2019 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks
Jan 01 2019

2019 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks

By: Readers' Votes

Best Nightlife

Best Dance Club

  1. Republic NOLA: 828 S Peters St., www.republicnola.com

  2. Ohm Lounge: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., www.ohm-lounge.com

  3. Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., www.themetronola.com

Best Happy Hour

1. The Columns Hotel: 3811 St. Charles Ave., thecolumns.com

2. Barcadia New Orleans: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., barcadianeworleans.com

3. Lucy's Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant: 701 Tchoupitoulas St., www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans

Best Dive Bar

  1. Ms. Mae's: 4336 Magazine St., www.facebook.com/msmaesNOLA

  2. Snake & Jake's: 7612 Oak St., www.snakeandjakes.com

  3. Babylon Music and Sports Bar: 2917 Harvard Ave Suite A

Best Bar for Hand-Crafted Cocktails

1. Bar Tonique: 820 N. Rampart St., bartonique.com

2. Cure: 4905 Freret St., curenola.com

3. Beachbum Berry's Latitude 29: 321 N. Peters St., latitude29nola.com

Best Late-Night Bar

  1. Apres Lounge: 608 Fulton St., www.apresnola.com

  2. Ohm Lounge: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., www.ohm-lounge.com

  3. Snake & Jake's: 7612 Oak St., www.snakeandjakes.com

Best Place to See and Be Seen

  1. Ohm Lounge: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., www.ohm-lounge.com

  2. House of Blues: 225 Decatur St., www.houseofblues.com/neworleans

  3. Ace Hotel: 600 Carondelet St., www.acehotel.com/neworleans

Best Upscale Bar

1. Hot Tin: 2031 St. Charles Ave., hottinbar.com

2. Cure: 4905 Freret St., curenola.com

3. Arnaud's French 75 Bar: 813 Bienville St., arnaudsrestaurant.com/bars/french-75

Best Hotel Bar

Best New Bar/Club

  1. Wrong Iron On The Greenway: 3532 Toulouse St., www.wrongiron.com

  2. Copper Vine: 1001 Poydras St., www.coppervinewine.com

  3. Longway Tavern: 719 Toulouse St., www.longwaytavern.com

Best LGBT Bar

1. Golden Lantern: 1239 Royal St., facebook.com/GoldenLanternBar

2. Oz: 800 Bourbon St., ozneworleans.com

3. The Corner Pocket: 940 St Louis St www.cornerpocket.net

Best College Bar

  1. The Boot: 1039 Broadway St., www.thebootnola.com

  2. TJ Quill's: 7600 Maple St., www.facebook.com/tj.quills

  3. F & M Patio Bar: 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., www.fandmpatiobar.com


Best Gentlemen’s Club

  1. The Penthouse Club: 727 Iberville St., www.penthouseclubneworleans.com

  2. Rick's Cabaret: 315 Bourbon St., www.rickscabaretnola.com

  3. Larry Flynt's Hustler Club: 225 Bourbon St., www.neworleanshustlerclub.com


Best Jazz Club

  1. Jazz Playhouse: 300 Bourbon St.

  2. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro: 626 Frenchmen St., www.snugjazz.com

  3. The Spotted Cat Music Club: 623 Frenchmen St., www.spottedcatmusicclub.com


Best Music Club

  1. House of Blues: 225 Decatur St., www.houseofblues.com/neworleans

See a variety of live music performances at this nationally renowned concert venue chain.

2. Tipitina's: 501 Napoleon Ave., www.tipitinas.com

3. One Eyed Jacks: 615 Toulouse St., www.oneeyedjacks.net

Best Place to Play Bar Games

1. Shamrock: 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., shamrockparty.com

2. Barcadia New Orleans: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., barcadianeworleans.com

3. Fulton Alley: 600 Fulton St., www.fultonalley.com

Best Bar (Marigny/Bywater)

1. The Country Club: 634 Louisa St., thecountryclubneworleans.com

Enter the bohemian paradise known as The Country Club to enjoy swimming, fine dining, and upscale drinking.

2. Kajun's Pub: 2256 St. Claude Ave., kajunpub.com

3. Mimi's in the Marigny: 2601 Royal St., mimismarigny.com

Best Bar (Uptown)

1. Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St., lbtrnola.com

2. St. Joe's Bar: 5535 Magazine St., stjoesbar.com

3. F & M's Patio Bar: 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., www.fandmpatiobar.com

Best Bar (CBD/Warehouse District)

1. Barcadia: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., barcadianeworleans.com

If “eat, drink, play” doesn’t say it all, then we don’t know what will. Check out Barcadia to see for yourself. 

2. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant: 701 Tchoupitoulas St., lucysretiredsurfers.com

3. The Rusty Nail: 1100 Constance St., rustynailnola.com

Best Bar (Mid-City)

1. Pal's Lounge: 949 N. Rendon St., facebook.com/PalsLounge

2. Bayou Beer Garden: 326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, www.bayoubeergarden.com

3. The Bulldog Mid-City: 5135 Canal St., bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com

Best Neighborhood Bar (Westbank)

1. Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant: 435 Huey P. Long Ave., gattusos.net

Make your trip to the Westbank even better by stopping by Gattuso's for a pint, live music, and, of course, trivia night.

2. Old Point: 545 Patterson Rd., www.oldpointbarnola.com

3. The Crown & Anchor English Pub: 200 Pelican Ave., Algiers Point, crownandanchor.pub

Best Sports Bar

  1. Cooter Brown's Tavern: 509 S Carrollton Ave., www.cooterbrowns.com

  2. Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar: 1009 Poydras St., www.walk-ons.com

  3. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: 200 Poydras St.,www.gordonbiersch.com


Best Bar Patio

  1. Pat O' Brien's: 718 St Peter, www.patobriens.com

  2. Wrong Iron On The Greenway: 3532 Toulouse St., www.wrongiron.com

  3. The Tchoup Yard: 405 Third St.,www.tchoupyard.com


Best Irish Pub

1. Finn McCool's Irish Pub: 3701 Banks St., finnmccools.com

2. Mick's Irish Pub: 4801 Bienville Ave., facebook.com/Micks-Irish-Pub-76730787479

3. Kerry Irish Pub: 331 Decatur St., facebook.com/Kerry-Irish-Pub-163926209622


Best Place to Get a Bloody Mary

1. Daisy Duke's: Multiple Locations,daisydukesrestaurant.com

Drink an award-winning Bloody Mary to your heart's content, with free refills (with the purchase of a meal), at one of Daisy Duke's five locations in the city.

2. Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar: 941 Bourbon St.,www.lafittesblacksmithshop.com

3. Atchafalaya Restaurant: 901 Louisiana Ave.,atchafalayarestaurant.com


Best Place to Get a Margarita

1. El Gato Negro: Multiple Locations,elgatonegronola.com

2. Juan's Flying Burrito: Multiple Locations, juansflyingburrito.com

3. Felipe's Mexican Taqueria: Multiple Locations,www.felipestaqueria.com


Best Place to Get a Mojito

1. St. Joe's Bar: 5535 Magazine St., stjoesbar.com

Cool down with a blueberry mojito at St. Joe's Bar, a homey destination with saintly religious decor.

2. The Rum House Caribbean Taqueria: 3128 Magazine St., therumhouse.com

3. Cane & Table: 1113 Decatur St., caneandtablenola.com


Best Place to Drink Wine

1. Bacchanal Wine: 600 Poland Ave., bacchanalwine.com

Grab a bottle of wine to share or have a glass from their upstairs bar, and enjoy it with a cheese plate or other bites while listening to live jazz outdoors in their giant courtyard.

2. Effervescence: 1036 N Rampart St., www.nolabubbles.com

3. Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro: 720 Orleans St.,orleansgrapevine.com


Best Place to Drink Micro-Brewed Beer

1. Crescent City Brewhouse: 527 Decatur St.,crescentcitybrewhouse.com

2. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: 200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans

3. Abita Brew Pub: 72011 Holly St.,www.abitabrewpub.com


Best Beer Selection

1. Deuce McAllister's Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap: 132 Royal St., olesaint.com

Flat-screen TVs, over 50 beers, and Saints memorabilia from Deuce McAllister will grab the attention of any football and beer connoisseur at Ole Saint.

2. Cooter Brown's Tavern and Oyster Bar: 509 S. Carrollton Ave., cooterbrowns.com

3. The Bulldog: Multiple Locations, www.draftfreak.com


Best Shopping

Best Bike Shop

1. GNO Cyclery: 1426 S. Carrollton Ave., gnocyclery.com

Need your bike fixed or want a new ride? Stop by G.N.O. Cyclery for outstanding service and quality products. G.N.O. has everything for both bikes and cyclists, from equipment to apparel.

