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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Where to Eat at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport - [Eater New Orleans - All]

The 360 degree bar at Emeril’s Table, located at the end of Concourse B in the new MSY | Official Photo/HMSHost

The best restaurants, bars, and coffee shops in the brand new MSY, open November 6

The Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) may end up being a visitor’s first or last taste of New Orleans. And with the opening of a long-awaited new terminal today, November 6, it just got a lot easier to make it memorable. The 35-gate terminal’s shiny new restaurant row offers a mix of revamped MSY classics, globally-recognized chef names, and fresh outposts of longtime neighborhood destinations. Finally, the New Orleans airport is the dining destination the city deserves.

Below are Eater’s recommendations for where to eat, drink, and grab something quick at the new Satchmo airport, as well as a handful of trip-worthy restaurants nearby.

Where to Dine

Mondo — Mondo is from Susan Spicer, a James Beard Award-winning chef and the owner of two popular New Orleans restaurants, Bayona and Rosedale. While the original Mondo recently closed after a decade, Spicer’s light, globally-influenced menu lives on with dishes like Gulf fish ceviche, shrimp mei fun noodles, and wood fired pizza. (Terminal between Concourses B and C on the B side)

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Mopho’s outpost in Concourse B

MoPho — Creole flavors meet Vietnamese specialties from acclaimed chef Michael Gulotta here; a winning combination that’s made the original a Mid City neighborhood favorite. Truly everything is good at MoPho, from the build your own pho menu (the pork belly is as good as it gets) to the lemongrass ginger chicken wings and the fresh, creative cocktails. (Concourse B/Gate B6)

Emeril’s Table — The airport eatery from Emeril Lagasse is meant to showcase “a little bit of everything” from the celebrity chef’s New Orleans restaurants. Also offering wood-fired pizza, health-conscious menu items (approved by Eat Fit NOLA), and a full bar program, all in a prime location under a huge, cheery skylight. (Concourse B/Gate B10)

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Leah’s Kitchen in the new MSY features a light fixture made out of pots and pans

Leah’s Kitchen — With the help of grandson Edgar, this anchor restaurant pays homage to the late Leah Chase, the legendary New Orleans chef who made Dooky Chase’s restaurant world-famous. The fried chicken is cooked to order and well worth the wait, and the gumbo, red beans and rice, and chicken and shrimp Creole are all great options. (Terminal between Concourses B and C on the C side)

Ye Olde College Inn — The revamped airport persona of the popular Carrollton Avenue spot has a decent sized bar with more than decent food. Smoked boudin, shrimp and grits, oysters and blue cheese, po-boys, and gumbo. (Terminal at the entrance to Concourse C)

The Munch Factory — This restaurant serving modern soul food is a go-to in its LGD neighborhood (and counts Jay-Z and Beyonce as fans after their visit last year), especially for Creole gumbo, oysters Gentilly, and bread pudding. Other comfort food includes shrimp and grits, the Munchin’ wings, and airport-friendly bayou nachos, mango chicken salad, and ‘Voodoo Burger’. (Concourse C/Gate C6)

Folse Market — Created with famed Louisiana chef John Folse, the New Orleans-style marketplace has stations for seafood, charcuterie, po-boys, coffee, and wine. (End of Concourse C/Gate C10)

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Folse Market, the seafood-oriented marketplace located at the end of Concourse C

Where to Drink

Vino Volo — MSY’s first dedicated wine bar (part of a national chain) survived the move. Vino Volo serves domestic and international wines by the glass, flight, and bottle, plus lunch and dinners of small plates (snacks, sandwiches, and salads). All of Vino Volo’s dishes are available to go, and travelers who buy screw-cap bottles of wine can take it on their flight. (Terminal between Concourse A and the entrance to Concourse B)

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Heritage School of Music Stage is a wine and live music bar in Concourse B

Heritage School of Music Stage — The first-of-its-kind, locally-inspired wine bar showcases live music acts produced in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation — in addition to a great selection of wines by the bottle and glass. (Concourse B/Gate B2)

Bar Sazerac This bar from a New Orleans-born distillery highlights classic Crescent City cocktails like its namesake sazerac, a traditional daiquiri, and brandy milk punch. The adjacent kitchen, Dook’s, serves burgers and snacks from a to-go window in addition to feeding bar patrons. (Concourse B/Gate B4)

