2017 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks
Jun 05 2015

2017 Best of the Big Easy Readers' Picks

By: Readers' Votes

NIGHTLIFE

Best Dance Club

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

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

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

 

Best Happy Hour

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

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

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

 

Best Dive Bar

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

This darkened dive bar is a late-night gem for those looking to unwind after the city goes to sleep. 

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

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

 

Best Bar for Hand-Crafted Cocktails

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

Enjoy the cozy decor as you sip on one of Bar Tonique’s many homemade craft cocktails and daily specials.

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

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

 

Best Late-Night Bar

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

2. F&M Patio Bar: 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., fandmpatiobar.com

3. Metro: 310 Andrew Higgins Dr., themetronola.com

 

Best Place to See and Be Seen

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

Check out Ace Hotel and up your social ante with live music, high-end dining, and rooftop cocktails.

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

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

 

Best Sports Bar

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

With 17 televisions, 400+ beers, and raw oysters, Cooter Brown’s is known as a great spot to watch the big game.

2. Walk On’s Bistreaux & Bar: 1009 Poydras St., walk-ons.com/locations/new-orleans

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

 

Best Upscale Bar

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

The historic French 75 Bar, with its vintage interior décor, offers the best upscale premium spirits and classic cocktails.

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

3. The Sazerac Bar: 130 Roosevelt Way, facebook.com/bar.sazerac

 

Best Hotel Bar 

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

2. Hotel Monteleone: 214 Royal St., New Orleans, hotelmonteleone.com

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

 

Best New Bar/Club

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

Hot Tin is an intimate rooftop bar that serves champagne and bright cocktails to complement its bird’s-eye view of downtown New Orleans.

2. Monkey Board: 1111 Gravier St., monkeyboardnola.com

3. Tchoup Yard: 405 Third St., tchoupyard.com

 

Best LGBT Bar

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

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

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

 

Best College Bar

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

Students looking for a quick and easy study break head to The Boot, a bar known for its proximity to Tulane and Loyola Universities.

2. F&M Patio Bar: 4841 Tchoupitoulas St., fandmpatiobar.com

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

 

Best Bar Patio

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

This bar with its visible brewing facility is a favorite, offering patio seating in the heart of Fulton Street.

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

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

 

Best Gentlemen’s Club

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

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

3. Visions Men's Club: 4000 Downman Rd., visionsmensclub.com

 

Best Irish Pub

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

Finn McCool’s is known for its love of European football mixed with an Irish flavor and subtle charm.

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

3. Erin Rose: 811 Conti St., erinrosebar.com

 

Best Place to Get a Bloody Mary

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

Tried, tested, and perfected over the course of two years, the outstanding Bloody Mary at Daisy Duke’s promptly became their most requested cocktail at every single one of their locations.

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

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

 

Best Place to Get a Margarita

1. El Paso: Multiple locations, elpasomex.com

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

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

 

Best Place to Get a Mojito

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

Enjoy the signature blueberry mojitos at St. Joe’s Bar—an intimate Uptown bar with religious décor, paper lanterns, and a patio.

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

3. Mizado Latin Kitchen: 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., mizadolatinkitchen.com

 

Best Place to Drink Wine

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

Bacchanal is a charming Bywater wine-and-cheese store featuring accented small plates and live music with a lush back patio.

2. Oak: 8118 Oak St., oaknola.com

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

 

Best Place to Drink Beer

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

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

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

 

Best Beer Selection

1. Ole Saint: 132 Royal St., olesaint.com

Folks love the variety available at Deuce McAllister’s Ole Saint with its 50+ draught offerings, full bar, and extensive wine list.

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

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

 

Best Jazz Club

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

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of one of the country’s premier jazz clubs, which has been a favorite for over 30 years.

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

3. Maison: 508 Frenchmen St., maisonfrenchmen.com

 

Best Music Club

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

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

3. Gasa Gasa: 4920 Freret St., gasagasa.com

 

Best Place to Play Bar Games

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

From Ping-Pong to foosball, there is plenty of fun to be had at the Shamrock. Bring your friends, and let the games begin.

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

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

 

Best Bywater/Marigny Bar

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

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

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

 

Best Bar (Uptown)

1. Le Bon Temps Roule: 4801 Magazine St., facebook.com/le.b.roule

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

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

 

Best Bar (French Quarter)

1. Tropical Isle: Multiple locations, tropicalisle.com

Known for the most powerful drink in New Orleans, the home of the original Hand Grenade shows no signs of stopping.

