Blue Bayou Oyster Bar [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Where Y'at Magazine's 2024 Summer Restaurant Guide

07:00 May 28, 2024
By: Staff

Best Restaurants in New Orleans

American

Crescent City Steaks [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Bearcat Café is a top brunch destination, offering a vast selection of cocktails and brunch favorites. Catering to dietary restrictions, their stand-out dishes are vegan huevos rancheros and gluten-free mushroom soft scramble. Whether you're in the mood for a short stack, savory breakfast potatoes, or eggs served any way, Bearcat Café has you covered. Multiple Locations, bearcatcafe.com

Brewery Saint X offers a cozy, dimly lit ambiance that's bustling, inviting, and complemented by irresistible bar snacks, transcending the typical sports bar vibe. The brewery prides itself on an extensive selection of beers, spirits, and wines, featuring creations ranging from avant-garde sours to bold, hop-centric ales, and richly crafted cocktails. 734 Loyola Ave., (504) 788-0093, brewerysaintx.com

Cause and the Cure NOLA is a new restaurant serving Caribbean-influenced smashburgers, NYC-style chopped cheese sandwiches, and Korean-style corn dogs served with a variety of house-made sauces including their crowd-favorite chimi sauce. Wash it all down with one of their signature cocktails. 2540 Banks St., instagram.com/causeandthecurenola

Crescent City Steaks [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Crescent City Steaks, New Orleans' oldest family-owned steakhouse since 1934, boasts quaint and quiet dining, making for an ambiance that is personal and lending to the true old-school vibe. Their perfectly tender, bacon-wrapped sirloin, paired with hand-cut steak fries, epitomizes New Orleans-style steak perfection and is generously doused with butter, spice, and everything nice. 1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

Daisy Dukes is a must-visit Southern spot offering all-day breakfast, delicious drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere. They boast award-winning Cajun Bloody Marys, voted the best of its kind four years in a row. With plenty of New Orleans classics to choose from, order their red beans and rice, alligator sausage, and, of course, their cup of gumbo. Multiple Locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

Devil Moon BBQ is a Cajun smokehouse offering great Southern comfort food in an equally comforting kick-back atmosphere. Shannon Bingham, the acclaimed New Orleans chef, is responsible for the delicious BBQ cuisine, which is sure to leave you satisfied. Their stand-out dishes include Texas-style brisket and Carolina-style pulled pork. 1188 Girod St., (504) 788-0093, devilmoonbbq.com

Gaia Steakhouse is a high-quality steakhouse located in the Garden District. Uniquely, all of their steaks are grilled over charcoal and finished in a hot wood-fired oven. The dining room is large, with intimate lighting, gorgeous booths, and an overall romantic feel. Their cocktails are mastered, and their wine list is extensive, earning the restaurant great accolades. 1820 St. Charles Ave., (337) 443-7967, gaiasteakhouse.com

Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar, in the heart of Gretna, is all about friendly service and good times, enhanced by their charming and plentiful outdoor seating. An extensive menu, featuring burgers, sandwiches, clubs, and more, ensures there's something delicious for everyone. Don't miss out on their cocktail hour from 2 to 6 p.m. every day. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, (504) 368-1114, gattusos.net

Jimmy J's Café is a go-to quaint New Orleans joint, perfect for a show-stopping breakfast or ending the night with a signature cocktail. The intimate ambiance meets vibrant stained-glass walls, a prelude to the flavorful fare within. Do not miss the Benedict trio, featuring three delectable variations that certainly will jumpstart your day. 115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

Larder Gourmet Market + Eatery boasts an airy interior and bright ambiance. As the ideal eatery to savor breakfast at any time of day, indulge in their enticing French toast casserole and Bananas Foster pancakes. Whether you're dropping by to grab a baked good or settling in for a leisurely meal, Larder caters to every palate. 3005 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 766-6157, lardereatery.com

Legacy Kitchen's Steak and Chop lures diners with lunch specials and a happy hour from 2 to 6 p.m., featuring $5 wine, $7 wells, and $3 drafts. The essential Southern steakhouse boasts generous servings, friendly staff, and a robust selection of meats. Can't decide? Opt for some shareables such as seafood gumbo, drum ceviche, or crawfish bread. 91 Westbank Expy., Gretna, (504) 513-2606, legacykitchen.com

