[Gustavo Escanelle]

Fall Restaurant Guide 2023

07:00 September 21, 2023
By: Staff

CBD / Warehouse District

Alto [Gustavo Escanelle]

Alto Rooftop Bar at the Ace Hotel serves up succulent Italian small plates and salads next to the picturesque hotel rooftop pool. Alto's choice of cocktails, beers, and wines make for a great day of delicious tastes at the pool. The "snacks'' portion of the menu features chicken wings with a calabrian vinaigrette and furikaki. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 900-1180, acehotel.com/new-orleans

Annuication [Gustavo Escanelle]

Annunciation brings out the best of New Orleans cuisine with classic and contemporary takes on Cajun and Creole cooking. The relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal getaway, the perfect celebration spot, and a top spot for visitors to New Orleans. Annunciation's escargot appetizer comes served with mushrooms and a Moutarde Beurre Blanc. 1016 Annunciation St., (504) 568-0245, annunciationrestaurant.com

Bar Marilou [Gustavo Escanelle]

Bar Marilou is best known for its stylish setting and its signature cocktails, but they also serve up French small plates, dinner, and desserts. Velvet seating, bookshelves, and patterned carpet make the bar uniquely ornate. A notable dish is their pommes Marilou, which is a crispy layer of potatoes with crème fraîche, bowfin caviar, and chives. 544 Carondelet St., (504) 814-7711, barmarilou.com

Briquette [Gustavo Escanelle]

Briquette showcases beautiful fresh fish in an icy display before it ends up on your plate. With up to 240 seats for a seated dinner, Briquette is ready to cater their menu towards your next private event. Their Louisiana redfish on the half shell combines the flavors of charred lemon butter, Belle River crawfish relish, and heirloom potatoes. 701 S. Peters St., (504) 302-7496, briquette-nola.com

Cafe Normandie [Gustavo Escanelle]

Cafe Normandie, located in the Higgins Hotel, pays homage to the spread of French culture and cuisine during World War II. The welcoming environment and appetizing, refreshing breakfast and lunch menus make Cafe Normandie a must-try. Try their sweet and spicy chicken wings, crab beignets, or oyster and pork belly tacos for a real treat. 1000 Magazine St., (504) 528-1941, higginshotelnola.com/new-orleans

Carmo [Carmo]

Carmo offers vegan and vegetarian dishes in an inviting atmosphere. They serve tropical fare with influences from Southeast Asia, West Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. The tiradito Peruvian-style sashimi with yellow chili pepper, combines the tenderness of fish with the fiery zest of yellow chili peppers, resulting in a vibrant and bold flavor. 527 Julia St., (504) 875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Domenica [Gustavo Escanelle]

Domenica will instantly transport you to Italy with its authentic menu filled with unique antipasti, pizza, pasta, and wine. Set in a warm, refined scene, Domenica is a great place to share some pizza and indulge with family and friends. Be sure to try their wood fire-roasted delicata squash, which is flavorful and fresh. 123 Baronne St., (504) 648-6020, domenicarestaurant.com

Josephine Estelle [Gustavo Escanelle]

Josephine Estelle specializes in Italian-Southern fusion for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Located in the Ace Hotel, the elegance of the beautifully appointed dining room evokes comfort and sophistication. When you go, try their rigatoni or their tasty tortellini en brodo, with a rich pork consomme, corn, pickled sweet pepper, and Parmesan. 600 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3070, josephineestelle.com

King Brasserie and Bar [WYAT Staff]

King Brasserie and Bar brings fresh ingredients to their French and Louisianian dishes. The walls adorned with pop culture legends make the space connected to the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot both unique and welcoming for meet-ups with coworkers, family, or friends. Taste the restaurant's exotic grilled octopus with vadouvan curry and Benton's bacon. 521 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-3000, kingbrasserieandbar.com

Legacy Kitchen's Tacklebox [WYAT Staff]

Legacy Kitchen's Tacklebox, located in the Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel, serves up seafood your favorite way. Start off your day with coffee and beignets or stop by for oysters and beer. The Tacklebox has a variety of raw oyster choices, and their chargrilled oysters come served in a garlic and Parmesan herb butter. 817 Common St., (504) 827-1651, legacykitchen.com

