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3 New Orleans Restaurant Reopenings to Be Excited About

This week brought the return of breakfast sandwiches from Molly’s Rise and Shine, tiki drinks from Latitude 29, and fresh baguettes from Bellegarde Bakery

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A new breakfast burger from Moilly’s Rise and Shine
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With New Orleans restaurants now allowed to open for dine-in services at 75 percent capacity, more and more favorites have returned to the scene. Here’s a running list of some notable places that have recently reopened for takeout or outdoor dining. For a list of restaurants that have opened their dining rooms, see here.

October

Bellegarde Bakery — When James Beard-nominated baker and founder of Bellegarde Graison Gill announced the temporary closure of the brand’s first bakery, New Orleanians held their breath. A few months later and the city is breathing a sigh of relief, as so many have come to rely on the now-ubiquitous local brand. Gill reopened the bakery on October 7 with an expanded menu of sandwiches and pastries and the addition of a special pizza night. Current hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Latitude 29 — The essential Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29 on the outskirts of the Quarter, acclaimed since its opening in 2014, has finally returned with a new to-go window and limited indoor seating. Jeff Beachbum Berry’s award-winning tiki drinks and food menu will be available from 4 to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Molly’s Rise and Shine A few weeks after its sister restaurant Turkey and the Wolf reopened, chef/owner Mason Hereford has followed suit with Molly’s, where pickup and outdoor seating are options. The delightful original and lunch menu, always peppered with specials, now has a slew of new brrakfast-oriented items, including a breakfast burger, breakfast burrito, and Italian bagel sandwich. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday through Monday.

September

The Green Goddess — Closed since the start of the pandemic, the French Quarter’s Green Goddess has reemerged, resuming its beloved alleyway dining and offering takeout. The menu has long been a locals favorite for its ability to satisfy vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike, and recent specials show a continued flex of creativity.

August

Camellia Grill — A iconic Uptown greasy spoon known as much for waits out the door as its classic diner-fare, Camellia Grill reopened this past weekend after shutting down in March when the city’s stay-at-home order went into place. It’s still serving omelets, grilled pecan pie, orange Julius, and cheeseburgers, now with a slight interior revamp, a new outdoor dining setup, and takeout and delivery service. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; delivery available via Waitr.

Pho Cam Ly — The Uptown destination for Vietnamese cuisine Ly closed indefinitely at the end of March after briefly switching to takeout, and finally returned August 8. Pho Cam Ly is currently offering takeout and delivery for savory pho, crusty banh mi, and vermicelli bowls, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Note — the beloved Pho Challenge is, unsurprisingly, not offered while dine-in service is paused.

Wakin’ Bakin’ Uptown — The second, Uptown location of breakfast joint Wakin’ Bakin’ has remained closed during the pandemic, despite the original Mid City location resuming service for takeout and delivery in May. The reopening of the Prytania Street location, while exciting on its own, also coincides with the arrival of a new (even more exciting) service from the restaurant — home delivery of groceries. On Wakin’ Bakin’s online marketplace right now there is standard produce, pantry and fridge staples, spices, and more, but the owners are also soliciting customer feedback for what items to stock.

Adolfo’s — Frenchmen Street hidden treasure Adolfo’s quietly reopened for limited reservations in late July, and is now offering food to-go for the first time. A classic meal at the tiny upstairs restaurants might involve a cannelloni combo — one stuffed with crabmeat and corn, the other with spinach, ricotta, and mozzarella — mussels or eggplant Parmigiana, and something covered in the famed “ocean sauce.” Call 504-948-3800 for takeout, Thursday through Sunday evenings.

Brigsten’s — Chef Frank Brigtsen’s beloved Riverbend restaurant, a longtime destination for celebrating special occasions with friends and family, reopened this week for to-go orders only, the first time he’s offered takeout. The menu of soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts will be updated daily. Call between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to place an order for a limited number of pickup times — 5, 5:30, 6, or 6:30 p.m. Low-contact pickup will take place on the sidewalk in front of the Riverbend restaurant.

Port of Call — In July, the day after reopening for the first time since March, beloved burger joint Port of Call had to close again, following an unexpected announcement banning the sale of to-go alcohol. After a few weeks off to re-approach and reconfigure, Port of Call reopens today, August 7 with takeout service for food and five picnic tables on the sidewalk where customers can sit and order food and drink. Open noon to 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday.

