stresses the importance of reef conservation and taking care of our delicate underwater ecosystems.

Since we’re on the Mississippi, Audubon Aquarium has an entire exhibit dedicated to the aquatic life of the Mississippi. As you may have guessed, there is an alligator along with a bunch of his river buddies waiting to be discovered!

All of this and more awaits at Audubon Aquarium.

Audubon Aquarium is located at 1 Canal St, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit the Audubon Aquarium website.