Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks
Jun 05 2015

2016 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks

By: Readers' Votes

NIGHTLIFE

Best Dance Club

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

Located in an up-and-coming part of the CBD, The Metropolitan offers affordable drinks, danceable tunes, and a laid-back atmosphere for a casual Saturday night.

2. Republic NOLA: 828 S Peters St., republicnola.com

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

 

Best Happy Hour

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

The Victorian Lounge Bar in the Columns Hotel runs their happy hour from 5-7 p.m., seven days a week. You can’t really argue with that, can you? With a more romantic, rustic setting, this Happy Hour caters to the upscale side of New Orleanians.  

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

3. Blind Pelican: 1628 St. Charles Ave.

 

Best Dive Bar

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

A hole in the wall, classic dive bar, The Club Ms. Mae’s is a 24-hour bar that keeps people coming back for a reason. With air hockey, foosball, and pool tables, it’s nothing short of a perfect spot to unwind or to start off a long night in New Orleans. 

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

3. Chart Room: 300 Chartres St.

 

Best Bar for Hand-Crafted Drinks

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

With a wide variety of house made cocktails, Bar Tonique is the number one spot for eclectic drinkers out there. Go in for everything from classic cocktails, to simple sours, to perfect punches.

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

3. Victory: 339 Baronne St., victorynola.com

 

Best Late Night

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

With great reviews and ratings, Bourbon Heat is without a doubt one of, if not the best late night dance club and bar in New Orleans. They boast the best happy hour in New Orleans with a plethora of drink specials to choose from. Check it out!

2. Metro: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., themetropolitannightclub.com

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

 

Best Place to See and Be Seen

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

An upscale lounge on Fulton Street, Apres Lounge offers high end mixology, top shelf champagnes and sparkling wines, and the perfect atmosphere to relax and enjoy time with your friends

2. Masquerade: 8 Canal St., masquerade-nightclub.com

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

 

Best Sports Bar

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

With enough TVs to satisfy all sports fans, Walk-On’s is the perfect place for you to unwind and watch your favorite game with quintessential bar food from cheeseburgers to wings to nachos. 

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

3. Manning’s: 519 Fulton St.

 

Best Upscale Bar

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

Monkey Hill is an excellent after-work bar. With a happy hour running from 3-8 p.m. on weekdays and a plethora of signature cocktails and drinks, Monkey Hill is a bar where anyone can feel comfortable.

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

3. French 75: 813 Bienville St., arnaudsrestaurant.com/bars/french-75

 

Best Hotel Bar 

1. Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St., hotelmonteleone.com/entertainment/carousel-bar

The Carousel Bar (and its hotel) both have a lot of history in New Orleans and should be visited by anyone and everyone who passes through. With a slowly rotating bar, a craft cocktail collection, and delicious bar food, the Carousel Bar is a must-visit.

2. Sazerac Bar in the Roosevelt Hotel: 130 Roosevelt Way, therooseveltneworleans.com/dining/the-sazerac-bar

3. Lobby Bar in Ace Hotel: 600 Carondelet St., acehotel.com/neworleans

 

Best New Bar or Club

1. BB King’s Blues Club: 1104 Decatur St., bbkings.com/new-orleans

This new bar on Decatur has everything from live music, to barbecue, to a wide variety of Southern comfort foods. BB King’s is an excellent place to hang out with friends and family, or even schedule a company event or birthday party.

2. Lobby Bar in Ace Hotel: 600 Carondelet St., acehotel.com/neworleans

3. Revel Cafe and Bar: 133 N Carrollton Ave., facebook.com/revelcafeandbar/?fref=ts  

 

Best Gay Bar

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

Widely known as New Orleans’ best gay dance club, Oz is located right in the middle of the French Quarter on Bourbon Street.  They’re open 24/7 and have a bunch of specials, including a service industry night where members of the service industry get great deals on drinks. 

2. Bourbon Pub & Parade: 801 Bourbon St., bourbonpub.com

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

 

Best College Bar

1. The Boot Bar and Grill: 1039 Broadway St., thebootnola.com

The Boot has been a staple for college students in New Orleans for decades. With daily specials, pizza, burgers and top shelf liquor, The Boot is a number one hangout spot for college students and New Orleans visitors alike.

2. TJ Quills: 7600 Maple St.

3. Bruno’s: 7538 Maple St., brunostavern.com

 

Best Bar Patio

1. Gordon Biersch: 200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans

Gordon Biersch is a national chain, but it easily serves up some of the best beer and bar food combinations here in the New Orleans area. With a beautiful patio, Gordon Biersch is an excellent spot to relax and enjoy delicious bar food and home-brewed beer.

2. The Bulldog Uptown: 3236 Magazine St., bulldog.draftfreak.com

3. Bacchanal Wine: 600 Poland Ave., bacchanalwine.com

 

Best Gentlemen’s Club

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

With two floors, Rick’s Cabaret has something for all. VIP rooms, bottle service, and nightly specials are sure to give you a good time.

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

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

 

Best Irish Pub

1. Finn McCool’s: 3701 Banks St., finnmccools.com

Aside from a delicious assortment of beers and food, Finn McCool’s also hosts Gaelic Games during the spring and summer, and happily shows a myriad of soccer games throughout the year. For excellent food, beer and an all-around good time, Finn McCool’s is the place to be.

2. Kerry Irish Pub: 331 Decatur St., facebook.com/pages/Kerry-Irish-Pub/163926209622

3. The Holy Ground Irish Pub: 3340 Canal St., facebook.com/TheHolyGroundIrishPub

 

Best Ladies Night

1. Parlay’s: 870 Harrison Ave., facebook.com/parlays

With skee-ball and karaoke, Ladies’ Night at Parlay’s is a hit in New Orleans. Head over to Parlay’s for great entertainment and excellent drinks.

