By Brandon Rowan
Skip Bourbon Street and delve into a different side of New Orleans this summer. There is no shortage of excellent restaurants in this culturally rich city and Wayfare nestled in Uptown is no exception.
This spacious tavern at 4510 Freret Street designs culinary delights and craft cocktails in a rustic chic/industrial ambience. Wayfare is the destination for high end gourmet food and presentation found in a casual atmosphere. I was fortunate to be able to sample many of their dishes on my way through NOLA.
For happy hour or before dinner, Wayfare’s appetizer menu does not disappoint. The Calamari was superb. The breaded crunch of this fresh seafood paired well with the accompanying Cebollita Aioli and tang of pickled peppers and onions heaped on top.
The Bacon Mac & Cheese, gourmet nachos or pomme frites are also wise selections. Feel like sharing? The chef’s choice Charcuterie Board is perfect passed around the table with friends and wine.
Wayfare’s Entrees are also made with equal amounts of vision and execution. The Mediterranean Shish Kabob was my favorite. The skewered hanger steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Caramelized onions and halved grape tomatoes added even more flavor to the dish. House-made hummus with pita was served on the side, along with a properly made greek salad.
Fresh seafood is also in ample supply for lunch or dinner. Try the Gulf Oyster Caesar Salad or massive Fish Taco for an inventive take on these standard dishes. Expect generous portions!
For a true New Orleans favorite, order the BBQ Shrimp Pasta, served with fresh head-on shrimp, roasted red peppers, sauteed spinach and pan seared duck ham.
If you find yourself in New Orleans soon, make it a point to explore the Uptown and Garden Districts of the city. The delectable fare served by the area’s smart restaurants, like Wayfare, will keep you more than satisfied.
Wayfare Handcrafted Food and Spirits is located at 4510 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA. For more information, visit WayFareNOLA.com or call 504-309-0069.