When Sound Cafe shuttered earlier this year, the loss of the neighborhood coffee stalwart (and accompanying pop-up doughnut shop) was disappointing. The fog of sadness, fortunately, didn't last long.
Spirits were lifted when it was announced Herbsaint alum Doug Crowell was taking over the space and opening a casual, elegant Chinese restaurant, Bao & Noodle (2700 Chartres St.).
Bao & Noodle officially opens Tue., Oct. 21 for lunch and dinner, with a thoughtful, curious menu full of recognizable and unusual Chinese favorites. Small plates like scallion pancakes and "strange flavor" peanuts sit alongside larger staples: beef chow fun, tea eggs with greens and dan dan noodles. The desserts are particularly intriguing, with a ginger milk custard and almond jelly with osmanthus (a delicate, white-flowered plant) syrup sure to attract those with an adventurous sweet tooth.
For more information, visit Bao & Noodle's website.