2018 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks
Jun 05 2015

2018 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks

By: Readers' Votes

2018 WINNERS

Best Dance Club

1. The Metropolitan: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., themetronola.com

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

3. Republic New Orleans: 828 S. Peters St., republicnola.com

 

Best Happy Hour

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

Feel elegant and classy while sipping on a drink and watching the streetcars pass by at the historic Columns Hotel on St. Charles Avenue.

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

3. The Rusty Nail: 1102 Constance St., rustynailnola.com

 

Best Dive Bar

1. Snake & Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge: 7612 Oak St., snakeandjakes.com

Nothing beats the cheap beer, bar dog, and red Christmas lights at Snake and Jake’s, an eclectic microcosm of its own. 

2. The Club  Ms. Mae’s: 4336 Magazine St., facebook.com/msmaesNOLA

3. The Saint Bar & Lounge: 961 St. Mary St., thesaintneworleans.com

 

Best Bar for Hand-Crafted Cocktails

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

Prepare to learn the difference between sours, slings, coolers, punches, and succulents as you drink your way through Bar Tonique’s “handcrafted cocktails without the pretense.”

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

3. Beachbum Berry’s Latitude 29: 321 N. Peters St., latitude29nola.com

 

Best Late-Night Bar

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

2. Snake and Jake’s Christmas Club Lounge: 7612 Oak St., snakeandjakes.com

3. Republic New Orleans: 828 S. Peters St., republicnola.com

 

Best Place to See and Be Seen

1. Ace Hotel: 600 Carondelet St., acehotel.com/NewOrleans

Socialize, dine, and listen to music at the buzzworthy Ace Hotel, situated in a renovated Art Deco building.

2. Hot Tin (Pontchartrain Hotel): 2031 St. Charles Ave., hottinbar.com

3. The Tchoup Yard Patio Bar: 405 Third St., tchoupyard.com

 

Best Sports Bar

1. The Bulldog: 5135 Canal Blvd. and 3236 Magazine St., draftfreak.com

What’s not to like about a dog-friendly bar with a tap fountain, large beer selection, and huge TVs? Visit The Bulldog’s patio with your furry friend next gameday.

2. Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar: Multiple Locations, walk-ons.com

3. Cooter Brown’s Tavern and Oyster Bar: 509 S. Carrollton Ave., cooterbrowns.com

 

Best Upscale Bar

1. Hot Tin: 2031 St. Charles Ave., hottinbar.com

Enjoy a romantic date with a cocktail in hand as you view the city from the Pontchartrain Hotel’s intimate rooftop bar. 

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

3. Arnaud’s French 75 Bar: 813 Bienville St., arnaudsrestaurant.com/bars/french-75

 

Best Hotel Bar 

1. The Carousel Bar & Lounge, Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St., hotelmonteleone.com/entertainment/carousel-bar

Yes, a carousel for adults does exist. Only in New Orleans can you spin and drink at the aptly named Carousel Bar in the Hotel Monteleone. 

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

3. Royal Frenchmen Bar, Royal Frenchmen Hotel: 700 Frenchmen St., royalfrenchmenhotel.com/royal-bar

 

Best New Bar/Club

1. La Habana Hemingway Cigar Bar: 3560 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, cigarbarneworleans.com

2. Loft18: 3128 Metairie Rd., Metairie, loft18.com

3. Portside Lounge: 3000 Dryades St., portsidenola.com

 

Best LGBT Bar

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

Out partying, drinking, and having fun on Bourbon Street? Hit up Oz, the #1 gay dance club in the city, on your night out.

2. Golden Lantern: 1239 Royal St., facebook.com/GoldenLanternBar

3. Good Friends Bar & Queens Head Pub: 740 Dauphine St., goodfriendsbar.com

 

Best College Bar

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

With liquor deals and late-night hours you can’t beat, no wonder The Boot is popular with college kids on a budget. 

