In the spirit of NOLA’s love of food, we would like to present to you another recommendation for a meal that your taste buds won’t soon forget: Pascal’s Manale Restaurant! Located here in Uptown, just one-half mile from Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast, Pascal’s Manale is the perfect place for a delicious dinner, or for celebrating that special occasion.
As a family-owned Creole/Italian restaurant, Pascal’s Manale has been in residence at 1838 Napoleon Avenue for an entire century! Opened by the Manale family in 1913, his nephew Pascal Radosta took over operations upon his uncle’s death and eventually added his name to the popular eatery. Since then, family members have continued to step in and keep the tradition alive. Locals come regularly, and we often send our guests their way to experience a true “off the beaten path” dining experience!
The outside of this restaurant looks deceivingly casual, as the building has changed little since it’s start in what was once a neighborhood grocery store. However inside you will find linen tablecloths and napkins, a waitstaff in vests and ties, and some mighty fine food! You’ll also fine one of the most impressive bars in the city: a massive structure made of wood with mirrored glass provided to the restaurant by Dixie Brewing Company in it’s maiden year of existence. (Back then, Dixie was THE beer served at Pascal’s Manale.)
The restaurant did suffer some flood damage from Hurricane Katrina, but after a steady rebuild and revamp, they managed to rebound. While there may be a little less of the old memorabilia, the handsome bar still stands proud, and their food offerings still guarantee a very satisfying meal.
As experienced Pascal’s Manale patrons, we humbly offer these tips:
- DO prepare to get a little messy if you choose their delicious take on Creole barbecue shrimp! Since 1950, this has been a staple item on the menu, and well worth a try. If you aren’t a fan of peel-and-eat shrimp, go for lunch and try the Barbecue Shrimp Sandwich with shrimp already peeled.
- DON’T be afraid to use a bib when eating those amazing crustaceans to protect your clothing from the delicious sauce!
- DO dress for the occasion – while you won’t be turned away for less, we recommend business-casual or better for this more upscale restaurant.
- DON’T miss the fresh oysters.
- DO try anything on the menu: seafood, steaks, Italian… you’ll likely love anything you order!
- DON’T be afraid to ask us (Joe and Bebe) to help you with reservations – we’ll set you right up!
For a true New Orleans dining experience, definitely give Pascal’s Manale a try!