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

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

 

Best Bloody Mary

1. Daisy Duke’s: 121 Chartres St., daisydukesrestaurant.com

With 24/7 breakfast, great po-boys, and all-around good Southern cooking, Daisy Duke’s is the place to fill yourself up with delicious food and wash everything down with a classic bloody mary.

2. Atchafalaya: 901 Louisiana Ave., atchafalayarestaurant.com

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

 

Best Margarita

1. Mizado: 1580 Pontchartrain Blvd., mizadococina.com

As the winner of Open Table’s Diner’s Choice in 2016, you can’t really go wrong with Mizado. Delicious Mexican cuisine and great margaritas make Mizado a great place to dine in New Orleans.

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

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

 

Best Martini

1. Bombay Club: 830 Conti St., bombayclubneworleans.com

The Bombay Club is home to the largest selection of martinis in New Orleans, so it’s hard to go wrong trying a martini here. Head over to the Bombay Club for perfect drinks and European-meets-Louisiana/Creole food.

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

3. RF’s: 301 Dauphine St., rfsnola.com

 

Best Mojito

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

Home of the famous St. Joe’s Blueberry Mojito, St Joe’s is an excellent place for people of all ages to come and try a variety of drinks, as well as a plethora of beers.

2. Rum House: 3128 Magazine St., therumhouse.com

3. Latitude 29: 321 N Peters St., latitude29nola.com

 

Best Place to Drink Wine

1. Pearl Wine Co.: 3700 Orleans Ave. #1C. pearlwineco.com

Not only does Pearl Wine Co. have a huge selection of wines to choose from, they also have a ton of cocktails and a deep beer selection. Pearl Wine Co. is an excellent place for wine enthusiasts and simple drink-seekers alike.

2. Oak: 8118 Oak St., oaknola.com

3. Bacchanal Wine: 600 Poland Ave., bacchanalwine.com

 

Best Place to Drink Beer

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

Not only does Pearl Wine Co. have a huge selection of wines to choose from, they also have a ton of cocktails and a deep beer selection. Pearl Wine Co. is an excellent place for wine enthusiasts and simple drink-seekers alike.

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

3. NOLA Brewing Tap Room: 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., nolabrewing.com/tap-room

 

Best Beer Selection

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

With a constantly rotating tap of 41 beers and 154 bottled beers, Avenue Pub leads New Orleans when it comes to beer selection.

2. The Bulldog Uptown: 3263 Magazine St., bulldog.draftfreak.com

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

 

Best Jazz Club

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

Just a few minutes from the French Quarter, Snug Harbor offers a tight, cozy environment with a constant rotation of local and widely-known jazz musicians. Snug Harbor is the spot in New Orleans for good jazz and classic New Orleans ambience. 

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

3. Irvin Mayfield’s: 300 Bourbon St., irvinmayfield.com

 

Best Music Club

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

House of Blues is a staple across the country, but a unique experience in New Orleans. The New Orleans location offers a variety of national and international acts throughout the year for you to get your music fix. 

2. Howlin’ Wolf: 907 S Peters St., thehowlinwolf.com

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

 

Best Place to Play Bar Games

1. Shamrock: 4233 S Carrollton Ave, shamrockparty.com 

In addition to live music and great drinks, Shamrock offers a wide variety of bar games for all ages. Games include skee-ball, ping pong, air hockey and so much more!

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

3. Fulton Alley: 600 Fulton St., fultonalley.com

 

Best Bywater/Marigny Bar

1. Mimi’s: 2601 Marigny St., mimismarigny.com

A bar that serves tapas and drinks, Mimi’s is the place to be in the Marigny. With a few arcade games and a great atmosphere designed to make you feel like you’re at home with friends, the kitchen is open till the wee hours and the bar is open even later.

2. R Bar: 1431 Royal St., royalstreetinn.com

3. J&J’s Sports Lounge: 800 France St., jjssportslounge.com   

 

Best Uptown Bar

1. Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St.

Le Bon Temps Roule can provide a perfect night out. Live music every night with an eclectic mix of newcomers and regulars makes for the perfect bar scene.

2. St. Joe’s Bar: 5535 Magazine St., stjoesbar.com

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

 

Best French Quarter Bar

1. Tropical Isle: 435 Bourbon St., tropicalisle.com

As the birthplace of the famous and potent Hand Grenade cocktail, Tropical Isle is the place to be on Bourbon Street. Whether you’re a tourist or a native, Tropical Isle is a great place to start or finish your night in New Orleans.

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

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

 

Best CBD/Warehouse District Bar

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

With gourmet daily food specials, plenty of arcade and bar games (including lifesize Jenga and Connect Four games), and trivia nights, Barcadia is a perfect place for those who like to play with their food.

2. Lucy’s: 701 Tchoupitoulas St.

3. Ernst Café: 600 S. Peters St., ernstcafe.net

 

Best Mid-City Bar

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

Tons of beers on tap, delicious food, and about 12 HDTV’s playing a plethora of sports year-round makes the Mid-City Yacht Club the number one bar in Mid-City.

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

3. Bayou Beer Garden: 326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy., bayoubeergarden.com

 

Best Metairie Bar

1. Perry’s Sports Bar and Grill: 5252 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Perry’s has everything from lunch, to dinner, to late-night eats daily. Hamburgers, hot dogs and seafood make up only the beginning of the delicious menu, and with the big game always on, Perry’s is the perfect spot for sports fans or anyone else looking for a great bar.

2. Lager’s: 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com

3. Swamp Room: 5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., swamproombarandgrill.com   

       

Best Westbank Bar

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

Gattuso’s is a great place for family and friends alike. With delicious options like the Crawfish Queso Dip, come for the drinks--like the Huey P. Fizz or the Watermelon Margarita--but stay for the amazing cuisine.

