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Where Y'Eat: Toasting the Past and Future at Tujague's

Ian McNulty
The bar at Tujague's Restaurant, a New Orleans restaurant marking its 160th anniversary.

Give any restaurant enough time and an institutional history will accrue. Give it as much time as Tujague's has on the clock, and it can develop its own lore and legends and even some dichotomies that might seem like contradictions but end up defining the place.

The most significant paradox at Tujague’s, though, might be how a restaurant acclaimed for its long history has largely left that history unexplored. But that final twist on the Tujague’s tale is now changing too. This year marks the restaurant’s 160th anniversary, and there’s a campaign afoot to bring its legacy to light.

Tujague’s is now the subject of an exhibit at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum here in New Orleans.

Exhibit “Tujague’s: 160 Years of Tradition”

Southern Food & Beverage Museum

1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, 504-569-0405

And through the summer, Tujague's will host special dinners with guest chefs from other New Orleans restaurants. The first edition in June 2 with chef Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon. See details here.

Tujague’s Restaurant

823 Decatur St., New Orleans, 504-525-8676

Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sat. and Sun.

Ian covers food culture and dining in New Orleans through his weekly commentary series Where Y’Eat.

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