Fall Restaurant Guide 2020
Sep 25 2020

Fall Restaurant Guide 2020

By: Staff


Briquette is located in a former molasses refinery, with an open kitchen and a large bar area. This restaurant has a first-rate atmosphere to match its excellent food. You can't go wrong with the Tuna Crudo appetizer or the Snapper Pontchartrain entree. Try their blackened redfish with a side of grilled Gulf shrimp and some chardonnay butter sauce for a delicious off-the-grill experience. 701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496, briquette-nola.com

Carmo boasts flavors "from Southeast Asia to West Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and beyond." Don't visit without trying one of their fantastic cocktails or fresh tropical juices. They provide a comfortable atmosphere and amazing food that is perfect for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Next time you head there, be sure to order their tiradito, a Peruvian-style sashimi with yellow chili peppers. 527 Julia St., 504-875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Copper Vine is known for its nature-filled courtyard, 30 wines on tap, and delicious bites. It has one of the best wine menus in town, with options by the glass or the bottle. Their crab deviled eggs, crawfish beignets, and frozen sangria are guest favorites. Exclusively on their fall menu, their duck gnocchi will make you savor the fall season even more. 1001 Poydras St., 504-208-9535, coppervinewine.com

Josephine Estelle, run by James Beard Award-winners, blends Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. They feature fried chicken with an Italian twist and rigatoni on the same menu. Their fried Brussels sprout salad is healthy yet fun—an unexpected fusion of cardamom, yogurt, sourdough, lima beans, and golden raisins. This restaurant offers the best of both worlds: truly fine dining and reasonable prices. 600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070, josephineestelle.com

Legacy Kitchen's Craft Tavern offers a refreshing take on New Orleans classics. With Legacy's daily brunch until noon, diners can indulge in beignets or build-your-own waffles. For dinner, try their Redfish St. Charles, served with asparagus and crawfish cornbread casserole. All dishes can be paired excellently with one of their signature craft cocktails. 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-613-2350, LegacyKitchen.com

Mother's is a legendary establishment known for its fantastic New Orleans cuisine. Try their fried chicken or their "world's best" baked ham. The Combination Platter, which comes with either shrimp creole or shrimp étouffée, along with Jerry's Jambalaya, red beans and rice, potato salad, and a side, is a can't-miss. And go ahead and sleep in: Breakfast is served all day. 401 Poydras St., 504-523-9656, mothersrestaurant.net

NOLA Caye is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant in the Warehouse District. They're a boutique eatery with gorgeous décor—the space has the feeling of an upscale restaurant with a hip, modern vibe. Get fresh and authentic island cuisine, such as conch fritters, jerk chicken, watermelon gazpacho, or fish tacos. Don't miss their creative cocktails to accompany your meal. 98 Baronne St., 504-302-1302, nolacaye.com

Seaworthy features locally caught and sustainably harvested seafood with a global flair. It's a culinary heaven for seafood aficionados and dabblers alike. For a petite plate, the mussels, served in a light chorizo broth, packs an impressive amount of flavor. Profits from their handcrafted cocktails help fund the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative. 630 Carondelet St., 504-930-3071, SeaworthyNola.com

Sofia, serving authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist, aims to create a relaxed but vibrant environment for guests. The menu features seasonally driven small plates, pastas made by hand, and wood-fired pizza. For beverages, Sofia has a fabulous wine list along with craft beer and Italian-inspired cocktails. Try their scallops, served with peas, mushrooms, and fennel puree and sauced with a fennel pollen vinaigrette. 516 Julia St., 504-322-3216, sofianola.com

The Steakhouse at Harrah's combines local ingredients and techniques with high-end steakhouse menu items. Order a filet, NY strip, Wagyu skirt steak, or ribeye and make it "surf-and-turf"-style by topping it with shrimp. The Steakhouse is one of only 28 restaurants in New Orleans to be recognized for its extensive and sophisticated wine collection. 228 Poydras St., 504-533-6111, caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/restaurants/the-steakhouse


Bennachin blends influences from places such as Gambia and Cameroon with equally exotic flavors. Cope ni Makondo, one of their delicious specialty dishes, is grilled chicken breast with sides of fried plantains, sauteed spinach, and coconut rice. Boasting a calm and attractive atmosphere, Bennachin has something appetizing on the menu, whether you're a vegan or an omnivore. 1212 Royal St., 504-522-1230, bennachinrestaurant.com

