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That New New: Authentic Mexican in St. Roch, new family cafe

Colorful new Latin restaurants are popping up within city limits.

by Paula Echevarria | September 18, 2018

This week we’ve got some colorful Latin flavors to celebrate with authentic Mexican popping up at everyone’s favorite gourmet market, and speaking of favorites, NolaNica opened a new shop in the CBD.

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!

Chido at St. Roch Market. 2381 St. Claude Ave.

St. Roch add fresh authentic Mexican cuisine to its already eclectic lineup with Chido. In Spanish, ‘chido’ can mean, “cool,” “nice,” and “beautiful”, and that’s what they aim to bring with to the table with their locally sourced ingredients and colorful dishes. Opened: Sept. 19

Cafe Au Play, Uptown. 1011 Lowerline St.

Remember those Folgers commercials when people sighed in relief having a coffee moment? Cafe Au Play is the IRL version, with an entire play area where parents can let the kids entertain themselves while they enjoy a cup of joe. Opened: Sept. 14

NolaNica, CBD. 201 Charles Ave. (2nd floor)

Good news Nola! You no longer have to take a hike to Kenner to enjoy authentic Nica food. This beloved institution has opened a second location in the CBD for all your breakfast and lunch needs. Expect all the staples that made the original location such a hit. Opened: Sept. 11

Paula Echevarria

Paula Echevarria

Born in Madrid, raised in Miami, bred in New Orleans: Paula is a gregarious locavore always in search of a good cocktail and a great story. She won an Emmy for her kitchen production work while at NBCUniversal, and was nominated for a second one while working as the Associate Producer for PBS's Check, Please! South Florida with host, James Beard Award Winner, Chef Michelle Bernstein.

While she worked as the Miami editor for national digital food and drink powerhouse, Tasting Table, she was chosen by Tom Colicchio as one of his secret diners for Bravo's Best New Restaurant. Food is her passion, but cocktails are her mistress, and she has been extensively covering the subject as a freelance digital journalist and social media maven for the past 5 years. This included a column for Edible called Tropical Tippling, and extensive reporting for the Miami New Times.

She's back in her true love New Orleans after being away for ten years, and you can follow her food adventures @nola.bites and her tippling ones at @cocktailgroupie.

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