2. Old Point Bar: 545 Patterson Dr., Algiers Point, oldpointbarnola.com

3. The Crown & Anchor English Pub: 200 Pelican Ave., Algiers Point, crownandanchor.pub

 

Best Casino

1. Harrah’s: 8 Canal St., caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans

Like a cruise ship on land, Harrah’s Casino offers a hotel, multiple restaurants, and, of course, an excellent gambling experience. Harrah’s is a must for any casino lover in New Orleans.

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

3. Boomtown: 4231 Peters Rd., Harvey, boomtownneworleans.com

 

DINING

Best New Restaurant

1. Compere Lapin: 535 Tchoupitoulas St., comperelapin.com 

Chef Nina Compton recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of this popular new Warehouse District restaurant, located in the Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery. With food inspired by her childhood, Compton uses her Caribbean background and knowledge of French, Italian and New Orleanian cuisinse to create a menu that will make you wish the place had opened up years ago. Come by for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, or their fabulous Happy Hour.

2. Josephine Estelle: 600 Carondelet St., josephineestelle.com

3. Kenton’s: 5757 Magazine St. Suite A, kentonsrestaurant.com 

 

Best Marigny/Bywater Restaurant

1. Feelings Cafe and Courtyard Bar: 2600 Chartres St., feelingscafebar.com

A casual, laid-back restaurant and bar, Feelings gives patrons an authentic New Orleans feeling with its nostalgic memorabilia and traditional dishes, as well as their own takes on classics and their own personal dishes. 

2. Mimi’s in the Marigny: 2601 Royal St., mimismarigny.com

3. Bacchanal Wine: 600 Poland Ave., bacchanalwine.com

 

Best Uptown Restaurant

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

Pascal’s Manale is most famous for inventing the famed, delicious dish known as barbeque shrimp. They’ve been around for over 100 years, and they continue to dish out traditional New Orleans dishes, some staying completely true to their roots and some with their own special twists.   

2. Rum House: 3128 Magazine St., therumhouse.com

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

 

Best CBD/Warehouse District Restaurant

1. Cochon Restaurant: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., cochonrestaurant.com 

Cochon has definitely earned their spot in the Times-Picayune’s Top 10 Restaurants in New Orleans. If you’re looking for high-quality, authentic Cajun/Southern cuisine with top-notch ingredients, look no further. This is a place you simply cannot miss while in this city.  

2. Compere Lapin: 535 Tchoupitoulas St., comperelapin.com 

3. Peche: 800 Magazine St., pecherestaurant.com 

 

Best Mid-City Restaurant

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

Mandina’s restaurant has been a staple in Mid-City for nearly 100 years. With everything from simple yet delicious po-boys to delicacies like crab legs in wine sauce, Mandina’s serves up incredible Italian cuisine with real New Orleanian influence. 

2. Venezia: 134 N Carrollton Ave., venezianeworleans.net

3. Toups’ Meatery: 845 N Carrollton Ave.,  

 

Best Lakeview Restaurant

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

The Velvet Cactus is a casual, fun, family-friendly restaurant that serves up a variety of Mexican-influenced dishes along with their beloved margaritas. They’re open Monday-Thursday and have a different intriguing drink special each day. Stop by on your birthday for a free margarita!

2. Brisbi’s: 7400 Lakeshore Dr., brisbisrestaurant.com

3. Blue Crab: 7900 Lakeshore Dr., thebluecrabnola.com 

 

Best Westbank Restaurant

Cafe 615 Home of Da Wabbit: 615 Kepler St., Gretna, dawabbit.net

Classic and delicious comfort food make this gem in Gretna a can’t-miss dining experience. If you are not familiar with Gretna, just look for Dawabbit’s sign. 

2. Nine Roses: 1100 Stephens St., Gretna, ninerosesrestaurant.com

3. Red Maple: 1036 Lafayette St., Gretna, theredmaple.com

 

Best Metairie Restaurant

1. Mr. Ed’s: 1001 Live Oak St., mredsrestaurants.com 

Serving up classic seafood and Italian dishes to the residents of Metairie, Mr. Ed’s Seafood & Italian Restaurant is just one of the incredibly delicious restaurants run by this man and his organization. This one in particular, though, has an especially wide-ranging menu with dishes for everyone, including their famous po-boys.

2. Drago’s Seafood Restaurant: 3232 North Arnoult Rd., dragosrestaurant.com

3. Andrea’s New Orleans Italian Restaurant: 3100 19th St., andreasrestaurant.com 

 

Best French Quarter Restaurant

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

Run by fifth-generation relatives of the original creator of the restaurant, Antoine Alciatore, Antoine’s is the oldest French-Creole restaurant in the city of New Orleans. In addition to their fine dining, they throw private parties as well as smaller dinner events. All are sure to be fun, delicious and fancy.

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

3. Kingfish: 337 Chartres St., kingfishneworleans.com

 

Best Upscale Restaurant

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

Since 1893, Commander’s Palace has not only been a staple of New Orleans cuisine, but more of a celebrated landmark. They’ve stayed true to their roots ever since opening, and have a legacy and history matched by very few. Try their 25-cent martinis at lunch

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

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

 

Best Casual Restaurant

1. Dat Dog: Multiple Locations, datdognola.com 

Dat Dog is known for being not just your average hot dog spot. They have everything from gator sausage to turducken sausage, as well as the classic beef sausage, and also have 33 toppings to go atop these extravagant dogs, including crawfish etoufee. It’ll put a smile on your face!

