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Foodies in the Warehouse District

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  An eclectic little cafe called Foodies (634 Julia St., 586-0534) opened recently in the Warehouse District, and it's targeting people after healthier options than your standard po-boys and plate lunches.

  Tucked into the landmark Julia Row of townhouses, Foodies specializes in build-your-own salads and burritos, smoothies, sandwiches and a mix of other light items, from black bean hummus to vegetarian pho.

  "The idea started as a coffee shop with smoothies and wraps and that sort of thing, and we just added things I'd want to see on a healthy menu," says John Michael Wade, a partner in the restaurant.

  There's no connection between this Foodies and Foodies Kitchen, the deli and specialty food market once operated in Metairie by the Commander's Palace branch of the Brennan family.

  "People have been asking about that left and right as soon as our sign went up," Wade says. A native of Biloxi, Miss., who moved here in 2011, he says he wasn't familiar with this earlier Foodies venture.

  Look for panini and wraps like Thai chicken salad, breakfast burritos and a kale/citrus/mango smoothie called the Green Me Up Scotty. Foodies serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

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