July

Casa Borrega — This good-time Mexican restaurant in Central City recently reopened for takeout and outdoor seating, Thursday through Saturday, 4 to 9 p.m. Serving its full eclectic menu; call the restaurant to place pickup orders.

Manolito — Manolito is one of the best bars to hit New Orleans in years, no surprise given its superstar lineup of co-owners. The tiny space on Dumaine Street in the French Quarter has had taco Tuesdays and other weekly hours during the stay at home order, but it recently set daily (except Wednesday) hours for takeout/curbside service, 4 to 9 p.m. You can expect the same top-notch Cuban and Caribbean cocktails, along with a menu with crispy chickpeas, ham and cheese croquetas, elotes, arepas, ropa viejo, and more. Taco Tuesday remains in place.

Turkey and the Wolf — Mason Hereford’s LGD hotspot was closed for most of the stay-at-home order, though stayed busy behind the scenes with local orgs feeding frontline workers. The sandwich-and-more destination reopened earlier in July, to-go only. Order online or call, and stay in the parking lot.

June

Cavan, Longway Tavern, and Sylvain — All four restaurants under the LeBlanc + Smith restaurant group are reopening for the first time since the stay-at-home order in March (LGD bourbon bar Barrel Proof will remain closed for the time-being. Each restaurant is open for takeout and delivery Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 9 p.m. via D’livery Nola.

Vyoone’s — Starting tomorrow, June 19 this Warehouse District gem also reopens for the first time since March, both for takeout and dine-in. New hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.n. Sunday.

May

Bacchanal Wine — New Orleans’s favorite backyard wine party is still closed for dine-in and courtyard service, but has introduced curbside pickup. Visit the shop’s online store to place an order for bottles, cheese plates, and fresh bread to pickup the next day. Current pick up days are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with more likely added soon.

Mosca’s — The longtime Westwego destination for classic Italian specialties has resumed service, offering contactless pickup Wednesday through Saturday between 4 and 6:30 p.m. Call the restaurant after 2 p.m. to place an order and call or ring the bell when you arrive.

Pizza Delicious — Inarguably one of the city’s best pizza joints, Pizza D took a few weeks off to evaluate and implement new processes to meet the current circumstances, and it’s now back with a careful process for ordering and pickup. Order in advance through the website Thursday through Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for pickup that same day between 4 and 9 p.m. It’s also added take and bake Italian-American pastas (for 2 or 4), prepared pasta sauces, fresh pasta by the pound, and salad dressings.

The Elysian Bar — The cutting-edge kitchen led by chef Alex Harrell in Hotel Peter and Paul is now taking orders for contactless pickup, Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. Order online from the weekly menu (currently offering braised pork lasagna, smoked red snapper toast, shrimp and grits, and more) at least 24 hours in advance.

Cafe du Monde — The original location of the world-famous coffee and beignet shop reopened Friday for the first time since March, drawing a line of loyal customers on Decatur Street. For now, it’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a new service counter to take orders and about 20 tables on its pavilion for outdoor dining, according to NOLA.com. Cafe du Monde plans to expand hours in the city’s second phase of reopening.

Commander’s Palace — Though Commander’s has been supplying some dishes to local grocers and shipping items nationwide via Goldbelly, it finally reopened for curbside pickup service earlier this week. The menu will change daily and rotate classics like turtle soup, lacquered quail, and pecan pie as well as seasonal dishes like duck breast salad and wild Louisiana barbecue shrimp, available in family or individual sizes. Call to order between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for same day pickup between 3 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Domilise’s — One of the oldest and most loved of New Orleans’s many old and loved po-boy spots, Domilise’s reopened for takeout this week after shutting down for the stay-at-home order. For now, the family-run spot is serving a limited menu of fried oyster, fried shrimp, and hot sausage po-boys for lunchtime only; roast beef will be added depending on availability. Call to order or visit the takeout window Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mopho — The Mid City fusion pho spot has reopened with an abbreviated version of its normal menu, offering noodle bowls, banh mis, soups, lemon grass chicken wings and more Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call or order online for curbside pickup.