2. The Big Cheezy: Multiple locations, thebigcheezy.com

3. Juan’s Flying Burrito: Multiple locations, juansflyingburrito.com

 

Best Place to Get a Salad

1. City Greens: Multiple Locations, eatcitygreens.com 

City Greens has their very own farm from which they harvest the fresh ingredients that go into their salads and it doesn’t stop there. They offer a vast selection of soups, salads, wraps, and juices with different combinations of their delicious greens, sauces, cheeses, meats, and other ingredients.

2. Reginelli’s Pizzeria: Multiple locations, reginellis.com

3. Zea Rotisserie and Grill: Multiple locations, zearestaurants.com

 

Best Restaurant for Dessert

1. Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s: 2001 St. Charles Ave., copelandscheesecakebistro.com 

Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro goes far beyond cheesecake. They have a full menu comprised of appetizers, entrees and beverages with influences from around the world. But of course, their signature, otherworldly cheesecakes are a must-try.

2. Sucre: Multiple locations, shopsucre.com

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

 

Best Outdoor Eating

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

Cafe Amelie is an aesthetically gorgeous and culinarily delicious location for any occasion. Not only do they have great food, but you can’t beat the atmosphere. The restaurant is located in the beautiful and historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House on Royal Street. Enjoy the scenic outdoor garden/courtyard seating for a meal or a cocktail.

2. Bacchanal Wine: 600 Poland Ave., bacchanalwine.com

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

 

Best Lunch Spot

1. Shaya: 4213 Magazine St., shayarestaurant.com

Using seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients, Chef Alon Shaya combines the culinary traditions used in Israeli cuisine with those of Louisiana, as well as places from all around the world. With influences from Northern Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, this James Beard Award-winner makes delicious, unique dishes that explain why this place is so popular. Make a reservation since tables here are hard to come by

2. Cochon: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., cochonrestaurant.com

3. Willie Mae’s: 7457 St. Charles Ave., williemaesnola.com

 

Best Breakfast

1. Another Broken Egg Café: 2917 Magazine St., anotherbrokenegg.com 

If you’re looking for an absolutely, undeniably delicious, artisanal breakfast, look no further. The same goes for brunch and lunch as well. Their omelettes and salads will have you asking for yet another broken egg.

2. The Ruby Slipper Café: Multiple Locations, therubyslippercafe.net

3. Slim Goodies: 3322 Magazine St., slimgoodiesdiner.net

 

Best Brunch

1. Surrey’s Uptown: 4807 Magazine St., (504) 895-5757 

Surrey’s serves up tasty traditional brunch dishes, as well as their signature, fresh, organic juices every day from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. You can even BYOB to mix with their homemade juices if you need your juice with a kick.

2. Atchafalaya: 901 Lousiana Ave., atchafalayarestaurant.com

3. Red Gravy: 125 Camp St., redgravycafe.com

 

Best Romantic Date Spot

1. Bombay Club: 830 Conti St., bombayclubneworleans.com

The Bombay Club is a perfect place to take a step back from the craziness of the French Quarter and enjoy a romantic setting with a delicious menu, as well as an extremely extensive cocktail menu featuring over 50 signature drinks to enjoy.

2. Feelings Café: 2600 Chartres St., feelingscafe.com

3. Arnaud’s Restaurant: 813 Bienville St., arnaudsrestaurant.com 

 

Best Diner

1. City Diner: 3116 S I-10 Service Road E, Metairie, citydiner.biz  

City Diner serves mainly traditional Southern dishes from New Orleans and the region as a whole. However, they also have their own signature dishes like their pancakes that are so humongous, they have to be served in a large pizza box!

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

3. Belle’s Diner: 1122 Decatur St., bellesdinerneworleans.com

 

Best Café

1. Caffe! Caffe!: 4301 Clearview Pkwy, Metairie, caffecaffe.com 

Caffe! Caffe! is more than just a cafe. They have a pretty extensive menu with a vast coffee and tea selection, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps. You can build your own or choose from their menu of signature selections.

2. High Hat Cafe: 4500 Freret St., highhatcafe.com

3. Feelings Café: 2600 Chartres St., feelingscafe.com

 

Best Coffee Shop

1. PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans: Multiple Locations, pjscoffee.com

PJ’s coffee shop has multiple locations in New Orleans and each one is as good as the last. And though they are a chain, they are still a local original, founded in New Orleans in 1978. The coffee and other beverages are fantastic with a vast array of options (hot, iced, blended, smoothies, tea, etc). They also serve food and even sell gifts and merchandise.

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

3. Mojo Coffee House: 4700 Freret St., mojocoffeeroasters.com 

 

Best Chinese Restaurant

1. Five Happiness: 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., fivehappiness.com 

Five Happiness is about as authentic as it gets, short of leaving the country and heading over to China for a bite to eat. They have all of the signature dishes you might find there like fried rice and lo mein, and they specialize in group dining with rooms fitting up to 150 people!

2. Red’s Chinese: 3048 St. Claude Ave., redschinese.com

3. PF Chang’s: 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., pfchangs.com

 

Best Japanese Restaurant

1. Miyako Sushi Bar & Hibachi: 1403 St. Charles Ave., japanesebistro.com 

With expertly-trained hibachi chefs and sushi chefs, Miyako is a classy, authentic Japanese restaurant. They also offer an entertaining dining experience with your food being prepared right in front of you. Planning an event? You can make a reservation there for parties of up to 70 people!

2. Little Tokyo: 310 N. Carrollton Ave., littletokyonola.com

3. Shogun New Orleans: 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., shogunneworleans.com

 

Best Thai Restaurant

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

Coming from a Cajun-French background as well as a Thai background, Chef Diana Chauvin is the perfect candidate to run a Thai restaurant in New Orleans. She stays true to the culinary arts of Thailand, but also caters to the South, in particular Cajun-French and New Orleanian culinary traditions.

