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May 28th, 2013

Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks - 2014


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NIGHTLIFE

 

Best Dance Club

1. Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., themetropolitannightclub.com

For the New Orleans club goer, the Metropolitan offers an upscale atmosphere with the music to match. Nowhere else will you find some of the nations premiere DJ's and local talent under one roof.

2. Bourbon Heat: 711 Bourbon St., 711bourbonheat.com

3. Jax Brewery Bistro: 620 Decatur St., jacksonbrewerybar.com

 

Best Happy Hour

1. Coyote Ugly: 225 N. Peters St., coyoteuglysaloon.com

This nationwide institution offers the best drink deals with their everyday specials and happy hours. Anything from Tipsy Tuesday to Hero/Heroine Friday will suit your Happy Hour needs. 

2. Columns Hotel: 3811 St. Charles Ave., thecolumns.com

3. Superior Grill: 3636 St. Charles Ave.,superiorgrill.com

 

Best Dive Bar

1. Ms. Mae’s: 4336 Magazine St., msmaeswallofshame.blogspot.com

Sitting pretty on Magazine Street there is nothing like getting some drinks at Ms. Mae's. Providing the dive atmosphere since 1907, this New Orleans intuition knows how to do it right.

2. Snake & Jake’s: 7612 Oak St., snakeandjakes.com

3. Brothers Three Lounge: 4520 Magazine St., 897-9912

 

Best Bar For Hand Crafted Cocktails

1. Bar Tonique: 820 N. Rampart St., bartonique.com

Feeling crafty? The extensive and unique menu at Bar Tonique will quench your thirst. An amazing drink menu including wines, craft beers, handcrafted cocktails, and even a non-alcoholic selection.

2. Cure: 4905 Freret St., curenola.com

3. Bellocq: 936 St. Charles Ave., thehotelmodern.com

 

Best Late Night Bar

1. Bourbon Heat: 711 Bourbon St., 711bourbonheat.com

 Bourbon Heat is known as the hottest club in the city. Also considered one of the great late night spots due to the ongoing partying this gem hosts one and all 'til the sun comes up. 

2. Jax Brewery Bistro: 620 Decatur St., jacksonbrewerybar.com

3. Erin Rose: 811 Conti St., erinrosebar.com

 

Best Place to See & Be Seen

1. Harrah’s Masquerade: 228 Poydras St., masquerade-nightclub.com

Harrah's in house nightclub, Masquerade is the city's trendiest spot to be seen. The casino and nightclub atmosphere offers whatever the high-roller may want to take part in that night.

2. House of Blues: 225 Decatur St., houseofblues.com/neworleans

3. Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., themetropolitannightclub.com

 

Best Sports Bar

1. Walk On’s: 1009 Poydras St., walk-ons.com

Not only have the readers of Where Y'at Magazine recognized Walk On’s as the city’s best sports bar, but so have the fans of ESPN who voted Walk On’s the best sports bar in the country.

2. Tracey’s: 2604 Magazine St., traceysnola.com

3. Gordon Biersch: 200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com

 

Best Upscale Bar

1. Monkey Hill: 6100 Magazine St., monkeyhillbar.com

The upscale atmosphere at Monkey Hill Bar makes this lounge a perfect location to go relax and have a cocktail. With an extensive menu of beers, wines, and cocktails you are sure to enjoy your time here.

2. Cure: 4905 Freret St., curenola.com

3. Bellocq: 936 St. Charles Ave., thehotelmodern.com

 

Best Hotel Bar

1. Columns Hotel: 3811 St. Charles Ave., thecolumns.com

Located on possibly the most beautiful avenue there is, the Columns Hotel is a great place to grab a drink. With a great bar/dining area overlooking The Avenue, Columns is sure to satisfy. 

2. Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St. hotelmonteleone.com

 3. Sazerac: 123 Baronne St., therooseveltneworleans.com

 

Best New Bar/Club

1. Bamboula’s: 514 Frenchmen St., bamboulasnola.com

With music every night of the week this new bar/club has only added to Frenchman's great reputation. Go enjoy great drinks, fantastic live music and a spacious dance floor at this new comer hot spot.

2. Apres Lounge: 608 Fulton St., apresnola.com

3. 21st Amendment: 725 Iberville St., 21stamendmentnola.com

 

Best Gay Bar

1. Oz: 800 Bourbon St., ozneworleans.com

Located on the infamous Bourbon Street, Oz offers a lively and sexy atmosphere. With bar top dancers and music pumping all night long, this place will keep the party going into the wee hours.

2. The Country Club: 634 Louisa St., thecountryclubneworleans.com

3. Good Friends: 740 Dauphine St., goodfriendsbar.com

 

Best College Bar

1. The Boot: 1039 Broadway St., thebootneworleans.com

For the younger crowd, The Boot offers a party spot within walking distance for most Uptown college students. Great drink specials, a killer block party during Mardi Gras, and “Boot Pizza” next door all add to the appeal.

2. Bruno’s Tavern: 7538 Maple St., brunostavern.com

3. TJ Quill’s: 7600 Maple St., 861-7931

 

Best Bar Patio

1. Gordon Biersch: 200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com

Gordon Biersch not only serves up a great menu of beers and food but they also provide a great atmosphere to consume them in. Their patio area overseeing Poydras is the best place to kick back and enjoy a cold brew.

2. Manning’s: 519 Fulton St., 593-8118

3. Pat O’ Brien’s: 718 St. Peter St., patobriens.com

 

Best Gentlemen’s Club

1. Rick’s Cabaret: 315 Bourbon St., iknowrick.com

Are you a fan of little to no clothing? If so, Rick's Cabaret is your go to spot. It’s a great place to have a drink and observe the beautiful scenery. Don’t pass this up if you love a great view – Check out Rick’s Sporting Saloon further down Bourbon as well.

