We saw it coming, but didn’t yet have a name for what food halls like St. Roch Market would do for dining when it opened in 2015. The verdict and verbiage is now in: a big thumbs-up for all-day cafés, go-to places where you can grab a meal any time of day.
Today St. Roch Market has only a few of its original food operators (Elysian Seafood, Coast Roast Coffee). For the diner that's a boon, an opportunity to try different cooking styles, dishes and drinks. From pastries and fresh-pressed juices to chicken sandwiches and crawfish mac-and-cheese to cocktails and a bevy of bivalves, St. Roch is busier and more popular than ever—or than anyone ever predicted.
Auction House Market, a new food hall by the St. Roch folks in the Warehouse District, adds to this all-day dining environment with several second locations of existing vendors and new flavors like Indian, Egyptian and Hawaiian-inspired cuisines. Not far away, Pythian Market is open for breakfast through late-night cocktails. Among the 14 food and retail vendors, you’ll find Central City BBQ, 1000 Figs’ Mediterranean specialties and Jamaican dishes from 14 Parishes.
All-day cafés outside the food-hall frame are also growing in number. Cleo’s, a popular Middle Eastern eatery, recently moved to a new location on Canal Street where falafel, baba ganoush, lamb kabobs and more are served 24/7. You'll find a fancier location in the French Quarter.
Recently adding breakfast (bowls, toasts, smoothies) to its tropical menu lunch and dinner offerings, Café Carmo now satisfies hungry appetites from 8 am to 10 pm. In the South Market District, The Daily Beet puts out excellent wild rice bowls, juices and lush-topped toasts from 8 am to 8 pm.
Hungry? You’re in the right town…at the right time.