2. Bicycle Michael's: 622 Frenchmen St., www.bicyclemichaels.com

3. Freret Bike Shop: 6320, 4711 Freret St., www.thebikeshopnola.net

Best Men's Clothing

1. Rubensteins: 102 St. Charles Ave., rubensteinsneworleans.com

2. Perlis Clothing: Multiple Locations, perlis.com

3. Pelican Coast Clothing Company: 5509 Magazine St., www.pelicancoastclothing.com

Best Women's Clothing

1. Hemline: Multiple Locations, shophemline.com

2. Trashy Diva Clothing Boutique: Multiple Locations, trashydiva.com

3. Nola Couture: 3308 Magazine St., www.nolacouture.com

Best Smoke Shop

1. Ra Shop: Multiple Locations, rashop.us

With 11 stores open, you know the Ra Shop is smoking out the competition with their endless assortment of vape, tobacco, kratom, and pipe products.

2. The Herb Import Company: Multiple Locations, herbimport.com

3. Mushroom New Orleans: 1037 Broadway St., mushroomneworleans.com

Best Adult Novelty Store

1. Mr. Binky’s Boutique: 107 Chartres St., mrbinkys.com

2. Hustler Hollywood: 111 Bourbon St., hustlerhollywoodstores.com/hustler-hollywood-new-orleans

3. Paradise Adult Video & Book: 5608 Heebe St., facebook.com/paradiseadultvideoelmwood

Best Vintage Clothing Store

1. Buffalo Exchange: 4119 Magazine St., buffaloexchange.com

Need to jump on that hipster trend? Look no further than second-hand mavens Buffalo Exchange for your trendy, '90s-inspired looks.

2. Funky Monkey: 3127 Magazine St., funkymonkeynola.com

3. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana: Multiple Locations, goodwillno.org

Best Costume Shop

1. Nikki's French Quarter Halloween Store: 107 Chartres St. B, www.nolahalloweenstore.com

Ever wanted to dress as a terrifying monster in the middle of summer? Nikki's Halloween has all your costume needs. From masks to party decorations, get your costumes at this unique French Quarter store.

2. Uptown Costume & Dancewear: 4326 Magazine St., facebook.com/uptowncostumeanddancewear

3. Southern Costume Company: 951 Lafayette St., sccnola.com

Best Record Shop

1. Mushroom New Orleans: 1037 Broadway St., mushroomneworleans.com

2. LA Music Factory: 421 Frenchmen St., louisianamusicfactory.com

3. Peaches Records: 4318 Magazine St., peachesrecordsandtapes.com

 

Best Supermarket

1. Rouses Market: Multiple Locations, rouses.com

2. Trader Joe's: 2949 Veterans Blvd., www.traderjoes.com

3. Dorignac's Food Center: 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., dorignacs.com

Best Place to Buy Wine/Liquor

1. Martin Wine Cellar: 3827 Baronne St. in New Orleans and 714 Elmeer Ave. in Metairie, martinwine.com

2. Dorignac's Food Center: 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, dorignacs.com

3. Pearl Wine Co.: 3700 Orleans Ave. #1C, pearlwineco.com

Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor

1. Aart Accent Tattoos & Piercings: 1041 N. Rampart St., facebook.com/Aartaccent504

2. Electric Ladyland Tattoo: 610 Frenchmen St., electricladylandtattoo.com

3. Sailor's Cross Tattoo & Gallery: 5010Freret St., www.sailorscross.com

Best Athletic Club

1. New Orleans JCC: Multiple Locations, nojcc.org

There's something for the whole family at the JCC, from camp for the kids to a state-of-the-art gym for Mom, Dad, or the fitness buff in your life.

2. Ochsner Fitness Center Harahan: Multiple Locations, ochsnerfitness.com

3. Orangetheory Fitness: Multiple Locations www.orangetheoryfitness.com

Best Bead Store

1. Plush Appeal LLC: 2811 Toulouse St., mardigrasspot.com

Missing Mardi Gras already? Stop by Plush Appeal for artsy masks, colorful beads and boas, and, of course, plushies. 

