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Paloma Cafe (800 Louisa St., 504-304-3062) opened in mid-December in the spot formerly occupied by Cafe Henri and Booty's Street Food before that.

  The casual cafe is from the folks behind Birmingham, Alabama-based third-wave coffee chain Revelator Coffee Company ( It serves a creative list of Latin and Caribbean-inspired snacks and dishes from chefs Danny Alas and Justin Rodriguez.

  A few changes were made to the restaurant's decor, but the cozy setting feels similar to its predecessors.

  Breakfast includes pastries, chorizo, egg and cheese biscuits, breakfast tacos and avocado toast topped with cumin-roasted chickpeas. Lunch features pollo frito, a boneless citrus-marinated fried chicken thigh with a beet and potato salad, and a roasted pork torta with avocado and pickled onions, served with green plantain chips. For dinner, there is roasted winter squash salad with mixed greens and romesco, and patacones, mojo-roasted pork with fried green plantains. Salt cod fritters are served with lemon aioli, and a confit chicken leg fricassee comes with a sofrito potato stew.

  The happy hour menu has yuca fries with a garlic-cilantro aioli ($5) and carnitas tacos with avocado crema and salsa verde. The latter, playfully named Happy Hour, comes with a beer and a shot for $10.

  Paloma also serves coffees and teas. It opens at 8 a.m. daily and closes at 6 p.m. Sun- day through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.