As for what you’re getting, you can expect a nice dose of the local cuisine, as the airport has put in a solid effort to allow travelers to experience much more than just the typical fast food fare. Copeland’s Gourmet Kitchenover in Concourse C offers up stuff like red beans and rice, different kinds of po-boy sandwiches, and there’s even a sister restaurant over in Concourse D—Copeland’s Cheesecake Scoop Café.
Other options include Dooky Chase’s near the security checkpoint to Concourse C, and here you can get gumbo, fried chicken, collard greens, and other specialties that will probably be best enjoyed in the terminal rather than during your flight. There’s L.P. Bistro, Ye Olde College Inn, and Zatarain’s Kitchen around for your dining pleasure as well, as each try to put a local spin on airport dining.
It still might be a couple weeks before the masses truly descend upon the city, but at least the airport is now more than ready to greet plenty of hungry travelers.