Are you looking for some fresh new finds in the New Orleans area? There are several local restaurants that have just opened in recent months, so stop into these hot spots and see what’s fresh in the city.
The Ace Hotel opened in March to the excitement of locals. The accommodations aren’t the only thing causing a stir in New Orleans, though. The hotel’s restaurant, Josephine Estelle, is quickly becoming a popular hotspot in the area, as it artfully combines the flavors the American South with classic Italian cuisine. Seafood and pasta are the most popular highlights on the menu, but you won’t want to miss out on dishes like the soft-shell crab with asparagus, favas, radish, and red-eye aioli, or the rigatoni with Calabrian sugo, pickled peppers, and crispy prosciutto.
When you’re looking for the perfect pairing of delicious food and chilled beverages, head to Bacobar. The menu is an eclectic fusion of Mexican, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, and Central and South American flavors. Feast on options like the Seoul bowl, gumbo ramen, or their signature steamed bun tacos. The drink menu offers a broad selection of creative cocktails like the frozen chi chi with pineapple, cream of coconut, ginger liqueur, and vodka, or the all weather mojito featuring farmer’s market fresh fruit.
Saveur, formerly Baie Rouge, has taken on a fresh new face under Chef Dominique Machquet. Be prepared for some pricey picks here and choose Saveur for your special occasion dinners. The menu includes mouth-watering mains such as the sautéed maple leaf duck breast and braised lamb shank, which are paired with roasted cheddar cauliflower, local baby lima beans, and local kale to highlight the authentic flavors of New Orleans.
The Brown Butter Southern Kitchen & Bar serves up food that’s steeped in Southern traditions, and paired with craft beers and innovative cocktails. The dinner menu includes hearty suppers like pork country ribs, Louisiana shrimp, duck breast, and N.Y. strip steak, and you’ll find these down home favorites paired with gourmet sides like sweet potato and pear hash, marrow roasted potatoes, or goat cheese potato truffade. The Friday lunch menu is your best bet if you want to try Brown Butter on a budget, as you can get a three-course meal for $20.
Have you discovered a new local favorite recently? Share your favorite picks in the comments below.