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A Crescent City Tiki Takeover

New Orleans channels its Caribbean roots with a taste of tiki.

As other towns hunker down with cabin fever, New Orleans heats up with island fever, thanks to a trio of tiki-inspired bars and restaurants bringing a bit of the Pacific to the French Quarter. Tastefully tropical, world-renowned tiki expert Jeff “Beachbum” Berry’s new Latitude 29 pairs stunning renditions of classic tiki cocktails, such as legendary Don the Beachcomber’s Lapu Lapu, with “PolynAsian” fare (try the Hawaiian Cuban sandwich with pork belly and ham on pineapple bread). It’s all about the “Mai Time” happy hour and flaming Escorpion Punch at nearby Tiki Tolteca, recently named “Best New Bar in the U.S.” by Food & Wine readers. At the opposite end of the Quarter, the drinks at Cane & Table are “proto-tiki,” the ribs rum-sticky and the traditional ropa vieja tastes of islands. Perfect for combating that winter chill.

Tiki bar Latitude 29 in New Orleans
The "Latitude 29" and pork ribs at "Beachbum" Berry's new tiki spot. (©Shawn Fink)