2017 Spring Restaurant Guide
Mar 02 2017

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

By: Staff

African

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Bennachin brings the West African flavors of Gambia and Cameroon to New Orleans, adding Cajun flavors to traditional African dishes that aren’t available elsewhere in the city (or the country). Their booth is a favorite at Jazz Fest. 1212 Royal St., 522-1230, bennachinrestaurant.com

American

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Apolline offers gourmet takes on Southern soul food classics, and among locals, they’re famous for their brunch. A hearty portion of shrimp and grits or chicken and waffles pairs well with their bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com

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Bayou Hot Wings is a destination for wing enthusiasts in Uptown and, to be fair, the rest of the city as well. Their menu is focused on wings and they do them well, with sauces ranging from pleasantly sweet to mouth-scorching. They also offer burgers and sides. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 864-9464, bayouhotwings.com

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Blue Oak BBQ is Mid-City’s best BBQ joint. Their meat selection is impressive: brisket, chicken, chopped beef, spare ribs, and pulled pork are all available, but you’d be wise to grab the three-meat combo that comes with two sides (their mac ‘n’ cheese is particularly good). 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 822-2583 blueoakbbq.com

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Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant & Bar serves unapologetically spicy food, and the restaurant aims to check off every box on the Cajun food checklist. Their redfish is delectable, but don’t hesitate to start off with an appetizer. The spicy alligator bites are a unique treat. 4101 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., 324-6841, bobbyheberts.com

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Charlie’s Restaurant & Catering has perhaps the most extensive menu in the New Orleans area, but they execute everything with great aplomb. They offer 45 varieties of po-boy and nine different overstuffed potatoes.  Charlie’s is well worth the short drive from the French Quarter. 6129 E. Saint Bernard Hwy., 682-9057, charliesrestaurantla.com

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Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s is a smaller, more intimate version of the famous Copeland’s franchise, with a focus on carefully crafted pasta dishes like decadent crawfish ravioli and savory jambalaya pasta, grilled seafood, and of course, an extensive rotating selection of creamy cheesecake. 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, copelandscheesecakebistro.com

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City Diner is perfect for night owls and thrifty folks alike, with a menu of classic comfort foods that are shockingly cheap. Just an example: their chicken fried steak is roughly the size of a football and comes with two eggs, hashbrowns, and toast for $10. 3116 S. I-10 Service Road East, 831-1030, citydiner.biz

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Copeland’s of New Orleans has earned a reputation as a multi-purpose destination for fancy dinners, dates, or casual get-togethers. The atmosphere is cozy but expansive, the food ranges from high-end to down-home, and the staff are exceedingly helpful and friendly. Multiple locations, copelandsofneworleans.com

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Crescent City Steaks is a Mid-City favorite for meat lovers. They pioneered the New Orleans style of cooking steak, searing the choicest cuts of meat in pans sizzling with melted butter for a uniquely decadent bite and accompanying them with classic steakhouse sides. 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

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Daisy Dukes is one of the best options for French Quarter folks looking for a bite. They’ve got classic diner options, a killer Bloody Mary, and they’re open 24/7. Plus, they offer all-you-can-eat crawfish if you show up at the peak of crawfish season. French Quarter, CBD, Metairie, daisydukesrestaurant.com

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Dat Dog has built a reputation by upgrading the classic frankfurter experience to a gourmet extravaganza. You can choose from a number of jumbo sausages including alligator, chicken, and fish options, and select your add-ons from a massive menu at no additional charge. Multiple locations, datdognola.com

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Dot’s Diner specializes in breakfast feasts that don’t break the bank and are available all day and night, plus bottomless coffee. The homey atmosphere makes it a great place to unwind after work or to fuel up midway through a night on the town. Multiple locations, http://www.dotsdiner.com

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Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant runs the gamut from healthy menu items (like the ultra-fresh avocado appetizers) to decadent, massive fried seafood platters. It’s one of Gretna’s most beloved restaurants. If you are looking for a great meal with outdoor seating, just cross the river and come on over! 435 Huey P Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114, gattusos.net

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Gordon Biersch may be a brewery, but they don’t skimp on their food options. Their 3/4 pound burgers are formidable and flavorful, and their garlic fries are the perfect savory companion to a cold brew. They also have a great wine selection and specialty cocktails. 200 Poydras St., 522-2739, gordonbiersch.com

