By:Inside the Gate
While New Orleans is known for its history and culture – whether it be music, architecture or food – the city is also a thriving and young city. Turn a corner, and you’ll find a new art gallery or craft coffee shop popping up and catering to a new generation. If you’re worried about being relegated to historical tours and avoiding revelers on Bourbon Street, look no further. Here’s how to experience the new side of New Orleans.
New Orleans is one of the culinary capitols of the world, and there’s no shortage of restaurants to indulge your tastebuds. When you find yourself hungry while exploring the French Quarter, stop in at Central Grocery on Decatur Street for a muffaletta, the Sicilian sandwich invented there. You won’t be disappointed by this combination of Italian meats and cheeses topped with olive salad on a special sesame loaf.
While exploring the Warehouse District, one of the best stops in the area is Cochon Butcher, the easy lunching side of Chef Donald Link’s Cochon. Expect house-cured meats and local sandwiches with a Cajun flare. Another great stop in the area is Borgne, Chefs John Besh and Brian Landry’s restaurant that offers regionally inspired seafood dishes.
For lunch on Magazine Street, grab a poboy at Joey K’s or or a frank at Dat Dog and rest your feet a bit. When you’ve finished exploring Magazine Street and the Garden District, take the streetcar to Carrollton and dine atCarrollton Market. With a focus on farmers markets and local seafood, the menu changes frequently and makes use of the fruits of the Mississippi River Delta.
If you feel like experiencing classic New Orleans Creole, there’s no shortage of fine dining establishments across the city. For modernly refreshed Creole, stop in at Tableau and dine on the balcony overlooking Jackson Square. If you’re looking for a more traditional take, tryAntoine’s or Arnaud’s – Antoine’s is actually the oldest continually-operating restaurant in America!