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. This fall, we welcomed several new restaurants and even celebrated the return of a few of our old favorites.
If you’re looking for somewhere outside of the usual, check out a few of these fall restaurant openings below.
Executive chef and owner of Gris-Gris Eric Cook opened his second restaurant, Saint John, this fall.
Chef Cook describes his latest concept as “haute Creole cuisine,” with simple yet sophisticated dishes such as smothered turkey necks, oysters Saint John, and catfish amandine. Their cocktail menu features a selection of house specials and classics reimagined.
Saint John is on track to become a French Quarter favorite. Snag your reservations now.
Chef Alon Shaya described his newest concept, Miss River, as a “love letter to Louisiana.” Its menu plays on influences from the grande dames and heavy hitters of New Orleans cuisine.
Duck and andouille gumbo, BBQ shrimp, whole fried chicken, and baked Alaska are a few dishes that pay homage to the culinary layout of the Crescent City.
They say anything worth having is worth waiting for, so book your reservations in advance because Miss River has consistently remained booked since its opening.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, and so the Will & the Way was born. Or, reborn should I say. Formerly the Longway Tavern, this quaint French Quarter bar reopened in October 2021 under a new name and with a new look.
Though just a block or so off of Bourbon Street, the Will & the Way has a much different feel than most of its neighbors. Their cocktail menu holds a mixture of classics and craft creations to pair alongside their sophisticated snacks, small plates, and entrees. The best part? Their stunning courtyard for outdoor dining and drinks.
Don’t call it a comeback! These next few restaurants recently made their returns after a nearly two-year hiatus.
Oh, how we’ve missed happy hours at Maypop! This Central Business District restaurant By Chef Michael Gulotta uses some of the best ingredients to elevated fusion cuisine. Dishes like their sticky rice jambalaya or short rib grillades and grits with Creole curry push the bounds of New Orleans cuisine. Don’t forget to try one of their Asian-influenced signature cocktails!
Another CBD favorite has made its return to the neighborhood, and with a new menu. Otra Vez, which translates to “again,” is named accordingly. Once you’ve made one visit, you’re sure to be back again! Their crawfish enchiladas, a stellar selection of tacos, yuca fries, esquites, and much more are among the new tidbits you can indulge in.
Chef Emeril Lagasse’s namesake restaurant has reopened its doors and returned to serving its signature “New New Orleans’ cuisine. The menu boasts vegetarian and chef’s tastings as well as main dishes, elevated snacks, and hot and cold ala carte items. With its return, it’s said that Chef Lagasse will spend more time in the restaurant cooking and welcoming guests.