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Josephine Estelle (in Ace Hotel) is a luxurious osteria that finds common ground between the flavors of traditional Italian cuisine and the soul food of the South. They follow the Italian model by offering small plates, pasta, and a main course; the duck breast is particularly great. 600 Carondelet St., 930-3070, josephineestelle.com

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Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles is exactly what it sounds like: big portions of classic Southern soul food in a no-frills, welcoming space. In a city where fried chicken is its own art form, this place might just be the Louvre with their perfected menu. 5741 Crowder Blvd., 244-0021, mamommashouse.com

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McAlister’s Deli has everything you expect from a deli, with myriad sandwich options and fresh salads, but they also offer some great sides you wouldn’t expect, including loaded baked potatoes. Enjoy healthy options like the Garden Fresh Turkey Sandwich or gut-busters like the Italian or New Yorker. Various locations, mcalistersdeli.com

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Orleans Grapevine offers delicious food and hundreds of wines to accompany it in a cozy French Quarter space with an exquisite courtyard. Their small plates are perfect for a light dinner. Oh, did we mention they had a bacon happy hour? Don’t miss it. 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

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Petit Lion is a chic eatery located inside The Troubadour Hotel serving food from early morning to late at night. Their crab-stuffed deviled eggs and scallop crudo are some of the most uniquely delicious eats in the city. They also have half-off creative cocktails during Happy Hour. The Troubadour, 1111 Gravier St., 518-5500, petitlionnola.com

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Phil’s Grill does burgers and does them well. This is the place to go for diners who value the ability to customize their meal: the Build-Your-Own burger offers over a million different combinations of toppings, buns, and patties. Don’t forget to try their alligator or veggie burgers.  1640 Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA, 305-1705, philsgrill.com

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Q&C Hotel Restaurant offers shockingly affordable food in an upscale atmosphere, particularly during their top-of-the-line Happy Hour. Their boudin is among the city’s best. Their lunch and dinner options include tasty bites like cochon de lait sliders, crawfish pizza, and cheesy crispy skillet mac ‘n’ cheese on Thursdays. 344 Camp St., 587-9700, qandc.com

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Sala is the newest member of the Riccobono’s family of restaurants. So needless to say, this place is absolutely fabulous. Their small plate menu includes White Truffle Fries with a lemon aioli, and their large plate selection has irresistible offerings like Louisiana Cioppino. 124 Lake Marina Ave., 513-2670, salanola.com

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Spudly’s Super Spuds is the baked potato capital of the South. You can stick with the basic sour cream and chive version, or spring for one of their signature spuds, which come loaded with toppings ranging from pepperoni to shrimp and crabmeat. 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250, spudlys.com

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Ted’s Frostop offers shakes, po-boys, and burgers in a 50s-style diner atmosphere, along with all-you-can eat pancakes for only $6. Their other breakfast options are also fantastic. This Tulane University favorite also makes their own root beer that is like nothing you’ve ever had before. 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615, tedsfrostop.com

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Willie Mae’s Scotch House has been a NOLA institution for decades. Their locations draw huge crowds of locals and tourists, many seeking out their spicy, flavorful fried chicken, which has won awards both locally and nationwide. The Treme location won a James Beard Award. It’s certifiably great fried chicken. Multiple locations, williemaesnola.com

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WOW Cafe American Grill & Wingery has some of the city’s best wings with a number of sauce options, as well as wraps, salads, and sandwiches, in a casual sit-down space that also offers take-out. Their Memphis-style wrap includes crispy fried chicken with sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.  Multiple locations, wowcafe.com

Asian

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Bao & Noodle focuses on Northern and authentic Chinese staples like spicy mapo tofu and hand-pulled noodles with spiced lamb. They also have some of the best steamed buns you’ll ever try. Plus, they’ll deliver anywhere in the Marigny and Bywater for no extra charge. 2700 Chartres St., 272-0004, baoandnoodle.com

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Five Happiness is the go-to place for Chinese food in New Orleans.  Their massive menu includes seafood, beef, and New Orleanian specialties like sauteed crawfish tails. Their orange chicken is crispy and full of those delicious flavors you expect from a great Chinese restaurant. 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, fivehappiness.com

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Jazmine Cafe has some fantastic lunch specials for under $10, and their “Vietnamese po-boy” (the New Orleans term for a bahn mi) is among the best in the city. They’re also famous for their spring rolls if you’re feeling truly famished. 614 S. Carrollton, 866-9301, jazminecafe.com

