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Ian McNulty's Five New Orleans Start-Ups To Try Now

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This week food critic Ian McNulty looks at a handful of restaurants that are dialing back "to a very old model of New Orleans flavor." These local start-ups are bucking restaurant trends for tradition, relying on classic dishes and a rather mom-and-pop-like ideal. Here are five start-ups that you should try now courtesy of Ian McNulty.


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Bevi Seafood Co.

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Owner Justin LeBlanc has 15+ years of fine dining experience, most recently the Southern Yacht Club. At his new seafood market/restaurant he is already gaining acclaim for the boiled crawfish, plus po boys and plate lunches, all very old school New Orleans.

The Blue Crab

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Jack Panno and Nick Asprodites have also had crowds since day one, due in part to folks jonesing to "recapture the fond memories" of the West End and Lakefront restaurants of yore. They don't disappoint with classic seafood platters and even a fry cook with 34+ years in the biz. The sunsets here are amazing.

Neyow's Creole Café

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This spot in Mid City has been serving up familiar Creole fare since 2009, but the owners have been in the industry for 20+ years. Think fried chicken, pork chops, red beans, po' boys and more.

Porter & Luke's

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Old school dishes including crab dip, Creole Italian fare, seafood platters and po' boys served in a modern setting. The chef, Vincent Manguno, is an alum of pre-Katrina/Metairie institution La Riviera, so the restaurant has had regulars since opening since day one.

Freret Street Poboys & Donuts

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One of the best spots for po' boys and plate lunches Uptown. The little shop also is home to a mighty cheap breakfast, and a slew of legit donuts.

Bevi Seafood Co.

Owner Justin LeBlanc has 15+ years of fine dining experience, most recently the Southern Yacht Club. At his new seafood market/restaurant he is already gaining acclaim for the boiled crawfish, plus po boys and plate lunches, all very old school New Orleans.

The Blue Crab

Jack Panno and Nick Asprodites have also had crowds since day one, due in part to folks jonesing to "recapture the fond memories" of the West End and Lakefront restaurants of yore. They don't disappoint with classic seafood platters and even a fry cook with 34+ years in the biz. The sunsets here are amazing.

Neyow's Creole Café

This spot in Mid City has been serving up familiar Creole fare since 2009, but the owners have been in the industry for 20+ years. Think fried chicken, pork chops, red beans, po' boys and more.

Porter & Luke's

Old school dishes including crab dip, Creole Italian fare, seafood platters and po' boys served in a modern setting. The chef, Vincent Manguno, is an alum of pre-Katrina/Metairie institution La Riviera, so the restaurant has had regulars since opening since day one.

Freret Street Poboys & Donuts

One of the best spots for po' boys and plate lunches Uptown. The little shop also is home to a mighty cheap breakfast, and a slew of legit donuts.

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