Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
1. Press Street Station5 Press St, New Orleans
2. Shaya4213 Magazine St, New Orleans
3. Willa Jean Bakery611 O'Keefe Ave, New Orleans
4. Balise640 Carondelet St, New Orleans
5. Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse404 Andrew Higgins Dr, New Orleans
6. Paladar 511511 Marigny St, New Orleans
7. Saveur4128 Magazine St, New Orleans
8. Purloo1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans
9. Clesi's4413 Banks St, New Orleans
10. Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar231 North Carrollton Ave Suite C, New Orleans
Located at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Press Street Station features students from the institute's culinary program whipping up dishes like coconut pancakes and The Margee with garlic-roasted beets.
This Uptown spot doles out "modern Israeli cuisine," and is run by the same man behind the ever-popular Domenica and PIZZA Domenica, and there's just as much fanfare. A massive, custom, wood-fire pita oven dominates the kitchen, which cooks up modern versions of Mediterranean fare like hummus, tabouli, baba ganoush, and stuffed grape leaves, not to mention a pomegranate-lacquered, fall-off-the-bone lamb dish that will blow your mind.
This Central Business District bakery is run by the dream team of Kelly Fields and Lisa White, who design all the baked goods for John Besh's restaurant empire. Expect Southern-style baked goods, as well as a host of eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Willa Jean serves up Intelligentsia Coffee, and the varied cocktail menu will have you frequenting this sleek, sophisticated bakery for more than just its food.
Balise celebrates the history of New Orleans as a port city with Creole and Cajun seafood dishes, including blue crab cocktail and fried flounder, as well as a variety of meaty meals to satisfy proud carnivores.
Wood Pizza Bistro & Taphouse allows patrons to play chef and build their own pizzas. If the pressure of creating your own pizza is too much to handle, however, the pizza and beer spot also offers a great selection of pies and slices already on the menu.
Paladar 511 isn't your average pizza joint. Located in Marigny, the restaurant serves slices for the adventurous and sophisticated with toppings including braised artichoke, roasted asparagus, and yogurt. The restaurant's warehouse-like decor nicely compliments its seasonal menu.
Fans of the much-lauded Chef Dominique Macquet will find good things at Saveur, including ceviches and crudos, a variety of flatbreads, and a kaffir lime-marinated whole-roasted Gulf fish, among other tasty items.
Purloo has been about roots long before transitioning from pop-up shop to restaurant. Chef Ryan Hughes' revamped Southern dishes like fried catfish pistolette and She-crab soup celebrate the history of Southern regional cuisine.
They’re boiling up hot and spicy eats over at Clesi’s, like jambalaya cheese fries with Crystal-infused batter, which sounds about right for this city.