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Robert St. John

Restaurateur, author, enthusiastic traveler, & world-class eater.

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Father’s Day 2024

By the time this column is published Father’s Day will be several days in the rearview mirror. That may be…

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Loblolly Stories

Ten Things I’ve Learned Opening a Bakery

I am opening a bakery today. Opening any style of restaurant is one of the most stressful activities one will…

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It’s A Tough Job but Somebody’s Got To Chew It

“No one trusts a skinny chef.” In my business— if you posess the body style I walk around with every…

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Neck Deep In King Cake Development

It looks like 2023 will go down as the year of the king cake— at least in my book. I…

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RSJ's New Orleans Favorites

RSJ’s New Orleans Restaurant Recommendations 2023

NEW ORLEANS— In a poll of national food critics I believe New Orleans would be listed among the top three…

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RSJ’s Top 10 New Orleans Breakfasts

The following is the first in a summer-column series that will cover dining in New Orleans. Over the next four…

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An Engagement to Remember

This past weekend was a memorable one for our family. Our 26-year old daughter got engaged to her longtime boyfriend.…

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Recent Columns

For the Love of Fish

This month kicked off my 44th year in the restaurant business. The first seven years were spent working for other…

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Big Apple Birthdays

BROOKLYN— Growing up I had relatives in New York. My maternal grandmother and grandfather lived here for 10 years or…

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Simply the Best

For the 26-plus years this column has been in existence I have typed over 1,000 words a week, every week,…

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My Kind Of Town

CHICAGO— No one would ever accuse me of being a creature of habit. Other than my morning breakfast routine, I…

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My Top 25 Cookbooks

The view from my desk is inspirational. I’ve been in the same office for 27 years. There are no windows,…

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Travel Connections

QUEENS, NEW YORK— After 62 years, and millions of miles logged, I have learned that travel is about one thing—…

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A True Magical Mystery Tour

LIVERPOOL— I am midway through a 10-day tour of England and Scotland with a group of 26 Americans. All have…

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RSJ’s Advice to Upcoming Graduates 2024

My advice to upcoming graduates: You are a few years away from beginning your professional life, but you are only…

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If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On

Music has been a constant companion throughout my life. It has accompanied me in times of joy and sorrow and…

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