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

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

 

Best Bar (CBD/Warehouse District)

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

Get away from the hustle of the CBD, and enjoy the burgers, craft beer, and arcade games at Barcadia.

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

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

 

Best Bar (Mid-City)

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

Pal’s Lounge is the perfect Mid-City neighborhood bar to grab a drink with friends, listen to the jukebox, and enjoy a classic game of air hockey.

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

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

 

Best Bar (Metairie)

1. Perry’s Sports Bar & Grill: 5252 Veterans Memorial Blvd., facebook.com/perryssportsbarandgrill/?rf=134202956712658

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

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

       

Best Neighborhood Bar (Westbank)

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

2. Old Point: 545 Patterson Rd., oldpointbarnola.com

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

 

Best Brewery

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

If you’re looking for handmade craft beers, then look no further than the NOLA Brewing Company, which has plenty of flavors on tap.

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

3. Abita Brewing Company: 21084 LA-36, Covington, LA, abita.com

 

DINING

Best New Restaurant

1. Caribbean Room: 2031 St. Charles Ave., thecaribbeanroom.com

John Besh and Chris Lusk have teamed up to reopen this nostalgic gem for the modern foodie, with a fresh new twist on the old menu.

2. Meril: 424 Girod St., emerilsrestaurants.com/meril

3. Poke Loa: 3341 Magazine St., eatpokeloa.com

 

Best Daily Specials

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

Enjoy the daily specials at Joey K’s; check out their website for a list that will make your mouth water by just reading it.

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (French Quarter)

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

With its 176-year-old legacy intact, Antoine’s is known for world-renowned Creole cuisine, impeccable service, and a unique atmosphere.

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (Marigny/Bywater)

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

2. 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. La Petite Grocery: 4238 Magazine St., lapetitegrocery.com

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

 

Best Restaurant (CBD/ Warehouse District)

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

If you’re looking to eat in the CBD, check out Compere Lapin with its menu full of Caribbean takes on New Orleans flavors.

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

3. Cochon Butcher: 930 Tchoupitoulas St. B, cochonrestaurant.com

 

Best Restaurant (Mid-City)

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

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (Lakeview)

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

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

3. Brisbi’s Lakefront Restaurant and Bar: 7400 Lakeshore Dr., brisbisrestaurant.com

 

Best Restaurant (Westbank)

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

Café 615 has been one of the best dining operations on the Westbank for more than half a century with its larger-than-life portions.

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

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

 

Best Restaurant (Metairie)

1. Drago’s: 3232 N. Arnoult Rd., dragosrestaurant.com

2. Acme Oyster House: 3000 Veterans Memorial Blvd., acmeoyster.com/metairie

3. Don’s Seafood: 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., donsseafoodonline.com

 

Best Upscale Restaurant

1. R’evolution: 777 Bienville St., revolutionnola.com

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

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

 

Best Fast Casual Restaurant

1. Halal Guys: Multiple locations, thehalalguys.com

From New York beginnings, Halal Guys has become the premier place to go for good quality Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food with speedy service.

2. Dat Dog: Multiple locations, datdog.com

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

 

Best Bakery

1. Maple St. Patisserie: Multiple locations, cargocollective.com/maplestreetpatisserie

Specializing in rustic European breads, cakes, and other baked goods, Maple St. Patisserie makes it easy to see, smell, and taste happiness.

2. Boulangerie New Orleans: 4600 Magazine St., laboulangerienola.com

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

 

Best Deli

1. Stein’s Market and Deli: 2207 Magazine St., steinsdeli.net

2. Martin Wine Cellar, Multiple locations., martinwinecellar.com

3. Cochon Butcher: 930 Tchoupitoulas St. B, cochonrestaurant.com

 

Best Budget Eats

1. Dat Dog: Multiple locations, datdog.com

When it comes to getting more bang for your buck, Dat Dog is the place to be, with their overwhelmingly delicious multitude of budget-friendly choices.

2. Felipe’s: Multiple locations, felipestaqueria.com

3. Liberty Cheesesteak, 5031 Freret St., libertycheesesteaks.com

 

Best Place to Get a Salad

1. City Greens: Multiple locations, eatcitygreens.com

2. Caffe! Caffe!: Multiple locations, caffecaffe.com

3. Green to Go: 400 Poydras St. #130, greentogonola.com

 

Best Restaurant for Dessert

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

Treat yourself to some of the best desserts at Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro. Enjoy the evening as your troubles melt away with every mouthwatering bite.

