The weather magically turned warm and sunny for February, and our family ventured out to our first Audubon Zoo trip of the year. After a fun-filled morning enjoying the new exhibits and seeing lions, tigers, and bears, our very tired and very hungry toddler was begging for lunch.
We opted to not eat on-site and wanted to try a local lunch spot instead. I’ve always enjoyed eating on shopping on Magazine Street, so I jumped on Yelp to see what was nearby to something new to try.
Just a few blocks away, at the corner of Magazine and State Street, you’ll find Picnic Provisions & Whiskey. This fresh new(ish) uptown eatery is a blend of a cheery diner mixed with an indoor/outdoor garden vibe complete with yard games and picnic tables. The food was elevated lunch food with burgers, an amazing friend chicken sandwich, a great-looking chicken club, and more. One of the best features was the homemade potatoes (chunky fries) covered with a lemony miso mayo and green onions. We also sampled the Vodka Gimlet which was very refreshing and minty.
Honestly, everything that walked passed us looked pretty good. Here is a photo of my crab boil-seasoned fried chicken sandwich and fries (well half of it because I forgot to snap a pic earlier).
The environment is fun and colorful, definitely kid-friendly, and offers outdoor seating near the games. Pups are allowed on the outdoor picnic tables as well.
One of the coolest things is the rent-a-basket idea which I thought would be really lovely for an Audubon Park picnic or even a Zoo day to enjoy under the oaks. Picnic Provisions will rent you a basket for $20 and pack your lunch for you! Whether you’re stopping by after a day shopping on Magazine or needing a bite to eat after a zoo visit, consider visiting Picnic Provisions & Whiskey for a fun atmosphere and really yummy food.