Wild South Restaurant Now Open in Lower Garden District

NEW ORLEANS — Wild South restaurant is now open at 1245 Constance Street in the space that previously housed Lengua Madre. The new venture is helmed by seven-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Michael Stoltzfus, known for Coquette restaurant, and executive chef Bret Macris.

Wild South offers a five-course tasting experience, a more casual three-course prix-fixe and an à la carte bar menu. It will feature cocktails from Jason Kaplan and a wine program led by Ryan Plas. Coquette veteran Becky Brooks-Macris also is part of the team.

“Wild South is a south Louisiana tasting experience that reimagines the food traditions of the region,” said a spokesperson for Here Today Hospitality. “It will showcase many of Stoltzfus’s favorite Louisiana products, from cane syrup to andouille, and highlight seasonal ingredients that come from across the fertile landscape of the South.”

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Featured dishes include tuna ‘nduja with sweet potato rolls, herb butter and pickles; shrimp and strawberries with caviar, consommé, shallot and blue salt; sourdough fried lion’s mane with shiitake, black garlic, cured egg yolk and chili oil; and steamed oysters with swordfish bacon, leeks and trout roe.

The restaurant has a 32-seat dining room and an open kitchen. It features interior design from Jayson Seidman, light fixtures from Potsalot Pottery, a custom-built bar from Good Wood, original prints from local photographer Michael Tucker, and custom seating from Monkey Wid-a-Fez

Wild South will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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