CBD/Warehouse District

  • Written by Katy Reckdahl
  • Audio by Eve Abrams
  • Photos by Cheryl Gerber

SEE

The Neutral Ground

You call it a median, but in New Orleans, where every cultural and geographic element of the city is rooted in deep history, we call it a Neutral Ground. The name, which puts one in mind of a border guarded by UN Security, this term actually arises from the divisions between Creole/European New Orleans and the Americans who settled here after the Louisiana Purchase. Because the two populations did not initially live side by side, the median strip demarcating their neighborhoods eventually became known as the Neutral Ground. The original Neutral Ground is Canal St, but today the term can be used for almost any patch of space that divides a neighborhood in the city.

Lee Circle

This traffic circle, dominated by a Doric column, marks the southeast corner of the Warehouse District and the end point for many Mardi Gras parades. It’s a pretty visible landmark and a good ways of grabbing your bearings if you’re new to town.

EAT

Root

200 Julia St
504-252-9480
11am-2pm & 5-11pm, Mon-Thu, til 2am Fri, 5pm-2am Sat, 5-11pm Sun

New Orleans has a reputation for focusing on its own cuisine, sometimes to the point of needlessly excluding other culinary traditions. Not so the case at Root, which takes an innovative to the point of playful approach to its cuisine. Like, we all like smoked clams – but what happens when said smoked clams are served in (and absorb) the woodsy, smoky container of a Cohiba cigar box? How do you improve upon the Southern comfort staple of pork and grits? Well, at Root they blend those grits with Japanese miso and serve what any East Asian would consider the best part of the pork: it’s glistening belly. It’s a daring approach to food, one that yields consistently delicious results.

Cochon

930 Tchoupitoulas St
504-588-7675
10am-11pm Mon-Sat, til 4pm Sun

If Root is going for the fusion, incorporate all influences line of attack, Cochon and its founder, local chef-hero-legend Donald Link, takes the nativist tack. He’s a Cajun boy born and raised and Cochon (which means “pig”) is his tribute to the meats of the Acadian homeland. Smoked pork ribs come with a tangy watermelon pickle that sets everything off right; smoked ham hocks and baked peanuts are comfort food done up to hyperbolic levels of tastiness and the oyster and bacon sandwich is just an example of all that is good and right with the world.

Domenica

123 Baronne St
504-648-6020
11am-11pm

Some of the finest pizza in the country is served hot at Domenica, which has been garnering James Beard nominations since it opened like they were going out of style. Pizzas run the gamut, from a traditional margherita so fresh it’ll make your eyes pop to a gorgonzola that mixes peaches and pecans into something magical, unexpected and kind of revelatory. The lunch specials are some of the best in the city, so if you’re staying in a hotel in the CBD, pop in here for your afternoon meal.

DRINK

Howlin’ Wolf

907 S Peters St
11am-midnight

Located in the old New Orleans Music Hall in the Warehouse District, the Howlin’ Wolf is a New Orleans classic for live music. Take note of the exterior mural painted by local legend and Old New Orleans Rum distillery owner James Michalopoulos; it depicts a history of music in the Crescent City that is beautiful enough to alleviate having to wait in a line to see your favorite act. And trust us, many favorite acts tromp across the Wolf’s stage.

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