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Kyoto II is one of the best sushi spots in the New Orleans metro area, in a convenient location near the Elmwood Palace Theaters. This is a great place for sharing a little sushi, sake, and sashimi with friends. Their lunch specials are affordable and very satisfying. 5608 Citrus Blvd., Harahan, 818-0228

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La Thai recently updated their dining room, and the new decor matches their innovative menu that takes Thai cuisine in an original and innovative direction. Their menu is split between Louisiana Thai fusion and more authentic items, but both are delicious and consistent. 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886, lathaiuptown.com

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Mikimoto draws in Mid-City foodies with great lunch specials and well-executed Japanese cuisine, and they deliver. Their miso soup is a classic that never fails to please, and their shrimp tempura is flaky, savory goodness. 3301 S. Carrollton, 488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

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Miyako is the go-to spot for hibachi, the Japanese-American cuisine that uses small grills to cook up delicious meats and vegetables at short notice. The restaurant also offers nightly drink specials and great sushi. The 8,000 square-foot space is great for large parties.1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997, japanesebistro.com

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Origami has got all the traditional sushi rolls you love, and then some. Located just blocks from Tulane University, they have some of the best Japanese appetizers like soft-shell crab tempura. Their fried rice with crawfish, crab, and shrimp shumai brings a unique take on the classic dish. 5130 Freret St., 899-6532, sushinola.com

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Tsunami is a brand new sushi restaurant catering to the CBD. They feature fresh sashimi and creative rolls like the Black & Gold with shrimp tempura, cucumber, and crab stick, baked with spicy mayo and crawfish. Their miso-marinated sea bass is not to be missed, either.  601 Poydras Street, 608-3474, servingsushi.com

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Viet Orleans Bistro is a fantastic option for hungry CBD foodies, with vermicelli, sushi, and pho, all served in an unassuming space with TVs and a great view of the street. If you leave without one of their signature banh mi sandwiches, you need to go back. 300 Baronne St., 333-6917

Bars with Great Food

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Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a trendy drinking-meets-literary spot for all-day as well as late-night cocktails. Located in the French Quarter, this 1920s-style favorite has delicious options like the Whitman, a giant classic roast beef sandwich accompanied by kettle chips and fried oysters. 139 Chartres St., 322-2245, backspacenola.com

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Barcadia puts a grown-up twist on classic childhood fun with arcade games, life-size Connect Four and Jenga games, a full bar, and great food (don’t miss their fried PB&J). Their Happy Hour is great for drink specials and half-priced apps, like their OMG Shrimp. 601 Tchoupitoulas St., 335-1740, barcadianeworleans.com

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Bombay Club is an intimate bar boasting the largest martini menu in New Orleans. Enjoy the nightly live music for the perfect romantic setting. Their Cosmopolitan is among the best in the city, and if you’re feeling hungry, the cocktail pairs well with their elevated Creole classics. 830 Conti St., 577-2237, bombayclubneworleans.com

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Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant is a 24/7 jazz club and favorite brunch spot on the edge of the Quarter. It’s recognized by Esquire Magazine as one of the best bars in America. The magazine also singled out their Reuben sandwich as being among the best in the nation. 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038, buffasbar.com

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Compère Lapin is often touted as the most unique, fun, and delicious restaurant in the Warehouse Art district. It combines the sophisticated and unique flavors of Europe and the Caribbean. Their curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi will knock you off your seat. 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 599-2119, comperelapin.com

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The Jimani has multiple TVs ready for any sports game or trivia night. With a comfortable atmosphere that brings together locals and tourists alike, their menu includes pizzas, burgers, and classic seafood options, but the Poppa’s 8 oz. Steak Po’Boy is a favorite. 141 Chartres St., 524-0493, thejimani.com

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Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant is consistently packed, even on weeknights, but it’s not just the freely flowing booze that’s drawing crowds. They offer tons of fresh seafood and other tropical flavors, like Jamaican Jerked Chicken.  Check out their new balcony. 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, nola.lucysretiredsurfers.com

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Mimi’s in the Marigny is a locals’ bar with classy yet affordable dishes and a self-proclaimed “house party vibe,” thanks to the availability of cocktails at any hour and talented DJs for the dancing types. Open late, their tapas menu includes a succulent version of lollipop lambchops. 2601 Royal St., 872-9868, mimismarigny.com