Luke boasts top-notch service, a decadent dining room, and worldly cuisine that will make every diner feel like a true Creole king. Their convenient location pulls you in, but their delicious French, German, and Creole blended cuisine will keep you coming back. Try their escargot and bone marrow dish, herb roasted chicken, or seafood gumbo à la Creole. 333 St. Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840, lukeneworleans.com

Luzianne Café, conveniently situated in the Warehouse District, boasts an elevated breakfast all day, complimented by their New Orleans-casual lunch menu. Luzianne Café is perfect for a family lunch, hangover brunch with daring friends, or any occasion with an excuse for delicious Southern comfort. Head over for a good value breakfast that tastes like mom's cooking. 481 Girod St., (504) 265-1972, luziannecafe.com

New Orleans Vampire Café is a fang-tastic spot in the French Quarter, perfect for a light-hearted birthday dinner or an offbeat brunch with a group of girls. The café specializes in New Orleans cuisine and vampire-themed dishes. Try their "blood-bag drinks," an 8 oz. medical blood bag filled with vampire fangria, or their blood orange crème brûlé. 801 Royal St., (504) 581-0801, nolavampirecafe.com

NOLA Steak, the spacious and classic steakhouse based in Boomtown Casino, is a carnivore's dream. They serve many Southern delicacies, including bronze Gulf redfish, BBQ shrimp, and chicken and waffles. For a hearty meal, order the baked potato, filled to the brim with generous, delicious toppings, and an 8 oz. filet as its pair. 4132 Peters Rd., Harvey, (885) 805-5596, boomtownneworleans.com

Spudly's Super Spuds, is a restaurant that boasts custom and perfected tradition in every bite. Founded in 1980, the restaurant is known for its stand-out potatoes, which are touted as "a meal in a baked potato." The Spud comes served in countless ways, so your starchy base can come with crab meat, shrimp, cheese, bacon—really whatever you can dream up. 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-3250, spudlys.com

The Carriage House Restaurant is situated inside the gorgeous Houmas House, a preserved grand home on a sugar plantation from the 1800s. The home hosts lunch and dinner in the main dining room, where the restaurant is located. The restaurant serves Southern delicacies as classical and refined as the restaurant itself, from salmon tart to crab cake and gumbos. 40136 LA-92, Darrow, (225) 473-9380, houmashouse.com

The Country Club is located in the Bywater and has an elegant landscape, a beautiful pool, and impressive mixology. This unique spot hosts a delightfully entertaining drag brunch every weekend, perfectly complemented with a quintessentially Creole American menu. Beat the heat with their daily pool passes and indulge in poolside snacks, meals, and drinks. 634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742, thecountryclubneworleans.com

The Rendon is a classic New Orleans dive bar with outstanding, delicious eats to accompany an intimate and exciting atmosphere. In addition to classic bar bites such as chips and dip, loaded nachos, fries almost any way, and po-boys, they boast a refined menu as well. Enjoy pasta, steaks, and pizzas, as well as their extensive wine list and drink choices. 4501 Eve St., (504) 218-7106, therendon504.com

Vampire Apothecary Restaurant and Bar is a whimsical spot with a witchy and botanical interior. Their menu will transport you to another realm with fanciful plating and unique twists on well-loved classics. In addition to their cocktails and bites, they offer psychic services with their in-house psychics, so you and your partner can peek into the mystical side. 725 St. Peter St., (504) 766-8179, vampireapothecary.com

Voodoo Chicken and Daiquiris is a quintessentially New Orleanian stop-in spot, perfect for a quick fried chicken and a cold drink. The joint boasts crispy chicken alongside a rainbow of fresh fruit daiquiris, suited for cooling your taste buds after the heat. With many locations across downtown, this is the perfect end (or start) to a long bar crawl. Multiple Locations, voodoochickenanddaiquirisnola.com

Wonderland + Sea [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Wonderland + Sea just might be the healthiest fried chicken place in New Orleans. With an emphasis on high-quality ingredients, the restaurant boasts humanely raised chicken, wild-caught Gulf fish, and locally sourced produce. The restaurant is a refined American diner with plating on checkered tissue and trays, transporting you back in time. 4842 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 766-6520, eatatwonderland.com


