I am taking a trip to New Orleans on short notice to make some site visits for a client. I am looking for your TOP recommendations of bars, restaurants and cafes that really portray what New Orleans is all about. Thank you!
- Yo-Mama's Bar & Grill727 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Yo-Mama's Bar & GrillWhile everyone tries to fit into Port O' Calls, eat like a local and go to Yo Mama's for a burger. (Who can beat a peanut butter burger, seriously?) If you're easily offended, I don't recommend a ... read morebathroom visit. ;)
- Funky Pirate727 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70116-3145, United Statesrecommended Funky PirateHad the best jello shots and blues bands. Drinks real reasonable in price.
- Coop's Place1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Coop's PlaceThey have the best chicken and french fries ever! Very quaint place.
- Pat O'Brien's Courtyard Restaurant 624 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Pat O'Brien's Courtyard RestaurantGreat Cocktails!!
- Dante's Kitchen736 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118recommended Dante's KitchenExcellent food, great service, a gorg terrace and a really yummy wine list, make this a total standout spot.
- Lilette3637 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115recommended LiletteIn a great part of town, excellent fresh food and top-notch service.
- Ruths Chris Steakhouse711 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119recommended Ruths Chris SteakhouseThe best in the chain and a New Orleans institution.
- Galatoire's Restaurant209 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Galatoire's RestaurantYou cannot go wrong here!
- Mother's Restaurant401 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Mother's RestaurantOn 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 ... read morea bowl of beans and rice, you may find yourself coming back for seconds too. Check out their website and familiarize yourself with what you want before coming. I've heard you'll be frowned upon if you don't order efficiently.Keane
Great restaurant for all sorts of NOLA cuisine, but especially for their big sandwiches made with the leftover bits from roasted beef. Be clear of what you want before ordering, because I heard they can be snappy.
- Johnny's Po-Boys511 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Johnny's Po-BoysIf cornmeal-crusted oysters in a whopping Po' Boy served by amazingly nice women who call you "baby" and "honey" as if you were related to them is something you might enjoy, come here now.Keane
I dream of their cornmeal crusted oyster po' boys.
- Cafe Du Monde800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Cafe Du MondeNom nom nom! A trip to New Orleans isn't complete until you've had at least one serving of Cafe Du Monde's legendary beignets. PRO TIP: The cafe is open 24/7, so you can avoid the crowds by stopping ... read morein later at night. Just try to be careful if you bring a bag back to the hotel, or you'll end up dusting the whole place with powdered sugar!Keane
You're coming here inevitably, but if you want to avoid the crowd, come late at night. It's open 24/7.recommended Cafe Du Mondetheir coffee and beignets are famous! you will most likely have to wait in a long line but its worth it!recommended Cafe Du MondeThose freshly fried beignets (all that powdered sugar!) and that chicory coffee will be the perfect way to start the day for me in New Orleans. It's a must visit when in the French Quarter!Sandra Waring
Must stop here first...everything good about beignets and coffee is here, and great people watching :)
- Maison Bourbon Jazz641 Bourbon Street, New ns, LA 70130-2107recommended Maison Bourbon JazzThere's a New Orleans I've dreamed of visiting as a kid, full of good food, soulful music, romantic courtyards and flickering street lamps. Then there's Bourbon St. Comprised mostly of tacky bars, ... read morestrip clubs and souvenir stores, this neon mess could make Las Vegas blush. It's a messy frat party—great, if that's your thing—but you can't escape the disgustingly sugary drinks, blaring country music and Coor's memorabilia. But then I found the Maison Bourbon. In the heart of Bourbon St., it seemed the exact opposite of its neighbors: quality drinks, an approachable staff and a classy crowd. Jazz. Not country. Not country-rock or country-folk or country-fried chicken... JAZZ. (This IS still New Orleans, isn't it?) Ed, the bartender, goes over NOLA's current state of affairs as he serves up a well-made, perfectly sweetened mint julep. On stage, Jamil Sharif and his band rock out with multiple sets of great music. (You should've seen the Asian crew in the corner go nuts when they hit, "When the Saints Go Marching In...") It was an amazing place to be. So, I sat there, smiling and even a little misty-eyed, because I found exactly what I was looking for: New Orleans. And Bourbon St. is redeemed of its surrounding sins. Thanks to Ed. Thanks to Jamil Sharif. Thanks to the Maison Bourbon. "Dedicated to the preservation of jazz..." and my childhood vision of New Orleans.Keane
I had a great time here, even though I was wandering through by myself. Good drink, good music and a friendly bartenders.
- Trolley Stop Cafe1923 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LArecommended Trolley Stop CafeSomething of a New Orleans institution, the Trolley Stop Cafe along the streetcar line on St. Charles has excellent diner-type food, and is a go-to place for tourists and locals alike looking for ... read moreinexpensive eats on the way to or from the Quarter. I'm a particularly big fan of their breakfast menu.Matthew Crompton
Massive hangover breakfasts on the streetcar line!!!
- Acme Oyster House724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Acme Oyster HouseDo you want to eat awesome NOLA-style seafood (peel-and-eat shrimp, po-boys, and tons and tons of fresh-shucked oysters) while drinking an Abita beer (I prefer Turbodog) and sweating deliciously in ... read morethe heat? This Quarter institution may well be your place then. It's a place I always visit at least once when I'm in town.Matthew Crompton
Huge fan of this spot.
- Tamarind Restaurant935 St.Charles Avenuerecommended Tamarind RestaurantThis restaurant is exquisite! The Vietnamese-French Fusion is altogether unexpected in a place like New Orleans. Located in the Hotel Modern it is my new favorite place away from tourists where it is ... read morepossible to just enjoy the atmosphere and the amazing food. The drinks are delicious and colorful. I can highly recommend the Maple Leaf Duck and the Fire Roasted Duck. If you have experienced NOLA be prepared to take it to another level. Fabulous!!Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
It's trendy and has a really interesting crowd. Make sure you check out the hotel.
- Antoine's Restaurant713 Saint Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130recommended Antoine's RestaurantThe oldest restaurant in New Orleans is (for me) also the best! For a large restaurant (14 dining rooms) the service is surprisingly good. The food is everything you expect from New Orleans. The dish ... read morethat Antoine's is best known for is the Oysters Rockefeller. The Trout Pontchartrain is mouth watering and the Crevettes Remoulade is outstanding! If you want to experience New Orleans than make sure you visit Antoine's.
- Central Grocery923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Central GroceryThis muffaletta sandwich rocked my world. True story - wasn't feeling great on my last day in New Orleans, and got this sandwich on the way to the airport. Ate 2 wedges of this and immediately felt ... read morebetter - I WAS CURED! This is a life giving sandwich. You must try one.Sandra Waring
Pick up a sandwich here before hitting the bars..it'll help :)
- Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop941 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA
- Irene's Cuisine539 Saint Philip St, New Orleans, LA 70116recommended Irene's CuisineThe dinner I had here was very excellent. Not only was the service great, but the food was heavenly. I remember a Oysters Rockefeller soup - poured once my soup bowl was placed in front of me. The ... read morefish was a trout almondine - butter, almonds, fish, with dauphinoise potatoes and green beans. Desserts were lovely too. Their menu changes a lot, and a lot of locals go here. I highly recommend a visit here.Sandra Waring
Some of the best food I had in New Orleans was at this restaurant, and I feel a lot of locals go here.