How much longer before fall again? No worries, New Orleans, the heat may be here to stay a little longer but we’re churning new restaurants like hot-cakes. Or maybe Kimchi pancakes? For you Instagram lovers, you may have noticed posts from Red Truck Playhouse showing up in your feeds, and we have the reason why below.
That New New aims to keep you aware of all of the new restaurants to know about and the upcoming openings to keep an eye on. If you’ve got any leads or tips on openings happening in your neighborhood, drop us a line!
Red Truck Clubhouse, French Quarter at 740 N. Rampart St.
This pizza haven is an Instagrammer’s dream. Opening as 10 Foot Pizza in May, the pizza spot has now changed its name to Red Truck Clubhouse. RTC owners also own an art gallery on Royal & St. Philip called the Red Truck Gallery.
“We were considering calling it that from the start as a nickname,” said Aleesha Gambrell, bartender/art dealer/administrator for Red Truck. “Then we decided we really wanted to align the two businesses.”
At the bar of RTC, patrons can buy any of the art that adorns the walls of the vibrantly decorated pizzeria.
“Art, booze and pizza, that’s our three things,” Gambrell said. Original opening date: May 28
The Ruby Slipper Cafe, French Quarter at 204 Decatur St.
New Orleans’ favorite brunch spot officially opened a new location in the French Quarter this past Sunday. Expect the popular staples as well as this month’s specials which include eggs Boudin, peaches and cream stuffed toast, “Funky Monkey” banana pancakes. Opened: Aug. 26
Capulet, Bywater at 3014 Dauphine
One of the most anticipated 2018 restaurant openings in the Bywater is finally here. Why such hype you might ask? Because it has a roomy rooftop for all your cityscaping needs, or just to chill come cooler temperatures. The massive industrial chic space also doubles as a venue, and word on the street is that it dispatches the best gluten free bread in town. Opened: Aug. 9
Barrow’s Catfish, Holly Grove at 8300 Earhart Blvd.
One of the biggest post-Katrina comebacks in New Orleans since Gleason recovered that punt is that of Barrow’s Catfish in its new location on Earhart Boulevard near Carrollton Avenue in the restaurant space that was previously LA Smokehouse. Even better news is the new items added to the menu other than their acclaimed fried catfish, including crawfish bread, gumbo and more. Opened: July 6th
NoLaKorea Korean Restaurant, Metairie at 3120 Cleary Ave
Korean restaurants are gems mushrooming sporadically across the crescent. Even though this new Metairie spot lacks the grill pits that usually cater to the experience, you’ll still find traditional favorites like pork and beef Bulgogi, Bibimbap, glass noodle dish Japchae and Kimchi pancakes. You know you’re in for an authentic experience when English is spoken as a second language! Opened: July 23
Midnight Noodle, CBD at 914 Union St.
Have you heard the good news yet? The popular vegan pop-up Midnight Noodle has finally settled into a permanent brick-and-mortar nook inside the Catahoula Hotel. Just make sure you drop by way before midnight because they’ve been selling out due to the high demand. Opened: June 30
TackleBox Social Southern Seafood and Oyster Bar, CBD at 817 Common St.
The Old Legacy Kitchen and Taproom has upgraded its concept to Tackle Box, a modern American seafood eatery in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel pushing New Orleans southern comfort staples as well as oysters, beer, coffee and beignets. They also offer daily brunch served till 4pm. Opened: June 9
O’brien’s Grill, the West Bank fine dining institution has closed abruptly after a decade in business. [The Advocate]
Smoothie King at 2801 Magazine Street, next-door to the Starbucks Coffee, has closed its doors.