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What to Eat at the New Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport

13 local restaurants tempt with genuine New Orleans cuisine

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Airport food is usually nothing to brag about. Then the new Louis Armstrong International Airport (finally) opened and a slew of locally-connected restaurants changed that. While not exactly farm to terminal, these are the kitchens proudly showcasing local seafood and produce.

In addition to the 13 restaurants and bars listed below, P.J.’s Coffee, Café Du Monde, and a swanky looking Lucky Dogs are also local — but you know what to do at those. Here are Eater’s picks for what to sample at the new MSY, should you have time to graze your way through the terminals, a delicious way to take your mind off that flight delay.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gumbo and Louisiana Redfish at Leah’s Kitchen

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Level 2 Departures
Kenner, LA 70062

The art-filled Leah’s Kitchen is a beautiful homage to the late Leah Chase, whose smiling face dominates a mural on one dining room wall. One of her grandsons is usually onsite seating customers and making everybody feel like family. Start with Miss Leah’s famous gumbo, then Louisiana red fish with creole succotash topped with local crabmeat.

Leah Chase mural at Leah’s Kitchen in the new MSY
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2. Roast Beef Debris Po-boy at The Munch Factory

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New MSY airport, Concourse C, 1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

The Munch Factory, founded by Jordan and Alex Ruiz in Gentilly in 2011, moved to the Lower Garden District in 2017, a casual neighborhood restaurant with a creative take on Creole cooking. The airy MSY space serves a breakfast and all day menu with offerings like Lower Garden District fries, crawfish pasta, and sandwiches and salads. Get the roast beef debris po-boy, a saucy rendition of the favorite — and grab extra napkins.

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3. Lemongrass Ginger Wings at MoPho

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Michael Gulotta’s bold Vietnamese meets Louisiana menu at MoPho across from Delgado sets a high bar and the MSY version is still ramping up when it comes to getting the pho just right. The space is beautiful, awash in bright colors and light wood. No contest on the order, the lemongrass ginger Thai chili mega-wings (and any of the bowls) will satisfy.

Mopho’s outpost in Concourse B 
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4. Shrimp and Grits at Emeril’s Table

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Alaska Airlines - New Orleans, Concourse B, 900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

Emeril’s Table hits it out of the park. From local seafood to paneed pork chops and fried chicken and waffles, the menu hits all the right notes. Staffed by a well trained group of cooks and servers, the restaurant is a great reflection on the celebrity chef. Absolutely get the shrimp and grits.

5. Seafood Gumbo at Folse Market

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900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

John Folse is a legendary Louisiana chef, a leading authority on Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture. The multi-unit Folse Market, smartly designed to evoke a Gulf shrimp boat, showcases the chef’s specialties, from seafood to po-boys and salads. Get his seafood gumbo and pick up a cookbook or two while you’re at it.

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6. Cheeseburger at Dook's Place

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900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 305-5120

Situated directly across from the Heritage Music Stage, Dook’s is another outlet for the Dooky Chase family name. Here, it’s all about the burger — although the menu offers breakfast and some tasty sandwiches too. You can’t go wrong with the classic burger, topped with American cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

7. Crawfish Mac and Cheese at Ye Olde College Inn

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Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), 1 Terminal Drive Level 2, Departures
Kenner, LA 70062

Ye Olde College Inn (and Dooky Chase) opened in the old airport in 2013. This expanded version, fronted by a bar, offers great breakfast offerings (green tomatoes, Louisiana shrimp and poached eggs!) along with po-boys and Southern specialties. Get the crawfish mac & cheese and know that it feeds two.

8. Curry Chicken Lettuce Wrap at Cure

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New MSY airport, Concourse C, 1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

Why can’t you get an amazing craft cocktail at an airport bar? That’s exactly Cure’s mission, a challenge Neal Bodenheimer is excited to take on. The menu of drinks is outstanding — which doesn’t keep most customers from ordering beer, something that rarely sells in the Freret Street location. Snack on an Eat Fit Nola curry chicken lettuce wrap and drink your calories — Corpse Reviver #2 is just one excellent option.

