Our Food Picks: Week of 8/28

By Jill Melton | August 29, 2017
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Chinese lanterns add drama and luxury to the dining room at Tansuo, now open for lunch.

Donuts, jazz and homemade rice noodles for lunch define this week's food picks. 


Fox's Donut Den

We were up north this past week and got a cruller from a bakery in Michigan. It was perfect—eggy, and hollow-ish on the inside. Southern bakeries don't really know how to make crullers (ours resemble cruller shaped cake donuts), but one thing they do make great is apple fritters. And Fox's Donut Den has the best. If you havent' had an apple fritter from Donut Den or had one in a while, get yourself there. 


Pork belly bao buns at Tansou.
The luxurious, exotic surroundings of Tansuo can now be enjoyed at lunch. Maneet Chauhan and Chef Chris Chueng bring homemade rice noodles, scallion pancake with shrimp, and steamed bao buns for a mid-day pick up. You may become seduced with the Chinese lantern-lit dining room making it hard to go back to your laptop, but a little siesta never hurt anyone. 
Beignets at Rudy's Jazz Room.


Rudy's Jazz Room

I think we'd all agree we need more jazz in town.  So we were thrilled to hear aobut Rudy's Jazz room around the corner from Jackalope Brewery on Gleaves Avenue in the Gulch.  It's  in the spirit of other great jazz clubs—namely The Blue Note in NYC and Andy's in Chicago.  Small, cozy and dark with tables and comfy chairs for serious listeners. But the surprise was the food. The chef, Mike Braden has a passion for New Orleans food and does a mean gumbo. But his Dad's creole seafood pies (on the menu as Doc Braden's Creole Seafood Pies) are the star. A brown etoufee gravy enhanced with seafood nestles in a pastry crust. Beignets for dessert were yummy too. 


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