Twelve Mile Limit — T. Cole Newton’s cocktail dive bar has reopened its kitchen for takeout and outdoor dining after remaining closed throughout the stay-at-home order. Call or visit the service window for Que Pasta’s delicious fare Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight (brunch and dinner), and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (brunch). Inside remains closed to customers.

Barracuda — Barracuda opens with a la carte tacos and more for drive-thru/pickup and delivery Friday, May 15, and is launching Barracuda Bodega at the same time. Pick up pantry staples like salsas and tortillas as well as items like citrus, herbs, and coffee, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. Order online here or call.

Gris-Gris — This LGD newcomer that’s quickly become a locals favorite reopened yesterday for a limited takeout menu only, available Thursday through Monday from noon to 8 p.m. Items include gumbo, red beans, shrimp and grits, chicken and dumplings, and po-boys. Gris-Gris has also added a slew of frozen cocktails to comply with the current rules, some available in large batch. Call or order online here.

Guy’s Po-Boys — One of the city’s favorites, Guy’s returned last week for takeout only. Open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call to order for curbside pickup.

Josephine Estelle — Josephine Estelle’s expert pasta returns today, May 15, for takeout and delivery via third-party apps. Pastas include the cacio e pepe, bucatini, and rigatoni; familiar starters and the burger are available; and Josephine Estelle has added items like pizzas, lasagna and sandwiches. Front-line workersreceive a 50 percent discount on all curbside takeout orders; and anyone can receive a 10 percent discount on takeout if they call in and use the word “linguini.”

Luvi — The phenomenal Luvi has been closed since the stay-at-home order commenced, but returns Tuesday, May 19 with a new menu for curbside pickup and delivery. Excitingly, it looks like chef Hao Gong has been experimenting during the shutdown and will be rolling out new menu items. Starting 5/19, order online for pickup Tuesday through Friday, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., or through third-party apps for delivery.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern — The beloved Parkway reopened earlier this week with a limited takeout menu of its favorite po-boys, sides, and desserts. Call for parking lot pickup, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers will note the number of the parking space they pull into, call the restaurant and provide it to them, and staff will bring out the order via golf cart.

1000 Figs — It was one of the first restaurants to pivot to curbside pickup and delivery, and now after some time off this Bayou St. John gem for Middle Eastern classics has returned. Order pita sandwiches, hummus bowls, falafel platters and mezze online, Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m.

Ancora Pizzeria — Freret Street pizza place Ancora reopened May 6 with a small to-go menu of salads, six pizza options, wine and beer; with plans to continually add to offerings. Call to order takeout, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

Cafe du Monde and Acorn at City Park — A nice development for New Orleanians taking advantage of spring in City Park’s still-open spaces, as both offer a few picnic or stroll-friendly provisions. Get beignets, coffee, and frozen cafe au lait from Cafe du Monde’s walk-up window daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; for pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads, and kids items, call or order online from Acorn daily, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cafe Reconcile — The Central City cafe with a mission has returned for weekday takeout lunch service, 11:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., with a daily menu and family meals for four. Call to place an order for curbside pickup or order delivery through Waitr.

Saba — The Uptown hotspot from chef Alon Shaya returns for curbside pickup and delivery May 8, and was careful to outline the precautions staff are taking and its expectations for customers upon reopening. Order from a few hummus varieties, daily specials, or family meals via Toast for pickup or delivery, Tuesday through Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m.

Willie Mae’s Scotch House — The original Treme institution has reopened for pickup only with limited hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Order online from a menu of fried chicken, fried seafood platters, and pork chops; more than a dozen classic sides; and salads and desserts.

April

Angelo Brocato’s Ice Cream & Confections — One of New Orleans’s most loved dessert shops reopens Friday, May 1 for weekend takeout hours (for now). Fill out an online order form here to pick up cannoli, biscotti, and pints or quarts of gelato Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Cane & Table — The Cure Co./Cane & Table team returned this week, with the French Quarter restaurant offering a limited menu of favorites like arroz con pollo, empanadas, and croquettes, as well as wine and frozen drinks. Call or order online between 1 and 4 p.m. to pick up Thursday through Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Cure The acclaimed Freret Street cocktail bar has opened up its kitchen for takeout snacks like anchovies, pimento cheese, and smoked trout dip, to accompany frozen drinks, wine, and beer available daily from 3 to 7 p.m. Order online.

