Where Y'Eat New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana. Ian gives listeners the low-down on the hottest new restaurants, old local favorites and hidden hole-in-the-wall joints alike, and he profiles the new trends, the cherished traditions and the people and personalities keeping America's most distinctive food scene cooking.
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New Orleans writer Ian McNulty hosts Where Y'Eat, a weekly exploration and celebration of food culture in the Crescent City and south Louisiana. Ian gives listeners the low-down on the hottest new restaurants, old local favorites and hidden hole-in-the-wall joints alike, and he profiles the new trends, the cherished traditions and the people and personalities keeping America's most distinctive food scene cooking.More from Where Y'Eat »

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Where Y'Eat: A Loaded Roux at the Renewed Dunbar's

No two bowls of gumbo should be exactly the same. Heck, even when they're served from the same pot the precise mixture of seafood and meat and seasoning may differ from bowl to bowl, based on the luck of the ladle. This is certainly the case with Creole gumbo, a down-home style sometimes described as kitchen sink. And yet, even for the endless gumbo variations out there, sometimes an overarching house style for a particular gumbo can speak to you in a voice you may recognize even years after

Where Y'Eat: Hoisting a stein to German New Orleans

We don't hear much about German heritage in New Orleans, until October that is, when it comes at us with all the oomph of an oompah band. Suddenly you're showing your nephew how to do the chicken dance, you're dissecting the differences between bratwurst and weisswurst on your sausage platter and you're proclaiming "prost!" as the foam drops another inch down your stein.

Where Y'Eat: Making Peace with Dining Al Fresco

In deepest summer, there is a certain mindset in New Orleans that regards the outdoors as enemy territory. Maybe you've succumbed to it once or twice yourself. When this mindset sinks in, the outdoors is something to be monitored and cordoned. You dash from door to door at your own risk, and air conditioning on an outing for dinner or drinks is as necessary as air tanks for a deep sea dive. When true fall arrives, of course, all is forgiven and an outdoor perch is the place to be.

Where Y'Eat: Don't Fear the Fusion, Just Dig In

Brace yourself, I'm about to use the F word. That would be "fusion." Alright, maybe that's not such a big deal to you, but in certain restaurant circles fusion is one provocative term. It brings food memory flash backs to the days of sesame crusted everything, of the indiscriminate use of plum sauce and of milky green wasabi mashed potatoes.

Where Y'Eat: After Catastrophe, Restaurant Service Reaches Beyond the Meal

After Hurricane Harvey, it was no surprise that restaurants here in New Orleans quickly became a hub for many local efforts to help. In the long haul, though, restaurants in the very areas hard hit by Harvey that will be their own sources of community self help.

Where Y'Eat: After Catastrophe, Restaurant Service Reaches Beyond the Meal

Where Y'Eat: Why New Orleans Can't Stop Talking About Food

We talk about it with our best friends and with perfect strangers. We rant about it online and we dream about it at night. It's a natural fixation when we're hungry, yet we still talk about it when our mouths are full. It's the food of New Orleans, compelling, often uniting, frequently divisive and never boring, at least not if you're doing it right. May it always be at the ends of our forks and on the tips of our tongues.

Where Y'Eat: Heated Opinions Around the New Orleans Sushi Scene

What's your go-to sushi bar in New Orleans? It might be that first place where you tried a California roll way back when, or it could be the spot that always has something different on the specials board to try. Maybe it's the sushi bar that just happens to be closest to your house, or it's one across town where you've built a rapport with a particular chef. Whatever seals the deal for you, though, sushi lovers in New Orleans tend to be highly loyal to their favorite Japanese restaurant.

Where Y'Eat: In New Orleans, Even "Lost Restaurants" are Still with Us

When I first moved to New Orleans, back in 1999, I was amazed by how often people talked about restaurants that no longer existed. But I had it all wrong, of course. In New Orleans, just because a restaurant is no longer open for business does not necessarily mean it no longer exists.

Where Y'Eat: In New Orleans, Even "Lost Restaurants" are Still with Us

Where Y'Eat: At the Bottom of a Long New Orleans Summer, a Yearning for Oysters

The longer this summer stretches on, the more I find I have oysters on my mind. Someday fall will arrive, peak oyster season will be close behind and this hot, rainy summer will be in the history books. But I can't wait that long. This summer has been a rough one already, and I'm ready for a taste of one of the real blessings of living in Louisiana: the prodigious oyster harvest.

Where Y'Eat: At the Bottom of a Long New Orleans Summer, a Yearning for Oysters

Where Y'Eat: The NOPSI Name Returns and a Restaurant Gets Cooking

All through the spring, as the renovations of the new NOPSI Hotel neared completion, I saw how New Orleans people were watching. They stopped to cast long looks from across Baronne Street and, once the construction barricades were gone, they stepped right up, cupping hands to the glass to peer inside. They were getting a glimpse of what was to come, and also sizing up something historic but long hidden in the middle of downtown New Orleans.

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