2. Beads by the Dozen: 333 Edwards Ave., beadsbythedozen.com

3. Mardi Gras Zone: 2706 Royal St., facebook.com/mardigrassupplier

Best Bank

1. First American Bank & Trust: Multiple Locations, fabt.com

2.  Hancock Whitney Bank: Multiple Locations, hancockwhitney.com

3. Capital One Bank: Multiple Locations, capitalone.com

Best Bridal Store

1. Town & Country Bridal: 1514 St. Charles Ave., townandcountrybridal.com

2. Pearl's Place: 3114 Severn Ave., pearlsplace.com

3. Bliss Bridal: 2126 Magazine St., www.beablissbride.com

Best Car Dealership

1. Lamarque Ford: 3101 Williams Blvd., lamarque.com

2. Banner Ford: 1943 N Causeway Blvd www.bannerford.com

3. Premier Automotive: Mutiple Locations, www.premierautomotive.com

Best Vape Store

1. Calhoun Vapor: 3137 Calhoun St., calhounvapor.com

Blow some clouds with a variety of locally inspired and traditional e-liquid flavors at vape boutique Calhoun Vapor.

2. Crescent City Vape: Multiple Locations, crescentcityvape.com

3. Crescent City Clouds: 4344 Earhart Blvd c, www.crescentcityclouds.com

Best Pet Store

1. Jefferson Feed, Multiple Locations, jeffersonfeed.com

Treat your furry, fluffy, or scaly friends to some tasty treats, supplies, or an assortment of toys from local favorite Jefferson Feed.

2. Petco: Multiple Locations, petco.com

3. Zeus' Place: Multiple Locations., zeusplace.com

Best Wedding Venue

1. Elms Mansion and Gardens: 3029 St Charles Ave., www.elmsmansion.com

2. New Orleans City Park: 1 Palm Dr., neworleanscitypark.com/rentals-and-catering/weddings

3. Rosy's Jazz Hall: 500 Valence St., www.rosysjazzhall.com

Best Kid's Spot

1. Audubon Zoo: 6500 Magazine St., audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo

Nothing beats a day at Audubon Zoo-riding the carousel, seeing exotic animals, and, of course, being scared by the iconic Loup Garou figurine.

2. Louisiana Children's Museum: 420 Julia St., lcm.org

3. City Park Storyland: 5 Victory Ave., www.neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/storyland

Best Eyeglass Shop

1. Art & Eyes: Multiple Locations, artandeyesneworleansla.com

Looking for some stylish reading frames or summer shades? Look no further than Art & Eyes for some fashionable accessories.

2. St. Charles Vision: Multiple Locations, stcharlesvision.com

3. KREWE: Multiple Locations, krewe.com

Best Spa

1. The Woodhouse Day Spa: 4030 Canal St., neworleans.woodhousespas.com

2. Belladonna Day Spa: 2900 Magazine St., belladonnadayspa.com

3. Earthsavers Spa and Store: Multiple Locations, earthsaversonline.com

Best Thrift Store

1. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana: Multiple Locations, goodwillno.org

With unbeatable prices on clothing, accessories, and home decor, Goodwill is the place to visit to find a steal of a deal.

2. The Salvation Army: Various Locations, www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn

3. YEP Thrift Works: 1626 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, www.youthempowermentproject.org/what-we-do/yep-works/thrift-works

Best Dining

Best New Restaurant

  1. Sofia NOLA: 516 Julia St., www.sofianola.com

  2. Picnic Provisions & Whiskey: 741 State St., www.nolapicnic.com

  3. NOLA Cantina: 437 Esplanade Ave., www.nolacantina.com

Best Daily Specials

1. Joey K's Restaurant & Bar: 3001 Magazine St., joeyksrestaurant.com

2. Mandina Restaurant: 3800 Canal St., www.mandinasrestaurant.com

3. Katie's Restaurant: 3701 Iberville St., katiesinmidcity.com

Best Restaurant (French Quarter)

1. Antoine's Restaurant: 713 St. Louis St., antoines.com

2. Galatoire's: 209 Bourbon St., galatoires.com

3. Arnaud's Restaurant: 813 Bienville St., www.arnaudsrestaurant.com

Best Restaurant (Marigny/Bywater)

1. Mimi's in the Marigny: 2601 Royal St., mimismarigny.com

With two eclectic bars featuring vintage decor, Mimi's in the Marigny caters to tapas-craving herbivores and carnivores alike.

2. The Country Club: 634 Louisa St., thecountryclubneworleans.com

3. Cru by Chef Marlon Alexander: 535 Franklin Ave., www.crunola.com

Best Restaurant (Uptown)

1. Pascal's Manale: 1838 Napoleon Ave., pascalsmanale.com

2. St. James Cheese Company: 5004 Prytania St., www.stjamescheese.com

3. Jacques-Imo's Cafe: 8324 Oak St., jacques-imos.com

Best Restaurant (CBD/ Warehouse District)

1. Compere Lapin: 535 Tchoupitoulas St., comperelapin.com

Prepare your taste buds for an adventure at Compère Lapin, a hip eatery blending Creole, Italian, and Caribbean flavors.

