Bucking the trend of all deep-fried/peel-and-eat seafood joints, Sala gives the Lakefront of New Orleans a much-needed jolt of sophistication in a neighborhood that is clearly gentrifying. The Riccobono family, terrific operators of NOLA mainstays Café Navarre, Riccobono’s Peppermill and Riccobono’s Panola Street Café, have cut loose chef Michael Shelton to create a roster of small, shareable pretty plates; stylish comfort food that has been impressing the neighborhood and raising eyebrows of uptown foodies who have shrugged off the West End for years.
The dinner menu includes small plates of slow braised short rib, calamari, steamed mussels and seared ahi. Large plates include chargrilled filets, a hearty cioppino, and a hulking bone-in pork chop. Also be sure to delve into their mixology including the cucumber rose martini, the dark berry made with bourbon, blackberry and fresh ginger root and the strawberry blossom made with rum, basil syrup, and a raw-sugar rim. Happy hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4pm-7pm where cocktails are $5, 1/2 priced draft beers and 1/2 priced ceviches and calamari. Open for dinner and Sunday brunch, Sala provides a great excuse to head to the lake.
For more information on Sala, head on over to 124 Lake Marina Ave. or visit salanola.com.