Visiting a food museum can make you hungry. We understand. That's why there's a delicious Southern restaurant just a curtain away from the Southern Food & Beverage Museum. Toups South, the second New Orleans outpost for Chef Isaac Toups, serves as both a dining destination and a living exhibit, showcasing the cookery, flavors and culinary traditions of the South.
Chef Isaac Toups, who earned “Fan Favorite” on BRAVO’s Top Chef Season 13, runs the restaurant with his wife/co-owner Amanda Toups. The 2,000-square-foot restaurant blends rustic charm with modern touches, creating an unpretentious environment where the food shines and conversation flows. A 20 seat wrap-around exhibition kitchen made of reclaimed local cypressallows diners to take in the action while interacting with Chef Toups and his talented team. A stainless steel hood sits in the center of the kitchen, while a large chalkboard displays the local farmers and purveyors that contribute to each dish. Billowy drapery separates the restaurant from the museum and the opposite wall is flanked by expansive artwork representing southern culinary history, while cerulean hued accent walls throughout the space provide for a serene setting. In the dining area, marble tables and warm wood chairs are set on polished concrete floors and provide an additional 75 seats. The historic bar, seating 10 – built in 1851 – is set against a Spanish designed cloud scene, representing the storms the New Orleans’ community has endured. With an absinthe fountain, imperial shaker and more, the bar is the perfect place to perch for a pre-dinner cocktail or a post-museum rest.
- Lunch: 11AM – 3PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
- Dinner: 5PM – 10PM Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (until 11PM on Friday and Saturday)
- Brunch: Sunday 10AM – 3PM.
- Happy Hour: 3PM – 6PM at the bar on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
- Closed Tuesdays