February 22 2018
Chow Down in the Marigny & Bywater Neighborhoods
June 8th, 2018 | Food & Dining
The Marigny and Bywater are up-and-coming neighborhoods that have blossomed in recent years, with trendy eateries, colorful art studios and markets, the ever-so-vibrant Frenchmen Street, live music, seductive lounges… the list goes on. The side-by-side neighborhoods located along the Mississippi River just near the French Quarter have seen a food renaissance of sorts, with previously shuttered buildings and Creole cottages now transformed into desirable dining locations.
We’ve mentioned the live music and nightly art market on Frenchmen Street, but we suggest enjoying a meal before checking out the vibrant nightlife. The food scene is new and diverse, even experimental at times, all set near the famed Spotted Cat jazz club, the Marigny Opera House, and Gene’s Curbside Daiquiris.
Feelings Café & Patio Bar
525 Franklin Ave.
Aptly-named, Feelings Café will give you the feels. Set in one of the oldest buildings in the city, the 1796 structure was originally a plantation building. Its bar and desirable patio have seen the likes of Carol Channing and Eartha Kitt, and its elegant indoor dining is perfect for a date or special dinner. Feelings has been recently renovated and reimagined, featuring new menu items on a regular basis, all Louisiana-inspired. The Pig Wings appetizer is a tasty mainstay. We suggest you enjoy the patio during lunch hours and opt for indoor seating for evening dining.
2600 Dauphine St.
The Franklin specializes in small batch spirits and hand-crafted cocktails. It definitely sways a hipster vibe, with soft lighting and posh decor. The menu features upscale New American cuisine (foie gras ice cream, anyone?) and a raw bar. The Franklin is located near Marigny Opera House, and is a great option if you’re looking for a crafty cocktail in a heightened setting, complete with menu options that stray from what you’ll find anywhere else.
511 Marigny St.
Paladar 511 is an industry favorite in New Orleans because the food is so spot-on. The menu’s main focus is pizza, pasta and Gulf seafood, all complimented with fresh, locally-sourced produce. The interior of Paladar is as luxe as what you’ll find in a magazine, with a modern rustic feel. Dinners can be busy, so arrive early to beat the rush and food wait times.
601 Gallier St.
Country cooking “done real good” is what makes Elizabeth’s a Bywater neighborhood staple. The walls of this humble eatery are covered in art, endemic of the area. Stuffed catfish, smoked pork chop and sweet potato casserole all make for a hearty meal of comfort food. Elizabeth’s also brings home the bacon with its appetizers -- praline bacon, that is. Boudin balls, fried chicken livers, and fried green tomatoes are all on the menu, so come hungry.
701 Mazant St.
The Joint serves the best BBQ in all of New Orleans, and is located at the edge of Bywater. It was featured on the Food Network, and there’s always a line out the door because it’s so unbearably tasty. We suggest to order the beef brisket if it hasn’t already sold out; the pulled pork is also savory, smoky, and all things gratifying. Order at the counter or grab a seat at the bar -- The Joint does not disappoint.
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