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Mardi Gras has new French Quarter chef, plans changes


Mardi Gras Casino has hired a new chef to put his mark on The French Quarter Restaurant & Bar, the sit-down restaurant on the second floor.

“We’re looking at fresher items,” said “Chef Wally,” who was born in Egypt but has been a chef for the past 25 years, in restaurants, country clubs and hotels including at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Soho Cafe in Wellington and Falls Country Club in Lake Worth.

He is looking at the Hallandale Beach casino’s entire food operation but started at The French Quarter, which opened as an upscale restaurant in January 2009. The French Quarter has changed twice since then, lowering its prices and adding items such as sandwiches.

Now, The French Quarter has added Oriental chicken and ahi tuna salads and improved its breads, he said.

Most lunch items cost less than $10 and most dinner items are under $14. A soup and salad bar is $5.95 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Prime rib and fish and chips are $10.95 from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays. Dinner featuring a carving station of turkey and ham is $17.95 from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturdays. And an Italian buffet is $12.95 from 2 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

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