New Orleans’ food scene is nonstop. The restaurants keep coming, and even when they go, often it’s for a rebranding or a replacement (what was Echo’s Pizza is now another Pizza Domenica). What is most interesting right now is the uptick of next-gen chef/restaurateurs putting everything on the table, from beautiful baked goods to new renditions of traditional dishes and sophisticated combinations of fresh, lighter fare. There is no better time than now to be a food explorer.
One Stone Restaurant
A quick ferry-ride across the river or zip over the bridge to Algiers Point finds this sweet café, where a badass barista mans the coffee and there’s a killer cook in the kitchen. Go for the daily Tomlet (special omelet) at breakfast, Bayou Taquitos at lunch or Thursday-Saturday dinner for chicken pot pie.
Palm & Pine
The Rampart Street rebound continues with this progressive and soulful restaurant. Exploring the wider definition of South, including Latin America, there is a deep, dark Oaxacan Mole with duck and tamales. Dig into the closer-to-home flavors of a crab claw cocktail, get a well-made cocktail, and save room for dessert. There’s a silky, yet sturdy flan to devour.
Levee Baking Co.
The enticing, warm scent of yeast and sugar will lure into this new-ish bakery. The buttery, flakey pastries are addictive: mini babka, salted chocolate-chip cookies, an array of croissants, fresh-from-the-oven breads—yes, please.
The Munch Factory
Looking for a neighborhood Creole restaurant in the Lower Garden District? Mission accomplished. Start with the meat-and-seafood gumbo at this neighborhood Creole eatery, a must in any weather. The Oysters Gentilly (fried oysters on creamed spinach) and pressed crisp Hot Sausage Patty Melt make the case for ditching your diet. That said, there are lovely salads and grilled fish, too. Decisions, decisions.