Mondo Loco Tocco – Midnight Menu +1 – It’s New Orleans
Welcome to the amazing crazy world of Tony Tocco, circling the Earth at 5x the speed of life.
Ray accurately describes Tony as having an influence on more hip New Orleans places than almost anybody in town. Tony was on the floor the night Bayona opened, spent a decade at Gautreau’s, was the co-founder of Snake and Jake’s Xmas Club Lounge, The Circle Bar, and his current super success, Atchafalya.
Tony’s plus one, David “Feel No” Payne, has an equally storied NOLA dining pedigree spanning Bayona, NOLA, Galataoire’s, among a laundry list of other notable eateries.
Tony and Feel No are equally matched sides of the same coin, their most stark difference being Feel No still has a flip phone and Tony is the creator of a groundbreaking app, Specialus. Specialus allows chefs and restaurateurs to get around the filter of dining review apps, like Yelp, and talk directly to customers. Chefs or servers make a short video showcasing the restaurant’s nightly special and showing a hand-held phone sweep around the restaurant so diners get to see the food and the space for themselves, without having to wade through a hundred amateur reviewers’ opinions.
Margo is out of town on the beach in Bali. Her tan will fade but she’ll never get over missing this classic edition of Midnight Menu +1.