La Petit Grocery

Food: 9.5/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 9/10  Midwest Foodie: Wow wow wow. Great meal from start to finish! La Petite is a little pricey for a med student’s budget, but hey, my aunt was treating us tonight (thanks Juju!). We started with the best grilled octopus we’d ever tasted and some blue crab beignets. Yum! As…

Pizza Domenica

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 6.5/10 Midwest Foodie: The price is right at this happy hour gem. Half price pizzas and drinks? Sign me up. We had a summer squash and zucchini pizza that shattered my expectations. I mean, no meat and I’m not complaining! The crust is nice and bubbly and you can tell…

Balise

  Food: 10/10 Drinks: ? Vibes: 9/10 Midwest Foodie: This is the best brunch I’ve ever had…in any city. I know that’s a high mark but let me tell you, when you combine pork tenderloin, homemade biscuits, mushrooms, and fried eggs, you have my heart. The blue crab omelet was to die for as well….

Arnaud’s

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 9.5/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest Foodie: Old school New Orleans done right. We went here for a special occasion; this isn’t the usual level of restaurant that we frequent. The food was tasty and very well done. Only reason it doesn’t get a 10 is because I got tricked! Not really, just ordered…

El Gato Negro

Food: 9/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 4/10 Midwest Foodie: Yikes the price tag on this one! I was pretty blown away when I saw that the average entrée price was between $20 and $25. For Mexican food? Give me a break. We decided to split the steak fajitas and I understood the pricing scheme the second…

Chiba

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 4/10 Vibes: 6.5/10 Midwest Foodie: Had a really great time here and ate some tasty sushi. First off, one of the best happy hours in the city. About $6 a roll and we got a complimentary octopus ceviche for sitting at the sushi bar. Our favorite was the fish taco roll with…

Creole Creamery

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 9/10 Midwest Foodie: This is definitely the best ice cream shop in town. You might ask why I gave it only an 8/10? The answer is simply that New Orleans ice cream in general is good, not great. The Midwest is the home to truly great ice cream and I…

Shaya

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest foodie: Let me be clear from the beginning about Shaya. This is not “my type” of restaurant: it has small plates with large price tags. That said, the food is really really tasty. We shared shipka peppers, lutenitsa, and labneh. We also split lamb ragu hummus which came…

Bacchanal

Food: 8/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest foodie: The best cheese plate in the city. You pick out cheeses from the fridge and Bacchanal puts them on a legit cheese board with bread, olives, jam, and nuts. Classy with lots of flavor. If you’re looking for something a little heartier than cheese and bread they…

Baru

Food: 7/10 Drinks: 9/10 Vibes: 8/10 Midwest foodie: Small plates usually aren’t my thing. When I eat, I want you to load up a dish that will make me feel uncomfortably full when I manage to finish it. Baru is a small plates spot, but I left full and satisfied. We had lamb sliders, crab cakes, ceviche, and cornmeal…

Bouligny

Food: 6/10 Drinks: 10/10 Vibes: 5/10 Midwest Foodie: Just had some snicky snacks here but I liked ’em . Had some butternut squash fritters and bone marrow bruschetta that I liked but the rest of the table was lukewarm on. Bone marrow bruschetta…gotta give it to them for creativity. Not my first choice for a great culinary…

Sylvain

Food: 10/10 Drinks: 8/10 Vibes: 10/10 Midwest foodie: We’d heard rumors about the food at Sylvain and had to check it out for ourselves. The owners are from Wisconsin, so I knew they took their food seriously, especially the protein side of the menu. I ordered the pan-fried pork shoulder over grits with a mustard ju…