We all know that the Crescent City is bustling with longstanding, classic restaurants and eateries that make up the foundation of New Orleans dining. Po-boys from Parkway Tavern, golden fried chicken from Willie Mae’s, Arnaud’s famous soufflé potatoes, and beignets from Cafe du Monde. Quintessential New Orleans dining. 

But we can’t forget the newcomers! Restaurateurs and chefs are shaking things up and providing the city with new flavors and palates. The first few months of 2022 welcomed several new restaurants, including re-openings and permanent homes for some of the city’s well-loved eateries

If you’re looking for somewhere outside of the usual, check out a few of these recent restaurant openings below.

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Pomelo

Pomelo 

New Orleans’ Southeast Asian culinary scene continues to blossom! Pomelo owner and chef Aom Srisuk grew up in the restaurant business, working at her family’s Thai and Japanese cafes in her native Bangkok before moving to NOLA in 2018. Now, along with her husband, Chef Aom has curated Pomelo’s menu to include authentic Thai cuisine inspired by family traditions and street-food style dishes.  

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Queen Trini Lisa

Queen Trini Lisa

The Queen of Trinbagonian (meaning native to Trinidad and Tobago) Cuisine now has a location of her own! Queen Trini Lisa emerged as a pop-up at Portside Lounge and other venues and festivals and quickly became a local favorite. Try the award-winning BBQ jerk chicken or any of Chef Lisa Nelson’s “island soul food” to get a taste of the Caribbean in its northernmost city – New Orleans.  

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Couvant

Couvant 

While not necessarily a “new” restaurant, Couvant has re-opened its doors since it closed in March 2020 with a new chef, new menu, and a new spin on its identity as a French brasserie. Chef Ryan Pearson approaches traditional brasserie dishes with South Louisiana flair, serving up options like crawfish gnocchi and dry-aged duck with pepper jelly jus. 

The Rabbit’s Foot 

Tucked into a corner on Prytania Street, The Rabbit’s Foot serves sweet and savory bites along with a selection of products from local and national small businesses. Stop in for a pastry from Compagnon Bakery and pick up some charcuterie supplies from Gourmand, kombucha from South of Eden NOLA, or even body care products from Madonna Lily

 

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Wishing Town Bakery

Wishing Town Bakery Café

This Metairie favorite has now opened its doors Uptown. Wishing Town Bakery Café runs the spectrum of flavors in its menu of Asian cuisine and delectable baked goods. Pick up an order of Dragon Shrimp Dumplings or the fatty beef hot pot along with a slice of blueberry cheesecake or the café’s famous Wishing Cake topped with fruit.    

Dragonfly Café

Dragonfly Café is a branch of the Raphael Village Town Center, a local organization focused on helping differently-abled people fully engage in life and in their communities. The café offers internships to members of The Guild, the Town Center’s program offering vocational and post-secondary educational employment opportunities to differently-abled adults. Along with its dine-in menu of breakfast and lunch bites, the Dragonfly Café’s bakery and market provide baked goods for parties, meetings, and other special events.