Welcome to New Orleans, ACS exhibitors!
You’ve come during a beautiful time of year – there is nothing quite like springtime in New Orleans. To help you get acquainted with the city, we put together a list of six restaurants with outdoor seating so you can relax, unwind and recharge after the show while enjoying a truly New Orleans sensory experience. Our picks are all located close to the convention center (and Synergy!) and the Central Business District (CBD).
1.) Café Amelie – Café Amelie, located near Jackson Square, serves Louisiana cuisine and features the largest outdoor dining area on this list. Café Amelie’s patio features lush foliage and a relaxing fountain so wild and green that you may forget you’re in the heart of the city. The café serves lunch and dinner and is open from 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. Wednesday through Sunday.
2.) CellarDoor – CellarDoor is a Creole-inspired restaurant in the CBD featuring an outdoor patio. Menu highlights include Creole nachos, cracklin crusted redfish and Oreo beignets. The restaurant exclusively serves dinner and is open from 4 P.M. to 11 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 4 P.M. to 1 A.M. on Friday, 5 P.M. to 1 A.M. on Saturday and closed Sunday.
3.) Balise – Another CBD gem is Balise. Balise serves southern fare inside a beautiful cozy town home. The menu includes delicacies like pickled quail eggs and down-home favorites like gulf fish and shrimp stew. The restaurant is open from 4:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. Sunday through Thursday and from 4:30 P.M. to 11 P.M. on Saturday and Sunday.
4.) Above the Grid – One of our favorite locales is NOPSI hotel’s rooftop bar, Above the Grid. With ample outdoor seating overlooking the Crescent City, a pool area to lounge and unwind and a snack menu with intriguing locally-inspired dishes, we had to include this venue on our list. Try the house-made chips and dip or muffuletta bruschetta! Above the Grid is open to the public Sunday through Thursday from 4 P.M. to 12 A.M. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 P.M. to 1 A.M.
5.) Cochon – Check out Cochon for dinner and you won’t be disappointed. Their pork-based menu (Cochon is French for pig) will delight and it’s close enough to the convention center to walk! If this is your first time in New Orleans, you’ve got to try the fried alligator! The restaurant’s hours are 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Thursday, 11 A.M. to 11 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 A.M. to 10 P.M. on Sunday.
6.) Herbsaint – From the owners of Cochon comes Herbsaint, one of the Times-Picayune’s 10 best restaurants in New Orleans since 2003. Named after the “Spirit of New Orleans,” Herbsaint refers to the beloved brand of anise liqueur made famous after the city outlawed absinthe in 1912. The restaurant incorporates locally-sourced ingredients into their menu items such as Louisiana shrimp and fish ceviche and crispy goat with curried cauliflower. Herbsaint opens from 11:30 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Friday, 5:30 P.M. to 10 P.M. on Saturday, and closes on Sunday.
We hope you will indulge your senses at one or more of these local restaurants during your stay in New Orleans. Perhaps your experience here will inspire another visit. We look forward to welcoming you and as always, happy exhibiting!
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