Luke [Gustavo Escanelle]

Luke honors the Franco-German brasseries of New Orleans' past by adding Creole inspiration to the mix. Come for the raw bar serving fresh oysters and seafood, caught and delivered daily. One of Luke's signature dishes is a delicious speckled trout amandine served with wild mushrooms, gulf shrimp, toasted almonds, and a side of haricots verts. 333 St Charles Ave., (504) 378-2840, lukeneworleans.com

Luzianne Café [Gustavo Escanelle]

Luzianne Café serves up New Orleans breakfast classics in the same building where Luzianne Coffee was first roasted in 1909. A staple on the menu is the Morning Joy biscuit sandwich, which is a Swans Down biscuit served with two eggs any style, bacon or sausage, American cheese, and hot sauce. 481 Girod St., (504) 265-1972, luziannecafe.com

Meril [Gustavo Escanelle]

Meril is Emeril Lagasse's latest New Orleans endeavor serving up New American dining. Take a seat at the large bar or peer into the open kitchen to watch your delicious meal take shape before it's served. Enjoy their spin on a New Orleans classic with the muffuletta flatbread, featuring salami, mortadella, olive salad, and sesame. 424 Girod St., (504) 526-3745, emerilsrestaurants.com

Mother's [Gustavo Escanelle]

Mother's is a New Orleans' institution that has been serving classic Southern Creole dishes since 1938. Known for their ham, their crispy fried chicken can be ordered two different ways. An order of quarter fried chicken comes with two pieces of dark or white meat—the choice of either a leg and a thigh or a breast and a wing. 401 Poydras St., (504) 523-9656, mothersrestaurant.net

Peacock Room [WYAT Staff]

Peacock Room is the Kimpton Hotel Fontenot's elegant bar serving handcrafted cocktails and savory small plates. Visit for brunch and sip on a light, floral spirit. A noteworthy menu option is the Peacock smash burger, made with cheddar, grilled onions, pickles, and secret sauce. 501 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 324-3073, peacockroomnola.com

Restaurant August [Gustavo Escanelle]

Restaurant August is a contemporary Creole restaurant featuring unique dishes that focus on classic Louisiana ingredients. One of the unique dishes you must try is Duck Three Ways. This entree is a seared duck breast with toasted coriander, orange zest, seasoned heirloom grits, seared foie duck confit, sauteed chanterelles and brandy soaked cherries finished with a cherry port pour. 301 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 299-9777, restaurantaugust.com

Seaworthy [Gustavo Escanelle]

Seaworthy serves the best catches of the Gulf and beyond in a smart cottage setting. Enjoy fresh, briny oysters and delicious seafood in a cozy setting before late night happy hour. Seaworthy brings you a taste of the East, South, and West coasts with wild-caught oysters charbroiled for the best flavor profile. 630 Carondelet St., (504) 930-3071, seaworthynola.com

Stump's Hatched House [Gustavo Escanelle]

At Stumpy's Hatchet House, you can get your frustrations out or have the time of your life with friends by throwing hatchets at the walls. Their full bar and traditional pub fare make this cathartic experience even more enjoyable. Stumpy's Hatchet House offers a full bar and also sells light snacks, such as chips and pretzels. 1200 Poydras St, Suite C, (504) 577-2937, stumpyshh.com/neworleans

Steakhouse at Harrah's [WYAT Staff]

The Steakhouse at Harrah's is a fine establishment to enjoy succulent steaks and local artwork. On the walls are variations of the Blue Dog paintings, making the environment both colorful and cozy. Savor a high-quality steak with a side of their decadent Steakhouse mac and cheese served with white cheddar and fried onions. 228 Poydras St., (504) 533-6111, caesars.com/harrahs

Willa Jean [WYAT Staff]

Willa Jean is known for their hot-out-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and classic New Orleans dishes. The chic, welcoming atmosphere makes Willa Jean a great spot to celebrate or simply have a great brunch or lunch. Willa Jean's unique BBQ shrimp toast makes a great breakfast meal, served with gulf shrimp, NOLA-style BBQ sauce, and burrata on grilled sourdough. 611 O'Keefe Ave., (504) 509-7334, willajean.com


Houmas House [Gustavo Escanelle]

