The New Orleans Advocate: Our Critic's Top 100 Picks for How the City Eats Today

April 11, 2019
By: Ian McNulty

The character of New Orleans comes through in its restaurants. This dining guide pulls together a story of that character and puts 100 recommendations before you to experience it yourself.

This is an annual project, though it’s also one that takes shape continuously from eating in restaurants, talking about restaurants and learning more about a food culture cultivated by New Orleans people and the changes influencing it today.

I hope it reveals some new finds (even if they’re only new to you) and reconnects you with restaurants that have long contributed to our city’s reputation for good living. Read more….

Eater: Here Are New Orleans' James Beard Award Semifinalists for 2019

By: Clair Lorell, Eater

The James Beard Foundation has announced its awards semifinalists for what is considered the greatest distinction in the restaurant industry, and New Orleans is well-represented. This is the “long list;” the “short list” of finalists will be announced March 27 and the winners will named in Chicago on May 6.

Outstanding Pastry Chef

A chef or baker who prepares desserts, pastries, or breads in a restaurant and serves as a national standard-bearer of excellence. Must have been working as a pastry chef or baker for the last five years.

Kelly Fields of Willa Jean is a semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef. She was a nominee in 2017 and 2018. Read more….

New Orleans’ French Quarter is a Year-Round Mardi Gras for LGBT Tourists

By: Mark Thompson, MetroSource

The LGBTQ community is invited to party In a city where tradition triumphs over tragedy and every meal is cause for celebration…Equally tempting for breakfast is Willa Jean in the city’s Central Business District, where James Beard-nominated chef Kelly Fields channels her grandmother Willa Jean’s spunky spirit with recipes that celebrate Southern hospitality. The morning menu features a complete section devoted solely to biscuits — for which Grandma Willa Jean deserves a hallelujah chorus. …Read More….