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A Fresh Crop for Fall: New Orleans’ New Restaurants

The latest restaurants pay homage to local flavors, as well as the city’s historic and growing international vibe, and include representation from Korea, Vietnam, and Israel.

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Bar Frances. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Just when you thought the city couldn’t fit another, a gaggle of new restaurants comes along. Who’s complaining, though? Definitely not my stomach. The latest restaurants pay homage to local flavors, as well as the city’s historic and growing international vibe, and include representation from Korea, Vietnam, and Israel.

Check out the latest restaurants to pop up (one quite literally), some reopening after an absence, others completely new to the scene.

New Restaurants in New Orleans

Brand-new restaurants, second locations of a few favorites, and more.

The Mile High Pie at The Pontchartrain Hotel’s Caribbean Room. (Courtesy photo)

Chais Delachaise – This Uptown wine bistro serves globally inspired dishes, including daily specials, for weekday dinner and weekend brunch, as well as more than 40 wines by the glass. 7708 Maple St.

Caribbean Room – This reincarnation of the prime fine dining hot-spot that closed in 1994 was brought back to life by chefs John Besh and Chris Lusk with odes to the original restaurant – including the Mile High Pie. 2031 St Charles Ave.

Rouler – This cafe, bar, and – wait for it – bike shop, hopes to bring people together around the sport of bicycling. The multi-purpose space serves local French Truck Coffee, pastries from Gracious Bakery, beer from Urban South Brewery, and charcuterie plates sourced from St. James Cheese Company. Helmets are encouraged but not required. 601 Baronne St., Suite C1.

Pho Tau Bay – After a forced closure last February, this beloved Vietnamese restaurant crossed the Mississippi and opened its doors in downtown New Orleans. Pho (noodle soups with choice of beef or chicken) and Banh Mi (Vietnamese-style po-boys) are favorites with the lunch crowd. 1565 Tulane Ave.

Café Henri – This Bywater restaurant doesn’t try too hard but offers tasty meals like Steak Frites and Brisket Lasagna. The menu is pretty self-explanatory, especially for the lay-foodie. Leaving without trying the Dark Chocolate Tart (drizzled with caramel) is almost a crime. 800 Louisa St.

Goodies from Cafe Henri. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Bar Frances – A newly constructed building on thriving Freret Street is home to this restaurant and wine bar that serves organic wines, small plates, and full entrees (like Pan Seared Duck Breast with blueberry reduction, toasted hazelnuts, and root vegetables) either indoors or on the patio for people-watching. 4525 Freret St.

Tal’s Hummus – Israeli-inspired meals on the go include pita sandwiches, hummus, falafel, and kebabs, as well as baklava imported from Israel. 4800 Magazine St.

Tal’s Hummus. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Seaworthy – Inside a small townhouse abutting the Ace Hotel, bivalves and other seafood are served at this brand new oyster bar operated by local brothers and sailors, Alex and Miles Pincus. 630 Carondelet St.

Vessel – The small, historic church that has transitioned through several other restaurants is geared toward community tables and shared plates of its coastal Mediterranean cuisine. The spirit of the deconsecrated church is still very much alive. 3835 Iberville St.

Mr. Bubbles Cafe – The Gretna-based sandwich and bubble tea cafe opened its second location in the Central Business District serving breakfast and lunch. No visit is complete without a boba (bubble) tea with tapioca balls. 1441 Canal St. #1.

The wedge salad at Turkey and the Wolf. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Turkey & the Wolf – With a red brick exterior reminiscent of the Three Little Pigs house of bricks, this new gourmet sandwich shop also serves, among other things, “not sandwiches” and cocktails. 739 Jackson Ave.

Part & Parcel – A high-end, modern delicatessen in the CBD’s South Market District sub-neighborhood, this spot offers sandwiches, soups, and salads from the owners of Root and Square Root. 611 O’Keefe Ave., Suite C-8.

Koreole Cafe & Grocery – A former St. Roch Market vendor of Creole/Korean fusion cuisine is moving up in the world with the acquisition of its own location in the Marigny. A backyard pop-up runs Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. until the restaurant is ready to fully open. 2809 St. Claude Ave.

Emily Ramírez Hernández is the child of New Orleans natives whose families have been in the city for generations. Emily's earliest memories of New Orleans include joyful car rides over bumpy streets, eating dripping roast beef po-boys at Domilise's, and catching bouncy balls during Mardi Gras parades with cousins. An urban planner by day and freelance writer by night, when she is off the clock she enjoys biking Crescent Park, catching nerdlesque shows, and riding the bus.

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