2016 Winter Restaurant Guide

11:22 November 22, 2016
By: Staff



601 Tchoupitoulas St. | 335-1740 | barcadianeworleans.com

  1. Barcadia is a great late-night spot open daily until 2 a.m.
  2. Their Happy Hour provides $5 doubles and half-priced apps.
  3. Barcadia features patio seating with a life-sized Connect Four game.
  4. Classic arcade games include pinball, Pac-Man and air hockey.
  5. They serve award-winning Curbside gourmet burgers.

Café Carmo

527 Julia St. | 875-4132 | cafecarmo.com

  1. A charming little place on Julia, Café Carmo has a unique atmosphere.
  2. The café takes culinary influences from Asia, the Caribbean and Africa.
  3. One of the city's healthiest restaurants, Carmo has plenty of vegan dishes.
  4. The beach theme includes dishes like the Rico sandwich and ceviche.
  5. They have a full bar with tropical drinks and ambiance.

Compère Lapin

535 Tchoupitoulas St. | 599-2119 | comperelapin.com

  1. Compère Lapin was developed by Top Chef: New Orleans contestant Nina Compton.
  2. The name derives from traditional St. Lucia folklore about a mischievous rabbit.
  3. They serve original recipes like Curried Goat and Conch Croquettes.
  4. Valet parking is available at this popular site.
  5. Their bar was named among the best in the U.S. by Playboy.

Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill

500 Port of New Orleans Pl. #83 | 569-3380 | thecrazylobster.com

  1. It's a great place to stop by after shopping at The Riverwalk.
  2. They feature live music until closing at 10 p.m.
  3. Known for great steamed seafood, don't miss their fantastic lobster.
  4. They have great views of the Mississippi River while you dine.
  5. Their Hurricanes range from Cat One up to a powerful Cat Five.

Gordon Biersch

200 Poydras St. | 522-2739 | gordonbiersch.com

  1. Gordon Biersch won the gold medal in the World Beer Cup.
  2. They feature multiple TVs that make it a great place to watch the big game.
  3. Seating is also available outside on their cozy Fulton Street patio.
  4. Their bar includes hand-crafted beers such as the Golden Export.
  5. There are plenty of delicious entrees to choose from including Housemade Tacos.

The Halal Guys

301 Saint Charles Ave. | 302-2918 | stcharlesneworleansla.thehalalguys.com

  1. The Halal Guys began in New York before expanding into New Orleans.
  2. They broke into the New Orleans market on St. Charles last June.
  3. They stay open until at least 12 a.m. for late-night eaters.
  4. This is a Middle Eastern spot at an affordable price.
  5. One of the fan favorites is their combo platter.

Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar & Restaurant

701 Tchoupitoulas St. | 523-8995 | lucysretiredsurfers.com

  1. Bar favorites include the memorable Shark Attack drink.
  2. Their food is inspired by surf-themed locales around the world.
  3. Lucy's offers outdoor seating on their patio along Tchoupitoulas Street.
  4. Every day serves up a new Happy Hour special like Loyal to Locals Thursday.
  5. Stay up late for late-night menu specials.

Poppy's Time Out Sports Bar

500 Port of New Orleans Pl. | 247-9265 | poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

  1. Poppy's has 21 televisions to watch all your favorite teams.
  2. The bar includes frozen daiquiris and 20 different beers on tap.
  3. Poppy's is located next to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.
  4. This casual spot also has outdoor seating overlooking the Mississippi River.
  5. For something different, try the Alligator Sausage Po-Boy.

Red Gravy

125 Camp St. | 561-8844 | redgravycafe.com

  1. Red Gravy is consistently rated as one of the city's top spots for brunch.
  2. Red Gravy is recognized as one of New Orleans's notable Italian restaurants.
  3. The house-made meatballs are legendary.
  4. As the name implies, they have a selection of great handmade pastas.
  5. Founded by an Italian from New Jersey, come hungry because portions are huge!

Tommy's Cuisine

746 Tchoupitoulas St. | 581-1103 | tommysneworleans.com

  1. They're known for their Creole Italian dishes like the Roasted Duck Tchoupitoulas.
  2. The subtle but elegant decor evokes European fine dining.
  3. Tommy's Cuisine is the perfect spot for a romantic date night.
  4. They host private events with spaces for catered banquets.
  5. Besides great food, Tommy's Wine Bar next door has 150 bottles to choose from.