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

3. Sucré: Multiple locations, shopsucre.com

 

Best Outdoor Dining

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

2. Court of Two Sisters: 613 Royal St., courtoftwosisters.com

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

 

Best Romantic Date Spot

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

Grab a booth for two and close the curtain for an intimate romantic evening that should always begin with one of Bombay Club’s signature martinis.

2. Foundation Room: 225 Decatur St., houseofblues.com/neworleans/fr

3. Court of Two Sisters: 613 Royal St., courtoftwosisters.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. Ruby Slipper: Multiple locations, therubyslippercafe.net

3. Surrey’s: Multiple locations, surreysnola.com

 

Best Brunch Spot

1. Ruby Slipper, Multiple locations, therubyslippercafe.net

Ruby Slipper has several locations throughout New Orleans and is a brunch spot with an impressive menu and fun atmosphere.

2. Court of Two Sisters: 613 Royal St., courtoftwosisters.com

3. Surrey’s: Multiple locations, surreysnola.com

 

Best Diner

1. City Diner: 3116 S. Interstate 10 Service Rd. E., citydiner.biz

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

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

 

Best Cafe

1. Caffe! Caffe!: Multiple locations, caffecaffe.com

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

3. Satsuma Café: 3218 Dauphine St., satsumacafe.com

 

Best Chinese Restaurant

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

Dine in or order delivery from the establishment that has provided delicious Chinese cuisine to New Orleans for over 30 years.

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

3. August Moon: Multiple Locations, moonnola.com

 

Best Japanese Restaurant

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

Enjoy an interactive and fun dining experience as your hibachi meal is prepared right in front of you.

2. Mikimoto Japanese Restaurant: 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., mikimotosushi.com

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

 

Best Thai Restaurant

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

Located in the heart of Uptown, La Thai offers New Orleans-accented Thai cuisine in a modern, trendy atmosphere.

2. Suhko Thai: Multiple locations, sukhothai-nola.com

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

 

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

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

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

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

 

Best BBQ Restaurant

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

When in Mid-City, try Blue Oak, where their sides are just as mouthwatering as their meats and sandwiches.

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

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

 

Best Italian Restaurant

1. Vincent’s: Multiple locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

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

3. Italian Barrel: 430 Barracks St., italianbarrel.com

 

Best Cajun Restaurant

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

2. Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon: 4101 Veterans Blvd., bobbyheberts.com

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

 

Best African Restaurant

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

BYOB to this cozy, vegetarian-friendly spot to get a taste of some traditional West African cuisine.

2. Café Abyssinia: 3511 Magazine St., cafeabyssinianola.com

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

 

Best Indian Restaurant

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

2. Taj Mahal: 923 Metairie Rd., tajnola.com

3. Saffron Caterers: 505 Gretna Blvd. #5, saffronnola.com

 

Best Middle Eastern Restaurant

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

Enjoy a taste of the Middle East at this popular casual dining spot. Come hungry and feel free to BYOB.

2. Mona’s: Multiple locations, monascafeanddeli.com

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

 

Best Mexican Restaurant

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

Fajitas and chimichangas and enchiladas, oh my! Carretta’s should be one of your top picks for Mexican cuisine in New Orleans.

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

3. El Paso: 3010 Holiday Dr., elpasomex.com

 

Best Latin Restaurant

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

2. Mizado Latin Kitchen: 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., mizadolatinkitchen.com

3. The Rum House: 3128 Magazine St., therumhouse.com

 

Best Seafood Restaurant

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

Are you an oyster lover? Acme is widely recognized for its po-boys and fresh hand-shucked oysters.

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

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

 

Best Restaurant for Boiled Seafood

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

2. Don’s Seafood: 4801 Veterans Memorial Blvd., donsseafoodonline.com

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

 

Best Steakhouse

1. Desi Vega’s Steakhouse: 628 St., Charles Ave., desivegasteak.com

Desi Vega’s serves prime steaks in a classy atmosphere featuring crisp white walls and high ceilings. Enjoy an elegant dining experience.

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

3. Chophouse New Orleans: 322 Magazine St., chophousenola.com

 

Best Creole Restaurant

1. Cornet, 700 Bourbon St., cornetnola.com

2. Neyow’s Creole Café, 3332 Bienville St., neyows.com

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

 

Best Bar Food

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

Head down to Buffa’s for their famous Reuben, strong drinks, and live entertainment. Open 24/7, they’ve been loyally serving NOLA patrons on the edge of the Quarter since 1939.

