Somethin’ Else Café was founded on November 29, 2009 by two long time friends, Blaine Prestenbach and Craig Walker Jr. Located in the heart of the French Quarter we have developed a concept that offers authentic Cajun inspired dishes combined with traditional elevated comfort food.
The name Somethin’ Else Café was inspired by the many obstacles that we hit trying to open our gourmet burger restaurant, Charcoal’s, on Magazine Street. After having the opening date for Charcoal’s delayed for nearly 2 years, Blaine and Craig decided that it was time to do Somethin’ Else.
When the 620 Conti Street location became available after having a long history of failed occupants, we realized that it too was ready for Somethin’ Else. It was the perfect fit. Just as we create all of our dishes from scratch using only local and premium ingredients, we also built our own bar and tables out of Louisiana cypress, truly turning 620 Conti Street into Somethin’ Else Café.
Growing up in South Louisiana we were exposed to a wide range of Cajun and creole inspired food. Our food at Somethin’ Else Café is a reflection of countless hours spent learning from our grandmothers in the kitchen, and it represents a technique that has been passed on from generation to generation.
It is our passion to recreate these dishes for you at Somethin’ Else Café so that we can offer an authentic Louisiana dining experience in one of the greatest food cities in the world. We take pride in our culture, family, food, and our unique traditions. Our mission is not to serve “tourist Cajun food” as the locals have come to call most of the food in the quarter. Instead, Somethin’ Else Café offers an authentic Louisiana dining experience that all can appreciate.