2. TJ Quills: 7600 Maple St., tjquills.com

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

 

Best Bar Patio

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

2. Pat O’Briens Bar: 718 St. Peters St., patobriens.com/patobriens/neworleans

3. The Tchoup Yard Patio Bar: 405 Third St., tchoupyard.com

 

Best Gentlemen’s Club

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

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

3. Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club: 225 Bourbon St., neworleanshustlerclub.com

 

Best Irish Pub

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

2. Mick’s Irish Pub: 4801 Bienville Ave., facebook.com/Micks-Irish-Pub-76730787479

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

 

Best Place to Get a Bloody Mary

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

Drink an award-winning Bloody Mary to your heart’s content, with free refills (with the purchase of a meal), at one of Daisy Duke’s five locations in the city.

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

3. Atchafalaya Restaurant: 901 Louisiana Ave., atchafalayarestaurant.com

 

Best Place to Get a Margarita

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

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

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

 

Best Place to Get a Mojito

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

Cool down with a blueberry mojito at St. Joe’s Bar, a homey destination with saintly religious decor.

2. The Rum House Caribbean Taqueria: 3128 Magazine St., therumhouse.com

3. Cane & Table: 1113 Decatur St., caneandtablenola.com

 

Best Place to Drink Wine

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

Grab a bottle of wine to share or have a glass from their upstairs bar, and enjoy it with a cheese plate or other bites while listening to live jazz outdoors in their giant courtyard.

2. Bayou Wine Garden: 315 N. Rendon St., bayouwinegarden.com

3. Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro: 720 Orleans St., orleansgrapevine.com

 

Best Place to Drink Brewed Beer

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

2. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: 200 Poydras St., gordonbiersch.com/locations/new-orleans

3. Port Orleans Brewing Co.: 4124 Tchoupitoulas St., portorleansbrewingco.com

 

Best Beer Selection

1. Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint Kitchen and Tap: 132 Royal St., olesaint.com

Flat-screen TVs, over 50 beers, and Saints memorabilia from Deuce McAllister will grab the attention of any football and beer connoisseur at Ole Saint.

2. Cooter Brown’s Tavern and Oyster Bar: 509 S. Carrollton Ave., cooterbrowns.com

3. World of Beer: 300 Julia St., worldofbeer.com/Locations/WarehouseDistrict

 

Best Jazz Club

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

Creole cuisine and New Orleans’s famous jazz music are the perfect duet at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro in the Marigny.

2. The Spotted Cat Music Club: 623 Frenchmen St., spottedcatmusicclub.com

3. The Jazz Playhouse: 300 Bourbon St., sonesta.com/us/louisiana/new-orleans/royal-sonesta-new-orleans/jazzplayhouse

 

Best Music Club

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

Jazz and blues may be our thing, but visit the House of Blues to hear up-and-coming and renowned artists of all different genres. 

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

3. The Howlin’ Wolf Music Club & The Den: 907 S. Peters St., thehowlinwolf.com

 

Best Place to Play Bar Games

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

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

3. Dave & Buster’s: 1200 Poydras St. #601, daveandbusters.com/new-orleans

 

Best Bar (Marigny/Bywater)

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

Enter the bohemian paradise known as The Country Club to enjoy swimming, fine dining, and upscale drinking.

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

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

 

Best Bar (Uptown)

1. Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St., lbtrnola.com

2. Tchoup Yard Patio Bar: 405 Third St., tchoupyard.com

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

 

Best Bar (French Quarter)

1. Tropical Isle: Multiple Locations, tropicalisle.com

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

3. Old Absinthe House: 240 Bourbon St., ruebourbon.com/old-absinthe-house

 

Best Bar (CBD/Warehouse District)

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

If “eat, drink, play” doesn’t say it all, then we don’t know what will. Check out Barcadia to see for yourself. 

2. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant: 701 Tchoupitoulas St., lucysretiredsurfers.com

3. The Rusty Nail: 1100 Constance St., rustynailnola.com

 

Best Bar (Mid-City)

1. Pal’s Lounge: 949 N. Rendon St., facebook.com/PalsLounge

2. The Bulldog Mid-City: 5135 Canal St., bulldog-midcity.draftfreak.com

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

 

Best Bar (Metairie)

1. Lager’s International Ale House: 3501 Veterans Memorial Blvd., lagersmetairie.draftfreak.com

Shopped till you dropped at Lakeside Mall? Get your energy back up at nearby Lager’s with a well-deserved drink.