2. Penthouse Club: 727 Iberville St., penthouseclubneworleans.com

3. Visions: 4000 Downman Rd., visionsmensclub.com

 

Best Irish Pub

1. Erin Rose: 811 Conti St., erinrosebar.com

Located right off Bourbon Street, Erin Rose offers a nice atmosphere to escape the havoc of Bourbon Steet. Locals and tourists agree that this is THE Irish Pub to drink at; enjoy Killer Poboys in the back.

2. Finn McCool’s: 3701 Banks St., finnmcools.com

3. The Holy Ground: 3340 Canal St., 821-6828

 

Best Ladies’ Night

1. Jax Brewery Bistro: 620 Decatur St., jacksonbrewerybar.com

With the amazing ambiance this institution offers it is only right that there are equally beautiful women to accompany it. The ladies have spoken and it’s obvious that Jax does it right.

2. Phillip’s: 733 Cherokee St., phillipsbar.com

3. Country Club: 634 Louisa St., thecountryclubneworleans.com

 

Best Place to get a Bloody Mary

1. Daisy Duke’s: Multiple Locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

Looking to start the morning right a rid yourself of that nasty hangover? Daisy Dukes is the place to do so with their fan favorite Bloody Mary. You can also grab a bite for the day ahead.

2. Pat O’Brien’s: 718 St. Peter St., patobriens.com

3. Superdome: 1500 Sugar Bowl Dr., superdome.com

 

Best Place to get a Margarita

1. Superior Grill: 3636 St. Charles Ave., superiorgrill.com

There is nothing like a Margarita while enjoying some Mexican food. Superior Grill brings you both. Even if you aren't hungry make sure to grab one of their award winning drinks.

2. Felipe’s: 6215 S. Miro St., felipestaqueria.com

3. Nacho Mama’s: 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., nachomamasmexicangrill.com

 

Best Place to get a Martini

1. The Bombay Club: 830 Conti St., thebombayclub.com

With their upscale atmosphere and great live music it is only right that The Bombay Club serves up a fantastic Martini. Stop in and take your pick – you will not be disappointed.

2. Monkey Hill: 6100 Magazine St., monkeyhillbar.com

3. Cure: 4905 Freret St., curenola.com

 

Best Place to Drink Wine

1. Oak: 8118 Oak St., oaknola.com

Located on the quaint gem that is Oak Street, this wine bar shares the name and offers a stellar selection of wines that can be paired with their great selection of small plate and food options.

2. Patrick’s Bar Vin: 730 Bienville St., patricksbarvin.com

3. Orleans Grapevine: 720 Orleans Ave., orleansgrapevine.com

 

Best Place to Drink Beer

1. Crescent City Brewhouse: 527 Decatur St., crescentcitybrewhouse.com

This establishment lives up to its name offering the city's best beers in a great environment. Make sure to sit outside on their balcony overlooking Decatur Street while you throw back a cold one.

2. Gordon Biersch: 200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com

3. NOLA Brewery Tap Room: 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., nolabrewing.com

 

Best Beer Selection

1. The Bulldog: Multiple Locations, bulldog.draftfreak.com

When it comes to the Bulldog they know beer. Offering a huge selection from all over the world and bringing in great seasonal options to break the monotony, this bar serves greatness by the pint.

2. Avenue Pub: 1732 St Charles Ave., theavenuepub.com

3. Balcony Bar & Café: 1104 Harmony St., 895-1600

 

Best Place to get a Mojito

1. St. Joe’s: 5535 Magazine St., stjoesbar.com

Joe’s is a cozy bar located on Magazine Street with an awesome patio.  They are known for their signature Blueberry Mojito that has fresh juices and real fruit.

2. Pat O’ Brien’s: 718 St Peter St., patobriens.com

3. El Gato Negro: Multiple Locations, elgatonegronola.com

 

Best Jazz Club

1. Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse: 300 Bourbon St., irvinmayfield.com

Located in the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse hosts live jazz music seven nights a week with no cover. Stop by for an evening of soothing jazz and high-end cocktails.

2. Snug Harbor: 626 Frenchmen St., snugjazz.com

3. Spotted Cat: 623 Frenchmen St., spottedcatmusicclub.com

 

Best Music Club

1. Tipitina’s: 501 Napoleon Ave., tipitinas.com

Located on the corner of Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas, this two-story venue is an international music icon. Serving up a blend of renowned national and local acts, you can’t go wrong at Tipitina’s.

2. House of Blues: 225 Decatur St., houseofblues.com/neworleans/

3. Blue Nile: 532 Frenchmen St., bluenilelive.com

 

Best Place to Play Bar Games

1. Shamrock: 4133 S. Carrollton St., shamrockparty.com

The largest neighborhood bar in town, Shamrock contains 23 pool tables, 4 Ping-Pong cages, 7 dartboards, and more.  Along with fun, they also provide great food and drinks, plus live music, and karaoke on Sunday nights.

2. Barcadia: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., barcadianeworleans.com

3. Kingpin: 1307 Lyons St., kingpinbar.com

 

Best Bar (Bywater/Marigny)

1. Mimi’s in the Marigny: 2601 Royal St., mimisinthemarigny.net

With a barroom downstairs and a cozy quieter upstairs that host blues, jazz and acoustic bands, you are sure to feel at home at Mimi’s.  They have a full restaurant menu with a happy hour.

2. J&J’s Sports Bar: 800 France St., jjssportslounge.com

3. Kajun’s: 2256 St. Claude Ave., kajunpub.com

 

Best Bar (Uptown)

1. Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St., 895-8117

Located Uptown, this bar hosts The Soul Rebels every Thursday and a variety of other bands on other nights. Slanging pub food with a New Orleans kick they have one hell of an extended happy hour.

