Uptown Eatery Pairs Perfectly with Zoo Day

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.

Rachel Harris Ledet
A New Orleans native and entrepreneur, Rachel is a mom of four with an active schedule. Rachel maintains a daily balance of running her own marketing firm, 30|90 Marketing, managing her kids’ schedules, and maintaining extracurriculars including coaching dance, volunteering, and occasionally teaching courses. Rachel lives in Mandeville with her best friend and husband Lenny, daughters Addison and Amelia, stepson Luke, and son Tucker. With a family of six and a million balls in the air, Rachel keeps things light by continuously learning, spending time with amazing friends, blogging, finding any route to a concert or outdoor festival, and planning her next getaway with her husband. A sense of humor can get you through almost anything, so she tends to surround herself with fabulous and very funny people.


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