1212 Royal St. | 522-1230 | bennachinrestaurant.com
- The West African eatery has been serving amazing food since 1992.
- The menu features three languages: the language of the Bassa people of Cameroon, that of the Mandinka people of Gambia, and American English.
- Filled with lively African-inspired artwork, Bennachin has an intimate, comfortable atmosphere.
- Various entrees can be served meatless for vegetarian or vegan patrons. Try the Bennachin Special, which is African jambalaya—a jollof rice-based dish served with sautéed spinach.
- It’s BYOB! Guests are welcome to bring a bottle of their own wine to pair with their meal.
4729 Magazine St. | 894-8881 | apollinerestaurant.com
- Herbs and peppers decorating the cocktails and cuisine of Apolline are grown on-site in the kitchen garden.
- Apolline’s Wine Down Wednesdays boast $5 glasses of world-class wine and $20 bottles, providing the perfect mid-week celebration or romantic date night.
- Cocktail-fittings are available; get a cocktail custom-fitted to your taste buds.
- You can give your custom drink a name, and it will be added to the drinks list.
- Featured recipes from the kitchen are listed on their website, so you can enjoy them at home.
Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave. | 662-9933 | bayouhotwings.com
- Sides and dipping sauces are made fresh with local ingredients to accompany wings that are lovingly marinated and brined for 24 hours to reach flavor perfection.
- This hometown wingery offers 14 sauces, ranging from sweet to scorching.
- Try the famous fries or another unique side, like gator bites.
- The Bayou Beast Challenge is available for those who dare, and winners get a free t-shirt and their likeness on the Wall of Fame!
- Chefs Nguyen and Makepeace are both Louisiana-born and -raised.
The Country Club
634 Louisa St. | 945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com
- The renovated Creole cottage offers a sophisticated take on classic Creole dishes, such as Crab Beignets or Louisiana Oyster Tacos.
- They have a pool, so patrons can take a dip as they enjoy some delicious food and drinks.
- The Country Club offers an all-day Happy Hour if it’s raining, making this spot the perfect escape.
- Saturday Drag Brunch is a must for both the food and entertainment.
- For over 40 years now, this lush, local oasis has been providing refreshing cocktails and tasty food in the Marigny.
Multiple Locations | daisydukesrestaurant.com
- Two of their five locations are 24/7, making Daisy Dukes the perfect place for a late-night snack after a trip to the Quarter.
- Try one of their award-winning Cajun Bloody Marys—if you get an entrée with it, your Bloody Marys are bottomless!
- With seemingly endless specials, Daisy Dukes offers real Southern eats.
- Huge portions and quick food service make it a great space to dine with friends after a long day.
- Don’t feel up to cooking? Daisy Dukes delivers.
139 S. Cortez. | 302-2800 | fullblastbrunch.com
- Start any day off right with their delicious mimosas and Chicken & Waffles.
- Their Chicken Milanesa is the locals' favorite new dish.
- It's located in the heart of Mid-City, only two blocks from the Canal St. Streetcar.
- Come for the brunch, stay for the lunch—Full Blast has a great lunch and kids' menu.
- Chef and owner Chris Belou has included his passion for both South Louisiana cooking and world travels into each dish.
Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant
435 Huey P. Long Ave. | Gretna | 368-1114 | gattusos.net
- Their Dirty Bird Po-Boy, stuffed with turkey, roast beef, Swiss, and gravy, can’t be beat.
- Every Tuesday, Gattuso's offers trivia that covers a diverse range of topics.
- With Ladies Night on Wednesday and Pint Night Thursdays, Gattuso’s proves that they are the place to go for every occasion.
- Along with amazing menu options, their live music on Fridays and Saturdays is a great way to enjoy the weekend.
- Good food in a quaint neighborhood setting allows patrons to feel right at home at this family- and dog-friendly establishment.
Goldbergs Fine Foods
925 Common St. | 267-3564 | goldbergbagel.com
- Grab a cocktail from their cozy bar for Happy Hour or before the big game.
- With over 32 bagel options, from cranberry to asiago cheese, there’s no other place like Goldbergs in New Orleans.
- This restaurant flawlessly brings together the best taste of the Big Apple and the Big Easy for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Goldbergs’s po-boys are prepared fresh with French bread baked in-house.
- Offering oven-ready casseroles and perfect bagels, Goldbergs goes the extra mile with their free club membership for true foodies.
200 Poydras St. | 522-2739 | gordonbiersch.com
- A plethora of beers on tap, new beers being added constantly, and on-site brewing make Gordon Biersch the go-to spot for any beer connoisseur.
- The food complements the beer, not the other way around, and the pub-style restaurant offers expertly picked pairings.
- Local ingredients and fresh-brewed beer are incorporated into the dishes to give diners unique and nuanced flavors.
- Don’t miss out on classic German dishes, like schnitzel and crimini mushroom spätzle.
- The outdoor patio at Gordon Biersch is a great place to catch the holiday action on Fulton Street.
8550 Pontchartrain Blvd. | 486-4887 | lakeviewharbor.us
- Home of the Typhoon specialty cocktail, Lakeview Harbor offers a variety of nautical-themed drinks.
- The seaside establishment offers new food and drink specials every week.
- Lakeview Harbor has a banquet room that provides a big screen for a business meeting or spacious floors for the family reunion.
- Their menu has American classics, like burgers and steak, as well as a bounty of delicious seafood options.
- Serving U.S.D.A choice-cut meat, Lakeview Harbor puts quality on the table.
5041 Freret St. | 875-4447 | libertycheesesteaks.com
- Liberty Cheesesteaks only uses fresh, whole-muscle sirloin and perfectly seasoned ribeye in their sandwiches.
- This sandwich shop caters to foodies by offering rich signature sauces, including spicy (JJ), garlic (Alisha), or hot-pepper (Moike).
- Liberty Cheesesteaks is especially popular with Tulane and Loyola students.
