I've been meaning to post, I just haven't gotten on the board much these days.
I'm not sure that they get much attention (it is a strange location on Broad near the courts), but I just had a really great lunch on the run from the folks at Liberty's Kitchen a month or so ago, .
The restaurant is a similar model to Cafe Reconcile, but doesn't seem to get the same buzz. It definitely is a different experience (I also like Reconcile), more contemporary in both cuisine and look (feels like it could be in another town, which is surprising, but not bad).
I started off with a mix of their Lemonade and Passion Fruit Iced tea (a tip from the girl at the counter) Really good (it was still hot out, and it was extremely refreshing). Then I ordered the home-made black bean burger with the fresh guacamole on what seemed to be a just baked it was so soft (not quite kaiser crunch, but delicious none the less) roll. Probably right up there with Cowbell as my new favorite veggie burger (there could be a whole post on the explosions of burgers and commensurate veggie burgers about town, one excited vegetarian here). Really dense with black beans, moist, and over an inch thick. Yum. It came with a choice of side, and I chose what was basically a black eyed pea relish/salad/salsa thing. Could have used some chips with it, but then again, it was healthy light and fresh, and I can stand without the extra calories this once.
Their specials looked good too-- the servers were saying they loved the shrimp and grits, and the desserts were very hard to pass. I had my eye on the red velvet cupcake (got to go back and try that). It seems like it must get the court crowds, but was fairly empty when I went. They have parking on the lake side of the building. A nice surprise and a good mission. (They are also working with an area school to provide healthy lunches. Worth supporting.
1712 Oretha C Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
422 S Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119