Bao & Noodle, a neighborhood destination for some of New Orleans’s best Sichuan and Cantonese cuisine, has opened in its new location on St. Claude Avenue, taking over the space of recently-closed Spanish wine bar Estano.
Owner Doug Crowell, who opened the casual Chinese restaurant with his wife Asia Wong almost five years ago, confirmed the news on Friday. The Herbsaint alum made a splash upon debuting by bringing a handful of dim sum dishes to the neighborhood along with hand-pulled noodles, “numbing” spicy Sichuan flavors, and some of the city’s only Cantonese offerings. It’s also probably the only place in town to try rousong, or fluffy pork floss/wool.
Excitingly, the new location offers beer and wine, though Crowell expects to give customers who are accustomed to bringing in their own drinks the option for the first few months. Opening hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m., but may expand in the future.
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