Curry chicken lettuce wraps at Cure
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9. The Namesake Sazerac at Bar Sazerac

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Concourse B, 900 Airline Dr Gate B4
Kenner, LA 70062

This outgrowth of the newly opened Sazerac House on Canal Street brings the namesake cocktail front and center at Bar Sazerac, a swanky space next to the Heritage Music Stage. Definitely order a perfect Sazerac, sipped slowly to make the $17 generously poured cocktail last.

10. Muffaletta Pizza at Mondo

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1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 464-0831
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Fans of the seasonal global eatery Mondo in Lakeview were sad to see it shutter after a 10 year run. Luckily, a version of the eclectic restaurant from award-winning chef Susan Spicer is alive and well in MSY. Neapolitan-style pizza is one big highlight, but the wood-oven lasagna and fish tacos are also notable. Start with a muffaletta pizza and keep going.

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11. The Uptown Meatdown at Midway Pizza

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1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 464-0831
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Midway Pizza is a favorite on Freret Street and with good reason. Known for its deep-dish pizza with a serious crust, the MSY version is dang good. Get a scramboli for breakfast — dough-embraced egg concoctions — and say yes to one of the pies. First pick: the Uptown Meatdown, topped with pepperoni, bacon, ham, Italian sausage, and meatballs.

12. Cannoli and Chocolate Almond Gelato at Angelo Brocato’s

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1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 464-0831
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Angelo Brocato’s is a legend on Carrollton Avenue, a family-run Italian gelateria and bakery that delivers the kind of homespun service that just isn’t that common anymore. The same is true for the MSY outlet, where cannolis are real deal and the gelato is scooped with a smile. Get both — a half-and-half cannoli AND a scoop of gelato; St. Joseph Chocolate Almond if they have it.

13. Thai Peanut Salad with Shrimp at City Greens

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1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062
(504) 464-0831
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Thankfully City Greens is the antithesis of typical grab-and-go airport salad. A healthful casual salad brand founded in New Orleans in 2012 by Ben Kazenmaier and Abhi Bhansali, City Greens at MSY is terrific. Order in a bowl or as a wrap, with tons of pristinely fresh options. Order Thai peanut with Gulf shrimp — but every salad is amazing.

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1. Gumbo and Louisiana Redfish at Leah’s Kitchen

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Level 2 Departures, Kenner, LA 70062
Leah Chase mural at Leah’s Kitchen in the new MSY
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The art-filled Leah’s Kitchen is a beautiful homage to the late Leah Chase, whose smiling face dominates a mural on one dining room wall. One of her grandsons is usually onsite seating customers and making everybody feel like family. Start with Miss Leah’s famous gumbo, then Louisiana red fish with creole succotash topped with local crabmeat.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), Level 2 Departures
Kenner, LA 70062

2. Roast Beef Debris Po-boy at The Munch Factory

New MSY airport, Concourse C, 1 Terminal Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
Official/HMS Host

The Munch Factory, founded by Jordan and Alex Ruiz in Gentilly in 2011, moved to the Lower Garden District in 2017, a casual neighborhood restaurant with a creative take on Creole cooking. The airy MSY space serves a breakfast and all day menu with offerings like Lower Garden District fries, crawfish pasta, and sandwiches and salads. Get the roast beef debris po-boy, a saucy rendition of the favorite — and grab extra napkins.

New MSY airport, Concourse C, 1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

3. Lemongrass Ginger Wings at MoPho

Kenner, LA 70062
Mopho’s outpost in Concourse B 
Official/Delaware North

Michael Gulotta’s bold Vietnamese meets Louisiana menu at MoPho across from Delgado sets a high bar and the MSY version is still ramping up when it comes to getting the pho just right. The space is beautiful, awash in bright colors and light wood. No contest on the order, the lemongrass ginger Thai chili mega-wings (and any of the bowls) will satisfy.

4. Shrimp and Grits at Emeril’s Table

Alaska Airlines - New Orleans, Concourse B, 900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

Emeril’s Table hits it out of the park. From local seafood to paneed pork chops and fried chicken and waffles, the menu hits all the right notes. Staffed by a well trained group of cooks and servers, the restaurant is a great reflection on the celebrity chef. Absolutely get the shrimp and grits.