Cure — MSY now boasts an outpost of Uptown’s popular cocktail destination, bringing weary passengers a James Beard-awarded bar program founded ten years ago with a nod to the therapeutic benefit of cocktails. (Concourse C/Gate C6, next to the Munch Factory)

Where to Grab a Bite on the Go

Cafe du Monde — It won the battle for New Orleans’s City Park beignet slinger, and now this local institution is serving its world-famous beignets and cafĂ© au lait at MSY. (Terminal at the entrance of Concourse B)

Angelo Brocato — Beloved New Orleans gelateria and bakery Angelo Brocato (or as many call it— Brocato’s) has been operating since 1905. Famous for its gelato (especially the torroncino — vanilla with cinnamon and ground almond), Italian ice, and Sicilian desserts from cannoli to biscotti to tiramisu. (Concourse B/Gate B2)

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City Greens now has a location in MSY in Concourse B

City Greens — MSY is the fifth location of the healthy, fast-casual restaurant founded eight years ago by two New Orleans locals. The seasonally-changing menu of salads, wraps, soups, and cold-pressed juices is vegan and vegetarian-friendly, but meat eaters can also find organic chicken, wild-caught tuna, and Gulf shrimp to round out their order. (Concourse B/Gate B8)

PJ’s Coffee and Tea — This local coffee chain is well-known for its iced coffee and granita, the perfect pick-me-up in hot, humid New Orleans. Otherwise, there’s plenty of espresso. (Terminal before the entrance to Concourse C)

Lucky Dogs — The quintessential French Quarter street food sold from carts that look like hot dogs (it even has its own biography). While most frequently consumed around 3 a.m. following a boozy night out, the two locations in the airport are there for any next-day hangover needs, or just when you need to grab a bite on the go. (Terminal in between Concourse B and C, and Concourse C/Gate C2)

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Lucky Dogs has two stands in the new MSY, in between Concourse B and C and at gate C2

Where to Eat Near the Airport

Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar This Kenner oyster bar is an absolute must for raw oysters, crawfish and other boiled seafood, and blackened alligator and calamari. Also one of Eater New Orleans’ 38 Essential Restaurants. (3203 Williams Blvd., eight minutes from the airport)

Pho NOLA Don't forget that New Orleans has a large Vietnamese population and a healthy number of pho restaurants. Pho NOLA is arguably the best of the handful that are near the airport. For best results go with the banh mi. (3320 Transcontinental Drive, 14 minutes from the airport)

Pho Orchid Express Quick and trusty Vietnamese food on the cheap with counter service and a small dining area. The banh mi is perfect take out food for those heading to the airport. (1401 Airline Drive, 15 minutes from the airport)

Bevi Seafood A great spot for a po' boy, tamales, or crawfish in Metairie on the way to the airport. Opened in 2013, it's already a critic darling and a great stop to/from MSY. (4701 Airline Dr., 14 minutes from airport)

Beraca’s — New Orleans’ Honduran population soared after Hurricane Katrina as many people moved to the city to help with rebuilding. Now the city is home to some great, authentic Honduran restaurants, and this one is one of Eater New Orleans’ 38 Essential Restaurants. Beraca’s also packs a good bang for the buck with plantains, Cokes with real cane sugar, fruit juices, and baleadas (a Honduran dish made of a thick flour tortilla folded in half and filled with mashed red beans). (3116 N. Arnoult Dr., 18 minutes from airport)

Banh Mi Boys Banh Mi Boys, a next-generation Vietnamese spot, shares a parking lot with a Texaco station. The tiny place has a few outdoor tables on which to enjoy traditional Vietnamese dishes like vermicelli bowls and banh mi. Don’t stop there though. Owner Peter Nguyen has added his own twists to the menu, like an oyster Rockefeller po-boy and a heavier (is that possible?) twist on debris fries. (5001 Airline Drive Suite B, 11 minutes from airport)

Short Stop Po-boys This traditional little po-boy shop on Transcontinental is known for its decadently messy roast beef po-boy. It bangs spot-on classic po-boys out fast, so it’s perfect when you’re in a hurry. It’s also perfect when you’re not. (119 Transcontinental Dr, 12 minutes from airport)

Spudly's Super Spuds There is nothing glamorous nor tasteful about this place, where just about anything you can think of is piled high on a baked potato and covered in cheese. It's comfort food at its finest (and most caloric). (2609 Harvard Ave., 12 minutes from the airport)

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