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

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

 

Best Coffee Shop

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

2. Community Coffee (CC’s): Multiple locations, communitycoffee.com

3. Starbucks: Multiple locations, starbucks.com

 

Best Vegetarian Menu

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

In the city that loves its food and often its meat and seafood, not all places are so good to vegetarians. But vegetarians can find a haven in Carmo Café!

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

3. Satsuma Café: 3218 Dauphine St., satsumacafe.com

 

Best Vegan Menu

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

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

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

 

Best Festival Food

1. Crawfish Monica ®: Kajun Kettle Foods, 1524 Edwards Ave. #1, kajunkettle.com

If you ask almost anyone their first food booth stop at Jazz Fest, they’ll likely say that they beeline to this creamy-based crawfish pasta!

2. Cochon de Lait: Love at First Bite, 7680 Wave Dr., cochondelaitpoboys.com

3. Crawfish Bread: Panaroma Foods, 815 Tunica Dr. W., Marksville, LA, panoramafoods.com

 

Best Roast Beef Po-Boy

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

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, r-opizza.com

 

Best Shrimp Po-Boy

1. Short Stop Po-Boys: 119 Transcontinental Dr., 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 

Check out this longstanding establishment that has been serving delicious po-boys since 1911. They’ve only gotten better over time!

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

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

 

Best Wings

1. WOW Café: Multiple locations, wowcafe.com

A great spot for a group of friends or family, WOW Café will WOW you with their finger-lickin’ good wings and great selection of sauces. 

2. Bayou Hot Wings: 6221 S. Claiborne Ave. #104, 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 

When The Food Network declares that you serve “America’s Best Fried Chicken,” you know that you’re doing something right!

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

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

 

Best Hamburger

1. Company Burger: Multiple locations, thecompanyburger.com

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

3. New Orleans Hamburger & Seafood Co.: Multiple locations, nohsc.com

 

Best Hot Dog

1. Dat Dog, Multiple locations, datdog.com

2. Ted’s Frostop: 3100 Calhoun St., tedsfrostop.com

3. Dreamy Weenies: 740 N. Rampart St., dreamyweenies.com

 

Best Pasta

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

2. Vincent’s Italian Cuisine: Multiple locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com 

3. Amici: 3218 Magazine St., amicinola.com

 

Best Sushi

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

Dine in or come by Mikimoto’s drive-thru to enjoy some delicious, Louisiana-accented sushi rolls.

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

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

 

Best Taco/Burrito

1. Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria: Multiple locations, felipestaqueria.com

Head down to Felipe’s to dress your burrito or taco to your liking as you select from ingredients right in front of you.

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

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

 

Best Pizza

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

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

3. Mid City Pizza: Multiple locations, midcitypizza.com

 

Best Ice Cream/Gelato

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

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream (especially in this New Orleans heat)! Angelo Brocato’s has got you covered with cool treats.

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

3. Sucré: Multiple locations, shopsucre.com

 

Best Sno-Ball

1. Plum Street Snoballs: 1300 Burdette St., eteamz.com/plumstreetsnoball

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

3. Costanza’s Snowballs and Soft Serve: 5411 W. Napoleon Ave., facebook.com/costanzassnowballs

 

Best Donut

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

Their uniquely crafted, internationally inspired donuts are sometimes too aesthetically pleasing to eat.  

2. Freret Street Po-boy and Donut Shop: 4701 Freret St., facebook.com/freretstpoboydonutshop

3. Proofed Donuts & Kolaches: 5236 Tchoupitoulas St., proofeddonuts.com

 

Best King Cake

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

Who said king cake is just for Mardi Gras season? Haydel’s said it’s a year-round treat. Head down any season to scoop one up.  

2. Gambino’s Bakery: Multiple locations, gambinos.com

3. Manny Randazzo King Cakes: Multiple locations, randazzokingcake.com

 

THEATER AND ART

 

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. George Rodrigue Studios: 730 Royal St., georgerodrigue.com

George Rodrigue is known for his famous blue dog paintings. Make sure you check out the many pieces in his studio on Royal Street.

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

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

 

Best Local Artist

1. Terrance Osborne: 3029 Magazine St., terranceosborne.com 

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

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

 

Best Museum

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

Dive into history at the National WWII Museum, which features an interactive submarine, military planes, a 4D theater, and so much more.

