World Central Kitchen serving jambalaya in Houma in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Photo from World Central Kitchen's Facebook page.

As New Orleans and the surrounding region recover from Hurricane Ida's devastation, restaurants took immediate action by donating leftover food and serving meals to anyone in need as well as first responders.

Leidenheimer Baking Co. had NOPD distribute French bread. Sundae Best, located inside Hotel Peter and Paul, offered free ice cream beginning Thursday, September 2 at 12 p.m. until supplies last. Palm&Pine had rice, gravy, braised pork, and vegetables available for anyone who was hungry.

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Newcomer Mister Mao began serving free lunch this week (thanks to a generator from Pelican State Provisions and Nola Boards) and plans to do so for the next few days. Boucherie, Saba, Cho Thai, Juniors on Harrison, and Coquette each gave away boxes of produce. The downtown location of Main Squeeze Juice Co. donated over 300 lbs of produce (meant for smoothies and juices) to the local military men and women, as well as to WC Kitchen, a non-profit currently partnering with NOCHI. First responders were offered tacos from Lilette, a free meal from SukhoThai, and prime meat slices from Doris Metropolitan

These are just a few of the many restaurants that rose to the occasion with creative solutions to feed those who stayed, those who could not leave, and anybody assisting with relief efforts. While the recovery timeline is still unknown, it is certain that New Orleans and its adaptable restaurant industry will continue to prevail.