Best thing on sliced bread
Bon Appetit named Turkey and the Wolf (739 Jackson Ave., 504-218-7428; www.turkeyandthewolf.com) America's best new restaurant of 2017.
Chef/owner Mason Hereford's Irish Channel sandwich shop has garnered accolades from critics since opening last year.
Two weeks ago, the magazine announced its picks for the top 50 new restaurants in the country, and the list included Hereford's restaurant and Marjie's Grill (320 S. Broad St., 504-603-2234; www.marjiesgrill.com), which serves Southeast Asian-style barbecue. The magazine's "Hot 10" were announced Aug. 15, with Turkey and the Wolf sitting in the top spot. The list, culled by Bon Appetit editors Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer, also included Elske in Chicago, Mister Jiu's in San Francisco and Hart's in Brooklyn. Last year, local French restaurant N7 (1117 Montegut St.) was named among the top 10.
Praising Turkey and the Wolf's "weird and wacky appeal," Knowlton credited Hereford's long tenure as chef de cuisine at Coquette and his childhood in Charlottesville, Virginia for his restaurant's approach to food.
About the collard green melt, Knowlton wrote, "In my four-plus decades on this planet, it's the best sandwich I've ever crammed into my mouth, with a mastery of flavors and textures way beyond any sandwich joint."