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where y'everything: a list of places to eat and more in new orleans

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By Jen White · April 1, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

We're offering this list of eateries--plus a few bars, attractions, and oddities--for our guests and guests unknown to get ideas about where to spend their time and money. Only places we have visited and actually recommend are on the list. Of course, the list is ever-growing, as we continue to explore new spots every week.

If you'd like to suggest places that aren't here yet, feel free to leave a comment, and we'll add it to the list if we agree. Happy exploring...

Updated on April 8, 2015--Added to list: Dick & Jenny's, Borgne, MoPho, Pho Bistreaux, Superior Seafood, Toups' Meatery. Food Orleans' stories linked in brackets.

French Quarter
  • Central Grocery (home of the muffaletta; mostly takeaway)
  • Domenica (Rustic Italian cooking; beautifully sauced handmade pastas, pizzas, and the best octopus carpaccio in town; great cheese and salami boards)
  • Coop's Place (best restaurant jambalaya, hands down)
  • Stanley (right on Jackson Square; the best gumbo in the French Quarter; breakfast all day; interesting po-boys, especially the pizza/casesar salad combo) [my visit]
  • Felix's (great oysters, turtle soup, sweet potato fries) [my visit]
  • Antoine's (high-priced, long-established classic French; recommended if you can budget it)
  • Port of Call (great big steak-like burgers, steaks, baked potatoes (no french fries here), big sweet drinks; there's usually a line out the door, but it's worth it; vegetarians beware)
  • Galatoire's (legendary spot for Creole cuisine, festive dining rooms, excellent service, no reservations accepted. Take aunt Rudy's advice and get the green salad with garlic) [my visit]

  • We highly recommend the Hotel Villa Convento (rumored to be the original "House of the Rising Sun").
Bayou St. John & Mid-City)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (sculpture garden too)
  • Rock 'n Bowl (bowling alley with a large dance floor; nearly nightly music; Straight Stick Ranch Burger Co. on premises with great burgers and treats such as meat pies and beignets)
  • Fortier Park (a nice outdoor game of chess; sometimes outdoor movies)
  • Fair Grounds race track (horseracing and some decent snacks; check out the gumbo with crab claws)
  • City Park (I recommend the train and the ladybug rollercoaster, but you could also rent a paddle boat or get some exercise or all sorts of other parkly activities)
  • Pal's Lounge (an apres-activity beer spot; you'll often find some gratis red beans and rice here on Mondays, plus "roll-a-day" for a $1-chance at the jackpot)

  • Dooky Chase's Restaurant (classic Creole fare prepared by legendary chef Leah Chase; lunch buffet complete with fried chicken, red beans and rice, spaghetti and meatballs; also a menu to order from; dinner on Fridays only) [my visit]
  • Willie Mae's Scotch House (lovingly prepared soul food from meat loaf to pork chops, butterbeans, and potato salad; if this isn't the best fried chicken in the world, I don't know what is; daylight hours only)

CBD (Central Business District)
  • Mother's (breakfast all day, plus outstanding ham po-boys; also all the New Orleans cuisine you want: red beans & rice, gumbo, spaghetti, fried chicken, etc.) [my visit]
  • St. Charles Bar (gumbo & red beans/rice next door)
  • Luke (business-suit spot; also serves breakfast)
  • August (fine dining; extremely delicious; prix-fixe lunch--3 courses for $20) [my visit]
  • MiLa (on edge of Quarter) (fine dining that will truly knock your socks off)
  • Borgne (innovative seafood prepared with care; casual atmosphere)
Warehouse District
  • Cochon (inspired Cajun cuisine; specializes in pork, of course)
  • Cochon Butcher (Cochon's neighbor--a true butcher shop, but one with a full bar and fantastic $6 tapas, along with a full sandwich menu) [my visit]
  • Mulate's (family-oriented, fried seafood and cajun classics with a large, bright dance floor and experienced cajun band)
  • American Sector (John Besh restaurant inside WWII Museum; tasty spins on 1940s menu items) [my visit]
  • Adolpho's (Italian; upstairs above the Apple Barrel bar; hidden & romantic)
  • Mimi's (bar with dancing upstairs, but the late-night tapas is the best part of the place)
  • 13 (hipster cafe/bar open early to late; breakfast, pizza, sandwiches, several tofu options)
  • Snug Harbor (classic jazz bistro; seats late on Fri/Sat)


