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Best Restaurants in New Orleans

Published July 17th, 2020 by Booknolaadmin

toast bread with blueberry on black plateIf you're not coming to New Orleans primarily for the food, then what are you really coming for? Every year, thousands of people flock to New Orleans with a general idea of standard New Orleans cuisine, but not knowing exactly where to get this cuisine. We've gone ahead and sorted that problem out for you by compiling a list of the best local and tourist experience restaurants to attend!

Tourists Experience

Dat Dog: Founded in 2011, and originally labelled a “Hot Dog” stand, Dat Dog has grown to become one of New Orleans' most beloved establishments. This place isn’t just your standard hot dog place. Boasting sausages of bratwurst to those made of gator, these gourmet dogs are enough to satisfy any palate. While you’re there, order a side of bacon, cheddar, and ranch fries, seasoned to perfection. Vegan? They’ve got ya covered with an equally delicious Vegan Chipotle dog! 

Camellia Grill: Open until 2am on most nights, this diner-style restaurant is perfect after a late night out on the town. Known for their massive omelets and chocolate pecan pie, this restaurant has become one of the darlings of New Orleans. The lines for this legendary eatery are down the street and around the corner, so be sure to get there early...or late, depending on what kind of party you’re having.

Port of Call: Located in the French Quarter, Port of Call has been dishing up deliciously juicy burgers since the 1960’s. Port of Call can boast that their burgers have been voted the best in the city, on more than a few occasions! If a juicy, half pound burger isn’t cutting it for you or someone in your party, there is always the option of a succulent filet mignon or ribeye. Relax and enjoy one of their delicious cocktails, guaranteed to make you feel like you’re in the tropics.

Crepes a la Carte: Who doesn’t love a good crepe? When you think of a crepe, a sweet, French pastry often comes to mind. Located in uptown, just behind Tulane University, Crepes a la Carte has brought a spin to a French classic. At this local establishment, you’ll find a hearty selection of both sweet and savory crepes. This is the perfect snack for a stroll around uptown, or just if you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter. When I say this, I don’t mean that they are slacking in any way on flavor and taste. Here you’ll find savory crepes of chicken Florentine, Greek gyro meat with a creamy tzatziki sauce, as well as a host of other options. If your sweet tooth is calling you, have a go at the crepes filled with Nutella, bananas foster, or ice cream. Breakfast filled crepes are also available for a quick bite, before heading out to explore the city. Feeling creative? Mix and match your own toppings to create something all your own!

Local Experience

Willa Jean: Part of what makes New Orleans such a great city, is the food culture and little hidden gems like Willa Jeans. This upscale eatery takes pride in serving up southern classics with a twist. Willa Jean notably only delivers fresh and quality ingredients, which is why the bread is always fresh baked and the menu changes as seasonal produce becomes available. Additionally, “There are so many popular dishes at Willa Jean that showcase Chef Kelly Fields’ unique take on low-country cuisine, from the beloved Cornbread and Fried Chicken Sandwich to the BBQ Shrimp Toast and Kelly’s famous Chocolate Chip Cookies.”

When asked by a Willa Jean representative, how would you describe the food/vibe of the restaurant?  They replied “With its stylish atmosphere and nostalgic sensibility, Willa Jean—guided by esteemed Chef and Owner Kelly Fields and named after her grandmother—uplifts New Orleans’s Central Business District, offering comforting cuisine infused with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Its open and spacious dining room extends its arms to locals and visitors alike, delivering a culinary program prided in Southern hospitality and a modern, ever-evolving menu.”

The Ruby Slipper: Opened after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, The Ruby Slipper Café has been providing comfort through their homestyle breakfast and lunch. With items like rich eggs benedict, flaky southern biscuits, and crispy fried chicken and gravy, they rose quickly to local fame! If you want to start the morning off right, try pairing brunch with one of their signature morning cocktail options. Since their original opening in 2008, The Ruby Slipper Café has expanded their locations and can now be found in various parts of New Orleans, Florida, and Alabama.

Another Broken Egg: Another Broken Egg isn’t just your standard breakfast and lunch place! They are known for delivering some of the freshest southern inspired dishes to date. The getaway atmosphere of this café makes it the perfect place to have a casual midday meal with family or friends, especially if you’re in town visiting for just a short while. So stop by to enjoy some chicken and waffles, or buttery shrimp and grits, at their locations on Magazine Street and Harrison Avenue!

Lebanon's Café: This is a personal favorite and definitely one of the best Mediterranean restaurants in New Orleans. Lebanon’s Café is located in Uptown, and just up the road from other local favorites like Camellia Grill and Snola. New Orleans is home to an abundance of restaurants, but what keeps people coming back to Lebanon’s café? Maybe it’s the fresh made pita bread, or the succulent lamb and gyro meat. Possibly even, that it serves some of the best hummus around. Whatever the reason may be, the food speaks for itself, and if you are looking for food that’s a bit different from standard NOLA cuisine, but equally delicious, then this is the place to try!

