Waitress says customers are like family – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

VIDALIA, La. — Tonya Jennings Harp greets each customer with a bright smile and serves them with a caring heart only a mother of three can have at The Cafe in Vidalia at 702 Carter St., close to where The Dart landed Friday morning.

A Monterey, Louisiana, native, Harp has served the Miss-Lou community as a waitress for 35 years, and started working two and a half years ago for The Cafe.

Customers come in regularly to eat and talk. Some come in as often as three times a day, she said.

“We have the same people every day,” Harp

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Restaurant keeps crawfish, customers coming – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

Steam rises as Dorothy “D” Jones stirs a boiling pot of crawfish as Zydeco music plays at C&M Crawfish in Vidalia. C&M owner Shannon Melton said they opened in 2011, and she considers her staff to be a close team.

The process of cooking crawfish starts with the sorting of the crawfish. JT Thomas wore gloves as he sifted through the crawfish to throw away snails and any debris the fishermen did not weed out.

“Any crawfish we get in, we pick out the dead, the grass, the snails, turtles and snakes,” Melton said. “We get turtles on the regular

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Tommy Centola: Two popular dishes from a unique restaurant | Community

In a city full of unique restaurants, Arnaud’s, in the French Quarter, certainly falls into that category.

Opened in 1918 by a wine salesman named Arnaud Cazenave, Arnaud’s has become the largest freestanding restaurant in New Orleans. Considering its location in the French Quarter, that is no small feat. Count Arnaud, as he was known, kept reinvesting in his restaurant by buying up buildings around his.

Another reason Arnaud’s is unique is the Mardi Gras museum located on the property. The count’s daughter, Germaine Cazenave Wells, is said to have been queen of more than 22 carnival balls from 1937-68.

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Seattle’s original espresso bar is still serving up coffee, charm & community

If you walk down the Ave and you’re not paying attention, you may miss the sandwich board sign directing you to Cafe Allegro. Hidden down the alley anchored by Magus Books and MOD Pizza is the unassuming coffee shop, a perfect example of not judging a book by its cover — or a cafe by its weathered signage.

Cafe Allegro is Seattle’s oldest espresso bar, established in the University District in 1975. Dave Olsen opened the business with a menu of quality espresso drinks before expanding to more beverages and pastries from local businesses. Their beans are imported from

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Wonderful Wedding Cakes honored: Best of Long Island | Herald Community Newspapers

Dawn Pologruto said she was desperate. Her 3 year old son was allergic to raw eggs and his birthday was approaching. How could she order a cake and not allow the birthday boy to have a taste? Wandering into Locust Valley’s Wonderful Wedding Cakes, she asked co-owner Kristan Newman if she could help.

“She was so kind,” said Pologruto, who lives in Laurel Hollow. “Kristan really is a wonderful person. She made a cake for us without eggs and it was delicious.”

Wonderful Wedding Cakes won first place in Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of Long Island in the category

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