After the floodwaters following the levee failure receded, Freret Street, known as the heart of Uptown New Orleans, began experiencing an explosion of commercial growth caused by multiple community-based entrepreneurs. Today, the historic eight-block corridor, which was named after former Mayor William Freret, features not only a vibrant variety of bars, music clubs, art galleries, and shops for both strolling tourists and locals to enjoy, but also a diverse cuisine that reveals why the Big Easy is internationally recognized as one of the culinary capitals of the world. Here’s our guide to six of Freret Street’s best restaurants.
Often referred to by locals as “perfection on a bun,” The Company Burger is the perfect spot to enjoy a classic American cheeseburger with homemade fries and fresh ingredients. This laid-back, counter-service establishment offers visitors the opportunity to indulge in their locally baked, buttery burger buns, top-quality meat patties, which include beef, lamb, and turkey, along with their signature homemade mayo, farmers-market onions, butter pickle slices, and good old melted American cheese. While this Uptown burger joint prides itself on serving “melt-in-your-mouth” burgers, it’s also a spot where burger lovers can grab a cold beer, watch the game, or even nurse a hangover. The nationally award-winning cheeseburgers, fries, shakes, and drinks are available seven days a week.
Opened in a post-Katrina New Orleans neighborhood, Dat Dog is a local counter-serve mini-chain featuring a variety of artisanal hot dogs, veggie dogs, and sausages. With a colorful setting and always-smiling staff, this restaurant is a place where you can find a menu filled with delicious food at affordable prices. Dat Dog offers visitors over 30 toppings at no extra charge, allowing you to craft your very own hot dog creation and enjoy franks and bratwursts imported from Germany and Poland. Dat Dog’s local staples include the Louisiana hot and smoked sausage, alligator sausage, and the crawfish sausage.
Open for lunch and dinner, Mint Modern Vietnamese Bistro is proud to bring the Vietnamese classics and a few other popular Asian dishes to New Orleans by serving dishes made from fresh, seasonal, high-quality ingredients. Set in a renovated house in the heart of Uptown, this casual spot puts a fresh twist on traditional Vietnamese by serving dishes in modern, industrial digs and featuring a satisfying menu filled with sushi, Japanese fare, and creative cocktails.
Offering an extensive list of creative drinks and an eclectic array of dishes, Cure is a dimly lit cocktail lounge that was inspired by the days when cocktails grew out of medicine and home remedies. Open since 2009, this former fire house mixes some of the most innovative drinks in the city and has collected prestigious accolades, including being named one of the 50 best bars in the world by Drinks International. This swanky cocktail lounge was a leader in reinventing Freret Street and now provides a space where locals and tourists alike can get together and socialize. You can try their carefully crafted, proprietary drinks like Midnight in a Perfect World – made with bourbon and house-made peach syrup – or indulge in their delicious stuffed pork skins. Cure’s twist on American cocktails is anything but ordinary.
Three celebrated New Orleans sushi chefs have combined their talents to create the best Japanese restaurant in the city, Origami. This casual spot is set inside a renovated house and offers its costumers a fusion fare of sushi and Japanese. Based on the simple ideas of using the freshest and best ingredients, paying attention to the small details, and serving the finest contemporary Japanese food in the Big Easy, Origami is set to serve some of New Orleans’ most exquisite sushi dishes. Featuring a menu that includes everything from the po-boy roll made with shrimp tempura, to soft-shell crab and crawfish, this Freret restaurant strives to blend authentic Japanese flavors with the unique tastes of New Orleans.
Bar, American, Cuban, Mexican, Fast Food, Vegetarian
For those looking for authentic Central American, Cuban, and Mexican cuisine, Sarita’s Grill is the ideal place to visit on Freret Street. Offering an affordable fusion menu with fresh ingredients, and serving everything from pupusas and homemade guacamole to fish tacos and fried yuca, this local haunt has become a neighborhood favorite for those looking to nosh on authentic Latin American food. Visiting costumers can enjoy a full service bar as well as margaritas on tap.