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Justen Williams

NOLA Mia is a quaint and colorful gelateria and cafe along St. Claude Avenue. In addition to gelato made fresh daily, this family-owned eatery also offers other homemade Italian sweets like cannolis, tiramisu, cheesecake and more. Don’t forget dinner before dessert. Hot pressed sandwiches and New York-style bagels are available throughout the day.

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Prince Alem, Addis NOLA

Enjoy authentic Ethiopian eats at one of Mid-City’s newest restaurants - Addis NOLA. Start any meal off with their signature sambusas, stuffed with specially seasoned meat, collard greens or lentils. For your entree, choose from their selection of beef, lamb, fish, chicken or vegetable dishes. The doro and lamb wot and tibs are guest favorites.

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Justen Williams

This beloved taco truck recently blossomed into a brick and mortar still serving the same crazy and innovative taco creations. Chicken or chorizo, brisket or ground beef, and even vegan and vegetarians tacos are available. Whichever you choose, pair it alongside an order of avocado fries for the full loceaux experience.

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Chris Granger, Link Restaurant Group

Award-winning chefs Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Rebecca Wilcomb have teamed up to bring rustic Italian cuisine to New Orleans’ Arts/Warehouse District with Gianna, the newest addition to the Link Restaurant Group. Menu highlights include tuna-stuffed peppers, housemade salami, Gulf shrimp with garlic, rosemary and creamed cauliflower, and more.

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Sara Essex, Otra Vez

Chef Akhtar Nawab is serving innovative Mexican cuisine in New Orleans’ South Market District at Otra Vez. Their lunch, brunch and dinner menus all feature flavorful and refined Mexican-inspired plates, sides, snacks and starters. Roasted mahi-mahi tacos, chicken fried steak tortas, Mexican roti and much more. Put their weekend brunch special on your radar - $28 for one entree plus bottomless drinks for one hour.

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Photo courtesy of Faubourg Bistro

Don’t call it a comeback, it’s been here for years. The 700 Club’s in-house bar bites recently expanded to its own stand-alone eatery. Although they have a new location, their menu is still serving your favorite funky bites like the Pizza Mac & Cheese Skillet, PBB&J Wings, fried catfish sandwiches and more. Even with the new location, you can still catch them serving at the 700.

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Justen Williams

Get ready for guilt-free indulgence at Vegan with a Twist. The newly-opened plant-based burger spot has quickly won over the appetites of New Orleanians and the attention of several media outlets including ESSENCE and Blavity’s Travel Noire. Pulled jackfruit sandwiches, teriyaki cauliflower wings and tacos, the signature v-spot burger, and an assortment of fresh juices and lemonades make vegan dining delicious and fulfilling.

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Inspired by the flavors of Malaysian and Burmese cuisine, and motivated by the lack of both in the Crescent City, chef-owner Than Lin Regules began Laska with pop-ups across the city. Laska is now the newest addition to the St. Roch Market where Chef Lin continues to serve delicious, authentic and quality Asian-inspired eats.

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Photos courtesy of Mambo’s

Introducing the French Quarter’s first rooftop restaurant and bar - Mambo’s. Enjoy Cajun and Creole classics like BBQ shrimp, chargrilled oysters, blackened redfish, crawfish etouffee and other local bites. Pair it alongside one of their craft cocktails while taking in views of the world-famous Bourbon Street.

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Photo courtesy of Bordeaux

Make your way to Magazine Street for contemporary French-Creole cuisine at Bordeaux. Select menu options include savory sandwiches on croissants and French bread, French-style rotisserie poultry served with petite salads and pomme frites, and a host of dessert options.

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Justen Williams

Start your day with a twist at the Lower Garden District-based breakfast spot, Twisted Waffles. Play it safe with classics like chicken & waffles, shrimp & grits or a plain Belgian Waffle, or twist it up with one of their unique savory or sweet creations. French toast infused, Caprese, lemon drop and caramel apple are among the many waffle choices.

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Augusta Sagnelli, Barracuda

Simple yet satisfying, Barracuda is a tiny taco stand that’s gaining a lot of buzz. Their freshly-made tortillas are the cornerstone of their menu. Your choice of taco or bowl is finished off with quality wood-grilled meats and veggies. Add chips and dip or select sides to complete your meal.