Asian

TD Seafood and Phở House [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Asia, located in Boomtown Casino, can be your delicious break from the slot machines. With many classic soups, noodles, and fried dishes, their simple menu includes only perfected Chinese and Vietnamese classics. The quaint atmosphere of the restaurant is a perfect contrast to the bustling casino, with select seating and an intimate interior. 4132 Peters Rd., Harvey, (504) 364-8812, boomtownneworleans.com

Mikimoto Restaurant, located in Mid-City, brings delicious Japanese flavors with a touch of New Orleans flair. Since 1999, they've been serving generous sushi rolls and various cooked dishes such as udon noodles in their cozy space. They even have a convenient drive-thru window for your late-night sushi take-out endeavors. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

TD Seafood and Phở House [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

TD Seafood and Phở House is a stand-out Vietnamese restaurant that is worth crossing into the Westbank for. Serving vermicelli bowls, chicken wings, and boiled crawfish, the menu is perfectly eclectic. For those itching for a phở fix, definitely head to this spot, with its wide selection of flavors and hearty, delicious broth. 1028 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 302-1727, tdseafoodphohouse.com

Thai'd Up, a spot serving authentic and colorful dishes made from scratch, will transport you straight to Thailand, all while keeping you located within a quaint, homey interior. Every dish is colorfully seasoned, cooked to perfection, and will make your stomach growl. The tom yum soup, pad Thai, and yellow curry are just a few choice selections. 1839 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 354-8202, thaidupla.com


Bars with Great Food

Le Bon Temps Roule [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Bamboula's is a Frenchman Street stable equipped with great food and amazing live music awaiting inside. The interior is timeless and their classic Southern bar bites with flair are truly satisfying. The goat cheese balls with habanero sauce, po-boys, jambalaya, and more are guaranteed to give you comfort and good vibes. 516 Frenchmen St., (504) 346-8300, bamboulasmusic.com

Bar Marilou is an intimate bar that will immediately become your favorite pregame or date night venue. The lounge is filled with velvet, plush seating, bright colors, patterned decor, and intimate mixology. The menu boasts perfected bar bites to compliment your crafted cocktail, including Brussels sprouts, frog legs, toasts, and scallops to twist your arm. 544 Carondelet St., (504) 814-7711, barmarilou.com

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant, situated on the edge of the Quarter since 1939, is a classic New Orleans-style neighborhood bar that transforms visitors into bar rats. Live music coupled with dark red paneled walls creates an intimate environment where good music and conversation thrive. Compliment your ice-cold beer with the shrimp Creole or the Buffa Burger. 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504) 949-0038, buffasbar.com

JB's Fuel Dock [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

JB's Fuel Dock, in the scenic Lakefront neighborhood near Lake Pontchartrain, is not just a marina. Since its establishment, it has been the go-to spot for boaters and food enthusiasts alike. Offering great sandwiches, mouth-watering pizzas, cold drinks, and an unbeatable view, it's the perfect place to fuel up your boat and your soul. 126 S. Roadway St., (504) 510-2260, jbsfueldock.com

Le Bon Temps Roule is a classic Uptown bar steeped in tradition and local culture, bringing an experience to frequenters and out-of-towners alike. Famous for its 24/7 open doors and vibrant live music from jazz to blues and more, each night is a celebration and a great excuse to order a drink. Try their Bloody Marys—they're some of the best in all of New Orleans. 4801 Magazine St., (504) 897-3448, lbtrnola.com

Peacock Room is a luxurious and intimate cocktail bar with an atmosphere as outrageous and daring as its mixology. Their menu, perfected by seasoned chef Samuel Peery, specializes in social bites, including shareable fries, olives, shrimp, and pastries. This place is perfect for a date, with mood lighting, romantic bar bites, and impressive spirits. 501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-3073, peacockroomnola.com

Rivershack Tavern emits an eclectic dive bar vibe and a playful tone, all while serving delicious and hearty cuisine. Drink, dance, and indulge in great American bar fare, including burgers, po-boys, sandwiches, and so much more. Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday nights, and make sure to choose from their extensive list of beers on tap. 3449 River Rd., Jefferson, (504) 834-4938, rivershacktavern.com

Stumpy's Hatchet House is every lighthearted, fun-loving bar rat's dream, conveniently located downtown. With a plethora of games from hatchet throwing to massive Jenga, release your anger and indulge in some friendly competition over their full bar menu. If you work up an appetite, do not worry because they serve classic bar snacks and meals. 1200 Poydras St., (504) 577-2937, stumpyshh.com/neworleansla

