Isn’t it wonderful when one man’s trash becomes another one’s treasure? That’s totally how I feel about Origami opening up in the building that used to be home to one of the nastiest underage bars known to man, Friar Tucks. Sadly, I used to frequent that watering hole back in the day but considering the new reputation of Freret Street, “Tucks”(and all of its shenanigans) just had to go. Not to mention, Tulane girls Freret desperately needed a sushi joint.
Some friends and I went for lunch last week and I got this picture of our entire order. You can’t really see it, but I ordered a Vegetable Roll, which is why I’m featuring this post in Meatless Mondays. Okay, okay, so I got a little desperate! Anyway, the sushi was great and, despite some negative reviews I read on Urbanspoon claiming super slow service, I thought our lunch service was swift and friendly. The rolls (their names escape me) were all very good–the vegetables crisp and the fish cold and fresh-tasting. But more than anything, I’m just really happy that Freret street continues to morph into a place that’s more than just seedy bars and vacant buildings. 2011 was a significantly positive year for Freret and I can only hope that 2012 will bring even more food and nightlife to this quaint stretch of street.