Food Roundup: Where to Find Soul [Food] in New Orleans
April 16, 2018
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in New Orleans, eat as the locals do.
The greater New Orleans area has welcomed a swarm of diverse restaurants around town and we can’t help but indulge in the new dishes and festive drinks the city has to offer. From newly inhabitants, long-standing veterans and festival tents serving To-Go classics, there’s something for every eater and drinker.
A wise man once said “there’s nothing sweeter than a bitter cup of coffee,” and we couldn't agree more. The newly opened cafe, Coffee Science (410 S. Broad St.) will surely put a pep in your morning step with hand-pressed espresso shots, chicory pour overs, and their specialty, iced venetian brew. Pro tip: they offer a proper British tea service for non-coffee drinkers.
Although our neighboring state, Texas, may be notorious for breakfast tacos, we’ve found a hidden gem and runner-up in the Bywater neighborhood. Formerly known as Cafe Henri, Paloma Cafe recently opened and serves up authentic Latin cuisines for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their chorizo and avocado crema breakfast tacos have been praised by diners since opening day. For any occasion, Paloma Cafe provides a hip, yet comfortable atmosphere for locals and tourists alike.
Pinch. Peel. Eat. Repeat. Got it? Crawfish season has officially arrived and will stretch from early March through mid-June. If the idea of eating ‘mud puppies’ leaves your stomach uneasy, you’re not alone. Thankfully, Boil Seafood House puts a heartier spin on the traditional boiled crawfish. Coated in a buttery sheen and dusted with a variety of unique spices, their Viet-Cajun crawfish can ease anyone into the ceremonial practice of peeling a crawfish.
The New Orleans French Quarter has a lot to celebrate this year--commemorating the cities Tri-Centennial and 35th anniversary of French Quarter Fest, to name a few. With celebrations in order, the French Quarter Fest is serving 40 new dishes this year. For a refreshing lunch under the hot sun, The Daily Beet serves fresh mango spring rolls and avocado toast. For a heavier option, Boucherie's twelve-hour roast beef po-boy will satisfy all your cravings while staying true to New Orleans’ roots. You can find a full list of vendors here: French Quarter Fest Food Vendors.
If you’re still in the neighborhood, Erin Rose serves frozen Irish coffees right off of Bourbon Street. Frothy and sweet, swirled with powdered espresso beans, this drink is the ideal afternoon pick-me-up for an afternoon in the quarter.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival release two highly-anticipated lineups each year: food and music. For many, the food attractions are just as fixating as the festivals headliners! Festival days can be strenuous and exhausting, especially over a two-weekend span. The festival has covered all bases with seafood, vegetarian, ethnic and bargain options. Of the 70+ vendors, the Crawfish Monica from Kajun Kettle Foods has earned its spot as Jazz fests golden child. As always, the coveted dish can be found at the double booth near the Acura stage. For a mild refreshment, Sunshine Concessions of Covington, LA brews herbal teas for festival-goers to refuel and hydrate during long hours in Louisiana heat. Last year, Loretta’s Authentic Pralines debuted a lump crab stuffed beignet that will be returning for the 2018 festivities that has secured a spot in this years lineup. You can find the full list of food vendors and dishes for 2018 here: Jazz Fest Food List.
As if bread pudding isn’t indulgent enough, Chef Amy Lemon of NOLA Restaurant created a masterpiece: pecan pie bread pudding with bourbon anglaise and pie crust crumble. The classic dish is updated each season, and somehow always comes out better than the last rendition.
Finally, for a nightcap and old-English classic setting, find yourself at the Windsor Courts Polo Club Lounge. Among the stuffed leather sofas, intimate lighting and nightly local jazz headliners and Sazeracs, you’ll be eager to sleep off the food coma.