My little guide to New Orleans bars & restaurants

Some of my favorite conversations happen when people are geeking out. Whether it be about cycling, skincare, fly fishing, gaming, the quantified self, [fill in the blank], I enjoy conversing with passionate people who do their research. It’s a hell of a lot better than small talk and it most always teaches me something new about being human.

One subject that ignites my personal geekdom: New Orleans dining. I have a list of bars and restaurants by neighborhood that I take supreme joy in curating. It’s comprised of places I enjoy, I’m willing to give a second chance to or I’m interested in trying. I use it as a reference point any time the ubiquitous “Where do you want to go tonight?” question arises. I love researching bars and restaurants before determining whether I want to spend time and money there.

I also use this list any time out-of-town friends or family members are looking for recommendations. Because it’s proved useful to them, I am hoping it may prove useful to you. Establishments on this list are open and operational or will soon be open and operational. I remove restaurants that have closed or that I simply wouldn’t recommend. The listed neighborhood names are overarching and do not reflect the unique coordinates and crannies that define New Orleans. Have additions, criticism or questions? Leave a comment or email me!

Disclaimer: I am no Todd Price or Brett Anderson (mad respect, gentleman). This list could easily be created by anyone with the internet and an affinity for the dining and restaurant review sections of local news sites like NOLA.com, Eater NOLA, The Gambit, etc.

UPTOWN
La Crepe Nanou
Boucherie
Patois
St. James Cheese Company
Oak
Bouligny Tavern
Gautreau’s
Clancy’s
The Columns Hotel
Noodle & Pie*
Snake & Jake’s
Maple Leaf Bar
Brigtsen’s Restaurant
Ba Chi Canteen
Cowbell
ManhattanJack
Baru
Satsuma
Jacques Imo’s
Avo
Pizza Domenica
Carrollton Market
La Petite Grocery
Jamila’s
Tartine
Shaya
Breads on Oak
Cavan Co.
Maysville
Altamura

FRERET
Ancora
High Hat
Publiq House
Midway
Cure
Gasa Gasa
Company Burger
Humble Bagel

GARDEN DISTRICT
Coquette
Maya’s
Eleven79
District
Stein’s
Dat Dog
NOLA Smokehouse
Square Root/Root Squared
Commander’s Palace
Aline Street Beer Garden

CENTRAL CITY
Belle Garde Bakery
Church Alley
Maïs Arepas
Purloo
Primitivo
Casa Borrega

MID CITY
Katie’s
Betsy’s Pancake House
Dooky Chase’s
Pearl Wine Co.
Pal’s
Rue127
Mid City Yacht Club
Cafe Degas
MoPho
Parkway Bakery
Biscuits & Buns on Banks
Lola’s
Toup’s Meatery
Finn McCool’s
Namese
Treo
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
Milkfish
Brown Butter
1,000 Figs
Kin
Pagoda Cafe

GENTILLY
The Munch Factory

WAREHOUSE DISTRICT & CBD 
Herbsaint
La Boca
Domenica
Ruby Slipper Cafe
Peche
Borgne
Root
Cochon/Butcher
Rusty Nail
Circle Bar
Tivoli & Lee
Loa
Carmo
Lüke
Sazerac Bar
Swizzle Stick Bar
Balise
Cellar Door
Pulp & Grind
Wood Pizza
Sac-A-Lait
Merchant
Le Foret
Ursa Major
Rebellion
Compere Lapin

FRENCH QUARTER
Bayona
Cafe Amelie

Petite Amelie
Irene’s
GW Fins
SoBou
Erin Rose Bar/Killer Poboys
Bennachin
Cane & Table
Eat
Preservation Hall
MRB
Tujague’s
La Rivera
Italian Barrel
Cosimo’s
Yo Momma’s
Molly’s at the Market
Latitude 29
Little Vic’s
Croissant d’Or
Green Goddess
Bombay Club
Tiki Tolteca
Angeline
Salon by Sucre
9 Roses Cafe
Sylvain

May Bailey’s

Bar Tonique
Marti’s
MeauxBar

MARIGNY
Three Muses
Hi Ho Lounge
Lost Love Lounge
Mimi’s in the Marigny
Feelings Café/Bhava
Paladar 511
Langlois
Lil Dizzy’s

BYWATER
Markey’s
Bacchanal
Pizza Delicious
Maurepas Foods
The Country Club
Vaughan’s
Mariza
Booty’s
Oxalis
Siberia
Press Street Station
The Franklin
St. Roch Market
The Joint

WEST BANK
Photau Bay
Tan Dinh
Saffron
Bananas Blossom

METAIRIE
Deutsches House
Kanno

LAKEVIEW
Mondo
Mizado

going on break

Dear Bitsy & Boo readers,

By now, you may have noticed that it’s been a while since I posted fresh content to the site, and for that, I feel I owe you an explanation. It’s numbered below, but you can totes skip to the end if you like.

