A walking tour through New Orleans lovely Garden District will naturally require some drink and sustinence, The Rum House on Magazine Street will aptly answer both of these needs. Before or after strolling past the grand and historic plantation homes on Prytania Street head over to 3128 Magazine Street for a taste of what the owners of The Rum House like to call “Island Time”.
For the always exciting Canadian content: The Rum House was featured on the Food Network Canada in an episode of celebrity chef David Adjey’s Restaurant 101. Adjey consulted with the two owners of The Rum House and brought his camera crew to New Orleans to film the first few weeks of the restaurant’s young life, as it opened and got on its feet.
What’s Really Good?:
The Rum House is a sure bet for Caribbean, Creole and Latin American inspired dishes, delicious soft tortilla tacos, and a connoisseurs selection of very fine rums from all over the Americas. Although The Rum House boasts a full menu of island inspired dishes, we opted for trying the Caribbean inspired tacos — in hindsight, this was a very good choice. Taco highlights included the crispy fish taco with beer battered Mahi Mahi and jalapeño slaw, the lamb vindaloo, with curried lamb, mint yogurt chutney and sliced plantains, and finally the creole rib taco, prepared with pulled rib, in a spicy creole BBQ sauce with a roasted corn relish. If we had more of an appetite on our visit, we probably would have tried all fifteen tacos, seemingly gluttonous, but oh-so worth it.
The rest of the menu entices with classics such as jerk fish and chicken, and a mean assortment of sandwiches appear equally eye-catching with choices of a Cuban Sammy, a crab melt, or the Trinidad chicken roti, complete with pomme frites. We also hear that the brisket sandwich is definitely something to write home about.
You’ll Wanna Know:
What at first glance looked to be a kitschy, tourist trap, quickly turned into a delicious and enjoyable experience aided by congenial service and the rock bottom prices of the happy hour drink specials from 3-6:30 every weekday (think $2 red stripe and sol, as well as $4 margaritas).
Prices at Rum House range from $3.50 for the tacos, to about $12 bucks for the sandwiches, the mains run from $18-28 USD.
It is best to get to The Rum House earlier on in the evening, as lineups and wait times are a pretty regular occurrence, however the tables do turn quite fast!
3128 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA.
On the mobile at 504.941.7560
On the web at www.rumhousenola.com
And finally on the facebook at The Rum House…oddly enough.
Fri & Sat: 11-11