You may have heard that the Dickie Brennan & Company family of restaurants has added a new family member, Acorn. Located at the new Louisiana Children’s Museum in City Park, Acorn is a full service cafe in one of New Orleans’ most scenic locales. Read on for the delicious highlights of Acorn (you can also find out more in Ian McNulty’s article for NOLA.com)
1.) Location – Sitting over the lagoon dubbed “Little Lake” in City Park, Acorn has a sweeping view of live oaks, water, and wildlife. Its entrance is adjacent to the main entrance of the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
2.) Free to come – Museum admission is not required to visit Acorn.
3.) Hours – The restaurant is currently open Tuesday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m – serving breakfast and lunch (and early dinner)
4.) Menu – The focus is on good food – food that tastes good, is good for you and good for the environment. The culinary team took a healthy approach to familiar dishes, with a few creative surprises mixed in. Kids will find their favorites and adults will enjoy one of the many salads or sandwich choices (or a slice of gourmet pizza). Acorn also offers a serious coffee program with beans from local roaster French Truck. Fresh juices, sparkling waters, as well as beer and wine are also served.
5.) Affordable – Entrees range from $2.50 (for a slice of gourmet pizza) to $13 (for a loaded Cobb Salad). The menu was designed to be affordable and offer something for the museum goer as well as the park visitor and the hungry neighbor.
6.) More than a Museum Restaurant (and more than a kids’ café) – This is a restaurant created by the team behind Dickie Brennan & Co.’s award-winning restaurants. Although it’s a departure from the typical restaurant you’d expect from the group, the attention to detail, ingredients and hospitality are all the same caliber that has made them some of New Orleans’ best! It’s the baby of the group, and it’s growing up with the benefit of the experience from its older siblings.
Also, there will be some after hours events that pair up chefs from their French Quarter restaurants with Acorn culinary talent. Save-the-date for the first of the series, on October 23rd. Palace Café Chef, Taylor Lorio and Acorn Chef, Geordie Brower are creating a multi-course seasonal dinner to be paired with wines from Southern Rhone’s Jean Luc Colombo.