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A Fresh Bloom for Spring: 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 Germany, Southeast Asia, and Turkey.

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Lula Distillery. (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 Germany, Southeast Asia, and Turkey.

Check out the latest restaurants to pop up, some as offshoots from their original establishments, others completely new to the scene.

New Restaurants in New Orleans

Brand-new restaurants, second locations and expansions of a few favorites, booze-centric establishments, and more.

Bratz Y’all’s Biergarten (Photo credit: Emily Ramirez Hernandez)

Bratz Y’all Winner of both the best sausage and best pork po-boys at last year’s Po-Boy Festival, Bratz Y’all finally makes its way from a festival food pop-up to a brick and mortar establishment in the Bywater. Started by chef and German-native Sven Vorkauf, Bratz Y’all features German food and drink in a biergarten setting. 617 B Piety Street (behind Pizza Delicious).

Bywater Bakery An energetic new addition to the neighborhood, Bywater Bakery expands beyond just typical bakery fare. In addition to coffee and breakfast staples (plus unique baked goods), Bywater Bakery’s menu also features shrimp and grits, salads, and open-face sandwiches. For the hurried among us, pick up the $5 “Wake ‘N’ Bake” (coffee and a pastry) or a breakfast “go cup” (think: eggs, bacon, and grits or scrambled eggs, boudin, and potatoes in a cup). 3624 Dauphine St.

Central City BBQ. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Central City BBQ Adding to the growing list of local barbecue establishments, Central City BBQ opened its barbecue pit for business in late 2016. Fixins’ include smoked boudin, a BBQ sampler plate, and sweet corn spoonbread. Wash all that down with a kimchi Bloody Mary. 1201 S. Rampart St.

Fatma’s Cozy Corner – Fatma Aydin, who formerly ran Fatoush, operates this new Tremé café. The menu includes Turkish coffeeshop-style fare like baklava, feta quiches, paninis, and soon, Turkish flatbreads, paying homage to Aydin’s heritage. 1532 Ursulines Ave.

Freret Beer Room This new addition on the Freret corridor emphasizes food and beer pairings. Despite its extensive beer menu, the restaurant— and it is a restaurant— is family-friendly. Food options include a pot roast sandwich, cheese and charcuterie boards, and “beer room gumbo.” 5018 Freret St.

The Coffee & Donuts shake at Frey Meat Co. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Frey Smoked Meat Co. Chef Ray Gruezke, well known for his appearances at Hogs for the Cause, opened his newest restaurant in the late fall of 2016. Barbecue has exploded in New Orleans over the past decade, and Frey promises to join the ranks of such local favorites as the Joint, McClure’s, and Blue Oak Barbecue. Their menu also offers several macaroni and cheese options (jalapeno cheddar and pulled pork with cheddar). 4141 Bienville St. Suite 110

Gracious Bakery & Café Gracious’ newest location on St. Charles Avenue features the same delicious baked goods as the original as well as lunch options like sandwiches and salads. Pick up a Cuban sandwich, the daily soup, or a barley and arugula salad to refuel. 2854 St. Charles Ave.

Lula Restaurant Distillery. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Lula Restaurant Distillery A restaurant and micro-distillery combo became a legal use establishment in 2015 thanks to co-owners Jess Bourgeois’ and Bear Caffery’s lobbying efforts. Lula distills vodka and rum from Louisiana molasses as well as gin. Its restaurant menu features dishes like braised rabbit with white beans, buttermilk Cornish hen, and boiled seafood with ginger lemongrass or hot garlic flavors. 1532 St. Charles Ave.

Marjie’s Grill Inspired by a three-month trip to Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, Marjie’s is not your average barbecue joint. Instead, it features Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine embellished with local touches. Enjoy happy hour from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. during the week. Then, order some slow-cooked meat. 320 S. Broad St.

Maypop Recently opened in the South Market District, Maypop serves up Southeast Asian, Cajun, Creole, and Sicilian fusion cuisine. The team behind MoPho runs this new restaurant, featuring menu items like Crispy Skinned Pompano in Ruby Red Grapefruit Curry, Wok Fried Beef Brisket in Dry Curry, Hot Chicken Vindaloo, and, for dessert, the intriguing Red Bean and Andouille Tart with ice cream. 611 O’Keefe Ave.

Rosedale’s Rosemary BBQ Shrimp (via Rosedale on Facebook)

Rosedale The newest restaurant brought to us from Susan Spicer, Rosedale features what Chef Brett “Shaggy” Duffee describes as West Bank food (named for the other side of the Mississippi River). Nestled near City Park, the restaurant provides generous outdoor seating and features local fare like turtle soup, cochon de lait po-boys, caramelized black drum, and pecan pie. 801 Rosedale Dr.

Spotted Cat Food & Spirits The brunchy younger sibling of Frenchmen Street’s popular music club, Spotted Cat Food & Spirits is a more family-friendly venue. True to its origins, the restaurant hosts musicians for daytime and early evening gigs. Hot items on the menu are the shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles, and something called the Uncle Itchy (a homemade “everything” bagel with plenty of schmear). 2372 St. Claude Ave.

Tsunami Sushi A new addition to the Central Business District, Tsunami Sushi is the latest incarnation of the original which opened in Lafayette in 2000. Many of the rolls are standard ones, but there are some that are a little uncommon. The Green Monster is made with coconut shrimp, snow crab, cream cheese, cucumber, kiwi, avocado, strawberry, coconut flakes & plum sauce. 601 Poydras Suite B.

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 around town, belly dancing, and catching nerdlesque shows.

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