  1. New job. I began as a Community Engagement Specialist with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune last November, and to say that it’s been a whirlwind would be conservative. In that period of time, I have learned (and am still learning) best practices for social media and social media strategy, Movable Type, TextCaster, basic HTML, basic SEO, Hootsuite/Hootsuite metrics, PageBuilder, Storify and more. What’s amazing is that I am so incredibly amped about it all. Geeking out about how to best employ Instagram, Twitter and Vine to provide great coverage of an event? Yes, please! I strive daily to make NOLA.com the place for critical consumers of news in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and beyond to discuss that news.
  2. Art Melt. Within a week of starting the new job, I volunteered to chair Forum 35’s tenth annual Art Melt, held Saturday, July 20 at the Louisiana State Museum. It was a far great undertaking than I could’ve anticipated. What’s that you say? Why would you sign yourself up to chair the state’s largest juried art exhibit during a critical time for your career? The most obvious answer to your question is that I’m a crazy betch that struggles with performance anxiety (i.e. telling people, “No”). But the honest answer is that I genuinely support the event’s mission: to provide a free, high quality experience that cultivates a greater relationship between Louisiana artists and their community.
  3. Chronic pain. I am in the midst of a two-year struggle with chronic daily headaches. With the exception of a day here and there, I have gone to bed and woken up with a very painful pulsing in the back of my head over to 730 days. Based on my experience, I can confidently and resolutely say that I would not wish chronic pain upon my most hated enemy. Period. The emotional stress you develop after having numerous medicines/procedures fail; the debilitating energy drain that leads to guilt and sadness when you can’t do things you used to enjoy; the feeling of being somewhere, but not being fully present there because you’re consumed by pain; and worst of all, the absolute and utter despair that envelops you when you realize that you may have to live with chronic pain indefinitely–like I said, not upon my worst enemy. If you are struggling with any or all of the aforementioned chronic pain descriptors, please know that my most genuine sympathies are with you. And if you ever need to talk (or bitch like I’m doing), shoot me an email…seriously. And for those that aren’t sure how to talk to someone with chronic pain/headaches, this “10 Things NOT to Say to a Person with Migraines” article may help.

The lengthy explanation above is meant to simply help you understand that, except for an occasional post now and then, Bitsy & Boo must go on hiatus for a while. This decision was a very difficult one, and my fear of letting people down is palpable.

My little sister told me that sometimes the bravest and hardest thing to do is cut back–to not only realize that you’ve taken on too many responsibilities, but to actually do something about it. Maybe she was just trying to make me feel better, but her words resonated with me.

I believe my focus right now must be on doing well at my new job, planning an unforgettable Art Melt and working with doctors and physical therapists in an effort to alleviate my pain. I have no doubt that consistent posts will be published here again in the future with reinvigorated fervor and dedication. Of course, I hope you’ll be around when that happens so I may share them with you. Until then, your patience and understanding is all I can hope for.

Take care of yourself,

Rebecca

super bowl xlvii takes precedence

Super Bowl XLVII

Happy Friday, folks! I have more cutesy photos from my Mardi Gras style shoot, but I’m afraid I didn’t have time to put a post together because work is friggin’ bananas right now with the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras converging on New Orleans all at once. I took the above screen shot simply to demonstrate one of the things that I’m working on right now. Hope it’s sufficient evidence of my innocence.

To check out the full post on NOLA.com, click here. Or, you can see Super Bowl fans flooding the French Quarter by visiting nola.com/jacksonsquarecam.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you back here Monday with more Mardi Gras style.

Lady Grantham-isms

Lady Grantham, with her sharp sense of propriety and even sharper wit, did not disappoint in last night’s season three premiere of “Downton Abbey.”

I’ve never seen nor read any interviews with Julian Fellowes regarding his inspiration for the Countess Violet’s character, but in my mind, there is an unmistakable resemblance between her and Oscar Wilde’s Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest. If you enjoy (or are obsessed with) “Downton Abbey,” I would highly suggest reading The Importance of Being Earnest or seeing a film adaptation of it. Actually, you’d probably enjoy any of Oscar Wilde’s comedies for that matter.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic. My apologies. I just wanted to present you with three of my favorite Lady Grantham-isms from the “Downton Abbey” season three premiere. Hope you enjoy! Can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.

