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20 Questions

My New Orleans: 20 Questions with Nick Detrich

In this episode of My New Orleans, Cane and Table bartender and co-owner Nick Detrich shares how he first came to New Orleans and what he loves here.

“I moved to New Orleans in 2008 with some college buddies from Indiana,” Nick Detrich said as we took shelter in Cane & Table on a rainy Friday afternoon. “We pretty much had no idea what we were doing, so we all got jobs on Bourbon Street.”

Nick Detrich
Nick Detrich of Cane & Table

Nick always wanted to move to New Orleans, because he knew people here loved food and demanded top quality. “People in Indiana were satisfied eating sub-par food,” he said. “I wanted to work with people who were passionate about eating and drinking.”

After his stint on Bourbon Street, Nick landed a job at Cure Uptown. He worked his way through the ranks until he left to open Cane & Table.

“I wanted to explore New Orleans’ position in the development of rum,” Nick said of Cane & Table’s upscale tiki concept. Nick has always been an avid rum drinker. He loves the diversity of flavor the spirit provides and hopes to show Cane and Table customers the fun, light-hearted aspects of tiki culture, without the stereotypical sweet drinks.

Cane & Table also has a celebrated food menu, complete with pu pu platters, a Hawaiian word for tapas. Nick’s favorite menu item is the crispy beer and rum ribs. With his passion for rum, that didn’t surprise me. Nick’s favorite cocktail changes daily, but currently he’s sipping on Apple Oil, a kind of ‘holiday Old-Fashioned’ made with Irish Whiskey.

“When I think of celebrations, I think of this block of Decatur,” Nick said of his chosen French Quarter location. Cane & Table has daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., so you don’t have to wait for a special occasion.

Nick wants to invite GoNOLA readers to Cane & Table’s ‘Repeal Day’ party, to celebrate the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition laws. “It’s happening on Thursday, December 5,” Nick said. “Repeal Day is an important holiday for everyone in the cocktail industry, so we’ll be throwing quite a party!”

20 Questions with Nick Detrich

Tiki cocktail at Cane & Table
Tiki cocktail at Cane & Table

1. Who is your favorite New Orleanian, dead or alive, real or imagined?

Andrew Jackson. He knew how to throw a party and was responsible for American Orange Punch.

2. What first brought you to New Orleans?

I wanted to be a part of the New Orleans restaurant industry.

3. In your opinion – what’s the best neighborhood in New Orleans?

Algiers Point and the French Quarter – two of the oldest neighborhoods in the city.

4. City Park or Audubon Park?

City Park. It’s just easier to get lost there.

5. Describe the best meal you’ve eaten in New Orleans?

Grabbing crawfish from Big Fisherman Seafood and eating them at the Fly with friends.

6. Where’s your favorite brunch spot?

Satsuma. I love the One-Eyed Jack.

7. What’s your favorite po-boy?  Where do you go to get it?

Fried Oyster from Domilise’s.

8. You’ve got friends visiting and it’s their first time in New Orleans – where are you taking them?

We’ll definitely hit happy hour at Luke and stop by Arnaud’s French 75 Bar.

Island-inspired food at Cane & Table
Island-inspired food at Cane & Table

9. What’s your favorite neighborhood bar?

Crown and Anchor on Algiers Point.

10. What is your favorite New Orleans cocktail and where do you go to get it?

This is definitely the hardest question for me, so I have to give more than one answer. My top three are a Sazerac from Cure, a Vieux Carre from the Carousel Bar, and the Pequot Fizz at Bellocq.

11. Snowball or Daiquiri? Where from and what flavor?

Pina Colada Snowball from Hansen’s. No question there.

12. Best spot to see live music?

One-Eyed Jack’s and d.b.a.

13. Favorite New Orleans musician or band?

Washboard Chaz.

14. Favorite New Orleans Festival?

French Quarter Fest – It’s so rockin’ now!

15. Favorite Mardi Gras parade?

Bacchus. Sunday is always my day to enjoy Mardi Gras.

16. Where do you shop in New Orleans?

Interior of Cane & Table
Interior of Cane & Table

I shop for clothing at Rubenstein’s and hats at Myer’s.

17. What is your favorite New Orleans museum?

NOMA. Among other things, the building itself is just beautiful.

18. Where do you go to watch The Saints play?

The NOLA Brewery Tap Room, Parasol’s, or Lost Love Lounge.

19. Describe New Orleans in one word.

Big.

20. When was the last time you fell in love with New Orleans and why?

Whenever I take the ferry from Algiers Point over to work at Cane & Table.

*Photography by Kevin O’Mara

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