- This restaurant is successfully invading the home of the po-boy, one Philly cheesesteak at a time.
- The sandwich shop serves traditional cheesesteaks any Philadelphia native would approve of.
Spudly's Super Spuds
2609 Harvard Ave. | Metairie | 455-3250 | spudlys.com
- Spudly’s has been giving New Orleanians a full meal in a baked potato for over 35 years.
- Offering 20 unique potato combinations, Spudly’s loads their spuds with everything from steak to crab, crawfish to chili.
- Try one of their Super Spuds, like the Reuben Spud, Pizza Spud, or the Shrimply Put.
- Spudly’s Super Spuds only uses the freshest and best-quality meats, seasoned in-house and cooked with love.
- The quaint spud spot also offers other delicious staples, like burgers, po-boys, and soups.
We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp
Multiple Locations | wedatschickenandshrimp.com
- With simple yet delicious comfort food, We Dat’s offers specials for military personnel, police, first-responders, and students with proper identification.
- We Dat’s is open late at their Canal Street location, making it a super spot to visit after a night Downtown.
- We Dat’s 75-Cent Wing Tuesday is a perfect way to brighten up the work week.
- They have their own blend of seasoning, which tastes AMAZING on anything and everything.
- Like selfies? Whether you’re dining in or just picking up take-out to cater your next football party, the muraled walls of the restaurant make for great photo ops.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
2401 St. Ann St. | 822-9503 | williemaesnola.com
- They have the best fried chicken in America, according to the Food Network and Travel Channel.
- Willie Mae’s is a piece of New Orleans culinary art, just outside the historic Treme neighborhood, that’s been family-owned and -operated for over 50 years.
- The menu is humbly small, but that doesn’t matter when every item packs a big punch in the flavor department.
- The menu also has vegan options that still hold true to that New Orleans taste.
- They won the James Beard Award: America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region in 2005.
WOW Café Doubletree
300 Canal St. | 212-3250 | wowcafe.com/stores/double-tree-new-orleans
- This “American Grill and Wingery” creates its signature sauces fresh in the store.
- The café is a step up from your average wing joint with its brunch and coffee options.
- Wow Café offers local favorites, such as shrimp and grits, as well as more unique options, like La Louisiane Benedict.
- If you’re wondering what’s a must-try, the Shanghai Shrimp Po’Boy has won the New Orleans Po-Boy Festival.
- With a plethora of sauces, ranging from maple cinnamon Canadian to spicy Acadian, you’re sure to find one that you’ll love.
Bao & Noodle
2700 Chartres St. | 272-0004 | baoandnoodle.com
- Bao and Noodle is the perfect place to slurp down a bowl of authentic Chinese soup or tear into a fresh steamed bun.
- The cozy and chic noodle house offers an adventurous and exotic take on traditional Asian cuisine while showcasing local art on its walls.
- The mom-approved noodles are handpulled daily, in-house.
- With a location in the Marigny, Bao & Noodle is a great spot to hit before a night on Frenchmen Street.
- The plating and presentation of the food is gorgeous and adds to the soulful experience of a good meal.
3605 S. Carrollton Ave. | 482-3935 | fivehappiness.com
- The portions are beyond generous at a great price.
- With such an extensive menu, Five Happiness seems like it has every Chinese food imaginable.
- Five Happiness offers fantastic delivery options to Uptown and Mid-City.
- They have consistently been selected as the best Chinese restaurant in New Orleans.
- Five Happiness has the perfect combo of cuisine and ambiance, making it a great place for a quick business meeting or even an impromptu date night.
3001 Napoleon Ave. | 899-8005 | greenteanola.com
- With fresh, quality dishes at a reasonable price, Green Tea has perfected the formula of healthy and delicious food.
- Green Tea allows patrons to customize their food any way they like by picking from a selection of meats, veggies, and sauces.
- In 2008, Green Tea moved to NOLA from its original location in New York City.
- Customer favorites include the lo mein and General Tso’s Chicken.
- For late-night dining, it’s open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
5608 Citrus Blvd. | Harahan | 818-0228 | facebook.com/Kyoto2Nola
- Some say the best things are hidden in plain sight. This rings true with Kyoto 2’s strip-mall location that serves the best sushi around.
- Endless selections of fresh sushi are fully customizable and always beautifully plated.
- Check out their specials board to see the latest sushi offerings.
- The lunch specials are a delicious must-try for those wanting something other than sushi and the Fried Banana Tempura with Ice Cream for dessert.
- Kyoto 2 is located right by the Elmwood Palace movie theater, making it a great spot before or after seeing a film.
3301 S. Carrollton Ave. | 488-1881 | mikimotosushi.com
- Deliciously unique sushi options, like the Po-Boy Roll and South Carrollton Roll, offer a side of New Orleans flavor.
- With local seafood and plenty of fresh land-based fare (both meat and veggies), they offer everything from tempura dishes to sushi, fried rice, udon, and teriyaki.
- Mikimoto doesn’t even ask patrons to get out of the car for a quick, satisfying bite, since they can order ahead and grab their food at the convenient pick-up window.
- Their delicious sake-inspired cocktails present an interesting twist on margaritas and cosmos.
- Don’t miss out on their hearty daily lunch specials, sure to leave most people with enough food for both lunch and dinner.
Miyako Hibachi & Sushi Bar
1403 St. Charles Ave. | 410-9997 | miyakonola.com
- Miyako provides one of the best hibachi experiences around for groups of any size.
- Try one of their specialty cocktails to go with your meal. You won’t regret it!
- If it’s your birthday, the hibachi chefs may ask you to help them entertain the whole table or even cook some of the meal.
- The onion volcano really starts off dinner with a delightful bang and offers a delicious pre-game to the Who Dat Roll or Miyako’s Lobster Dynamite.
- Miyako’s “Roll of the Week” is always worth trying.
5130 Freret St. | 899-6532 | sushinola.com
- Origami touts their culinary philosophy as “combining local seasonal ingredients with an infinite spectrum of fresh seafood” and “pairing traditional Japanese offerings with new and refreshing flavors and textures.”
