Freret Street is off most tourists' radar. But, the word is getting out. There is quite a bit of activity on Freret Street going on these days. The good news is that a lot of it involves new eateries. Not only that but there is variety to go along with that. This is great news for the locals as well as visitors to the city. Freret has always been an eclectic neighborhood and it is only getting more exciting due to its ongoing renaissance.
Let’s take a look at a few of the newer establishments that you may want to visit. They all have something special to offer and should not disappoint a hungry diner. We’ll start off with Dat Dog located at 5031 Freret. This place is very popular and thus usually crowded but worth the wait. Here they take their hot dogs very seriously. Gourmet dogs and international sausages are the order of the day. They all go into big, grilled sourdough buns with toppings that include guacamole and wasabi. You can enjoy sausages from places like Poland, Germany, Slovenia and even a place called Louisiana (crawfish).
Next up are two places Chef Adolpho Garcia has lent his inspiration to. They happen to be located side by side on Freret. The High Hat Cafe is at 4500 Freret. This is a casual neighborhood place serving food from the Mississippi Delta and Louisiana. Catfish has the center stage here as well as smoked roasted chicken, delta tamales, BBQ shrimp, slow roasted pork and fresh gulf fish.
Important to note is that all catfish are U.S. farm raised and the shrimp and gulf fish come from local waters. Ancora makes its home next door at 4508 Freret. Their special oven pops out Italian Pizzas to die for. It is also a salumeria featuring cured and preserved meats so reminiscent of Italy.
The Company Burger is said to be New Orleans’s hottest new burger joint.
You can find it at 4600 Freret. The antibiotic-free, hormone-free beef patties are nestled between two buttery toasted hamburger buns. They are served with onions procured fresh from the local farmer’s market along with butter pickle slices and melted American cheese. You can expect a very nice selection of beers as well as hard liquor and wine.
At 4721 Freret you can feast on huge deep dish pizza served up at The Midway. When I say huge, I mean huge so beware because you may want to order only a slice or two depending on your appetite. You can choose from a menu that features salads, signature pizzas and build your own pizza replete with premium toppings.
Just down the street, you will find Origami at 5130. This is a fine Japanese restaurant featuring Japanese delicacies and a sushi bar. Only the finest ingredients are used in the preparation of your meal. Beer, wine and a variety of sakes are also available. This eatery has an impressive home due to its recent remodeling.
Are you yearning for some Latin American food? Look no further than 4520 Freret Street where you will find Sarita’s Grill. The cuisine is a blend of Cuban, Central American and Mexican foods. Sounds good!
If you are looking for a glass of wine or a cocktail prior to your meal or even after you need look no further than Cure at 4905 Freret.
Here is what their press release has to say, “Traditionally cocktail bars have been bastions of civility and sophistication. Different from saloons where the point was to become inebriated rapidly and economically. The cocktail bar was a place where ladies and gentlemen went to socialize in a productive and cultured way……. “ Nicely said but don’t be surprised by the prices. You pay for what you get.
The Freret Street corridor is certainly a happening place. All contained within a space of about six blocks, it has much to offer. More good news is that the area is still growing and you might want to stay tuned for more to come.