Recs for places walking distance from Tulane
We are depositing offspring at Tulane in a couple weeks (incoming freshman). Husband and I will spend a few extra days there and want to eat well and also take offspring (young foodie) out to dinner. Have reservations at Dante's and Mat and Naddie's. I'm looking for 2 more dinners and also some breakfast and lunch options, ideally walking distance from Tulane, and especially places that are casual and typical of NOLA. Places that require using streetcar are also OK but need to be able to round-trip it pretty quickly for breakfast and lunch. Thanks to all.
Woo hoo! Thanks to all for great ideas!
Actually, Choupique, we intend to ditch offspring at school and her dad and I intend to spend a couple extra days exploring the city and tasting, er, testing the environs. No offense taken. We will not hover. She has to go to school. (Been there, done that.) Now it's time for us to branch out to explore things too. I've only been to NOLA once before, which was in April to look at the campus (Tulane came late to my kid's radar screen) so we have a lot to learn.
BTW, we live in south Florida, so 94 degrees 99% humidity at this time of year is familiar. Maybe we'll cab it to Dante's so we don't look like wet rags, especially after move in.
I think we will have our work cut out for us. This really is a whole new area for us and we only have like 4 years of visits to eat our way around the restaurants there. Gotta get to it!
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll report back on this NOLA-newbie's impressions.
My list left out an important one: Plum Street Snowballs. No, not a sno-cone, not shave ice: a snowball, in one of dozens and dozens of fanciful flavors, doused in sweetened condensed milk, too, should you require additional sugar. 1300 Burdette Street, at Plum St. (between campus & Carrollton Ave). Trust me, you're gonna need a snowball after move-in.
You've already been warned about the heat and the impracticability of walking to meals, so I won't elaborate too much. Stick to Maple Street and the Riverbend area where there are tons of casual, decent places. Take the streetcar. For dinners in the area try Boucherie, Patois, Martinique Bistro, Bistro Daisy, Clancy's. With the exception of Boucherie, the rest are a little more upscale and all have very good food. Take a cab. It won't be a long ride nor will it be seriously pricey. Brigsten's (already mentioned on here) is also an excellent suggestion. It's across the street from Dante's. One is also a good suggestion. Just a word of advice - IMO Dante's and Mat and Naddie's are very similar in both food and atmosphere. You may want to consider substituting one of the other places for one of these dinners just to give you a little variety.
Walking distance...it's always damn hot the first week of school, and it usually rains. I call it "welcome to New Orleans" weather; it washes away the wanna-bes, who quickly start considering whether the University of Vermont might have been a better choice.
In general, the University neighborhood is stuffed with restaurants. I'm sticking to things that are truly within hoofin' distance, regardless of whether they're "typical of NOLA":
--Dunbar's Creole Cooking, located inside the Broadway Activities Center on the Loyola Law School campus, corner of Pine & Dominican Streets. Celestine Dunbar's soul food/home-cooking place on Freret flooded in Katrina, and she's operated a snack bar at Loyola ever since. Fried chicken, fried catfish, red beans, other simple, solid examples of home cooking. Not diet, not fancy, no atmosphere, but tasty.
--Tartine: on Perrier, just off of Broadway, right outside the Uptown Square parking lot. www.tartineneworleans.com Go on Tuesday & you can combine a visit to this little cafe with a visit to the farmer's market in the adjacent parking lot (8 am to 1 pm). Farmer's market also has a "green plate special" lunch option.
--Crepes a la Cart; next door to the Boot at Zimple & Broadway. Basic, takeout crepes.
--Dough Bowl pizza; takeout window on Zimple, a few steps from the aforementioned creperie. Decent NY style slices; I think the re-heated slices are better than the whole pizzas--they're crispier. The Dough Bowl's owners also operate Huevos & Crescent Sausage & Pie (neither is in the neighborhood, tho).
--Little Morocco, 7457 St. Charles. New north African place; here's a review: http://www.myneworleans.com/Blogs/Haute-Plates/July-2010/The-Little-Morocco-That-Could/
--Chill Out Cafe, Maple St. @ Burdette; wacky combination of college-town-Thai and breakfast all day.