The Garage is the perfect escape for nightlife enthusiasts and music lovers alike. Serving iconic fishbowls, indulge in a generously sized concoction that captures exactly what New Orleans has to offer. The space boasts a relaxed game room with bar games and sports viewings. For the adventurous, the bar hosts karaoke nights every Wednesday and Thursday. 810 Conti St., (504) 603-6343, facebook.com/thegaragemusicclub

The Jimani is a famous New Orleans sports bar, encompassing everything one would want in a dive bar: a building with a storied past, cold beer, great music, sports on the TV, and mouthwatering bar eats. Don't miss their fried pickles or jalapeño poppers. Their signature cocktail is their world-famous Bacon Bloody Mary, a Bloody Mary with a meaty twist. 141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493, thejimani.com

JB's Fuel Dock [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]


Café

Café Amelie, inside one of New Orleans' most iconic facades, is named after the first American Princess of Monaco's mother. With a decadent interior and intimate, green-lined courtyard, the spot is perfect for brunch, which is served Thursday through Sunday. In light of the history it honors, the café serves New Orleans classics, including a tantalizing gumbo and muffaletta. 900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065, cafeamelie.com

Carmo is a unique café specializing in tropical and healthy cuisine with influences from Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean. The spot emphasizes tradition and local ingredients. Every Friday and Saturday, they host live music from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., making for an experience as colorful and rich as your dinner plate. 527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Crack'D is a lighthearted, summery brunch spot with an interior that will resemble your stylish grandmother's house with hearty delicious cuisine that will mimic your grandmother's cooking. Served on dainty plates, the menu offers brunch classics with New Orleans twists. Stand-out dishes include their bacon tower and fried chicken topped with a waffle cone. 1901 Sophie Wright Pl., (504) 381-4678, crackdbrunch.com

Surrey's Café & Juice Bar is an eclectic spot serving perfected and hearty breakfasts in the Lower Garden District. The restaurant's atmosphere is heartwarming, with artwork of shotgun houses lining the blue and pink colored walls. The Bananas Foster French Toast is a must-have breakfast item—crunchy on the outside and with a cream cheese blend on the inside. 1418 Magazine St., (504) 524-3828, surreysnola.com

The Vintage, adorned by locals for their beignets, is a delicious spot to grab brunch or indulge in a sweet happy hour. Baked to order, the restaurant's tasty beignets are offered in unique flavors including matcha, raspberry, and cannoli. The interior brings a nostalgic feel, with white honeycomb tiles and two industrial bars serving liquor and coffee separately. 3121 Magazine St., (504) 608-1008, thevintagenola.com

Willa Jean, is an enticing hipster café that serves an expansive coffee menu, as well as a plethora of pastries from cakes to cookies and the delicious Everything Cruffin. Their prepared menu is just as enticing, with flavorful classics everyone craves in the morning such as the hangover bowl, avocado toast, Tabasco honey fried chicken, and croque madame. 611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334, willajean.com


Caribbean

Palm & Pine offers a daring menu with fusion food inspired by the South and the Caribbean. Their menu changes seasonally and often, always staying fresh and experimental. They serve an incredible range of plates from coconut blackened Gulf fish to Texas BBQ shrimp. With events often, Palm & Pine's atmosphere is as playful as the food they serve. 308 N. Rampart St., (504) 814-6200, palmandpinenola.com

Jamaican Jerk House, located in the Bywater, brings true Jamaican flavor and authenticity to New Orleans. The canary yellow building with bright green accents embodies the bright flavors awaiting inside. Dishes including jerk chicken and oxtail pasta are perfected by the fun-loving and passionate couple who founded the business. 4017 St. Claude Ave., (504) 441-8905, facebook.com/p/Jamaican-Jerk-House


French

King Brasserie and Bar, in downtown New Orleans, offers a modern atmosphere paired with coastal creative cuisine. Specializing in seafood, the menu boasts sea favorites including tuna tartare and crawfish beignets along with an impressive wine menu and draft beer from across the nation. This hot, young, and romantic spot is the start to the perfect date night. 521 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-3000, kingbrasserieandbar.com