2. SukhoThai: Two Locations, sukhothai-nola.com

3. Bangkok Thai: 513 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-3932

 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1. Namese Vietnamese Cafe: 4077 Tulane Ave., namese.net

Namese gives “Southern Comfort” an entirely new twist. They don’t compromise their Vietnamese traditions in their dishes, but they do mix in different aspects of Vietnamese cuisine from different regions of Vietnam. The restaurant itself is very comfortable and inviting. They have pho and so much more, including a great cocktail list.

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

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

 

Best BBQ Restaurant

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

Praised by publications like Zagat and Bon Appétit, as well as influential chefs like Guy Fieri, The Joint is without a doubt one of the greatest BBQ joints in New Orleans. Located in the Bywater, they serve traditional Southern BBQ dishes and simply make them better.

2. Saucy’s BBQ: 4200 Magazine St., saucysnola.com

3. Blue Oak BBQ: 900 Carrollton Ave., blueoakbbq.com

 

Best Italian Restaurant

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

Run by the same chef as Pizza Domenica and Shaya, Chef Alon Shaya knows how to keep things truly authentic. While all of his ingredients come fresh from Louisiana, all of his dishes stay aligned with all the tried and true traditions of Italian cuisine.

2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine: 7839 St. Charles St., vincentsitaliancuisine.com

3. Venezia Restaurant: 134 N Carrollton Ave., venezianeworleans.net

 

Best Indian Restaurant

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

Nirvana will leave your taste buds quivering. Their full, authentic Indian menu offers mouthwatering options like samosas, chicken tikka masala, butter chicken, tandoori chicken, as well as equally delicious vegetarian options. Try their all-you-can-eat lunch buffet

2. Taj Mahal Indian Cuisine: 923 Metairie Rd., (504) 836-6859

3. Saffron Nola: 505 Gretna Blvd., #6, saffronnola.com

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

1. Carreta’s Grill: 2320 Veterans Memorial Blvd., and 1821 Hickory Ave., Harahan, carretasgrillrestaurant.com

With multiple locations in Southern Louisiana, nightly live music and entertainment, as well as authentic food with quality, fresh ingredients at reasonable prices, Carreta’s grill is a great location for anyone craving quality Mexican food and who might want to see some live music at the same time.

2. El Gato Negro: Multiple locations, elgatonegronola.com

3. Casa Garcia: 8814 Veterans Memorial Blvd., casa-garcia.com

 

Best Latin Restaurant

1. Baru Bistro & Tapas: 3700 Magazine St., barutapas.com 

Born in 2007, Baru won “Best Latin Restaurant” in Gambit Weekly in its inaugural year and every year since! It opened as a simple tapas joint, but has since expanded into a more expansive and exploratory Latin restaurant with dishes from all over South America.

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

3. Mais Arepas: 1200 Carondelet St., facebook.com/maisarepas

 

Best African Restaurant

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

With rave reviews and a cozy, laid-back atmosphere, Bennachin offers an authentic West African culinary experience with a policy that allows you to bring your own alcoholic beverage! Come check it out, because Bennachin is not the kind of place that comes around very often and you won’t want to miss it.

2. Café Abyssinia: 3511 Magazine St., (504) 894-6238

3. Jamila’s Cafe: 7808 Maple St., jamilascafe.com

 

Best Cajun Restaurant

1. Mulate’s: The Original Cajun Restaurant: The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk, 201 Julia St., mulates.com  

Known as the original Cajun restaurant, Mulate’s upholds all of the culinary traditions that go into making delicious, authentic Cajun dishes. With live Cajun music and a dance floor, this extremely Cajun restaurant offers more than just their delicious food, but also some entertainment to go with it.

2. Cochon Restaurant: 930 Tchoupitoulas St., cochonrestaurant.com

3. Jacques-Imo’s: 8324 Oak St., jacques-imos.com

 

Best American Restaurant

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

For 33 years, Copeland’s of New Orleans has been serving up dishes that stay true to American traditions and, more specifically, to the culinary traditions of the South and New Orleans. Other than their incredible food, they also offer a wide variety of cocktails, beers and wines.

2. Zea Rotisserie & Grill: Multiple Locations, zearestaurants.com

3. Houston’s: 1755 St. Charles Ave., hillstone.com

 

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

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

Lebanon’s Cafe is known to be New Orleans’ top Middle Eastern eatery in New Orleans by many authorities on the subject. With dishes for everyone from carnivores to vegans, Lebanon’s Cafe can satisfy even the most picky eaters, especially since they offer outdoor seating! 

2. Mona’s Café & Deli New Orleans: Multiple Locations, monascafeanddeli.com

3. Pyramids Café: 3149 Calhoun St., pyramidscafeneworleans.com

 

Best Seafood Restaurant

1. Deanie’s Seafood: 841 Iberville St., deanies.com

Known by locals and non-locals alike as the place to go for the best seafood in town, Deanie’s Seafood will boil, broil or fry any kind of seafood you can think of. They even ship their fresh, high-quality seafood pre-packaged and ready to cook anywhere in the country.

2. Drago’s Seafood Restaurant: 2 Poydras St., dragosrestaurant.com

3. Peche: 800 Magazine St., pecherestaurant.com

 

Best Restaurant for Boiled Seafood

1. Bevi Seafood Co.: 236 N Carrollton Ave., beviseafoodco.com

Bevi Seafood Co. does it all. They will boil crawfish, crab, oysters, and shrimp, depending on what’s in season, and they will do it right. As well as being a sit-down restaurant, they’ll also cater a party Southern-style with an incredible seafood boil.

