This historic Bywater neighborhood abuts the Marigny, stretching from the railroad tracks at Homer Plessy Way (formerly Press) to the Industrial Canal about a mile and change downriver from the French Quarter. With a mix of residential and commercial space along the Mississippi, it used to be considered gritty. Back in the day, tourists cabbed in to hear Kermit Ruffins play a weekly gig at Vaughan’s on a Thursday night, but there wasn’t much else to recommend.
Fast forward a dozen years and Bywater is a red hot address, with a smattering of funky eateries ranging from budget to highbrow. St. Claude Avenue in particular is alive with activity, with options ranging from a wine bar to Mexican restaurants. There’s been a lot of movement during the pandemic, including openings just on the other side of St. Claude.
Without further delay, here are the best of the area.
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