2. Sofia NOLA: 516 Julia St., www.sofianola.com

3. Pêche Seafood Grill: 800 Magazine St., pecherestaurant.com

Best Restaurant (Mid-City)

1. Mandina’s Restaurant: 3800 Canal St., mandinasrestaurant.com

2. Venezia Restaurant: 134 N. Carrollton Ave., venezianeworleans.net

3. Café Degas: 3127 Esplanade Ave., cafedegas.com

Best Restaurant (Lakeview)

1. Velvet Cactus: 6300 Argonne Blvd., thevelvetcactus.com

Chill at no-frills Velvet Cactus this Taco Tuesday (or any day of the week) for some great Mexican food, and margaritas made with cane sugar.

2. Lakeview Harbor: 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., www.lakeviewharbor.us

3. Francesca Deli, Pizzeria And Catering: 515 Harrison Ave., www.francescadeli.com

Best Restaurant (Westbank)

1. Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit: 615 Kepler St., dawabbit.net

2. Tan Dinh: 1705 Lafayette St., www.facebook.com/Tan-Dinh-114745581606/

3. The Red Maple Restaurant: 1036 Lafayette St., www.theredmaple.com

Best Restaurant (Metairie)

1. Drago's Seafood Restaurant: 3232 N. Arnoult Rd., dragosrestaurant.com

2. Vincent's Italian Cuisine: 4411 Chastant St., vincentsitaliancuisine.com

3. Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop: 2309 N Causeway Blvd., www.gumbostop.com

Best Upscale Restaurant

1. Restaurant R'evolution: 777 Bienville St., www.revolutionnola.com

2. Commander's Palace: 1403 Washington Ave., commanderspalace.com

3. Antoine's Restaurant: 713 St. Louis St., antoines.com

Best Fast Casual Restaurant

1. District Donuts Sliders Brew: Mutiple Locationswww.districtdonuts.com

2. Felipe's Mexican Taqueria: Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

3. Dat Dog: Multiple locations,datdog.com

Best Bakery

1. Maple St. Patisserie: 7638 Maple St., cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie

Stop by European-inspired Maple Street Patisserie for fresh-baked breads, mouth-watering smells, and delicious pastries for a breakfast treat.

2. La Boulangerie: 4600 Magazine St., laboulangerienola.com

3. Breads on Oak: 8640 Oak St., www.breadsonoak.com

Best Deli

1. Stein's Market & Deli: 2207 Magazine St., steinsdeli.com

2. Martin Wine Cellar: Multiple Locations, martinwine.com

3. St. James Cheese Company: Multiple Locations, stjamescheese.com

Best Budget Eats

1. Liberty Cheesesteaks: 5041 Freret St., libertycheesesteaks.com

Craving some Philly-inspired dogs with a NOLA twist? Liberty Cheesesteaks has got your back with an assortment of sandwiches and fries.

2. Felipe's Mexican Taqueria: Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

3. Dat Dog: Multiple Locations, datdog.com

Best Place to Get a Salad

1. St. James Cheese Company: Multiple Locations., stjamescheese.com

St. James Cheese Company will have you rethinking the idea of salad as boring with their fresh and bold leafy offerings.

2. City Greens: Multiple Locations, www.eatcitygreens.com

3. The Daily Beet: 1000 Girod St., www.thedailybeetnola.com

Best Restaurant for Dessert

1. Commander's Palace: 1403 Washington Ave., commanderspalace.com

Not only is Commander's the best upscale eatery, but they've also got the best desserts in town. Don't get us started on the bread pudding.

2. Willa Jean: 611 O'Keefe Ave., willajean.com

3. Emeril's New Orleans: 800 Tchoupitoulas St., emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans

Best Outdoor Dining

1. Café Amelie: 912 Royal St., cafeamelie.com

2. Dat Dog: Multiple Locations, datdog.com

3. The Velvet Cactus Restaurant: 6300 Argonne Blvd., thevelvetcactus.com

Best Romantic Date Spot

1. The Court of Two Sisters: 613 Royal St., www.courtoftwosisters.com

2. Restaurant R'evolution: 777 Bienville St., revolutionnola.com

3. Lilette: 3637 Magazine St., www.liletterestaurant.com

Best Breakfast Spot

1. Surrey's Café and Juice Bar: Multiple Locations, surreysnola.com

2. The Ruby Slipper Café: Multiple Locations, therubyslippercafe.net

3. Another Broken Egg: Multiple Locations, anotherbrokenegg.com

Best Brunch Spot

1. The Ruby Slipper Café: Multiple Locations,therubyslippercafe.net

Feast on New Orleans-inspired brunch dishes, paired with a mimosa or two, at this popular breakfast and brunch hotspot.

