For help ending food deserts, Dryades Public Market
“Chef Dan Esses recently opened a huge market in a former school. Until recently, this was one of the most poverty stricken areas of the city. But now, the market champions local produce and all things southern small production. Up and coming chefs can also get pop up stalls in the market to showcase their cuisine.” 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. dryadespublicmarket.com
For tracking down obscure wine, Pearl Wine Co.
“The owner, Leora Madden, is a Gulf Coast native and she has a really eclectic list of small production wineries, mostly from the west coast. You can tell how much effort she puts into finding and enjoying small production wines. And the attached wine bar is perfect for decompressing.” 3700 Orleans Ave. pearlwineco.com
For reinvigorating the po-boy, Bevi Seafood Co.
“Chef Justin LeBlanc gets the best seafood in the city and his Po-Boys are crazy good. The Smokey Oyster with gouda and pastrami bacon is crave-able, but I've been addicted to hot sausage po-boys for as long as I can remember so I always get The Cure, hot sausage patties, sunny side up eggs and pepper jelly mayo. Oh, and the spicy fried potatoes, can’t forget about those.” 236 Carrollton Ave. beviseafoodco.com