January 2015 – Few restaurants conjure the romance and refinement of yesteryear like the Walnut Room at New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport. A true dining destination, the restaurant earned a reputation for elegance and excellence in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
The Art Deco wonderland once featured works by renowned artists and magnificent finishes that was buried by renovation after renovation. When the restaurant incurred major damage by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, its owners seized the moment to restore the historic terminal to its former glory. After many years and meticulous care to detail, the Walnut Room was finally rededicated in September 2013.
The renovation not only reconstructed this historic landmark, it also returned fine dining. With the 2014 opening of Messina’s at the Terminal, George and Stacey Messina have created and event space befitting NOLA’s aviation and culinary history. Executive chef Leon West’s menu features signature Cajun and Creole dishes like: eggs hussarde, crawfish etouffee, shrimp and grits, gumbo, and po’ boys. The diner-style café also offers daily blue plate specials such as Louisiana lump crab cakes. Messina’s at the Café is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit their website for full menu and catering options.