There is something magical about taking the Algiers ferry across the mighty Mississippi: the feel of the wind, the scent of the air, views of the shore, bridge and city. Then there’s the destination: Algiers Point—historic, beautiful and with lots delicious dining options.
Steps from the ferry landing is the Dry Dock Café for classic local cuisine. Get messy with buttery barbecued shrimp or a gravy-drenched Cajun Roast Beef Po’ Boy. The Crawfish Maureenica (sautéed crawfish tails in garlic cream sauce over pasta) is sturdy and a clever twist on the popular Jazzfest staple. Don’t miss Dry Dock’s rum-passion fruit-and-club soda specialty coctail, Sex on the Levee.
Tavolino Pizza & Lounge is a relative newcomer to the Point. The thoughtful Italian menu includes fun starters like Ping (pork-and-beef-stuffed fried Castelvetrano olives), bread knots with a choice of spread (try the honey-truffle goat cheese) and thin-crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas (go meaty with the Carne—prosciutto, sausage and pepperoni). Definitely opt in for a cocktail, especially one of the ever-changing daiquiris called The Ferry Companion. Most recently sipped: strawberry-rose lemonade.
A short walk from the ferry is Congregation Coffee Roasters, recently recognized by Food & Wine magazine for its stamp on the booming local coffee scene. Well-sourced beans are roasted on-site for various blends spanning a variety of tastes. Baristas know their way around the fancy espresso machine, pulling fruity, bright shots to sip or tip into a cappuccino. The brief-but-mighty food menu is highlighted by homemade boudin with a side of cane syrup for dipping—served weekends only—toasts, yogurt and coconut rice pudding. Yum.
Chef Peter Vazquez operates the Appetite Repair Shop, where the wildly varied menu crosses many cultures and cuisine styles of entrées, snacks, terrines, salads, sandwiches, sweets and other edibles based on whim. Check his Facebook page for current offerings. Take note: Vazquez keeps later hours—generally after 5 pm—and his food sells out fast, but it’s a definite must.
Hop on the ferry to Algiers Point for an eating adventure across the river. Fear not, there’ll be plenty of time to relax and recover on the return trip before continuing French Quarter-side.