2. Oscar’s: 2027 Metairie Rd., oscarsoldmetairie.com

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

       

Best Neighborhood Bar (Westbank)

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

Make your trip to the Westbank even better by stopping by Gattuso’s for a pint, live music, and, of course, trivia night. 

2. Rivershack Gretna: 714 1st St., rivershackgretna.com

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

 

Best Brewery

1. Abita Brewing Company: 166 Barbee Road, Covington, LA, abita.com

2. NOLA Brewing Company: 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., nolabrewing.com

3. Port Orleans Brewing Co.: 4124 Tchoupitoulas St., portorleansbrewingco.com

 

Best New Restaurant

1. Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco: 5015 Magazine St., titoscevichepisco.com

2. Saffron NOLA: 4128 Magazine St., saffronnola.com

3. Flamingo A-Go-Go: 869 Magazine St., flamingonola.com

 

Best Daily Specials

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

Mandina’s, a seafood and Italian hotspot, keeps the deals coming with their Monday through Friday drink and food specials that you’re sure to enjoy

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (French Quarter)

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

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (Marigny/Bywater)

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

With two eclectic bars featuring vintage decor, Mimi’s in the Marigny caters to tapas-craving herbivores and carnivores alike. 

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (Uptown)

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

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

3. Atchafalaya Restaurant: 901 Louisiana Ave., atchafalayarestaurant.com

 

Best Restaurant (CBD/ Warehouse District)

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

Prepare your taste buds for an adventure at Compère Lapin, a hip eatery blending Creole, Italian, and Caribbean flavors.

2. Pêche Seafood Grill: 800 Magazine St., pecherestaurant.com

3. Tsunami Sushi: 601 Poydras St., Suite B, servingsushi.com/neworleans

 

Best Restaurant (Mid-City)

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

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

3. Café Degas: 3127 Esplanade Ave., cafedegas.com

 

Best Restaurant (Lakeview)

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

Chill at no-frills Velvet Cactus this Taco Tuesday (or any day of the week) for some great Mexican food, and margaritas made with cane sugar.

2. The Blue Crab Restaurant & Oyster Bar: 7900 Lakeshore Dr., thebluecrabnola.com

3. Chef Susan Spicer’s Mondo: 900 Harrison Ave., mondoneworleans.com

 

Best Restaurant (Westbank)

1. Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit: 615 Kepler St., dawabbit.net

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

3. Mosca’s Restaurant: 4137 US-90, Westwego, moscasrestaurant.com

 

Best Restaurant (Metairie)

1. Impastato’s Restaurant: 3400 16th St., impastatos.com

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

3. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine: 7839 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans and 4411 Chastant St. in Metairie, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

 

Best Upscale Restaurant

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

Living up to its impeccable reputation, Commander’s Palace is the crown jewel of traditional New Orleans cuisine and fine dining.

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

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

 

Best Fast Casual Restaurant

1. The Halal Guys: Multiple Locations, thehalalguys.com

2. Dat Dog: Multiple locations, datdog.com

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

 

Best Bakery

1. Maple St. Patisserie: 7638 Maple St., cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie

Stop by European-inspired Maple Street Patisserie for fresh-baked breads, mouth-watering smells, and delicious pastries for a breakfast treat.

2. La Boulangerie: 4600 Magazine St., laboulangerienola.com

3. Gracious Bakery: Multiple Locations, graciousbakery.com

 

Best Deli

1. Martin Wine Cellar: 3827 Baronne St. in New Orleans and 714 Elmeer Ave. in Metairie, martinwine.com

2. Stein’s Market & Deli: 2207 Magazine St., steinsdeli.com

3. St. James Cheese Company: 5004 Prytania St. and 641 Tchoupitoulas St., stjamescheese.com

 

Best Budget Eats

1. Liberty Cheesesteaks: 5041 Freret St., libertycheesesteaks.com

Craving some Philly-inspired dogs with a NOLA twist? Liberty Cheesesteaks has got your back with an assortment of sandwiches and fries.

