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Nonna Mia brings Italian flavors to Mid City with a menu dripping with Sicilian inspiration. This cozy Esplanade eatery, with seating indoors and out, offers diners plenty of options, including pasta, pizza, pannini, and calzones. Keeping with the idea that a meal is best shared among friends, the Nonna Mia menu also features several salads and pasta dishes that can be served family style. Wines by the glass or by the bottle, along with a selection of beers, are available to compliment any meal. -Bethany Culp
Located ten minutes from the Central Business District and Bourbon Street, this Asian fare was voted 'Best Mandarin Chinese Restaurant' by New Orleans Magazine. Five Happiness Restaurant is airy and open with Chinese artifacts and art throughout. Traditional Chinese dishes top the bill in this reasonably priced, yet sophisticated, eatery. The appetizers include Beef Teriyaki and smoked fish, and entrees are the best in town with Mined shrimp in bird's nest and Chinese backed duck.
Best friends Joe and Mike started Liberty Cheesesteaks to provide Freret with an experience of the authentic Philly cheesesteak. Using fresh and local ingredients, they prepare cheesesteaks that are true to the original Philadelphia recipe. The beef is sliced manually within the restaurant to obtain the steaks, the bread used is a soft Italian variety, and the only toppings are caramelized onions. However, the chefs experiment with sauces to infuse flavors like hot pepper and garlic into the cheesesteaks. If you can't get enough of their recipes, hire their catering service for your next party. This eatery offers delivery and take-out facilities as well.
Owners Zachary Pizzeck and Conrad Chura had a modest start with a small outlet in MidCity in the year 2011. After several recipe trials and experiments, they seemed to have hit the bulls eye with Wakin' Bakin', a relaxed spot for some scrumptious and hearty comfort breakfast eats. This breakfast & brunch outpost has served as an iconic MidCity breakfast destination ever since it first opened in the year 2013. Apart from their signature sourdough dishes, it also remains popular for their flavorful grilled cheese subs and those enticing BLT sandwiches.
Freret Beer Room, as the name suggests, is a haven for beer lovers and is a must visit while in the neighborhood. Suzy B, Selfie Destruct, Prytania Porter, Brown Shugga and Burton Baton are few of the most popular beer served here that are capable of impressing even the toughest critic. Everything from hoppy and fruity to spicy and toasted beer is available here. Complement your ice-cold beer by ordering the likes of Boudin Balls, Buffalo Oysters, Wedge Salad, Beer Room Burger or the Shrimp and Grits from the bar food menu. Not only for sipping beer and unwinding, but you can also stop by at Freret Beer Room for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner without having to shell out too much.
Ethnic cuisine is all the rage, and this quaint and simple eatery is a popular pick. While it is a cab ride from both the Quarter and the Garden District, it is worth the effort for it boasts a fine dining experience in full Japanese style. The Japanese traditions of removing one's shoes and dining on the floor are honored here. It serves a selection of sake and Polynesian delights. One of its most requested items is the Fuji shrimp served with the house's special ginger sauce accompanied by soup, salad and rice. A buffet meal of assorted sushi and sashimi is also available.