When it comes to restaurants in New Orleans, there’s hardly such a thing as a bad meal. New Orleanians definitely get set in our ways when it comes to supporting our favorite classic, long-running dining establishments, where the long-term memories are as delicious as the meals. But just because we love the old doesn’t mean that we don’t get equally as excited for the new. We’re constantly on the hunt for the best fresh place to grab brunch, reunite with friends or celebrate a special occasion–which is why the restaurants below, all of which have opened in recent months, have been welcomed with open arms. Try them out for yourself the next time you’re in town!
Tucked behind The Bower on Magazine, Birdy’s offers a breakfast and lunch menu Monday through Friday and brunch all weekend. There’s outdoor seating in their adorable courtyard and the menu boasts southern-inspired cuisine with locally sourced ingredients, with a range of sweet and savory items to please all palates. Try the cannoli French toast, huevos rancheros, or miso salmon salad with napa cabbage and avocado. The coffees and matcha lattes are on point, too.
Enjoy Mediterranean on Magazine! Misa has a little of everything from latkes to ceviche, eggplant pasta and Indian curry, to tuna burgers with tzatziki and whole fried fish. This is a great spot to take your vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friends because they have something for everyone!
Woman-owned and dedicated to offering a range of wines at all price points, Pluck is all about taking the pretentiousness out of wine and focusing on the joy of enjoying great wine with great food. On their menu you’ll find nibbles like smoked chili cotija popcorn, smoked yellowfin tuna crostini, and citrus cured olives. Larger plates include flash-fried frog legs, braised lamb, and roasted quail. Charcuterie boards are also available and perfect for sharing over a bottle (or two).
Everyone’s goal is to mix business with pleasure, right? This Freret Street spot has found a way to incorporate a traditional bar and restaurant with a workstation, where conducting business and enjoying food come together in perfect harmony. Greenery fills the space to improve concentration and lower stress, and the menu features lots of sharable items like fries, brussels sprouts, flatbreads, and tacos.
Proof that culinary school isn’t a prerequisite for making delicious food and recipes produced from memory instead of pages yield dishes that are sure to speak to your soul. Larb plates, papaya salad, fish cakes, drunken noodles, pad thai, green curry, and mango sticky rice are just a few of the popular dishes you’ll find on their extensive menu. Rumored to be the most authentic Thai in town, this spot on Rampart is well worth the visit.
After celebrating its 160th birthday in 2016, this Decatur Street institution has moved to a newly renovated location closer to Canal Street. You’ll find all the classic staples here, like shrimp and grits, chargrilled oysters, boudin balls, and turtle soup. They’re closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but hopping every other day of the week, including a Friday, Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Every day is Taco Tuesday at Rosalita’s Backyard Tacos on St. Claude. Traditional tacos, including the hard-to-find lengua (beef tongue) plus empanadas, enchiladas, tostadas, tamales and more. Go for the food, stay for the watermelon margaritas.
The owner’s identity might be under wraps, but what’s no secret is that birria tacos are all the rave right now. Located on Octavia Street in Uptown, Secret Birria offers the sought-after slow-cooked beef birria tacos topped with mozzarella, onion and cilantro and served with a cup of consome for dipping. Fried fish tacos, birria ramen, queso with cracklin’, and burritos are some other drool-worthy options. Open Thursdays – Sundays from 5 till 9pm.