Summer Restaurant Guide 2016
Jun 01 2016

Summer Restaurant Guide 2016

By: Staff

African

 

Bennachin is a cozy little restaurant offering a taste of West Africa right here in New Orleans. With origins from Gambia and Cameroon, the variety of fare will appeal to everyone from carnivores to vegans. Each person can find something to love at this relaxed, BYOB place. 1212 Royal St., 522-1230, bennachinrestaurant.com

 

American

 

Belle’s Diner offers tasty diner food and breakfast all day with an early 1950s rock ‘n’ roll, malt shop vibe for added family fun. Jam out to classic tunes while enjoying classic eats in the heart of the French Quarter. 1122 Decatur St., 566-6003, bellesdinerneworleans.com

 

Charlie’s Restaurant & Catering in Violet is a hidden gem well worth the short drive from the French Quarter.  Open from 6 am until 10 pm, Charlie’s menu features over 300 items, including some of the city’s best gumbo.  Call Charlie’s for catering for your next special occasion...you’ll be glad that you did!  6129 E. Saint Bernard Hwy., 682-9057, charliesrestaurantla.com

 

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s offers New Orleans signature dishes, such as Jambalaya Pasta, BBQ Shrimp Linguine and Al’s Favorite Filet, as well as appetizers, salads, wraps, sandwiches, seafood, pizza pasta bowls and tall creamy cheesecakes! They’re having a Chicken Celebration featuring Raspberry Chipotle Wings, Bistro Original Spicy Herb Fried Chicken and a Spicy Chicken Sandwich that will light your light up your tastebuds.  For a cool dessert don’t miss their New Patriot Cheesecake.  Join them at month’s end in celebrating the legacy of Al Copeland with special daily offers. 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, copelandscheesecakebistro.com

 

City Diner’s po-boys, mozzarella sticks and other comfort foods are great for any time of day or night, especially since the diner is open 24 hours. One must-order dish is their giant pancake, which does not disappoint, and it’s so big it’s served in a large pizza box. 3116 S I-10 Service Road East, 831-1030, citydiner.biz

 

The Columns Hotel is a beautiful Italianate mansion built in 1883, situated right off of the St. Charles streetcar line. Not only is it incredibly convenient, it has a great view. Specializing in seafood and New Orleans cuisine, they also have an acclaimed Sunday Jazz Brunch. And the best part of all? Happy hour is seven days a week, from 5 to 7 p.m. 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308, thecolumns.com

 

Copeland’s of New Orleans combines New Orleans flavor and comfort in a casual dining atmosphere. Known for its from-scratch cuisine, fresh premium ingredients, sauces and seasonings are blended to bring out the robust signature flavors of New Orleans in every dish. Check out their Chicken Celebration featuring Raspberry Chipotle Wings, Spicy Herb Fried Chicken and a Spicy Chicken Sandwich sure to make your tastebuds water. Then cool off with their Famous Crash & Burn Punch Bowl. It all leads to National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th with Happy Hour in the entire restaurant all day! Multiple locations, copelandsofneworleans.com

 

Crescent City Steaks claims to have invented the “New Orleans style” of cooking steaks-- sizzling in butter. They have provided authentic, timeless New Orleans food and culture for four generations. A sizzling steak and savory side served on a hot plate is sure to make your experience worthwhile. 1001 N Broad St., 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

 

Daisy Dukes has a variety of staple New Orleans dishes, available at any hour. Enjoy their award-winning bottomless Cajun Bloody Marys and fried delicacies 24 hours a day.  Or as their website puts it, “Nuttin’ fancy, just great Southern eatin’.”  Not to mention, there’s all-day breakfast. French Quarter, CBD, Metairie, daisydukesrestaurant.com

 

Dat Dog has all of your gourmet hot dog needs covered, from alligator sausage to a spicy chipotle veggie dog, or, for the more adventurous, the turducken hot dog. They also have a full bar with quality draft beer and hard milkshakes to complement any dog. Multiple locations, datdognola.com

 