2. Dat Dog: Multiple Locations, datdog.com

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

 

Best Place to Get a Salad

1. St. James Cheese Company: 5004 Prytania St. and 641 Tchoupitoulas St., stjamescheese.com

St. James Cheese Company will have you rethinking the idea of salad as boring with their fresh and bold leafy offerings.

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

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

 

Best Restaurant for Dessert

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

Not only is Commander’s the best upscale eatery, but they’ve also got the best desserts in town. Don’t get us started on the bread pudding.

2. Emeril’s New Orleans: 800 Tchoupitoulas St., emerilsrestaurants.com/emerils-new-orleans

3. Willa Jean: 611 O’Keefe Ave., willajean.com

 

Best Outdoor Dining

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

2. Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits: 600 Poland Ave., bacchanalwine.com

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

 

Best Romantic Date Spot

1. Café Degas: 3127 Esplanade Ave., cafedegas.com

What’s more romantic than a date at a French restaurant? Café Degas has historic charm and great food that are sure to woo anyone.

2. The Bombay Club: 830 Conti St., bombayclubneworleans.com

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

 

Best Breakfast Spot

1. Another Broken Egg: Multiple Locations, anotherbrokenegg.com

Featuring chef-inspired breakfast fare including fresh Louisiana seafood and signature morning cocktails, Another Broken Egg is always a must for breakfast connoisseurs.

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

3. Surrey’s Café and Juice Bar: Multiple Locations, surreysnola.com

 

Best Brunch Spot

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

Feast on New Orleans-inspired brunch dishes, paired with a mimosa or two, at this popular breakfast and brunch hotspot.

2. Apolline Restaurant: 4729 Magazine St., apollinerestaurant.com

3. Atchafalaya Restaurant: 901 Louisiana Ave., atchafalayarestaurant.com

 

Best Diner

1. City Diner: 3116 S. I-10 Service Rd., citydiner.biz

2. Camellia Grill: 626 S. Carrollton Ave., facebook.com/pages/Camellia-Grill/104113072958918

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

 

Best Cafe

1. Caffe! Caffe!: 4301 Clearview Pkwy. and 3547 N. Hullen St. in Metairie, caffecaffe.com

Brewing since 1992, Caffe! Caffe! whips up delicious food and coffee in a super casual and inviting atmosphere.

2. Satsuma Café: 3218 Dauphine St. and 7901 Maple St. , satsumacafe.com

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

 

Best Chinese Restaurant

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

Five Happiness will surely put a smile on your face with their extensive menu of Chinese classics and fortune-cookie wisdom.

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

3. China Doll Restaurant: 830 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, chinadoll.restaurant

 

Best Japanese Restaurant

1. Rock-n-Sake Bar & Sushi: 823 Fulton St. in New Orleans and 2913 Metairie Rd. in Metairie, rocknsake.com

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

3. Shogun Restaurant: 2325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., shogunneworleans.com

 

Best Thai Restaurant

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

Visit chic Uptown restaurant La Thai to savor their New Orleans twists on classic Southeast Asian cuisine. 

2. Suhko Thai: 4519 Magazine St. and 2200 Royal St., sukhothai-nola.com

3. Banana Blossom Thai Restaurant: 2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. #10, Gretna, bananablossomthaicuisine.com

 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

1. Magasin Kitchen: 611 O’Keefe Ave., facebook.com/pages/Magasin-Kitchen/150776865274492

Slurp your way through some delicious pho or try a Vietnamese-inspired po-boy at cozy eatery Magasin Kitchen.

2. Lilly's Café: 1813 Magazine St., facebook.com/lillyscafe

3. Pho Orchid: 3117 Houma Blvd. and 1401 Airline Dr. in Metairie, pho-orchid.com

 

Best BBQ Restaurant

1. Blue Oak: 900 N. Carrollton Ave., blueoakbbq.com

If Dad doesn’t feel like barbecuing this weekend, go to Blue Oak BBQ to try their smoky, mouth-watering ribs, pulled pork, and cracklins. 

2. Central City BBQ: 1201 S. Rampart St., centralcitybbq.com

3. Frey Smoked Meat Co.: 4141 Bienville St., Ste. 110, freysmokedmeat.com

 

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Vincent’s: 7839 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans and 4411 Chastant St. in Metairie, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Vincent’s, a homey Italian eatery with a cozy vibe, will surely satisfy your cravings for rich pasta, fine wine, and delicious meats.

