UPDATE: Feast is now closed.
Saturday lunch: a notoriously hard table to find. Many better restaurants in New Orleans are dark on Saturday at noon, which is why I was happy to learn that the Warehouse District’s Feast (200 Julia Street, at Fulton; 504.304.6318) is open Mondays through Saturdays for lunch AND dinner. (Who knew? Not me.) Pictured is a “pork and beans” cassoulet; it was rich and filling, and it would have been perfect for a damp, chilly day. Unfortunately, the heat index was 104. The meal’s star was the baked-in-house bread: thick crusted, very slightly sour, and substantial, it was the delicious antithesis of local French bread.
I ended up at Feast thanks to erroneous information on UrbanSpoon, which claimed the restaurant would be closing soon. As Feast’s Houston opening generated much national press attention, I didn’t want the local branch to have come & gone without sampling a single meal.
Feast’s proprietors say that the posting is false, and the comment has been removed from Urban Spoon. Yet the dining room was mostly empty during a recent weekday lunch–and New Orleans’ long, hot summers are notoriously hard on restaurants. This spring has seen a flurry of openings, and quite a few more are slated through December. Can the region’s diminished population and visitor base support the ever-growing number of restaurants? It all makes me wonder who’ll survive the summer season…
Have you been to Feast? What did you think?