2. Surrey's Café & Juice Bar: Multiple Locations,www.surreysnola.com

3. Apolline Restaurant: 4729 Magazine St., apollinerestaurant.com

Best Diner

1. City Diner: 3116 S. I-10 Service Rd., citydiner.biz

2. Camellia Grill: 626 S. Carrollton Ave., facebook.com/pages/Camellia-Grill/104113072958918

3. Dot’s Diner: Multiple Locations, dotsdiner.com

Best Cafe

1. Caffe! Caffe!: Multiple Locations,caffecaffe.com

Brewing since 1992, Caffe! Caffe! whips up delicious food and coffee in a super casual and inviting atmosphere.

2. Cake Cafe and Bakery: 2440 Chartres St., www.nolacakes.com

3. Satsuma Café: Multiple Locations, satsumacafe.com

Best Chinese Restaurant

1. Five Happiness, 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., fivehappiness.com

Five Happiness will surely put a smile on your face with their extensive menu of Chinese classics and fortune-cookie wisdom.

2. Red's Chinese: 3048 St. Claude Ave., redschinese.com

3. Bao and Noodle: 2700 Chartres St., www.baoandnoodle.com

Best Japanese Restaurant

1. Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi: Multiple Locations, rocknsake.com

2. Miyako Hibachi & Sushi Bar: 1403 St. Charles Ave., japanesebistro.com

3. Tsunami Sushi: Pan American Life Center 601 Poydras St.,www.servingsushi.com

Best Thai Restaurant

1.Suhko Thai: Multiple Locations.,sukhothai-nola.com

2. Thai Mint Restaurant: 1438 S Carrollton Ave.,www.thaimintrestaurant.com

3. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant: 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. #10, Gretna,bananablossomthaicuisine.com

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1. Namese: 4077 Tulane Ave., www.namese.net

2. Magasin Kitchen: 611 O'Keefe Ave., facebook.com/pages/Magasin-Kitchen/150776865274492

3. Lilly's Café: 1813 Magazine St., facebook.com/lillyscafe

Best BBQ Restaurant

1. Central City BBQ: 1201 S. Rampart St., centralcitybbq.com

2. Blue Oak: 900 N. Carrollton Ave., blueoakbbq.com

3. Moe's BBQ: Various Locations (www.moesoriginalbbq.com/lo/nola)

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Vincent's: Multiple Locations,vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Vincent's, a homey Italian eatery with a cozy vibe, will surely satisfy your cravings for rich pasta, fine wine, and delicious meats.

2. Venezia Restaurant: 134 N. Carrollton Ave.,venezianeworleans.net

3. Sofia NOLA: 516 Julia St,www.sofianola.com

Best Cajun Restaurant

1. Mulate’s: 201 Julia St., mulates.com

2. Jacques-Imo’s Cafe: 8324 Oak St., jacques-imos.com

3. Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon Restaurant & Bar: 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, bobbyheberts.com

Best African Restaurant

1. Bennachin Restaurant: 1212 Royal St., facebook.com/Bennachin-Restaurant-328082390006

While out in the Quarter, make sure to stop by the quaint and colorful Bennachin, which serves up generous portions of traditional African fare.

2. Cafe Abyssinia: 3511 Magazine St., cafeabyssinianola.com

3. Jamila's Cafe: 7808 Maple St., jamilascafe.com

Best Indian Restaurant

1. Nirvana Indian Cuisine: 4308 Magazine St., insidenirvana.com

Hungry for some curry, vindaloo, korma, or tandoori dishes? Enjoy Nirvana’s vast selection of traditional Indian fare. 

2. Saffron NOLA: 4128 Magazine St., saffronnola.com

3. Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant: 923 Metairie Rd., Metairie, tajnola.com

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

1. Lebanon’s: 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., lebanonscafe.com

Falafel and hummus gourmands alike are welcomed into a beautiful, mural-filled dining room at Lebanon’s Café to savor traditional Middle Eastern fare. 

