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Michael Brewer, King of Louisiana Seafood, will reign over the kitchen at Manning's

By Todd A. Price, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

This year has been a roller coaster ride for chef Michael Brewer. In May, he was crowned the King of Louisiana Seafood at an annual cook-off. In September, Brewer closed the Sammich, his creative po-boy shop on Maple Street.

Next week, he'll take over the kitchen at Manning's, the sports bar run by Harrah's Casino.

"Things are getting better," Brewer said.

Brewer had to win over the casino's management. But before he was hired, he also had to cook a tasting for sports bar's namesake, Archie Manning.

When it opened in 2011, Manning's was a sports bar with upscale food. Over the years, the menu has come to resemble typical bar food fare.

Brewer's plan is to keep the focus on bar food, but make it better and make it local.

"I've been doing elevated bar food," Brewer said. "This will let me take it to the next level."

Over the next three months, he plans to reshape the menu, adding his own dishes and giving the food more of a Louisiana flavor.

He'll even introduce some of the favorites from the Sammich, where the menu included an osso buco sandwich, a fried lobster sandwich and fried escargot.

Before making any major changes at Manning's, Brewer will first make small tweaks to the menu. He'll start cooking the french fries in duck fat. He'll upgrade the quality of the beef on the burger.

"We want to ease into it," Brewer said. "This is going to be a lot of fun."

Manning's at Harrah's: 519 Fulton St., New Orleans, 504.593.8118

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