- This spot is especially popular with Tulane and Loyola students looking for great sushi.
- Save room for dessert: The tempura and mochi ice cream flavors are both worth waiting for.
- The sushi roll names are fun and will have you reminiscing about the past—until the food comes, when your only focus will be the flavor.
- Three renowned sushi masters have come together to create a sushi-crafting trifecta whose prowess and expertise can’t be matched.
Viet Orleans Bistro
300 Baronne St. | 333-6917
- Viet Orleans Bistro is a Vietnamese and sushi restaurant popular for lunch.
- They offer tofu phở and vegetable sushi as options for vegetarians.
- Customers recommend their wonderful roll creations, like the Streetcar Roll.
- Viet Orleans is the perfect spot for those on a budget, with affordable options for all.
- Don’t leave without having a glass of their amazing Vietnamese iced coffee!
Bars With Great Food
Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St. | 322-2245 | backspacenola.com
- Backspace is the perfect French Quarter place for foodies and bookworms alike.
- Like a good book, the drinks and food will transport you to another time and fuel your next adventure.
- Don’t miss out on your chance to experience your favorite authors in food form with the Hemingway Cuban or the Whitman Roast beef.
- The menu is elegant, but with a certain whimsical, almost childlike flair that is highly evident in their Grown-Up Grilled Cheese and homemade chips.
- Drinking several of the libations off Backspace’s extensive cocktail list might be just the inspiration you need to write your next novel.
Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave. | 949-0038 | buffasbar.com
- Buffa’s Back Room is the perfect spot to catch great live music after a meal.
- You can stop in anytime for some delicious food or one of their cocktails to quench your thirst, as Buffa’s is open 24/7.
- Seasonal brunch specials and a few holiday-themed ones overflow the menu.
- You’ll find one of the city’s best Ruebens here.
- Buffa’s is regularly voted as one of the best bars in America.
Copper Vine Wine Pub
1001 Poydras St. | 208-9535 | coppervinewinepub.com
- Copper Vine is the Central Business District’s newest wine bar and gastropub.
- Where Copper Vine calls home isn’t just any old building, as the building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Copper Vine offers 30 aromatic and flavorful wines on tap (and many more by the bottle) for guests to taste and discover.
- Be sure to pair your glass of vino with one of their delicious appetizers, like their Crab Deviled Eggs.
- Whether for a Christmas party, family gathering, or festive get-together, Copper Vine has the space for your next catered event.
869 Magazine St. | 577-2202 | flamingonola.com
- This hot spot that everyone is flocking to is a great place to flamingle.
- Flamingo A-Go-Go has a beautiful dog-friendly courtyard.
- Their flocktails, such as the Feather Plucker and the Flamingo on a Wire, are amazing.
- There’s a host of things to do: trivia on Tuesday, movie night on Wednesday, and much more.
- Get bottomless mimosas or sparkling rosé every Saturday and Sunday at their Boozy Brunch.
141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 | thejimani.com
- Bacon Bloody Marys are among their staples.
- The Jimani has an endless supply of TVs with virtually any game on imaginable.
- It’s a great place for all the UFC fights and other pay-per-view events.
- The mixologists consider themselves chefs behind the bar and can make both creative and conventional cocktails.
- This is a great local bar with all the New Orleans lore and tradition that we all love.
Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant
701 Tchoupitoulas St. | 523-8995 | lucysretiredsurfers.com
- You’d have to go surfin’ the entire USA to find a bar better than Lucy’s.
- The famous Shark Attack cocktail will have you wanting another, but with the strength of it, you should probably stop at one.
- Lucy’s is dog-friendly, so bring Rover out for some nachos.
- They offer global surf cuisine with local ingredients and flavor.
- The Scorpion or Worm Shot challenges are available for the more daring patrons.
Mimi’s in the Marigny
2601 Royal St. | 872-9868 | mimismarigny.com
- At Mimi’s, don’t expect just traditional bar food and cocktails.
- Don’t know what to order? Mimi’s has “Trust Me” cocktails that leave your drink choices in the bartender’s hands.
- Kahlua Glazed Salmon, paella, and escargot are just a few of the menu items offered at this great place.
- Handpicked cheese boards are available for those looking for the ultimate shareable dish.
- The menu is filled equally with both meaty and vegetarian treats.
Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint: Kitchen and Tap
132 Royal St. | 309-4797 | olesaint.com
- Ole Saint is owned by New Orleans Saints legend Deuce McAllister.
- Ole Saint specializes in Southern coastal cuisine, including oysters, BBQ shrimp, and their amazing Shrimp Remoulade Tower.
- The beer selection is huge, with over 50 brews on tap, many from local and small craft breweries.
- The memorabilia and decor provide the perfect setting to relax and reminisce about Saints seasons past or to watch the game.
- Try their delicious pork chop or one of their other signature dishes.
720 Orleans Ave. | 523-1930 | orleansgrapvine.com
- They feature over 65 wines by the glass, as well as over 375 wines by the bottle on their extensive menu.
- The courtyard is a great spot to enjoy the cooler weather and to people-watch.
- The wine flights allow you to sample three glasses at once.
- You can’t go wrong with their double-cut pork chops with crawfish sausage.
- Orleans Grapevine has a BACON HAPPY HOUR (free bacon with your drinks). Enough said.
2027 Metairie Rd. | Metairie | 831-9540 | oscarsoldmetairie.com
- A neighborhood lounge and restaurant nestled in Old Metairie, Oscar’s has been open since 1983.
- The place is decorated entirely with Marilyn Monroe photos and decor from around the country.
- Oscar's is perfect for enjoying late-night entertainment, whether it's watching the latest sports game or playing pool.
- Their menu includes everything from apps and snacks to burgers, sandwiches, and sliders.
- Oscar’s is named after everyone’s favorite Oscar—the little golden one of the Academy Awards.