Desire Oyster Bar delivers an authentic New Orleans experience. If you are an oyster fan, take a seat at the raw bar to watch expert shuckers prepare chargrilled oysters and oysters on the half shell. Don't want oysters? Opt for their fried chicken and waffles, served with hot honey and cane syrup. Look for the Broadway-style sign lighting up the corner of Bourbon and Bienville Streets, and you'll know that you've arrived. 300 Bourbon St., 504-553-2281, sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/royal-sonesta-new-orleans/desire-oyster-bar

Jimmy J's Café is known as Nawlins' Funkiest Lil' Café. This eatery serves the most Instagram-worthy food for lunch, dinner, and all-day breakfast. You'll never want to leave without first trying their French Toast Monte Cristo, which is served with shaved ham, bacon, cheese, and maple syrup and comes with a side of home fries. 115 Chartres St., 504-309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

New Orleans Creole Cookery blends together ambience and cuisine. They offer a stylish interior as well as a spacious patio area, complete with hanging lights and a fountain. Their menu includes highlights such as great gumbo, raw oysters, and six unique styles of Hurricane cocktail. Try the redfish almondine, an almond-crusted battered fish that is a tasty staple of the Creole Cookery tradition. 508 Toulouse St., 504-24-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

Orleans Grapevine is a wine bar and bistro located in the heart of the French Quarter, with over 375 different bottled wines. It's a true hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle of the Viuex Carré. Grab a seat in their cozy courtyard for a breath of fresh air, and pair a glass of fine wine with a cheese board or their ahi tuna dish. 720 Orleans St., 504-523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com


Rivershack Tavern is a cross between a classic tavern, a sports bar, and a small-town restaurant. They are best known for their delicious food, patio seating, and stylized "bar leg" barstools. But don't get so distracted by the atmosphere that you forget to dig in. Their BBQ bacon cheeseburger, made with housemade jalapeno BBQ sauce and served on French bread, is a sure winner. 3449 River Rd., 504-834-4938, RivershackTavern.com


Elle-J's offers Creole-Italian food, seafood, steaks, and more. Included on their menu is chef Ludovic "Vic" Gerrets's famous Shrimp Lucia: jumbo shrimp sautéed with garlic, mushrooms, and sundried tomatoes, tossed in a light butter sauce and served over linguini. Join Elle-J's mid-week for Wine Wednesdays, when you can enjoy an awesome meal with half-off bottled wines from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. 900 Harrison Ave., 504-459-2262, ellejslakeview.com

Lakeview Harbor, "home of Lakeview's original burger," features salads, steaks, po-boys, wraps, pizza, and seafood, just to name a few. They have daily specials, including red beans with smoked sausage on Mondays and chicken-fried steak on Tuesdays. They even serve breakfast. Be sure to try their cheeseburger, which is topped with a pile of shredded cheese and served with a baked potato. 8550 Pontchartrain Ave., 504-486-4887, lakeviewharbor.us


Carnaval Lounge's kitchen, Cozinha de Carnaval, serves traditional Brazilian street food that combines local Louisiana influences with classic South American recipes. Dishes include grilled and skewered meats and vegetables, small plates, and delicious burgers served with regular or yucca fries. Take a bite of their frango chicken skewer, cooked with bacon and seasoned with your favorite fragrant herbs. 2227 St. Claude Ave., 504-265-8855, carnavallounge.com

Melba's Poboys is a place of plenty. They've got po-boys, from the guilty-pleasure french-fry po-boy to a more traditional shrimp po-boy. They also offer plate lunches, wings, must-have sides, and frozen daiquiris. Melba's motto is "Eat at Melba's, pray before eating, and love New Orleans." Come eat an authentic shrimp po-boy from a restaurant well known and favored in the neighborhood. 1525 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-267-7765, melbas.com

Poppa's Seafood & Deli has been serving the Ninth Ward for 25 years. They combine traditional, Southern, and New Orleans food into one hard-to-forget blend. They've got fried chicken, spaghetti and meatballs, and beans and greens. The crawfish pies, bread pudding, and gumbo also get rave reviews. Choose their catfish platter, shrimp po-boy, or oyster po-boy for a deliciously satisfying meal that you won't soon forget. 3311 N. Galvez St., 504-947-3373


5216 Table & Tap is a classy joint that primarily offers classic American fare and drinks. They have tacos, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and steaks. They also serve desserts from Maurice French Pastries. Try a delicious craft cocktail from their renovated bar to go with the cheesiest cheeseburger you could hope for, served with a side of fries. 5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 504-766-1417, 5216tableandtap.com