2. Monkey Hill: 6100 Magazine St., monkeyhillbar.com

3. St. Joe’s: 5535 Magazine St., stjoesbar.com

 

Best Bar (French Quarter)

1. Tropical Isle: Multiple Locations, tropicalisle.com

Home of the original hand grenade, Tropical Isle is the place to be. They host live music seven days a week. Come in and pick up some souvenirs and grab yourself a drink.

2. Pat O’Brien’s: 718 St. Peter St., patobriens.com

3. Razzoo’s: 511 Bourbon St., razzoo.com

 

Best Bar (CBD/WH)

1. Barcadia: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., barcadianeworleans.com

Barcadia has large flat screen TVs, arcade games and plenty of good food. Resembling a “man cave,” Barcadia offers all kinds of entertainment. You can even pop into Ohm if you want to take a break.

2. Lucy’s: 701 Tchoupitoulas St., lucysretiredsurfers.com

3. The District: 711 Tchoupitoulas St., districtnola.com

 

Best Bar (Mid-City)

1. Mid-City Yacht Club: 440 S. St. Patrick St., midcityyachtclub.com

This is a great neighborhood bar with a diverse beer selection. In addition to having an outside courtyard and smoking annex, Mid-City Yacht Club caters to all crowds 365 days a year. 

2. Finn McCool’s: 3701 Banks St., finnmcools.com

3. The Holy Ground: 3340 Canal St., 821-6828

 

Best Bar (Metairie)

1. The Max: 2501 N. Woodlawn Ave., 885-1677

This is an 80’s style retro bar with red lighting and wooden bars accents. It is open 24 hours and they host live swing and big band music every Saturday.

2. Jiggers: 1645 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 828-3555

3. Swamp Room:  5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 888-5242

 

Best Neighborhood Bar (West Bank)

1. Gattuso’s: 435 Huey P Long Ave., gattusos.net

Gattuso’s keeps you craving another visit by hosting trivia on Thursdays, Pints of beer with take-home glasses on Wednesdays, and live music every Friday and Saturday. They have a full menu with lots of choices.

2. Crown & Anchor: 200 Pelican Ave., crownanchorpub.com

3. Old Point Bar: 545 Patterson Dr., 364-0950

 

Best Casino

1. Harrah’s: 228 Poydras St., harrahsneworleans.com

Hit it big at Harrah’s! With a lot of table games and every slot machine imaginable, you’re sure to find the perfect place to win your fortune. The dealers are always helpful and attentive servers will ensure your total comfort.

2. Treasure Chest: 5050 Williams Blvd., treasurechest.com

3. Boomtown: 4132 Peters Rd., boomtownneworleans.com

 

SHOPPING

 

Best Bike Shop

1. GNO Cyclery: 1426 S. Carrollton Ave., gnocyclery.com

This local bicycle shop hosts a huge selection of accessories, apparel and even repair services. The staff is very knowledgeable and will show you all that you need to know in order to be a pro.

2. Bayou Bikes: 3530 Toulouse St., bayoubicycles.com

3. Bicycle Michael’s: 622 Frenchmen St., bicyclemichaels.com

 

Best Men’s Clothing

1. Rubensteins: 102 St. Charles Ave.,

rubensteinsneworleans.com

Located in the heart of downtown Rubensteins is the best location for a gentleman’s suite. With a helpful and knowledgeable staff you are sure to get the perfect fit. 

2. Perlis: 6070 Magazine St., perlis.com

3. Brinkman’s Menswear: 3020 Severn Ave., 455-8284

 

Best Women’s Clothing

1. Hemline: Multiple Locations, shophemline.com

This boutique will have you hooked. With big name brands mixed with the lesser known you are sure to find something that you like. Hemline is now in Texas and Alabama too.

2. Trashy Diva: 2048 Magazine St., trashydiva.com

3. Haute Boutique: 725 Magazine St., hautenola.com

 

Best Smoke Shop

1. Herb Import Company: Multiple Locations, herbimport.com

The Herb Import Company has been around for almost 15 years. Featuring a coffee shop and rooftop veranda, you will feel relaxed and at home here. The staff is friendly and eager to help you with all your needs.

2. Hippie Gypsy: 633 Canal St., 592-0525

3. Ra Shop: Multiple Locations, rashop.us

 

Best Adult Novelty Store

1. Mr. Binky’s: 107 Chartres St., mrbinkys.com

Located in the Quarter, you will definitely find something to spice up your night at Mr. Binky’s . They have a wide selection of all kinds of adult toys.

2. Hustler Hollywood: 111 Bourbon St., hustlerhollywood.com

3. Suzette’s: 4636 W. Esplanade Ave., suzettes.com

 

Best Vintage Clothing

1. Goodwill: Multiple Locations, goodwill.org

The Goodwill contains a lot of good treasure. With constant new items you are sure to find something to fit your style. Not only do they have clothes, but they also carry home décor.

2. Buffalo Exchange: 3312 Magazine St., buffaloexchange.com

3. Retro Active: 8123 Oak St., retroactivevintage.com

 

 

Best Costume Shop

1. Uptown Costume: 4326 Magazine St., uptowncostume.com          

Uptown Costume shop is your location for costumes. They have a large selection of wigs, hats, feathered headpieces, boas and many more. The friendly staff will surely help you find the prefect accessory.

2. New Orleans Party & Costume: 705 Camp St., partyandcostume.com

3. Carl Mack Presents: 223 Dauphine St., carlmack.com

 

Best Record Shop

1. Mushroom: 1037 Broadway St., mushroomnola.com

This record shop sells used and out of print CDs, posters, T-shirts, patches and other music related merchandise. With the best prices and a diverse selection, you will no doubt leave happy.  

2. LA Music Factory: 421 Frenchmen St., louisianamusicfactory.com

3. Peaches: 408 N. Peters St., peachesrecordsneworleans.com

 

Best Jewelry Store

1. Mignon Faget: 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., mignonfaget.com

Mignon is inspired by and captures New Orleans into each piece of jewelry. Located on Magazine and in the Lakeside Mall, it’s no problem to find a piece that fits your personality.