--Maple St. Patisserie; Maple near Adams. Good breads, very nice pastries from Danish to eclairs, etc.
--Cafe Freret, 7329 Freret. Breakfast all day: http://cafefreret.com/
The Riverbend area, where Carrollton meets St. Charles, is slightly too far to walk in this heat (unless you're hardier stock than I). It's stuffed with restaurants, ranging from Pupuseria La Macarena to Camellia Grill (which does breakfast) to China Orchid to Hana sushi to Cali-style pizza @ LA Pizza Kitchen to One, a more ambitious place worth a visit for lunch or dinner (http://www.one-sl.com/). A slightly longer streetcar ride up Carrollton will take you near Boucherie (http://www.boucherie-nola.com/), Cafe Lebanon, Little Toyko, Cafe Grenada...
Oh, and you might want to check out Oak, a new wine bar on Oak St. just off of Carrollton. It should be open by the time school starts.
A one, a two, a helluva hullabaloo...
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
1039 Broadway St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Pupuseria La Macarena Restaurant
8016 W Metairie Ave, Metairie, LA
4408 Banks St, New Orleans, LA
China Orchid Restaurant
704 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Maple St Cafe
7623 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118
8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118
Welcome to Tulane and New Orleans. I don't know if you've been to the city before, but a couple of reality-checks for you:
August in New Orleans is not a time you want to take 20-minute walks anywhere. This morning at 3:30am it's 82 degrees, for example; the humidity is probably near 100%. By the time the sun is well up at 9, a few minutes outside and you'd be soaked with sweat. You'll have a chance to experience this on move-in day so you might want to leave your plans flexible until you see how you feel about New Orleans weather in August.
Counting on the streetcars for tight schedules is inviting disaster. They probably have a published "schedule"....I think it use to supposedly be a streetcar every 15 minutes. Fact is streetcars get there when they arrive and it isn't on _any_ schedule; additionally at busy times they may be filled to capacity and simply continue past without stopping. Taking a round-trip ride from Tulane to Carrollton, Downtown and back again can be enjoyable in itself but do yourself the favor of not counting on it for timing arrivals anywhere.
I use to work at Tulane in a program that was aimed at entering students. I retired after Hurricane Katrina and, of course, am only speaking for myself here. At the end of move-in on Sunday afternoon there is (or use to be and I have no reason to believe that this has changed) a convocation with the parents only of entering Freshmen. Among other things you are politely told that it's time for you to go home.
I humbly suggest that you consider doing that. Your son or daughter is about to start a new phase of their life along with several hundred other eager young men and women. They need to be free to invest themselves in all the planned and unplanned experiences that will occur over the first few days. Please consider either coming to town early to do your dining-out before move-in or save it for a visit at a holiday when your child will appreciate a break from University food.
I humbly apologize if my last comment seems impertinent. It is based on many years of experience. If you don't want to take the word of a faceless person over the Internet, consider talking with someone in Student Affairs at Tulane about your plans and see what they recommend.
I wouldn't really call Dante's and Mat & Naddies walking distance from Tulane in August...but's that's mainly just because I'm lazy. They're each about one and half miles from Tulane, at least. That shouldn't discourage you...it's a nice walk but you should make sure you allow at least 20 minutes or more each way, it'll be hot out. There are a LOT of restaurants if you let yourself have a 2 mile walk from Tulane though...Patois and Martinique Bistro come immediately to mind. And Brightsen's IS delicious. LOTS closer to Tulane, you should look at Maple Street Cafe or Jamilas for a quick lunch or dinner. For breakfast I really would skip Camelia Grill and head to Panola Street Cafe for Crab Cakes Benedict instead. You can get a Plum Street Snoball on the way back to complete the experience....
In that same neighborhood, you must treat yourself to Chef Frank Brigtsen's Brigtsen's. It is upscale from Mat & Naddie's, and Dante's, but well worth it, at least in my book.
Just down the way (closer to Tulane's campus), breakfast at Camellia Grill should be on the list - they also do (or at least did) "late night," and that can be kicks too.
Most of all, enjoy,
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118