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JBFA Semifinalists Announced, Where to Eat in Fat City, More

Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater NOLA editor Gwendolyn Knapp shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.

NOLA— The James Beard Foundation Award semifinalists were announced this week, and while this longer list will be narrowed down to finalists in March, some of New Orleans' finest have been nominated in different categories including Peche for Best New Restaurant, JoAnn Clevenger for Oustanding Restaurateur, and many more bars, restaurants, chefs.

LGD— Rob and Emily Bechtold's beloved pop-up NOLA Smokehouse will go brick-and-mortar when they open the doors at 739 Jackson Avenue on March 8. Here's what to expect.

FAT CITY— Here's a map of the best places to eat in Fat City right now, according to the Times-Pic. Dining writer Todd A. Price notes that a few of favorites are Kanno and Korea House.

MARIGNY— Eater interviews Dat Dog owner Constantine Georges on their upcoming Frenchmen location as they attempt to open by Mardi Gras day, and also potential plans for the future.