Viet Orleans Bistro

300 Baronne St. | 333-6917

  1. The restaurant is located just off Canal Street steps from the French Quarter.
  2. Viet Orleans Bistro features fantastic sushi as well as Vietnamese classics like pho.
  3. Arrive early during lunch as they are packed with local businessmen from the CBD.
  4. A Tofu Pho is one of the options for vegetarian customers.
  5. Viet Orleans Bistro's fantastic cuisine will have you coming back again and again.

World Of Beer

300 N Julia St. | 299-3599 | worldofbeer.com

  1. This tavern runs great specials, some as low as $1 a beer.
  2. Their Warehouse District location is a short walk from many Downtown hotels.
  3. They serve brunch every Sunday with bottomless mimosas from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  4. Beer lovers can try over 500 brews from around the globe.
  5. Their entrees are quite affordable, many running under $10.


Antoine's Restaurant

713 Saint Louis St. | 581-4422 | antoines.com

  1. Antoine's has operated in New Orleans for 176 years now.
  2. Antoine's has 14 dining rooms and can host up to 700+ customers.
  3. The restaurant's operated by the fifth-generation descendants of the original founder.
  4. A great date spot, they are open Monday through Saturday with brunch on Sunday.
  5. Their Hermes Bar also serves Happy Hour regularly from 4 to 7.

Backspace Bar & Kitchen

139 Chartres St. | 322-2245 | backspacenola.com

  1. The bar/restaurant flaunts a gorgeous 1920s decor.
  2. Perfect for late-night, they're open until 5 a.m.
  3. Backspace has a literary theme inspired by New Orleans's famous writers.
  4. The menu features local favorites like red beans and rice and gumbo.
  5. They also serve literary-themed cocktails such as the Gin Ricky.


1212 Royal St. | 522-1230 | facebook.com/Bennachin-Restaurant

  1. Bennachin is the place for African food in New Orleans.
  2. The restaurant has been open since 1992 and features great prices.
  3. The menu has tasty vegetarian and vegan selections.
  4. Classic dishes include Jama-Jama, Fried Plantains and Poulet Fricasse.
  5. You can also find them every year at Jazz Fest's Congo Square.

Bombay Club

830 Conti St. | 577-2237 | bombayclubneworleans.com

  1. Opening at 4 p.m., the Bombay Club is perfect for dinner or Happy Hour.
  2. Every night features a scheduled live musical performance.
  3. The Bombay Club promotes a classy environment for intimate meals.
  4. The dinner specials include the Charred Hanger Steak.
  5. The Bombay Club is the perfect romantic setting and martini bar.

Café Amelie

912 Royal St. | 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com

  1. Café Amelie is among the French Quarter's classiest places to eat.
  2. The restaurant features an elegant courtyard for outdoor dining.
  3. The cafe's named for Amelie Miltonberger, mother of Princess Alice of Monaco.
  4. Lunch here is particularly good, with seared salmon and caprese salad.
  5. The gorgeous outdoor patio looks like a scene from a movie.

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700 Bourbon St. | 523-1485 | cornetnola.com

  1. Cornet has a convenient, central location in the French Quarter.
  2. They offer balcony seating overlooking Bourbon Street.
  3. This is a classic New Orleans spot with many traditional cuisines.
  4. You can't go wrong with their Shrimp Creole.
  5. The owners gave Louis Armstrong his first start with his first ... Cornet!

Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur St. | 522-0571 | crescentcitybrewhouse.com

  1. The Crescent City Brewhouse recently celebrated 25 years of service.
  2. The restaurant features live jazz music nightly.
  3. The building dates back to 1722 and features a beautiful balcony.
  4. The Crescent City Brewhouse is a 17-barrel active brewery.
  5. They also have a lovely courtyard for outdoor dining.

The Jimani

141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 |thejimani.com

  1. A perfect late-night venue open until 8 a.m.
  2. The sports bar includes 10 large screens for viewing.
  3. The full bar offers more than 100 beers to choose from.
  4. The Jimani also supports The Barman's Fund program.
  5. The menu includes casual favorites like seafood, burgers and po-boys.

Jimmy J's Café

115 Chartres St. | 309-9360 | jimmyjscafe.com

  1. Jimmy J's is proud to be the "funkiest lil' café in N'awlins."
  2. They're open 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays.
  3. This all-day restaurant also features a full bar.
  4. Jimmy J's has some of the best weekly specials in the French Quarter.
  5. You must try the Blueberry Brandy Glazed French Toast!


337 Chartres St. | 598-5005 | kingfishneworleans.com

  1. The decor is a shout-out to the 1920s.
  2. The restaurant's named after Huey P. Long, who was nicknamed "The Kingfish."
  3. The menu includes gluten-free options as well as fantastic seafood creations.
  4. Chef Nathan Richard offers a multitude of flavor in each recipe.
  5. The restaurant is a great date spot that takes reservations and walk-ins.