2. Mona’s Cafe and Deli: Multiple Locations, monascafeanddeli.com

3. Pyramids Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine: 3149 Calhoun St., pyramidscafeonline.com

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. Carretta's: Multiple Locations, carretasgrillrestaurant.com

It's a fiesta every day at Carreta's, which offers traditional Mexican fare to satisfy your palate.

2. El Gato Negro: Multiple Locations, elgatonegronola.com

3. Taqueria Corona: 5932 Magazine St., www.taqueriacorona.com

Best Latin American Restaurant

1. Tito's Ceviche and Pisco: 5015 Magazine St., www.titoscevichepisco.com

2. Maïs Arepas: 1200 Carondelet St., facebook.com/maisarepas

3. Barú Bistro & Tapas Restaurant: 3700 Magazine St., barutapas.com

Best Seafood Restaurant

1. Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar: Multiple Locations,felixs.com

2. Acme Oyster House: Multiple Locations, acmeoyster.com

3. Deanie's Seafood Restaurant: Multiple Locations., deanies.com

Best Restaurant for Boiled Seafood

1. Deanie's Seafood Restaurant: Multiple Locations, deanies.com

2. The Galley Seafood: 2535 Metairie Rd., Metairie, thegalleyseafood.net

3. Salvo's Seafood: 7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, salvosseafood.com

Best Steakhouse

1. Crescent City Steaks: 1001 N Broad St., www.crescentcitysteaks.com

2. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse: 525 Fulton St. (inside Harrah's Hotel) in New Orleans and 3633 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie, ruthschris.com

3. The Steakhouse in Harrah's: 8 Canal St., www.caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/restaurants/the-steakhouse

Best Creole Restaurant

1. Neyow's Creole Café: 3332 Bienville St., neyows.com

2. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., dookychaserestaurant.com

3. Dunbar's Famous Creole Cuisine: 7834 Earhart Blvd., facebook.com/pages/Dunbars-Creole-Cuisine/1197021177025328

Best Bar Food

1. Buffa's Bar and Restaurant: 1001 Esplanade Ave., buffasbar.com

2. Cooter Brown's Tavern: 509 S Carrollton Ave., www.cooterbrowns.com

3. Backspace Bar & Kitchen: 139 Chartres St., backspacenola.com

Best Coffee Shop

1. PJ’s Coffee: Multiple Locations, pjscoffee.com

Didn’t have time to make coffee at home? Stop by PJ’s, a local favorite, for your morning cup of joe and a pastry to go.

2. CC’s Coffee House: Multiple Locations, communitycoffee.com

3. French Truck Coffee: Multiple Locations, frenchtruckcoffee.com

Best Vegetarian Menu

1. Carmo: 527 Julia St., cafecarmo.com

2. Green Goddess: 307 Exchange Pl., greengoddessrestaurant.com

3. Seed: Multiple Locations, seedyourhealth.com

Best Vegan Menu

1. Seed: 1330 Prytania St., seedyourhealth.com

Seed has vegans raving about its delicious offerings and is even blowing the minds of carnivorous stalwarts with its convincing flavors.

2. Daily Beet: 1000 Girod St., www.thedailybeetnola.com

3. Superfood Bar: 4113 Magazine St., sfbcuisine.com

Best Roast Beef Po-Boy

1. Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar: 2604 Magazine St., traceysnola.com

Come for the delicious eight-inch po-boy and stay for the drinks at this St. Patrick’s Day-loving bar.

2. Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant: 2533 Constance St., facebook.com/ParasolsNOLA

3. Parran's Po-Boys & Restaurant: Multiple Locations, parranspoboys.com

Best Shrimp Po-Boy

1. Short Stop Poboys: 119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie, shortstoppoboysno.com

2. Mahony's Po-boys and Seafood: Multiple Locations,www.mahonyspoboys.com

3. Parkway Bakery & Tavern: Multiple Locations, parkwaypoorboys.com

Best Oyster Po-Boy

1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern: 538 Hagan Ave., parkwaypoorboys.com

Serving up po-boys for 100 years, Parkway Bakery sure knows what they're doing when it comes to making the best oyster po-boy in the city.

2. Acme Oyster House: Multiple Locations, acmeoyster.com

3. Mahony's Po-Boys and Seafood: Multiple Locations,www.mahonyspoboys.com

Best Wings

1. WOW Café American Grill and Wingery: Multiple Locations, wowcafe.com

2. Bayou Hot Wings: 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., bayouhotwings.com

3. We Dat's Chicken and Shrimp: Multiple Locations, www.wedatschickenandshrimp.com

Best Fried Chicken

1. Willie Mae’s Scotch House: 2401 St. Ann St., williemaesnola.com 

Fried chicken is Willie Mae’s specialty. If you don’t agree that the chicken here is America’s best, then we don’t know what to say.