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Parasol’s is a long-time casual Irish Channel hangout. It is great for any time of year. With stiff drinks, sports on TV, po-boys, and other Cajun eats, the fan favorite is the Irish Sundae: a seasoned potato salad smothered in homemade gravy and roast beef shreds. 2533 Constance St., 302-1543

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Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar has dozens of beers on draft. Located next to The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, it is the ultimate place for watching sports with 21 televisions, frozen daiquiris, 20 beers on tap, and great food. Try their cheeseburger, and if you’re brave, the “Rambo’d” Hot Wings. 500 Port of New Orleans Pl., 247-9265, poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

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Rick’s Sporting Saloon is an adult sports bar on Bourbon Street with an amazingly welcoming and warm atmosphere. Swing by for the Saints or Pelicans games, and check out the intimidatingly named “Gut Buster.” This is a great spot for bachelor or bachelorette celebrations. 522 Bourbon St., 552-2510, ricks-saloon.com

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Rivershack Tavern is located just yards from the Mississippi River. It is known as New Orleans’s most unique bar with fun bar stools, live music, and fantastic po-boys, steaks, and salads. Their stuffed crabs are delicate and buttery and taste great paired with the arugula and watermelon salad. 3449 River Rd., 834-4938, therivershacktavern.com

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Rivershack Tavern Gretna is fast becoming one of Gretna’s best spots for enjoying a cold drink and a delicious meal. The “Get the Gaff” is a grilled tuna filet served over their house or Caesar salad, with the option to add shrimp, oysters, or catfish. 714 1st St., Gretna, 325-5530, therivershacktavern.com

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Shamrock Bar and Grill features the best bar games in the city with tilted air hockey, beer pong, pool, and bowling, accompanied by live music on Saturday nights. If you don’t want to drink on an empty stomach, they also serve great burgers and homemade mozzarella sticks. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938, shamrockparty.com

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The Tahyo Tavern is a dog-loving tavern serving all of your favorite bar food classics like juicy burgers and sloppy joes. But don’t let that fool you, they also have modern takes on classics like buffalo cauliflower and sweet potato hummus served with flatbread and pickles. 1140 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA, 70116, thetahyotavern.com

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Three Muses has a new location Uptown on Maple Street to go with their Frenchmen Street spot! Come in for brunch, lunch, dinner, or just for their delicious cocktails. They have a variety of exquisite dishes like the Bulgogi rice bowl or the bacon-wrapped blue cheese-stuffed dates. 7537 Maple St., 510-2749, threemusesmaple.com

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Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is in the heart of the Irish Channel. This Magazine Street favorite is one of the city’s best sports bars with multiple TVs to catch all of the football you want. It also has great roast beef po-boys, raw oysters, and many other tasty items. 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, traceysnola.com

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Wit’s Inn is a Mid-City bar with a late-night kitchen serving great food, specialty drinks, and 15 flat screen TVs, making it an ideal game-day destination. Their 7 1/2  inch individual pizza is a must-try. Their weekly specials include Ladies’ Night deals and $5 double shots. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600, witsinn.com

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World of Beer has gifted New Orleans with their Warehouse District location. The staff is extremely knowledgeable, the variety of beer is seemingly endless, and the beer cheese with fresh soft pretzels will keep you coming back. Stop by for trivia night and win a gift certificate! 300 Julia St., 299-3599, worldofbeer.com

Café

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Another Broken Egg Café offers a huge menu with all the breakfast and brunch food you could want. Their omelettes are fluffy and filling, with non-traditional fixings like lobster and brie cheese. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. Uptown, Lakeview, 301-2771, anotherbrokenegg.com

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Bagels and Bytes brings the taste of the Big Apple to the Big Easy. With authentic NY Bagels and dozens of beers, this place can happily fill the stomachs of both natives and New York transplants alike. Their bagel and lox is the best version in New Orleans. 1001 Metairie Rd., 831-7968, facebook.com/bagelsandbytes

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Biscuits & Buns on Banks has been featured in USA Today’s list for best biscuits and Thrillist for best New Orleans breakfasts. This quaint spot for breakfast and lunch in Mid-City has overloaded breakfast sandwiches and creamy grits along with Abita-Glazed Pot Roast with Debris Jus. 4337 Banks St., 273-4600, biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com

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Café Amelie is a rare gem of superb Louisiana fare, nestled in the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. Boasting some of the city’s best cuisine in a lush courtyard, NOLA locals frequently flock here for the delicious food and refreshing cocktails. 912 Royal St., 412-8965, cafeamelie.com

