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Review: Quaker Steak and Lube gets your motor runnin’

Advocate staff photo by GEORGE MORRIS -- Quaker Steak and Lube in Gonzales has an automotive theme and a sports bar feel to it.

When passing by Quaker Steak and Lube, we have some advice: Apply the brakes. A restaurant and bar with an automotive theme, Quaker Steak exudes a fun, sports-bar kind of vibe, yet one where diners can enjoy table conversation without shouting at each other. The first part of the name is a play on Quaker… Continue reading →

Gourmet Galley: Sandwich pairs local Italian sausage, roasted peppers

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Italian Sausage and Roasted Pepper Sandwiches

We have access to delicious Italian sausage in Baton Rouge. The meat markets in our local grocery stores all make wonderful Italian sausage, so shop local for it. I served Italian sausage and roasted pepper sandwiches the other night on crusty minirolls. Sometimes, one bite and the whole sausage pulls out of the sandwich. Since… Continue reading →

BR Herb Society classes include ‘Making Jams and Jellies’

“Making Jams and Jellies,” including herbal jellies, is the first of a new series of skills classes being offered by the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America. The classes will also include “Making Yeast Breads” in November, and will continue in the spring with classes on making chutneys, making fruit and flower syrups and… Continue reading →

Churchill’s to host free wine tasting today

Churchill’s, 7949 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, swill present the wines of Newton Vineyards at a free wine tasting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Featured wines will include Newton’s Red Label Chardonnay, Unfiltered Chardonnay, Unfiltered Merlot, Unfiltered Cabernet and “The Puzzle” Cabernet.… Continue reading →

I Eat La.: Fall brings perfect time for hearty, one-bowl meals full of tender meats, vegetables in rich sauces

Photo by Teresa B. Day -- Coq Au Vin

Fall arrived Wednesday — at least that’s what the calendar says. The temperature in south Louisiana begs to differ. Doesn’t matter. I’ve been fighting off fall fever long before autumn’s official first day. The first hints of the season make me crave hearty, one-bowl meals and rustic dishes of salty, tender meats and root vegetables… Continue reading →

Tickets for Taste of Italy event in N.O. on sale

Tickets are on sale for the American Italian Cultural Center and Piazza d’Italia’s first Taste of Italy. The event is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the center, 537 S. Peters St., New Orleans. A patron party starts at 6 p.m. In celebration of Italian Heritage Month, guests will dine on Italian delicacies… Continue reading →

Lafayette, N.O. bars make Bourbon Review’s list

Two Louisiana bars are on The Bourbon Review’s list of America’s 75 top bourbon bars. The bourbon industry magazine is honoring Social Southern Table and Bar, Lafayette; and Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, New Orleans. The list was compiled as part of the magazine’s seventh anniversary issue. To celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month, The Bourbon… Continue reading →

Food Network to hold casting call at Saveur

Food Network’s “All-Star Academy” will hold a casting call for its second season from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Saveur Restaurant, 4128 Magazine St., New Orleans. The series features 10 home cooks from across the U.S. paired up with Food Network celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and Michael Symon… Continue reading →

Advocate food columnist earns first-place honor

Cheramie Sonnier, columnist and former food editor for The Advocate, won first place in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2015 Communications Contest for single page, section or supplement regularly edited by entrant — newspaper. Sonnier accepted the award at the organization’s awards banquet, part of its annual conference Sept. 9-11 in Anchorage, Alaska. Sonnier also… Continue reading →

Review: Getting a fried fish fix at Crispy Catch

Advocate staff photo by Ellen Zielinski -- Crispy Catch's thin catfish fillets are served with fries, corn bobbers and reel sauce.