2. Ramsey’s: 5700 Veterans Blvd., ramseys.com

3. Boudreaux’s: 701 Metairie Rd., boudreauxsjewelers.com

 

Best Shopping Mall

1. Canal Place: 333 Canal St., theshopsatcanalplace.com

Canal Place hosts a lot of great shops like Blue Frog Chocolates and Michael Kors. There is something for everyone here. They have an upscale theater that serves dinner as you view films on the big screen.

2. Lakeside: 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., lakesideshopping.com

3. Clearview: 4486 Veterans Memorial Blvd., clearviewmall.com

 

Best Supermarket

1. Whole Foods: Multiple Locations, wholefoodsmarket.com

Eat green and fresh with the highest quality natural and organic products at Whole Foods. Their aisles contain a wide selection of everyday cooking staples, seafood, to prepared goodies from the bakery.

2. Rouses: Multiple Locations, shop.rouses.com

3. Breaux Mart: Multiple Locations, breauxmart.com

 

Best Local Product Found in a Grocery Store

1. NOLA Brew: 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., nolabrewing.com

Located in the Irish Channel, NOLA Brew is the city’s only craft brewery producing the freshest high-quality beer. Full sized kegs and draft pack selections are sold conveniently at grocery stores in Louisiana.

2. Aunt Sally’s Pralines: 810 Decatur St., auntsallys.com

3. New Orleans Ice Cream: 1000 Bourbon St., neworleansicecream.com

 Best Place to Buy Wine/ Liquor

1. Martin’s Wine Cellar:  Multiple Locations, martinewine.com

Martin’s Wine Cellar offers the best “hard to find” wines, imported beer, and spirits. The knowledgeable staff provides recommendations on choosing the best bottle to pair with artisanal cheeses.

2. Dorignac’s: 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., dorgnacs.com

3. Elio’s Wine Warehouse: 6205 S Miro St., elioswinewarehouse.com

 

Best Tattoo/ Piercing Parlor

1. Electric Ladyland: 610 Frenchmen St., electricladylandtattoo.com

Electric Ladyland is by the far the most popular tattoo shop in New Orleans. Check out their portfolios and experience why they’re the most talked about elite shop on Frenchmen Street.

2. Downtown Tattoo: 501 Frenchmen St., downtowntattoosnola.com

3. Uptown Custom & Classic Tattoos: 575 S. Carrollton Ave.

uptowntattoos.net

 

Best Athletic Club

1. Jewish Community Center: Multiple Locations, nojcc.org

The Jewish Community Center is a state-of-the-art fitness center with educational classes, summer camps, and programs for all ages. They have two locations in the metropolitan area.

2. New Orleans Athletic Club: 222 N. Rampart St.

neworleansathleticclub.com

3. Franco’s: Multiple Locations, myfrancos.com

 

Best Bead Store

1. Mardi Gras Zone: 2706 Royal St., mardigraszone.com

Mardi Gras Zone offers an excellent selection of wholesale, bulk, and retail Mardi Gras supplies. From beads, and feather boas to colorful masks, they supply everything under the sun all year long!

2. Accent Annex: 100 N. Labarre Rd.,

accentannex.com

3. Beads By The Dozen: 333 Edwards Ave., beadsbythedozen.com

 

Best Thrift Store

1. Goodwill: Multiple Locations, goodwill.org

Goodwill provides great deals for gently used clothing, electronics, housewares, and more. Shop and donate at any of the 18 retail locations located across Southeast Louisiana.

2. Bloomin’ Deals: 4645 Freret St., jlno.org

3. Bridge House:1160 Camp St., bridgehouse.org

 

Best Bank

1. Capital One: Multiple Locations, capitalone.com

With more than 963 branches, Capital One is one of the nation’s Top 10 financial institutions specializing in personal banking, credit cards, home and auto loans, and savings accounts.

2. Whitney Bank: Multiple Locations, whitneybank.com

3. First NBC: Multiple Locations, firstnbcbank.com

 

Theater/Performance/Visual Art

 

Best Theatre Venue

1. Le Petit Theater: 616 S. Peters St. lepetittheatre.com

Le Petit Theatre is the nation’s oldest community based theater. With a seating capacity of 450, audiences come to view a range of re-staged Broadway musicals, locally directed productions, and other special events.

2. Saenger: 1111 Canal St., saengernola.com

3. Mahalia Jackson: 1419 Basin St., mahaliajacksontheater.com

 

Best Art Gallery

1. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery: 400 Julia St., jonathanferraragallery.com

An artist-owned gallery located in the Warehouse District, Jonathan Ferrara features modern works including paintings, photography, sculptures, and installation pieces.

2. Arthur Rogers Gallery: 432 Julia St., arthurrogergallery.com

 3. LeMieux Galleries: 332 Julia St., lemieuxgalleries.com

 

Best Local Artist

1. Frenchy: 8319 Oak St., frenchylive.com

Frenchy’s original vibrant paintings and prints has captivated audiences as he paints in real-time. You can spot him at music festivals or sports games bringing the events to life as he captures it on a canvas.

2. Michalopoulos: 617 Bienville St., michalopoulos.com

3. Terrance Osborne: terranceosborne.com

 

Best Museum

1. New Orleans Museum of Art:

1 Collins Diboll Circle, noma.org

NOMA (as natives call it) is the oldest fine arts museum in the city to house over 40,000 pieces of art throughout its 46 galleries. The museum also hosts private events, lectures, and film screenings.

2. Contemporary Arts Center: 900 Camp St., cacno.org

3. Ogden Museum: 925 Camp St., ogdenmuseum.org

 

FOOD

 

Best New Restaurant

1. Kingfish: 337 Chartres St., cocktailbarneworleans.com

Kingfish is the newest restaurant and cocktail bar osn the block with first class service and Louisiana cuisines.  All dishes are prepared fresh with a touch of Southern hospitality.

