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.
Thinner crowds, stellar acts and a slew of local brews on tap make the river crossing worthwhile, particularly if you're going to hear music at Old Point Bar (545 Patterson Drive, 504-364-0950). The Algiers Ferry may run extended hours during Jazz Fest (it wasn't clear at press time; check the schedule for up-to-date information).
Vine & Dine
(141 Delaronde St., 504-361-1402; )
The casual vibe at this grape-centric bistro starts with the front door (shared by a barber shop), friendly service and courtyard seating. Beer lovers are welcome, while wines are offered at a range of prices. Custom cheese plates (add on cured meats, preserves, nuts) are cleverly arranged by region, and the meaty, dark-roux gumbo rivals any across the river.
(446 Pelican Ave., 504-373-5379; on Facebook as Gulf Pizza)
There’s no indoor seating and operating hours can be fluid, but this gas station-turned-pizzeria has a cult following for its sprawling, thin-crust pies. The dough and red sauce are housemade, and toppings like basil leaves, slivered almonds and glossy cloves of roasted garlic round out pleasing varieties. Your best bet is to carry a pie (the eight-inch mozzarella is a bargain at $4) and enjoy it with a beer outside Old Point Bar before the show.
Dry Dock Café
(133 Delaronde St., 504-361-8240)
Dark, breezy and stocked with locals, this wharf-like watering hole turns out stacked sandwiches, po-boys and mains with Cajun and Creole accents. A solid beer selection and fruity rum drinks might keep you at the bar, but check out the specials board in the dining area — recent plates have included fried trout topped with crawfish etouffee, and a ribeye with baked potato. The joint takes pride in its from-scratch dessert specials, too, like blueberry cheesecake and blondies.