Restaurants for Backpackers in New Orleans 

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  • 1

    Cafe Du Monde

    177 reviews

    Part of going to New Orleans IS going to Cafe du Monde if for no other reason than to day you've gone. And yes, the only food they sell is beignets but who cares! An order of beignets and a cafe au lait is the bestest ever!

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  • 2

    Central Grocery

    23 reviews

    Mmmmm. Everyone who visits New Orleans should try this, at least once. And since they have no seating, it is the perfect stop before you head out in search of a picnic spot. There's plenty to be found!

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  • 3


    3 reviews

    Gourmet. Frank B. was Paul Prudomme's protege. He has a lot of great stories about the growth of New Orleans cuisine over the last thirty years. Food is fantastic Check for specials during the week.

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  • 4

    Ugly Dog Saloon & BBQ

    Just got out of a boring convention and you're dying for something other than over-priced coffee? Take the walk up to Ugly Dog Saloon. (Yes, they're dog friendly, but fido stays outside.) This hole in the wall bar serves amazing BBQ. Avoid the lunch rush, but get in before they shut the kitchen down for the evening.

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  • 5

    Crescent City Brewhouse

    8 reviews

    Billing itself as the Quarter's only microbrewery, Crescent City Brewhouse is right in the thick of things -- a block from the river and a block from Jackson Square -- and tidily earns its keep as a top-notch place to swill craft brews in New Orleans. Located in a very cool heritage building, the food menu features ultra-fresh seafood and ...

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  • 6

    Antoine's Restaurant

    13 reviews

    It was 1840 when a young Antoine Alciatore founded what would eventually become one of the country’s oldest, family-run restaurants. In 1887, Antoine’s son, Jules, would take over the reins of the family’s fine-dining establishment and invent their famous Oysters Rockefeller recipe in his kitchen. Even though Antoine took ill in 1874 and died back in Marseilles, the chefs and ...

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  • 7


    6 reviews

    Let’s be really honest for a second; Frenchmen Street is where the legit locals send all their friends and family who come into town. It’s where the real side of New Orleans still lingers. There are live, local jazz bands playing every night at any of the multiple music clubs on this short strip of awesomeness. My favorite music club, ...

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  • 8

    Jacques-Imo's Cafe

    29 reviews

    Despite what their logo advertises – “Warm Beer. Lousy Food. Poor Service.” – Jacques-Imo’s has to be one of my FAVORITE New Orleans-style restaurants. Located on the revitalized Oak Street in the Uptown district of the city, it serves really good, truly New Orleans foods; that’s everything from Red Beans ‘n Rice to daily Fish Specials. However, the Shrimp and ...

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  • 9

    Morning Call Coffee Stand

    3 reviews

    While many folks (especially tourists) swear by Cafe du Monde for their sweet fix, I find the beignets to be much better (and fresher) at Morning Call. Warm and wake up your insides with a cup of their quintessential café au lait, made here with rich chicory coffee that’s brewed using the time tested French-drip method, allowing the coffee to ...

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  • 10

    The Court of Two Sisters

    19 reviews

    The three-story building that now houses this famous restaurant was once home to five governors, two state Supreme Court justice, a future justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and a future President of the United States. But beyond this, The Court of Two Sisters is celebrated for two things: 1) its old-world courtyard (the biggest in the city) with original ...

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  • 11

    Parkway Bakery & Tavern

    17 reviews

    So here’s the thing with po-boys – they’re like pizza is in NYC. You can get a lot of good po-boys in New Orleans, and everybody that you talk to is going to have a different favorite, but few places have GREAT po-boys. Here, you can’t go wrong with the classic Golden Fried Shrimp Po-boy, and their Surf and Turf ...

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  • 12

    Mother's Restaurant

    45 reviews

    On a three day trip to New Orleans, I ended up coming to Mother's twice. That's right. Twice. With their amazing Po' Boys (enhanced with the burnt bits of roasted beef), "world's best baked ham," and a bowl of beans and rice, you may find yourself coming back for seconds too. Check out their website and familiarize yourself with what ...

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  • 13

    Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant

    Drinks were absolutely amazing at this bourbon street restaurant. The courtyard is a perfect place to relax and enjoy the warm New Orleans weather. For the real New Orleans experience, try the seasonal etoufee. If you've still got room after eating, try the pecan pie. It's huge, quite beautiful to look at and tastes divine. Also, make sure to grab ...

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  • 14

    Willie Mae's Scotch House

    Try the friend chicken and red beans and rice. Open Monday through Saturday 11-5.

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  • 15

    Cafe' Negril

    7 reviews

    Cafe Negril plays funky music whether it's blues tinged rock or reggae. The music is performed live and is great if you're looking for something more laidback and casual while still conveniently located in the French Quarter.

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    Napoleon House

    26 reviews

    All time favorite bar in New Orleans (and the world). No place like it. Great food, great cocktails, peeling paint, and the studio apartments upstairs- it's called Atmosphere. And I love it.

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  • 17

    Cafe Amelie

    9 reviews

    Shrimp & grits. The best thing I ate in NOLA. Great hidden restaurant with amazing food but lax service.

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  • 18

    Cochon Butcher

    24 reviews

    Hands down the most savory meat dish I've had in NOLA. Worth the price and the wait!!! GET THE ONE WITH PORK or DUCK!!!! I also heard the owner had another restaurant where they specialize in fish. It's located behind their fancy restaurant. It's more chill and hipster-ish. Their cocktails are yummy too. Wish they had this in LA.

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    Commanders Palace Restaurant

    41 reviews

    @Chef_Jay recommends creole bread pudding souffle with warm whiskey cream.

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  • 20

    Acme Oyster House

    31 reviews

    Crazy long ass line just to be seated...we waited a good hour. Inside is super crowded and the servers did their best to be attentive with everyone. Oysters: raw- is great but nothing special about them grilled oysters - yummmm eat them

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