As in most post-WWII communities across the United States, most residential districts are only residential. This causes the main arteries in such a community to be the only places with commercial development. Oftentimes, the majority of the commercial development in regards to food is none other than drive-thru fast food or take-out. What Gentilly lacks as does most ‘newer’ parts of New Orleans is walk-up cafes and higher-quality restaurants.
Here are some restaurants in Gentilly (Leon C. Simon is in Seabrook and does not count):
- Good Time Sushi on Elysian Fields
- 2 McDonald’s (Elysian Fields loc and Old Gentilly Road loc)
- 2 Burger Kings (Elysian Fields loc and Chef loc)
- Burger Orleans on Gentilly
- Subway on Caton
- McKenzie’s Chicken in a Box
- Papa John’s Pizza on Robert E. Lee
- (2) Popeyes (Elysian Fields loc and Chef loc)
- (2) Wendy’s (Elysian Fields loc and Chef loc)
- Taco Bell on Chef
- String of restaurants on Franklin Ave (Fleury of Wings?)
- Chinese Tea Garden/Kitchen on Filmore
- Sammy’s Food which is NOT OPEN FOR DINNER
- New food joint that always changes ownership (old Nacho Mama’s site)
- Daiquiri shop on Elysian Fields is you count bar food
- Gas stations such as Brothers that sell greasy fried food
That’s a large number of mostly fast food joints. Where are the cafes? Where are the steakhouses? Where are the bar and grills? Why is Gentilly a different world from Magazine St. restaurant-wise? Why is the daiquiri shop the ONLY place to sit, eat, and grab a drink in Gentilly?
If you are a restaurant owner and exist within Gentilly, make yourself known so I can frequent you. One day, I will open up a cafe and you will come thru.