Marjie’s Grill — Blessedly, one of the city’s best restaurants has returned for takeout and delivery Thursday through Monday, 4 to 8 p.m. (ordering opens at noon). The fried chicken, beef ribs, crispy pig knuckles, and jumbo shrimp are all available, as well as some sides, condiments, and ham by the pound. Marjie’s is also selling delightful-sounding cocktail set ups and a handful of the best wines you could ask for. Call or order from the online menu.

Pascal’s Manale Restaurant — See here for Pascal’s Manale new takeout menu of original Creole Italian specialties like BBQ shrimp, chicken Bordelaise, and shrimp diavlo, as well as three-course family meals for six. Call to order Monday through Friday, 3 to 8 p.m.

The Company Burger — One of New Orleans’s best burger joints is back — the Uptown location only so far. Order online to pick up Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 7 p.m., and call for large orders (delivery available).

Barrow’s Catfish — This Hollygrove shop and Eater 38 restaurant with a reputation for some of the best fried catfish in town is now open for limited hours, Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call to place an order for curbside pickup at the restaurant, where the family has instituted a carhop model.

Cochon Butcher — Last month, Link Restaurant Group last month decided to suspend the to-go and delivery services initially offered at its six restaurants during the dining room shut down. This week, it reopened Butcher, citing the importance of “providing employment and offering a sense of normalcy for our community.” The expanded menu includes soups, salads and small plates like Italian chopped salad, crawfish pie, and black-eyed pea chili; sides like macaroni and cheese casserole, coleslaw, and cucumber salad; and family meals of Gianna’s lasagna, chicken and dumplings, and jambalaya stuffed chicken. Call to order takeout or order delivery through D’Livery Nola Wednesday through Monday, 11 a.m. 7 p.m.

GW Fins — On Tuesday, April 28 GW Fins will resume curbside pickup service with daily three-course menus and pretty cool feature — a selection of fresh seafood and GW Fins’ sides, sauces, and desserts — packaged to take home and prepare. Call the restaurant after 11 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday to order the three-course meal for pickup between 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., or to order seafood and sauces for pick up between noon and 7:30 p.m.

Juan’s Flying Burrito — While not all locations of this local Tex Mex chainlet have reopened, the Uptown and Mid City restaurants are up and running as of last week, offering takeout and delivery through Waitr. Order takeout online here or call the restaurants directly.

La Boulangerie — The Uptown bakery, also under the Link restaurant group umbrella, has a separate menu from that offered at Butcher, which combines a few of the other restaurants specialties. Pastry case options include croissants, muffins, turnovers, and bread pudding, while fresh baked breads include baguettes, white loaf, sourdough, and six grain. For meals, there’s a daily pizza options and sandwiches like a smoked salmon bagel and avocado toast. The bakery is also offering pick up of the family meals served by Butcher. Call or order online for pickup (or go through D’Livery Nola for delivery) Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Theo’s Neighborhood Pizza — All five of Theo’s local locations reopened earlier this month, telling Nola.com that after closing previously due to concerns of staff, “we heard from enough employees who were ready and our customers were calling out for it.” Order online through its site for curbside pickup or delivery from any location, Tuesday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Station 6 — As of Thursday, April 23, Bucktown seafood restaurant and oyster bar is open for takeout and delivery, Tuesday through Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.. Not only is chef Alison Vega-Knoll serving a typically fresh menu of seafood starters, hearty salads, sandwiches including the Southern fried chicken, and even soft shell crab, but the restaurant is even offering a family meal of crawfish Monica this weekend. Orders can be placed online for pickup or through D’livery Nola.

Willa Jean — Chef Kelly Fields is back at it, with Willa Jean resuming takeout and delivery beginning on Monday, April 27. Expect favorites like the BBQ shrimp toast and fried Chicken Sandwich as well as fresh baked bread and desserts, in addition to family size dishes for four to six people. Menu updates will be posted on Willa Jean’s website and Instagram when it opens daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. takeout and delivery via DoorDash, Postmates and UberEats.

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