Restaurant August is a classic New Orleans spot located in the Central Business District, boasting elegance and French-Creole design to match the cultural origins of the cuisine. This luxurious spot serves extravagant plates including their mouth-watering barbecue escargot and pan-seared striped bass. For a truly divine occasion, try the chef's tasting menu. 301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777, restaurantaugust.com


Italian

Alto Rooftop Bar boasts an enticing atmosphere, a panoramic view of the skyline, and bar eats. Enjoy their golden hour delight from 5 to 8 p.m. daily as you watch the sunset. For a snack or meal to perfectly compliment the airy and colorful atmosphere, enjoy a light sandwich such as the BTLA, Italian-inspired wraps, or grain bowls. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180, acehotel.com/new-orleans

Domenica is a quintessential upscale restaurant that boasts tradition and innovation. With a name translating to Sunday in Italian, the day of the week when cooking is most valued in Italian tradition, the restaurant's commitment to Italy is clear. The grandiose dining room serves as the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a flavorful pizza or pasta dish. 123 Baronne St., (504)-648-6020, domenicarestaurant.com

Josephine Estelle blends Italian classics with Southern charm. This upscale restaurant boasts a spacious art-deco interior, bathed in warm light from its window-lined walls. Their brunch offers familiar favorites, while lunch and dinner showcase unique pasta creations. Liven up your Sundays with their jazz brunch, featuring live music alongside your favorite brunch dishes. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070, josephineestelle.com

Mosca's Restaurant brings the warmth of family with its rustic Italian setting. They prepare every dish to order and have options to share family-style. Savor classics such as spaghetti and meatballs or indulge in their signature Oysters Mosca. Mosca's offers the kind of hospitality and rich flavors that bring back memories of eating at grandma's table. 4137 US Highway 90 W., Westwego, (504) 436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com

Pizza Domenica is a fresh and friendly spot, perfect for a family dinner or a big celebration with friends. With ample seating and a rustic interior, the restaurant's casual and fun atmosphere is the perfect crowd pleaser. The menu boasts a wide array of daring pizzas, from tutto carne to funghe e salsiccia with mushrooms, salami, egg, and mozzarella. Multiple Locations, pizzadomenica.com

The Original Italian Pie, a classic and casual dive Italian restaurant, brings true Italian American tradition to New Orleans. The establishment's exterior is lined with picnic tables, the colors of the Italian flag, and a quaint facade. With a mouth-watering selection of pasta, calzones, wraps, sandwiches, and pizzas, this spot is the quintessential pizzeria. Multiple Locations, italianpie.com

U Pizza is a hip pizza spot celebrating a modern twist on Italian tradition. U Pizza serves reasonably priced, light, and airy pizzas that are perfect for take-out or a quick and comforting family lunch. Start with their jalapeño cheese breadsticks or macaroni and cheese bites, then explore their daring pizzas, including the Streetcar Pizza. 1513 St. Charles Ave., (504) 381-4232, upizzanola.com

Venezia brings the warmth of Italian traditions to New Orleans. The menu features the classics you crave: succulent seafood, sizzling steaks, delightful pasta, and authentic pizzas. Don't miss out on their signature cannelloni or eggplant Vatican dishes. The red and white tablecloths topped with authentic cuisine will implore you to check out their wine list. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991, venezianeworleans.com


Latin

Alma Café serves modern Honduran cuisine with a casual, upscale atmosphere. Their interior gives homage to its Latin roots, setting the scene for the extravagant flair of the menu. Said menu is diverse with breakfast plates ranging from a ratatouille omelet and lemon ricotta pancakes to campechano breakfast and the Lola Gray fried chicken thigh. 800 Louisa St., (504) 381-5877, eatalmanola.com/home-hunter

Brasa South American Steakhouse is an Old Metairie favorite with a brand-new location in Downtown New Orleans. Under the expertise of Colombian-born Chef Edgar Caro, Brasa honors tradition with open-fire cooking and a dry-aging process with Himalayan salt. Order the entraña, the lomo fino, or the picanha cuts to get a real refined steakhouse experience. Multiple Locations, brasasteak.com

Tapas e Vino offers authentic Spanish cuisine that will transport you to a terrace in Spain. The menu boasts Spanish staples: wine and small shareables. The bar brings a unique flair with an emphasis on live jazz music. The upscale restaurant brings quintessential plates such as platas bravas, as well as fusion tapas including crawfish crêpes and charbroiled oysters. 516 Frenchmen St., (504) 346-8300, tapasevino.com


