Here's why New Orleans needs to figure out how to sustain its revival...when it can no longer count on the succor of the federal government.
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But...if restaurants are any indicator, though, the city is on a healthy economic trajectory. Here are the brand new establishments I've stumbled on in the past few days:
Courtyard Grill on Magazine
This one's been open for about a year, but I just ate there for the first time recently - and it was fantastic.
Plus, the tv news reports that two new restaurants are slated to open in the near future on Freret.
If you're looking for lunch - and, more properly, a coffee shop that serves Starbucks coffee...try Liberty's Kitchen on Broad just off Tulane - it's basically the Cafe Reconcile of coffeeshops.
Clearly, restaurants alone can't comprise the entire economic engine of the city, but they are certainly an encouraging sign of a willingness to invest in and place faith in the future of New Orleans.