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop is an award-winning gumbo shop, known for its atmosphere and delicious food that focuses on Louisiana-style cooking. Their famous loaded gumbo is chock full of chicken, seafood, crawfish, and okra. Get it "Mega" by adding catfish, oysters, and shrimp on top. They also serve boudin balls and classic fried shrimp po-boys. Chef Ron's is a great portrait of local cooking. 2309 N. Causeway Blvd., 504-835-2022, gumbostop.com

The Duke's legend lies in the food, and their fried mac and cheese and burgers are definitely legendary. They also serve salads, pasta, hot dogs, and fried dessert. Fried bread pudding, anyone? Anything fried ought to be tried. One of their most legendary dishes, referred to as "The Hangover," is a burger patty dressed with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheddar, and gravy—a unique and gratifying combo. 2740 Severn Ave., 504-353-4227, thedukemetairie.com

The Galley Seafood provides a wide array of options for seafood-lovers and Southern-food-lovers alike. They feature freshly boiled crabs, fried shrimp, and gumbo, and The Galley has authentic platters that are sure to satisfy your cravings for all your favorite Louisiana dishes. This is also the home of the soft-shell crab po-boy that you know and love from Jazz Fest. 2535 Metairie Rd., 504-832-0955, thegalleyseafood.net

Nephew's Ristorante is a family business based on recipes handed down through the generations. This beloved ristorante offers fresh and delicious Italian meals, from minestrone to osso bucco, at excellent prices. Chef Frank Catalanotto's menu also includes multi-course meals starting at $30. Guests can order a petite filet, an Italian Salad, and pasta bordelaise, all for just $38. 4445 West Metairie Ave., 504-533- 9998, nephewsristorante.com

Short Stop Poboys doesn't play when it comes to making the city's famed sandwich. They treat it like an artform. You can personalize your po-boy with meats and extras, creating the sandwich of your stomach's dreams. Feeling indecisive? We recommend the roast beef po-boy. Or, if you want something fried, get the double-breaded and crisp soft-shell crab. 119 Transcontinental Dr., 504-885-4572, ShortStopPoboysNo.com

Spudly's Super Spuds features the potato as the center of the culinary experience, showcasing the versatility of this starchy side dish. This restaurant's Super Duper baked potato is a special Louisiana-influenced dish, which comes with conventional toppings, such as cheese sauce, cheddar, and chives, along with crabmeat, shrimp, and crawfish. Spudly's also serves a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and more. 2609 Harvard Ave., 504-455-3250, Spudlys.com


Crescent City Steakhouse is a New Orleans staple. This iconic steakhouse has been around for 85 years and is currently open Tuesday through Thursday with altered hours. Dishes like the batter-fried wings are reasons to show up on their own, and the delectable bacon-wrapped filet mignon will leave you wanting seconds. The secret? For four generations, the chefs have been cooking their steaks in sizzling butter. 1001 N. Broad St., 504-821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

Mandina's offers a combination of Italian and New Orleans cuisine. Guests can get not only fried catfish, but also spaghetti and meatballs. And in Italian fashion, they dole it out in heaping portions, so expect to take some home. One of their specialities is their Gulf Fish Almandine served with fries. Arrive early to avoid the wait, as the word is out that this is one of the city's best. 3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com/nola

Neyow's Creole Café is a black-owned business in Mid-City that serves a full menu of Creole food. Neyow's has different specials every day, such as Cornish hen or BBQ shrimp, as well as everyday salads, pasta, po-boys, and more. Start off with their famous chargrilled oysters and follow that up with grilled redfish or a pork chop plate. Sit inside or try their outdoor patio seating. 3332 Bienville St., 504-827-5474, neyows.com

Venezia has served traditional Italian cuisine "with New Orleans flair" since 1957. Come for their chicken marsala, 8-ounce filet, or veal spinach cannelloni, and stay for their cheesecake. Venezia also has great pizzas—get your pie topped with crawfish! Or experience one of their New Orleans-style Italian dishes, such as the Veal Pontchartrain. Now open for lunch on Saturdays. N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991, venezianeworleans.net


Bearcat Café features both healthy and hearty options: Their menu is split into "Good Cat" (for lighter fare) and "Bad Cat" (something more sinful) sections. Visit them for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, with comfortable patio seating, fantastic cocktails, and their special Alinea coffee. Their specialty breakfast Cat Daddy Biscuit is served with chicken, Cajun gravy, and a sunny egg. Multiple Locations, bearcatcafe.com