Fried fish is a specialty in the South, and everybody has their favorite version of the dish. For me, it’s my father-in-law’s. I wasn’t expecting the fish at Crispy Catch to be as good as his, but I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure if it’s better, but I’d love to see a cook-off between the… Continue reading →

I Eat La.: Team up: Burgers, fries perfect match for casual get-together

Photo by Teresa B. Day -- Barn Burger on Wheat Buns

We enjoyed entertaining some much-missed company from Texas over the Labor Day weekend. What better dinner for a casual get-together than grilling delicious burgers with hearty buns and homegrown sides? This allowed us to spend more time visiting and less time stressing over a complicated spread. Dinner was a team effort. Our burgers, made with… Continue reading →

Game days call for pasta salad

Advocate photo by Jill Arnold -- Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad

Those first few football weekends can be stifling. Too hot for hot coals, frying fish or steaming pots of pastalaya. You may want to save those recipes for cooler days to come and try this buffalo chicken pasta salad at your tailgate instead. I tested it on my soccer team members and they all seemed to… Continue reading →

‘Cooking with French Flair’ scheduled at Burden

Chef Jean French will demonstrate “Cooking with French Flair” when the Baton Rouge Unit of the Herb Society of America meets on Sept. 24. The session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Ione Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The cost is $5 for guests; free for society members. A native of France,… Continue reading →

CC’s celebrates birthday with new items, specials

CC’s Coffee House is celebrating its 20th birthday with specials and in-store birthday parties in September. “Twenty years ago, the Saurage family set out to create the best coffee house experience in America. Building upon four generations of coffee expertise, they began CC’s Coffee House in the heart of New Orleans. Our first location opened… Continue reading →

Magazine: Brennan’s in N.O. one of best in South

Photo provided by Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group -- Slade Rushing

Brennan’s restaurant in New Orleans is one of the South’s 30 Best Restaurants, according to Southern Living magazine. Magazine editors asked their favorite chefs where they wine and dine outside their own restaurants, and narrowed down their selections to 30 “that everyone needs to try stat.” The magazine said, “Since 1946, Brennan’s has anchored… Continue reading →

Review: Main Street Market’s Taste combines meat, vegetables, condiments to create fresh flavors

Photo by Matthew Sigur -- The Figgy Piggy at Taste in Main Street Market

From a stall in downtown Baton Rouge’s Main Street Market, Taste is serving some of the best sandwiches in the capital city. Taste, formerly Taste of Downtown, pairs quality meats and vegetables with ingenious condiments to create new, fresh flavors. On a recent lunch at Taste, I tried the special — a meatloaf po-boy… Continue reading →

Lafayette’s Swamp Pop brand sales and flavors expanding

Advocate file photo By BRAD BOWIE -- Creators of Swamp Pop, John Peterson, on left, and Collin Cormier enjoy their product in Lafayette.

When Collin Cormier and John Peterson launched their line of Louisiana-themed soft drinks, Swamp Pop, two years ago, their goal was to make an impression in the state. It’s gone well beyond that. Swamp Pop’s six flavors, which feature Louisiana-sourced ingredients and are sold only in glass bottles with pry-off caps, are now being… Continue reading →

Famed pastry chef sets pop-up in New Orleans

Compère Lapin at Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery in New Orleans will host Josh Gripper, the acclaimed pastry chef of Andrew Carmellini’s The Dutch Miami Beach in Florida for a pastry pop-up on Wednesday. Compère Lapin is at 535 Tchoupitoulas St.… Continue reading →

Review: Twisted Burgers is a saucy addition to the burger scene

Advocate photo by Tim Arnold -- The bacon cheeseburger combo which along with the bacon, had mustard, ketchup and the twisted sauce.

Twisted Burgers is a small, no-frills restaurant tucked in a strip mall on La. 44 in Gonzales. It has a diner-style feel. The restaurant is no wider than a two-car garage, and there are a couple TVs for showcasing sporting events. As the group I went with placed its order at the counter, we quickly realized… Continue reading →

Delivering the dough: Couple steers their mobile wood-fired pizza oven around Louisiana

Advocate photo by TIM ARNOLD -- Joe Forte puts a pizza into their wood-burning mobile pizza oven as Shelly Forte talks with a customer at the Hammond Farmers Market.

Have dough, will travel. That could well be the motto of Joe and Shelly Forte, who have been steering their mobile wood-fired pizza oven all over South Louisiana for months now. The couple started Dat’z Italian, their traveling pizza business, about a 18 months ago. They work regular jobs during the week, test recipes at… Continue reading →