(Photo courtesy of Galatoire’s Restaurant)
The New York Times published a story this morning about the return of Times-Picayune restaurant reviews for New Orleans, a missing part of the daily since Katrina nearly three years ago. First up for hometown scrutiny: Mr. B’s Bistro in the French Quarter. The look in the mirror for NOLA means much more than an extra column in the paper. It means normalcy.
The most surprising part of the New York Times article, especially for an avid New Orleans traveler, was hearing that 100 new eating establishments have opened since late 2005. The Times reads:
“The restaurant scene is once again robust enough to withstand critiques,” said Jim Amoss, editor of The Times-Picayune.
By one count, there are 105 more restaurants than before the levees failed.
With culinary flag-bearers like Commander’s Palace, Galatoire’s, and Clancey’s, plus smart additions like Cochon and Iris, New Orleans has the sweet sound of tough-to-get tables once again.
For those who missed it, TALES took a few days recently to highlight a few favorites of the Crescent City. Read up.