Lady Grantham-ism

Photo courtesy BT Vision

Lady Grantham-ism

Photo courtesy Vermont Public TV

Lady Grantham-ism

Photo Courtesy The Guardian

top 10 of 2012

Dear B&B readers,

With 2013 now upon us, I want drop you a little thank you note for your dedication in 2012. Since Bitsy & Boo’s launch five months ago, it has accrued more than 10,000 page views. In terms of blog metrics, that doesn’t amount to much, especially when you consider the fact that some of the major lifestyle blogs out there receive over 100,000 page views each day.

But in terms of Rebecca Alexander, 10,000 page views amounts to a lot. A lot of excitement for B&B’s future, a lot of determination to continue bringing you compelling content, and, most of all, a lot of gratitude. To those friends, family members and readers I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet, I’m so grateful for you. Taking precious time out of your day to check out Bitsy & Boo’s latest offerings means more than you know.

With that said, I’d like to present you with a recap of Bitsy & Boo’s ten most popular posts in 2012.

1. Remembering Amanda Judice

Amanda Judice & Rebecca Alexander

2. Best Dressed: Beaux Arts Ball

Best-Dressed-Beaux-Arts

3. Southern Weddings Feature

southern-wedding-rose-petal-toss-exit

4. Bachelorette Questionnaire

Bachelorette party game questions

5. LSU Gameday Shirts

LSU Gameday Shirts :: http://www.bitsyandboo.com/

6. I Do Bridal Couture

I Do Bridal :: bitsyandboo.com

7. BUST

BUST Hartley/Vey Theatre

8. Gameday Chic

Gameday Apparel 5 :: http://www.bitsyandboo.com/

9. Nisolo Shoes

Nisolo Shoe Company

10. La Marquise Week, day 2

Elizabeth and James Bridgitte Dress // Rachel Zoe Marianna Jacket // Joie Bright Fire Boots // Hoss orange clutch // Elizabeth and James Crescent Sunglasses

Thank you again B&B readers! I can’t wait to highlight effortlessly chic style, sensational recipes, thought-provoking profiles and more in 2013.

Best wishes and happy new year,

Rebecca Alexander

Quote of the day:

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier…'” –Alfred Tennyson

restore your faith in humanity

First responders carry people across the top of the levee from Plaquemines Parish to St. Bernard Parish as Hurricane Isaac sends powerful winds and rain through the area on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune)

First responders carry people across the top of the levee from Plaquemines Parish to St. Bernard Parish as Hurricane Isaac sends powerful winds and rain through the area on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (Photo by Chris Granger, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune)

“23 Louisiana Photos that will restore your faith in humanity”  is a photo essay that my fellow community engagement specialist Maggie Calmes published this morning (view all of the photos and captions by clicking here). The photo compilation aptly reflects on some of state’s more uplifting and poignant moments in 2012. A spirit-boosting sensation struck me at the sight of more than one photo and its respective caption. I’m sharing a link to the photo essay here in hopes that it may give you that same, much-needed boost.

Do you have any uplifting photos from 2012 that you’d like to share? Shoot me an email with the image attached and I’ll promptly add it to this post. We can get our own photo essay started.

Quote of the day:

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” –Mahatma Gandhi

connecticut school shooting

Today’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, with 27 dead, 20 of which were children, marks the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. You can see the AP’s coverage of the story here.

I had a cutesy post put together for you, showcasing the highlights from Michael and I’s big New Orleans weekend, but I simply cannot put it up today. I cannot happily reminisce about a holiday trip when tragic history is in the making. The country’s mood is far too solemn. So is mine.

All I have today are mournful thoughts and wistful prayers, for those whose lives were lost as well as their friends and families. They must now try to carry on in a world that I can only imagine seems far more grim and much less hopeful.

Connecticut School Shooting

Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following school shooting there Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

*Photo courtesy of The Newtown Bee

southern weddings feature

Oh snap! Magnolia Pair’s stunning photos from my sister’s wedding are being featured on Southern Weddings today! See full coverage on the fabulous affair by clicking here.

Not only was it exciting to read Caroline and John’s story “in print,” but it also reawakened many wonderful memories from the wedding weekend, including, but not limited to, listening to Caroline and John’s closest friends and family affirm them at the rehearsal dinner, hanging out at the Monteleone all day with the bridesmaids, feeling a sense of proud servitude as I carried her veil, seeing my father place Caroline’s hand in John’s at the ceremony, watching my mother take the dance floor by storm with a tambourine at the reception, and, most importantly, witnessing Caroline marry John, her perfect match if there ever was one.

