Look Out For Louisiana Purchase
A couple summers ago I managed to spend a week in the beautiful city of New Orleans. It was my first time down there and I immediately fell in love with everything about it. Talk about a city busting at the seams with culture. So much history staring you in the face from all angles like street signs, hotels, seedy dive bars, I mean basically anything your eyes touched. However, I have to say that the moment I stepped outside my hotel it was the smell of the food that stole my heart. The air was filled with a savory blend of cajun spices and thick sweetness. I remember on the last day there thinking how can I go back to eating regular food after I’ve indulged in such greatness. Fast forward a bit of time and the food gods have smiled upon me with the opening of Louisiana Purchase. Grind & Prosper Hospitality, the San Diego-based restaurant group behind Miss B's Coconut Club, in Mission Beach, and Carlsbad’s Park 101, is set to open a new spot in early 2019: Louisiana Purchase. With a New Orleans-based chef who has relocated to San Diego and an architect specializing in blending outdoor and indoor spaces, locals are in for a Southern treat. G&P’s Culinary Director, Chef Quinnton Austin (AKA Chef Q), has created a stylish menu centered around reimagined versions of modern and classic New Orleans-style comfort foods. You can expect to find savory alligator cheesecake with crawfish cream sauce, Moroccan BBQ lamb chops, and Southern-style BBQ shrimp with sweet potato cornbread on the menu. The cocktail list offers Southern classics with a twist, designed by G&P partner and bar manager Rob McShea. Think modern plays on classics like the Ramos gin fizz and the Sazerac, in addition to sharable punches like the aptly named Pablo Discobar, served in a disco ball. Oh and for you serious brunch folks after checking out the menu and design I guarantee North Park’s newest eatery will added to your rotation.
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