In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, the number of restaurants that have worked to feed their communities — for free — in the New Orleans area is almost innumerable. From Morrow’s in the Marigny to Pal’s Lounge in Mid City and Mister Mao in Uptown, kitchens across the city were quick to collect resources or cook up perishables for their neighborhoods in the days following Ida’s landfall, while others mobilized to distribute food in the even harder hit communities outside of New Orleans.
Now on day 11 of Hurricane Ida recovery, power has been restored to most of New Orleans (though not necessarily the surrounding areas), a citywide curfew has been lifted, and many restaurants, including some who have been working daily to give out food for free, are finally reopening. Here, Eater tracks the restaurants and bars back in business — because what better way for New Orleanians to regain some sense of normalcy and thank the people who showed up for the city than to pay a visit to a neighborhood favorite?
The below establishments are open as of Thursday, September 9, unless otherwise noted. Hours are listed when available but always double-check directly with the restaurant given the changing landscape of staffing, supplies, and electricity. And remember, New Orleans’s mandate requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to dine indoors still stands, so arrive prepared.
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