 2. Mizado: 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., mizadococina.com

 3. Lucky Rooster: 515 Baronne St., luckyroosternola.com

 

Best Restaurant (Bywater/ Marigny)

1. Booty’s Street Food: 800 Louisa St.,

bootysnola.com

Booty’s Street Food serves up hot globally inspired meals and signature tasty cocktails.  For starters try the Chicken Empanadas served with smoked tomato aioli. Get a kick out of their signature Bywater Bomber.

2. Pizza Delicious: 617 Piety St., pizzadelicious.com

3. Elizabeth’s: 601 Gallier St., elizabethsrestaurantnola.com

 

Best Restaurant (Uptown)

1. Pascal’s Manale: 1838 Napoleon Ave., pascalsmanale.com

Pascal’s Manale is a famous New Orleans spot for everyone to enjoy. They specialize in traditional style New Orleans seafood, but also Italian dishes and juicy steaks. The BBQ Shrimp is the most talked about appetizer at Pascal’s.

2. Boucherie: 8115 Jeannette St., boucherie-nola.com

3. Apolline: 4729 Magazine St., apollinerestaurant.com

 

Best Restaurant (CBD/WH)

1. Cochon: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., cochonbutcher.com

Dine in at Cochon’s for authentic New Orleans Cajun cuisines made with the freshest produce. The upscale menu features delicious roasted meats with homemade sauces and a variety of seafood dishes.

2. Manning’s: 519 Fulton St., 593-8118

3. Gordon Biersch:  200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com

 

Best Restaurant (Mid-City)

1. Katie’s: 3701 Iberville St., restaurantneworleans.ne

Featured on "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," Katie’s brings outstanding food and catering services to the Mid-City area. The Shrimp and Lamb Crab Ceviche and Short Ribs will surely have you coming back for more.

2. Mandina’s: 3800 Canal St., mandinasrestaurant.com

3. Venezia:134 N. Carrollton Ave., venezianeworleans.com

 

Best Restaurant (West Bank)

1. Mo’s Pizza:1112 Avenue H, mospizzanola.com

Mo’s Pizza has a great family friendly atmosphere to enjoy thin crust pizzas, calzones, lasagnas, and muffalattas. Choose from endless toppings to dress your pizza and hot wings to go on the side.

2. Pho Tau Bay: 113 W Bank Expy., 368-9846

3. Tan Dinh: 1705 Lafayette St., 361-8008

 

Best Restaurant (Lakeview)

1. Velvet Cactus: 6300 Argonne Blvd., thevelvetcactus.com

Velvet Cactus is a hip restaurant to enjoy creative Mexican dishes. The Tuna Tacos are topped with fresh Creole coleslaw and watermelon salad is drizzled with the best balsamic oil and vinegar.

2. Mondo: 900 Harrison Ave., mondoneworleans.com

3. R & O’s: 216 Metairie-Hammond Hwy., 831-1248

 

 

Best Restaurant (French Quarter)

1. Antoine’s: 713 St Louis St., antoines.com

Old school yet classy, Antoine’s has been in existence for 174 years.  They’re also the birthplace of the famous Oysters Rockefeller. Get more for your buck with the $20 lunch menu.

 2. Galatoire’s: 209 Bourbon St., galatoires.com

 3. SoBou: 310 Chartres St., sobounola.com

 

Best Restaurant (Metairie)

1. Drago’s: Multiple Locations,dragosrestaurant.com

Take a seat and enjoy a mouthwatering plate of the original charbroiled oysters at Drago’s. Each batch is brushed with blends of garlic’s and herbs then the finest parmesan and romano cheeses.

2. Andrea’s: 3100 19th St., andreasrestaurant.com

3. Don’s Seafood: 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., donsseafoodonline.com

 

Best Upscale Restaurant

1. Commander’s Palace: 1403 Washington Ave., commanderspalace.com

Commander’s Palace is a classic restaurant for locals and tourists for many reasons. The charming décor and smiling servers make the dining experience more enjoyable. Ask about the Louisiana Blue Crab Custard.

2. Restaurant R’Evolution: 777 Bienville St., revolutionnola.com

3. Antoine’s: 713 St. Louis St., antoines.com

 

Best Casual Restaurant

1. Dat Dog: Multiple Locations, datdognola.com

Dat Dog is open for lunch and dinner with late hours to customize your desired gourmet hot dogs. Choose guacamole, wasabi, or even homemade chili as your top condiment.

2. Juan’s Flying Burrito: Multiple Locations, juansflyingburrito.com

3. Felipe’s: Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

 

Best Deli

1. Cochon Butcher: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., cochonbutcher.com

Have your choice of fresh meats, sandwiches, or fine wine at Cochon Butcher. They specialize in house-made meats, sausages and ready-to-cook items made daily. They also offer platters for parties and other events.

2. Stein’s: 2207 Magazine St., steinsdeli.net

3. Martin’s Wine Cellar: Multiple Locations, martinewinw.com

 

Best Place to get a Salad

1. Fresh Bar: 6101 Magazine St., freshbarnola.com

If you’re looking for a quick lunch, try the premium salads and wraps at Fresh Bar. Customers can customize their menu choices with 50+ toppings and 20 house-made dressings. 

 2. Satsuma Café: 3218 Dauphine St., satsumacafe.com

3. Carmo: 527 Julia St., cafecarmo.com

 

Best Restaurant for Dessert

1. Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s: Multiple Locations, copelandscheesecakebistro.com

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s has innovative and exciting dining concepts for the entire family. Complimenting their appetizers and entrees are the specialty signature cheesecakes.