2. The Galley: 2535 Metairie Rd., facebook.com/The-Galley-Seafood-Restaurant-124674343220 

3. Frankie and Johnny’s: 321 Arabella St., frankieandjohnnys.net

 

 

Best Steakhouse

1. Crescent City Steaks: 1001 N Broad St., crescentcitysteaks.com 

In the current climate of efficiency and, often, shortcuts when it comes to cooking, Crescent City Steaks counters that by taking impeccable care of each steak they serve. They practically invented the New Orleans style of cooking steak in butter nearly a century ago and haven’t changed their amazing ways since.

2. Mr. John’s: 2111 St Charles Ave., mrjohnssteakhouse.com

3. Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse: 716 Iberville St., dickiebrennanssteakhouse.com

 

Best Vegetarian

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

Known as a tropical cafe, Carmo takes fruits, vegetables, and even leaves from all around the world to make delicious and intriguing vegetarian and vegan dishes. While they are known for their vegetarian options, they also have a very worldly seafood menu that should not be ignored.

2. Seed: 1330 Prytania St., seedyourhealth.com

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

 

Best Daily Specials

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

With a menu filled with delicious New Orleans-meets-Italian cuisine like po-boys, muffulettas, fried oysters, eggplant parmesan and the works, every day of the week they have anywhere from three to seven daily specials to choose from. With everything from red beans and rice to corned beef and cabbage, check out their website to see when’s the best day to get your favorite dish!

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

3. Katie’s: 3701 Iberville St., katiesinmidcity.com

 

Best Cheap Eats

1. The Big Cheezy: Multiple locations, thebigcheezy.com

Get ready to rethink the grilled cheese sandwich. Before you throw your white bread with Kraft singles on the stove, head over to the Big Cheezy and try their unbelievable selection of signature grilled cheese sandwiches with artisan breads, cheeses, meats, veggies, sauces, and more. 

2. Dat Dog, Multiple locations, datdognola.com

3. Felipe's Mexican Taqueria, Multiple locations, felipestaqueria.com

 

Best Bar Food

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

Buffa’s Bar isn’t just a home for delicious, New Orleans inspired bar food, it’s also an excellent venue to catch live music. With the “World’s Most Open Mic Night” every Wednesday and a variety of local acts, you can be sure to catch anything and everything at Buffa’s.

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

3. Backspace Bar & Kitchen: 139 Chartres St., backspacenola.com

 

Best Wings

1. WOW Cafe, American Grill & Wingery: Various Locations, wowcafe.com

If you’re looking for chicken wings that will wow you with their flavor, look no further. A New Orleans original that is so good, it’s spread to locations around the country. The wings, along with their extensive selection of sauces and spice rubs, are to die for.  

2. Buffalo Wild Wing’s: 4150 General DeGaulle Dr., buffalowildwings.com

3. Hooters: 4748 Veterans Memorial Blvd., hootersoflouisiana.com

 

Best Fried Chicken

1. Willie Mae’s Scotch House: 2401 St. Ann St., williemaesnola.com 

Willie Mae’s has gotten the art of Southern comfort food down pat. All of their dishes are exquisite and their fried chicken is something else. It’s pretty greasy, just like your hands will be after you’re done stuffing your face with it, but it’s well worth the mess.

2. Dooky Chase’s Restaurant: 2301 Orleans Ave., dookychaserestaurant.com

3. Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles: 5741 Crowder Blvd., mamommashouse.com

 

Best Hamburger

1. Phil’s Grill: 3020 Severn Ave., phils-grill.com 

With an incredibly wide array of choices on their create-your-own-burger menu to an ever-changing Burger of the Month, it’s hard to go wrong choosing Phil’s Grill for a burger when in New Orleans.

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

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

 

Best Pasta

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

Venezia’s Italian is some of the best in New Orleans and you can never go wrong with their pasta. With choices like lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and fettuccine alfredo, Venezia should be your first stop for pasta in New Orleans.

2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine: Two Locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com 

3. Red Gravy: 125 Camp St., redgravycafe.com

 

Best Roast Beef Po-Boy

1. Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant: 2533 Constance St., 

Right in the Garden District of New Orleans, Parasol’s is a divey kind of place, with sports on the TVs, alcoholic beverages to sip on, but more importantly, the best roast beef po-boy you’ll find in this city. Locals and visitors alike all love this place.

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

3. R&O’s: 216 Metairie-Hammond Hwy., Metairie, facebook.com/pages/R-Os/125771594139504

 

Best Oyster Po-Boy

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

When President Barack Obama visits your restaurant in Mid-City to try out an oyster po-boy, you know you’re doing it right. They’ve been said to have the best fried oyster, shrimp, and roast beef po-boys in Mid-City, but their oyster variety might just be the best in all New Orleans.

2. Domelise’s Po-Boys & Bar: 5240 Annunciation St, domelisespoboys.com

3. Acme Oyster House: 724 Iberville St. and 8 Canal St. (inside Harrah’s Casino), acmeoyster.com

 

Best Shrimp Po-Boy

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

Short Stop Poboys offers up the best shrimp po-boy you could wish for in Metairie, and probably in New Orleans as a whole, and locals will tell you the same. This is not to say that shrimp po-boys are all that they offer, but it’s definitely one of the best items on their menu.

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

3. Guy’s Po-Boys: 5259 Magazine St., facebook.com/Guys-Poboys-107789665959807

 

Best Sushi

1. Kyoto Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar: 4920 Prytania St., kyotonola.com

Kyoto has a perfect choice of sushi, from creative takes to classics, including their famous Funky Margarita Roll. If you’re looking for delicious Japanese fare in New Orleans, Kyoto is the place to be.