Caffe! Caffe! warrants its name's enthusiasm. Their multiple locations are renowned for both their coffee and their cuisine. They offer made-from-scratch options, from breakfast sandwiches to fresh juices. Caffe! Caffe! has a number of creative salad and sandwich selections, as well as their soup du jour. Try their avocado salad, served with gorgonzola, walnuts, orange slices, onions, and a mango vinaigrette dressing. Multiple Locations, caffecaffe.com

Carreta's Grill has been serving quality food for two decades. Try a mango or strawberry margarita with chips and fresh guacamole or a giant burrito. The Parrillada de Campo is a feast that feeds three to four people and covers all the bases: It comes with beef, chicken, sausage, and shrimp, along with rice, beans (two varieties), tortillas, sour cream, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Olé! Multiple locations, carretasgrillrestaurant.com

Daisy Dukes offers Southern dining in a relaxed atmosphere—good food with a casual vibe. You can find them at locations throughout the city, should you need to make a pit stop during your day (or night) to refuel. Their Diner Delight Sandwich is a delightful combination of bacon, scrambled eggs, and fried chicken, sandwiched between two waffles and served with a breakfast gravy dipping sauce. Multiple Locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

El Paso Mexican Grill serves Tex-Mex food that will make you smile. Think mouthwatering tacos, enchiladas, nachos, and fajitas, along with some of the best queso dip in town. With fresh ingredients and quality tequila, El Paso offers Mexican food that has been perfected by three generations of chefs. Don't pass up one of their amazing margaritas, frozen or on the rocks, to go with your meal. Multiple locations, elpasomexrestaurant.com

Felipe's Mexican Taqueria is one of the best-known Mexican restaurants in New Orleans. With multiple locations across the city, the chances are good that there's one convenient for you. Choose between their numerous taco, burrito, and quesadilla options. Everyone loves their Baja Tacos, which come with either shrimp or fish. Do them up right by adding pickled cabbage, pico de gallo, and baja sauce. Multiple locations, felipestaqueria.com

Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar represents one of the most beloved New Orleans institutions, having served locals fresh and delicious oysters and more since 1940. Whether you like your oysters raw, chargrilled, or fried, Felix's has something for you. Satisfy you seafood hankering or enjoy numerous New Orleans-based dishes, such as red beans and rice, crawfish etouffée, shrimp and grits, and jambalaya. Multiple Locations, Felixs.com

Willie Mae's is a quintessential New Orleans restaurant. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes? You bet! Their "Fried Chicken Plate" is the definition of soul food. They also offer dishes closer to home, such as gumbo. There's now another location at Pythian Market, with all the same chicken you love. Come taste why the Food Network and Travel Channel deemed them "America's Best Fried Chicken." Multiple locations, williemaesnola.com


Apolline offers locally sourced ingredients and flavors from around the world. They offer a wide array of affordably priced wines, handcrafted cocktails, and elegant and modern Louisiana cuisine. Served with a side of roasted asparagus and potatoes, their Pan-Seared Verlasso Salmon is delectable and finished in a dijon-dill vinaigrette. Check out their cozy-chic double shotgun cottage for a great dining experience. 4729 Magazine St., 504-894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com

Bayou Hot Wings does wings right. They put care into each perfectly cooked wing—24 hours of seasoning and brining's worth! Don't miss out on their popular house-made sauces, such as Bayou Sweet Heat and Bayou Hotboy, and sides including potato salad and Creole coleslaw, also made in-house. Try the Bayou Hot Wing Challenge for a chance to have your meal comped and your picture on the Wall of Fame. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-865-9464, bayouhotwings.com

Chilango's is "not your typical Mexican joint." Incorporating influences from South and Central America and Europe, Chilango's relies on authentic ingredients, such as corn, beans, meats, dairy products, and herbs and spices. Can't choose just one of their abundance of meats? Try their Molcajete, which has chicken, pork, beef, sausage, shrimp, and cheese, served with rice, beans, tortillas, and salad. 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-766-9949, chilangosnola.com

Green Tea is not only fantastic, but also affordable. They're known for their "GT Way," which allows you to create your own dishes by selecting a meat, a vegetable, and a sauce. Healthy eater? Plenty of lighter options are also available, and just ask for brown rice. Green Tea also does takeout and delivery, for those looking to satisfy their Chinese-food cravings at home. 3001 Napoleon Ave., 504-899-8005, greenteanola.com

Lebanon's Café offers traditional options, including homemade Lebanese tea and delicious kabobs. Order one of their lunch plates, which come with hummus, salad, and pita, or try their Rosemary Lamb Chops—a full 16 ounces of lamb, charbroiled with spices, rosemary, and olive oil. This spot combines the hospitality of a family-owned restaurant with affordable prices. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

