Mason’s Grill, 13556 Jefferson Highway, Baton Rouge, is featured in Chris Chamberlain’s book “The Southern Foodie: 100 Places to Eat in the South Before You Die (and the Recipes That Made Them Famous).”
Chamberlain addresses Mason’s menu of Cajun shrimp burgers, blackened alligator, shrimp au gratin, and Mason’s extensive brunch menu.
“Mason’s Grill works hard to send their customers home full as a tick and happy,” Chamberlain writes. “With a menu like this, it’s your own fault if you leave hungry.”
Also featured are New Orleans favorites Clancy’s, 6100 Annunciation St.; Mandina’s, 3800 Canal St.; Mr. B’s Bistro, 201 Royal Street; Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Ave., Red Fish Grill, 115 Bourbon St.; and Ye Olde College Inn, 3016 S. Carrollton Ave. Rounding out the Louisiana delegation are Alzina’s Kitchen, 117 East 132nd St., Galliano; Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant, 622 Second St., Natchitoches; Prejean’s, 3480 NE Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette; and Strawn’s Eat Shop, 125 Kings Highway, Shreveport.
NEW ORLEANS — Sara’s Bistro, 724 Dublin St., New Orleans, a 20-year fixture in Uptown, has a new chef and general manager.
Bart Thomas, a Louisiana native, is the chef/general manager.
He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and has worked as a private chef and caterer in New York City.
Thomas, who grew up near his grandfather’s farm in north Louisiana, champions the small family farm and “the role they play in providing chefs the tools they need to create quality cuisine in a world of factory canned foods,” a news release says.
Sara’s chef de cuisine is Ganesh Ayyengar, of Mumbai, who holds a doctorate in molecular biology from LSU. He caught the “food bug” while going to school in New Orleans and worked at Bayona before opening Sara’s with owner Mac Rahman.
NEW ORLEANS — Criollo Restaurant, which opened this year in Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans, is a recipient of the 2012 Diner’s Choice Award.
The award, given by Open-Table, the online dining reservation network, goes to restaurants based on reviews submitted via the diner feedback form at OpenTable.com.
The restaurant is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, check the website http://www.criollonola.com.
Compiled by Food staff
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