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant is a locally owned neighborhood favorite located in the beautiful Gretna Historical District. Pint nights are every Thursday, and there is live music on Thursdays and Fridays. Everyone can find something they like here. They just placed 1st in Best Traditional Poboy at the New Orleans Poboy Preservation Festival. 435 Huey P Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114, gattusos.net

 

Gordon Biersch knows a thing or two about good beer. The pub-style restaurant brews their own award-winning beers to complement gourmet bar snacks, seafood and more. Brewery tours and beer samplings are also offered by the Brew Master and staff. 200 Poydras St., 522-2739, gordonbiersch.com

 

Josephine Estelle (In Ace Hotel) uses an intriguing blend of Creole, Cajun and Italian cuisine that comes out in unique and exciting dishes that can be found during breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Their expansive wine selection adds an additional aspect to their already inviting ambience.  600 Carondelet St., 930-3070, Josephineestelle.com

 

Lakeview Burgers & Seafood is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering a wide variety of New Orleans specialties from seafood to burgers all day and late into the night at modest prices; seafood tacos, mozzarella cubes (yup, that’s right) and po-boys are also part of the wide menu. 872 Harrison Ave., 289-1032

 

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles could be better named Ma Momma’s House of Delicious Soul Food. Choices include Anytime Breakfast, fried chicken and waffles, spicy rice dishes and “J-Money Fries”: Cajun spiced fries with fried chicken wings or grilled pork chops, a salad, cornbread AND toast. Wowee. 5741 Crowder Blvd., 244-0021, mamommashouse.com

 

Orleans Grapevine is a French Quarter wine bar and bistro with a large variety of international and American-made wines. Serving Gumbo du Jour, cheese boards and Angus medallions as just some of their starters, this hangout is sure to keep your mouth watering. Be sure to try the Creole Court-bouillon while enjoying the scenic courtyard. 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

 

Phil’s Grill is a family burger joint that prides itself on its Burger Experience. And if their scrumptious burgers aren’t enough, Phil and his wife Christina are also committed to supporting local churches, schools and organizations through fundraising, and have started their own “PHILanthropy” organization in the wake of Katrina. Multiple locations, philsgrill.com

 

Spudly’s Super Spuds is home to the famous giant baked potato with over 20 filling options, known as, appropriately enough, the Super Spud. A casual place to bring family and friends, Spudly’s is run by a tight-knit group of staff and has been serving up casual fare for 36 years. 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250, spudlys.com

 

Sun Ray Grill offers a unique mix of Thai, Cuban, Mexican and New Orleanian cuisine. Located in Gretna, this eatery is worth the trip for its original blend of dining options at affordable prices. Enjoy seasonal fruit cocktails, local craft beers and a great wine selection. 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy, (Next to Oschner Hospital) Gretna, 391-0053, sunraygrill.com

 

Warehouse Grille does boozy brunch right. With bottomless mimosas and over 40 beers on tap, this relaxed restaurant offers up New Orleans classics with a personal spin. The Eggplant Napoleon, a unique interpretation of the classic dish, is our favorite of the lot. 869 Magazine St., 322-2188, warehousegrille.com

 

Willie Mae’s Scotch House is known by everyone in town for having the best fried chicken in the city. But if you’re looking to be more adventurous, there’s plenty of other soul food items to nibble on. Willie Mae won the 2005 James Beard Award for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region”. Multiple locations, williemaesnola.com

 

Wow Cafe Tulane Avenue is a convenient location of the New Orleans-originated chicken chain, serving wings and fries in delicious sauces and rubs. Sandwiches, mozzarella sticks, burgers and more are also up for grabs. 2220 Tulane Ave., 309-9015, wowcafego.com

 

Asian

 

Bao & Noodle is a casual, sit-down restaurant that boasts quality, authentic Chinese cuisine.  Its reviews rave about the pleasant and casual atmosphere, and the equally nice outdoor seating, as well as its free delivery to Marigny and Bywater. 2700 Chartres St., 272-0004, baoandnoodle.com

 