P.S. – Check it out! On full display at the reception was the signature cocktail that Caroline asked me to concoct. It’s the Starlight Royale cocktail that I made during Bitsy & Boo’s Drink Week, which was renamed “The Sparkling Rose” to better fit the reception theme.


remembering amanda judice

Amanda and I, freshman year of college, at our first Pine Pal Party.

In what seems to be becoming a daily, morning ritual, I checked my Facebook News Feed last Thursday to see that day’s list of birthdays, and there it was. Her name. Amanda Judice. She would have been 24-years-old.

Amanda’s birthday indubitably sneaks up on me from year-to-year, and from year-to-year, my reaction remains the same. I am instantly overwhelmed. Physically, it’s a heart-dropping, stomach-churning, brain-warping thing to see her name there in the birthday list. A total shock to the system. Emotionally, sadness and despair mingle with fear—fear that I’m not devoting enough time to friends and family; fear that I’m not doing enough for others; fear that, instead of traveling the world or doing something truly worthwhile, I’m sitting at a desk in an office. It is a basic and very real fear of squandering the good health and life I’ve been so tremendously blessed with.

But then a photo of her brings me back. Amanda’s senior picture is taped to my bathroom mirror, so she greets me every morning when I get ready. Her image translates those fears and doubts to motivation, inspiring me to make the most of my day, to call my mother and tell her I love her, to complain a little less, and to only take on endeavors that I’m truly passionate about.

As you might surmise, Amanda and I weren’t close to the point that I had her birthday filed away in my hectic brain. Many people out there knew her better and perhaps even loved her more. I wish I could record everyone’s memories of Amanda and store them in a universally accessible location. How beautiful would that be? I use the word “beautiful” because Amanda was just that—breathtakingly beautiful inside and out. I feel very confident in assuming that each person’s recollections of her would be filled with light, laughter, nostalgia and every positive description in between. Having gone to school with her from the age of five to twenty-two, I can safely say that my time spent with Amanda falls under one, if not all, of those adjectives. Girl Scout meetings, birthday parties and after-school trips to Maggie Moo’s gave way to high school dances, sorority exchanges and one extremely fun trip to Lake Bruin.

And while Severe Aplastic Anemia took her life in February of 2010, she still adamantly lives within us—those individuals fortunate enough to have known her or be affiliated with her in some way. Her Facebook profile is one mere demonstration of this, as a heart-warming and heart-wrenching collage of birthday wishes and photos engulfs her Timeline.

Amanda’s legacy is further animated through a new outlet: the Amanda Judice Delta Omega/LSU Memorial Scholarship, set up through the Tri Delta Foundation. Allocating funds on a merit and financial need basis, this scholarship will provide support for undergraduate members of the LSU Tri Delta chapter. I think Amanda would be supremely pleased to know that her life and legacy will aid her fellow Tri Delta sisters for years to come. If you’d like to donate, click here and select the “Undergraduate” option.

So Amanda, if you’re listening, let me just say that I miss you and I think about you often. I’m sure you get that a lot, but I’d like to think that every time someone tells you they miss you or love you, it’s a prayer, simply asking God to take care of you.

Quote of the day:

“A friend who dies, it’s something of you who dies.” –Gustave Flaubert

sister’s wedding, sneak peak

It happened! My sister Caroline is now married and off to Italy with her wonderful new husband for their honeymoon. As guests lined the street with sparklers in City Park to send off the bride and groom, I found myself linking arms with my mother, tears quickly forming in both our eyes. We understood that my sister wasn’t just leaving her wedding reception. She was walking into a new life, one where her most important role is not that of daughter or sister, but wife. This shift necessitates a shift in Caroline’s priorities and decision-making process. What’s best for her and John–her new family–rightly takes precedence over what’s best for our family as a whole. But not to worry, our tears were far more celebratory than sorrowful, for this transition is easy to embrace when your new brother-in-law, or son-in-law in my mother’s case, is so lovable.

I’m really looking forward to sharing an entire collage of wedding photos with you, but it’s been a very long weekend, so for now, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek. See you on Wednesday with a hump day treat!

Wedding gown by Reem Acra // Bridesmaid dresses by Amsale // Flowers by Meade Wenzel // Hair by Ginger Dickey of Color Bar Salon and Nicole Pigeon // Makeup by Andrea Nicole Simmons

Quote of the day: 

“A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” –Marion C. Garretty