Authentic New Orleans food is hard to beat, but sometimes it can leave you feeling a bit sluggish. On those days where you’re searching for something fresh and a bit lighter, Carmo is where you want to be.
Located conveniently in the Warehouse District, Carmo is a tropical cafe and bar that has an impressively eclectic menu. The dishes at Carmo are inspired by the Caribbean, South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia and more.
Freshness and Quality
The restaurant inside is colorful, has local art hanging on its walls and is brightly colored. The kitchen and prepping areas are open, so you can see all of the food is prepared fresh.
Dana Honn, Executive Chef and Co-Owners at Carmo, spoke to us about freshness being a factor.
“We knew there was a market for people who valued fresh, local food when we opened,” he says. “I mean, the greens you’re eating were picked this morning. It doesn’t get fresher than that.”
The dedication to fresh and locally sourced ingredients is just the tip of the iceberg at Carmo. The accolades have already started to pile up over the years. Carmo is Green Restaurant Certified, Certified by Monterey Bay Aquarium and voted “Best in the Big Easy” for five years in a row.
And Carmo is leading the charge when it comes to being environmentally responsible and sustainable.
“Our impact on the environment is closely monitored and audited every year,” says Dana.
If you find yourself at Carmo for lunch, locals and staff will recommend the Broken Noodle Salad. This bowl is a healthy portion of rice noodles, bean sprouts and cabbage with tofu, cucumber, peas, carrots, mushrooms, peppers, scallions, cilantro and peanuts all tossed with citrus ginger chili vinaigrette. The bowl, as it comes, is a vegan-friendly meal, but Carmo will add shrimp or smoked chicken for the carnivores.
So, stop by Carmo and discover why Chef Dana calls New Orleans “the gateway to the Tropics.”