Houmas House, a historic plantation estate, offers fine dining in the Manor House at Latil's Landing Restaurant, more casual dining at the Carriage House Restaurant, or breakfast, lunch, or dinner, at Dixie Café. A signature dish at the Carriage House, the eggplant Napoleon: layers jumbo-lump crab meat and saffron cream sauce with crispy eggplant medallions. 40136 Hwy 942, (225) 473-9380, houmashouse.com

French Quarter

Cafe Amelie [Gustavo Escanelle]

Cafe Amelie serves tasty, modern Louisiana dishes to be enjoyed in their picturesque courtyard. This quaint, elegant café is perfect for a romantic meal. Be sure to try a staple on the menu- their shrimp and grits with blackened gulf shrimp and a corn and andouille maque choux that brings all the Louisiana flavors together. 900 Royal St., (504) 412-8065, cafeamelie.com

Crescent City Brewhouse [Gustavo Escanelle]

Crescent City Brewhouse is a microbrewery serving flavorful modern Louisiana dishes. Enjoy the view in their courtyard, and visit for dinner to hear nightly live jazz music. A star attraction is the redfish Acadiana which includes the opinion to add jumbo grilled shrimp to redfish and roasted potatoes with crawfish cream sauce. 527 Decatur St., (504) 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Curio [WYAT Staff]

Curio is the perfect spot to enjoy Creole-influenced cuisine and craft cocktails in a renovated historic building in the French Quarter. Known for their ambiance, they serve up vibrant meals on their balcony overlooking Royal Street. Enjoy a local favorite—the pan roasted salmon and Gulf shrimp with sauteed vegetables. 301 Royal St., (504) 717-4198, curionola.com

Evangeline [Evangeline]

Evangeline has a quaint courtyard setting for a lovely dining experience. Serving Cajun and Creole flavors, they offer a flavorful taste of top New Orleans' cooking. A specialty menu highlight is the Crab Cake BLT. 329 Decatur St., (504) 373-4852, evangelineneworleans.com

House of Blues [WYAT Staff]

House of Blues is the place to go for live music, and it also has a delicious restaurant to elevate the experience. Feast on Southern favorites from their scratch kitchen and sip on a unique cocktail before the show. House of Blues' NY steak & fries is cooked in a delicious "blues rub," served with garlic fries, cajun butter, and garlic aioli. 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4961, houseofblues.com/neworleans

Jimmy J's Cafe [WYAT Staff]

Jimmy J's Cafe is a vibrant spot for breakfast and lunch. The colorful stained glass windows that bedeck its facade signal a welcoming environment complete with tasty, comforting meals. The cochon panini serves up a cheesy and jammy bite with slow roasted pork, bacon jam, and a fried egg. 115 Chartres St., (504) 309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

Kingfish [WYAT Staff]

Kingfish honors traditional New Orleans cuisine while adding their own new-school twists. It is the perfect meeting spot for anyone, local or tourist, to stop and have a drink or to catch up over a meal. Kingfish's delicious blackened gulf shrimp fettuccine is a creamy, decadent choice for dinner. 337 Chartres St., (504) 598-5005, kingfishneworleans.com

New Orleans Creole Cookery [Gustavo Escanelle]

New Orleans Creole Cookery is the quintessential New Orleans' dining experience. Enjoy Cajun and Creole fare while dining on the courtyard patio. Oyster lovers should try oyster happy hour in their newly remodeled oyster bar. The menu star attraction, the pecan crusted redfish, features fried fish topped with a Creole mineure sauce. 508 Toulouse St., (504) 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

New Orleans Vampire Cafe [Gustavo Escanelle]

New Orleans Vampire Cafe serves classic breakfast and brunch to both vampires and mortals alike in a hauntingly beautiful setting. While they may not serve blood, their Bloody Marys and specialty cocktails are to die for. Be sure to try their steak tartare for a bit of real vampire cuisine. 801 Royal St., (504) 581-0801, nolavampirecafe.com

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro [Gustavo Escanelle]

Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar and Bistro is a great date spot in the heart of the French Quarter. Try an array of wines while enjoying their intimate courtyard. The Grapevine black angus house filet is best with bacon wrapped around the eight oz. steak served with wedge potatoes, chef's choice of vegetables, and a blue cheese cream sauce. 720 Orleans Ave., (504) 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

