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Jimmy Bannos

So there's a lot of buzz about Stephen Starr's Morimoto New York restaurant. The Guys went to check it out and while they did not dine and cannot comment on the food they had plenty to say about the decor. Not sure that the Nerf furniture left much of an impression on Mark but Mark sure left an impression on the furniture!

A little bit of New Orleans in San Francisco? Third generation restaurateur Jimmy was born and raised in the restaurant business. Both sets of grandparents owned restaurants, so it followed that their own parents would enter the business. At age 9 Jimmy started out in the business washing dishes and greeting regulars. In 1980, with Jimmy fresh out of cooking school, the Bannos family -- Mom, Dad, Jimmy and brother George -- opened a "neighborhood restaurant in the middle of the Loop." On the seventh floor of the Garland Building, the "New Garland Coffee Shop" was born. The Bannos' love of people, along with Jimmy's skill in the kitchen drew the customers in, and got them hooked. It was in 1984, while experimenting with Louisiana recipes, that Jimmy's real passion and talent for cooking emerged. Soon the regular customers were going crazy over his gumbo and red beans, demanding Cajun specials year round. Jimmy joins The Guys to talk about his love of New Orleans cooking and his new "Big Easy Cocktails" book.

Podcast Date: 5/26/2006


The Restaurant Guys

Who Are The Restaurant Guys? Every week, Francis Schott and Mark Pascal host the Restaurant Guys, a show that's as informative as it is fun. Francis and Mark own Stage Left Restaurant in the heart of New Brunswick's theatre district, and, along with their expertise in a wide range of fine dining and wine matters, they bring to the table humor and intelligent conversation, perfect for the midday listener. The show includes discussions and interviews with famous chefs, restaurateurs, wine and food writers, critics; and the Guys even give stuff away occasionally.