New Orleans: Eating and Drinking Beyond the French Quarter

November 2015
By: Epoch Taste

New Orleans is a city that can’t contain itself. You see it in the music that spills out into the street, in the tree roots heaving up slabs of asphalt in the Garden District, and in the rhythms, carried on the air that set people dancing.

That’s the kind of joie de vivre that permeates the city, where the rhythm of life carries residents and visitors from one celebration to another throughout the year. 

For brunch in the neighborhood, head to Willa Jean, the latest of chef John Besh’s restaurants. The pastries and breads are phenomenal, and the Southern-accented menu—think hanger steak and cheese grits, or corn and crab fritters—is a delight. The biscuit, golden, and seemingly made of endless golden, flaky layers, is worth the trip alone. Pair it with either butter and jam or fried chicken, and voilà, brunch heaven.