Five Happiness has been serving quality Chinese fare to New Orleanians for over 30 years. Rated for its authenticity and efficient service by Zagat, Gambit and New Orleans Magazine, Five Happiness offers well-known and underground classic Chinese dishes including Stuffed Chinese Eggplant and Sizzling Go-Ba. 3605 S Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, fivehappiness.com

 

Kyoto is a favorite among Uptown residents for delicious Japanese cuisine. Its specialty rolls are impressively creative; our top pick is the Funky Margarita Roll for its mix of crawfish or “dynamite” with fresh tuna, salmon and a spicy avocado sauce. 4920 Prytania St., 891-3644, kyotonola.com

 

Kyoto II is known for delicious sushi and Japanese cuisine at reasonable prices.  Located just behind the Palace Theaters, Kyoto II is a great spot to hit before or after a movie or day of shopping.  Check the board for their daily specials that are sure to please.  5608 Citrus Blvd., 818-0228

 

La Thai works within the culinary traditions of Thai cuisine; offering both traditional and contemporary dishes. Owner and chef, Diana Chauvin, is a NOLA native familiar with the traditions of Cajun-French and Thai kitchen. An exceptional artist with an adventurous streak, make sure to sample the Panko Crusted Sea Bass and Crab Three Ways. 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886, lathaiuptown.com

 

Miyako is a hibachi restaurant and sushi bar that offers entertainment in its dining experience. With knife-throwing and blazing onion volcanoes galore, this is an unbeatable hibachi experience. The spacious venue can hold parties of up to 70; a good time and great food are guaranteed. 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997, japanesebistro.com

 

Origami has a convenient Uptown location and fuses sushi and Japanese cuisine with the flavors of the South to bring customers a truly unique experience. They specialize in the freshest sushi and sashimi, and pride themselves on sourcing local ingredients as well. While you’re there, try one of their creative cocktails or order from their extensive wine and sake list. 5130 Freret St., 899-6532, sushinola.com

 

Viet Orleans Bistro offers large portions of delicious Vietnamese dishes. Their many varieties of pho and fresh sushi make it a CBD staple. They also have Vietnamese po-boys, a wide array of rice dishes to choose from, and even offer beer and wine. There are even options for vegetarians, including tofu pho. 300 Baronne St., 333-6917

 

Bars with Great Food

 

BB King’s Blues Club serves up some of the best barbecue in New Orleans with a variety of the South’s most delicious comfort foods. Enjoy your meal while listening to great live music in this relaxed French Quarter atmosphere. Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy an all star meal with the All Star Band. 1104 Decatur St., 934-5464, bbkings.com/new-orleans

 

Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a trendy spot for all-day as well as late-night cocktails and snacks with 1920s decor. The drinks pay tribute to famous New Orleanian literary figures with a menu that matches the ambience. Try their ham, brie and apple French toast for something different. 139 Chartres St., 322-2245, backspacenola.com

 

Barcadia puts a grown-up twist on classic childhood fun with arcade games, giant, lifesize Connect Four and Jenga Games, a full bar, and great food. Their extensive menu features sandwiches, sliders, salads and more.Their fried PB&J sandwich is to die for. 601 Tchoupitoulas St., 335-1740, barcadianeworleans.com

 

Bombay Club has fantastic martinis and nightly live music for the perfect romantic setting. Chef Nathan Richard’s menu is influenced by both British and Cajun cuisine. Located conveniently in the heart of the French Quarter, the romantic ambience and savory eats will secure your spot in that special guy or gal’s heart. 830 Conti St., 577-2237, bombayclubneworleans.com

 

Bruno’s Tavern serves delicious pub fare to the Uptown college crowd. It’s a sports bar with great student specials including half off food on Wednesdays and $2 Tuesdays, with all sorts of $2 deals. Plastic cups, pool, trivia, and sports fans guarantee a good time at an affordable price. 7538 Maple St., 861-7615, brunostavern.com

 

Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant has been recognized by Esquire as one of the best bars in America. Buffa’s has been sitting just outside the Quarter and has been open 24/7 since 1939. The backroom is great for brunch on Sunday and nightly live music. Bring your singing voice for the occasional open mic night. 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038, buffasbar.com

 

Ernst Café has been serving delicious New Orleans-inspired bar food and great specialty drinks for over 100 years. Don’t miss out on this locally owned and operated gem. For all the history buffs out there, enjoy pre-civil war architecture and mosaic floor tiles that are likely to raise eyebrows. 600 S Peters St., 525-8544, ernstcafe.net

 

The Jimani has a comfortable atmosphere that brings together locals and tourists alike. It’s been the late-night hangout for food, cocktails and sports since 1971. Perfect for a taste of New Orleans and a Chicago feel. 141 Chartres St., 524-0493, thejimani.com

 

Mid-City Yacht Club has crawfish boils every Friday with over 320 pounds of mudbugs starting at 4 p.m. and boasts one of the best Bloody Marys in town. Enjoy a sports-bar setting or a breezy lunch in the outdoor courtyard.  440 S St. Patrick St., 483-2517, midcityyachtclub.com

 

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. Mimi's features a large dance floor with a DJ and reasonably-priced tapas and drinks. 2601 Royal St., 872-9868, mimismarigny.com

 

Parasol’s is a long-time casual Irish Channel hangout, great for St. Patrick’s Day fun or any time of year, with stiff drinks, sports on TV, po-boys and other Cajun eats. Not only is the food great, but it has the perfect neighborhood vibe for locals looking to just hangout. 2533 Constance St., 302-1543

 

Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar is the ultimate spot for watching sports with 21 televisions, frozen daiquiris, 20 beers on tap and great food. Located right next to the river, this bar has the eats along with a view. 500 Port of New Orleans Pl., 247-9265, poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

 

Rebellion Bar and Urban Kitchen is a gastropub that incorporates Asian, Latin and Southern flavors. The bar specializes in craft beer and Japanese whisky. The blend of the upscale and casual makes this the perfect location for lunch with a bit of sophistication. 748 Camp St., 298-7317, nolarebellion.com

 

Rick’s Sporting Saloon is an adult sports bar with an amazingly welcoming and warm atmosphere.  The staff is friendly, talented, and efficient and the service is phenomenal.  They have good prices on drinks and multiple specials including $5.00 drinks on Fridays. 522 Bourbon St., 552-2510, ricks-saloon.com

 

Rivershack Tavern is known as New Orleans’ most unusual bar, with live music and bi-weekly crawfish boils. It’s known for tacky ashtrays and handmade barstools. 3449 River Road, 834-4938, therivershacktavern.com

 

Shamrock Bar and Grill is the largest neighborhood bar in the city with activities like pool, bowling and beer pong. Go for the fun and the great menu. Perfect for customers looking to lose track of time with food, fun, and drinks. 4133 S Carrollton Ave., 301-0938, shamrockparty.com

 

Taps Patio Bar and Grill complements their delicious pub grub offerings with an extensive drink menu. Try anything from Taps' wings and bar snacks to gourmet burgers and sandwiches. 2802 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 510-5544, tapspatiobar.com

 

Tchoupitoulas Beer Garden has all the essentials of a German-style brewery. It offers nonstop fun with great beer, delicious food, games, community tables and a large projection screen. 840 Tchoupitoulas St. #103, 224-2889, tbgnola.com

 

Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is home to great roast beef po-boys, raw oysters and many other tasty items. Tracey’s also hosts weekly crawfish boils on Thursday’s around 3. It’s known as the original Irish Channel bar. 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, traceysnola.com

 

Wit’s Inn is a Mid-City bar with gourmet pizzas for only $5 on Thursdays and a kitchen that is open until 2 a.m every day of the week. The great food, specialty drinks and 15 flat screens make it an ideal game-day destination. 141 N Carrollton Ave., 486-1600, witsinn.com

 

Café

 