New Orleans Creole Cookery

508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com

  1. Grab a table in their courtyard, which is a highlight in good weather.
  2. Al and Anna Tusa of the famous Tusa restaurant family opened the restaurant.
  3. Some report a ghost often haunts the premises ... go see for yourself!
  4. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and feature a fantastic Happy Hour.
  5. For a New Orleans classic, try the Crawfish Étouffée with a half dozen raw oysters.

Oceana Grill

739 Conti St. | 525-6002 | oceanagrill.com

  1. They have several dining rooms and also host private parties.
  2. Oceana Grill delivers with fast service in the French Quarter.
  3. Only one of the few restaurants in the FQ that serves dinner until 1 a.m.
  4. TV screens televise Saints and other games.
  5. This is a hot spot during Mardi Gras.

Orleans Grapevine

720 Orleans Ave. | 523-1930 | orleansgrapevine.com

  1. The building was originally built in 1809 by Antoine Angue.
  2. The bar boasts more than 300 wines by the bottle.
  3. Every night, the restaurant hosts Bacon Happy Hour with free bacon.
  4. Orleans Grapevine features one of the city's friendliest wait staffs.
  5. Outdoor seating is available in the courtyard for romantic dates.

Petite Amelie

900 Royal St. | 412-8065 | petiteamelie.net

  1. They specialize in "cuisine rapide": quick and delicious fare and light snacks.
  2. An extension of Cafe Amelie, Petite Amelie is the more casual locale.
  3. Their selections change daily, so you'll always find something new and exciting.
  4. Petite Amelie provides indoor seating or you can "grab and go."
  5. They offer farm-to-pantry items like locally-sourced jams and sauces.

Q&C Hotel Restaurant

344 Camp St. | 587-9700 | qandc.com

  1. Named among the Top 10 Happy Hours in St. Charles Avenue Magazine.
  2. They are located within walking distance to the French Quarter.
  3. Q&C serves very tasty beignets.
  4. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  5. You can sip $3 beers and $5 house wines during Happy Hour.


301 Dauphine St. | 586-0972 | rfsnola.com

  1. Richard Fiske's opens daily as early as 6:30 a.m.
  2. The restaurant offers great live local music.
  3. One of their specialties is the BBQ Shrimp and Grits.
  4. They're proclaimed to be New Orleans #1 Happy Hour with $3 Martinis.
  5. They offer one of the most impressive martini lists in town.

Rick's Sporting Saloon

522 Bourbon St. | 522-2510 | ricks-saloon.com

  1. This adult sports bar features live lounge entertainment.
  2. The bar has 11 TV screens including a 92-inch television.
  3. The "man cave" decor includes deer heads and plush, zebra-striped chairs.
  4. A DJ is present for music throughout the night.
  5. Rick's is a top bachelor party destination in the Quarter!

Royal House Oyster Bar

441 Royal St. | 528-2601 | royalhouserestaurant.com

  1. Royal House is the fourth longest-running restaurant in the French Quarter.
  2. Royal House features a great bar with hand-crafted cocktails.
  3. The restaurant also offers balcony seating that's perfect on a fall day.
  4. They're known for their oysters, and chargrilled oysters are a specialty.
  5. There are plenty of private rooms for larger parties or special events.

Wow Cafe DoubleTree Hotel New Orleans

300 Canal St. | 212-3250 | wowcafe.com/stores/double-tree-new-orleans

  1. Wow Cafe DoubleTree is right next to Canal and Decatur Streets.
  2. The Whistle Monsta and others get ready at this location at noon on home game days.
  3. The Sonoma Wrap with Ranch dressing could be the best wrap in the city.
  4. Choose between 20 different signature sauces for your wings and food!
  5. The Black Bean Burger is a perfect veggie option.


Kyoto II

5608 Citrus Blvd. | 818-0228 | facebook.com/Kyoto2Nola

  1. Kyoto II is located near the Elmwood Palace Theaters.
  2. Ask for Yoshi at the sushi bar to learn the daily specials.
  3. The Unforgettable roll is a favorite, as is their Funky Margarita roll.
  4. Kyoto II features a large selection of sakes that are great for sharing.
  5. Try their udon soup or tempura if raw fish is not your thing!

Rivershack Tavern

3449 River Rd. | 834-4938 | therivershacktavern.com

  1. The Rivershack Tavern features great live music on the weekends.
  2. Their massive collection of "tacky ashtrays" is worth checking out.
  3. Order the Softshell Crab Po-Boy for a true New Orleans treat.
  4. Rivershack Tavern also prides itself on unusual barstools.
  5. Feel free to sample the more than a dozen appetizers.


