Liuzza’s Restaurant and Bar
Perched on the edge of Bayou St. John, Liuzza’s Restaurant and Bar has been a Mid-City landmark drawing in locals and visitors since 1947.
The menu at Liuzza’s is a seamless blend of both Cajun and Italian cuisines, featuring recipes that have been passed down through the family for generations.
“It’s definitely a family neighborhood restaurant,” says Lori, one of the owners at Liuzza’s. “My husband’s mother was even a waitress here in the 1950s.”
The sign outside features a big mug of beer overflowing with foamy goodness that reads “Beer In A Frosted Mug.” It’s one thing they’re famous for serving — now you know why this was such a popular spot after work for locals.
“We’ve been serving the frosted mugs ever since the beginning, it’s part of what makes this place unique.”
Liuzza’s is also putting a clever twist on the classic New Orleans muffuletta sandwich.
“Early on, we all loved the muffuletta, but felt like there was just too much bread,” says Lori.
Just like that, the Frenchuletta was born. What is a Frenchuletta? It’s all of the same great flavors of the muffuletta, but it’s served hot on French bread. (Don’t even bother trying to copy this masterpiece — it’s actually trademarked!) If you think you’ll have room, you’ll definitely want to order a side of Liuzza’s famous onion rings.
The family is also taking a page out of another region of the Gulf Coast and serving up delicious frozen Bushwackers. A Bushwacker is made with coffee liqueur, rum and Crème de Cacao — these will creep up on you, so pace yourself!
Nothing has changed since 1947, and that’s alright with us.