Nine days into the New Year, and New Orleans is already bustling with at least nine new openings, from fine dining newcomers to dessert hubs. Since some of these openings slipped in during holiday madness, here now is a brief refresher on where you should be eating this weekend.
Continental Provisions (in the French Market)
Note to everyone living in the Quarter and downtown: you now have a new spot to get cheese and charcuterie for your cocktail parties. This is also the newest sandwich hub in the land. The stall is comprised of St. James Cheese Co, Cleaver & Co., and Bellegarde Bread, with cheesemonger Leslie Ellis on hand to help with cheese board selections. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Chef Ryan Hughes brings refined Southern cuisine to the brand new Southern Food & Beverage Museum in Central City. A gorgeous dining area and open kitchen are the perfect setting for dishes inspired by various regions in the South, and Mark Shettler has crafted a cocktail program of classics and innovative drinks alike. Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Fri/Sat 5 to 11 p.m. Website here.
Mid City Pizza
This pizza spot in Mid City just hopped across the street from their former location, bringing their classic pies, artwork and laid back vibe to the shuttered Crescent Pie & Sausage space. What's new: booze, including daiqs. There's also a Simpsons arcade game. Hours: Daily, 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Lunch begins next week.
Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse
Wood fired pizzas and appetizers from Pizza Domenica alum/chef Will Salisbury are what's in store at this newly opened Warehouse District spot with a great patio and over 40 beers on tap. Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (food until 11 p.m.)
District Hand Pies & Coffee
Located in the former Velvet Espresso space, District (the masterminds behind the LGD donut frenzy) has expanded to offering individual pies/pastries and coffee drinks in Uptown. Open daily, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Burgers, wings, beer and cocktails from the Molly's At The Market crew, who have ventured away from their Quarter and Marigny strongholds to open this art-deco pub in the Bywater. Open daily 4 p.m. until.
Cofounder of The Salty Swine supper club Josh Garic (his partners from Salty Swine are opening Brown Butter in Mid City this month too) is running the show at this newly revamped hotel bar (inside the renovated Queen & Crescent) with craft cocktails from bar manager Joey Segar and team, and a food menu that ranges from Southern comfort--fried alligator, Mac and cheese with andouille and Zapp's, and the confit turkey leg pictured above--to gourmet pizzas, all in a fun new setting. Open for dinner daily 4 to 10 p.m.
The Bombay Club has freshly reopened under the management of Creole Cuisines Restaurant Concepts (of Kingfish, Broussard fame), with Blake Kaiser behind the bar, and chef Nathan Richard bringing a Cajun influence to the club's British theme, as witnessed on the menu, ie. alligator bangers and mash. The club celebrates their official ribbon cutting ceremony tomorrow, January 10. Hours: Sun-Thurs 5:30-10 p.m., Fri/Sat 5:30 to 11 p.m. Bar is open 4 p.m. until (bar snacks until midnight).
Blue Line Sandwich Co.
This new breakfast and lunch spot in Old Metairie is from Ye Olde College Inn alum and farm-to-table pusher Bradley McGeehee, at 2023 Metairie Road. A breakfast and lunch menu includes breakfast paninis, omelets and more in the a.m. and soup/salad/sandwiches at lunch. A bloody mary bar and expanded hours are in store for 2015. Current Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.