Middle Eastern

Lebanon's Café is a quaint Uptown restaurant with some of the best-rated Middle Eastern food in the city. The casual spot specializes in its homemade hummus and chicken shawarma, along with other classic dishes. They serve several daring hummus varieties, including their fried cauliflower and pomegranate sauce hummus, to pair with more traditional dishes. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

Shaya encompasses true New Orleans charm and hospitality while serving up Israeli staples. The Uptown-based restaurant's interior resembles a bright and airy home, while their cuisine, mastered by a skilled Lebanon-born Chef Fariz Choumali, emphasizes authentic flair. A stand-out dish is their perfectly balanced and succulent chicken leg and thigh. 4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213, shayarestaurant.com


New Orleans Cuisine

Crescent City Brewhouse [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Annunciation Restaurant specializes in new-age Creole and Southern cuisine, complemented with an atmosphere inviting celebration and conversation. The high-end interior marked with exposed brick creates a sense of history and lived-in charm. Their menu brings refined comfort food to all who enter with classics including soft shell crab pasta and shrimp étouffée. 1016 Annunciation St., (504) 568-0245, annunciationrestaurant.com

Apolline Restaurant is a Magazine Street restaurant that specializes in Creole cuisine and local ingredients. Situated in a renovated double shotgun cottage, the spot has the perfect ambiance for elegant and elevated New Orleanian cuisine. Stop by for their adored brunch menu or their luxurious dinner, which is fit for a celebration or an intimate date. 4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com

Café Normandie specializes in New Orleans-inspired French cuisine and has an intimate dining room. Every chair is adorned with a fleur de lis, perfectly capturing the essence of the establishment. Stop by for their brunch, served every Sunday, or for lunch. Perfected classics will entice you including the chicken and jambalaya and their Gulf trout almondine. 1000 Magazine St., (504) 528-1941, higginshotelnola.com

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop, located in Metairie, serves cozy, comfortable Louisiana cuisine to visitors and locals alike. Critically acclaimed Chef Ron spotlights tradition and New Orleans roots with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients. The Stuffed Gumbo, which is a Mambo Gumbo with fried catfish, is award-winning and always available. 2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2022, gumbostop.com

Crescent City Brewhouse [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Crescent City Brewhouse offers a modern twist on classic Louisiana cuisine. This restaurant emphasizes nouvelle cuisine with fresh and delicate dishes at the center of their menu. With gorgeous balcony seating with a French Quarter view and an intimate courtyard, expect an inviting bistro atmosphere. Check out live jazz music from Thursday through Monday. 527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Desire Oyster Bar, conveniently located on Bourbon Street, is the perfect kick-start to your quintessentially New Orleanian night. The interior will transport you to a different era with classic tiled floors, elegant light fixtures, and expansive bar seating. The menu boasts Cajun and Creole classics from shrimp 'n' grits to jambalaya and chicken and waffles. 300 Bourbon St., (504) 553-2281, sonesta.com

Evangeline, specializing in fresh ingredients, is a relaxed yet social spot to enjoy authentic New Orleanian cuisine. The interior resembles a dive bar, with conversation and drinks at every corner. With an emphasis on fresh ingredients and local flavors, their gumbo, jambalaya, and red beans and rice—all classics—are cooked to perfection. 329 Decatur St., (504) 373-4852, evangelineneworleans.com

Headquarters by Nice Guys Nola, a brand-new addition to the Warehouse District, caters to New Orleans' tastes with a Southern twist. A fusion of a bar and an event space, it offers a unique menu, cocktails, and vibrant ambiance. Serving small plates and drinks, it hosts regular events, including live music and DJ sets, for a refined take on the Nice Guys Nola experience. 445 S. Rampart St., (504) 217-6851

House of Blues New Orleans is one of the most happening restaurants and bars in the city. The spot offers cozy eats, creative cocktails, and live music with an emphasis on local musicians and big names alike. New Orleans classics fill the menu, including American staples fried chicken, sandwiches, and burgers—just what you need on a fun night. 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999, houseofblues.com/neworleans

Kingfish emphasizes true New Orleans tradition in their hospitality and their cuisine alike. The interior boasts a wrap-around bar, where conversation, cocktails, and good food meet. The refined interior of the restaurant hints at the menu. Kingfish serves up enticing twists such as their jambalaya risotto, alligator wings, and their Gulf fish with delicious BBQ butter. 337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005, kingfishneworleans.com

