When I think of New Orleans, one of the first things I think of is the amazing food we have here. There are, without a doubt, hundreds of restaurants to choose from when visiting New Orleans. Dr. Beriss, my classmates, and myself are particularly interested in a cluster of restaurants in mid-city that is referred to as “restaurant row”. Dr. Beriss has paired off the class in the hopes of gaining some insight as to why this cluster of restaurants is here and what the future holds for them. Stephanie (my partner) and I are responsible for Juicy Lucy’s and Redemption.
For this blog entry, I would like to give an overview of each restaurant so that my next blog entry can focus on my interviews with the owners, managers, and staff of each.
Located at 133 North Carrolton Ave, you will find a 120 year old building with a lot of history. This former home of Fiesta Latina and Lil’ Ray’s Diner, is now the home of Juicy Lucy’s. This very casual, but comfortable, atmosphere become immediately noticeable as you enter the building. There is no hostess and the uniform of the waitstaff seems to be jeans paired with a shirt displaying the Juicy Lucy’s logo.
At the bar, one will find several slot machines, which is why you must be 18+ to enter the restaurant. Most items on the menu arrive in a black basket topped with a blue and white checkered paper. I couldn’t help but to notice the sounds of a local radio station playing throughout the restaurant, only because one of my favorite songs were on.
Just a few minutes away at 3835 Iberville St., you will find a building that was built in 1914. If you look closely, you will notice that the building very much resembles that of a church. This is because it was, in fact, the former home of Grace Lutheran Church. Later, the church was transformed into a fine dining restaurant called Christians.
(Picture from Redemption’s Facebook Page)
One would immediately notice how formal the restaurant is, from the waitstaff to the table setup. The beautiful, and original, stained glass windows allow the perfect amount of sunlight to enter as you enjoy your meal. The sound of light jazz fills the air, much like a Sunday brunch. I think it is very important to note that the mission statement for this restaurant does an excellent job at explaining the unique history of its’ existence.
Until next time, Laissez les Bon Temps Roulez!