Great Food in the Neighborhood

Jan 3, 2009 by

The St. Roch neighborhood has become known as one of the epicenters of New Orleans alternative art movement, right at ground zero for the St. Claude Art District. At the hub of these local galleries is an old familiar face; The St Roch Tavern, at 1200 St Roch Avenue.

This historic watering hole has become a living room of sorts for local drinkers, by day, and music by night, keeping alive decades of local history, and giving new life blood to the resurgence of this neighborhood and the burgeoning music & art scene that seems to flourishing as nearby as the Sidearm Gallery, right across the street.

All that’s missing, by New Orleans standards, anyway, is something wonderful to eat.
Until now.

The Cafe St. Roch has opened in the Tavern kitchen, and quietly launched itself with a starter menu heavy with seasonal Barataria Oysters. From soup to sandwich, salad to side dish, these guys are kicking ass. And doing it where it counts.

Both guys involved are musicians. Tom Rowsey, who initially took over the kitchen there, is a guitarist, singer song writer, previously of the seminal cow-punk band, The Hickoids, and has played with such outsider luminaries as Johnny Legend.

The ‘Chef du Cusine’, Paul Artigues, who worked previously at another bistro on Magazine Street, has not only been featured on the Food Network’s ‘Diners, drive-ins & Dives’, but plays drums in several local bands, from blues covers to the sonic punk of Die Rotzz.

Having sampled the menu there (more than once, I might add), I was compelled to roll my eyes up into my head with pure pleasure.
The little things, like grilling the french bread before making po-boys, are the ones that make all the difference. The concept of wrapping fresh fried Baratria Oysters in grilled bacon is a stroke (pardon the pun) of pure genius.

The starter menu offerings include: Poboy’s with fries or slaw, bacon wrapped fried oysters, smoked boudin sausage, Chaurice hot sausage, oyster stew, italian salad, and caesar salads…
… Lunch is served from noon ’til three pm, and dinner from five until nine or so… on the weekends, they often take that adventure even later…

Please take the time to enjoy these basic pleasures of living in New Orleans;

*Original Art made by local artists.
*Local music in an intimate pub setting.
*Food so good your eyes will roll up in to your head.

After all, is there really any other way to go?


Lord David
Skull Club
New Orleans

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