YatPundit’s Pub 20-May-2019 – Lunch in Metairie and Mid-City

YatPundit’s Pub 20-May-2019 – Lunch in Metairie and Mid-City

YatPundit’s Pub 20-May-2019

 

YatPundit’s Pub 20-May-2019

Talking lunch today, along with a big format announcement. So, beginning next week, our “Red Beans and Rice Monday” pods move over to YatCuisine.com. This pod drops on YatPundit. It crossosts to YatCuisine. Next week, we reverse that. Therefore, YatCuisine becomes the permanent home.

We’re moving the food segments to bring them in line with the YatCuisine group on Facebook. When The Baton Rouge Advocate newspaper announced their purchase of the Times-Picayune/NOLA.com, I feared for the future of “Where NOLA Eats,” the big NOLA.com-sponsored food group. I created the YatCuisine group as a fall-back position. If Georges and his people nuke the NOLA.com group, So, YatCuisine offers continuity.

While we don’t expect the 50,000 members of Where NOLA Eats, we have 600+. So, the food pod moves, too!

Lunch at Caffe! Caffe!

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Grilled Ceasar Pita at Caffe! Caffe!

This incredibly popular place opened in 1992, on the corner of Clearview Parkway and W. Esplanade Avenue in Metairie. A few years back, the very-successful coffee house and lunch place opened a second location on N. Hullen Street, off Causeway Blvd., near Lakeside Mall. As a lunch place, I like the vibe of the N. Hullen location. While Metairie isn’t the CBD, office workers heading to a local place to grab a quick bite is similar.

We went to N. Hullen location on a Saturday. The vibe changes on a weekend. Instead of workers from nearby businesses, the crowd includes friends catching up, couples getting out (us!), and families.

Mrs. YatPundit had the Grilled Chicken Caesar Pita. It’s not a unique sandwich, but everything is fresh and tasty.

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Chipotle Chicken Wrap and Seafood Soup

I got the Chipotle Chicken Wrap and a cup of Seafood Soup. Caffe! Caffe! makes a spicy chipotle sauce. The wrap works. The soup was yummy.

Leisurely Lunch

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Black Eyed Pea Hummus from Brown Butter Southern Kitchen

While my lunch last week at Brown Butter Southern Kitchen and Bar wasn’t a three-hour affair at an old line restaurant, the pace was slower. Instead of a quick sandwich, we had the Black Eyed Pea Hummus (the place is indeed Southern). One of my friends had a salad, and the other had the “Seoul Bowl,” a Korean-influenced bowl of rice, kimchi, and your choice of beef, chicken, shrimp, or Brussels sprouts. I got the “Seoul Burger,” Brown Butter’s excellent burger, topped with Kimchi and Korean BBQ sauce.

Two lunch winners!

YatPundit’s Pub 29-April-2019 Mexican Food and Irish Whiskey

Talking Mexican food and Irish (Channel) whiskey in YatPundit’s Pub 29-April-2019.

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YatPundit’s Pub 29-April-2019

YatPundit's Pub 29-April-2019

El Fogon in Metairie

Two items today for Red Beans and Rice Monday. First, we discuss El Fogon, the Mexican restaurant in Metairie that took over the old Taco Location. Then, we talk local whiskey.

El Fogon

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Inside El Fogon

I must admit, I mourned the loss of the Taco Tico on Vets more than I should have. That wonderfully greasy fast food is part of my formative years! Iooked like the place would be demolished to make way for yet another nameless, faceless, chain place that could afford 2019 rent on Vets. I loved it when it became clear the building was merely undergoing a renovation. When El Fogon opened, Mexican food near Clearview in #themetrys went up more than a notch or two.

Chile Rellenos

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Chile Rellenos “Sierra” at El Fogon

On my first trip, I had the Chile Relleno, “Sierra” style, with chicken and cheese. Good plate!

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Tacos at El Fogon

El Fogon offered me “Taco Tuesday” for my next visit. So, four tacos for $5. Absolutely wonderful!

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Enchiladas El Fogon

I chose the enchiladas the next trip, and they rocked. While there are other places with Mexican and Tex-Mex in the city that are good, El Fogon is close, tasty, and, well, Tacos!

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El Fogon on Vets

Since El Fogon doesn’t appear to have a liquor license, I usually order a Coke. As much as to-go orders from a good restaurant give me mixed feelings, I need to order takeaway and have a beer at home.

McNulty’s take on El Fogon

73 Distillers

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Irish Channel Whiskey from 73 Distillers in the Treme

I saw “Irish Channel Whiskey” on a visit to 504 Craft Beer Reserve last Thanksgiving. I was DD for the boys, as LT Firstborn was home for Thanksgiving. As they picked out obscure beers to buy, I shopped. I came across “Irish Channel Whiskey” from 73 Distillers on the shelf. Made a mental note to try it. When we finished a bottle of (I think) Red Breast, we sought out the 73 Distillers Irish. Took a while to come across it again. It appeared at Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie a couple of weeks ago. So, we bought a bottle and were very pleased.

73 Distillers makes their whiskey in the Treme, at Bienville and N. Claiborne. They offer tours of the place. The owners fully leverage their location in one of New Orleans oldest neighborhoods. We’ll take the tour at some point this summer.

OffBeat’s take on 73 Distillers

Last Week’s Red Beans and Rice Monday Pod

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019

brown butter mid-city

YatPundit’s Pub 15-April-2019 – Red Beans and Rice Monday

Pre-Game

YatPundit's Pub 15-April-2019

Meyer Lemon Margarita at Bakersfield Short North in Columbus, OH

Welcome to Yatpundit’s Pub 15-April-2019! Somebody make this happen in New Orleans!

Bakersfield Short North

Wine me, Dine me! 

Two segments for the Pub today, both related to NOLA Brewery, on Tchoup.

The Food

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Pulled Pork Sandwich by McClure’s at NOLA Brewery Taproom

Three of us at the NOLA Brewery Taproom, where the food is brought to you by McClure’s BBQ. Wife and kiddo had their usual, pulled pork sandwiches. Mrs. YatPundit usually has the Kansas City BBQ Sauce, while kiddo is like me and gets the N.O. East. It was a nice, sunny day, so we ate on the upstairs deck. The view isn’t the most scenic in the world, being the wharves, but the trains are fun to watch go by.

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“Philly” by McClure’s at the NOLA Brewery Taproom

I had McClure’s Philly-style cheesesteak, which is essentially a pulled brisket sandwich with onions and peppers. Good sandwich, much better bread than the hoagie roll or whatever you usually get for a cheesesteak. The cheese was better, also. That’s the N.O. East sauce on the sandwich. I usually get a two-meat combo, like sausage and chicken, but they didn’t have sausage on this outing, so I thought I’d try something new. It was worth it.

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Mac n Cheese at NOLA Brewery Taproom

I had mac n’ cheese for the side with the Philly, fam had fries.

Poutine!

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Poutine

We also got an order of Poutine. It’s obviously a variant of what you’d buy in Canada, with fries, cheese curds, and pulled pork. I ended up taking some of the sandwich home, because I forgot how big the order is.

Beer

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Vanilla Coffee Stout

A flight of four, four-ounce pours, first Boil Advisory, a variant of NOLA Blonde

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Boil Advisory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then two special/limited stouts, from the NOLA Brewery/Sucre partnership: Sucre Blackberry Stout and Sucre Chocolate Stout

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Sucre Blackberry Stout

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Sucre Chocolate Stout

NOLA Brewery

McClure’s BBQ

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