Its been a bit of a confusing issue for over a decade. New Orleans - err, I mean Louis Armstrong International Airport, has been the main source of debarkation for visitors to the Crescent city since 1946.
But, despite having the atypical decor you'd expect to see at a "New Orleans" airport, the food sold there was not a good representation of what visitors would get within the city limits. (The airport is 2 cities and a parish away from the city of New Orleans) To be honest, the food options just sucked. But, not anymore..
As usual, money is the wheel that drives change; especially in New Orleans. Tourism dollars reign supreme as several all-new restaurants will be opening for business in the airport this month. Of course, this is another part of the plan to give the city a slight makeover in light of this year's Superbowl.
In an effort to make lives of travelers, to, through and from the city, a little easier, all new airport restaurants will be serving from 5 a.m. to perhaps 8 p.m. In addition, most will offer breakfast.
If you want some good-ole jambalaya, Zatarain’s Kitchen in Concourse B, has the chicken and sausage variety for only $6.99. Or get their signature big shrimp remoulade salad for $9.99.
In addition to Miss Leah celebrating her 90th birthday last weekend, the 1st Dooky Chase "franchise" restaurant has gained a great spot for those newcomers to the city. So, those unfamiliar with her stuffed shrimp, gumbo or shrimp Creole, will be in for a taste and olfactory treat, while waiting for their flight. The restaurant will be run by chef Leah Chase’s grandson.
Chase, who attended an airport press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in her signature red chef’s jacket, was succinct about why she considered opening at Armstrong International.
“The airport is so important for the image of the city,” she said. “We have to improve it. And if you take a sandwich in a bag that says Dooky Chase’s on it, and you board a plane, it can go around the world.
Copeland’s Cheesecake Scoop Café
A new concept from the Copeland family, it will serve sandwiches, wraps and fare familiar to fans of Copeland’s other restaurants, such as the spinach and artichoke dip.
The restaurant will offer a sampling of the fare that made Dooky Chase’s famous, including the Creole gumbo, fried chicken, stewed okra and collard greens.
Strawberry and spinach salad, dill cucumber salad, pesto chicken sandwich and other light fare are some of the offerings at this bakery and cafe.
Wow Café and Wingery
Wings, sandwiches, burgers, breakfast items and wraps make up the menu.
Ye Olde College Inn
An oysters havarti and bacon po-boy, smoked gouda grits, fried green tomatoes, slow cooked pork medallions and other College Inn favorites have made it to the restaurant's new airport outpost.
The restaurant serves jamabalaya, red beans and rice and other local staples you’d expect from the Zatarain’s brand.