The revitalization of the North St. Mary’s Street area near U.S. 281 continues tonight with the opening of Pieter Sypesteyn‘s Cookhouse at 720 E. Mistletoe Ave.
The space, which previously housed Carmens de la Calle, will be the home of New Orleans food filtered through Sypesteyn‘s culinary talent.
The restaurant opens at 5 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Next week, lunch will be added, and the restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday.
Sypesteyn‘s work is known to fans of food trucks in the city. His Where Y’At truck, parked most often at Alamo Street Eat Bar on South Alamo Street, has gathered a host of fans because of his po’boys, including the Peacemaker, which features a winning mix of fried oysters and crisp pork belly.
You’ll find that sometimes on the lunch menu, when the New Orleans sandwiches are offered with such filings as fried shrimp, fried catfish, hot roast beef, hot sauce and cheeseburger.
At dinner, entrees might include Sypesteyn‘s award-winning New Orleans BBQ Shrimp, Paneed Pork Chops and charbroiled oysters. The lineup will change regularly with stuffed mirliton, a k a chayote squash and a real NOLA favorite, filled with shrimp and ham; roasted duck and dumplings; hanger steak with bone marrow butter; and, for the vegetarians in the house, tomato artichoke cannoli with handmade pasta.
Turtle soup; Gulf oysters; a wedge salad with bacon, pecans and blue cheese dressing; shrimp remoulade; and smoked duck boudin are among some of the other dishes you might find there.
For more on the Cookhouse, click here or call (210) 320-8211.
With Tycoon Flats, Faust, TBA and Candlelight all nearby (not to mention El Milagrito, which closes far too early in the day), this is a great time for a pub crawl through the area.
Attagirl in the works
Sypesteyn‘s neighboring truck at Alamo Street Eat Bar is Chris Cullum’s Attaboy, known for its hamburgers made from freshly ground beef on a house-made bun and topped with other handmade treats. Cullum is going to be his neighbor again when he opens Attagirl Ice House at 726 E. Mistletoe Ave.
The space once housed Willard’s Jamaican Jerk and still has the barbecue pit out back, which Cullum is planning to put back into use. The menu is still under construction as renovations on the space continue, but Cullum is hoping to have the space open in October.
It’s Cullum’s latest venture after taking over Tucker’s Kozy Korner on East Houston Street, another area that is showing welcome signs of revival.
Carmens wants to come back
If you are among the crowd that misses Carmens de la Calle, the sangria, the tapas or the flamenco, then you may be interested in the fact that the search is on for a new location. To fund the new space, the owners will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Sept. 17, according a post on Carmens’ Facebook page. Click here for more. (By the way, Sypesteyn used Kickstarter to get Cookhouse funded.)