2533 Constance St. | 302-1543 | facebook.com/ParasolsNOLA
- Parasol’s Irish Bar and Restaurant has been slinging po-boys and drinks since 1952.
- Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives has featured their po-boys on the show.
- Be sure to try their loaded roast beef po-boy with gravy on garlic butter French bread.
- Every year for St. Patrick’s Day, Parasol’s throws a huge block party.
- If you’re a fan of Jameson whiskey, be sure to try one of their delicious car bombs!
Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar
500 Port of New Orleans Pl. | 247-9265 | poppystimeoutsportsbar.com
- Poppy’s is a fantastic sports bar and grill located on the waterfront on Spanish Plaza.
- Try one of their famous Hurricane cocktails, which range from Category 1 thru 5, each with a different premium rum.
- Their bar also offers a selection of 20 beers on tap, including plenty of craft beers.
- Their Voodoo Juice cocktail is best enjoyed sitting on the patio while watching the Mississippi River.
- They have 21 big-screen TVs, so this is the perfect spot for watching Saints or other NFL games.
Shamrock Bar and Grill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave. | 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com
- Challenge your friends to some mini-bowling, foosball, or darts at the city’s largest neighborhood bar.
- Be sure to savor their delicious ribeye steak with mashed potatoes.
- The 16,000 square-foot space includes 23 pool tables and four ping-pong cages.
- The Shamrock can accommodate parties of up to 600 people—great for holiday gatherings.
- Their menu also features an amazing half-pound burger and breaded buffalo wings.
Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant
2604 Magazine St. | 897-5413 | traceysnola.com
- Established in 1949, Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is the original Irish Channel bar.
- Tracey’s is known for its wild St. Patty’s Day block party in the Irish Channel.
- You can get their shucked-to-order oysters for $1 on Mondays.
- Be sure to try the Irish Sundae, which features their homemade potato salad topped with fresh roast beef debris.
- They also have a pool table and over 20 TVs offering non-stop sports broadcasting.
World of Beer
300 Julia St. | 299-3599 | worldofbeer.com
- World of Beer offers patrons over 500 global beers and local craft drafts to quench your thirst.
- On Sundays, they offer “Beerunch” from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., featuring dishes like beer-batter pancakes.
- Take advantage of their Monday specials: $5 burgers and fries or Guiness bratwursts with fries.
- Located in the Warehouse District, World of Beer offers a respite from the 24/7 party vibe of the French Quarter.
- Not a beer fan? They’ve got a variety of wines, cocktails, and other booze to pair with your meal.
Another Broken Egg Café
Multiple locations | 301-2771 | anotherbrokeneggcafe.com
- This cafe was voted “Best Breakfast 2018” by the readers of Where Y’at.
- It was also named as one of the “Top 500 Businesses in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2013.
- Their New Orleans locations are in the Garden District and Lakeview.
- Try their Crawfish Skillet, Lobster & Brie Omelette, or Cinnamon Roll French Toast.
- The many Another Broken Egg Cafés collectively serve about 750,000 eggs to 600,000 guests a year.
Café 615 Home of Dawabbit
615 Kepler St. | Gretna | 365-1225 | dawabbit.net
- Café 615 prides itself on being the most affordable restaurant in Gretna while still serving up high-quality meals.
- Check out their daily lunch specials, ranging from red beans and rice on Mondays to fried catfish on Fridays.
- Where else are you going to get a delicious seared duck breast for only $18?
- Their extensive menu features everything, including salads, seafood platters, sandwiches, and exotic appetizers.
- Their namesake dish, the Dawabbit Burger, is eight ounces of ground chuck, specially seasoned and pan-fried.
912 Royal St. | 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com
- The café is named after Amelie Miltonberger, mother of the first American Princess of Monaco.
- The café is located in the townhouse where the princess was raised in the 1860s.
- Their courtyard is reputed to be the most beautiful and romantic in the French Quarter.
- Enjoy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with their “Courtyard Cocktail,” which changes seasonally.
- Save room for dessert and try their famous doberge cake!
Multiple locations | cafebeignet.com
- Café Beignet is a cup full of New Orleans’s best European traditions, especially coffee and beignets.
- You can enjoy live music from various local artists here.
- Café Beignet provides a grand café setting, both inside and out, at all of their locations in the Crescent City.
- Breakfast is served all day, and New Orleans Cajun specialties and fried seafood are also available.
- Bring a piece of New Orleans home with you with any one of their items in the gift shop.
527 Julia St. | 875-4132 | cafecarmo.com
- Café Carmo is devoted to sustainability and uses many biodegradable and compostable products.
- Carmo features a new bar with drinks made from fresh juices and unique mixers.
- They are committed to providing dishes for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
- Their Japanese shima sashimi and Peruvian tiradito are made from the freshest seafood.
- Café Carmo holds the only three-star rating by the Green Restaurant Association in Louisiana.
Two Metairie Locations | caffecaffe.com
- Caffe! Caffe! has two gourmet coffee shops and cafés operating in Metairie.
- They are known for serving some of the area’s freshest gourmet coffee and espresso drinks.
- They also serve soups, sandwiches, salads, and pastries made in-house.
- Both locations now offer hot breakfast, so you can get eggs and grits made fresh daily.
- It was voted “Best Café 2018” by the readers of Where Y’at.
City Donuts & Café
Multiple locations | facebook.com/pages/City-Donuts-Cafe-247/103527297118666
- City Donuts serves up fresh donuts and other delicious food 24/7.
- Their newest location just opened up in the Marigny at 3125 St. Claude Ave.
- Not only do they make the city’s best donuts, but they also offer New Orleans cuisine as well.
- For a sweet and delicious breakfast (or dessert) fix, be sure to try their buttermilk drops.
- City Donuts & Café is available anytime via UberEats and can be delivered right to your doorstep.
535 Tchoupitoulas St. | 599-2119 | comperelapin.com
- Compère Lapin features some of the best cocktails in town, thanks to their great bartenders.
