November 5, 2015
By: Jennifer Stewart Kornegay, Paste Magazine
It’s pretty hard to keep the Big Easy down. Some of the most compelling proof can be found in New Orleans’ currently booming culinary scene. Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, there are almost twice as many restaurants open and thriving, with more and more new eateries opening their doors all the time. Combine them with longtime favorites like Commander’s Palace and Galatoire’s, and you’ve got a lot of dining options.
In a city so known for outstanding cuisine, it’s hard to go wrong; you can trust your taste buds with a good percentage of these places. But still, sifting all the choices can be tough, so here’s a little help: five of NOLA’s best new food-sources (opened in 2015).
Cheery sunshine streams into this airy bakery and cafe through floor-to-ceiling windows where the hungry gather to indulge in hearty breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner fare. Breakfast and brunch are popular at Willa Jean (pictured at top), so weekend mornings are crowded, but seats at the sparkling quartz-countered bar lit by wire-whisk-like Edison bulb pendants open up pretty quickly. Get your caffeine fix with a latte or pour-over coffee and build your own big biscuit sandwich with choices like country fried steak or chicken sausage (embellished further with a fried egg and American cheese). If it’s eggs your craving, opt for Eggs in Purgatory—bites of country sausage and a veggie-laden tomato sauce bubble underneath a layer of eggs in a sizzling cast iron skillet. Break in with your fork to release slightly runny yolks into the goodness below and use the thick slice of crusty grilled bread for soppin’.