We see no slowing in the growth of New Orleans’ restaurant scene. What continues to be fun and interesting is the bold mix of old and new: restoration and renovations of vintage corner stores abutting new buildings and build-outs. Taste and cuisine diversity is also seeing a fascinating uptick, as diners clamor for more of the same and something different. Here’s what’s new on the table.
Located in a newly fashionable neighborhood just off Magazine Street, this inviting space has a casual vibe and simple-yet-sophisticated food. Try the “cheese salad” of creamy burrata with pesto and grape slices and the stunning gemelli pasta Bolognese topped with spoonfuls of cool ricotta. If a pork chop is on the menu, get it, and definitely order the airy meringue-and-creme anglaise Floating Island for dessert.
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This large, mostly vegetarian restaurant was once a burger joint. Ironic, no? The local brand tailors menus to location (there are three), so in addition to popular smoothies, toasts and bowls, dive into fabulous Banana Oatmeal Pancakes with strawberry-cashew crema and walnuts or a Beet Benedict with avocado mash, miso-beet Hollandaise, fresh herbs and spinach.
Imagine a large case filled by giant rectangular pizzas with a variety of toppings. Imagine no menu (what you see is what you get), counter service only, paying by weight and that pay means “no cash.” That’s Bonci, the third U.S. outlet of this Roman-born “pizzarium,” and it’s delicious fun.
Tucked in the Auction House Market, this Thai cuisine stall has many dishes—both meaty and plant-based—worth trying. Start with the Green Papaya salad, any/all of the dumplings, Thai jerky, deep and soothing Kao Soi soup, a noodle dish and definitely get dessert. Or maybe start with dessert and work backward. Either way, plan to share everything.