As chefs simmer authentic New Orleans shrimp étouffée and watch gulf shrimp blacken, chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo bubbles in a pot nearby, filling the kitchen with a spicy aroma. Marigny Brasserie’s menu earned a "good to very good rating" across the board from Zagat, thanks in part to its menu of creole favorites and its wine list. Diners at the bar can peer over at a stained-glass inset of the Marigny Triangle, while those who choose to eat outside can catch a glimpse of Frenchmen Street in person. On some nights, guests can taste spicy shrimp while listening to musicians tune guitars and fill their maracas with fresh bees.
Each year, the Satchmo Club Strut closes Frenchmen Street to vehicular traffic and welcomes jazz jonesers for a full night of live performances and festivities. With today's Groupon, strutters receive a general-access wristband that grants access to every club or venue to watch performers evoke the spirit of Louis Armstrong. Sidle up to the bar at Blue Nile for the horn-fueled rhythms of the Hot 8 Brass Band, or watch jazz legend Allen Toussaint effortlessly juggle musical genres and chainsaws at the open-air Red Stripe Stage in Jane Alley. While walking between stages, the Treme Brass Band and Free Agents Brass Band will ramble up and down the block to serenade attendees and provide soundtracks to parties spilling onto the street.
As dusk descends on an isolated bayou, a horde of zombies emerges from fetid swamp waters—their low moans drifting through the humid night air. They smell flesh. Five hopelessly lost travelers have wandered off-road into their domain, and now they must scramble to escape the approaching onslaught.
This spine-tingling scene hails from one of three harrowing vignettes set against the backdrop of Louisiana’s shadowy swamplands and fog-laced backwoods that make up the titular The Dark Tales of El Diablo—the half-eaten brainchild of independent filmmaker Spencer Lee. Throughout the film, failed horror writer Charlie—played by Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman alum Chad Allen—turns to an unholy muse to revive his middling career, summoning the demon Diablo and forcing him to share the three demented fables. But as Charlie listens to the tales intertwine, he soon discovers Diablo's true intention—to escape into the outside world.
The atmosphere in Melange's speakeasy-inspired dining room hurtles diners' senses decades into the past. Beneath sultry lanterns and hanging chandeliers, dapper waiters in waistcoats glide from table to table with gin fizzes, aviations, and other classic cocktails. The clink of glasses mingles with the purr of live jazz and ragtime music as mixologists swirl bitters, waters, and spirits behind the bar.
In the kitchen, executive Chef Brady Broussard oversees a busy kitchen staff as they fold premium seafood and meats into his menu of fine French-creole dishes. Drawing from years of culinary scholarship and experience in high-end restaurants, the New Orleans native infuses classic dishes with contemporary twists. A pork chop comes coated in shitake-mushroom demi-glace, and house-smoked duck hides inside a quesadilla, much like gangsters trying to escape Alcatraz during the prison cafeteria's taco night.
The chefs at SukhoThai evoke the streets and kitchens of Thailand with balanced dishes that spotlight fresh and exotic ingredients. In addition to bowls of sinuous egg and rice noodles, they craft panang curry filled with strips of pan-fried duck breast, fresh coconut milk, and kaffir lime leaves. Waterfall beef mingles with chiles, roasted rice powder, and mint, and the steamed fish of the day swims in garlicky lime or whiskey ginger sauce. SukhoThai also rotates seasonal specials?including a recent collection inspired by Bangkok street food?through their menu on a regular basis.
Sukho's original Marigny location is housed in a vibrant-yellow building bedecked with red and blue trim. The Uptown location resides in a polished warehouse-style space, where exposed-brick walls surround long, buttery banquettes. Beneath a peaked ceiling, glowing paper lanterns hang in a cluster from metal beams.