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Café Degas is the oldest Gallic restaurant in town, with authentic French cuisine that’s perfect for impressing that special someone. Their decadent  crabmeat and andouille cheesecake will blow you away. Don’t shy away from their garlic escargot or parmesan-crusted veal medallion with a caper beurre blanc. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, cafedegas.com

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Café Maspero is a world-famous French Quarter institution, with simple, well-executed takes on New Orleans classics. Their muffaletta is a fantastic version of the famous sandwich and comes hot with French fries. Be sure to try their Cajun white beans and Southern fried fish. 601 Decatur St., 523-6520, cafemaspero.com

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Cafe Navarre serves fresh food for every meal from the expert chefs behind Riccobono’s Peppermill and Panola Street Cafe. Come in for lunch and enjoy overstuffed sandwiches like the triple decker or the dijon pork panini. Come for dinner and grab a drink with your specialty pizza. 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828, cafenavarre.com

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Caffe! Caffe!, winner of our “Best of the Big Easy” for best café, boasts an extensive menu featuring items like salads, soups, sandwiches, and wraps. They have great breakfast sandwiches like the simple yet delicious egg, cheese, and bacon croissant paired with bacon and cheese grits. Two Metairie locations, caffecaffe.com

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Carmo is a tropical-influenced vegan-friendly restaurant in the Warehouse District, pulling in unique flavors of the Caribbean, West Africa, and South and Central America. Come with a date or friends for lunch or dinner. Check out the taradito sashimi for a unique take on fresh fish. 527 Julia St., 875-4132, cafecarmo.com

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Jimmy J’s Café has been a New Orleans breakfast favorite since 2011. As a funky breakfast and lunch spot with a colorful, lively atmosphere, they serve anything from Blueberry Brandy Glazed French Toast to Eggs Lafitte, which comes with andouille sausage and a crawfish hollandaise sauce. 115 Chartres St., 309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

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Lakeview Brew serves delicious and healthy breakfast and brunch options alongside flaky pastries and overstuffed breakfast sandwiches. Stop by while in Lakeview for brunch or a light lunch, and enjoy their freshly roasted coffee with your order. They’ll make you a sumptuous Panini-on-a-Biscuit, no less. 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001, lakeviewbrew.com

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Morning Call Coffee Stand is part of the amazing coffee culture in New Orleans. Known as “New Orleans’s most famous coffee drinking place,” this coffee and beignet-slinging institution has been around for almost 150 years. Oh, they also have fantastic crawfish etouffée and other perfected classics. City Park and Metairie locations.  Morningcallcoffeestand.com

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Nola Beans is a cozy, casual dining spot located in the heart of Lakeview. They have an unforgettable breakfast menu, but if you come in too late for eggs, check out their Magic Club Sandwich that stacks ham, turkey, and bacon, and pairs well with their onion soup. 762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783, nolabeans.com

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Petite Amelie is a Royal Street extension of the lovely Café Amelie with a smaller, faster twist on fresh salads, juices, coffee, light breakfast fare, desserts, and sandwiches. Their “Cuisine Rapide” includes a daily marketplace menu with cheeses and pastries. Great for on the go! 900 Royal St., 412-8065, cafeamelie.com/petite-amelie

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Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe is a quaint daytime cafe serving fresh breakfast and lunch in the heart of Uptown just blocks from Tulane University. In addition to all your breakfast favorites and some great sandwiches, they have one of the neighborhood’s best crab cake benedicts as well as eggs sardou. 7801 Panola St., 314-1810, panolastreetcafe.com

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The Ruby Slipper’s diner-style atmosphere has earned it a popular reputation among locals and tourists. The Peacemaker lets you pair two of their huge signature benedicts, which include shrimp and chicken options, for a breakfast feast like no other. Their biscuit sandwiches are larger than life! Multiple locations, 525-9355, therubyslippercafe.com

Italian

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Mardi Gras Zone looks like a corner store from outside, but it houses an enormous selection of ethnic groceries. Along with favorites like homemade corned beef, they also have room for a wood-fired brick pizza oven. Pick up a slice and a daiquiri; your wallet (and your stomach) will thank you. 2706 Royal St., 947-8787

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Mellow Mushroom bakes up some of the best pizza in the South. Their relaxed Maple Street location offers hearty pizza with gluten-free options as well as juicy burgers and creative cocktails like the Shroom Tea, which is their unique take on a Long Island. Multiple locations, 345-8229, mellowmushroom.com/store/oak-street-nola

