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

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Neal Bodenheimer at the bar at Cure on Freret Street.
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.

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

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; highhatcafe.com

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

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

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

Origami
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