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

3. Mosca’s Restaurant: 4137 US-90, Westwego, moscasrestaurant.com

 

Best Cajun Restaurant

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

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

3. Bobby Hebert's Cajun Cannon Restaurant & Bar: 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, bobbyheberts.com

 

Best African Restaurant

1. Bennachin Restaurant: 1212 Royal St., facebook.com/Bennachin-Restaurant-328082390006

While out in the Quarter, make sure to stop by the quaint and colorful Bennachin, which serves up generous portions of traditional African fare.

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

3. Cafe Abyssinia: 3511 Magazine St., cafeabyssinianola.com

 

Best Indian Restaurant

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

Hungry for some curry, vindaloo, korma, or tandoori dishes? Enjoy Nirvana’s vast selection of traditional Indian fare. 

2. Saffron NOLA: 4128 Magazine St., saffronnola.com

3. Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant: 923 Metairie Rd., Metairie, tajnola.com

 

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

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

Falafel and hummus gourmands alike are welcomed into a beautiful, mural-filled dining room at Lebanon’s Café to savor traditional Middle Eastern fare. 

2. Mona’s Cafe and Deli: Multiple Locations, monascafeanddeli.com

3. Pyramids Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine: 3149 Calhoun St., pyramidscafeonline.com

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

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

It’s a fiesta every day at Carreta’s, which offers traditional Mexican fare to satisfy your palate.

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

3. El Pavo Real: 4401 S. Broad Ave., elpavorealnola.com

 

Best Latin American Restaurant

1. The Rum House Caribbean Taqueria: 3128 Magazine St., therumhouse.com

No wonder the Rum House on Magazine Street is always packed if it’s the best stop for jerk fish, tacos, and Latin-inspired fare.

2. Maïs Arepas: 1200 Carondelet St., facebook.com/maisarepas

3. Barú Bistro & Tapas Restaurant: 3700 Magazine St., barutapas.com

 

Best Seafood Restaurant

1. Deanie's Seafood Restaurant: Multiple Locations., deanies.com

Since Deanie’s has been recognized as a New Orleans favorite since 1961, you know their seafood is to die for, especially their seafood platter.

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

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

 

Best Restaurant for Boiled Seafood

1. The Galley Seafood: 2535 Metairie Rd., Metairie, thegalleyseafood.net

2. Deanie's Seafood Restaurant: Multiple Locations, deanies.com

3. Salvo’s Seafood: 7742 Hwy. 23, Belle Chasse, salvosseafood.com

 

Best Steakhouse

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

Mr. John’s is a carnivore’s paradise, with steaks seared to perfection and topped with butter. You’ll surely be in heaven.

2. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: 525 Fulton St. (inside Harrah’s Hotel) in New Orleans and 3633 Veterans Blvd. in Metairie, ruthschris.com

3. Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse: 614 Canal St., fogodechao.com/location/new-orleans

 

Best Creole Restaurant

1. Neyow's Creole Café: 3332 Bienville St., neyows.com

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

3. Dunbar's Famous Creole Cuisine: 7834 Earhart Blvd., facebook.com/pages/Dunbars-Creole-Cuisine/1197021177025328

 

Best Bar Food

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

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

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

 

Best Coffee Shop

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

Didn’t have time to make coffee at home? Stop by PJ’s, a local favorite, for your morning cup of joe and a pastry to go.

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

3. French Truck Coffee: Multiple Locations, frenchtruckcoffee.com

 

Best Vegetarian Menu

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

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

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

 

Best Vegan Menu

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

Seed has vegans raving about its delicious offerings and is even blowing the minds of carnivorous stalwarts with its convincing flavors.

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

3. Superfood Bar: 4113 Magazine St., sfbcuisine.com

 

Best Roast Beef Po-Boy

1. Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar: 2604 Magazine St., traceysnola.com

Come for the delicious eight-inch po-boy and stay for the drinks at this St. Patrick’s Day-loving bar.