Another Broken Egg Café offers a huge menu with all the breakfast and brunch food you could want. Their egg-ceptional breakfast menu features signature dishes such as biscuit beignets and cinnamon roll french toast. Stop by their locations on Magazine St. and in Lakeview. Uptown, Lakeview, 301-2771, anotherbrokenegg.com

 

Biscuits & Buns on Banks was featured on USA Today’s best-of list for 10 Best Biscuits. Biscuits & Buns on Banks is a quaint spot for breakfast and lunch in Mid-City and their Blueberry-Brie Waffle has been named Louisiana’s most delicious waffle. 4337 Banks St., 273-4600, biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com

 

Brick & Spoon provides a neighborhood stop for hearty breakfast, lunch and brunch fare. Their upscale Southern-inspired menu is sophisticated yet casual, with everything from biscuit plates to benedicts and beignets. 2802 Magazine St., 662-1789, brickandspoonrestaurant.com

 

Café Amelie is a rare gem of superb Louisiana fare, nestled in the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House on Royal Street with an entrance draped in vines. Their lush courtyard is very romantic and has been the venue for many weddings. 912 Royal St., 412-8965, cafeamelie.com

 

Café Carmo takes pride in being environmentally conscious, certified by local and national conservation organizations. Their unique vegan-friendly menu is inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean, West Africa, and South and Central America. 527 Julia St., 875-4132, cafecarmo.com

 

Café Degas is the oldest Gallic restaurant in NOLA with authentic French cuisine. The menu, which is inspired by bistros found along the French Marne River, has developed quite a cult following. The intimate restaurant features a tree growing through the middle of the dining area. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, cafedegas.com

 

Café Navarre serves up classic New Orleans breakfast and lunch dishes in a casual, friendly atmosphere. As a Riccobono family establishment, this café promises authentic and delicious food. 800 Navarre Ave, 483-8828, cafenavarre.com

 

Café Reconcile is a non-profit restaurant serving soul food respectful to the city's culinary traditions. They offer workforce development and training for at-risk New Orleans youth. 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 568-1157, cafereconcile.org

 

District: Donuts.Sliders.Brew is primarily known for its delicious donuts that are made completely from scratch.  Using all natural ingredients to make every part of the donuts, everything is made by hand.  However, they also serve sliders made with high-quality meats and ingredients from local farmers markets. 2209 Magazine St., 570-6945, donutsandsliders.com

 

Jimmy J’s Café is a funky breakfast and lunch spot with a colorful, lively atmosphere. One of the French Quarter’s best-kept secrets, they pride themselves in making everything from scratch with fresh ingredients.Try their delicious Bacon Bloody Mary with breakfast at any time of day. 115 Chartres St., 309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

 

Lakeview Brew serves homemade pastries, desserts, and breakfast alongside gourmet coffee and tea in a cozy cafe setting. Their walls are adorned with art from local artists. They also offer lunch and dinner menus. 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001, lakeviewbrew.com

 

Maple Street Patisserie taps into the delicious simplicity of European baking. Now with two locations on Magazine St. and Maple St., Chef Ziggy offers up exquisite pastries, breads and sandwiches. Sample on of their delicious breakfast muffins, topped with fresh fruit and rock sugar. Multiple locations, maplestreetpatisserie.com

 

Morning Call Coffee Stand is more than just a coffee stand; it is known as “New Orleans’ most famous coffee drinking place,” and it’s been around for almost 150 years. They serve delicious different styles of coffee beverages, breakfast pastries like beignets, as well as jambalaya and rice and beans. Multiple locations, Morningcallcoffeestand.com

 

Petite Amelie is an extension of Café Amelie, with a smaller, faster twist.  It’s more catered towards a faster, on-the-go experience, but still upholds its reputation of freshness and quality.  They offer sit-down dining but also offer all of their menu options ready to be taken away. 900 Royal St., 412-8065, cafeamelie.com/petite-amelie.html

 

Riccobono’s Panola Street Café is the quintessential neighborhood brunch spot. From Crab Cake Benedict to waffles and grits, they do New Orleans food right. They offer traditional breakfast with a New Orleans twist in their Eggs Pontchartrain. 7801 Panola St., 314-1810, panolastreetcafe.com

