What began in the late 18th century as New Orleans’ first expansion beyond its original French Quarter footprint, today the Central Business District is a mainstay for many of the city’s finest and most exclusive eateries. From Southern and Caribbean to Brazilian and European-inspired fare, these are the best restaurants in New Orleans’ Central Business District.
Southeast Asian, West African, Caribbean, and South American flavors combine at Carmo, a tropical café and bar serving innovative, vegan-friendly fare with tropical flavors. This NOLA-based open-kitchen eatery, founded in 2010, prides itself on its “commitment to providing vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike with healthy and affordable” dining options in a laid-back atmosphere. Menu favorites at this CBD restaurant, open Monday from 9 am–3 pm and Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am–10 pm, include the carmo salad, the rico sandwich, or any of the appetizers featuring avocado. Because duh.