Central City

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


Southern Food & Beverage Museum

1504 Oretha C Haley Blvd
11am-5:30pm Thu-Mon
Admission adult/student/children under 12 $10/5/free

This excellent museum takes a comprehensive dip into the foodways and folkways of Southern gastronomy, the most recognizable regional cuisine in the country.

McKenna Museum of African American Art

2003 Carondelet St
11am-4pm Thu-Sat, by appointment Tue & Wed, closed Sun & Mon

The McKenna grew out of the private collection of Dr. Dwight McKenna and today houses one of the best collections o African and African diaspora art in Louisiana. Rotating and permanent exhibitions are varied and powerful, and the museum is major voice in the greater Central City community.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd
10am-8pm Mon-Thu, til 7:30pm Fri, noon-6pm Sat, closed Sun

Ashe is a multi-use cultural arts space that primarily showcase work by artists and performers of African descent. Hit up their website to see what shows and events are in their future.


1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd

Another multi-disciplinary arts center that screens indie movies, documentaries and hosts gallery nights for local and international artists. Usually has an excellent events calendar.


Cafe Reconcile

1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
11am-2:30pm Mon-Fri

The food at Cafe Reconcile is good; the missions is even better. Cafe Reconcile does the good work of getting at-risk kids off the street and into a kitchen or onto the floor as wait staff. The idea is to give vulnerable youth a chance to build self esteem and pride in their work , and hopefully, their lives. And like we said the food is good â⒬“ very good, actually, a collection of Southern staples like fried chicken, greens, white beans and catfish that holds its own against any other spot in the city.

Casa Borrega

1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
5-10pm Tue, 11am-10pm Wed & Thu, til midnight Fri & Sati

Diners flock into Borrega for tacos and other Latin fare in a dining room plucked from the imagination of a classical Mexican muralist who happened to be dreaming of a Day of the Dead parade. Frequent live music and art exhibitions make this an artistic anchor of the neighborhood n particular, and the New Orleans Latino community in general.


Church Alley Coffee

1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
8am-4pm Mon-Sat

The baristas at Church Alley are slinging some of the finest espresso and coffee drinks in the city. Make sure to try their horchata latte if it’s on the days’ menu.

Sportsman’s Corner

2433 Dryades St

A locals’ bar par excellence, the Sportman is a center for second lines, Mardi Gras Indian cultures and cheap drinks.

Our Local Publisher Partners

The Arts Council of New Orleans

The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at WWNO.org.


WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

The Historic New Orleans Collection

The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

Southern Food

The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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