The Garage [WYAT Staff]

The Garage is a happening spot steps from Bourbon Street that has delicious food and daily live music. It's known for its spectacular service and one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Housed in a historic building, this bar will transport you to the 1930s. The Cajun gumbo is a local favorite and never disappoints. 810 Conti St., thegaragemusicclub.com

The Jimani [WYAT Staff]

The Jimani lets you watch sports on multiple TVs, jam out to the jukebox, or play trivia. From specialty po-boys to gourmet burgers, the pub fare is perfect to feast on while having fun. The hang ova burger will cure you of any hangover—it's a cheeseburger with a hot sausage patty, bacon, and a fried egg. 141 Chartres St., (504) 524-0493, thejimani.com


Thai'd Up [Thai'd Up]

Thai'd Up serves modern Thai street food in a quaint setting. Explore their tasty menu with vegetarian options while enjoying your choice of coffee, tea, or soft drinks. The convivial vibe of this family-owned business would make anyone smile, even more so if paired with their fresh and tasty Thai papaya salad. 1839 Gentilly Blvd., (504)-354-8202, thaidupla.com


Rivershack Tavern [Gustavo Escanelle]

Rivershack Tavern has an unmistakable location on River Road with classic old-timey decor and fantastic fare. They have an extensive beer selection and Cajun flavors on the menu. Their kitchen stays open until 10 pm, and the Rivershack Tavern also has live music on the weekends. 3449 River Rd, (504) 834-4938, rivershacktavern.com


JB's Fuel Dock [Gustavo Escanelle]

JB's Fuel Dock's open bar and kitchen makes its waterfront setting even more inviting. Stay satisfied with an assortment of pizzas and rotating specials while connecting with friends old and new over a cocktail. Meat lovers and veggie lovers unite to enjoy the supreme pizza with pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onion, green peppers, black olives, and mushrooms. 126 S Roadway St., (504) 510-2260, jbsfueldock.com

Lakeview Harbor [WYAT Staff]

Lakeview Harbor brings both land and sea to your plate with specialty burgers as well as tasty po-boys. This casual, nautical-themed joint is great for a hearty meal and excellent service. Lakeview Harbor serves up the classics with an eight oz. cheeseburger of USDA choice meat cut daily and a buttery hot potato. 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., (504) 486-4887, lakeviewharbor.us


Alma's Cafe [Gustavo Escanelle]

Alma Cafe is the perfect spot for a trendy, yet homey, breakfast or lunch. Serving up Honduran flavors with a modern twist, Alma Cafe ensures that each menu item is altogether unique, comforting, and delicious. A signature dish, the pescado ceibeño, comes with deep fried red snapper, tostones, and encurtido. 800 Louisa St., (504) 381-5877, eatalmanola.com

Bamboulas [Gustavo Escanelle]

Bamboulas exemplifies all the best parts about New Orleans with their Caribbean-Creole cuisine and live music. This casual bar and restaurant are the perfect place to end the day with good food, local music, and dancing. The signature dish is blue crab cakes served with a baby greens salad and champagne vinaigrette. 514 Frenchmen St., (504) 206-8057, bamboulasmusic.com

Buffa's [Buffa's]

Buffa's has been a staple New Orleans-style neighborhood bar since 1939. With great food, plenty of live music events, and weekly Sunday brunch, Buffa's has everything someone would want from their local bar. They are known for their specialty sandwiches, especially their Avenger sandwich with deli meats, pepper jack, and spicy sambal sauce. 1001 Esplanade Ave., (504)-949-0038, buffasbar.com

JusTini's [Gustavo Escanelle]

JusTini's is known for its specialty cocktails and small-plate style cuisine. This sophisticated spot in the heart of New Orleans has a sleek decor with beautiful chandeliers. Their most popular dish is the Clouet St. salmon bites—lightly fried fish tossed in mango ginger sauce and served with a zesty lemon aioli. 3162 Dauphine St., (504) 381-5098, justinisnola.com

Taps e Vino [Gustavo Escanelle]

