Just one month shy of the birth of our first child, my Houston born husband flew to New Orleans to close on my dream home in Mid-City. We had spent months looking for our new home in a variety of neighborhoods trying to find what would best suit us. I grew up in Gentilly and knew I wanted to be in Orleans Parish, and Mid-City has been the perfect fit for us.
Of course growing up in New Orleans, parades are a staple and Endymion has always been my favorite! Endymion is one of the three super krewes, and the only parade that does not ride the traditional St. Charles route. With its signature floats and the greatest bands from near and far, it is a must see. Our home is just a couple of blocks off the route, and a yearly Endymion party is a staple now for my family and friends. We are those crazies setting up two … maybe three … days in advance; we love being out on the route meeting with other Endymion fans over a cold beer and a multi-ladder setup. Endymion day is an all day affair to celebrate with friends and strangers alike.
Eat all the Things
There are so many great restaurants in Mid-City! You can spend all day just eating from Biscuit & Buns for a unique breakfast to Blue Oak BBQ or Brown Butter for a family lunch to a date night with drinks and dinner at Vessel NOLA. Don’t forget Katie’s Mid-City for your Sunday brunch; the anduille cheese grits and eggs cochon are to die for! The list goes on and on. The best part: when you live in Mid-City you can walk to all of these places!
Mid-City is full of schools from daycare to high school, private to charter. We were lucky to land our girls in a charter school that we love after trying for two years through One App. City Park is a short walk from Mid-City, and we love to spend cooler afternoons their playing on the numerous playgrounds or climbing the oaks and attending their numerous events like Swing in the Oaks and Celebration in the Oaks. There are also numerous after school activity places like City Park Movement and Art and Nola Aikido, and a brand new public library just opened in Mid-City.
Mid-City is full of bars and venues for the perfect easy date night. The craft cocktails at both Vessel Nola and Treo are delightful. If you are looking for live music head to Rock n Bowl or Chickie Wah Wah to hear great local music. There are so many local bars with event nights as well from Mid-City Yacht Club for crawfish Fridays to Bayou Beer Garden for trivia nights and Finn McCool’s throws a really fun block party for St. Patrick’s Day. No sitter? No problem! Head over to the family friendly Secondline Brewery for a great beer or two, food truck, and music. My kids refer to it as “The place with all the legos!” and they always make a new friend or four as it is always packed full of families.
It’s Eclectic and Perfectly NOLA
I work from home and the sweet sounds of “I have blueberries, I have peaches” as Mr. Okra brambles down the street in his infamous truck have often sent me running outside to buy fresh fruits and veggies. Occasionally, the very merry NOLA Social Ride club comes noisily down our street and everyone runs out to watch all their lit up bikes and happy riders make their way down. Bayou Boogaloo is Mid-City’s annual festival held right on beautiful Bayou St John; live music, local food, and the homemade boats and floats that people make to enjoy it on the Bayou is quite the sight to see!
Give us all the Coffee
Mid-City is chock full of local coffee shops. Our personal favorite is The Station on Bienville. We love to walk there on weekend mornings to enjoy a lazy breakfast at this adorable converted gas station turned coffee shop. There is also Monkey Monkey, The Bean Gallery, and newly added Church Alley to satisfy all of your coffee fixes.
One of the best qualities of Mid-City is being able to walk or bike everywhere! With the beautiful new Lafitte Greenway and the bike paths along Orleans Avenue and the Bayou, you can get to just about anywhere in Mid-City without a car. Heading downtown? Just hop on the streetcar and you will find yourself at the Aquarium or the Riverwalk. Interstate is a hop away at both Carrolton and and Canal … well once the new construction is finished!
All the Groceries!
Ahhhh Costco. NOLA moms rejoiced when Costco opened up, and it is so close to Mid-City on Carrolton! Rouses and Winn-Dixie are just across the street from each other, and we have a brand new Whole Foods in the area as well! Want to shop more locally grown? Check out the Crescent City Farmers Market on Thursdays at the American Can Company.
Every area is going to have its problems, and Mid-City is not excluded. Homes are more expensive than in other areas of the city. There is a high chance you will not have off street parking which is not ideal after a Costco run. Generally backyards are smaller. And currently, we are dealing with months of construction as the city revamps the main thorough-way to Metairie at Canal and City Park.