Around the world in 7 days


Grant Dufrene

Rollin’ Fatties – 1430 Tulane Ave


Need to fulfill a Mexican craving that Taco Bell won’t fix? Try Rollin’ Fatties. It’s a good, local alternative to a restaurant like Izzo’s, and the price is similar. Rollin’ Fatties is named after its foot long burrito, “The Fatty,” which can be stuffed with barbecue tofu, chipotle chicken or pan seared tilapia. The same goes for their nachos and tacos.

This food truck is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every weekday, so plan a visit with some friends during the window. Thanks to the Tulane Green Line shuttle, which is available to Loyola students, you can roll in front of Rollin’ Fatties’ usual spot in front of Tulane Medical Center.

Café Abyssinia – 3511 Magazine St.


Café Abyssinia is a family owned and run Ethiopian eatery. The intimate dining space is cozy, welcoming and the perfect atmosphere for devouring injera, a spongy, West African sourdough flatbread, with some friends. Café Abyssinia offers an array of home-cooked Ethiopian dishes and friendly service.

Noodle and Pie – 741 State St.


When you finally get tired of playing into the college kid stereotype and don’t want to cook your own ramen anymore, try Noodle and Pie. Their ramen is better than anything you could ever throw together in the dorm lounge, especially because it is all made in house. And those of you who have already consumed your own weight in Maruchan this semester will be happy to know that this Uptown noodle house also has a decent selection of small rice bowls. If you aren’t looking for a full meal, then stop in for dessert. Noodle and Pie has a pastry chef making fresh pies every day. Their pie menu features classics like Coconut Key Lime and more experimental flavors like Oolong honey pie.

Shaya – 4213 Magazine St.


Shaya was named Best New Restaurant at the James Beard Awards this year, and it does not disappoint. With a large selection of reasonably priced small plates and various types of hummus, there’s a lot to choose from. All of the hummus is accompanied by pita fresh out of Shaya’s wood-burning oven. And if you didn’t think homemade, fresh pita could get any better, it is unlimited.

La Macarena Pupuseria & Latin Café – 8120 Hampson St.


La Macarena is only a short streetcar ride from Loyola’s campus and probably the only place you can enjoy a pupusa. A ‘pupusa’ is a thick, handmade corn tortilla stuffed with quesillo (a soft cheese with chicharrones or refried beans). If you aren’t interested in dining in, deliveries to Loyola are free after 6 p.m. Don’t forget they only accept cash!

Panda King – 925 Berhman Hwy.


New Orleans has a shortage of places to get dim sum; so while the journey to the West Bank may seem far, Panda King is worth the drive. Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine in which the food is prepared in small portions. The food comes served on table trolleys stacked high with steamer baskets. They get pushed around the restaurant from table to table, and you order by pointing at the dishes you want. Some of the most common foods to fill the baskets are buns, dumplings and rice noodles. Note that dim sum is only served on weekends, so plan accordingly.

Kukhnya – 2227 St.Claude Ave.

Eastern European

If you’re ever in Siberia and you’ve worked up an appetite after doing whatever it is that you do when you attend a show by a band with the words “annihilation” or “destruction” in their name, or you’re just feeling adventurous, try some of the Slavic soul food Kukhnya has to offer. They serve Blinis, or (eastern European style crepes), reubens and Pierogi. Just keep in mind that you may have to pay the entrance fee for whichever band is playing when you go.