Noodle Xpress opens on Tulane Avenue, Los Catrachos to open in January

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Metairie restaurant Los Catrachos will open a second location at 3001 Tulane Ave. in January 2016. - HELEN FREUND
  • HELEN FREUND
  • Metairie restaurant Los Catrachos will open a second location at 3001 Tulane Ave. in January 2016.

Criminal District Courthouse regulars and Mid-City dwellers have a new option for quick and casual takeout at Noodle Xpress (2800 Tulane Ave., 504-827-2851), which opened Monday in the old Lee's Seafood & Grill space. 

The grab-and-go spot from owner Hieu Truong features a hodgepodge of Creole and soul food, Chinese fast food and Vietnamese standbys, including pho and several banh mi. Combination plates include fried chicken and seafood platters and a selection of po-boys, red beans, jambalaya and macaroni and cheese. The cafe opens at 6 a.m. and breakfast staples including eggs, grits and bacon are served.

The menu is subject to change, Truong says, as the operation is still in the early stages. Noodle Xpress is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Metairie Honduran restaurant Los Catrachos (3020 David Drive, Metairie, 504-456-4101) will open a second restaurant in early January in the former Pizzicare space at 3001 Tulane Ave.

Owner Christian Castro, who hails from San Pedro Sula, with his wife Tania opened the Metairie location in 2006, serving casual Honduran fare out of tiny strip mall space. Diners at the Tulane Avenue location can expect a similar menu heavy on Honduran and Caribbean food, Castro says. 

“I’ve always wanted to expand, and Tulane Avenue got my attention — it’s changing a lot,” Castro says. “And most of my customers (in Metairie) already live in that area.”

Baleadas – thick flour tortillas stuffed with eggs, avocado and grilled meat – Honduran tacos and fajitas, beef soup, fried conch served in coconut milk, chicken wings and quesadillas will all be served. On the weekends, sopa de caracol and sopa de mondogo – conch and tripe soup, respectively, will be offered as specials. 

There’s room for approximately 12 tables at the new restaurant, Castro says, and there are no plans to add bar service.

Nonalcoholic drinks include Honduran fruit juices, including cashew, passion fruit, tamarind and watermelon. Liquados — creamy Honduran milkshakes — also will be offered.

Castro says he hopes to open the first week of January, if not sooner.

Los Catrachos will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  

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