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Freakin Out on Freret Street in New Orleans

OK. That title was pretty poor attempt at an alliteration but I just wanted to sing the praises of a part of he city that is on a rebound. Years ago Freret St. was one of the hot places to go uptown. Then there was a shooting and the once primo spot for feasting and fun started to go down the tubes and with it the neighborhood.

Now I am happy to say that this thoroughfare that connects Napoleon Avenue with the University district is hopping again with some great places to hang out and get some great food and some great libations.

The top of the list of me is Cure, that upscale classy bar. What can I say, the well-dressed bartenders, oops I mean mixologists, know how to take care of their customers and serve some of the best, most expertly mixed drinks in town. It’s a great place to just chill with a friend or a date. And the food is great too. Although it’s something that could fit right in to a big city New York kind of scene that old New Orleans building feel never lets you forget where you are.

Just down the street from that is Beaucoup Nola Juice that has some of the best smoothies and funkiest snowballs in that city. They use actual fruit juice for the syrup. A little further down Sarita’s Grill serves great Cuban type food in a simple sunny kitchen-llike atmosphere.

The opening of those three business date to 2009 but earlier in 2010 Dat Dog opened with their delicious gourmet sausages. On any given day you can pass by and see folk sitting at the table outside and people streaming in.

The High Hat Cafe opened near Napoleon Ave. serving typical New Orleans fair with some Southern stylings thrown in for good measure. Their catfish is “the star of the menu.” Right next door is chef Adolfo Garcia’s Ancora Pizzeria & Salumeria which serves authentic Neopolitan pizza and housemaid salumi. The dough uses only salt water and flour with no yeast and takes three day to prepare from start to finish.

The Company Burger which opened in August 2010 usually has a line of hungry customers eager to try the antibiotic hormone free burgers between the own homemade buttery buns.

Of course we don’t want to forget about the Origami Japenese Sushi restaurant which took over and renovated the old Friar Tuck’s bar. In the little time it’s been open it’s managed to garner four and a half stars from Urban Spoon.

Besides the places to eat and drink Freret Street now sports a comedy club, La Nuit, the Freret Street outdoor market first Saturday of every month, Friday Night Fights — an amateur boxing series at the Freret Street Gym — and if you need a good workout after all the eating and drinking there is now an Anytime Fitness facility and Freret Street Yoga as well.

It’s great to see the Freret neighborhood coming back bigger and better than ever. It says a lot for the city, a lot for uptown and a lot for our recovery since Katrina.

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