Now Open on James Street: Marcela's Cookery

Nepotism Alert: Marcela's Cookery, an eponymous New Orleans-influenced restaurant at 106 James St. that's owned by SW Production Manager Claudia Johns' sister, is open for business. Today, looking to scratch a Muffaletta sandwich itch that's been driving me mad since the Virginia Inn closed for renovations, I ventured there for lunch. Only I ultimately declined to scratch -- the encrusted pork chop special sounded too good to pass up. And it was. Let's hope this restaurant is able to make a go of it on a tough stretch of P. Square pavement that never seems to get its fair share of foot traffic. The food is certainly up to snuff, and Cajun cuisine in Seattle isn't exactly readily available.

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