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Mid-City Pizza has a variety of creative pies and appetizers available for delivery. Their new Uptown location near Tulane University will be opening soon. Try their margherita, and if you’re in a carnivorous mood, ask for pepperoni on half. They also have po-boys and late night delivery. 4400 Banks St., 483-8609, midcitypizza.com

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Pascal’s Manale has been an Uptown institution for over a century and should be visited by all. Their world-famous BBQ shrimp is simmered in-shell with garlic, butter, Worcestershire sauce, and various secret herbs and spices. Don’t miss their famous oyster bar to enjoy the flavor of New Orleans! 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, pascalsmanale.com

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Red Gravy serves unique and delicious Italian fare and is known as one of the top brunch spots in the city. Check out their delicacies like the cannoli pancakes and Sicilian egg pies in their homey CBD digs, while also delving into their handmade pasta dishes for lunch. 125 Camp St., 561-8844, redgravycafe.com

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Reginelli’s Pizzeria has many locations for salads, sandwiches, pastas, a variety of apps, and, of course, pizza that can satisfy any craving. Their Gumbo Pizza is a delicious mash-up of andouille sausage, shrimp marinated in Crystal hot sauce, and pickled okra. Multiple locations, reginellis.com

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Tommy’s Cuisine is an upscale yet comfortable Italian restaurant blending Creole and classic flavors to create unique and delicious dishes like the crawfish-cream sauce spaghetti with fried soft-shell crab. The chocolate martini after dinner is a must, or you can just enjoy their extensive wine menu.  746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, tommysneworleans.com

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Venezia is a New Orleans staple for amazing Italian food. This neighborhood favorite offers expertly-cooked pastas, seafood, and heavily-praised classic pizzas. Their Veal Pontchartrain is particularly delicious. Try their daily specials, which vary from veal porterhouse to fall-off-the-bone osso bucco. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991, venezianeworleans.com

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Wood Pizza is a lovely brick-walled restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating that’s perfect for dining al fresco. They feature handmade, thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas and over 40 beers on tap, many from local breweries. Come in Sundays for their $6 house-infused Bloody Mary’s. 404 Andrew Higgins Dr., 281-4893, woodpizzaneworleans.com

Mexican

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Caretta’s Grill serves up Tex-Mex in locations all over NOLA, complemented by great service, wonderful margaritas, and catchy live music. Their Combo Fajitas Plate comes sizzling hot, with hearty portions of shrimp, chicken, and beef. If you’re searching for high quality Tex-Mex, look no further than Caretta’s. Multiple locations, carrettasgrillrestaurant.com

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Izzo’s Illegal Burrito makes authentic Mexican burritos that are so good, it might be criminal!  Their Magazine Street location features delivery and is popular with students, while families love their Kidz Night. The company’s slogan is “roll your own,” and they keep their promise to “roll you a better burrito.” Multiple locations, izzos.com

Middle Eastern

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Lebanon’s Café has earned a reputation in New Orleans as one of the best Middle Eastern dining destinations in the city, plus it’s affordable and BYOB! Their Lamb Chops with Hummus is among the most popular options, and their lunch specials are perfect if you’re on the go. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

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Mona’s Café has been serving Lebanese specialties for 20 years. With multiple locations around town, you don’t have to go far for Mona’s Combination Kebab: a flavorful fusion of beef, chicken, and lula. Of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to Mona’s without their fluffy signature falafel. Multiple locations, monascafeanddeli.com

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Pyramids Café is great for those on a budget who are craving healthy, authentic, fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Located across from Tulane University, their sampler plate offers everything from kibbeh and falafel to tabouli with fresh lemon hummus. Don’t forget to try the fresh and flaky baklava. 3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602, pyramidscafeneworleans.com

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The Halal Guys is an internationally famous NYC transplant that has been selling chicken, gyros, and other halal-style food for 25 years. Go to their St. Charles location or new Freret Street spot to see what brought them from a humble hot dog cart in NYC to super-stardom. CBD Location and NEW Freret Location, thehalalguys.com

New Orleans Cuisine

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Antoine’s Restaurant has been a fixture in New Orleans for over 175 years and is still operated by the family that originally founded it. Antoine’s Hermes Bar is great for a date.  They’ve perfected their seafood options: the Drum Amandine, Shrimp Remoulade, and Huitres (oysters) Bienville make for a perfect trio. 713 Saint Louis St., 581-4422 antoines.com

