Central City's rich historical and cultural roots are reflected in its food and entertainment options. From traditional New Orleans
fare, such as gumbo and bread pudding, to vegan and Latin offerings, the choices available in this neighborhood speak of the neighborhood's diverse history and populations.
Casa Borrega features traditional Mexican dishes such as chiles en nogada, a stuffed poblano pepper covered with white sauce and pomegranate. With over 100 tequilas and mezcals stocked at the bar, Casa Borrega satisfies when you're in the mood for a south-of-the-border cocktail.
Cafe Reconcile cooks up not only traditional New Orleans' Cajun/Creole dishes such as bananas Foster bread pudding and dishes featuring andouille sausages but also great opportunities for local youth. Their life skills and job training program helps young people between ages 16 to 22 to get off the streets of their at-risk communities and into a job and community.
3 Potato 4 offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes focused on bringing the humble potato into the realm of the exotic with homemade signature dipping sauces such as chipotle mayo. The environmentally-friendly restaurant displays its commitment to sustainable packaging by serving up its healthy, baked French fries in biodegradable paper cones.
Cultural activities abound in the Central City neighborhood, with unique and diverse events that feature everything from the Mardi Gras Indians' Super Sunday events at A.L. Davis Park and Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center's Middle Eastern Film Festival to the free Central City Festival, where brass bands thump through the neighborhood streets, and the Latin Music Festival in mid-December at Casa Borrega. Casa Borrega often features live music during the weekends as well.
The Ashe Cultural Center's mission to use culture to support the community brings a diverse selection of events to the neighborhood, from theater productions and art exhibitions to community music and healing workshops. Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center delivers independent cinema to the city as well as interesting musical, literary, and theatrical acts.
If you are looking for a simple cocktail, go to Verret's Lounge. With its red vinyl and with enough TVs to catch the World Cup or Saints game, Verret's low-key vibe and low prices should please most anyone. Some nights feature live music, and the lounge claims to feature "weird" every day of the week.
Wake up and smell the coffee at Church Alley Coffee Bar, which offers not only some of the best coffee in the city, but fresh juices and salads as well. Writers have chosen this as one of the best places to write, as well as to people-watch, in the city.