Nola Beans

762 Harrison Ave. | 267-0783 | nolabeans.com

  1. The Lakeview spot opens at 7 a.m. with a breakfast deal.
  2. The café delivers an inexpensive menu with entrees under 10 bucks.
  3. Nola Beans has a full bar. Yep, that's right!
  4. You can people-watch on Harrison at their front door patio tables.
  5. Nola Beans has a retail section for shopping for fun trinkets.

The Blue Crab

7900 Lakeshore Dr. | 284-2898 | thebluecrabnola.com

  1. The Blue Crab has the best views overlooking Lake Pontchartrain.
  2. They feature live music on weekends.
  3. The perfect place to cure a Sunday hangover in their outdoor bar and patio.
  4. Arguably, the best seafood Happy Hour in New Orleans.
  5. You can park your boat at the dock and enjoy an outstanding meal with friends.


Bao & Noodle

2700 Chartres St. | 272-0004 | baoandnoodle.com

  1. The restaurant serves delicious house-made noodles for lunch and dinner.
  2. They offer free delivery to the Marigny/Bywater area.
  3. They're known for "spicy, numbing" foods like the Ma Po Tofu.
  4. The restaurant was founded by Doug Crowell after his Chinese in-laws.
  5. Bao & Noodle's Beef Soup with rice noodles and greens is the perfect cold weather meal.

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Buffa's Bar and Restaurant

1001 Esplanade Ave. | 949-0038 | buffasbar.com

  1. Buffa's was named among the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine.
  2. Their Reuben Sandwich is also recognized as one of the best in town.
  3. Every night there's live entertainment for customers in their Back Room.
  4. Buffa's Bar has been serving food since 1939.
  5. Brunch is available on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with live jazz music.

Mardi Gras Zone

2706 Royal St. | 947-8787 | mardigraszone.com

  1. Mardi Gras Zone is open 24 hours a day.
  2. Many items on their menu are vegan- and vegetarian-friendly.
  3. Try a slice of their famous and delicious pizza.
  4. Their store offers drinks and food that you can't find anywhere else.
  5. They also sell groceries so you can make their recipes at home.


1525 Elysian Fields Ave. | 267-7765 | eatatmelbas.com

  1. Melba's serves some of the city's best po-boys.
  2. Melba's is close to the French Quarter and Lower Ninth Ward.
  3. Stop by the day after a Saints game for free chicken wings!
  4. Melba's features plenty of washing machines for all your laundry needs
  5. Grab a daiquiri from their side bar to enjoy with your meal.

Mimi's in the Marigny

2601 Royal St. | 872-9868 | mimismarigny.com

  1. Mimi's was voted Best Bar in the Marigny by Where Y'at readers.
  2. Mimi's serves food until 4 a.m. on the weekends, making it the perfect late-night stop.
  3. Their menu includes vegetarian and vegan options.
  4. Mimi's is a great spot to go with a large group to share many different tapas.
  5. The cheese plate features fantastic cheeses from Spain and other countries.

The Praline Connection

542 Frenchmen St. | 943-3934 | pralineconnection.com

  1. The Praline Connection first opened in 1990.
  2. Their New Orleans pralines are handmade using their old-fashioned methods.
  3. They're known as the ideal place for soul food.
  4. Taste all their masterpieces with their "A Taste of Soul" Platter.
  5. There are additional locations in Mandeville and Kenner.


Bagels and Bytes

1001 Metairie Rd. | 831-7968 | baglesandbytes.com

  1. Bagels and Bytes offers high-speed Internet for webheads.
  2. They pride themselves on being NOLA's best place for New York bagels.
  3. Their Bagel Chips should be illegal due to their addictive qualities.
  4. They offer bundles of bagels with cream cheese for $18.
  5. Classic breakfast sandwiches are made to order at affordable prices.

Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon Restaurant & Bar

4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd. | 324-6841 | bobbyheberts.com

  1. The place is named after the sportscaster and former Saints player.
  2. The bar includes 30 televisions including a 90-inch screen center.
  3. The restaurant is also packed with sports memorabilia such as signed jerseys.
  4. A banquet room is available for private parties.
  5. For an appetizer, the popular Cajun Hebert Fries can't be beat.

Caffe! Caffe!

4301 Clearview Pwky. & 3547 N Hullen | 885-4845 | caffecaffe.com

  1. Their salads and wraps are second to none in Metairie.
  2. Winner of Best Cafe 2016 by Where Y'at Magazine Readers' Picks.
  3. The café has a full menu of espresso and coffee drinks.
  4. They'll whip you up a great breakfast on a croissant or bagel.
  5. Coffee is available for purchase by the pound.

