I really like the restaurants, art galleries and antique stores on Magazine Street which starts at Canal Street and runs through the Garden District and Uptown, and all the way to Audubon Park. It is not touristy compared to the French Quarter, so make sure to add it to your list of things to see and do. The street is quite long and is comprised of five major zones or areas spanning 72 blocks.
My favorite areas are between Louisiana and Napoleon and Napoleon to Jefferson. These two have the best shops, galleries and restaurant in my opinion. I really liked the store Fleur D’Orleans at 3701 Magazine St., where the owner creates great jewelry and other decorative items with the designs she finds in the architectural details of the city.
Recent restaurant finds and recommendations include:
Baru, 3700 Magazine Street: For good Caribbean food, recommended by the New York Times. It was a great place to eat lunch amongst the galleries and antiques stores. I thought the food and service was very good and liked the colorful interior.
Shaya: This hot new restaurant features the cuisine of Israel which has it origins from Turkey to Morocco and Bulgaria to Greece. Local friends love the five different kinds of hummus and the lamb tartare. It is part of the Besh Restaurant Group from chef John Besh. 4213 Magazine St.
Kenton’s: Located at 5757 Magazine St., this is a restaurant and whiskey bar that features American and Southern cooking with a raw bar. It has an extensive bourbon list. The Old Fashion was excellent and the bartenders fun to talk to. It is open for lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. The dinner menu was very creative and included a Slow Poached Farm Egg with duck confit, creamy grits and smoked broth and Squid Ink Spaghetti with grilled shrimp, smoked trout and country ham.
Its website states that ‘the restaurant’s namesake is Simon Kenton, a founder of the town of Maysville, the Kentucky port town from which whiskey was first shipped out of state on flatboats. The primary downriver destination was New Orleans where the whiskey gained popularity and perhaps even acquired its name from Bourbon Street.”
La Petite Grocery: Located at 4238 Magazine St., from 2004, this is a popular restaurant located in a quaint building that housed a neighborhood grocery store in the 1800’s.
Coquette: An excellent restaurant at 2800 Magazine St. Chef Michael Stoltzfus received a James Beard Nomination in 2016 for Best Chef South. Their menu changes daily. I enjoyed a lovely dinner on my last night in town. I chose the vegetarian option.
Atchafalaya: Due to weather issues, I had to cut my trip a few hours short, so I missed my brunch at Atchafalaya at 901 Louisiana Ave. It comes highly recommended as a local’s favorite for Louisiana specialties including shrimp and grits, seafood gumbo and duck hash. I will add it to my list for my next trip.