Traveling Table: New Orleans

The places to add to your list of favorites
Traveling Tables: New Orleans
Oysters at Borgne | The bar at Root | Aloo gobi at Root

New Orleans brings out the preservationist in its visitors, and it can be difficult to steer clear of this culturally singular city's institutions. Consider adding these new spots into your itinerary, though. They'll soon be classics in their own right.

Maurepas Foods: An anchor for the development of the Bywater neighborhood, this newcomer frees itself of the shackles of Creole cuisine while still retaining local influences. Enjoy dishes like goat tacos with pickled green tomatoes or fried soft-shell crabs in a curry sauce, alongside excellent cocktails.

Borgne: The latest from the John Besh empire is this airy restaurant, which focuses on a niche: Spanish-influenced, seafood-heavy gulf cuisine. Chef Brian Landry, late of Galatoire’s, puts out pitch-perfect deviled crabs, and a fillet of flounder is littered with local, piercingly fresh shellfish.

Root: It’s ambitious for a new restaurant located a few blocks from Cochon to launch a complicated charcuterie program. But Root succeeds with aplomb, offering everything from “face” bacon to nearly ten different types of fresh sausage. Follow this cured-meat parade with a series of Latin-kissed dishes, like blanquette de veau made with veal cheeks and huitlacoche (corn fungus).

Killer Poboys: This roving operation is providing thirsty bargoers with reimagined takes on New Orleans’s favorite sandwich. The husband-and-wife owners set up each day in Erin Rose, a stellar dive bar in the French Quarter, and build sandwiches stuffed with “dark and stormy” braised pork or curried vegetables.

  • Maurepas Foods

    Maurepas Foods is a recent addition to the Bywater, one of New Orleans’ hottest neighborhoods.

  • Maurepas Foods

    Specials such as crispy soft-shell crab with purple hull peas, apple slaw and curry sauce make for a melody of flavors.

  • Borgne New Orleans

    The dining room at Borgne, a new restaurant from John Besh’s empire.

  • Borgne New Orleans

    At Borgne, seafood is the focus. Try the broiled gulf oysters, rendered crispy brown and gooey with cheese.

  • Root New Orleans

    Take a seat at the bar at Root, a new Latin-inspired restaurant in the Warehouse District.

  • Root New Orleans

    Influences from across the globe are present in the wandering menu; try the aloo gobi, a dish of roasted cauliflower, curried potato, eggplant and fresh spices.

  • Killer Poboys

    Killer Poboys is a renegade sandwich stand operated from the back of the popular dive bar, Erin Rose.

  • Killer Poboys

    Using the classic New Orleans sandwich as a rubric, Killer Poboys has offerings like coriander lime gulf shrimp (right) and lamb sausage (left).

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Maurepas Foods 3200 Burgundy St. New Orleans LA 70117 504-267-0072 Borgne 601 Loyola Ave. New Orleans LA 70113 504-613-3860 Root 200 Julia St. New Orleans LA 70130 504-252-9480 Killer Poboys 811 Conti New Orleans LA 70112 504-252-6745

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