The Year in Food 2007

Stormy Waters for NOLA’s New Eateries

While Big Easy standards like Antoine’s staggered back to life, more recently opened New Orleans restaurants didn’t fare well in the city’s depressed conditions. According to a Times-Picayune story on the trend, a number of high-profile debuts (such as the critically hailed Alberta) have struggled, while others (such as Ristorante Civello, Jackson, and Longbranch) closed this year. Restaurants, of course, are just a small part of the overall New Orleans picture, but they’re barometers for a city’s (or a neighborhood’s) health. And if that’s the case, the current NOLA prognosis is mixed at best. —James Norton