2. The Original Fiorella’s Cafe: 5325 Franklin Ave., originalfiorellas.com

3. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., dookychaserestaurant.com

 

Best Hamburger

1. Port of Call: 838 Esplanade Ave., portofcallnola.com

2. The Company Burger: 4600 Freret St. and 611 O'Keefe Ave. #C7, thecompanyburger.com

3. Cowbell: 8801 Oak St., www.cowbell-nola.com

Best Pasta

1. Venezia Restaurant: Multiple Locations, venezianeworleans.com

With a large selection of delicious and saucy pasta dishes, Venezia is sure to please pasta- and spaghetti-lovers with their Italian offerings.

2. Vincent's Italian Cuisine: 7839 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans and 4411 Chastant St. in Metairie, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

3. Semolina: 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 37, Metairie, semolina.com

Best Sushi

1. Mikimoto: 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., mikimotosushi.com

Serving NOLA-themed sushi rolls, mouth-watering sashimi, and a link "straight to the sushi" on their website, Mikimoto doesn't play around.

2. Rock n' Sake: 823 Fulton St., www.rocknsake.com

3. Origami Restaurant: 5130 Freret St., www.origaminola.com

Best Taco/Burrito

1. Felipe's Mexican Taqueria: Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

2. Juan's Flying Burrito: Multiple Locations, juansflyingburrito.com

3. Izzo's Illegal Burrito: Multiple Locations, izzos.com

Best Pizza

1. Reginelli's Pizzeria: Multiple Locations,reginellis.com

2. Mid-City Pizza: Multiple Locations www.midcitypizza.com

3. Theo's Neighborhood Pizza: Multiple Locations, theospizza.com

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

1. Angelo Brocato Italian Ice Cream and Pastry: 214 N. Carrollton Ave., angelobrocatoicecream.com

It's hard to leave Angelo Brocato's with only a creamy gelato in hand. The tantalizing cannoli and pastries will get you, too.

2. The Creole Creamery: Multiple Locations, creolecreamery.com

3. Piccola Gelateria: 4525 Freret St., www.piccolagelateria.com

Best Sno-Ball

1. Hansen's Sno-Bliz: 4801 Tchoupitoulas St., snobliz.com

With 79 years of making flavored iced delights to cool you down in the summer heat, Hansen's has got sno-ball-making down to a science.

2. Plum St. Snoballs: 1300 Burdette St. in New Orleans and 3000 Downing Blvd. in Metairie, facebook.com/Plum-Street-Snoballs-46126897621

3. Costanza's Snowballs: 5211 W Napoleon Ave., https://www.facebook.com/Costanzas-Snowballs-and-Soft-Serve/205155989524622

Best King Cake

1. Haydel’s Bakery: 4037 Jefferson Hwy., haydelbakery.com

The Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well at Haydel’s Bakery, which offers holiday-themed king cakes all year round.

2. Manny Randazzo King Cakes: 3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, randazzokingcake.com

3. Dong Phuong Bakeshop: 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., dpbakeshop.com

Best French Restaurant

  1. Café Degas, 3127 Esplanade Ave., cafedegas.com

  2. La Crêpe Nanou, 1410 Robert St., lacrepenanou.com

  3. Vyoone's, 412 Girod St., vyoone.com

Best In The Arts

Best Theater Venue

1. Saenger Theatre: 1111 Canal St., saengernola.com

2. The Joy Theater: 1200 Canal St., thejoytheater.com

3. Orpheum Theatre: 129 Roosevelt Way, www.orpheumnola.com

Best Art Gallery

  1. Gallery B. Fos: Various Locations www.beckyfos.com

  2. Ashley Longshore: 4537 Magazine St www.ashleylongshore.com

  3. Alex Beard: 3926 Magazine St www.alexbeardstudio.com

Best Local Artist

  1. Michael Hunt

  2. James Michalopolous

  3. Frenchy

Best Museum

1. The National WWII Museum: 945 Magazine St., nationalww2museum.org

History buffs and curious visitors are sure to love the WWII Museum, with its interactive exhibits, movies, artifacts, and captivating stories about the world’s most tragic war.

2. New Orleans Museum of Art: 1 Collins Diboll Circle, noma.org

3. Ogden Museum of Southern Art: 925 Camp St., ogdenmuseum.org