The first phase of reopening New Orleans is underway, but for those still hoping to avoid the supermarket for now, alternative options for groceries continue to grow. In addition to local farmers and suppliers selling directly to the public, more restaurants are adding food essentials to their curbside pickup offerings and bakeries are selling highly-coveted pantry staples like yeast and flour.
Here is Eater New Orleans’s collective guide to the local suppliers, distributors, farms, and restaurants that have responded to the current situation by introducing options for delivery and pickup for those seeking an alternative to the store.
Bakeries Selling Pantry Items
The nationally-recognized bakery has added additional hours and days to curbside pickup and walk-up service, and in addition to fresh baked goods Bellegarde has you covered for flour and grains, dried pastas and pasta sauces, pizza dough, and even sourdough starter. Preorder online for curbside pickup Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 3 p.m.; and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or visit the walk-up window on Saturday from a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gracious Bakery is another local favorite offering retail items for at-home baking, including live sourdough starter, yeast, whole wheat flour, and more. The menu of pastries and breads available to order is as vast as before, and quart and pint-sized sides and meals like crawfish etouffee, hummus and chicken salad are available for easy meals. All three locations are now open for walk-up ordering; curbside pickup is available between 2 and 4 p.m. at the Prytania Street location. Delivery is available between 2 and 4 p.m. for a $5 fee with a $25 minimum order.
Restaurants Selling Groceries
Less than two years old, Bywater’s first rooftop dining and event spot has made a major shift, launching Capulet Grocery this week. It’s now accepting online orders for designated pickup days at the Capulet window (or delivery for $5 throughout Orleans Parish). While the restaurant is in the process of adding more items, various produce, sauces, dairy, bagels, coffee, meal kits, and more are currently available.
The two-year old coffee shop on Broad Street that serves world class coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and salads has added groceries and meals to its offerings. In addition to Covey Rise produce boxes, items like Creole cream cheese, eggs, bread, and flour are available, as well as packing up quarts of soup and “dinner for two” like chicken curry and fennel sweet potato, pasta primavera, and lasagna. All items can be ordered through the shop’s website for pickup.
The LGD cafe and juice bar that typically sticks to high-quality sandwiches, coffee drinks, and ice cream added fresh produce to its new online ordering system weeks ago. The wide range of fruit and vegetables can be ordered by 8 p.m. for pickup or delivery the next day, Monday through Saturday.
Sneaky Pickle rolled out a market in March, just months after it finally reopened following a fire that forced a nine-month closure. Sneaky Pickle Market, with help from New Orleans’s Veggi Farmer’s Cooperative offers a mix of local produce, products made in-house, and groceries. An order form opens for 24 hours on Thursdays, with orders picked up or delivered on Saturday. Sunday, Sneaky Pickle opens for market window hours, where no pre-order is required.
Steakhouse chain Saltgrass is going big with the grocery offerings, and the Metairie location is no exception. Dairy, meat, and seafood items as well as produce and pantry staples are available, and some bottles of wine are 50% off if you’re picking up. Call (504) 780-2668 to place an order to pick up, or use Waitr, GrubHub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats.
A preferred source for some of New Orleans’s top chefs and restaurants, Covey Rise has added more direct-to-consumer sales with appearances around town at Thalia, Capulet, Gnarly Barley Brewing, and more. The large bags of fresh-harvested produce go for $30, estimated to be enough for 2 to 3 meals for a family of 4 to 5. The pickups are first come first serve — no preordering or prepay (unless marked with a star on the schedule; which means preorder is available and to contact the venue listed directly to order).
The city’s biggest wholesale produce supplier is selling directly to the public for the first time, offering curbside pickup at its Gert Town warehouse and limited delivery on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Fruit, vegetable, and even crawfish boil boxes can be ordered to pick up the following day, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Order via email to email@example.com or by calling the office at (504) 620-2200.
Mistretta’s, typically supplies 100 restaurants in the New Orleans area, is offering four produce box options for free delivery local delivery, ranging from $25 to $100. Call (504) 244-4444 to order; for next day delivery between 8 and 10 a.m. call the night before and leave a voicemail with name and contact information.
Through the month of May, this nonprofit that works to improve access to fresh foods is doing free home delivery to a fairly large local zone. There are a bunch of offerings: a Crescent City farmers market box, a Growing Local NOLA garden box, vegetable and fruit boxes, and some proteins. Place an order on or before a Monday, it will be delivered on Tuesday or Wednesday; place it on or before Thursday and it will be delivered on Friday or Saturday.
Suppliers: Meat and Seafood
The New Orleans facility of regional restaurant supplier Inland Seafood is now selling directly to the public, delivering to more than 20 local zip codes. The list of available products is extensive, and there’s even a NOLA-specific product page. In addition to meat, poultry, and seafood, Inland also offers some specialty items like local boudin, Cajun caviar, and truffle oil.
This regional restaurant supplier is now selling a huge menu of Louisiana wagyu, five cuts of steak, more than 20 seafood items, and poultry direct to consumers (as well as some produce). While the company slowly started home deliveries in late March by word of mouth, it has since implemented an ordering system for curbside pickup or deliveries for orders over $150. Customers can message JV Foods through Facebook or text (504) 416-7228 or (504) 343-0316 to place orders, with pickup available at their warehouse in Kenner, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
A typical supplier for restaurants, grocery and corner stores, and other wholesalers, Piazza shifted to direct sales (on top of donating product to Chef’s Brigade), now offering locals a menu of various fish fillets, shellfish, a slew of crabmeat and crab claw options, alligator meat, and more. Contactless pickup takes place at Piazza’s loading dock in Harahan Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
Major Louisiana meat supplier Natco jumped quickly to consumer sales, making product available at its warehouse and via pop-up “meat truck” locations in Metairie and New Orleans. The company, which has been selling to New Orleans restaurants for 95 years, has since completely rebuilt its website, where customers can now order beef, chicken, and seafood for next day pickup Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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