2. Commander’s Palace: 1403 Washington Ave., commanderspalace.com

3. Cake Café: 2440 Chartres St., nolacakes.com

 

Best Outdoor Eating

1. Café Amelie: 912 Royal St., cafeamelie.com

Café Amelie is known for having the most beautiful courtyards in the French Quarter. Enjoy the breeze and a signature cocktail or Shrimp and Grits for Sunday brunch with family.

2. Sylvain: 625 Chartres St., sylvainnola.com

3. Dat Dog: Multiple Locations, datdognola.com

 

Best Lunch Spot

1. Ignatius: 3121 Magazine St., ignatiuseatery.com

Grab a table outside on famous Magazine Street between 8th and 9th to grab lunch with friends or that special someone. Don’t miss their fantastic specialty sandwiches like the Shrimp Remoulade – they are so much more than your normal po-boy.

2. Joey K’s: 3001 Magazine St., joeyksrestaurant.com

3. Willie Mae’s: 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962

 

Best Breakfast Spot

1. Riccobono’s Panola St. Cafe: 7801 Panola St., riccobonos.com

Riccobono’s Panola St. Café has been a breakfast staple in the city since 1998. Crabcakes Benedict or house-made omelets will surely get those taste buds jumping in the morning.

2. Surrey’s: Multiple Locations, surreyscafeandjuicebar.com

3. Ruby Slipper: Multiple Locations, therubyslippercafe.net

 

Best Brunch Spot

1. Surrey’s: Multiple Locations, surreyscafeandjuicebar.com

Surrey’s is home of the Corned Beef Hash with Andouille and Boudin, a favorite that customers have grown to love. Sit under an oak tree on Magazine or dine inside as you indulge in great conversation with friends.

2. Ruby Slipper: Multiple Locations, therubyslippercafe.net

3. Satsuma: Multiple Locations, 304-5962

 

Best Romantic Date Spot

1. Broussard’s: 819 Conti St., broussards.com

Broussard’s dishes are created with French and Creole influences and dashed with an exotic blend of passion. The combination of old architecture, history, and classic foods adds to the fine dining experience.

2. La Crepe Nanou: 1410 Robert St., lacrepenanou.com

3. Vincent’s: Multiple Locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

 

Best Late Night Spot

1. Ohm Lounge: 601 Tchoupitoulas St., ohm-lounge.com

Ohm Lounge is a unique contemporary Asian lounge specializing in tapas, artisanal cocktails, and premium sake. Their cocktails are made with freshly squeezed juices, plus the drink menu also features French wines, Japanese and Belgian beer.

2. F&M’s: 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., fandmpatiobar.com

3. Deja Vu: 400 Dauphine St., dejavunola.com

 

Best Diner

1. City Diner: Multiple Locations, citydiner.biz

City Diner has definitely redefined cliché late-night diners and taken them to another level. They’ve added an array of seafood dishes, appetizers, and breakfast options in huge portions and at affordable prices.

2. Clover Grill: 900 Bourbon St., 598-1010

3. Dot’s Diner: Multiple Locations, dotsdiner.com

 

Best Café

1. High Hat Café: 4500 Freret St., highhatcafe.com

Freret Street has become a hot spot for some of the best restaurants in town, and High Hat Café leads the charge with their fantastic Southern cuisine. Be sure to grab a hand crafted cocktail from the bar before your meal, and don’t miss dessert!

2. Café Amelie: 912 Royal St.,

cafeamelie.com

3. Jimmy J’s Café: 115 Chartres St., jimmyjscafe.com

 

Best Coffee Shop

1. PJ’s: Multiple Locations, pjscoffee.com

PJ’s is a New Orleans chain of coffeehouses with roasting techniques that make the purest coffee around town. The famous hot and iced coffees are brewed daily and served with fresh breakfast pastries.

2. CC’s: Multiple Locations, ccscoffee.com

3. Rue de la Course: Multiple Locations, 861-4343

 

Best Chinese Restaurant

1. Five Happiness: 3605 S. Carrollton Ave, 482-3935

Five Happiness has been selected the Best Chinese Restaurant by numerous local publications. The finest Chinese cuisines are prepared daily and loved by families. Enjoy the House Baked Duck or Shrimp with Honey Roasted Pecan.

2. Royal China: 600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., 831-9633

3. August Moon: 3635 Prytania St., augustmoonneworleans.com

 

Best Japanese Restaurant

1. Miyako: 1403 St. Charles Ave., japanesebistro.com

Miyako’s is sizzling on St. Charles with entertaining chefs and interactive dining. Get amazed as the Hibachi chef prepares your meal in front your eyes! There’s also a full sushi bar.

2. Little Tokyo: Multiple Locations, littletokyonola.com

3. Shogun: 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd.,

shogunneworleans.com

 

Best Thai Restaurant

1. La Thai: 4938 Prytania St., lathaiuptown.com

La Thai offers traditional Thai cuisines plus creative cocktails and wines. Stop in for daily lunch specials and try numerous noodle and veggie dishes. The Soft Shell Crab entrée is a hit and will surely melt in your mouth.

 2. Suhko Thai: 4519 Magazine St., sukhothai-nola.com

 3. Café Equator: 2920 Severn Ave., cafeequator.com

 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1. Pho Tau Bay: 113 W Bank Expy., 368-9846

Pho Tau Bay is the Westbank’s hidden gem for delicious Vietnamese cuisines, fast and friendly service, and big portions! Their flavorful broth is the key to their Beef Pho as well as the locals’ favorite, Shrimp Wonton Soup.

2. Magasin: 4201 Magazine St., magasincafe.com

3. Jazmine Cafe: 614 S. Carrollton Ave., jazminecafe.com

 

Best BBQ Restaurant

1. The Joint: 701 Mazant St., alwayssmokin.com

The Joint is sizzling through the Bywater area with delicious ribs, chicken and briskets. Choose from a variety of tasty sides items to accommodate your juicy BBQ selection.

