Freret adds to Year in Cuisine

The Year in Cuisine

Ian McNulty on the New Orleans restaurant world’s highs and lows of 2011

If you couldn’t find someplace new and different to eat in New Orleans in 2011 it was your own fault. Local chefs and restaurateurs did their part to bring new options, new flavors and new concepts to the scene, and if you had a very specific craving in mind when setting out to sample them that was all the better.

For instance, whether your ideal pizza follows the thin-crust style of New York, the deep-dish style of Chicago or the artisan standards of Naples, Italy, new pies from Pizzicare, Midway Pizza and Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria have you covered, respectively.

If you like your burgers thin, old-school and meticulously crafted, Tru Burger and the Company Burger emerged to sate your palate, and they were joined by stuffed burgers from Juicy Lucy’s and still more burgers from Cheeseburger Eddie’s in Metairie. If your hankering was more toward hot dogs, you had plenty of company at Dat Dog, a new wiener stand that’s proved so popular it’s already planning to move into larger digs across the street.

That street would be Freret Street, and it’s no coincidence that half of the new restaurants mentioned above opened along this resurgent, eight-block commercial corridor. After years steadily building momentum, Freret Street broke out as the hot new restaurant row in 2011, with seven new eateries opening this year and more planned in 2012.