One busy corner of Uptown known for its bar scene has gotten a lot more appetizing lately with the addition of a new pop-up under one roof and an expansion by a well-traveled purveyor of high-quality pub grub under another.
That pop-up is called PPX, which on Wednesday nights takes over the patio and kitchen of F&M Patio Bar (4841 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-6784). The pub grub purveyor is J'Anita's, which is based inside the Rendon Inn (4501 Eve St., 826-5605) in Broadmoor and now has a second location inside Grits Bar (530 Lyons St., 899-9211).
The chef behind PPX is Matthew Elliott Kopfler, a New Orleans native who managed F&M during his college years and now cooks at Martinique Bistro (5908 Magazine St., 891-8495; www.martiniquebistro.com). Along with business partner Tess Monaghan, he's been running PPX on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Look for dishes like bruschetta, farmers market salads, chicken thigh nuggets in soy broth and cheese fry sliders with tasso gravy. Menus are posted at www.ppxdinnerclub.blogspot.com.
Just up Lyons Street, the new J'Anita's expansion is called Stihl-Moore J'Anita's, and it's run by Jeremiah "Milo" Sherman, an alum of the first incarnation of J'Anita's on Magazine Street a few years back. His menu at Grits features some of the same signature sandwiches you'll find at J'Anita's at the Rendon Inn (redfish with bacon and Caesar dressing, a pork and brisket Reuben) but more vegetarian options as well and, appropriately enough, grits fries. Stihl-Moore J'Anita's serves lunch, dinner and late-night Tuesday through Saturday.