- This Caribbean-inspired eatery is located just off Poydras Street in the Warehouse District’s Old No. 77 Hotel.
- In 2016, critic Brett Anderson named Compère Lapin “New Orleans Restaurant of the Year.”
- Chef Nina Compton is a recent winner of the James Beard Best Chef: South award.
- Standout dishes include the conch croquettes, crudo special, and curried goat.
307 Exchange Pl. | 301-3347 | greengoddessrestaurant.com
- Green Goddess prides itself on fusing traditional Thai flavors and Cajun cuisine together.
- Their inventive vegan and vegetarian offerings, like their tofu po-boy, truly set them apart.
- Try their Vegi Cuban Luau with sauteed kale, fresh arugula, manchego cheese, and roasted pineapple.
- Green Goddess even has gluten-free options, making the experience and menu truly something for everyone.
- Nestled in a romantic alleyway in the French Quarter, Green Goddess is the perfect date-night spot.
Jimmy J’s Café
115 Chartres St. | 309-9360 | jimmyjscafe.com
- This colorful French Quarter café is a popular breakfast destination.
- Jimmy J’s Café offers a selection of weekly specials and deals, like their pancakes of the day.
- They make everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients.
- Are you Downtown right now? Call ahead and wait in bed. They deliver!
- Their big flavors can create lines, but they’re worth the wait.
Morning Call Coffee Stand
56 Dreyfous Dr. | morningcallcoffeestand.com
- Morning Call has been serving café au lait and beignets to generations of locals and visitors since 1870.
- Their rich chicory coffee is brewed using the time-tested “french drip method,” which allows the coffee to build intensity and body.
- Morning Call is open 24/7 (closed only on Christmas Day), so you can have beignets anytime you want!
- Their beignets, also referred to as “French Market donuts,” are hand-rolled and cut before being cooked in hot oil.
- If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, Morning Call also has a menu featuring many local New Orleans dishes.
900 Royal St. | 412-8065 | petiteamelienola.wordpress.com
- Petite Amelie is an extension of Café Amelie, located right down the street.
- The café specializes in “cuisine rapide,” with dine-in and grab-and-go options.
- The cases of prepared foods, ranging from salads to entrees, rotate daily.
- Their chocolate croissants and eclairs are some of the city’s best traditional French pastries.
- They have farm-to-pantry items to purchase, such as candies, locally sourced jams, sauces, and more.
Surrey's Café and Juice Bar
Two Uptown locations | surreysnola.com
- Surrey's is an eclectic and funky café and juice bar with two convenient locations on historic Magazine Street.
- Surrey's is opening a new location on Freret Street near Tulane University.
- Their sweet and savory menu specializes in local food items with a hint of Latin flavor.
- Get there early! Both of their locations are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to just 3 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-served.
- Try some of their local favorites, like the Crab Meat Omelette or the Bananas Foster French Toast.
3127 Esplanade Ave. | 945-5635 | cafedegas.com
- Café Degas is an intimate French bistro that offers $5 mimosas at their Saturday brunch.
- The café’s namesake is the 19th-century French Impressionist Edgar Degas.
- Degas stayed down the street at 2306 Esplanade Ave. during an 1872 visit to the city.
- The restaurant was built by French artist Jacques Soulas, who sought to bring authentic French food to New Orleans.
- You can feast in their elegant enclosed patio, with a tree growing through the middle of the dining room.
6325 Elysian Fields Ave. | 644-4762 | homegrown.pizza
- Homegrown Pizza lives up to the name by only using dough from Gentilly’s own John Gendusa's Bakery.
- This hip pizzeria keeps six drafts in rotation, and they’re all brewed right in or around New Orleans.
- They don’t stop at just pizza either: Homegrown serves up sandwiches and salads, too.
- Ever had a pizza with honey, bacon, chicken thighs, and seven different cheeses? Well, now you can.
- With such a variety of menu options, it’s the perfect place to take the family.
600 Carondelet St. | 930-3070 | josephineestelle.com
- Josephine Estelle is an Italian restaurant adjacent to the amazing Ace Hotel.
- The restaurant is named after the daughters of chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman.
- Their menu features a unique combination of Italian recipes and Southern flavor.
- The restaurant includes homemade pastas made from family recipes.
- The first Monday of the month, they feature a chef’s selection served family-style for $35.
4137 US Highway 90 West | Westwego | 436-8950 | moscasrestaurant.com
- Since 1946, New Orleanians have enjoyed specialty Italian cuisine at Mosca's Restaurant.
- Their specialties include spaghetti and meatballs and Oysters Mosca.
- Every dish is prepared to order and served on family-style platters.
- Their website even features some of Mosca’s most popular dish recipes.
- Mosca’s also features a full bar and wine list to help pair a drink with all of their dishes.
1838 Napoleon Ave. | 895-4877 | pascalsmanale.com
- Pascal Manale’s has been a New Orleans institution for over 100 years.
- In December, get $20 back when you buy $100 worth of gift cards!
- Grab a dozen raw from their stand-up oyster bar before your meal.
- Their BBQ shrimp has achieved national fame as one of New Orleans’s classic dishes.
- They also specialize in seafood, traditional Italian dishes, and succulent steaks.
125 Camp St. | 561-8844 | redgravycafe.com
- Red Gravy is a CBD bistro that offers rustic Italian cuisine using fresh and local ingredients.
- Several menu items are named after the friends and family of chef-owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker.
- Red Gravy is known as having some of the best pasta in town.
- They have been rated #1 for Brunch, Italian, Casual Dining, and Neighborhood Restaurant.
- Enjoy the cannoli pancakes or pecan waffles in the “colourful and kitchsy” dining area.
134 N. Carrollton Ave. | 488-7991 | venezianeworleans.net
- Venezia has been serving the New Orleans area for 60 years so far.
- They offer authentic Italian dishes, fresh seafood, and steaks.