2. Parasol’s Bar and Restaurant: 2533 Constance St., facebook.com/ParasolsNOLA

3. Parran's Po-Boys & Restaurant: Multiple Locations, parranspoboys.com

 

Best Shrimp Po-Boy

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

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

3. Guy's Po-Boys: 5259 Magazine St., facebook.com/guyspoboysnola

 

Best Oyster Po-Boy

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

Serving up po-boys for 100 years, Parkway Bakery sure knows what they’re doing when it comes to making the best oyster po-boy in the city.

2. Domilise's Po-Boy & Bar: 5240 Annunciation St., domilisespoboys.com

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

 

Best Wings

1. WOW Café American Grill and Wingery: Multiple Locations, wowcafe.com 

2. Bayou Hot Wings: 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., bayouhotwings.com

3. MOPHO: 514 City Park Ave., mophonola.com

 

Best Fried Chicken

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

Fried chicken is Willie Mae’s specialty. If you don’t agree that the chicken here is America’s best, then we don’t know what to say.

2. The Original Fiorella’s Cafe: 5325 Franklin Ave., originalfiorellas.com

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

 

Best Hamburger

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

2. The Company Burger: 4600 Freret St. and 611 O'Keefe Ave. #C7, thecompanyburger.com

3. Desi Vega’s Prime Burgers & Shakes: 1640 Hickory Ave., Harahan, desivegaburgers.com

 

Best Pasta

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

With a large selection of delicious and saucy pasta dishes, Venezia is sure to please pasta- and spaghetti-lovers with their Italian offerings.

2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine: 7839 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans and 4411 Chastant St. in Metairie, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

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

 

Best Sushi

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

Serving NOLA-themed sushi rolls, mouth-watering sashimi, and a link “straight to the sushi” on their website, Mikimoto doesn’t play around.

2. Sake Cafe Uptown: 2830 Magazine St., sakecafeonmagazine.com

3. Tsunami Sushi: 601 Poydras St., Suite B, servingsushi.com/neworleans

 

Best Taco/Burrito

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

Start with the guac and stay for the giant stuffed burrito at Juan’s Flying Burrito, a neighborhood favorite among the young and old. 

2. Izzo’s Illegal Burrito: Multiple Locations, izzos.com

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

 

Best Pizza

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

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

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

 

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

1. Angelo Brocato Italian Ice Cream and Pastry: 214 N. Carrollton Ave., angelobrocatoicecream.com

It’s hard to leave Angelo Brocato’s with only a creamy gelato in hand. The tantalizing cannoli and pastries will get you, too.

2. The Creole Creamery: 4924 Prytania St. and 6260 Vicksburg St., creolecreamery.com

3. Freezy Street Rolled Ice Cream: 2633 St. Claude Ave., freezystreetnola.com

 

Best Sno-Ball

1. Hansen’s Sno-Bliz: 4801 Tchoupitoulas St., snobliz.com

With 79 years of making flavored iced delights to cool you down in the summer heat, Hansen’s has got sno-ball-making down to a science. 

2. Plum St. Snoballs: 1300 Burdette St. in New Orleans and 3000 Downing Blvd. in Metairie, facebook.com/Plum-Street-Snoballs-46126897621

3. Sal’s Sno-Balls: 1823 Metairie Ave., Metairie, facebook.com/pg/Sals-Sno-Balls-95703951200

 

Best Donut

1. District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew: Multiple Locations, districtdonuts.com

If you follow District Donuts’s Instagram account, then you know these donut purveyors always have exciting new flavors and warm smiles at all of their locations.

2. Blue Dot Donuts: 4301 Canal St., bluedotdonuts.com

3. City Donuts & Café: 3301 S. Claiborne Ave. 

 

Best King Cake

1. Haydel’s Bakery: 4037 Jefferson Hwy., haydelbakery.com

The Mardi Gras spirit is alive and well at Haydel’s Bakery, which offers holiday-themed king cakes all year round.