Tapas e Vino is a cozy dining spot located on the second floor of Bamboula's music club. Split several small plates curated by the chef with your group while sipping on the well-paired wines, then head downstairs for live music. Tapas e Vino offers tasty crawfish beignets that are savory and spicy—perfect to have with a glass of merlot. 514 Frenchmen St., (504) 206-8057, bamboulasmusic.com

The Country Club [The Country Club]

The Country Club is a sophisticated spot that fuses local and Italian-French cuisine. This upscale restaurant experience is known for its thoughtfully prepared dishes and specialty cocktails. They offer a weekly brunch and serve a delicious short rib and eggs dish complete with tasso and potato hash with a bearnaise sauce on top. 634 Louisa St., (504) 945-0742, thecountryclubneworleans.com


A Tavola [WYAT Staff]

A Tavola is a family-friendly restaurant with modern Italian cuisine. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, pasta, or their house-made limoncello. Voted one of the best happy hours in the city, A Tavola Restaurant and Wine Bar, offers modern Italian cuisine with extensive wine offerings. Try their meatballs with Fontina fonduta and Sunday gravy. 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 577-2235, atavo.la

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop [WYAT Staff]

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop is an unassuming Metairie hotspot serving up classic New Orleans dishes. This restaurant specializes in hot bowls of gumbo and all things seafood. Their mumbo gumbo is a medley of chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, sausage, okra, crawfish, and tomato, and it's best when "stuffed" with Louisiana fried catfish. 230 N. Causeway Blvd., (504) 835-2022, gumbostop.com

Short Stop Po-Boys [WYAT Staff]

Short Stop Po-Boys is perfect for a quick, delicious bite of classic New Orleans fare. Choose from an array of po-boys and specialty sides at this inviting counter-service joint. Their prime size soft shell crab po-boy is just that—soft on the inside with a double breaded and fried crisp on the outside. 119 Transcontinental Dr., (504) 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com

Spudly's [WYAT Staff]

Spudly's surely has a menu like no other, especially if you're a potato lover. From their extensive choice of gourmet baked potatoes to juicy, inventive burgers, an exciting meal awaits at Spudly's. A must-try is their "shrimply put" one-pounder spud freshly baked with an original cheese sauce, cheddar, chives, and shrimp. 2609 Harvard Ave., (504) 455-3250, spudlys.com

Tacos Del Cartel [Gustavo Escanelle]

Tacos Del Cartel has healthy, hearty options for all Mexican food lovers. The neon pink decor offers a glimpse of the vibrant flavors you'll taste. Their famous birria tacos are stuffed with chile adobo stewed beef short ribs, chihuahua and mozzarella cheese, and served with a chile adobo broth that taco lovers will drown in. 2901 David Dr., (504) 381-5063, tacosdelcartel.com

The Galley Seafood [Gustavo Escanelle]

The Galley Seafood is located in the heart of Old Metairie and has been serving delicious seafood for decades. They offer live concert videos on their TVs, mouth-watering boiled seafood, and tasty po-boys. Their Louisiana fresh soft shell crab comes topped with crabmeat with alfredo pasta. 2535 Metairie Rd., (504) 832-9055, facebook.com/galleyseafood

The Marsh Room [Gustavo Escanelle]

The Marsh Room is a bar and grill also serving up rocking live music. Each night has something new in store, from steak night to karaoke night. The eight oz. Marsh burger is served on your choice of french bread or bun, and is topped with marsh sauce (green chilis, onions and garlic) as well as pepper jack cheese. 4740 Rye St., (504) 571-5733, facebook.com/themarshroom


Cafe Degas [Gustavo Escanelle]

Cafe Degas serves decadent French cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. What sets Cafe Degas apart as a romantic, elegant restaurant is the tree that grows in the middle of the dining room. The fan favorite, seared hanger steak with pommes frites, mixed vegetables, and toasted garlic and shallot bordelaise is sure to impress. 3127 Esplanade Ave., (504) 945-5635, cafedegas.com

Crescent City Steakhouse [WYAT Staff]

Crescent City Steakhouse sizzles their steaks in butter and cooks them to perfection. This family-owned steakhouse has been serving up tradition for 89 years, making it an essential stop for authentic New Orleans cooking. Their filet mignon, ordered to your liking, is a juicy and flavorful Crescent City delight. 1001 N. Broad St., (504) 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