- Their famous thin-crust pizza is cooked in an original stone oven.
- Their wait staff all have an average of 15 years of experience.
- Venezia’s recently redecorated dining room is the perfect spot for date night.
141 Delaronde St. | Algiers | 605- 3365 | facebook.com/TavolinoLounge
- Tavolino’s offers upscale pizza toppings, such as arugula, prosciutto, and truffle oil.
- Need an easygoing date-night idea? The Italian eatery is the perfect place to stop before catching the Algiers ferry into the sunset.
- The restaurant welcomes patrons of any age, but the lounge is a hideaway for those 21 and older.
- Their cans of rosé pair perfectly with any pizza, even on Taco Pizza Tuesday.
- Their Ferry Companion is a Daquiri of the Day option that comes in unique flavors like Strawberry Rosé and Jalapeño Piña Colada.
746 Tchoupitoulas St. | 581-1103 | tommyscuisine.com
- Tommy’s Cuisine beautifully brings together Creole-Italian fare while staying true to New Orleans’s culinary spirit.
- With dishes like the delicious Roast Duck Tchoupitoulas, Tommy’s offers unique and unexpected flavors.
- Their wine list is one of the most extensive in the city.
- The classy vintage restaurant has seven beautiful rooms to choose from for those looking to host a private function.
- Their gift card makes a great present and can be used at many other Creole Cuisine Restaurant Concept locations.
Multiple locations | carrettasgrillrestaurant.com
- Carreta’s serves authentic Mexican food with the goal of making you feel like a part of their family.
- They operate four locations in Metairie, Covington, Harahan, and Slidell.
- They are known for their burritos, taco salads, and jumbo margaritas.
- Though many Mexican places no longer do, they still serve complimentary chips and salsa upon seating.
- This family-oriented establishment also features live music nights.
Izzo’s Illegal Burrito
Multiple locations | izzos.com
- Izzo’s Illegal Burrito has been rolling a better burrito since their very first location opened in Baton Rouge in 2001.
- All Izzo’s locations serve only the highest quality food with generous portions.
- You are truly the maestro of your burrito masterpiece with their endless collection of meats and toppings.
- With burrito sizes ranging from Regular to Super and “Illegal,” you can satisfy your cravings no matter how hungry you are.
- Be sure to have Izzo’s cater your next family or work event with plenty of catering options available.
Juan’s Flying Burrito
Multiple locations | juansflyingburrito.com
- Their Green Goat Quesadilla is not only amazingly flavorful, but filling.
- Probably the world’s first Creole Taqueria, Juan’s mission is to bring crafted food infused with local flavors to patrons at a reasonable price.
- Wrapped in love and a delicious flour, wheat, or spinach tortilla, Juan’s Flying Burritos are large enough to easily pass as a small baby.
- Juan’s Eye Opener drinks prove that they understand it’s 5:00 somewhere.
- The margarita selection is top-notch and offers flavors like the fruity Corazon and pucker-worthy lime-infused Vida.
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437 Esplanade Ave. | 266-2848 | nolacantina.com
- Be sure to check out New Orleans’s newest Mexican joint on the corner of Frenchmen and Esplanade.
- Nola Cantina is equal parts indoor and outdoor, with two large bars, plenty of craft cocktails, sangria, wine, and local beers.
- Vegetarians are welcome at NOLA Cantina, and the kitchen is free of wheat flour, too.
- There are currently plans in development for Burlesque Brunch every first Sunday, so stay tuned!
- NOLA Cantina prides itself on a modern take on tacos and Mexican food.
1500 S. Carrollton Ave. | 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com
- All of the kabobs at Lebanon’s are cooked on skewers above a charcoal grill.
- They serve a spectrum of Middle Eastern cuisine, from hummus to kabobs.
- Fan favorites are the creamy hummus, chicken shawarma, and rosemary lamb chops.
- Their extensive menu is complemented by reasonable prices.
- Lebanon’s is BYOB, so bring in your favorite bottle to complement their excellent food.
3149 Calhoun St. | 861-9602 | pyramidscafeonline.com
- Pyramids Cafe is an Uptown spot serving healthy and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Located just across from Tulane University, Pyramids is a popular spot with students.
- Vegetarians swear that their eggplant sandwich is one of the best in town.
- Their delivery is highly recommended for both speed and quality.
- For dine-in customers, they offer free cable TV and Wi-Fi.
New Orleans Cuisine
713 St. Louis Ave. | 581-4422 | antoines.com
- Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans.
- Among the country’s most famous restaurants, Antoine's is known as the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller.
- Their wine cellar is 165 feet long, seven feet wide, and can hold 25,000 bottles.
- They have three private dining rooms named after carnival krewes.
- Bon Appétit has named Antoine’s one of the “Top 10 Must-Visit Classic Restaurants.”
819 Conti St. | 581-3866 | broussards.com
- Broussard’s has been an iconic, high-end spot serving rich, classic Creole dishes since 1920.
- The New Orleans dining treasure has been inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News’s Fine Dining Hall of Fame.
- Within the current building are masterful recreations of various other buildings, such as the Borrello mansion and the historic Hermann-Grima house, built in 1834.
- The restaurant is also recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.
- Their menu includes decadent classics, like truffled crab claws.
Chef Ron‘s Gumbo Stop
2309 N Causeway Blvd. | Metairie | 835-2022 | gumbostop.com
- Don’t let this humble spot fool you—owner and head chef, Ron Iafrate, was named Chef of the Year in 2010 by the American Culinary Federation.
- Just when you thought there was nothing better than good gumbo, Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop offers stuffed gumbo.
- This Cajun-Creole bistro makes sure patrons feel right at home.
- With Chef Ron in the establishment’s kitchen, quality is guaranteed.
- For those not looking for gumbo at the Gumbo Spot, fret not: There are also specialties, like Bronzed Drum Fish.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave. | 899-9308 | thecolums.com
- Built in 1883, The Columns is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- The hotel was designed by New Orleans architect Thomas Sully.