2. Manny Randazzo King Cakes: 3515 N. Hullen St., Metairie, randazzokingcake.com

3. Dong Phuong Bakeshop: 14207 Chef Menteur Hwy., dpbakeshop.com

 

Best Theater Venue

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

2. The Orpheum Theater: 129 Roosevelt Way, orpheumnola.com

3. The Joy Theater: 1200 Canal St., thejoytheater.com

 

Best Art Gallery

1. Frenchy Gallery: 8314 Oak St., frenchylive.com

Frenchy has made a name for himself by live-painting events and places around the Crescent City.

2. Gallery B. Fos: 2138 Magazine St., beckyfos.com

3. Terrance Osborne Gallery: 3029 Magazine St., terranceosborne.com

 

Best Local Artist

1. James Michalopoulos: 617 Bienville St., michalopoulos.com

2. Frenchy (Randy Leo Frechette): 8314 Oak St., frenchylive.com

3. Ashley Longshore: 4537 Magazine St., ashleylongshore.com

 

Best Museum

1. The National WWII Museum: 945 Magazine St., nationalww2museum.org

History buffs and curious visitors are sure to love the WWII Museum, with its interactive exhibits, movies, artifacts, and captivating stories about the world’s most tragic war.

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

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

 

Best Bike Shop

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

Need your bike fixed or want a new ride? Stop by G.N.O. Cyclery for outstanding service and quality products. G.N.O. has everything for both bikes and cyclists, from equipment to apparel.

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

3. Rouler: 601 Baronne St., Suite C1, rouler.cc

 

Best Men's Clothing

1. Perlis Clothing: Multiple Locations, perlis.com

Does the man in your life need a style upgrade? NOLA-themed Perlis Clothing is the place to go to up his game.

2.  Rubensteins: 102 St. Charles Ave., rubensteinsneworleans.com

3. Iron Horse Clothier: 523 Metairie Rd., Metairie, ironhorsenola.com

 

Best Women's Clothing

1. Hemline: Multiple Locations, shophemline.com

2.  Trashy Diva Clothing Boutique: Multiple Locations, trashydiva.com

3.  Blink Boutique: Multiple Locations, shopblinkboutique.com

 

Best Smoke Shop

1. Ra Shop: Multiple Locations, rashop.us

With 11 stores open, you know the Ra Shop is smoking out the competition with their endless assortment of vape, tobacco, kratom, and pipe products.

2. The Herb Import Company: Multiple Locations, herbimport.com

3. Mushroom New Orleans: 1037 Broadway St., mushroomneworleans.com

 

Best Adult Novelty Store

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

2. Hustler Hollywood: 111 Bourbon St., hustlerhollywoodstores.com/hustler-hollywood-new-orleans

3. Paradise Adult Video & Book: 5608 Heebe St., facebook.com/paradiseadultvideoelmwood

 

Best Vintage Clothing Store

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

Need to jump on that hipster trend? Look no further than second-hand mavens Buffalo Exchange for your trendy, ‘90s-inspired looks.

2.  Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana: Multiple Locations, goodwillno.org

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

 

Best Costume Shop

1. Uptown Costume & Dancewear: 4326 Magazine St., facebook.com/uptowncostumeanddancewear

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

3. Southern Costume Company: 951 Lafayette St., sccnola.com

 

Best Record Shop

1. Mushroom New Orleans: 1037 Broadway St., mushroomneworleans.com

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

3. Peaches Records: 4318 Magazine St., peachesrecordsandtapes.com

 

Best Supermarket

1.  Dorignac’s Food Center: 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, dorignacs.com

Dorignac’s has got dat, dat, and dat. Check out this local family-owned grocery for all of your food needs.

2.  Rouses Market: Multiple Locations, rouses.com

3.  Breaux Mart Supermarkets: Multiple Locations, breauxmart.com

 

Best Place to Buy Wine/Liquor

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

2.  Martin Wine Cellar: 3827 Baronne St. in New Orleans and 714 Elmeer Ave. in Metairie, martinwine.com

3.  Dorignac’s Food Center: 710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, dorignacs.com

 

Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor

1. Aart Accent Tattoos & Piercings: 1041 N. Rampart St., facebook.com/Aartaccent504

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

3. Eye Candy Tattoos: 1578 Magazine St., eyecandytattoo.com

 

Best Athletic Club

1. New Orleans JCC: 5342 St. Charles Ave. in New Orleans and 3747 W. Esplanade Ave. in Metairie, nojcc.org

There’s something for the whole family at the JCC, from camp for the kids to a state-of-the-art gym for Mom, Dad, or the fitness buff in your life.

