All week long, we’ll be looking at dining options around some New Orleans neighborhoods that are featuring night concerts after the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Part 1: The St. Claude Avenue scene.
Part 2: Around Tipitina's.
Part 3: The Canal Street theater district.
Evenings sing at City Park’s Botanical Garden (1 Palm Drive, 504-482-488), where Southern soul and blues bloom; live jazz plays on the patio outside beignet palace Morning Call (56 Dreyfous Drive, 504-300-1157). Here are some nearby places for grub.
(514 City Park Ave., 504-482-6845)
Culinary mofos go down the block for Chef Michael Gulotta’s gorgeous, full-flavored takes on Southeast Asian fare. Mid-City’s latest sensation has already won over fans of its lemongrass-ginger glazed chicken wings, fried oysters tumbled with pickled blue cheese, hot sausage po-boys, and a rich chocolate-hazelnut pudding. Behind the bar, beverage director Mary Dixie has crafted an imaginative drinks list showcasing lychee, tamarind, coconut, papaya and passion fruit, ably matched with spirits.
(500 City Park Ave., 504-486-2559)
Regulars of this accordion-sized treasure have their favorite number on the menu, a shorthand way to ask for charbroiled burgers and hotdogs, each with a stepladder of toppings. Bigger appetites take on the fried shrimp or catfish po-boys, and add a mountain of fries drenched in chili-cheese. Equally good at all hours are the milkshakes and fruity handpies. 24 hours.
Pearl Wine Company
(3700 Orleans Ave., 504-483-6314)
The bar is bigger than it looks, thanks to the adjacent retail store stocked sky-high with premium spirits, beer and wines. Owner Leora Pearl sources Cleaver & Co. charcuterie and cheese for sandwiches, while rotating in dinner pop-ups like Foodie Call (loaded burgers, sandwiches and fries), Chutney & Chai (Indian street food) and festival favorite Crepes à la Cart. Thursdays, La Cocinita rolls up as part of the on-site farmers’ market.