Fire Food and Spirits: Fire Food and Spirits is slightly off the beaten path, in the harbor neighborhood of Seabrook, but the cuisine is well worth it, if you are willing to make the journey. This place has been praised for not only the food, but the amazing customer service and quality staff! Fire Food and Spirits is perfect for big gatherings with family and friends, due to the massive amount of space at the establishment. Stop here for a variety of seafood dishes like crawfish alfredo or a hearty stuffing of oysters and shrimp on a bun.

Morrows: Morrow’s, where “Great Food and Dope vibes collide”, have been living by this motto since their grand opening in 2018. Morrow’s may be the new kid on the block, but they have quickly risen to national acclaim with their perfect mix of New Orleans classics and Korean cuisine. Here you can find mouth watering charbroiled oysters, Korean barbeque, handcrafted cocktails and a host of other fabulous dishes. This place is perfect for date night, or simply if you want to enjoy their happy hour with some soulful R&B music!

Mr. B’s Bistro: The classics, done extremely well. That is what you will find when you venture into Mr. B’s Bistro. This upscale bistro is nestled right in the heart of New Orleans, in the French Quarter. They have been featured by a host of top tier food magazines like Food and Wine, and Bon Appetit for their vibrant Louisiana food, and outstanding service. Seafood gumbo, bacon wrapped shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, are all some of the classics that Louisiana is known for, and that can be found at this bistro. When in New Orleans, do as the locals do and try some of the cuisine that contributes to the vast food culture of the city!

Vegetarian/Vegan

Max Well New Orleans: For all you plant-based warriors, we haven’t forgotten about you and neither has New Orleans! With the movement towards veganism and healthy eating becoming a part of everyday life for some people, several restaurants have risen to meet the challenge and provide equally delicious food that would satisfy vegans and meat eaters alike. One such restaurant is Max Well. Located on Magazine Street, this restaurant has taken the Farm to Table concept to new heights with their whole food salads, lentil based protein dishes, and fresh pressed juices. If you’re in the mood for some wholesome, fresh, and organic food, give Max Well a walk through!

Carmo: Vegetarian, but not quite vegan? Carmo is the perfect place for you! Carmo has a menu spired by the flavors and cultures of the Caribbean, South and Central America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. You’ll find items like sashimi, fish fritters, Armenian banquet bread with a variety of cultural toppings, amongst the extensive menu. Stop by this tropical café for a cultural experience and a journey around the world, through food!

Desserts

Boucherie: If you’re like me and have an insane sweet tooth that must be satisfied, few places are better than Boucherie! Everyday, people flock to Boucherie for their fine southern cuisine and delicious smoked barbecue, but they have one thing on their menu that is an absolute knockout. I know many of you will have had a bread pudding or two in your lifetime, but few can compare to the Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding served at Boucherie. This bread pudding takes the best of a well known, and well loved Krispy Kreme doughnut, and combines it with the standard flavors of a traditional bread pudding. If you are in the mood for a delicious bread pudding cooked to perfection with edges JUST the right kind of crispy and a soft pillowy center, then there is no place better. I challenge you to take on those extra carbs and get the bread pudding with Boucherie’s signature sauce AND a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream.

District Donuts: If you’re like me and you enjoy starting and ending the day with something sweet, then District donuts is the place for you! District Donuts has been serving up fresh quality, and 100% homemade donuts since 2013, and has now become a local favorite. If you’re in the mood for the standard glazed, chocolate glazed, or cinnamon sugar, then those are always in rotation. If you are looking to be a bit more adventurous (and why shouldn’t you...this is NOLA, right?), then there is a wonderful selection of more out of the box donuts like lemon blueberry, salted caramel, and brown butter drop. Better move quick, because each week, a new rotation of donuts hits the shelves, so your latest favorite might not be seen for several weeks! 

Snola Snowballs: Also situated uptown and isn’t far from Boucherie, is Snola Snowballs. This is definitely a treat you don’t want to miss out on, especially on a hot summer day with the kids in tow. Snola isn’t just serving up your typical snowball of ice and syrup. They specialized in serving snowballs with a center of cheesecake...yes, you heard me, cheesecake! These snowballs are the perfect combination of rich and light all at once. And if having a snowball stuffed with cheesecake wasn’t enough, Snola offers a wide selection of toppings ranging from the standard blue raspberry and cake batter, to more unconventional flavors like Bananas Foster and Chantilly cake. If that isn’t enough to entice you or the little ones, then I don’t know what is!



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