New restaurants are constantly opening up throughout New Orleans. In 2011, 89 restaurants opened in the city, and in 2012, there were 43 grand openings. This year, at least 25 new restaurants already have planned openings. Here are a few exciting choices.
Mopho (514 City Park Ave)
Just opened in January, Mopho is the creation of former August chef Michael Gulotta. This greatly anticipated spot for “Vietnamese meets Louisiana cuisine” has a wide variety of foods on its menu, including appetizers like Banh Xeo Battered Shrimp and Grilled Shrimp or Pork Shoulder Spring Roll, specials like Pepper Jelly Braised Cedar Key Clams and Slow Roast Lamb Neck and Beet in Green Curry, customizable vermicelli, po-boys and, of course, pho. The opening was a great success, and this restaurant has significant potential to provide quality Vietnamese food to both New Orleans’ Vietnamese population and fans of Southeast Asian cuisine.
Square Root (1800 Magazine St)
Complementary “grown-up” restaurant Square Root comes from the brilliant mind of Root chef Phillip Lopez. The concept appears to be somewhat revolutionary in that it is one of the few restaurants in the city with a 15- to 18-course tasting-menu only approach to its food (costs about $150 and takes more than two hours to eat). Inside, Square Root has 16 seats surrounding an open kitchen, and there is also a bar upstairs whose menu centers around great cocktails. This restaurant is anticipated to open in mid-February.
Milkfish (Warehouse District)
Previously a popular pop-up, Milkfish is settling in its new home in the Warehouse District (exact location TBA). Chef Cristina Quackenbush has enjoyed spreading her take on Filipino cuisine—a blend of Spanish and Asian flavors—throughout the Bywater but now looks forward to a more permanent location. With this dedicated location, Quackenbush plans to expand her menu to include food from more regions of the Philippines. It is set to open in late February or early March.
Pizza Domenica (4935 Magazine St)
Another restaurant that has already been somewhat established in the city, John Besh’s Domenica stretches its legs from its original location in the CBD and opens a new location Uptown on Magazine St. This restaurant offers traditional, rustic Italian fare including charcuterie, other Italian-style snacks and, of course, pizza, hot out its wood-burning oven. When it opens in the spring, you’ll enjoy a delightful menu of pizzas and more, including pizza toppings like spicy lamb meatballs, roast pork shoulder, white anchovies, duck and clams. We at Southern Comfort Bed and Breakfast are delighted that he is openning an Uptown/Garden District location that will be in walking distance…we love the happy hour half price pizza’s!
These are just a few of the many new restaurants set to open in 2014. As they open, you may want to make your best attempt at visiting them all.