Ask the Expert
Q: Bayou Country Superfest comes to town this month. Where would you send guests for a little boot scootin’? A: My go-tos for anyone looking for Cajun country music are Mulate’s (p. 23), which has nightly line dancing, and the Sunday afternoon fais do-do at Tipitina’s (p. 56).
Q: Where are we most likely to find you, the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience or Greek Fest?
A: The Wine and Food Experience (p. 18). It’s such a good time. You get a really good representation of restaurants in the city, and, of course, who doesn’t like drinking themself silly on wine? Q: There are also a number of crawfish boils in May. Any pointers for first-timers?
A: Hook up with a local who will show you how to properly peel a crawfish. My first time I had no idea what I was doing; it was quiet comical. Q: What new dining spot should visitors seek out?
A: Compère Lapin (p. 22). The cocktail program is amazing, the service is amazing and the food is very special. I spent twice as much as budgeted, just because we kept ordering more.
Q: New Orleans dominated this year’s James Beard Award nominations. Who gets your vote for “Best Chef: South”?
A: Slade Rushing at Brennan’s (p. 25). I think he’s doing amazing things there, breathing new life into the menu without deserting that classic Brennan’s elegance.