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New, New Orleans: 5 New Restaurants to Try In 2020

Start the New Year off right with these new additions to New Orleans!


Aqua S — Aqua S is an Australian ice cream shop known for playful ice cream concoctions, with a rotating list of flavors on the menu each month, and a colorful aesthetic great for a picture or two. The shop originated in Sydney and first announced the New Orleans location in March, as part of its plan to expand to the U.S. It finally opened this holiday season with flavors such as apple cinnamon, signature sea salt, along with toppings like lychee, popcorn, “fairy floss,” and more! Stop by 1000 Girod Street #4B and see what flavors it has in store for us this month!  


Nola Caye — First announced last spring, NOLA Caye is a fast-casual Caribbean restaurant from the owners of the Westbank’s Restaurant des Familles, now open in the Warehouse District. The menu offers ceviches and various ahi tuna dishes, tacos, burgers, and sandwiches, along with a standard list of protein-based entrees. You can stop by 898 Baronne Street to give this new gem a try!


Long Chim — Over on Magazine Street Long Chim is serving up dumplings, soups tom yung and khao soi, and something they’re dubbing “unicorn noodles,” a glass noodle dish with a purple tint from being soaked in butterfly pea flower. Right now it’s only open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Give it a try at 4113 Magazine Street and let us know what you think!


Bearcat Cafe — A Jena Street city favorite for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dining, Bearcat Cafe recently expanded with a new downtown cafe. The menu is split into Good Cat and Bad Cat sections and is open for breakfast and lunch with vegan rancheros, vegetarian portobello Philly, and vegan queso, but that’s just naming a few. Take it from me, their pancakes are some of the best I’ve ever had, and if you want to see for yourself head on down to 845 Carondelet Street!


Breads on Oak — Another downtown expansion is Breads on Oak, an all-vegan bakery offering various breads, pastries, king cake, biscuit sandwiches, salads and vegan versions of muffulettas, burgers, and more. Although their hours are limited its worth a trip to try this healthy alternative to your morning breakfast! Open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m catch them at 222 Carondelet Street!