2.  Ochsner Fitness Center Harahan: 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite 1200, in Elmwood Plaza Shopping Center, ochsnerfitness.com

3.  Downtown Fitness Center: Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 3rd Fl. and 2372 St. Claude Ave., 2nd Fl., downtownfitnesscenter.com

 

Best Bead Store

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

Missing Mardi Gras already? Stop by Plush Appeal for artsy masks, colorful beads and boas, and, of course, plushies. 

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

3. Mardi Gras Zone: 2706 Royal St., facebook.com/mardigrassupplier

 

Best Bank

1. First American Bank & Trust: Multiple Locations, fabt.com

2.  Hancock Whitney Bank: Multiple Locations, hancockwhitney.com

3. Capital One Bank: Multiple Locations, capitalone.com

 

Best Bridal Store

1. Pearl’s Place: 3114 Severn Ave., pearlsplace.com

You know Pearl’s can make your dream dress a reality when they’ve been featured on The Today Show and in People Magazine.

2. Town & Country Bridal: 1514 St. Charles Ave., townandcountrybridal.com

3. Wedding Belles: 3632 Magazine St., weddingbellesnola.com

 

Best Car Dealership

1. Lamarque Ford: 3101 Williams Blvd., lamarque.com

2.  Premier Nissan of Metairie: 6636 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, premiernissan.net

3.  Best Chevrolet: 2600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Kenner, bestchevrolet.com

 

Best Vape Store

1.  Calhoun Vapor: 3137 Calhoun St., calhounvapor.com

Blow some clouds with a variety of locally inspired and traditional e-liquid flavors at vape boutique Calhoun Vapor.

2.  Crescent City Vape: Multiple Locations, crescentcityvape.com

3.  Smokecignals Electronic Cigarettes: 8129 Oleander St., smokecignals.com

 

Best Pet Store

1. Jefferson Feed, Multiple Locations, jeffersonfeed.com

Treat your furry, fluffy, or scaly friends to some tasty treats, supplies, or an assortment of toys from local favorite Jefferson Feed.

2.  Petco: Multiple Locations, petco.com

3.  Zeus’ Place: 4601 Freret St., zeusplace.com

 

Best Wedding Venue

1.  Royal Palm: 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, royalpalmfpc.com

2. New Orleans City Park: 1 Palm Dr., neworleanscitypark.com/rentals-and-catering/weddings

3.  Race & Religious: 510 Race St., raceandreligious.com

 

Best Kid's Spot

1. Audubon Zoo: 6500 Magazine St., audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo

Nothing beats a day at Audubon Zoo—riding the carousel, seeing exotic animals, and, of course, being scared by the iconic Loup Garou figurine.

2. Louisiana Children’s Museum: 420 Julia St., lcm.org

3. Adventure Quest Laser Tag:  1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., Suite #1106, Harahan, lasertagnola.com

 

Best Eyeglass Shop

1. Art & Eyes: 3708 Magazine St., artandeyesneworleansla.com

Looking for some stylish reading frames or summer shades? Look no further than Art & Eyes for some fashionable accessories. 

2. St. Charles Vision: Multiple Locations, stcharlesvision.com

3. KREWE: 809 Royal St., krewe.com

 

Best Spa

1. The Woodhouse Day Spa: 4030 Canal St., neworleans.woodhousespas.com

2. Earthsavers Spa and Store: Multiple Locations, earthsaversonline.com

3. Belladonna Day Spa: 2900 Magazine St., belladonnadayspa.com

 

Best Thrift Store

1. Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana: Multiple Locations, goodwillno.org

With unbeatable prices on clothing, accessories, and home decor, Goodwill is the place to visit to find a steal of a deal. 

2. Red White & Blue Thrift Store: 5728 Jefferson Hwy. in Harahan and 605 La Palco Blvd. in Gretna, redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com

3. Bloomin’ Deals Thrift Shop: 4645 Freret St., bloomindeals.org/shop/bloomindeals

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