2. Sake Cafe: 2830 Magazine St., sakecafeuptown.com

3. Origami Sushi: 5130 Freret St., sushinola.com

 

Best Gumbo

1. Gumbo Shop: 630 St. Peter St., gumboshop.com 

Making gumbo is an art, and the Gumbo Shop has perfected that art. Locals and tourists alike agree that the gumbo at the Gumbo Shop is to die for. 

2. Mr. B’s Bistro: 201 Royal St., mrbsbistro.com

3. Charlie’s Restaurant: 6129 E. Bernard Hwy., (504) 682-9057

 

Best Burrito

1. Izzo’s Illegal Burrito: 4041 Magazine St., izzos.com

Izzo’s claims they “roll you a better burrito”, and they definitely live up to the hype. Whether you’re looking for delicious salads, make-your-own burritos or burrito bowls, Izzo’s has it all. They base their menu on family recipes and a love of cooking, and offer great food in a fun atmosphere.

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

3. Oso’s: 222 Carondelet St., ososbb.com

 

Best Pizza

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

Reginelli’s Pizzeria offers up 13 options of their hand-tossed specialty pizzas.  Some of their toppings seem a little unorthodox, but they work together perfectly to leave you and your stomach satisfied and ready to order another.  You can also make your own pizza using any of their fresh, quality, premium toppings.

2. Theo’s: 4218 Magazine St., theospizza.com

3. Mellow Mushroom: 8227 Oak St., mellowmushroom.com

 

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

1. Angelo Brocato’s: 14 N. Carrollton Ave, angelobrocatoicecream.com 

Located right next to our Best Pasta Winner, Venezia, Brocato’s is a great place to get your sweet fix. For over 100 years, the Brocato family has been serving Italian desserts in the Sicilian tradition here in New Orleans. With everything from gelato to pastries, Brocato’s is the place for sweet treats.

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

3. Sucre: Multiple locations, shopsucre.com

 

Best Oyster Bar

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

Whether in the French Quarter or out in Metairie, you can bet your life on the fact that Acme Oyster House will have fresh oysters and cold beer on tap.

2. Casamento’s Restaurant: 4330 Magazine St., casamentosrestaurant.com

3. Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar: 739 Iberville St., felixs.com

 

Best Late Night Dining

1. Déjà vu Bar & Grill: 400 Dauphine St., dejavunola.com 

If you find yourself wandering around the French Quarter after having one too many drinks, Déjà vu Bar & Grill is a great place to eat late and continue drinking. 

2. Mimi’s in the Marigny: 2601 Royal St., mimismarigny.com 

3. Hoshun Restaurant: 1601 St. Charles Ave., hoshunrestaurant.com

 

Best Vegan Menu

1. Seed: 1330 Prytania St., seedyourhealth.com

Seed is unbelievably determined to keep their mission of being self-sustainable and all-natural. Not only is their food high-quality, locally-sourced, organic, and purely natural, but their menus are made from recycled material, their energy comes from solar power, and they utilize compost. And did we mention that their food is delicious? 

2. Sneaky Pickle: 4017 St. Claude Ave., yousneakypickle.com

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

 

 

THEATER AND ART

 

Best Theater Venue

1. Saenger Theatre: 1111 Canal St., saengernola.com

Besides presenting an amazing selection of shows, including the Broadway in New Orleans series and countless A-list musicians and performers, the Saenger Theatre is a masterpiece of architecture. Built in 1927 and fully renovated at the cost of $53 after Hurricane Katrina, the decor features Greek and Italian details and is as eye-catching as what’s on stage. Despite its history and old-world charm, its updated equipment makes it “the most high-tech theatre in the South”.

2. Le Petit Theatre: 616 St. Peter St., lepetittheatre.com

3. Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts: 1419 Basin St., mahaliajacksontheater.com

 

Best Art Gallery

1. Arthur Roger Gallery: 432 Julia St., arthurrogergallery.com

Arthur Roger Gallery opened in 1978 and quickly rose in prominence. It has played a large part in shaping the art scene of South Louisiana for the past three decades. Featuring a wide range of artwork, from painting and sculpture to photography and video, even the 5100-square foot gallery space, designed by one of the exhibiting artists, is a work of art in itself.

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

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

Best Local Artist

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

Frenchy is famous for his bright, colorful and emotion-filled original paintings and prints. He is best-known for “live painting”, where he goes to an event or festival and produces a full-sized work of art right there on the spot. Frenchy is the mastermind behind this year’s Jazz Fest poster.

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

3. Terrance Osborne: terranceosborne.com
 

Best Museum

1. New Orleans Museum of Art: 1 Collins Diboll Circle, noma.org

NOMA has been a New Orleans institution since 1911. The museum, which opened with a mere 9 pieces of art in its collection, has come a very long way since then. NOMA now boasts over 40,000 permanent works of art, including photography, glass and a five-acre sculpture garden. It has the honor of being considered one of the top art museums in the South.

2. Ogden Museum of Art: 925 Camp St., ogdenmuseum.org 

3. WWII Museum: 945 Magazine St., nationalww2museum.org
 

SHOPPING

Best Vape Shop

1. Calhoun Vapor: 3141 Calhoun St., calhounvapor.com

Vape fans rejoice! This Uptown vape shop offers everything from starting vape kits and equipment to high-end, high-tech, advanced gear for experienced vapers. Their hand-crafted vape juices are good quality and made fresh to order.

2. Vapors Inn: 813 Toulouse St., vaporsinnnola.com

3. Crescent City Vape: 4507 Magazine St., crescentcityvape.com

 

Best Adult Novelty

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

Adjacent to Nikki’s French Quarter Halloween store, which carries all your costume needs for any occasion, Mr. Binky’s sells more adult products, like the hottest lingerie, x-rated costumes, sex toys and other sexy merchandise. Pop in for a fun experience!