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

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

 

SHOPPING

Best Bike Shop

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

2. Bayou Bicycles: 3530 Toulouse St., bayou-bicycles.shoplightspeed.com

3. Bicycle Michael’s: 622 Frenchmen St., bicyclemichaels.com

 

Best Men's Clothing

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

For those gentlemen looking to keep that debonair persona, Rubensteins features upscale custom-made menswear and alterations.

2. Jeff’s Haberdashery: Multiple locations, jeffshaberdashery.com

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

 

Best Women's Clothing

1. Hemline: Multiple locations, shophemline.com

See the latest fashion trends with a Brazilian twist at Hemline, and find that Saturday night outfit that’s sure to turn heads.

2. Fleurty Girl: Multiple locations, fleurtygirl.net

3. Trashy Diva, Multiple locations, trashydiva.com

 

Best Smoke Shop

1. Ra Shop: Multiple locations, rashop.us

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.

 

Best Vintage Clothing

1. Goodwill: Multiple locations, goodwillno.org

Find your vintage “blast from the past” look at Goodwill, and make yourself look like a million bucks while only spending five.

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

3. Buffalo Exchange: 4119 Magazine St.buffaloexchange.com/locations/new-orleans/new-orleans

 

Best Costume Shop

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

Visit this store—filled with costumes, dancewear, accessories, and more—and be the talk of the costume party next time.

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

3. N.O. Party & Costume: 705 Camp St., partyandcostume.com

 

Best Record Shop

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

Hunt for some vinyl at the Mushroom, where you can flip through a selection that’s sure to fill the void in every music lover’s collection.

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

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

 

Best Supermarket

1. Rouse’s: Multiple locations, shop.rouses.com

2. Whole Foods: Multiple locations, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores

3. Breaux Mart: Multiple locations, breauxmart.com

 

Best Local Product Found in a Grocery Store

1. Tabasco: tabasco.com

2. Abita: abita.com

3. Zatarain’s: mccormick.com/zatarains

 

Best Place to Buy Wine/Liquor

1. Martin’s Wine Cellar: Multiple locations, martinwinecellar.com

To stock up for that next party, visit Martin’s Wine Cellar with 2,500 bottles to choose from.

2. Pearl: 3700 Orleans Ave. #1c, pearlwineco.com

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

 

Best Tattoo/Piercing Parlor

1. Aart Accent Tattoos & Piercings: 1041 N. Rampart St., tattoo.com/aart-accent-tattooing-jacci

Thinking about getting that tattoo you’ve always wanted? Then visit Louisiana’s oldest continuously running tattoo business.

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: Multiple locations, nojcc.org

Get fit this summer at the JCC Fitness Center, where they are committed to helping you achieve that positive lifestyle change.

2. Ochsner Fitness Center: 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy., ochsnerfitness.com

3. New Orleans Athletic Club: 222 N. Rampart St., neworleansathleticclub.com

 

Best Bead Store

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

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

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

Best Bank

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

2. 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

Pearl’s Place is a family-run bridal shop with an extensive selection of gowns for both brides and bridesmaids that will no doubt make that special day spectacular.

2. Town & Country: 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. Veteran’s Ford: 3724 Veterans Memorial Blvd., veteransfordmetairie.com

3. Premier Nissan: 6636 Veterans Memorial Blvd., premiernissan.net

 

Best Vape Shop

1. Ra Shop: Multiple locations, rashop.us

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

3. Crescent City Vape: Multiple locations, crescentcityvape.com

 

Best Pet Store

1. Jefferson Feed, Multiple locations, jeffersonfeed.com

If you’re looking to make that kitten purr, then Jefferson Feed is your source, offering prime pet food and supplies.

2. Petsmart, Multiple locations, petsmart.com

3. Petco, Multiple locations, petco.com

 

Best Wedding Venue

1. Royal Palm: 1901 Manhattan Blvd. # E, royalpalmfpc.com

2. City Park: 1 Palm Dr., neworleanscitypark.com

3. English Turn Golf & Country Club: One Clubhouse Dr., englishturngolf.com

 

Best Kid's Spot

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

Take the kids out for some unforgettable family fun when you head down to the Audubon Zoo, where they all ask for you!

2. Adventure Quest Laser Tag: 1200 S. Clearview Pkwy. #1106, lasertagnola.com

3. LA Children’s Museum: 420 Julia St., lcm.org

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