The weekend is here, which means it's the perfect time to explore some of New Orleans best new dining options. With fall now officially upon us, anticipated restaurant openings are happening all over the city. Here are the brand new spots that have everybody talking.
This week, two local favorites are spreading their wings and opening expansions: both the Rum House and Cowbell's management are exploring new opportunities that sound pretty delicious.
[Photo: Red Dog Diner]
The Red Dog Diner
3122 Magazine St., (504) 934-3333
The owners of the staggeringly popular Rum House on Magazine Street have opened Red Dog Diner, a farmhouse style breakfast and lunch spot specializing in comfort food like eggs and waffles for breakfast and gourmet pizza and sandwiches for lunch.
Truck Farm Tavern
11760 River Road, St Rose, (504) 699-0099
Cowbell chef-owner Brack May and his wife and partner Krista Pendergraft-May opened a rough and tumble roadhouse style BBQ, booze, and beer joint in the old St. Rose Tavern on River Road. Expect a diverse menu including smoked pork poutine and grilled tuna muffulettas.
Black Label Icehouse
3000 Dryades St., (504) 400-0837
Damian Brugger brings his BBQ game to Central City in a Texas-style "icehouse" with good food, beers, and liquor. This weekend is the grand opening, so check out the live music and play some pool.
236 N. Carrollton Ave. (504) 488-7503
Get your boiled seafood, shrimp poboys, and soft-shell crabs in Mid City at Bevi's highly anticipated and salivated over second location, which will also offer raw seafood to go. But why do the work, when Justin LeBlanc and his team do it so very well?
2352 St. Claude Avenue
Kris Doll's quest to provide local carnivores the very best has moved across the street from his stall in the St. Roch Market to a standalone shop, a breakfast and lunch spot. With a 20 foot counter, eat in or takeaway, and this weekend will feature German meat stylings befitting Oktoberfest season.
El Pavo Real
4401 S. Broad St., (504) 266.2022
This brand new Broadmoor Mexican cafe from Lindsey McLellan—the chef behind Mid City paella fave Lola's—is now open for lunch with a menu including huevos rancheros, tacos, fresh steamed tortillas with chicken mole, and more. Weekend breakfast and dinner to come. Tues-Sun, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
611 O'Keefe Ave (in The Paramount), (504)309-9422
The hotly-anticipated second location of The Company Burger is now open in the South Market District. CoBu2 has the same aesthetic and menu as the Freret flagship, but a sleek new bar offers 25+ beers, cocktails, full service and a bar menu to come. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
508 Dumaine, (504) 309-2699
This new Quarter cafe specializes in all things Cuban, from coffee to sandwiches to specialty cocktails (emphasis on rum), all on the cheaper side. El Libre is a great spot for healthier, inexpensive delivery options and late night eats in the Vieux Carre and they offer free wifi as well. Mon, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wed-Thurs, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sat, 9 a.m to 2 a.m. Sun, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Bourrée at Boucherie
1510 S. Carrollton., (504) 510-4040
Nathaniel Zimet and the Boucherie crew offer a new take on a butcher shop/snack shack with Bourrée in the former Cafe Nino space. Links of boudin, boiled peanuts, amazing wings, daiqs and beer are all available for dining in (or togo) and loads of Cajun meat specialties—whole smoked chickens, hogs head cheese, and more—are available for purchase. Tues-Sat, noon to midnight. Sun, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Closed Mondays).
[Photo: Nora McGunnigle]
The Palms - Cantina Comida
7130 Freret St., (504) 669-2061
Pizza master Jeff Baron has not only revamped the menu at Uptown hangout The Boot, but also raises the bar on the city's Latin American offerings at neighboring bar The Palms with the help of former Rio Mar chef Dave Usher and Crescent Pie and Sausage manager Helena Bonvillain. Everything's made with fresh ingredients and Usher has created ten different sauces and salsas to accompany the food including roasted garlic jalapeno and chimichurri. Watch the specials boards for his signature curries as well. Tues-Sat 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.