Last evening, my wife Bebe and I took a few guests of the Inn with us to try out a relatively new restaurant located on Magazine Street just a few minutes from our New Orleans Bed and Breakfast. Although Salú, located at 3226 Magazine Street, gives the impression of Latin origins, their name was apparently taken from the Spanish, French, and Italian word for salute – all having similar variations. But no matter the spelling, they all have the same basic meaning: Cheers!
And after a delightful evening of taste sensations, we were cheering! Now this is not necessarily for the first timers to New Orleans, there are no red beans and rice on the menu. but if you are a return guest and want to try an exciting meal that is not Creole, then Salú might be just the place for you.
Besides sidewalk seating (way too hot in the summer to enjoy), Salú offers both tables on the sidewalk for those days with pleasant weather, and also an inside dining room and smoke free bar. All around this large area, you’ll find notable artwork. Artist E. Lee Jahncke’s giant, hand-painted skylight graces the center of the restaurant. The atmosphere is casual, but its not quiet. We could talk at the table, but the acoustics were not “intimate talk” friendly.
Salú is owned by Gaby Saliba, Hicham Khodr, and Tarek Tay who have a number of successful restaurant operations in the city including Byblos, a Mediterranean restaurant at the other end of the block from Salú (also recommended).
Salú’ offers a tapas menu distinctive small plates with incredible flavors. Try the peppercorn tuna; grilled lamb lollipops; a charcuterie and cheese plate; BBQ pulled pork on corn fritter cakes; smoked salmon paté; and duck and Manchego flautas with smashed avocado, salsa and cumin crème fraiche. Between the four of us we tried about 12 plates and we did not leave hungry. With beverages tax and tip the check was about $50 a couple.
We try to get out of the Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast as often as possible to check out what is new on the food scene in the this world class eatery mecca. Check out our room rates and come on down for a great time. Restaurant exploring: it’s a tough job for us, but a great advantage for you!