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New Orleans Dining

Carrollton Ave: Lots of Foodie Fare


Carrollton Ave is a long, 4-mile thoroughfare of food and fun that extends from Uptown at the Riverbend to Mid-City at Bayou St. John. It’s split into N. Carollton and S. Carrollton by Canal St in the Mid-City area of the street, and both sides offer a wide range of local and international foodie fare. You can find addresses and phone numbers for these restaurants at NOMenu.com.

Beginning in the Riverbend at the far end of S. Carrollton, you’ll find everything from Louisiana Pizza Kitchen and O’Henry’s to Cooter Brown’s Tavern’s selection of oysters and beer to great late-night diner food at Camellia Grill. Farther down you’ll find New Orleans classics at the long-time establishment Ye Olde College Inn.

In terms of more international foods, you’ll find a wealth of options on the S. Carrollton side Uptown. There’s great Thai food at LA Thai, Bangkok Thai and Basil Leaf. Lebanon’s features Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine, and Café Granada next door serves up Spanish tapas. Mona’s Café also has great Middle Eastern food. There are several Chinese restaurants, including China Orchid, China Palace, Chinese Kitchen, Dragon King and, the local favorite, Five Happiness. Little Korea boasts great Korean fare, and Little Tokyo Noodle Bar and Mikimoto cover Japanese foods. Jazmine Café also has fantastic Vietnamese food.

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New Orleans Music

Let the Good Times Bowl

While millions of tourists flock to New Orleans each year for the fun, food, and music, only the locals know that Mid-City staple Rock ‘N’ Bowl has it all — including an authentic New Orleans experience you just can’t find on Bourbon Street.

Still sporting many of the decorations and memorabilia from 1958, when neighboring Pelican Stadium accounted for most of the business, this late-night hot spot has a vib all its own. Rock ‘N’ Bowl’s 18 bowling lanes are complimented by a stage and dance floor, a menu of bar-style treats with a Cajun twist, and a fully stocked bar.

Like New Orleans itself, Rock ‘N’ Bowl is a unique mixture of old and young, generational residents and new transplants, serious bowlers and…the rest of us. I personally find it hard to care about the five pins still standing when Kermit Ruffins or the Iguanas or the Bucktown Allstars take the stage. It’s not unusual for a favorite band or song to send perfectly dressed jitterbuggers spilling off the dance floor and into the pits or even to catch a couple of regulars waltzing on the bar.

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