Author: Judi Russell

Roadside Dining: Community Fare

When the urge strikes for a trip down to the end of the road before it falls off into the water consider a stop for a meal break in Chalmette before you head off to Delacroix and the like to…

Southern Comfort

I will never forget my first experience with Doe’s Eat Place. It was the spring of 2000. I worked as a regional freelancer for Time magazine, and the editorial board had assembled a group of senior editors to travel via…

Holiday in Lights

With its waterfront locale and graceful plantations nearby, Natchitoches’ beauty comes as no surprise but its well-scrubbed appearance does. Old tends to look worn, yet charming. Over 300 years old generally looks ever more so despite its pedigree, but not…

Feast of Seven Fishes

A soft breeze blew in through open doors overlooking the waterfront as the Pêche restaurant family gathered to celebrate the season with a Feast of Seven Fishes, part of the Italian-American holiday celebration. Typically consumed on Christmas Eve, which is…

Culture Club

Tal’s Hummus and Grilled Veggies Over the course of its history the people of seven nations — Native Americans, French, Spanish, Germans, English, Italians and enslaved Africans — were the most significant contributors to Louisiana’s Creole cuisine. The foodways of…

Woman’s Work

Female chefs are running the kitchens and changing culinary culture in a host of Louisiana’s top restaurants

Over and Under

Overpass Merchant in Baton Rouge offers something for everyone with its global menu

Born Again

Shreveport’s Cotton Boll Grill gets another lease on life

Over the River

Detour away from New Orleans for an exploration of nearby historic Algiers Point

Fresh Pickings

Get organic, sustainable and humane offerings at Alexandria’s Inglewood Farm

LA Guns

Pops & Rockets takes its sticky, sweet, ‘80s inspired treats on tour throughout Acadiana


Welcome  to Louisiana Life’s celebration of the culinarians who are making a mark on our unique state. The beauty of our culinary heritage and the people who are moving it forward while preserving and revealing the treasures of our past…

Home Plate

A brick-and-mortar space for Toby Rodriguez and Lâche Pas Boucherie et Cuisine

Market Fresh

Dining with Swedish visitors along the River Road in Plantation Country