- The Columns has Happy Hour every day, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Sunday jazz brunch.
- The Victorian Lounge is a bar with outdoor patio seating and a small plates menu.
- It has been listed on Esquire’s guide to “100 Best Bars in America.”
Coterie NOLA Restaurant & Oyster Bar
135 Decatur St. | 529-8600 | coterienola.com
- Coterie’s Happy Hour not only features the expected drink special, but 75-cent fresh oysters.
- For any patron looking for a way to really bring in the weekend, Coterie offers a Gator Bite cocktail.
- Their signature whiskey cream sauce brings to life their classic bread pudding dessert.
- If you’re looking for a big breakfast with big flavor, then Coterie’s Beaucoup Breakfast is the perfect geaux-to.
- Coterie’s brick walls and abundance of natural lighting give it a feel as rich as the food.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St. | 522-0571 | crescentictybrewhouse.com
- Crescent City Brewhouse became New Orleans’s first brewpub in 1991.
- The brewery’s building dates to the 1700s; it used to be a two-story, 14-room house.
- The property served as a private residence until 1916, when it became used for fur processing.
- Their 17-barrel brewery combines Old World values and modern technology.
- They are a past recipient of the Vieux Carré City Council Award.
Crossroads at House of Blues
225 Decatur St. | 310-0499 | houseofblues.com/neworleans/menu
- Besides being an established music venue, House of Blues is also home to the restaurant Crossroads.
- The menu is a mix of regional and international cuisine created by chefs across America.
- Grab dinner before a concert and receive early entry into the show.
- Their Happy Hour includes offerings such as $6 Voodoo Eggrolls and $4 Bayou Fritters.
- They also have daily drink specials, like $3 craft beers on Tuesdays.
Dick and Jenny’s
4501 Tchoupitoulas St. | 894-9880 | dickandjennys.com
- Dick and Jenny’s is a neighborhood bistro that serves local Creole cuisine.
- It features a fantastic wine list as well as wonderful cocktails.
- The restaurant is set in a mid-19th-century cottage in Uptown, on Tchoupitoulas Street.
- The inside is lined with colorful plates bearing the names of the restaurant's first patrons.
- Be sure to try Chef Merlin’s Crab Cake, which is topped with fresh Louisiana jumbo lump crab meat.
301 Chartres St. | 291-1860 | governorrestaurant.com
- The Governor Restaurant salutes the city’s historical influencers and age-old recipes.
- Be sure to try their “Taste of New Orleans” featuring gumbo, crawfish étouffée, red beans and rice, and jambalaya.
- Brunch is served every day until 4 p.m., with dishes like “The Party Line” omelette.
- Their specialty raw oysters are not to be missed, with flavors like Cucumber Ponzu.
- They serve up some delicious cocktails, like the El Jefe with Absolut Vanilla, dark crème de cacao, and an ancho chili twist.
Neyow’s Creole Café
3332 Bienville St. | 827-5474 | neyows.com
- Neyow’s serves up authentic Creole cuisine, “straight from their grandmother’s recipes.”
- Neyow’s has a large selection of weekly specials, ranging from red beans and rice to eight-ounce ribeyes.
- Be sure to order a dozen of their delectable charbroiled oysters as an appetizer.
- Let Neyow’s host and cater your next party, reunion, wedding reception, bridal shower, or baby shower.
- Can't dine in? Order your lunch to go between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. every day.
New Orleans Cajun Cookery
701 S. Peters St. | 985-778-2529 | facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/New-Orleans-Cajun-Cookery-659728691032348
- New Orleans Cajun Cookery is new to the scene, but offers that classic New Orleans experience when it comes to good food and flavor.
- Make Monday wing day with New Orleans Cajun Cookery’s 10 wings for $10 special.
- Their larger-than-life South Peter Burger is a mixture of ground brisket, chuck, and short ribs, which is then is topped with thick-cut bacon.
- The Cajun Cookery offers revamped New Orleanian fare, such as their Gulf Fish Tacos and District Catfish 18.
- The modernized atmosphere is a great place to escape the industrialized surroundings of the Warehouse District.
New Orleans Creole Cookery
508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com
- They offer traditional Creole cooking in a beautiful atmosphere, including outdoor courtyard seating.
- They feature seafood—both fresh boiled and fried—an oyster bar, and strong drinks.
- Their Happy Hour features 50-cent raw and $1 chargrilled oysters.
- Their menu features classics, such as Shrimp Creole and Gumbo Served Three Ways.
- The space is rumored to be haunted by a merchant named Joseph Bapentier, who died in 1806.
The Original Fiorella’s Cafe
5325 Franklin Ave. | 309-0352 | originalfiorellas.com
- The first Fiorella’s Café was open in the French Market from 1985 until 1999.
- In 2016, they reopened on Franklin Avenue under the name “The Original Fiorella’s Cafe.”
- The new location was opened by brothers Kelly and Calcie Fiorella, in honor of their father CJ.
- Check out their daily specials, especially the red beans and rice.
- Their fried chicken won “Best Fried Chicken” at the National Fried Chicken Festival two years in a row!
Parran's Po-Boys and Restaurant
Multiple locations | parranspoboys.com
- Parran’s Po-Boys and Restaurant serves up a variety of po-boys stuffed with fried or grilled seafood.
- Their fresh French bread is trucked in daily, giving you the freshest bread possible.
- Parran’s also serves up gigantic muffalettas and mouthwatering Italian dishes, like Eggplant Parmesan.
- With locations in Metairie, Kenner, and Uptown, Parran's can easily satisfy your po-boy hankering.
- Want a Parran’s po-boy delivered right to you? Order delivery via the Waitr app.
The Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St. | 943-3934 | pralineconnection.com
- The Praline Connection serves some of the best homestyle Cajun-Creole soul food in New Orleans.
- They began as a home delivery service for working women and their families.
- Choosing between their red beans or their white beans and rice is a nearly impossible decision.
