Travelers seeking to revel in the magic of New Orleans don’t have to wait until they venture out to get a taste of the city. The brand new Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport offers up a slice of New Orleans heaven before you even step foot out of the doors. With over twenty new dining options, travelers can get a taste of Creole cuisine, sip on classic New Orleans cocktails, and get a beignet fix on arrival or departure. Health-conscious travelers, don’t fret – there are plenty of options for getting a taste of New Orleans without all the extra calories with the Eat Fit NOLA menu.
It’s not just travelers who get to experience the action. The MSY Guest Pass allows non-ticketed visitors to enjoy post-security concessions. Sign up online, and visit anytime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Here’s a look at some of the best places to eat and drink in the new terminal.
Inspired by the Queen of Creole Cuisine herself, the legacy of Leah Chase lives on through Leah’s Kitchen. The restaurant will serve several of Ms. Chase’s originals from her New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase, like Creole gumbo, bread pudding, and fried chicken. The menu includes breakfast, with options like crawfish & andouille omelette, oyster Rockefeller benedict, and breakfast cocktails including brandy milk punch. Paintings of Ms. Chase and family adorn the walls, and pots hang from the ceiling as chandeliers. Whether it’s your first taste of New Orleans, or your last bite before you go, you’ll leave having experienced the flavors of the city.
The Munch Factory
The Munch Factory in New Orleans is seen as the next-generation of Creole cooking with fresh creations like bayou nachos, mango chicken salad, and the ‘Voodoo Burger.’ Their signature po-boy is an open-faced baguette loaded with roast beef, fried oysters, or buffalo shrimp, with mayo, lettuce and tomatoes, and remoulade sauce. Fans of the original Lower Garden District restaurant will be thrilled to know they can grab a bite before or after a flight at the new terminal.
It’s celebrity chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse’s newest spot, and it’s the choice for dining in style at the new terminal. This restaurant boasts a large open kitchen, a 360-degree full service bar, and a food bar. The menu showcases a little bit of everything from Chef Emeril’s New Orleans restaurants. With over 10 draft beers, a solid wine selection on deck, and a list of both classic and creative cocktails, it’s a great place to sip and people-watch before you take off.
Café du Monde
With plenty of locations in the New Orleans area, many visitors can’t wait to hop off the plane and into the city to sink their teeth into a beignet from Café du Monde. Now you don’t have to – enjoy the soft, pillowy, powdered sugared donuts with a café au lait or iced coffee as soon as you land.
James Beard Award Winner Susan Spicer’s cuisine is infused with flavors from around the world that speak to the city’s culture. Enjoy menu items such as Thai Shrimp and Pork Meatballs with Marinated Cucumbers and Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder with black beans, plantains, and tomatillo salsa.
Co-created with Restaurant Revolution’s Chef John Folse, Folse Market offers seafood, charcuterie, po-boys, coffee, and wine stations and is perfect for a pit-stop before or after your arrival or departure.
Sometimes, the best way to warm your soul is with a big bowl of Pho. New Orleans has plenty of delicious options throughout the city, including in New Orleans East and the West Bank. But now you can indulge in a bowl at the airport at Chef Michael Gulotta’s, MoPho.
You could say fine Creole cuisine runs in the family. Dook, the grandson of the late Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase, is the man behind this favorite from the old terminal. Dook’s is a great place to go for a classic New Orleans meal. Gumbo, barbecue shrimp, and fried chicken are some of their offerings.
For a healthier option that is native to New Orleans, stop by City Greens. This local favorite offers build-your-own salads and wraps as well as weekly specials and seasonal menu items.
Angleo Broacto has been serving traditional Italian desserts in New Orleans since 1905. Be sure to stop by and pick up some cannolis, assorted biscotti, and other pastries before leaving New Orleans.
Ye Olde College Inn
The farm-to-table approach at Ye Olde College Inn has made the restaurant a favorite among locals. Stop by for their award-winning po-boys and Southern cuisine.
Deep dish pizza is the name of the game at Midway. Homemade Mozzarella Sticks, Don Knotts, and cold beer are all staples of the joint.
Named for that famous New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac, this cocktail bar embraces the elegance of socializing in New Orleans with an open setting. Bar Sazerac will serve food from Dooks located just next door, if you want to grab a bite while you’re at it.
Vino Volo/Moisant Market
Named in honor of the MSY (Moisant Stock Yards), Vino Volo/Moisant Market serves hand-selected wine and gourmet food, with to-go options available. Pick up a bottle of wine to take home. Their food menu includes Marcona almonds, smoked salmon rolls, gourmet sandwiches, and salads.
Serving specialty cocktails, beer, and wine, Cure is the perfect place to stop before or after a flight for a relaxing sip. Their plates menu includes deviled eggs, bar snacks, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
Founded in New Orleans in 1978, PJ’s Coffee has grown to include over 100 locations across 15 states and 3 countries. Now, their newest location is in the new terminal. Stop by for a quick cup of coffee and a pastry before your flight.
Community Coffee is a Louisiana-based company known for their signature chicory coffee. If you like a strong cup of Joe, this is the place to go.
The new MSY airport terminal features local as well as internationally recognized vendors including Auntie Anne’s, Chick-Fil-A, Chili’s, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Lolli and Pops, Lucky Dogs, Panda Express, Peet’s Coffee, Shake Shack, Smoothie King, Starbucks, and The Great American Bagel Bakery & Panini.
Eat Fit NOLA
Eat Fit NOLA is a program from Ochsner Health System that identifies healthy menu items across New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Acadiana restaurants. Many of the airport’s new vendors include Eat Fit options, allowing passengers to eat healthy on the go. Try the Emeril Salad from Emeril’s Table, the Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Cure, or the grilled fish tacos with avocado and slaw from Mondo. Leah’s Kitchen has a Louisiana Blue Crab & Beet Salad, Louisiana Red Fish, and blackened shrimp. Enjoy the bibb lettuce salad from MoPho, or the boiled shrimp poached egg with remoulade vinaigrette. Angelo Broacto, Midway Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, Dook’s Burger/Bar Sazerac, Folse Market, and Great American Bagel also offer Eat Fit menu options.
Don’t leave the terminal without taking a little piece of New Orleans home with you. Dirty Coast, Fleurty Girl, and NOLA Couture are the go-to places for a one-of-a-kind, Nola-inspired t-shirt, bow tie, home decor item, or souvenir.
For more information on where to dine, shop, and relax at the new terminal, visit flymsy.com.