Lakeview Harbor serves up classic comfort food right on the harbor for a uniquely relaxing and homey feel near Lake Pontchartrain. The eatery specializes in big portions and fried indulgence. Try the fried pickles or fried mushrooms as a starter. For the main, choose one of their many steak, pork, or seafood dishes. Multiple Locations, (504) 486-4887, lakeviewharbor.us

Li'l Dizzy's Café brings unmatched family-owned hospitality to Creole soul cuisine, perfecting their recipes through four generations of Creole cooking. Always filled with loyal customers and lined with family memorabilia, this spot is not only authentic but also personal. For some of the best fried chicken in New Orleans, head to Li'l Dizzy's. 1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 766-8687, lildizzyscafe.net

Loretta's Authentic Pralines is well renowned for all things sweet, delicious, and nutty, with founder Loretta Harrison celebrated as the "Queen of Pralines." One of their specialties is a chewy cookie with a generous dollop of sweet potato filling. On top of this, they serve a plethora of flavored pralines, including chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, rum, and more. Multiple Locations, lorettaspralines.com

Mandina's Restaurant [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Mandina's Restaurant, family-owned for four generations, was opened by Anthony and Frank Mandina in 1932. The New Orleans influence on the restaurant is clear as Mandina's specializes in Creole Italian fusion dishes. The menu boasts fried chicken, potatoes, string beans, and more, along with Italian dishes including chicken Parmesan. 3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

Melba's, coined Louisiana's busiest po-boy shop, offers a bustling, casual, and fun take on the typical po-boy restaurant. Their Mid-City location boasts adorable rooftop dining lined with picnic tables and umbrellas, making the casual eatery truly magical. They have breakfast sandwiches, many New Orleanian plates, and, of course, lots of po-boy options. Multiple Locations, melbas.com

Meril offers fun and good food in Downtown New Orleans. Specializing in New American cuisine, their dishes range from crispy rock shrimp tacos, grilled octopus, tuna poke nachos, crawfish flatbread, and more. The interior is modern and elevated, perfect for a celebration. Make sure to order from Meril's extensive wine list. 424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745, emerilsrestaurants.com/meril

Mother's Restaurant, serving the city's best-baked ham, is where fresh New Orleans cuisine meets comfort and casual dining. The spot boasts a comforting breakfast with omelets and grits served all day. They serve perfected Creole classics including jambalaya, shrimp Creole, and delicious po-boys that are beloved by locals and visitors alike. 401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656, mothersrestaurant.net

New Orleans Creole Cookery, located in the beautiful French Quarter, specializes in traditional Creole cuisine. The spot boasts a beautiful courtyard with greenery and a true Southern charm—the perfect complement to their classic cuisine. Try their Taste of New Orleans entrée, featuring jambalaya, crawfish étouffée, Shrimp Creole, and red beans and rice. 510 Toulouse St., (504) 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

Neyow's Creole Café has a charming atmosphere with an expansive bar and delicious Creole-style comfort food. The spot boasts true hospitality and traditional New Orleans cuisine. Pair your oyster gumbo or fried wings with their delicious Bow Wow Punch to get your party started. Save room for fantastic desserts including beignet sticks. 3332 Bienville St., (504) 827-5474, neworleans.neyows.com

Neyow's XL is a true fun-loving spot specializing in fresh seafood and fine dining. Their drink special, the XL French, features a giant-sized champagne glass, perfectly capturing the essence of this spot. The interior is lined with eclectic New Orleans memorabilia, massive art pieces, and high-end seating. The menu boasts seafood classics and perfected steaks and chops. 3336 Bienville St., (504) 503-1081, xl.neyows.com

Nice Guys NOLA is a spot for good drinks, great conversations with friends, and even better Louisiana and bar comfort food. With a massive sign in the dining room reading "Nice Guys, Bad Girls," the restaurant presents a playful atmosphere. Perfect for a celebration, the dining room is filled with lively servers, good music, and plenty of dancing. 7910 Earhart Blvd., (504) 302-2404, niceguysnola.com

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro is housed in the building that once housed New Orleans' first Creole restaurant. Soak in the spot's history and indulge in their authentic Creole cuisine, all while pairing your meal with one of Orleans Grapevine's delicious wines. The spot also features one of the city's largest selection of wines by the glass. 720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

