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Weekend Cheat Sheet: September 2018

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Cultural arts season in New Orleans kicks off this month, a perfect opportunity to appreciate the arts … and eat them too!

 

Friday

Lunch at: How could one not enjoy a fabulous lunch at the award-winning Herbsaint Bar & Restaurant on St. Charles Avenue? Flagship of the Link Restaurant Group and helmed by the estimable chef Donald Link and chef de cuisine Rebecca Wilcomb, this consistently stellar restaurant offers dishes like jumbo lump crabmeat and watermelon gazpacho, beef short rib with potato rösti, grilled Zabuton steak with French fries and pastry chef Maggie Scales’ banana brown butter tart with fleur de sel caramel. 701 St. Charles Ave., (504) 524-4114, herbsaint.com

Discover a galaxy far, far away: If you’re a fan of both classic sci fi and live music, don’t miss Star Wars: A New Hope, presented with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Saenger Theatre. Conducted by Erik Ochsner, fans will be able to experience Oscar-winning composer John Williams’ musical scores performed together for a live symphonic concert experience. Star Wars: A New Hope debuts Sept. 8. 1111 Canal St., (504) 525-1052, saengernola.com

Sip at: Co-founder of Cane & Table, Nick Detrich, and Chris Hannah, the famous former bartender from Arnaud’s French 75, teamed up to bring us Manolito, a new French Quarter bar and restaurant inspired by the flavors of Cuba. Belly up to the bar and enjoy a Papa Doble with Paranubes Rum, Don Q Cristal, grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur, or slurp down a Jazz Daiquiri with Bacardi 8 Year, crème de cacao and coffee. Also be sure to try some of the dishes created by chef Cesar Nu?ez, like ropa vieja or shrimp ceviche. 508 Dumaine St., (504) 603-2740, manolitonola.com

Saturday

Revive at: Sometimes there’s just nothing like waking up to a deep-fried, sugar-laden doughnut, and some of the best can only be found at Bakers Dozen. Located on Jefferson Highway, just past the Causeway, this delightful doughnut shop offers buttermilk drops, cake doughnut, apple fritters, honey buns, assorted doughnut holes, chocolate glazed and more. They also offer Community Coffee drinks and foamy hot chocolate. With fresh, delicious doughnut made every morning, Bakers Dozen is only open till 11 a.m., so you better get there early or the best of the best will be gone. 3305 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 828-2811, lovebakersdozen.com

Experience the music of South Africa at: Revel in a tale of South Africa at Africa Umoja! The Spirit of Unity at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. Dubbed “a joyous and explosive celebration,” the performance includes sensational singing and dancing, featuring the music of Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mazbazo and more. From the dusty streets of Soweto to the world’s biggest stages, Umoja tells the tales of the South African experience through the riveting musical stage play showcasing its authentic South African Cast. 1419 Basin St., (504) 525-1052, mahaliajacksontheater.com

Dine at: Part of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Toups South is the second restaurant by talented local chef Isaac Toups. A touch more refined than Toups’ Meatery, this Central City eatery offers his fabulous cracklin’s and a whole lot more. Try a 100-year-old recipe for sourdough biscuits served with crab-fat butter; smoked foie gras terrine with banana bread and cured egg yolk; seared redfish with stir-fried collard greens; and braised Louisiana Gulf stew with crab, shrimp and oysters with fried rice calas. 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 304-2147, toupssouth.com

Sunday

Brunch at: Easily one of the city’s best brunch spots, Dante’s Kitchen has been open for almost 17 years and is owned by chef Emanuel “E-man” Loubier who was a Commander’s Palace alum. Located in the Riverbend, this neighborhood eatery in a house-turned-restaurant regularly has lines out the door every Saturday and Sunday morning filled with people eager to enjoy dishes like the 18-hour slow cooked pork steak with duck fat hash browns, corned beef hash and eggs, Louisiana crab and brie omelet and crispy duck leg confit with herbed goat cheese grits. 736 Dante St., (504) 861-3124, danteskitchen.com

Contemplate the beauty of Louisiana through: On view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art Sept. 6 through Jan. 13, Newton Howard: Painter of the Sportsman’s Paradise is a collection of the New Orleans painter’s serene landscapes of the marshes and bayous of South Louisiana. Known by locals as the creator of Monkey Hill, a city landmark at Audubon Zoo, Howard delighted in hunting, fishing and Dixie Beer. Employing oil, acrylic and watercolor, Howard often displayed a minimalist style that emphasized where the bayous met the horizon. 925 Camp St., (504) 539-9650, ogdenmuseum.org

Relax at: Delight in a relaxed dinner at the brand new Mahony’s Po-Boys & Seafood in the French Quarter. Try some new items like raw oysters at the bar or a Shrimp Remi salad with remoulade and candied lemon vinaigrette, or fall back on old favorites such as thin-cut onion rings, debris fries with Irish white cheddar or a chicken liver and Creole slaw po-boy. And don’t forget dessert. The new locale boasts a bread pudding ice cream “po-boy” with Creole Creamery’s banana foster ice cream. 901 Iberville St., (504) 717-2422, mahonyspoboys.com