Ursa Major adds lunch, serves llama burgers and vegetarian ‘meatball’ sub_lowres

Ursa Major, the new zodiac-themed restaurant in the Central Business District, began serving lunch Monday.

Ursa Major (611 O' Keefe Ave., 504-309-8765), the new zodiac-themed restaurant from the Booty’s Street Food team (800 Louisa St., 504-266-2887) is now serving lunch. The menu, which debuted Monday at the Central Business District restaurant, features a sandwich-heavy selection with some more unusual items, including a farm-raised llama burger and a vegetarian "meatball" sandwich.

Executive Chef Daniel Volponi gets llama meat from a Wisconsin farm several times a week. The burger is grilled and served on a brioche bun with comte cheese, pineapple agrodolce and black garlic aioli.

The vegetarian-friendly Manchurian “meatball” sub includes meatballs made with vegetable pate which are dressed with sweet and spicy sauce and pickled mango on a baguette.

[jump] Other sandwiches include slow-roasted pork belly, spicy mustard and encurtido, a Columbian-style pickled vegetable condiment, and a Bolivian empanada stuffed with coriander and cumin lamb, pickled onions, duck skin and boiled egg dressed with a criolla sauce.

All sandwiches are served with mixed greens dressed with kombucha vinaigrette. Larger salads include a version made with charred romaine tossed with tomatoes, taftoon croutons, confit garlic and black tahini dressing.

Sandwiches range from $8 to $15 and larger plates, including Malaysian-style fried chicken made with a coconut milk marinade, are $14 to $19.

The restaurant also recently debuted a new cocktail list which features drinks inspired by the cancer sign, and a weekday happy hour, which runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and includes discounted small plates and specialty drinks.

Lunch is served at Ursa Major from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, visit the restaurant's website