New Orleans March 05, 2019
This Unassuming New Orleans Restaurant Has The Most Unique And Fascinating History
Looks can be deceiving. This unassuming little restaurant in the shadows of City Park in the Navarre neighborhood may not look like much from the outside, but inside they’re churning out some of the most unique, flavorful dishes in the city, and it’s time you popped on over to give them a try.
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Tucked away in the Navarre neighborhood between several hauntingly beautiful cemeteries lies a delightful little neighborhood restaurant with a fascinating history.
Susan Spicer opened the doors to Rosedale in 2016, but the building has a wonderful historical significance to New Orleans. The building was built in 1936 and originally stood on the banks of the New Basin Canal before it was moved to its current location in 1951. The building was the former Third District Police Station for over 50 years. The police station had five holding cells, which can still be seen in the restrooms and the office, a nod to the buildings past.
But that’s not all.
The building itself isn’t the only historical significance, but the land where the building stands today was previously home to the Girod Asylum, which was built in 1870, which eventually turned into the Colored Waifs Home, which is where the legendary Louis Armstrong first learned to play the trumpet in 1913.
The building may be unassuming from the outside, but the inside tells a different story.
Rows of headshots line the walls, wall to wall windows let ample sunlight in, and the aromas of delicious dishes fill the air. This casual eatery is quite the hidden gem.
Be sure to take advantage of their beautiful outdoor patio area.
It’s prime patio weather right now, and the surrounding trees and grassy areas make for the perfect conditions for an outdoor brunch with friends.
The menu is filled with a unique twist on Louisiana classics.
Pictured above is their Shrimp Creole with fried eggplant and rice. Yum!
For starters, give their turtle soup a try.
We know Commander’s Palace has the reputation for this delicious dish, but Rosedale might just be giving them a run for their money. The spinach dumplings add a unique twist on this classic soup that will make you want to lick the bowl.
Rosedale is open for Brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10AM-3PM.
Grab some friends and try out their special brunch menu or choose from their all-day menu. No matter what you get, you're sure to leave with a full belly and a happy heart.
You can find Rosedale at 801 Rosedale Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124.
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Address: 801 Rosedale Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124