 

Italian

 

Dolce Vita Pizzeria is famous for its handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas named after different Italian cities, presented in a casual family-friendly atmosphere. Dine in at the neighborhood ristorante and you’re sure to enjoy it. 1205 St. Charles Ave., 324-7674, dvpizzeria.com

 

Mandina’s Restaurant opened in 1932 by Italian immigrant Sebastian Mandina. The menu features delicious home-style cooking, including Italian-Creole specialties like the Crab Fingers in Wine Sauce. Mandina’s is perfect for anyone looking for home-grown and delicious eats. Multiple locations, mandinasrestaurant.com

 

Mellow Mushroom is rumored to bake up some of the best pizza in the South. The small chain offers specialty pies, delicious apps like spinach and artichoke dip and soft pretzels, calzones, hoagies, and a full bar to top it off. 8227 Oak St., 345-8229, mellowmushroom.com/store/oak-street-nola

 

Pascal’s Manale created the original barbecue shrimp, simmered in-shell in a blend of Creole seasonings. It’s a 100-year-old Creole-Italian traditional restaurant that promises a great meal and the best oyster bar around. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, pascalsmanale.com

 

Red Gravy was named by OpenTable as a Top 100 Brunch Restaurant in America. They earned the title with unique and delicious Italian fare like Cannoli Pancakes and Sicilian Egg Pies. They also boast live music for brunch on Sundays and quirky breakfast dishes like chicken and waffles and praline pancakes. 125 Camp St., 561-8844, redgravycafe.com

 

Reginelli’s Pizzeria goes far beyond pizza. Stop in one of their many locations for salads, sandwiches, pastas and a variety of apps that can satisfy any craving. With eight locations throughout the city, it’s hard to miss out on their diverse selection. Reginelli’s also delivers. Multiple locations, reginellis.com

 

Venezia has been making traditional Italian cuisine in Mid-City since 1957. You can’t go wrong with their expertly-cooked veal and heavily-praised classic pizzas. Venezia is all authentic and all local. 134 N Carrollton Ave., 488-7991, venezianeworleans.com

 

Wood Pizza features handmade, thin-crust wood-fired pizza and over 40 beers on tap, many from local breweries. The beautiful patio draped in white lights creates a great atmosphere for any meal. 404 Andrew Higgins Dr. 281-4893, woodpizzaneworleans.com

 

Mexican

 

Caretta’s Grill serves up Tex-Mex in locations all over NOLA. Their margaritas and Très Leches Cake are to die for. Live music perfectly complements their fresh Mexican cuisine, giving the environment just the right amount of spice. Multiple locations, carrettasgrillrestaurant.com

 

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito makes burritos that are so good it might be criminal. The recipes originate from co-founder Ozzie Fernandez’s experience helping his mother make traditional Mexican food that she, in turn, learned from her own mother. Izzo’s motto promises that they will roll you a better burrito. Multiple locations, izzos.com

 

Rosa Mezcal is a modern Mexican spot featuring classic and creative tacos among other traditional dishes. Their signature tacos are sure to offer something new and delicious. Their unique decor, including a repurposed Volkswagen van, provide for an authentic urban dining experience. 1814 Magazine St., 304-7063, rosamezcalnola.com

 

Tacos and Beer serves up authentic Mexican food and outdoor dining on ‘The Avenue’ and other locations within the city. Make sure to catch their Taco Tuesdays, where tacos are $1. There’s no reason to not enjoy a nice night on the patio with plenty of tacos and beer! Multiple locations, tacosandbeer.org

 

Middle Eastern

 

Lebanon’s Café has earned a solid reputation in New Orleans as the number one Middle Eastern dining destination in the city. Customers flock from all over for some of chef-owner Hussain Sheereef’s hummus or top-notch kebabs, all at a modest price in a beautiful environment. 1500 S Carrollton Ave., 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

 