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Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit is a Westbank favorite that will remind you of home-cooked comfort food. They offer great daily specials and a wide variety of seafood platters, but it is their thinly sliced roast beef soaked in pure brown gravy joy that brings in droves of hungry customers. 615 Kepler St., 365-1225, dawabbit.net/dine-in.html

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Columns Hotel is a Victorian mansion built in 1883. It draws in the best and classiest crowds from all over. They have a delightful little bistro tucked away, overlooking St. Charles Avenue. Their grilled pork ribeye is fantastic and comes accompanied by a seasonal chutney. 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308, thecolumns.com/dining

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Cornet, named after Louis Armstrong’s kick starter from the Karnofsky Family, has steaks, seafood, and Cajun fare in an iconic Bourbon Street building. Try the Taste of New Orleans: crawfish mac-n-cheese, jambalaya, and gumbo. The flavors are local and the tastes are legendary. 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485, cornetnola.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Crescent City Brewhouse is the French Quarter’s only microbrewery, but they don’t stop at beer. This sleek two-story brewhouse has a menu that is to die for. Check out the Broiled Crawfish Acadiana, served with corn and crawfish maque choux, fingerling potatoes, roasted fennel, and Creole tomato glaze. 527 Decatur St., 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Crossroads at House of Blues is a lively and bright rock and blues-themed national chain that offers delicious food in the heart of your favorite music venue. The rock band of chefs make American and internationally inspired favorites such as portobello sliders and Mexican street tacos. 225 Decatur St. 310-4999 houseofblues.com/neworleans/crossroads

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

EAT is located in the heart of the French Quarter. It is a BYOB restaurant offering farm-to-table Cajun and Southern meals like the red bean and andouille gumbo. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and their brunch is the perfect recovery from a night out. 900 Dumaine St, 522-7222, eatnola.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Frankie and Johnny’s is a local institution known for great seafood and service and ice cold beer. While their boiled crawfish and seafood dishes are delicious and surprisingly affordable, their fried chicken takes the crown as one of the best in a city full of excellent fried birds. 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, frankieandjohnnys.net

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Gumbo Shop is a world-famous restaurant serving, you guessed it, amazing gumbo! What started with a roux turned into something so much more with local fresh and savory additions like andouille sausage and blue crab.  The Gumbo Shop also features other New Orleans dishes that make it a great spot to bring out-of-town guests. 630 St Peter St., 525-1486, gumboshop.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Joey K’s is a classic, casual Uptown joint with generous seafood platters and Southern favorites. Their Eggplant Napoleon is stacked with freshly fried eggplant and shrimp, topped with a creamy Creole crawfish sauce. Also, you can indulge in the daily all-you-can-eat catfish special for only $13.95. 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997, joeyksrestaurant.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Kingfish offers contemporary Louisiana specialties in the French Quarter and has an elegant atmosphere and Cajun favorites. During Mardi Gras season, they offer a savory king cake, topped with seared foie gras. It pairs beautifully with a Queens Park Swizzle cocktail. 337 Chartres St., 598-5005, kingfishneworleans.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Mandina’s does not skimp on portions, nor do they skimp on flavor. Their signature soups will have you satisfied and their spicy garlic crab claws will have you licking the plate. Serving Italian and Creole dishes, this Mid-City favorite is sure to be on your bucket list.  3800 Canal St., 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Melba’s is an outstanding 24-hour breakfast and soul food restaurant only five minutes from the French Quarter. Don’t miss their “Free Wings” special after every Saints game. The prices are unbeatable, and their seafood and beef stuffed pepper is particularly noteworthy. 1525 Elysian Fields, 267-7765, eatatmelbas.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

New Orleans Creole Cookery has a variety of traditional Louisiana dishes including Shrimp Creole and Gumbo Three Different Ways. Their flaky and flavorful blackened redfish is topped with a dill beurre blanc sauce. You haven't experienced New Orleans until you've been to New Orleans Creole Cookery! 508 Toulouse St., 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

The Original Fiorella’s Cafe offers both delicious Southern favorites and Italian classics. Stop in and enjoy their tasty fried chicken or their veal parmesan. Winner of the 2016 Best Fried Chicken Contest at the New Orleans Inaugural Fried Chicken Festival makes this cafe one you don't want to miss! 5325 Franklin Ave., 309-0352, originalfiorellas.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Poppa’s Poor Boys has some of the best po-boys in town with generous portions and modest prices. Poppa’s is also known for amazing boiled seafood and offers some of the best prices in town for boiled crawfish and shrimp. The shrimp and oyster po-boy is a delicious pairing of two seafood favorites. 720 Claiborne Dr., 832-8114

