Twelve Mile Limit was founded in 2010, but the bar's history starts a century earlier.
The building itself was erected as a pumping station in 1910 as the city of New Orleans was draining the surrounding swamps to expand its livable real estate. It became a bar in the 1920s and was known at the time as a ballplayer hangout, being very close to what was then Pelican Park. In the mid 1920s Pelican Park was spring training home of the New York Yankees, who had just acquired Babe Ruth. Ruth, a notorious drinker, could easily have been something of a seasonal regular at the bar.
Previous bars in this location were named for their proprietors, the last being Marvin’s. “Marvelous Marvin” bought the bar in 2000 and ran it until it was almost destroyed by flooding after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He pieced it back together and reopened, but never fully recovered. Coquette and Commander’s Palace alum T. Cole Newton purchased Marvin’s in 2010 and, after some hasty renovations, opened as the neighborhood “cocktail dive” Twelve Mile Limit. Under this new identity the bar has received great acclaim, routinely being listed as one of the top bars in the city.
Now jointly operated by long time bartenders Megan Devine and Sarah Town, and home to the Cuban kitchen Que Pasta, 12ML hopes to serve our neighbors and community for years to come.
500 S. Telemachus St.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Free Food Mondays
Every Monday at 7 and 8pm
Open Mic Comedy
Mondays at 9pm
Wednesdays at 8pm
Heatwave dance party
Second Saturdays at 10pm
Food at 12ML is provided by Que Pasta.
Que Pasta is the vision of Chef Amanda Alard of Miami.
Amanda grew up in a home with a Honduran mother and Cuban father, shaping her palate through both Latin cuisines. She studied culinary arts in Miami and moved to New Orleans for further opportunities in the field.
Que Pasta draws inspiration from Amanda’s years in the culinary world and from flavors she misses from Florida's Cuban food scene. At Twelve Mile Limit, Chef Amanda looks forward to showcasing handmade pastas, meats richly marinated in citrus and traditional spices, plump empanadas, perfectly crisped croquetas, and a litany of foods focusing on the meeting of global cuisines.
“We’re excited to meet all of our new neighbors and are honored to be given this opportunity to feed you!”
Spicy Fried Chickpeas Yuca Fries Tots! Empanadas (x2) Ham Croquetas (x3)
“Cuban Sandwich” Loaded Tots
fried pickles, sweet ham, lechon, mojo aioli, mustard
sub yuca fries
Smothered Yuca (Vegan)
sweet potato puree, tofu, mushroom “bacon”, cucumber, vegan ailoi
Cilantro Pasta with Lechon
handmade cilantro pasta, Cuban marinated pork, fried pork skin
house pasta, ricotta, provolone, mozzarella, jalapeno pesto, pickled jalapeno, carrots, shallots, Amanda’s mom’s fancy sauce, cilantro
Tofu Jalapeno Pesto Sandwich
tempura fried tofu, mozzarella, provolone, jalapeno pesto, carrots, cucumber, bell peppers, honey sriracha aioli
Havana Heart Attack
beef burger patty, lechon, croquetas, fried queso, potato sticks, lettuce, caramelized onions, cilantro aioli, honey sriracha
side yuca fries or tots
Carne Pastelitos (x2)
sweet puff pastry stuffed with beef, potato, and olive picadillo
avocado toast, eggs, bacon, Honduran cheese, jalapeno, honey sriracha
QP Breakfast Burrito
with avocado, ham, or lechon
flour tortilla, refried beans, scrambled eggs, Honduran cheese, yuca, cilantro aioli
w/ croquetas, bacon, eggs, fried queso, syrup
or w/ fried tofu, fried queso, eggs, mushroom “bacon”, syrup
Tofu Rancheros Tostada
tofu scramble, refried beans, salsa, Honduran cheese, sour cream, jalapeno pesto, fried corn tortilla
Add avocado to any item
Cuban Coffee Pudding
chia seed, bananas, dulce de leche, coconut
Guava Pastelitos (x2)
The Good Doctor 8 (fruity, fun, frozen)
coconut rum, Pom, pineapple, lemon, mojo bitters
Little L 8 (light, floral, bubbly)
vodka, violette, champagne, lavender, lemon
Southern Nights 7 (refreshing shandy spin)
white rum, amaretto, Paradise Park, cucumber, lime
Window Seat 8 (tart, peppy)
tequila, Solerno, hopped grapefruit btrs, Huhu’s, lime
We’re On Maritime 9 (light summer crusher)
singani, falernum, St~Germain, orange btrs, lime
Calderon’s Choice 10 (smokey, spicey, herbal)
mezcal, Grn Chartreuse, Ancho Verde, Pom, lemon
Martinez 7 (bittersweet, classic)
gin, sweet vermouth, orange bitters
7th Street Bridge 9 (dark, rich, old fashioned)
Brugal 1888 Rum, tamarind syrup, Ango, tobacco btrs
Civil Disobedience 9 (bittersweet, strong)
rye, peach liqueur, Cocchi Americano, mint
local draft beer 5
Urban South Paradise Park
Devil’s Harvest American Pale Ale
Southern Prohibition Dirty Blond
Parish SIPS Blackberry Mango Lemonade
Dozens of beers and ciders in cans 2-5
A few wines 5-11
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Ginger Ale, Dr. Pepper, Orange Crush, Bottled Water 1
Jarritos Tamarind Soda, Abita Root Beer, Coffee, Iced Tea 3
Huhu's Ginger Brew, Red Bull, Diet Red Bull 4
Born and raised in Washington, DC, T. Cole Newton graduated from Humboldt State University with honors in 2006, earning a BA in History. From there he moved to New Orleans, enrolling with AmeriCorps to volunteer full-time in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After his service year, Cole found his first full-time bartending job at Commander’s Palace, culinary alma mater of Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. Cole developed a knack for bartending and hospitality, and in 2008 he developed and implemented the cocktail program as a founding staff member of the newly opened uptown bistro Coquette.
Inspired by that experience, Cole opened his celebrated Mid City cocktail dive Twelve Mile Limit in 2010. Among other honors, Twelve Mile Limit has been named as one of the top ten bars in New Orleans by the New Orleans Times-Picayune every year that list has been published. In addition to operating his own bar, Cole has consulted on bar programs at a range of venues including the restaurant Square Root, the Orpheum Theater, and the Troubadour Hotel. He has also appeared on the Sundance Channel’s Beyond the Bar series and is a fixture of cocktail competitions, having represented the United States at the International Bar Summit competition in Bordeaux, France, in 2014.
Cole’s writing on bar ownership can be found on the Tales of the Cocktail website and at his tumblr blog Big Fat Cocktails, and he hosts a podcast with fellow veteran bartender Steve Yamada called A Round With Steve and Cole. Cole also enjoys skiing and horror movie-themed board games, and he recently beat Super Mario Bros. 3 for the first time without using a warp whistle.