2. Squeal BBQ: 8400 Oak St., squeal-nola.com

3. McClure’s: 4800 Magazine St., mccluresbarbecue.com

 

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Vincent’s: Multiple Locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Vincent’s has been preparing the best Italian food in New Orleans for over ten years. Serving the city in two locations – Uptown and Metairie, you can guarantee meals with the freshest ingredients that are delivered daily.

2. Domenica: 123 Baronne St., domenicarestaurant.com

3. Venzia: 134 N. Carrollton Ave., venezianeworleans.com

 

Best Daily Specials

1. Joey K’s: 3001 Magazine St., joeyksrestaurant.com

There’s a reason why this restaurant is always crowded during lunchtime.  With a multitude of daily specials every day, you don’t want to miss the Veal Cutlet on Tuesday, Oven Roasted Turkey on Thursday, or Friday’s Fried Fish Tacos.

2. Katie’s: 3701 Iberville St., restaurantneworleans.net

3. Mandina’s: 3800 Canal St., mandinasrestaurant.com

 

Best Oyster Bar

1. Acme Oyster House: Multiple Locations, acmeoyster.com

Acme Oyster House is New Orleans’ most talked about seafood restaurant widely known for its fresh ice cold and chargrilled oysters. Chat with the shucker at the bar or dine at a table while enjoying a hot Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy.

 2. Casamento’s: 4330 Magazine St., 895-9761

 3. Felix’s: 739 Iberville St., felixs.com

 

Best Cajun Restaurant

1. Cochon: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., cochonbutcher.com

With the freshest local produce and seafood, Cochon serves you the real taste of New Orleans Cajun cuisines. The upscale menu features delicious roasted meats with homemade sauces and a variety of seafood dishes.

2. Mulate’s: 201 Julia St., mulates.com

3. Bon Ton Cafe: 401 Magazine St., thebontoncafe.com

 

Best American Restaurant

1. Copeland’s of New Orleans: Multiple Locations, copelandsofneworleans.com

Copeland’s is a popular favorite serving the New Orleans area in multiple locations. Classic dishes such as the Eggplant Pirogue and Corn and Crab Bisque will satisfy your seafood cravings.

2. Zea Rotisserie: Multiple Locations, zearestaurants.com

3. Houston’s: Multiple Locations, hillstone.com

 

Best African

1. Bennachin:1212 Royal St., bennachinrestaurant.com

Bennachin specializes in vegetarian West African cuisines and boasts tons of flavor inside a friendly cozy atmosphere. The food is well blended with rare spices and served quickly by the family-owned staff.

2. Café Abysinnia: 3511 Magazine St., 894-6238

3. Jamila’s Cafe: 7808 Maple St., 866-4366

 

Best Wings

1. WoW Café & Wingery: Multiple Locations, wowcafe.com

With a variety of addicting sauces, the wings at Wow Café & Wingery will keep you coming back for more. The Jamaican Jerk Sauce is packed with flavor and made from scratch. Don’t forget the Texas Toast!

2. Buffalo Wild Wings: Multiple Locations, buffalowildwings.com

3. Hooter’s: Multiple Locations,hooters.com

 

Best Fried Chicken

1. Willie Mae’s Scotch House: 3218 Dauphine St., 304-5962

The family’s secret recipe leads thousands of visitors to Willie Mae’s restaurant to indulge in their famous fried chicken. The chicken is fried to order and perfectly seasoned with a crispy texture.

2. Popeye’s:1243 St. Charles Ave., popeyes.com

3. Coop’s Place: 1109 Decatur St., coopsplace.net

 

Best Indian Restaurant

1. Nirvana: 4308 Magazine St., insidenirvana.com

This family owned and operated Indian establishment has presented unique dishes for over 30 years. Their lunch buffet gives you a taste of everything including vegetarian options.

 2. Taj Mahal: 923 Metairie Rd., 836-6859

 3. Saffron Nola: 505 Gretna Blvd. #6, saffron-caterers.com

 

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

1. Lebanon’s: 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., lebanonscafe.com

Lebanon’s Café is a great casual dining spot in the Uptown neighborhood to satisfy your Middle Eastern food cravings. Enjoy the fresh and spicy hummus, and other Mediterranean appetizers.

2. Mona’s: Multiple Locations, 894-9800

3. Babylon Cafe: 7724 Maple St., babyloncafe.biz

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. El Gato Negro: Multiple Locations, elgatonegronola.com

El Gato Negro is the best spot for authentic Mexican dishes, fresh hand-squeezed margaritas, and swift service. All dishes are made with the finest and freshest ingredients inspired by the family’s old recipes.

2. Carretta’s: Multiple Locations, carretasgrillrestaurant.com

3. Taqeria Corona: Multiple Locations, taqueriacorona.com

 

Best Latin Restaurant

1. Mizado: 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., mizadococina.com

Mizado Cocina is city’s most modern restaurant to enjoy Latin American foods with all the right spices. Get creative as you dress your tortillas with tasty fillings such as chicken, pulled pork, or fish.

2. Baru: 3700 Magazine St., barutapas.com

3. Mais Arepas: 1200 Carondelet St., 523-6247

 

Best Seafood Restaurant

1. Superior Seafood: 4338 St. Charles Ave., superiorseafoodnola.com

Superior Seafood is your go to spot for a casual dining experience with Creole inspired dishes. Eat “superior” when you order the Big Easy BBQ Shrimp, prepared in shells and covered with a delicious pepper butter sauce.

2. Deanie’s Seafood: Multiple Locations, deanies.com

3. Don’s Seafood: 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., donsseafoodonline.com

 

Best Restaurant for Boiled Seafood

1. Don’s Seafood: 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd.donsseafoodonline.com

Don’s Seafood Hut has been serving Louisiana the finest Cajun food since 1934. They offer weekly $15.99 dine-in specials and also hot boiled crawfish. Visit the bar and enjoy 2 for 1 margaritas, cold draft beer, or a Bloody Mary.