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

RF’s is a refined yet relaxed eatery with modern takes on Southern classics, just a block off of Bourbon Street. Their delicious grown-up take on chicken and waffles is only offered for dinner. They also offer live music and a huge selection of martinis. 301 Dauphine St., 586-0972, rfsnola.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

The Praline Connection is a Frenchmen Street favorite. Southern food comes with a New Orleanian accent as they serve authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine at affordable prices. As the name suggests, the homemade pralines are the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934, pralineconnection.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Short Stop Poboys boasts some of the best po-boys, even in a city full of them. Don’t miss out on their rich seafood gumbo either. Their softshell crab po-boy is enormous and perfect for Lent, with legs hanging out of the bread; if you get it dressed, it’s a delicious meal! 119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie, 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Vacherie is a charming Cajun restaurant with an upscale ambiance. Their gorgeous outdoor patio is the perfect date spot, and their boudin stuffed deep-fried hen is the perfect dish to hit the spot. Try their Taste of Vacherie Sampler, if you’re into variety. 827 Toulouse St., 207-4532, vacherierestaurant.com

Seafood

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Acme Oyster House has been the premier New Orleans raw and charbroiled oyster house since it opened its doors in 1910. If you can throw back 15 dozen oysters, your name will be put on the wall of fame with some of the great oyster-eating champions.  Multiple locations, acmeoyster.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

The Blue Crab has parking for both boats and cars, for those ready to enjoy some of the freshest seafood around. They can broil, fry, or serve your favorite seafood fresh from the ocean. Their seafood platters are massive and their blue crab pasta is out of this world. 7900 Lakeshore Dr., 284-2898, thebluecrabnola.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill offers fresh seafood and great views on the banks of the Mississippi. They have an array of Creole and Cajun classics like jambalaya and gumbo. Their Category 1 through 5 Hurricanes will have you calling a cab faster than you can say “Atchafalaya.” 500 Port of New Orleans Pl., 569-3380, thecrazylobster.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant has been serving some of the finest seafood and steaks for years, with recipes passed down for generations. Try their Super Seafood Platter with fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, crawfish pie, crab ball and a cup of gumbo or indulge in a crab-stuffed flounder. 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914, Jackdempseys.net

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Lafitte’s Landing Seafood House is a new Westbank favorite hailing from veteran restaurateurs AJ and Anna Tusa, who own the Creole Cookery among other spots. The Steamed Seafood Bucket is just one of their extravagant combo options. Don’t miss out on their signature cocktails like the Satsuma Margarita. 1700 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 252-9613, lafitteslandingseafoodhouse.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Nola Boils Café does on and off-site seafood boils and fresh po-boys. Their mobile boil truck offers the perfect party experience with a built-in flat screen TV as well as a grill, speakers, draft dispensers, and an ability to boil thousands of pounds of your favorites. 601 Metairie Rd., 782-6070, nolaboils.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Oceana Grill is a Conti Street seafood classic with the most tender crab cakes the Emerald City has to offer. Don’t forget to pair your favorite seafood with their famous creamy fettuccine noodles. Ask about the Mardi Gras Pasta for an enjoyable surprise. 739 Conti St., 525-6002, oceanagrill.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Poseidon promises an excellent meal and atmosphere to a variety of palates, with everything from charbroiled oysters to fresh sushi. Go with friends and sing your heart out at karaoke while enjoying their unique St. Patrick Roll that combines shrimp, mango, spicy tuna, and avocado. 2100 St. Charles Ave., 509-6675, poseidonnola.com

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Royal House Oyster Bar has spacious and open decor with fun on the half-shell. As one of New Orleans’s most exemplary oyster spots, this hometown favorite is located in the heart of the Quarter. You’re guaranteed to have a great time with visitors or locals. 441 Royal St., 528-2601, royalhouserestaurant.com

Vegetarian

2017 Spring Restaurant Guide

Seed takes a vegan spin on pan-Southern classics. Try their outstanding gumbo with spicy seitan or delve into the eggplant po-boy. Be sure not to miss the brunch for their grits and grillades as well as their delectable beignets. 1330 Prytania St., 302-2599, seedyourhealth.com

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