City Diner

3116 S I-10 Service Rd. E | 831-1030 | citydiner.biz

  1. The place is open 24 hours a day all week.
  2. City Diner even serves booze 24/7!
  3. For breakfast, their giant hubcap-sized pancakes are a must.
  4. For other options, try their Bottom of the Bowl mix.
  5. Winner of Best Diner 2016 by Where Y'at Magazine Readers' Picks

Nola Boils Café

601 Metairie Rd. | 295-7121 | nolaboils.com

  1. This is one of the most notable crawfish stops in Metairie.
  2. Nola Boils also offers the best boiled crawfish catering during the season.
  3. Nola Boils provides free Wi-Fi and TV.
  4. Their Shrimp Gumbo is perfect, by Cajun standards.
  5. Nola Boils is closed on Sundays.

Poppa's Poor Boys

720 Claiborne Dr. | 832-8114

  1. A local spot, Poppa's Poor Boys is an inexpensive choice.
  2. Their specialties include, of course, their various po-boys.
  3. Poppa's Poor Boys is a notable stop for lunch.
  4. The restaurant is great for groups to come and eat.
  5. Poppa's Poor Boys is located near the airport at the corner of Causeway and Jefferson Highway.

Short Stop Poboys

119 Transcontinental Dr. | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboys.com

  1. They offer an impressive selection of po-boys including the fantastic French Fry Po-boy.
  2. They're committed to satisfying guests with their great food and service.
  3. Po-boys come in 6-inch, 9-inch and 14-inch varieties.
  4. Short Stop Poboys features a drive-up window that's perfect for calling ahead.
  5. You can get their famous seafood gumbo by the gallon from their catering menu.

Spudly's Super Spuds

2609 Harvard Ave. | 455-3250 | spudlys.com

  1. The restaurant's staples are meals cooked in huge baked potatoes.
  2. A brother and sister team opened Spudly's back in 1980.
  3. Specialty sandwiches and gourmet burgers are also available.
  4. Try the Super Duper. It's a seafood explosion, with shrimp, crab and crawfish in a spud.
  5. Their bottomless iced tea is the perfect choice to accompany their spuds.


Café Degas

3127 Esplanade Ave. | 945-5635 | cafedegras.com

  1. Voted one of the best 15 restaurants by the Travel Channel.
  2. They're the self-proclaimed "longest running, most Gallic French Bistro" in town.
  3. The restaurant serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  4. An outstanding recipe is the Dijon Crusted Rack of Lamb.
  5. Happy Hour is every Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Five Happiness

3605 S Carrollton Ave. | 482-3935 | fivehappiness.com

  1. They were selected "Best Chinese Restaurant" by Where Y'at Magazine readers.
  2. They have served New Orleans for more than 30 years.
  3. Five Happiness features fantastic seafood dishes that are great for sharing.
  4. Among the specials is a unique version of General's Chicken.
  5. Call Five Happiness for delivery Uptown or in Mid-City as late as 10 p.m.

Mid-City Pizza

4400 Banks St. | 483-8609 | midcitypizza.com

  1. Mid-City Pizza features a full bar and is open every day until midnight.
  2. Call Mid-City Pizza for delivery throughout Mid-City.
  3. Their Uptown location off Claiborne near Tulane University is opening soon.
  4. Every Monday has a special of Red Beans and Rice Pizza.
  5. Among their appetizers, they have a delicious plate of waffle fries.


3301 S Carrollton Ave. | 488-1881 | mikimotosushi.com

  1. They have been serving Japanese food since 1999.
  2. Mikimoto offers free delivery within the city.
  3. Their full bar offers wine, cocktails and sake.
  4. A majority of lunch specials cost under 10 dollars.
  5. Along with catering, Mikimoto also includes a drive-thru.

Shamrock Bar and Grill

4133 S Carrollton Ave. | 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com

  1. The bar has live music on Saturday nights.
  2. Most items on the menu cost under 10 dollars.
  3. Shamrock is a great spot to visit with friends to play all of their amazing bar games.
  4. Shamrock's Bar serves a delicious Ribeye Steak that will fill you up!
  5. Shamrock has a DJ spinning plenty of music for your listening pleasure.


134 N Carrollton Ave. | 488-7991 | venezianeworleans.net

  1. Venezia has been serving fantastic Italian food since 1957.
  2. They offer take-out of some of the city's best pizza and Italian dishes.
  3. Venezia features a full bar that's a great spot to watch the big game.
  4. Daily specials include a Frutti De Mare Marinara.
  5. Venezia is a fantastic place for a large group of people to enjoy Italian food family-style.