Mona’s Café has been serving traditional Lebanese specialties for 20 years. The Mid-City and Frenchmen Street locations also have full-service international markets inside. Mona’s goes for a BYOB policy, so take advantage. Multiple locations, monascafeanddeli.com

 

Pyramids Café is great for students on a budget who are craving healthy, authentic, fresh Mediterranean cuisine. There are many options that are even under $10 and with a location right behind Tulane and Loyola campuses, it is incredibly convenient as well. 3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602, pyramidscafeneworleans.com

 

The Halal Guys have been selling chicken, gyros and other halal-style food in New York City for 25 years, but recently have gone global.  From a lamb gyro to chicken-over-rice, these guys have mastered the art of the halal stand.  They have modest prices considering how big their portions are. 301 St. Charles Ave., thehalalguys.com

 

New Orleans Cuisine

 

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a fixture in New Orleans for 176 years, and is still operated and owned by the family that originally founded it. It is the oldest fine dining French Creole restaurant and it is not to be missed. 713 Saint Louis St., 581-4422, antoines.com

 

Augie’s Restaurant & Events brings some of the flavor of the French Quarter to Metairie.  Their authentic New Orleans cuisine can be tasted at their location on Jefferson Highway, however they also cater to weddings, receptions, and other events outside of their location. 6005 Jefferson Hwy., 733-3000

 

Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit is a Westbank favorite located right off Kepler Street. Their great lunch specials are sure to remind you of home cooking and show you that they really are a taste to be reckoned with. 615 Kepler St., 365-1225, dawabbit.net/dine-in.html

 

Café Maspero has been serving New Orleans sandwiches and seafood since 1971. They may have switched locations, but their quality cooking and French Quarter atmosphere remain the same. Be sure to check out their $1 strawberry daiquiris and their generously portioned muffalettas. 601 Decatur St., 523-6250, cafemaspero.com

 

Cornet has steaks, seafood & Cajun fare in an iconic Bourbon Street building, with big wrought-iron balconies and picturesque French Quarter views. Inspired by the sights and sounds of the city, Cornet is serving up authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine made from the heart. 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485, cornetnola.com

 

Crescent City Brewhouse is the French Quarter’s only microbrewery, but they don’t stop at beer. Their menu is to die for too. They were even voted “Best Place to Drink Beer” this year by Where Y’at readers. 527 Decatur St., 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

 

EAT cooks traditional Southern dishes with local seafood and seasonal produce. They also show their loyalty to the local economy by displaying the artwork of New Orleans artists. They boast farm-fresh ingredients aimed at preserving Louisiana’s culture. 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222, eatnola.com

 

Evangeline specializes in fresh, seasonal cuisine with ingredients purchased directly from local markets and fishermen. Travelers and locals alike enjoy feasting on Louisiana fare in their unique French Quarter courtyard. 329 Decatur St., 373-4852, evangelineneworleans.com

 

Frankie and Johnny’s was originally opened by Johnny Morreale to feed hungry dockworkers, who loved Frankie and Johnny’s for its fresh seafood and riverside location. The restaurant still retains its friendly spirit and commitment to delicious food. 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, frankieandjohnnys.net

 

Crossroads at House of Blues offers delicious food in the heart of your favorite music venue. They offer a mix of American and international cooking with a contemporary twist. Whether you’re going out to eat before a show or enjoying a leisurely lunch, they have something for everyone. 225 Decatur St. 310-4999, houseofblues.com/neworleans/crossroads

 

Kingfish offers Louisiana specialties in the French Quarter. This cocktail restaurant/gourmet kitchen offers an elegant atmosphere and Cajun favorites. They take their cocktails seriously, from the classic New Orleans Sazerac to their original invention, the Cable Car. Both their seafood and their beer are local. 337 Chartres St. 598-5005, kingfishneworleans.com

 

Langlois is a supper club with a Creole twist, named after the mother of Creole cuisine, Madame Langlois. They even offer interactive dining demonstrations. Seating is family-style and patrons are encouraged to wander into the kitchen to help out or learn about the techniques. Langlois promises New Orleans dining at its finest. 1710 Pauger St., 934-1010, langloisnola.com

