Though Wow Cafe & Wingery has now found a foothold in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S., the chain still offers the same tasty soul food and wings as it did when it was founded by a trio of Louisianan brothers in 2001. The friendly sports pub still broadcasts the day’s games on various televisions, allowing guests to follow multiple sports or Jenga tournaments as they lick one of 17 delectable sauces from their fingers. In addition to these finger-food staples, guests can devour fajitas, burgers resting between slices of texas toast, and classic New Orleans dishes such as gumbo, catfish, and red beans. Spice-covered tongues cool off with signature drinks such as an italian mango bellini or Louisiana's Abita beer.
The Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook paints a vivid picture of the market's history through the whimsical voice of local food preservationist Poppy Tooker, who recalls notable market events through recipes, anecdotes and compelling profiles of key vendors. The 208-page paperback tome assembles more than 125 recipes selected from submissions by local chefs, market vendors and shoppers, and those compiled by a random ingredient generator. Inspired by local ingredients, the dishes range from creole classics, like oysters Rockefeller, to more extravagant creations like chevre-stuffed squash blossoms and satsuma-chocolate gelato. The volume's focus on crafting slow foods with fresh ingredients makes it ideal for rediscovering a culinary heritage or utilizing a garden accidentally sown entirely with spinach.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham have discovered the secret to cooking succulent, flavorful breasts of turkey (2.5 lbs. each). This juicy bird-based breakthrough is 90% fat-free and serves six to eight ravenous guests, making it a scrumptious centerpiece for family gatherings and game day parties. HoneyBaked Ham's suggested recipes increase turkey cooker IQs, helping stymied chefs explore new dishes such as smoked-turkey pizza and turkey tetrazzini, and saying sayonara to default entrees such as squashing the turkey meat into the shape of a racecar.
Culinary craftsmen at Zara's Little Giant Supermarket stuff an array of po boys and trim catering platters for upcoming football games or Thanksgiving meals. Freshly made po boys transform 11-inch french bread into golden-crusted sleeping bags for nesting slices of roast beef ($5.99), chicken salad ($5.99), or crawfish ($7.99). For smaller servings, diners can opt for bun-size sandwiches filled with sausage ($2.99) or shrimp ($5.99) and garnished with cheese ($0.50) as gooey as taffy hand-stretched by the Blob. Today's deal can also be used toward catering services that range from a whole baked Thanksgiving turkey ($32.99) to a trio of ham, roast beef, and turkey party sandwiches for 25 people ($21.95). Football party trays, such as the Score! Dinner for 4 To-Go ($50), pair perfectly with pigskin and fill Sundays with enough crawfish monica, house made italian salad, and fresh-baked cookies to feed a family or a quartet of feral bachelors.
Peek across the counter at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's resident chocolatiers, who massage creamy loaves of chocolate on sturdy marble slabs daily. For additional culinary theatrics, feel free to cheer on the expert orchard orderlies as they kettle-dip Granny Smiths into caramel-coated creations. Caramel apples range from the classically simple ($5.25+) to the Rocky Road Caramel Apple, rolled in walnuts and marshmallows before being drizzled in milk chocolate and white confection with liberal discretion ($9.25). For additional brain pampering, snag a tote of freshly fangled fudge ($13.25/lb.).
At Fat Hen Grill, seasoned pit master chef Shane Pritchett entices epicureans with slow-smoked meats, sandwiches, and down-home sides. The eclectic menu lets diners commence consumption with a fried mac 'n' cheese ($7.99), fried chicken livers ($6.99), or mango-crabmeat guacamole ($10.99). After revving stomach engines, patrons can dive into hickory- and oak-smoked pit eats, such as half a chicken ($13.99), sliced beef brisket ($15.99), or a pulled pork shoulder ($10.99), with forks, sporks, or makeshift toothpick chopsticks to savor the feast as long as possible. Each barbecue plate comes with a side-salad and the choice of one classic side, such as potato salad or thai sweet-and-sour cucumbers. A variety of burgers made from 100% black-angus beef ground in-house daily ($7.99–$10.99) and fresh salads ($10.99–$14.99) tickle all types of taste buds and olfactory follicles. Fat Hen also sates seafarers with selections such as Alfie's Seafood Special, a composite of pan-seared gulf fish with sautéed crabmeat, stuffed crab, eggplant, and shrimp dressing ($22.99).