Wit's Inn

141 N Carrollton Ave. | 486-1600 | witsinn.com

  1. Wit's Inn is a Mid-City favorite, located near the corner of Canal and Carrollton.
  2. They have a pizza kitchen churning out fresh and amazing pizzas.
  3. The bar has 15 flat screen TVs for sports.
  4. They support teachers. 25 percent off teachers and musicians every Monday night.
  5. Thursday Night is the popular $5 Pizza Night. Starts at 6 p.m. and you'll have to dine in.


Another Broken Egg Café

2917 Magazine St. | 301-2771 | anotherbrokenegg.com

  1. This café boasts a whopping 114 menu items.
  2. A great brunch option, they're open 7 a.m. til 3 p.m. daily.
  3. One-of-a-kind breakfast apps include Biscuit Beignets and City Grits.
  4. Another Broken Egg Café is health-conscious with several gluten-free options.
  5. Although focused on breakfast, they also offer great burgers and fresh salads.

Daisy Dukes

Multiple locations | daisydukesrestaurant.com

  1. They've often won "Best of the Big Easy" in the Bloody Mary category.
  2. Some of the Daisy Duke's restaurants are open 24 hours a day.
  3. You can enjoy pancakes and raw oysters at the same time.
  4. They feature the Alligator Omelette. Mmmm, gator!
  5. Their wings are to die for, especially during the game.

Dot's Diner

Multiple locations |dotsdiner.com

  1. Patrons love the classic 50s style of this spot.
  2. Some locations are open 24 hours.
  3. Every weekend, the restaurant hosts a pancake breakfast.
  4. Enjoy a massive breakfast with the Big Dot Platter.
  5. The menu includes Country Fried Steak and Grilled Catfish.

Maple Street Patisserie

Multiple Locations | cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie

  1. The pastry chef's homeland is Poland.
  2. Call ahead to order one of their amazing pies for the upcoming holiday season.
  3. The delicacies are based on the chef's studies throughout Europe.
  4. They offer their own version of the New Orleans specialty, the praline.
  5. They also have a great selection of sandwiches at the Magazine Street location.

McAlister's Deli

Multiple locations |mcalistersdeli.com

  1. There are multiple McAlister's Delis within the New Orleans area.
  2. The McAlister's Club Sandwich includes up to 13 layers.
  3. They sell their McAlister's Famous Sweet Tea by the gallon, as they should.
  4. The French Dip with provolone and Au Jus is outstanding.
  5. For health freaks, the menu offers a number of salad options.

Mellow Mushroom

Multiple locations | mellowmushroom.com

  1. Since the 1970s, the Mellow Mushroom has been keeping it mellow.
  2. They have two locations in New Orleans and one on the Northshore.
  3. The Mellow Mushroom on Oak Street has some really cool decor on display.
  4. Catch a show at the Maple Leaf after eating at the Oak Street location.
  5. The Mellow Mushroom Uptown features delivery via bicycle.

Morning Call Coffee Stand

Multiple locations | morningcallcoffeestand.com

  1. They're formally known as the "most famous coffee drinking place."
  2. Founded by Joseph Jurisich, they've been open since 1870.
  3. They're one of the best spots for coffee and beignets.
  4. They've got a location in City Park for beignets with a view.
  5. Morning Call also serves breakfast options in addition to beignets.

Phil's Grill

Multiple locations |phils-grill.com

  1. Phil's Grill serves some of the best burgers in town, including their bison burger.
  2. The restaurant has a special burger and milkshake of the month.
  3. Visit Phil's Grill for their Burger Bowl special that will have you cheering for the Saints.
  4. Try over one million possible combinations as you build your own burger.
  5. Phil's Grill features a full bar that includes adult milkshakes that will put a smile on your face!

Reginelli's Pizzeria

Multiple locations | reginellis.com

  1. Reginelli's was voted "Best Pizza" in New Orleans by Where Y'at Magazine readers.
  2. There are numerous locations around the city, making good pizza easy to find!
  3. Try one of Reginelli's fantastic salads for a healthy meal.
  4. Reginelli's Pizzeria is celebrating 20 years with a chance to win a trip to Italy.
  5. Reginelli's provides other non-pizza Italian dishes like Pesto Tortellini.

The Ruby Slipper

Multiple locations | therubyslippercafe.net

  1. The Ruby Slipper has four spots within the city.
  2. They're only open until 3 p.m., so get there early.
  3. They have a full bar and some of the city's best Bloody Mary's.
  4. They boast service 363 days a year (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  5. Their Bananas Foster Pain Perdu is to die for!