Liberty Cheesesteaks, founded by two long-time friends who met while studying at Tulane, boasts some of the best cheesesteaks this side of Philadelphia. Try the classic variety, get a cheesesteak served over giant french fries, or go for Cheese Wiz instead of provolone. They even have chicken options. Stop by their drive-thru, if you're on-the-go, or sit down to a meal and catch a game on TV. 5041 Freret St., 504-875-4447, libertycheesesteaks.com

is sure to please with its tempura, tuna tartar, and, of course, excellent selection of sushi. The Crescent City Roll has crab, crawfish, shrimp, and avocado, and they offer rice-less rolls for those going Keto. For something different, try the wasabi mussels or the squid steak. Enjoy your sushi while sipping a Tiki Bowl cocktail for two. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

Please U Restaurant serves traditional Louisiana food. Started by Greek restaurateurs in 1946, this family business has become an institution on the Avenue. They're open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., so hit them up for a breakfast or lunch to remember. Many swear that Please U has one of the city's best oyster po-boys, and the red beans and rice with sausage is unforgettable. 1751 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-9131, pleaseunola.com

Pascal's Manale, owned and operated by the Ray Brandt family, is known for its fresh oysters and BBQ shrimp, a dish they created. They serve delicious Italian dishes, as well as salads, steaks, and seafood specialties. They are currently open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 9 p.m. and are closed on Sundays and Mondays. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 504-895-4877, pascalsmanale.com

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco brings Peruvian flavors to seafood, including their eponymous ceviche. They also offer a number of other plates, such as duck confit with a beer glaze. Take a bite of their Causa de Cangrejo, a seafood salad with Louisiana crab meat, aji potatoes, avocados, olives, and eggs. But a trip to Tito's wouldn't be complete without sipping some of their famous pisco, on its own or in a cocktail. 5015 Magazine St., 504-267-7612, titoscevichepisco.com

The Vintage serves everything from fantastic breakfasts to delectable sandwiches to late-night bites. Beignets and coffee are among their staples—opt for traditional beignets or try them with eggs and gravy. The relaxing atmosphere almost makes you forget the state of the world, and if not, their crawfish queso will. Take advantage of their $6 house cocktails, beers, wines, and appetizers, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 3121 Magazine St., 504-324-7144, thevintagenola.com


Café 615 (Home of Da Wabbit) is a special Westbank spot that you don't want to miss. Founded in 1948, this café has served authentic Creole dishes—ranging from turtle soup to crawfish queso—to generations of families. Be sure to grab a bite of their grilled yellow-fin tuna salad, topped with your favorite veggies and mozzarella and cheddar cheese. They also offer cocktails and draft beer. 615 Kepler St., Gretna, 504-365-1225, cafe615.com

Gattuso's serves delectable soft-shell crab and salmon salad. They offer a wide selection of appetizers that can sate your appetite, before you dig into delectable entrees. Enjoy a meal and a cocktail in their large and inviting courtyard. Fans of Gattuso's enjoy the "Soup & Po-Boy Combo," a gumbo or soup du jour paired with a half po-boy and a side of potato salad. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 504-386-1114, gattusos.net

Legacy Kitchen's Steak + Chop enhances the foodscape of the Westbank with refined cuisine in a casual setting. Check out their daily Happy Hour or chalkboard specials, including $5 martinis on Thursdays, half-priced wine, and $1 charbroiled oysters. Their decadent filet mignon will have you feeling like royalty, and all their steaks are seasoned with "butter and parsley love." 91 Westbank Expy., Gretna, 504-513-2606, LegacyKitchen.com

Mosca's serves some of the city's best Italian food, and they've been doing so for more than 60 years. Customers can still get their Shrimp Mosca, Oysters Mosca, or any other of their favorite dishes, such as the Italian crab salad. Mosca's is good for groups, as dishes are served family-style. Make sure to hold off for the grand dessert finale: pineapple fluff! 4137 US-90 West, Westwego, 504-436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com

Tavolino Pizza & Lounge, located in Algiers Point right near the ferry, is a terrific pizzeria known for its traditional Italian fare, as well as its wine selection. They offer apps and salads, or try one of their signature pizzas, such as the meat-heavy Carne or the Fantasy Island, with prosciutto, pineapple, and jalapenos. Enjoy it on the patio with a drink. 141 Delaronde St., Algiers, 504-913-8921, facebook.com/TavolinoLounge

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