- Their pralines are made fresh daily using the old-school spoon-drip method.
- They are serving their last plate at this location at the end of November before moving to a new spot in town.
311 Baronne St. | 962-6527 | publicservicenola.com
- Public Service is a “New Southern” restaurant that honors the civic spirit of NOPSI.
- NOPSI is the New Orleans Public Service Inc., which used to be the local utility and transportation company.
- The elevated comfort food on the menu is inspired by the Gulf Coast’s fishermen and farmers.
- Their open kitchen is accentuated with a modern raw bar and open-flame rotisserie.
- The restaurant is located in the “Gold Building” adjacent to the NOPSI Hotel.
Short Stop Poboys
119 Transcontinental Dr. | Metairie | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboysno.com
- Short Stop Poboys has a huge selection of po-boys, with over 30 varieties!
- Their po-boys come in three sizes: small (6”), regular (9”), and king-size (14”).
- Their counter service system moves quickly, but you can order online to beat the wait.
- Short Stop consistently delivers giant po-boys for reasonable prices.
- Don’t forget to grab one of their sides, like the chicken fries, cole slaw, or stuffed crab.
Acme Oyster House
Multiple Locations | acmeoyster.com
- Acme Oyster House is an institution that we’re proud to claim here in New Orleans.
- With locations spread across the Gulf South, Acme is sharing their delightful NOLA fare far and wide.
- Their Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy, with fried oysters, fried shrimp, and spicy mayo, is an absolute must-try.
- Oysters on the half shell are served up fresh by either the dozen or half-dozen.
- Think you can eat 15 dozen oysters? Complete the challenge and join their prestigious “15 Dozen Club.”
701 S. Peters St. | 302-7496 | briquette-nola.com
- Briquette is a large, upscale seafood restaurant in the Warehouse District.
- Valet parking at Briquette means no worries about finding a parking spot.
- The Briquette menu features wonderful local favorites, like Redfish on the Half Shell and Snapper Pontchartrain.
- Grab a cocktail at their bar before or after your meal.
- The kitchen is open to dining-room viewing, behind glass.
Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Multiple locations | felixs.com
- Felix’s newest location is on the Lakefront with beautiful views overlooking Lake Pontchartrain.
- Felix’s offers a ton of oyster options by the dozen or half-dozen.
- Felix's has been locally owned since its inception in the 1940s.
- Their oysters are harvested from the best Louisiana oyster beds, put on a refrigerated truck, and zipped right to their oyster bar.
- Their menu also features plenty of fried or grilled seafood options if you’re not into mollusks.
Multiple Locations | landrysseafood.com
- Landry’s Seafood is all about family, warmth, and exceptional seafood at every location.
- Every location has a taste of New Orleans cuisine, with dishes like BBQ Shrimp.
- Landry’s also offers exotic options, like smoked bacon-crusted scallops with cheese grits.
- This holiday season, if you purchase a $50 Landry’s gift card, you’ll also receive a free $10 reward card.
- Be sure to pair one of your seafood dishes with a mouthwatering cocktail from their extensive cocktail list.
2100 St. Charles Ave. | 509-6675 | poseidonnola.com
- Poseidon offers a variety of seafood, but their specialities are oysters and sushi.
- Open until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, they are one of the few late-night sit-down restaurants.
- Their take-out is served just as fresh as their dine-in cuisine.
- Their menu features nearly 30 signature sushi rolls, including the Hurricane and Black and Gold.
- After dinner, check out one of their private karaoke rooms.
630 Carondelet St. | 930-3071 | seaworthynola.com
- Seaworthy can be found in an 1832 Creole cottage next to Ace Hotel.
- Their oysters are wild-caught and sustainably harvested.
- Their menu also features locally sourced fish and game.
- Their prix-fixe “Crew Mess” ($29.90) is priced according to their coordinates.
- They offer artisanal, proprietary, and classic cocktails.
The Catch Seafood Restaurant
3010 Cleary Ave. | Metairie | 407-3316 | facebook.com/thecatchseafoodrestaurantLA/timeline
- The Catch Seafood Restaurant is one of Metairie’s best seafood restaurants.
- The Catch has a new daily food special every Tuesday thru Saturday.
- They also offer fried seafood platters, blackened dishes, boiled shrimp, and more.
- Be sure to grab a cup or quart of their fresh corn and crab bisque.
- They also offer a great kids' menu, so be sure to bring the kiddos!
Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco
5015 Magazine St. | 267-7612 | titoscevichepisco.com
- Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco is a new Peruvian restaurant located Uptown.
- The restaurant’s owner, John Lock, is originally from Lima, Peru.
- Their menu is built on traditional dishes, such as ceviche criollo.
- Be sure to try their “Lomo Saltado,” stir-fried beef tenderloin with sauteed onions, served with crispy potatoes.
- The bar features nearly 50 varieties of Peruvian pisco.
Max Well New Orleans
6101 Magazine Street | 301-0510 | maxwellneworleans.com
- Max Well is the Crescent City’s newest plant-based eatery, located Uptown, just off Magazine Street.
- Max Well wants to prove that veggies can taste as good or better than your favorite piece of meat.
- Their delicious salad and protein bowls, stuffed with greens, rice, and delicious toppings, are super-filling.
- Try their Sparta Power Bowl, featuring red pepper hummus, quinoa tabouli, dill-seasoned chickpeas, and tons of other toppings.
- If you’re in the mood for a quick juice pick-me-up, they offer a variety of freshly squeezed juices daily.
Multiple locations | 302-2599 | seedyourhealth.com
- Seed offers vegan versions of classic comfort food, ranging from nachos to gumbo.
- They encourage sustainable dining through recycled menus, available compost, and solar-powered energy.
- A portion of the restaurant’s proceeds are donated to Project Orangutan and the Humane Society of Louisiana.
- Be sure to check out their newest location at 2372 St. Claude Ave. in the Bywater.
- House specialties include the eggplant po-boy and Southern fried tofu.