Willie Mae's Scotch House

Multiple locations | williemaesnola.com

  1. The restaurant was established in 1957 in New Orleans's historic Treme neighborhood.
  2. The Food Network credited them as having "America's Best Fried Chicken."
  3. Originally a bar, this spot no longer serves alcohol.
  4. Willie Mae's Scotch House features delicious pork chops if chicken is not your thing.
  5. Their St. Charles Avenue location is known as Willie Mae's Grocery & Deli.


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Ma Momma's House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles

5741 Crowder Blvd. | 244-0021 | mamommashouse.com

  1. They serve breakfast ... anytime!
  2. Momma Mack's Red Beans & Rice on Mondays are absolutely delicious.
  3. Their "secret weapon" is in their delicious cornbread recipe.
  4. Do not leave there without trying their signature Chicken and Waffles.
  5. Ma Momma's is open 7 days a week.



4279 Magazine St. | 894-8881 | apollinerestaurant.com

  1. Apolline offers brunch Tuesday thru Thursday from 11 a.m. til 2 p.m.
  2. This was OpenTable's 2014 Winner for Diners' Choice.
  3. Every Wednesday, they offer select bottles of wine for $5.
  4. The Grouper is AMAZING ... period.
  5. They offer bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Bayou Hot Wings

6221 S Claiborne Ave. | 865-9464 | bayouhotwings.com

  1. They are a local favorite when it comes to wings.
  2. The menu includes 10 homemade sauces to with your wings.
  3. It's an inexpensive spot with most items costing under 10 dollars.
  4. Their burgers are also a worthy treat.
  5. With no alcohol, Bayou Hot Wings is great for families.

Jazmine Cafe

614 S Carrollton Ave. | 866-9301 | jazminecafe.com

  1. This spot is best known for fresh and affordable Vietnamese cuisine.
  2. It also offers full catering and delivery in the area.
  3. Their spring rolls are some of the best in Nola.
  4. The Vietnamese cafe also includes a full bar.
  5. Grabbing lunch for less than $10 here is actually possible!

Joey K's

3001 Magazine St. | 891-0997 | joeyksrestaurant.com

  1. This restaurant serves any party, from buffet-style to sit-down dinners.
  2. Their Shrimp Po-Boy is a must-have with their shrimp salad.
  3. The restaurant features an outdoor patio on the second floor.
  4. Joey K's massive seafood platter for dinner is quite a delicious undertaking.
  5. They just finished their new gorgeous bar inside the restaurant.

La Thai

4938 Prytania St. | 899-8886 | lathaiuptown.com

  1. La Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine in a fun and inviting atmosphere.
  2. They've often been honored as the best Thai restaurant in New Orleans.
  3. Chef Diana Chauvin founded La Thai to reflect her Thai-Louisiana roots.
  4. Every Tuesday offers a "Social Night" with special deals.
  5. 10 percent of the proceeds from certain items help fight heart disease.

Lebanon's Café

1500 S Carrollton Ave. | 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com

  1. They're the self-proclaimed #1 Middle Eastern dining destination in New Orleans.
  2. The restaurant features colorful hand-painted murals under their trees.
  3. Many guests credit them with having "the most beautiful dining room" as well as great food.
  4. Their menu includes classics such as hummus and their famous kabobs.
  5. Their Lebanese tea can't be missed.


1403 St. Charles Ave. | 410-9997 | japanesebistro.com

  1. Their St. Charles Avenue location accommodates parties of up to 70 people.
  2. Miyako delivers a fun hibachi show for your meal including the "volcano."
  3. Their various options include steak, lobster, scallops and more.
  4. The restaurant is a fun place to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.
  5. Miyako features wonderful sushi with a special roll of the week that's always great.


5130 Freret St. | 899-6532 | sushinola.com

  1. Origami combines Japanese traditions with New Orleans spices in their recipes.
  2. Origami also offers a great menu for vegetarians.
  3. Located on Freret Street, there are lots of great bars to hit after your meal.
  4. Origami features a wide selection of sakes that are great for sharing.
  5. One of their popular specials is the Freret Roll.

Pascal's Manale

1838 Napoleon Ave. | 895-4877 | pascalsmanale.com

  1. Pascal's Manale has been serving Creole-Italian cuisine for more than 100 years.
  2. They are best-known as the creators of BBQ Shrimp.
  3. Pascal's Manale is an ideal spot for a night out with friends.
  4. The bread pudding at Pascal's Manale is worth the trip alone!
  5. Grab some oysters at their stand-up bar before your table is ready.

