If you love when a restaurant takes a simple concept and perfects it rather than try to be a dozen different things, you have to try ll Posto Café in the heart of Uptown, New Orleans. This café takes the essentials of Italian foodie culture and has created a quaint menu with delicious foods and drinks that has earned them loyal crowds of locals and is getting them on the radar of visitors staying in the area as well.
The café is open from breakfast time to well past dinner, 9 p.m. on all nights but Sunday, when it closes at 3 p.m., and Mondays when it is not open. With these kinds of hours, Il Posto has fostered specific crowds for each meal, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and after-dinner drinks and appetizers. Whether you’re looking for a light breakfast of bagels and fresh brewed coffee or a classic gourmet grilled cheese, you can find foods to satisfy cravings throughout the day at ll Posto.
ll Posto’s breakfast menu is simple but well-done and includes bagels with several different spreads, organic granola and yogurt as well as hard-boiled eggs. For a light lunch or dinner, you could try any of the salads, such as its caprese or Italian tuna, as well as bruschetta, several cheese plates, such as Piedmonte Region sheep, goat and cow’s milk, a few variations of grilled cheese sandwiches and paninis and assorted crostinis.
Then, of course, no café menu is complete without a wide selection of beverages. ll Posto’s hot drinks include a variety of coffees, including Americano, latte, mochaccino and hazelnut steamer as well as tea, chai and hot chocolate. The restaurant also offers press pot coffee and tea if you’re dining in.
As for cold drinks, ll Posto has plenty of iced coffees and iced tea for you to choose from. It also has drinks like milk, soy milk, an Arnold Palmer, strawberry Italian soda, chocolate milk, fresh lemonade and orange juice as well as bottled sodas and sparkling waters. Then of course, the restaurant has an extensive fine Italian wine list for you to browse.
On Tuesdays and Wedenesdays, ll Posto hosts a great happy hour complete with discounted wines, beers and other drinks as well as free samplings of gourmet snacks and desserts, including cheeses and spreads, olives, bruschetta and roasted Brussels sprouts. You can check the restaurant’s Facebook page for other happy hour specials.
If you’re looking for a quaint Italian café experience,ll Posto Café is a must-try. The restaurant is located at 4607 Dryades St, just off St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues.