Chef Adolfo Garcia's Latest Dish. . .
Among the most acclaimed chefs in New Orleans, Chef Adolfo Garcia brings Gusto Cafe and Bar to The Theatres at Canal Place. A Mediterranean inspired menu takes popcorn and soda to a whole new level with dishes from hearty to light that are perfect for grazing or sharing. Wines by the glass or bottle, seasonal handcrafted cocktails and a variety of beers are also available.
Gusto's courteous and friendly staff take care of you as you dine-in at the cafe or right in your seat while watching a movie.
The Gusto menu begins with enticing starters like popcorn topped with black pepper or white truffle. A delightful array of selections include: avacado and steak toast iwth goat cheese, cauliflower and truffle flatbread pizza, and an arugula salad topped with grilled duck breast, and black olives. Favorite sandwich flavors can be enjoyed warm as a panini or slider with options like roasted pork with fontina cheese and paprika aioli, or the Spanish muffaletta with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olive salad and piquillo peppers. Artisanal salumi from a Mano shows up alongside mustard and fig mustarda accompaniments which pair well with a glass of crisp white or the elegant Girad "Artistry" from the Napa Valley.
A wide variety of select red and white wines are available, as well as a premium bar with hand-crafted cocktails and local, domestic and imported beer. You might start with a refreshing Watermelon Mojito with Old New Orleans Rum and mint. The Canal Place Cooler with fresh lemonade, vodka and pomegranate will also tempt. Non-alcoholic selections like Italian sodas (Almond, Hibiscus and Blood Orange), and seasonally flavored (Ponchatoula Strawberry) house brewed teas tastefully slake thirst. Cafe au lait and espresso based drinks round out the menu.
Chef Adolfo Garcia brings to Gusto a wealth of talent and a focused approach to Latin-influenced cuisine at his three restaurants: RioMar, a Spanish and Latin American Seafood restaurant; La Boca, an Argentine Steakhouse; and his newest a Mano, a Central and Southern Italian Trattoria. He's among New Orleans' most acclaimed chefs, and is the first to be named Best New Chef and later to be named Chef of the Year by New Orleans Magazine. RioMar has been named by the Times-Picayune to its Top 10 Restaurant List for the city. Most recently, Garcia was named a James Beard Semifinalist as Best Chef for the South for RioMar, La Boca, and a Mano, and named a national Best New Restaurant semifinalist for a Mano. Additionally, La Boca is the highest Zagat cuisine rated steakhouse, and RioMar is among their highest rated seafood restaurants in the city.