You probably know the games at Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-335-1740; www.barcadianeworleans.com), the new tavern/arcade mashup in the Warehouse District where coin-op classics like Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga line the walls. It's the menu that has a few surprises.
The cheese on the Flagboy burger is actually a fried patty of white cheddar that oozes out from its crisp shell. Pork belly preserves go on the Brian burger and the Naq Attaque comes with French onion soup reimagined as a burger topping (you won't need a spoon). Order Billy's fried PB&J and you get a hot, tempura-battered version of the lunchbox staple, dusted with powdered sugar and resembling something like a giant peanut butter and jelly beignet. The carton of milk served on the side looks like a gimmick until approximately the second bite, when this dairy sidecar proves wholly necessary. This place makes no bones about catering to your inner child.
Barcadia is the expansion of a concept started in Dallas. The local edition has been open for about a month in the ground floor of a parking garage with an outdoor patio in front and a private room for parties in back. The kitchen is in the hands of Nick Hufft, a New Orleans native who gained a following in Baton Rouge for a food truck called Curbside, which serves burgers around a circuit of lunch and late-night locations.
While burgers and fries are the big thing for Barcadia's menu, there also are a few salads and Hufft says a rotation of house-made sausages and more sandwiches will join the lineup soon. He's also leaving room for a few specials to let his kitchen crew get creative and try out new bar food ideas. Barcadia serves lunch and dinner daily.