Gita Pita [Gustavo Escanelle]

Gita Pita provides quick service for a fresh, healthy Mediterranean meal. Dine in, take out, or order delivery to satisfy your shawarma or gyro craving. Try their fattah and have some baklava for dessert. Their basmati rice is light and fluffy—the perfect accompaniment to their delicious entrees. 2530 Canal St., (504) 766-6519, gitapita.com

Lil Dizzy's Cafe [Gustavo Escanelle]

Lil Dizzy's Cafe offers Creole classics for lunch in a laid-back environment. This tasty café also has fantastic daily specials such as delicious gumbo, crispy fried chicken, and shrimp po-boys. A star attraction is the catfish Jourdain, which is topped with crabmeat and shrimp in a lemon butter sauce. 1500 Esplanade Ave., (504) 766-8687, lildizzyscafe.net

Mandina's [WYAT Staff]

Mandina's is a classic New Orleans restaurant and has been a pink-painted staple in Mid-City since 1932. This family owned and operated seafood joint serves delicious, comforting Creole Italian dishes. Their Gulf fish almandine served with hot french fries adds the perfect amount of nutty sweetness to a Gulf Coast classic. 3800 Canal St., (504) 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

Mikimoto [WYAT Staff]

Mikimoto is the place to go for fresh sushi and fast, friendly service. This Japanese restaurant provides a welcoming experience whether you're dining in or picking up through the drive-thru. They offer an assortment of sushi that is sweet, spicy, and tangy, and presented to you in a beautiful, colorful arrangement. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

Neyow's Creole Cafe [WYAT Staff]

Neyow's Creole Cafe serves Southern soul food in a setting complete with New Orleans decor. Come for the delightful food and stay for the amazing service. Try their delicious gumbo or crab claws. Known for their chargrilled oysters topped with Parmesan and a butter sauce, Neyow's is sure to impress. 3332 Bienville St., (504) 827-5474, neyows.com

Neyow's XL [Gustavo Escanelle]

Neyow's XL is the steakhouse next door to the Creole Café offering a fine dining experience. Enjoy sizzling steaks and authentic Creole cuisine in a white tablecloth setting. Serving both steak and seafood—and more. Be sure to try their red snapper, which is subtly sweet and delicate with a hint of nuttiness. 3336 Bienville St., (504)-503-1081, xl.neyows.com

Nice Guys Nola [Gustavo Escanelle]

At Nice Guys Nola, you can feast on delicious classics with a Creole twist in a sprawling covered outdoor bar setting. Nice Guys is perfect for socializing while sipping on specialty drinks and craft beers. Grab your friends and head to Nice Guys to watch the big game on their many TVs. 7910 Earhart Blvd., (504) 302-2404, niceguysnola.com

Parkway Bakery [WYAT Staff]

Parkway Bakery has been perfecting their po-boys, breads, and more since 1911. The classic diner ambiance and extensive outdoor seating make Parkway Bakery a New Orleans staple. You'll have your choice of classic and seasonal po-boys. Their flash-fried Louisiana wild caught Gulf shrimp po-boy is New Orleans in a bite. 538 Hagan Ave., (504) 482-3047, parkwaypoorboys.com

Venezia Restaurant [WYAT Staff]

Venezia Restaurant is the place to go in Mid-City for tried-and-true, old-school Italian dishes. Enjoy pastas, pizzas, steaks, and more in a cozy, welcoming environment with exquisite service. Venezia's Veal Pontchartrain is the best panne veal option on the menu with lump crabmeat, mushrooms, artichoke, and a lemon butter sauce. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-7991, venezianeworleans.com

Multiple Locations

Boulevard [Boulevard]

Boulevard American Bistro serves wood-fired grilled dishes from their scratch kitchen while providing exceptional service. It's the perfect spot to have dinner in one of their red booths or enjoy a martini at their bar. Their boulevard oysters are served crispy with cream spinach, and Crystal aioli. Multiple Locations,
(504) 889-2301, boulevardbistro.com

Daisy Dukes [WYAT Staff]