2. The Galley: 2535 Metairie Rd., thegalleyseafood.com

3. Frankie & Johnnie’s: 321 Arabella St., 243-1234

 

Best Steakhouse

1. Crazy Johnnie’s: 3520 18th St., crazyjohnnies.net

Visitors can’t get enough of Crazy Johnnie’s Steakhouse’s tender baby back ribs, slathered in a sweet mesquite sauce. Join them for Wine Lovers Tuesday where all bottles are half price.

2. Crescent City Steakhouse:                  1001 N. Broad St., crescentcitysteaks.com

3. Charlie’s Steakhouse: 4510 Dryades St., charliessteakhousenola.com

 

Best Bar Food

1. Buffa’s: 1001 Esplanade Ave., buffasbar.com

Buffa’s is open daily for your ultimate neighborhood bar experience. Enjoy live music Wednesday through Sunday and tasty plates from their full menu. Try the boudin balls for a quick snack.

2. Cooter Brown’s: 509 S. Carrollton Ave., cooterbrowns.com

3. Backspace: 139 Chartres St., backspacenola.com

 

Best Hamburger

1. Phil’s Grill: Multiple Locations, phils-grill.com

Phil’s Grill allows you to customize your burger from top to bottom bun. Patrons have endless combinations of toppings, patties, and other gourmet ingredients, such as the avocado-tomato relish.

2. Company Burger: 4600 Freret St., thecompanyburger.com

3. Port of Call: 838 Esplanade Ave., portofcallnola.com

 

Best Pasta

1. Venezia: 134 N. Carrollton Ave., venezianeworleans.com

Wine and dine at Venezia as you enjoy the delectable pasta dishes and handmade pizzas with fresh ingredients.  The knowledgeable staff is there to help make your experience memorable.

 2. Vincent’s: Multiple Locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

3. Semolina: 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd. #37, semolina.com

 

Best Vegetarian Menu

1. Carmo Café: 527 Julia St., cafecarmo.com

Carmo Café is a cozy vegan friendly restaurant with a tropical theme located in the Warehouse District. The menu includes hearty menu options such as bean stew, Rico Sandwich served on plantain bread, and Esmeralda salad.

2. Satsuma Café: 3218 Dauphine St., satsumacafe.com

3. Green Goddess: 307 Exchange Pl., greengoddessrestaurant.com

Best Roast Beef Po-Boy

1. Parasol’s: 2533 Constance St., parasolsbarandrestaurant.com

Parasol’s is known for their crusty, flaky po-boys with endless ingredients overflowing. Their world famous roast beef po-boys will surely melt in your mouth. Order a side of golden onion rings or potato salad.

2. Tracey’s: 2604 Magazine St., traceysnola.com

3. Short Stop Poboy: 119 Transcontinental Dr., shortstoppoboysno.com

 

Best Oyster Po-Boy

1. Parkway Bakery & Tavern: 538 Hagan Ave., parkwaypoorboys.com

Want to know the secret to the best po-boy? Parkway Bakery and Tavern’s freshly baked bread! Allow the friendly staff to prepare you a stuffed shrimp po-boy or roast beef po-boy with extra gravy.

2. Domilise’s: 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126

3. Acme Oyster House: Multiple Locations, acmeoyster.com

 

Best Shrimp Po-Boy

1. Short Stop Poboy: 119 Transcontinental Dr., shortstoppoboysno.com

Short Stop Po-Boys offers a variety of po-boys for lunch or dinner. Try their juicy BBQ Smoke Sausage Po-Boy or freshly fried crispy Oyster Po-Boy.

2. Parkway Bakery & Tavern: 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047

3. Domilise’s: 5240 Annunciation St., 899-9126

 

Best Sushi

1. Kyoto: 4920 Prytania St., kyotonola.com

Kyoto takes Japanese cuisine to another level. Sink your teeth into the ceviche rolls, stuffed with tons of vegetables topped with zesty lime-cilantro sauce. Enjoy complimentary miso soup when you sit at the sushi bar.

2. Origami: 5130 Freret St., sushinola.com

 3. Mikimoto: 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., mikimotosushi.com

 

Best Gumbo

1. Gumbo Shop: 535 S. Clark St., gumboshop.com

The award winning Gumbo Shop serves New Orleanians and tourists the finest Creole cuisines at affordable prices. Their gumbo is prepared with the freshest ingredients and spices, adding tons of flavors to the broth.

2. Coop’s Place: 1109 Decatur St., coopsplace.net

3. Charlie’s Restaurant: 6129 E. St. Bernard Hwy., charliesrestaurantla.com

 

Best Burrito

1. Juan’s Flying Burrito: Multiple Locations, juansflyingburrito.com

Juan’s Flying Burrito has everything to fulfill your Mexican food cravings. Their eclectic staff and art-filled atmosphere accommodates the creative menu options.

2. Felipe’s:Multiple Locations, felipestaqueria.com

3. Nacho Mama’s: 1000 S. Clearview Pkwy., nachomamasmexicangrill.com

 

Best Pizza

1. Reginelli’s: Multiple Locations, reginellis.com

Reginelli’s has a unique menu offering pizza, calzones, salads, and appetizers. Their quick delivery service makes it convenient for any customer anticipating the freshly prepared El Fresco or Garden Feast pizzas.

2. Theo’s: Multiple Locations, theospizza.com

3. Slice: Multiple Locations, slicepizzeria.com

 

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

1. Angelo Brocato’s: 214 N. Carrollton Ave., angelobrocatoicecream.com

Angelo Brocato’s Italian ice cream creations are a popular New Orleans tradition. For over 100 years, the parlor has become a historic landmark, ran directly by the Brocato family.

2. Creole Creamery: 4924 Prytania St., creolecreamery.com

3. La Divina Gelateria: 3005 Magazine St., ladivinagelateria.com

 
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