  • Spotted Cat (mostly jazz, but some other offerings)
  • DBA (mostly jazz; go watch the Sunday evening swing dancers)
  • Apple Barrel (blues, songwriter, jazz, etc.)
Riverbend (where the St. Charles streetcar turns onto Carrollton Ave.)
  • Camellia Grill (classic 24-seat marble-countered grill; no alcohol; weekend brunch line is out the door but worth it for the potato/onion omelet)
  • Mat & Naddie's (newly wrought Louisiana) [my visit]
  • Dante's Kitchen (nice patio, brunch)
  • Babylon Cafe (go for the good selection of eggplant and bean dips and the award-winning homemade bread) [my visit]
  • Jamila's (bellydancer on Saturday nights; great mussels)
  • Fresco Cafe (patio; pizzas, sandwiches, salads, drink specials; neighborhood delivery)
  • Cooter Brown's (sports bar; burgers, po-boys, fried seafood, raw oysters; get there early if it's football season)
  • Boucherie ("Contemporary Southern Cuisine"; try anything they do with grits) [my visit]
  • Jacques-Imo's (try the alligator cheesecake appetizer)
  • College Inn (a nola institution, famous "peacemaker" oyster po-boy)
  • Pho Bistreaux (one of our favorite pho broths in the city (the beef version))
  • Maple Leaf Bar (music; poetry reading on Sunday afternoons)
  • Maple Street Books (cozy, well-stocked spot; children's bookstore next door)
  • The Levy (walk or jog or take your dog; very long bike trail)

Garden District


  • Commander's Palace (a not-to-be-missed mainstay on the top New Orleans restaurant lists for decades; classic ingredients reinvented in swoonworthy ways; jackets recommended for men) [my visit]
  • Stein's Deli (outstanding Reubens, Rachels, and other traditional Jewish deli faves, but plenty of new concoctions as well; knishes; the only place in town we've found a jar of Marmite; gets very crowded at lunch so go in off hours or be prepared to take out)
  • Coquette (awesome bread and the most amazing desserts; great brunch)
  • Sucre (handmade fancy chocolates, macarons, gelato, coffee, and other desserts) [my visit]
  • The Milk Bar (located next to Touro hospital; yummy sandwiches at decent prices; try the roasted lamb with gravy or Thai chili chicken po-boys; also serves salads and milkshakes; a few outdoor tables)

  • Patois (great menu; locals' secret) [my visit]
  • Pascale's Manale (home of New Orleans-style BBQ shrimp)
  • Audubon Clubhouse (breakfast, brunch, or lunch spot in the middle of Audubon Park; the food is simple, but you can't beat the view)
  • Franky & Johnny's (boiled crawfish; boudin balls; fried seafood)
  • Creole Creamery (holy moly, the best ice cream! Truly original, NOLA-fied flavors.)
  • The Company Burger (awesome burgers, fries, & onion rings, plus the intriguing "cornhawg" (pork belly on a stick); easy parking) [my visit]
  • Dick & Jenny's (cozy, well-crafted seafood, pasta, steaks, and desserts)
  • Superior Seafood (this may not be the best meal you'll have, but it's a spot for Sunday brunch that takes reservations; oysters)
Magazine Street
  • Casamento's (seafood, raw oysters; closed during August) [my visit]
  • Lilette (trendy bistro; great appetizers)
  • Vicky's Corner Grocery (this "Grocery" really is a corner store, unlike the above; order the freshly fried shrimp po-boy--12" for $5)
  • Byblos (local chain; Middle-Eastern favorites; great sandwiches)
  • The Bulldog (beer garden with burgers and other bar food; dogs welcome)
  • Whole Foods (easy to stop by and take out some gumbo or local fish after a day of trolling the Magazine shops)
  • Balcony Bar (they serve bar food here, but we haven't sampled it yet...upstairs has the coolest vibe)
  • The Rendezvous (not to be confused with other Rendezvouses in town, this one is bar-only)
  • Funky Monkey (clothes finds)




  • Crabby Jack's (in Jefferson, which is an easy drive from uptown, mid-city, or the riverbend) (great po-boys, including a cochon de lait, slow-roasted duck, or a fried green tomato & shrimp remoulade version; hot plates like etouffee or fish tacos; Jacques-Imo's fried chicken too; lunch spot where locals roll up their sleeves and get messy at the long cafeteria-style tables) [my visit]
  • Charlie's Seafood (Harahan) (award-winning chef Frank Brigtsen has taken over this long-established seafood place and refreshed the menu; try the shrimp calas (like a rice hushpuppy with shrimp), seafood gumbo, and the divine un-fried seafood platter; the sign says "Charles," but it's really Charlie's) [my visit]...Update, 2015: Alas, Charlie's has closed, but I can't bring myself to delete this review yet. I miss it too much.
  • Mondo (Lakeview, alongside City Park) (Susan Spicer's family-oriented dinner and brunch spot that's aimed to cater to all tastes; great snacks and starters; pizzas; menu includes one of everything a family needs: a burger, a steak, chicken, seafood, a vegetarian entree, salads, kids' menu, etc.; easy parking) [my visit]
  • Fat Boy's (Bayou Manchac, up I-12) (Fat Boy's is a seafood place and doesn't have a website; the link here is to Middendorf's, which is right next door.  We haven't eaten at Middendorf's, but Fat Boys rules for any kind of fried anything that comes from a bayou, and it's pretty cheap.  Decorated with family photos of gator hunters.)
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