USA Today Loves Freret

Freret Street revival in Uptown New Orleans

New Orleans geography is easily deciphered by knowing your ‘rues’ or streets. Rue Bourbon, Rue Royal and Rue Magazine are the famous strips. Lesser known streets, such as Oak and Frenchmen, have often seen an uptick in tourist attention due to the usual overcrowding of ‘the big three’ during peak seasons. But in the past couple of years, under-the-radar Freret Street has seen an epic revitalization. It is now a go-to spot for food, drink, nightlife and festivals.

Freret Street is a short walk from both of New Orleans’ universities and the St. Charles streetcar line. Come hungry, because the holy trinity of Dat Dog, The Company Burger and Midway Pizza await. Dat Dog grills up inventive sausages using a variety of meats and choose-your-own toppings, and Midway serves the best deep dish pizza in town. The Company Burger’s menu is mainly just one burger, but a specialty mayonnaise bar helps add amazing taste to both the meat patty and fries. All three places have full bars.

Freret is also home to Cure, what many consider the best specialty cocktail bar in the city. Go for happy hour and indulge in $5.50 classic cocktails like Pimm’s Cup and Sazerac. The new Publiq House bar (between Jena and Cadiz) has plenty of drinks on tap, live music from the city’s best acts, and a very cool interior. It’s also a great place to catch a sporting event.