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2100 St. Charles Ave. | 509-6675 | poseidonnola.com

  1. Poseidon is known for their fresh seafood dishes and great sushi.
  2. Located just across the street from Igor's, Poseidon is open daily.
  3. They're oyster experts and offer them charbroiled, fried and raw.
  4. Poseidon also offers state-of-the-art karaoke rooms.
  5. Grab a cocktail at their sleek bar overlooking St. Charles Avenue.

Pyramids Café

3151 Calhoun St. | 861-9602 | pyramidscafeneworleans.com

  1. They're known for their healthy choices in Mediterranean cuisine.
  2. A menu highlight is their combination plate with shawarma and gyro.
  3. They have three TVs and Wi-Fi access.
  4. They offer free delivery for orders over $10.
  5. Pyramids Café is located near Tulane University and is a favorite with the students.


1330 Prytania St. | 302-2599 | seedyourhealth.com

  1. Seed is a self-sufficient restaurant with recycled menus and solar energy.
  2. The restaurant also supports multiple organizations such as the Humane Society.
  3. Their menu offers a selection of different juices.
  4. The entire menu caters to vegetarian diets.
  5. Seed also serves a great brunch.

Ted's Frostop

3100 Calhoun St. | 861-3615 | tedsfrostop.com

  1. This 50s spot offers classic comfort food in a diner atmosphere.
  2. Get a taste of their all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5.99.
  3. Try their famous Lot-O burger or any of their "all-day" breakfast options.
  4. Their famous Root Beer Float is the perfect accompaniment for any meal.
  5. A cozy and comfortable place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner with the family.

The Columns Hotel

3811 St. Charles Ave. | 899-9308 | thecolumns.com

  1. Although a hotel, The Columns serves delicious food with a full bar.
  2. They feature live music five days a week.
  3. Their Victorian Lounge bar offers Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
  4. The Columns Hotel is a historic location built in 1883.
  5. Their outdoor seating provides a beautiful view overlooking St. Charles Avenue.

Three Muses Maple Street

7537 Maple St. | 510-2749 | threemusesmaple.com

  1. Almost a quarter of the menu is vegetarian.
  2. Three Muses on Maple Street has a sleek bar that's great for grabbing a cocktail.
  3. They offer brunch Saturday and Sunday with live music from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  4. The meat and cheese plate is perfect for sharing with a group of friends.
  5. If you love Three Muses on Frenchmen Street, then don't miss their new Uptown location.


Charlie's Restaurant & Catering

6129 E Saint Bernard Hwy. | 682-9057 | charliesrestaurantla.com

  1. Charlie's is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  2. Call ahead to order their holiday meal that includes a turkey with all the sides.
  3. They provide catering for events ranging from baby showers to weddings.
  4. Just a short drive from the French Quarter, Charlie's is a perfect spot to take visitors.
  5. Charlie's always features the freshest seafood caught in the waters of St. Bernard Parish.


Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit

615 Kepler St. | 365-1225 | dawabbit.net

  1. The restaurant is a New Orleans classic that was founded in 1949.
  2. Café 615 features amazing daily specials that will have you coming back for more.
  3. Head to Cafe 615 with a group of friends for a meal to remember.
  4. Their signature item is the "Da Wabbit Hamburger Steak."
  5. Café 615 offers fantastic catering as well as boiled crawfish for your next event.

Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant

435 Huey P. Long Ave. | 368-1114 | gattusos.net

  1. This spot is located in the Gretna Historical District.
  2. Happy Hour is daily from 4 to 7 p.m.
  3. The bar boasts more than 14 beers on tap.
  4. Winner of Best Bar Westbank 5 Years in a row from Where Y'at readers.
  5. They host live music every weekend.

Lafitte's Landing Seafood House

1700 Lapalco Blvd. | 252-9613 | lafitteslandingseafoodhouse.com

  1. Lafitte's offers traditional New Orleans flavors and fresh seafood.
  2. Order the lobster for a special occasion while at Lafitte's Landing.
  3. It's a casual spot good for groups of all sizes.
  4. Lafitte's Landing serves delicious raw and chargrilled oysters.
  5. Reservations are recommended on busy nights.

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Rivershack Tavern Gretna

714 1st St. | 325-5530 | therivershacktavern.com

  1. This is the sister location to the Rivershack Tavern on River Road.
  2. Free live music can be found on Fridays and Saturdays.
  3. The tavern has an awesome rooftop patio with beautiful views of the river.
  4. Like the original, this bar also provides many beer and cocktail selections.
  5. They originally opened in celebration of the original Rivershack Tavern's 25th anniversary.
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