Haute Plates

Our weekly blog on the New Orleans fine dining scene

Revisiting Bayona

If you don't like liver, try it fried or puréed with large amounts of butter.


Not Quite Mourning Morning Call

On the Fat City beignet institution, which is closing its doors.


Growing and Growing Old

Struggles with eating healthy, gardening and growing old.


Lots of Locals Get Nods from the James Beard Foundation

Several New Orleans chefs and restaurants made the list of semifinalists for the 2014 Restaurant and Chef Award category.


Top Restaurants and Old Saints

Five local restaurants get a nice shout-out, while Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint impresses


Meauxbar Bistro Closes Its Doors

Meauxbar says goodbye, plus more restaurant news.


On Writing and Whole Foods

Thoughts on writing restaurant reviews, plus what you need to know about the new Whole Foods


Winter Storm Apocalypse 2014: A Diary

A (slightly satirical) diary of New Orleans' latest winter madness.


Ruby Slipper's New Canal Street Location

There's one more location for you Ruby Slipper fans out there.


Cauliflower, Breakfast and Bistro Fare

A recipe and two restaurant updates for your Thursday.


Restaurant Review: Marti’s

The restaurant on Dumaine Street is worth a visit.

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Restaurant Trends to Expect for 2014 in New Orleans

A few guesses for what we'll see in the new year.


Thoughts on Whole Foods and 'Silent Meals'

Whole Foods protesting and a weird food trend you may or may not see in 2014

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NOLA Chefs’ Aid for the Philippines and More Restaurant News

Local chefs are coming together to raise money for those devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.


When Food and Lawyers Meet

What I learned when I talked to some lawyers about Louisiana restaurants.


Haute Plates

Our weekly blog on the New Orleans fine dining scene


Robert D. Peyton was born at Ochsner Hospital and, apart from four years in Tennessee for college and three years in Baton Rouge for law school, has lived here his entire life. He is a strong believer in the importance of food to our local culture and in the importance of our local food culture, generally. He has practiced law since 1994, and began writing about food on his website, www.appetites.us, in 1999. He mainly wrote about partying that year, obviously.

In 2006, New Orleans Magazine named Appetites the best food blog in New Orleans. The choice was made relatively easy due to the fact that Appetites was, at the time, the only food blog in New Orleans.

He began writing the Restaurant Insider column for New Orleans Magazine in 2007 and has been published in St. Charles Avenue, Louisiana Life and New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles magazines. He is the only person he knows personally who has been interviewed in GQ magazine, albeit for calling Alan Richman a nasty name. He is not proud of that, incidentally. (Yes, he is.)

Robert’s maternal grandmother is responsible for his love of good food, and he has never since had fried chicken or homemade biscuits as good as hers. He developed his curiosity about restaurant cooking in part from the venerable PBS cooking show "Great Chefs" and has an extensive collection of cookbooks, many of which do not require coloring, and some of which have not been defaced.

Robert lives in Mid-City with his wife Eve and their three children, and is fond of receiving comments and emails. Please humor him.




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