It's no small feat to whip up one of The Olive Branch Café's gourmet pizzas. The painstaking process begins long before lunchtime, with chefs preparing dough fresh for the day each morning. There's barely a moment to rest before orders begin flying in and the pizza makers spring into action, showering crusts with housemade sauces and high-quality cheeses. Their brows furrowed in concentration, their hands blurs, they layer pizzas with fresh garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and fine spanish olives. Once the pies arrive triumphantly to the dining room, the chefs turn their attention to thick muffuletta subs, plump meatball calzones, and the jambalaya pastas that caught the attention of Gambit’s Best of New Orleans guide.
Out in the casual dining room, beneath warm red walls peppered with abstract art, guests clink glasses, feeling more content than a robot in a microchip factory. There, owner Russell "Rusty" Autry often strolls around the room, greeting newcomers and exchanging jokes with regulars.
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.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 list of Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. The shop?s reputation grew, and so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&M?s, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real showstoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
The chefs at Gattuso's steep their menu of salads, sandwiches, and seafood platters in the New Orleans culinary tradition. Using ingredients such as farm-raised Louisiana catfish, oysters, and fried green tomatoes, they craft creole classics such as jambalaya, red beans and rice, muffaletta sandwiches, and po boys. The roast-beef version of the juicy, baguette-encased sandwich placed first in its category at the 2009 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival.
In the café, servers field guests' requests gargled through mouthfuls of bottled local beer such as Abita Strawberry and imported draft beer such as Stella Artois. Live music plays on Fridays and Saturdays. Catering crews convey platters of sandwiches, cheeses, and spiced seafood to guests at business lunches and birthday parties.
Many of today's major health problems are caused by chronic stress and conditions of modernn living and working. Therapeutic massage helps work out chronic muscular tension and melts away a certain amount of tension in each session, and if received regularly, keeps tension from building up again.
From the foggy confines of their functioning smokehouse, The Pitt BBQ's meat magicians puff through traditional techniques to create platters of sauce-slathered meats. Quiet rumbling stomachs with a special plate, piled to the edges and beyond with a choice of savory pulled pork, brisket, pterodactyl, and more ($7.99). Two sides flank each plate's meaty main-eventers, with picnic classics such as baked beans, potato salad, and mac 'n' cheese quelling appetites alongside their barbecued brethren ($1.49–$1.99 for a small side, if ordered separately). Diners can share barbecued bounty with famished cohorts with an order of pork or brisket by the pound ($9.99) or a raft of individual sandwiches ($5.99).