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

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

 

Best Vintage Clothing

1. Funky Monkey: 3127 Magazine St., funkymonkeynola.com 

Funky Monkey carries clothing styles dating back as far as the 1920s, with fashion from every period up to today’s modern and indie clothing as well. They have unique clothing for women as well as for men and don’t adhere to one specific style. There’s something for everyone.

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

3. Buffalo Exchange: 4119 Magazine St., buffaloexchange.com

 

Best Costume Shop

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

The name says it all, but doesn’t do justice to just how vast their range of costumes is. Being in New Orleans, costume shops are a year-round necessity, and Uptown Costume fills this niche perfectly with their extremely vast selection of themed outfits.

2. New Orleans Party and Costume: 705 Camp St., facebook.com/nolacostume

3. Nikki’s French Quarter Halloween Store: 107 Chartres St., frenchquarterhalloweenstore.com

 

Best Record Store

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

The Mushroom is more than just a record shop. They do have a wide variety of records, but they also have a huge selection of posters, clothing, jewelry, and anything a smoker could possibly need, and they have a lot of great deals on almost all of their products.

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

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

 

Best Jewelry Store

1. Mignon Faget: 3801 Magazine St., mignonfaget.com 

The namesake woman behind the store, Mignon Faget has been creating and selling jewelry in New Orleans and for New Orleans since 1969. With an extremely vast selection of items as well as prices, anyone can find something to fall in love with.

2. Aucoin Hart: 1525 Metairie Rd., aucoinhart.com

3. Kendra Scott: 5757 Magazine St., kendrascott.com

 

Best Shopping Mall

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

With over 35 shops, a movie theater, and a few cafes, the Shops at Canal Place have shops like Starbucks, Tiffany & Co., J. Crew, and other clothing, jewelry, footwear, and food and drink locations to peruse. A great place to get a full day of shopping in.

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

3. Riverwalk: 500 Port of New Orleans Pl., riverwalkneworleans.com

 

Best Supermarket

1. Whole Foods Market: Multiple Locations, wholefoodsmarket.com

Located in Mid-City, Metairie, and Uptown, Whole Foods is known for it’s vast selection of not only take-home groceries, but also buffet-style lunch and dinner foods, as well as a huge selection of craft beers and wine.

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

3. Breaux Mart: Multiple Locations, breauxmart.com

 

Best Local Product Found in a Grocery Store

1. Zatarain’s, mccormick.com/zatarains 

Zatarain’s isn’t just famous for its crab and seafood boils and seasonings, but also has a larger number of recipes, soups, and even boxed entrees and side dishes. This brand has a wide variety of culinary possibilities.

2. Tony Chachere’s: 5604 I49 Service Rd., Opelousas, LA, tonychachere.com

3. Tabasco: 329 Avery Island Rd., tabasco.com

 

Best Place to Buy Wine or Liquor

1. Dorignac’s: 710 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., dorignacs.com

Dorignac’s is a full-fledged supermarket. However, they boast a liquor and wine selection worthy of being called a top wine and liquor store. So pop in and do some grocery shopping, or just peruse their huge alcohol selection!

2. Martin Wine Cellar: 3827 Baronne St., martinwinecenter.com

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

 

Best Tattoo and Piercing

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

Electric Ladyland has been known as the best tattoo parlor in New Orleans for years. With some very skilled and professional tattoo artists to help you design and choose your perfect tattoo, you’re sure to be inked in style.

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

3. Tattoo A Go-Go: 4421 Magazine St., tattooagogo.com

 

Best Athletic Club 

1. Jewish Community Center: 5342 St. Charles Ave., nojcc.org

With a spa, a pool with swim teams and open-swimming time, weight rooms, basketball courts, martial arts, and lessons for just about any sport or physical activity you could think of, the JCC is perfect for any beginner or seasoned veteran. They also have leagues and group exercise classes.  

2. Elmwood Fitness Center: Multiple Locations, elmwoodfitness.org

3. New Orleans Athletic Club: Multiple Locations, neworleansathleticlub.com

 

Best Beads Store 

1. Plush Appeal: 2811 Toulouse St., mardigrasspot.com

Plush Appeal has got you covered for all your Mardi Gras needs, from throws to apparel to plush animals galore. They’ve got everything for every krewe and even stock goods for other occasions, like St. Patrick’s Day and Halloween. A parade-goer’s delight!

2. Beads By the Dozen: 333 Edwards Ave., beadsbythedozen.com

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

 

Best Thrift Store

1. Goodwill: 3400 Tulane Ave., goodwill.org

Goodwill is a nationwide organization that takes huge amounts and varieties of donated clothes and sells them back to the community for cheap prices, as well as offering great hiring opportunities for workers in their community.

2. Red White & Blue: 5728 Jefferson Hwy., redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com

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

 

Best Bank

1. Whitney Bank: Multiple locations, hancockwhitney.com

Whitney Bank, paired with Hancock Bank, is a bank located in the Gulf South, not all over the country. Whitney Bank is New Orleans’ biggest local bank, and being a local bank, they have customer service that is second to none. There is a sense of warmth and welcoming when you walk into one of their branches.

2. Chase Bank: Multiple locations, chase.com

3. Capital One: Multiple locations, capitalone.com

 

Best Pet Store

1. Jefferson Feed: 4421 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, jeffersonfeed.com. With a knowledgeable and helpful staff this pet store has everything a pet owner could hope to have. They have the highest-quality items, as well as animals up for adoption. And it doesn't stop there-- they also cater to gardeners and plant-lovers.

2. Petsmart: 2900 S. Claiborne Ave. #300, petsmart.com

3. Double M: 543 Holmes Blvd., Gretna, doublemfeed.com

 

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