 

Monty’s on the Square cooks up modern French-Creole food on the corner of historic Jackson Square. They put a twist on one of New Orleans’ prized desserts with the french fry beignets. Enjoy your meal while admiring a picturesque view. 801 Decatur St., 525-4478

 

New Orleans Cooking Experience offers everything from weekend cooking getaways to half-day classes, with expert chefs sharing the secrets of classic Creole cuisine. Indulge the city’s “‘laissez-faire” attitude by taking part in intimate and sophisticated dining. 1519 Carondelet St., 430-5274, thenoce.com

 

New Orleans Creole Cookery is said to be haunted by a ghost named Mary. If you’re brave enough, stop by for a variety of traditional Louisiana dishes including Shrimp Creole and gumbo three different ways. 508 Toulouse St., 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

 

Poppa’s Poor Boys is said to have some of the best po-boys in Jefferson, LA.  Their portions are generous, and their modest prices make it a great location for a quality, authentic New Orleans po-boy even on a budget.  They close early (never after 4pm except on Fridays) so get there early in the day! 720 Claiborne Dr., 832-8114

 

The Praline Connection serves authentic Cajun-Creole cuisine at affordable prices. Located just beyond the French Quarter in the beautiful Marigny neighborhood, their famous traditionally-made pralines are also a smash-hit, making it a can’t-miss destination for foodies. 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934, pralineconnection.com

 

Short Stop Poboys boasts the best po-boys in Metairie. You can choose from three sizes of sandwich and fill them with everything from tuna salad to fried oysters. If you have a hard time deciding, the roast beef is a sure bet. 119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie, 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com

 

Vacherie is home to traditional and delicious Cajun food. Choose to sit in their elegant restaurant, bar or, for a more casual dining experience, the adjacent Vacherie Cafe. 827 Toulouse St., 207-4532, vacherierestaurant.com

 

Seafood

 

Acme Oyster House has been a New Orleans staple since it opened in 1910. Their fresh, hand-shucked oysters are delicious whether chargrilled, fried or on the half shell. However, the many other Creole-Cajun classics they offer are just as delicious. Multiple locations, acmeoyster.com

 

Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill offers fresh seafood buckets and great views on the banks of the Mississippi. Enjoy a delicious meal with live music overlooking the river. 500 Port of New Orleans Place, 569-3380, thecrazylobster.com

 

Desire combines Old World French Quarter charm with elements of modern design. Their award-winning gumbo and new crawfish cheesecake are worth braving Bourbon Street to taste. 300 Bourbon St., 586-0300, sonesta.com

 

Nola Boils Café is a restaurant and catering company that specializes in on-site boils of all kinds of seafood including crab, crawfish, lobster, shrimp and more.  Customers can book events for groups of all sizes, boasting that “no job is too big or too small” for them.  In addition to boils, they also serve other traditional New Orleans cuisine like gumbo, turtle soup, and mini po-boys. 601 Metairie Rd., 782-6070, nolaboils.com

 

Poseidon has everything from Creole-style oysters to fresh sushi. They also practice environmentally sustainable cooking and donate proceeds to ocean conservancy and advocacy programs. 2100 St. Charles Ave., 509-6675, poseidonnola.com

 

Royal House Oyster Bar is one of New Orleans’ most exemplary oyster spots. A city treasure, Royal House is located in the heart of the Quarter. Sit on the balcony and enjoy the bustle with some of the freshest seafood you can find. 441 Royal St., 528-2601, royalhouserestaurant.com

 

Vegan

 

Seed is a vegan oasis in a city brimming with rich Southern cuisine. They have vegan spins on comfort food classics like po-boys, as well as things like seaweed caviar and a variety of blended juices. Regardless of what you’re craving, Seed dedicates itself to natural, organic and local ingredients for a fresh and sustainable dining experience. 1330 Prytania St., 302-2599, seedyourhealth.com

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