Hi Julia, Hi Poydras,
Juan’s Flying Burrito occupies the space at 5538 Magazine St., but it was home to a home-cooking restaurant in the 1970s that was frequented by business types, students and neighborhood residents. My husband, a native New Orleanian, fondly recalls the corned beef and cabbage special there. But, alas, he cannot recall the restaurant’s name. Can Poydras? – Angela Fox (Chattanooga, TN)
Funny you should ask, Angela, Poydras likes to spend time perched at Juan’s hoping to catch one of those flying burritos. That restaurant building was once called The Friendly House. We know it was there as early as 1948. The building has had several food-related tenants. In the Roaring 20s the restaurant there was called The Standard. Historian John Magill, who wrote the book “The Incomparable Magazine Street” (The River Road Press, 1917) says “Friendly House, was indeed a popular neighborhood place and it was also popular with the guys who worked at the bus barn across Joseph Street.” A similar longtime restaurant contemporary with Friendly House and diagonally across Magazine at 5605 was Tranchina’s. Poydras says that he heard from reliable sources that Tranchina’s was famous for its walking enchiladas, but that has not been verified.
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