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.
Atchafalaya cooks up classical Creole comestibles for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Start a meal with modernized appetizers such as the citrusy ceviche of the day, happily married to an enticing trio of avocado, tomato, and tostada ($9). Larger appetites will appreciate the eatery's plentiful dinnertime platters, such as the mint and parsley lamb loin, served alongside creamy sun-dried tomato grits ($28), or the signature pasta Atchafalaya, with a hefty sprinkling of crawfish, duck, shrimp, and tasso floating atop a creamy sea of fettuccine ($18). Lunchtime dining affords on-the-go stomachs with lighter fare, such as the goat-cheese and mango-invaded jerk-chicken salad ($12), while the weekend brunches populate plates with delectable items such as bananas-foster french toast ($11) and fresh-crab omelettes ($14).
Slim Goodies Diner inspires an unusual amount of loyalty. Visitors to the diner often leave sporting T-shirts decorated with the diner's logo, a sunny-side-up egg with blue angel wings. This allegiance is part of what helped the Garden District eatery survive in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. At the time, owner Kappa Horn told The New York Times that when she reopened the restaurant three weeks after the storm, she found customers waiting for her in the parking lot each morning. What they were anticipating was an eclectic menu of breakfast, brunch, and lunch food, from the Jewish Coonass—a savory dish of potato latkes crowned with two eggs and crayfish étouffée—to the Guatamalan, a traditional Antiguan breakfast with two eggs, avocado, and plantains. Perhaps they were also salivating over the thought of feasting on a stack of sweet potato pancakes at one of the diner's red booths, which sit beneath the Polaroid pictures that line the powder-blue walls.
But as anyone who's ever hidden an engagement ring in a Twinkie knows, true bliss is found in dessert, which is why Slim Goodies offers both milk shakes, banana splits, and Blue Bell ice cream. The diner also recently expanded to include a coffee house within and extended its weekday hours until 6 p.m. Thanks to a brand new espresso machine, Slim Goodies can now provide pick-me-ups throughout the day.
Reginelli’s Pizzeria merges a menu of traditional Italian fare with casual, modern décor to forge an Old World dining experience for contemporary feasters. Hand-tossed by a crust master upon request, the Classic Combo pizza bursts forth from kitchens crowned with a panoply of pepperoni and italian sausage, a scepter of fresh veggies, and a gooey cloak of mozzarella ($11.95 for 10”, $16.75 for 14”). The Smokin’ Chicken pie honors its piquant namesake by pairing a spicy smoked-tomato sauce with marinated chicken breast, pancetta, and a snapshot of George Clooney in a chicken suit ($11.95 for 10”, $16.75 for 14”). The Uptowner sandwich’s melty mélange of smoked turkey breast, provolone, and hot-pepper relish ($8.25) proudly represents Reginelli’s focaccia-based capital alongside The Downtowner’s posse of Italian meats, mozzarella, and kalamata-olive pesto ($8.25). Diners can deploy forks into the lush forestry of a refreshing Chicken Salad ($9.75) or navigate the tortellini trees sprouting across the Shrimp Forrest’s loch of spicy red-pepper-cream sauce ($12.50).
Chef David Gotter brings his mighty cache of culinary insight to the fresh, sophisticatedly simple menu at Gambit award-winning Gott Gourmet Café. House-cooked meats mingle with organic herbs, and produce schmoozes with artful interpretation in dishes such as the slow-braised pulled-pork wrap, a tortilla snuggler hugging ancho-honey slaw, roasted tomatoes, avocado, greens, and chili sour cream ($9.95). Salads and soups are also conjured by hand, evidenced by the blue-corn fried-oyster baby-spinach salad ($11.95) and the loaded gumbo, chocked with andouille, chicken, shrimp, crab, ham, okra, and a small wallop of potato salad ($6.50−$8.50). Members of the environment will be glad to know Gott Gourmet is committed to sustainability, with to-go containers derived from corn, sugar cane, and everlasting gobstoppers.