Lunch au café – Eating and drinking around town

In the Perkins Road Historic Merchants District, Magpie Cafe is known as an organic eatery and espresso bar serving coffee reminiscent of shops in Italy. The owners, James and Lina Jacobs, are usually on hand, offering suggestions to diners drawn to various lunch options. All food is crafted from seasonal ingredients from local farmers, dairies, and bread artisans. Feel free to linger with a friend over a cup of coffee. Magpie aims to be a warm, inviting neighborhood space.
3205 Perkins Road

Influenced by European cuisine, Chef Maureen Joyce, a firm believer in the farm-to-table movement, draws on her Louisiana culinary background along with recipe lore from France to serve up lunch weekdays at MJ’s Café. Offering vegetarian and seafood fare in Mid City, this contemporary café’s seasonal soups are packed with vegetables and flavorful broth. Posh, modern seating mixed with choice lighting makes this café the perfect laidback venue for any midday break.
672 Jefferson Highway, Ste. 1

The eclectic café nestled in the Circa 1857 antique and art market has atmosphere in abundance. A Mid City gem, located at Government and 19th streets, Yvette Marie’s Café offers lunch specials comprising soups, sandwiches and salads as well as signature desserts. Guests can relish their lunch outside by the fountain or dine inside, often with a background of live music. After lunch, shop the adjacent array of unique novelties or browse the works of local artists.
1857 Government St.

Located inside The Courtyard Gifts and Interiors, Cordon Rouge Bistro is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Inspired by freshly made French cuisine, the chef serves up her midday treats with tips and tricks from Paris. Guests have the choice of dining inside or out in the lush courtyard. Coffee and desserts are available until 5 p.m.
4467 Arnold Lane