Daisy Dukes is a casual spot for authentic Southern food, served in a fun atmosphere. If you're craving breakfast food, you're in luck. Daisy Dukes serves traditional breakfast favorites all day as well as lunch and dinner. Their shrimp po-boy is a fan favorite due to its crispy seasoned shrimp and accompanying tangy sauces. Multiple locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

Empanola [Empanola]

Empanola is a fusion restaurant that blends South American empanadas with New Orleans cuisine. They have been serving up creative and hand-crafted cuisine since 2017. Take advantage of their cost-efficient combo deals and try out multiple flavors of empanadas. Catering to many lifestyles, Empanola has something for people with different dietary restrictions. Multiple locations, empanolaempanadas.com

Felipe's Mexican Taqueria [Gustavo Escanelle]

Felipe's Mexican Taqueria is great for a quick, budget-friendly bite of hot, fresh Mexican food. Pick your favorite fillings and watch your meal sizzle to perfection on the griddle. You can't go to Felipe's without getting the nachos classico served with grilled chicken, monterey jack cheese, refried pinto beans, pico de gallo, corn, crema, salsa verde, and guacamole. Multiple locations, felipestaqueria.com

Italian Pie [Gustavo Escanelle]

Italian Pie specializes in freshly-served, budget-friendly bites of pizza. This Italian spot has a varied menu and they also serve up delectable pastas, wraps, and sandwiches. The Italian pie combo features a house-made pizza sauce topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, ground beef, fresh mushrooms, sautéed onions, green bell peppers, black olives, and mozzarella. Multiple Locations, (504) 766-8912, italianpie.com

Middendorf's [Gustavo Escanelle]

Middendorf's has all you need for a fin-tastic seafood experience. They offer some of the best fried seafood around. Come for the world-famous thin fried catfish and stay for the live music and happy hour. Be sure to order the seafood platter with catfish or shrimp, oysters, stuffed crab, fries, and hush puppies. Multiple locations, middendorfsrestaurant.com

Pizza Domenica [Gustavo Escanelle]

Pizza Domenica serves both classic and inventive pies in a chic setting. Traditional Italian dishes are modernized at this stylish eatery. Pizza Domenica's pizzas taste authentic, like they're fresh from Italy. Try their funghi e salsiccia—a decadent pizza with mixed local mushrooms, black truffle salami, smoked mozzarella, roasted garlic, and egg. Multiple locations, pizzadomenica.com

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco [Gustavo Escanelle]

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco is a picturesque bistro offering Peruvian cuisine for brunch, lunch, or dinner. Take a seat on the terrace with a tart and tasty pisco sour and enjoy meals made with love and with the freshest ingredients. The ceviche limeño combines tender seafood marinated in lime juice with chili peppers, onions, and cilantro. Multiple locations, titoscevichepisco.com

Voodoo Fried Chicken [Gustavo Escanelle]

Voodoo Chicken and Daiquiris serves mouth-watering fried chicken in a bright, lively environment. Stop by for a bite or grab a fresh fruit daiquiri while exploring the French Quarter at this anytime spot. Get the best of both worlds with their four-piece mixed combo and enjoy a selection of white and dark meat. Multiple locations, (504) 345-2222, voodoochickenanddaiquirisnola.com


Apolline [Gustavo Escanelle]

Apolline is a cozy Uptown spot for traditional Louisiana cooking with a modern flair. Each dish prepared at this renovated cottage is freshly cooked with local ingredients and kitchen-grown herbs and peppers. Be sure to try Apolline's grilled four-bone lamb rack, which comes with yellow rice, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and collard greens. 4729 Magazine St., (504) 894-8881, apollinerestaurant.com

Le Bon Temp Roule [Gustavo Escanelle]

Le Bon Temps Roule is known for their Bloody Marys, billiards, live music, and juicy burgers and sandwiches. This 24-hour bar is perfect for a late-night bite while out with friends. Pimento cheese is good as a spread, but it's even better on a burger with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and onion at Le Bon Temps Roule. 4801 Magazine St., (504) 897-3448, lbtrnola.com

Lebanon's Cafe [WYAT Staff]

