This six-block stretch near Tulane University is home to some of the hottest spots in New Orleans.

By Paula Disbrowe
Neal Bodenheimer
Neal Bodenheimer at the bar at Cure on Freret Street.
| Credit: Art Meripol

Three years ago, Neal Bodenheimer opened Cure, a refined cocktail bar located on what was, at the time, one of the least refined stretches in New Orleans. Neal's success prompted others to take a chance on the area—a gas station was transformed into a hip hot dog joint, while an old tavern became a popular sushi bar. Now, thanks to Cure and these five other neighborhood eateries, Freret Street is at the center of an up-and-coming dining and drinking 'hood.

Neal invented The Bandito, a cocktail made with El Charo tequila, Del Maguey mescal, grapefruit peels, strawberries, and absinthe ($9). 4905 Freret;

High Hat Cafe
Go for the BBQ shrimp plate with a side of sweet potato salad ($16) or the pimiento cheese plate ($8). 4500 Freret;

Ancora Pizzeria + Salumeria
Adolfo Garcia and Jeff Talbot cure their own meats for such pizzas as the Diavola ($14). 4508 Freret;

The Company Burger
The namesake burger is two all-natural beef patties with red onion, pickles, and cheese ($8.50). 4600 Freret;

Dat Dog
This colorful eatery has traditional German wieners ($6.50) and specialty sausages such as crawfish and duck ($7.50). 5030 Freret;

Try the city's best sushi rolls here, such as the Funky Margarita (crawfish or tuna layered with salmon and guacamole; $5). 5130 Freret; 504/899-6532