Parkway Bakery and Tavern is for relaxing with a cold beer, meeting close friends, or making new ones. The spot boasts many po-boys such as fried Creole BBQ shrimp, surf and turf, and a home-made roast beef with gravy. The tavern offers an old-school, eclectic feel where conversations and drinks blend seamlessly. 538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047, parkwaypoorboys.com

Please-U-Restaurant is a sweet spot with a small-town feel, serving delicious New Orleans breakfasts and hot lunches with a Greek twist. The menu is inspired by the Greek entrepreneurs who founded the establishment in 1946. The breakfast menu, which includes French toast, Belgian waffles, and numerous omelets, is perfect for a hungry family. 1751 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-9131, pleaseunola.com

Short Stop Poboys [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Short Stop Poboys, located off of Airline Highway, is exactly as the name implies. Walk up to the counter to order and sit down to eat—perfect for groups on the go or a casual afternoon bite. They feature po-boys, jambalaya, gumbo, and more. Perfecting fast dining, it's the perfect place for casual New Orleans cuisine. 119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie, (504) 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com


Seafood

Blue Bayou Oyster Bar [Photo Courtesy of Lauren Walker]

Blue Bayou Restaurant and Oyster Bar offers a refined ambiance and New Orleans seafood. The bar is exposed, making for a social and exciting interaction between the kitchen and customers. The spot boasts New Orleanian classics from oysters chargrilled, charbroiled, or raw to crawfish étouffée. Try their delicious desserts, including their praline brownie. 717 Canal St., (504) 517-2653, bluebayourestaurantnola.com

Bon Temps Boulet's Seafood brings New Orleanians a true seafood oasis, and their great food will not disappoint. The spot boasts numerous delicious po-boys and fresh seafood, from boiled crawfish and shrimp to blue crab. Make sure to order their crawdaddy platter if you can't decide what to order. Head to Bon Temps Boulet's to dig in, make a mess, and enjoy. 4701 Airline Dr., Metairie, (504) 885-5003, bontempsboulets.com

Briquette brings a refined and lively atmosphere to the Warehouse District with a contemporary approach to seafood-centric dining. The spot features an open-kitchen ambiance, where diners can watch chefs prepare specialties including whole fish dishes, perfectly paired with their vast wine selection. Both intimate dinners and large gatherings are perfect for this establishment. 701 S. Peters St., (504) 302-7496, briquette-nola.com

Drago's Seafood Restaurant is famed for its original charbroiled oysters and extensive menu, promising well-loved classics. With multiple locations, each visit promises a lively atmosphere and robust flavors that embody New Orleans' culinary spirit. Family-owned since 1969, Drago's continues to deliver favorites including seafood pasta, gumbo, and stuffed lobster. Multiple Locations, dragosrestaurant.com

Legacy Kitchen's Tacklebox serves up American seafood dishes with a twist. The interior is nautical and light-hearted, offering a beautifully refined atmosphere to complement their seafood delicacies. This New Orleans eatery offers a uniquely modern experience. Enjoy crafted cocktails, social plates, classic soups, po-boys, Southern comfort plates, and more. 817 Common St., (504) 827-1651, legacykitchen.com

Middendorf's Restaurant has specialized in thin-sliced, crispy fried catfish and other seafood since 1934. With locations offering scenic waterfront dining, the restaurant also offers po-boys and Southern classics. The eatery has a family-friendly atmosphere and weekly specials. Experience the taste that's been bringing locals back and back again for decades. Multiple Locations, middendorfsrestaurant.com

Seaworthy is an intimately charming oyster bar located in the heart of the French Quarter. The refined nautical interior perfectly complements its delectable and fresh cuisine. The drink menu is as enticing as its seafood, with crafted cocktails, a unique selection of beers, and many wines by the glass. Don't miss their happy hour every day from 4-6 p.m. 630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071, seaworthynola.com

The Galley Seafood offers maritime delights with an array of expertly prepared seafood dishes as an ode to Louisiana's rich culinary heritage. Known for its superb soft-shell crab and fried catfish filet po-boys served at Jazz Fest, enjoy their delicacies any time of year at this spot in Metairie. Savor the authentic and homey feel at this establishment. 2535 Metairie Rd., Metairie, (504) 832-095

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