Lebanon's Cafe serves the top Middle Eastern dishes in New Orleans. Colorful murals and friendly service set the mood for your delicious dining experience. A staple is their rosemary lamb chops char- grilled and marinated with rosemary, Middle Eastern spices, and extra virgin olive oil, served over grilled vegetables to give you that rustic taste and experience. 1500 S Carrollton Ave., (504) 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

Please-U-Restaurant [WYAT Staff]

Please-U-Restaurant has been serving the New Orleans community since 1946. This casual diner-style restaurant dishes up all of the Louisiana classics. Stop by for brunch, lunch, or their weekly Seafood Fridays. Take a seat at the counter or in a booth and indulge in a selection of dozens of po-boys, omelets, and more. 1751 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-9131, pleaseunola.com

Shaya [Gustavo Escanelle]

Shaya offers upscale Israeli dishes in a warm, sophisticated setting. Dine in the lush indoor dining room or on the elegant patio at this James Beard Award-winning restaurant. The entire carefully curated menu is spectacular, but consider opting for their crispy halloumi which is served with seasonal fruit, apricots, arak, and mint. 4213 Magazine St., (504) 891-4213, shayarestaurant.com

The Vintage [WYAT Staff]

The Vintage is a cute, stylish café serving small plates, cocktails, coffee, and hot, fresh beignets. Take a much-needed break and enjoy a replenishing, delicious meal complete with great service. If you want something different from the tried and true traditional beignets, order a flight with your choice of three fancy beignets. 3121 Magazine St., (504) 324-7144, thevintagenola.com

Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar [WYAT Staff]

Tracey's Original Irish Channel Bar is a casual spot serving succulent seafood and po-boys. With hundreds of beers and several specialty cocktails to choose from, Tracey's is a great place to grab a drink and a bite with friends. Their oyster sandwich is made with the freshest of oysters. 2604 Magazine St., (504) 897-5413, traceysnola.com


Asia [Gustavo Escanelle]

Asia offers traditional Vietnamese and Chinese flavors in a warm, inviting setting. They offer classics including shaking beef and lo mein noodles as well as great appetizers such as pork potstickers and crab rangoon. Visitors to Boomtown Casino should grab a bite at this yummy dinner spot located in the casino. 4132 Peters Rd., (504) 364-8812, boomtownneworleans.com

Gattuso's [Gattuso's]

Gattuso's serves comfort food with Southern inspiration. Listen to live music and sit outside at this chill, welcoming bar and grill. If you want something with a kick, try the firecracker shrimp salad served with fried shrimp in a firecracker sauce, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, fresh spinach, red onions, and heirloom tomatoes. 435 Huey P Long Ave., (504) 368-1114, gattusos.net

Legacy Kitchen's Steak + Chop [WYAT Staff]

Legacy Kitchen's Steak + Chop always delivers with their sizzling steaks and traditional American offerings. Enjoy a tasty crafted cocktail served by friendly staff in a delightful setting. Their hearty cowboy bone in ribeye is 22 ounces of pure flavor with sizzling butter and parsley served with loaded mashed potatoes—the perfect meal. 91 Westbank Expy #51, (504) 513-2606, legacykitchen.com

Mosca's [WYAT Staff]

Mosca's has been a classic spot for traditional Italian dishes since 1943. The white, unassuming exterior makes this casual restaurant feel like home, but once inside, you'll feel transported to another time. Their famous Shrimp Mosca's dish tastes like Italy on a fork with shrimp in shell sauteed with Italian seasonings and white wine. 4137 US-90 West, (504) 436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com

NOLA Steak [Gustavo Escanelle]

NOLA Steak is Boomtown Casino's finest dining spot serving up juicy steaks and classic American entrees. On the weekends, local musicians elevate the experience with live performances. There are lots of delicious choices, but consider opting for a signature dish including the 16 oz. flavorful ribeye with a loaded baked potato. 4132 Peters Rd., (855) 805-5596, boomtownneworleans.com

TD Seafood and Pho House [Gustavo Escanelle]

TD Seafood and Pho House offers authentic Vietnamese food in a cozy dining environment. Along with dishes such as pho and banh mi, this tasty restaurant also serves boiled seafood with a Louisiana flair. If you want the best of both worlds, order the combination pho for TD's best seafood, veggies, and meat pho. 1028 Manhattan Blvd., (504) 302-1727, tdseafoodphohouse.com

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