Alaska Airlines - New Orleans, Concourse B, 900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

5. Seafood Gumbo at Folse Market

900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
Official Photo/Delaware North

John Folse is a legendary Louisiana chef, a leading authority on Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture. The multi-unit Folse Market, smartly designed to evoke a Gulf shrimp boat, showcases the chef’s specialties, from seafood to po-boys and salads. Get his seafood gumbo and pick up a cookbook or two while you’re at it.

900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

6. Cheeseburger at Dook's Place

900 Airline Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

Situated directly across from the Heritage Music Stage, Dook’s is another outlet for the Dooky Chase family name. Here, it’s all about the burger — although the menu offers breakfast and some tasty sandwiches too. You can’t go wrong with the classic burger, topped with American cheese, lettuce, and tomato.

900 Airline Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

7. Crawfish Mac and Cheese at Ye Olde College Inn

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), 1 Terminal Drive Level 2, Departures, Kenner, LA 70062

Ye Olde College Inn (and Dooky Chase) opened in the old airport in 2013. This expanded version, fronted by a bar, offers great breakfast offerings (green tomatoes, Louisiana shrimp and poached eggs!) along with po-boys and Southern specialties. Get the crawfish mac & cheese and know that it feeds two.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), 1 Terminal Drive Level 2, Departures
Kenner, LA 70062

8. Curry Chicken Lettuce Wrap at Cure

New MSY airport, Concourse C, 1 Terminal Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
Curry chicken lettuce wraps at Cure
Official/HMS Host

Why can’t you get an amazing craft cocktail at an airport bar? That’s exactly Cure’s mission, a challenge Neal Bodenheimer is excited to take on. The menu of drinks is outstanding — which doesn’t keep most customers from ordering beer, something that rarely sells in the Freret Street location. Snack on an Eat Fit Nola curry chicken lettuce wrap and drink your calories — Corpse Reviver #2 is just one excellent option.

New MSY airport, Concourse C, 1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

9. The Namesake Sazerac at Bar Sazerac

Concourse B, 900 Airline Dr Gate B4, Kenner, LA 70062

This outgrowth of the newly opened Sazerac House on Canal Street brings the namesake cocktail front and center at Bar Sazerac, a swanky space next to the Heritage Music Stage. Definitely order a perfect Sazerac, sipped slowly to make the $17 generously poured cocktail last.

Concourse B, 900 Airline Dr Gate B4
Kenner, LA 70062

10. Muffaletta Pizza at Mondo

1 Terminal Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
Official/HMS Host

Fans of the seasonal global eatery Mondo in Lakeview were sad to see it shutter after a 10 year run. Luckily, a version of the eclectic restaurant from award-winning chef Susan Spicer is alive and well in MSY. Neapolitan-style pizza is one big highlight, but the wood-oven lasagna and fish tacos are also notable. Start with a muffaletta pizza and keep going.

1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

11. The Uptown Meatdown at Midway Pizza

1 Terminal Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

Midway Pizza is a favorite on Freret Street and with good reason. Known for its deep-dish pizza with a serious crust, the MSY version is dang good. Get a scramboli for breakfast — dough-embraced egg concoctions — and say yes to one of the pies. First pick: the Uptown Meatdown, topped with pepperoni, bacon, ham, Italian sausage, and meatballs.

1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

12. Cannoli and Chocolate Almond Gelato at Angelo Brocato’s

1 Terminal Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

Angelo Brocato’s is a legend on Carrollton Avenue, a family-run Italian gelateria and bakery that delivers the kind of homespun service that just isn’t that common anymore. The same is true for the MSY outlet, where cannolis are real deal and the gelato is scooped with a smile. Get both — a half-and-half cannoli AND a scoop of gelato; St. Joseph Chocolate Almond if they have it.

1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

13. Thai Peanut Salad with Shrimp at City Greens

1 Terminal Dr, Kenner, LA 70062
Officia/HMS Host

Thankfully City Greens is the antithesis of typical grab-and-go airport salad. A healthful casual salad brand founded in New Orleans in 2012 by Ben Kazenmaier and Abhi Bhansali, City Greens at MSY is terrific. Order in a bowl or as a wrap, with tons of pristinely fresh options. Order Thai peanut with Gulf shrimp — but every salad is amazing.

1 Terminal Dr
Kenner, LA 70062

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