713 St. Louis St. | 581-4422 | antoines.com
- Established in 1840, Antoine’s is the oldest restaurant in New Orleans.
- Among the country’s most famous restaurants, Antoine's known as the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller.
- Their wine cellar is 165 feet long, seven feet wide, and can hold 25,000 bottles.
- They have three private dining rooms named after carnival krewes.
- Bon Appétit has named Antoine’s one of the “Top 10 Must-Visit Classic Restaurants.”
Backspace Bar & Kitchen
139 Chartres St. | 322-2245 | backspacenola.com
- This literary-inspired spot serves food and drink that pays homage to famous authors.
- Their “Death in the Afternoon” is a cocktail of champagne and absinthe invented by Ernest Hemingway.
- They serve some of the best classic and Prohibition-era cocktails in the city.
- They have their own “muse” named Veronika; she’s a reader, writer, and a scholar.
- Their Backspace Burger is one of the best burgers in the Quarter.
1212 Royal St. | 522-1230
- Bennachin has been serving great African food for 25 years.
- This small and comfortable eatery offers a cozy, intimate atmosphere.
- Located on the edge of the French Quarter, they offer a BYOB policy.
- Their West African fare also includes vegetarian and vegan options.
- Look for them at Jazz Fest’s Congo Square next year.
912 Royal St. | 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com
- The café is named after Amelie Miltonberger, mother of the first American Princess of Monaco.
- The café is located in the townhouse where the princess was raised in the 1860s.
- Their courtyard is reputed to be the most beautiful and romantic in the French Quarter.
- Enjoy brunch on Saturdays and Sundays with their “Courtyard Cocktail,” which changes seasonally.
- Save room for dessert, and try their famous doberge cake.
Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill
500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 83 | 569-3380 | thecrazylobster.com
- The Crazy Lobster is a Cajun-style restaurant serving every type of seafood imaginable.
- Besides lobster, the crab legs are one of their specialties.
- Their signature drinks come in a take-home souvenir glass.
- They are located on the water and have a huge patio for outdoor seating.
- They serve different variations of Hurricanes, labeled category one to five.
Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur St. | 522-0571 | crescentcitybrewhouse.com
- Crescent City Brewhouse became New Orleans’s first brewpub in 1991.
- The brewery’s building dates to the 1700s; it used to be a two-story, 14-room house.
- The property served as a private residence until 1916, when it began to be used for fur processing.
- Their 17-barrel brewery is a combination of Old World values and modern technology.
- They are a past recipient of the Vieux Carré City Council Award.
1036 N. Rampart St. | 509-7644 | nolabubbles.com
- Effervescence is a wonderful champagne bar, perfect for that special date.
- Their slogan is “bubbles and bites,” and the kitchen features wonderful small plates.
- Effervescence was created by Crystal Coco Hinds, sister of NOLA Brewing founder Kirk Coco.
- They offer 18 sparkling wines by the glass from around the world, including Italian proseccos.
- Try one of their flights, that includes a tasting of three sparkling wines.
House of Blues
225 Decatur St. | 310-4999 | houseofblues.com
- Besides being an established music venue, House of Blues is also home to the restaurant Crossroads.
- The menu is a mix of regional and international cuisine created by chefs across America.
- Grab dinner before a concert and receive early entry into the show.
- Their Happy Hour includes offerings such as a $5 quesadilla and waffle-battered chicken skewers.
- They also have daily drink specials, like $3 craft beer on Tuesday.
141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 | thejimani.com
- The Jimani is a legendary French Quarter bar established in 1972.
- They offer a selection of over 100 different beers, many on draft.
- Open WAY LATE, Jimani is the top place to end your night.
- One of the best French Quarter places to grab a bucket of beers and watch the big game!
- Besides cold beer, they also serve a killer burger and crawfish pasta.
Jimmy J’s Cafe
115 Chartres St. | 309-9360 | jimmyjscafe.com
- This colorful French Quarter café is a popular breakfast destination.
- Jimmy J’s Café offers a selection of weekly specials and deals, like their pancakes of the day.
- They make everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients.
- Are you Downtown right now? Call ahead and wait in bed. They deliver!
- Their big flavors can create lines, but it’s worth the wait!
New Orleans Creole Cookery
508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com
- They offer traditional Creole cooking in a beautiful atmosphere, including outdoor courtyard seating.
- They feature seafood—both fresh boiled and fried—an oyster bar, and strong drinks.
- Their Happy Hour features $.50 raw oysters and $1 chargrilled.
- Their menu features classics such as Shrimp Creole and Gumbo Served Three Ways.
- The space is rumored to be haunted by a merchant named Joseph Bapentier, who died in 1806.
739 Conti St. | 525-6002 | oceanagrill.com
- Not for nothing, the lines down the block prove that Oceana Grill is a favorite.
- They are one of the few restaurants in the Quarter to serve a full menu until 1 a.m.
- Their crab cakes and gumbo are legendary as some of the best in the city.
- In addition to seven dining rooms, they have a large courtyard for outdoor seating.
- Drake and Lil Wayne are among the famous clientele at this celebrity hotspot.
132 Royal St. | 309-4797 | olesaint.com
- The Ole Saint is owned by former Ole Miss and Saints running back Deuce McAllister.
- The staff at Ole Saint is known for to be some of the friendliest in town.
- Ole Saint features Deuce's football memorabilia as decor and serves Southern coastal cuisine.
- They have an extensive selection of national and local beers, offering over 50 draughts.
- Try their famed Crab Maison BLT, Southern Catfish, or Southern-Style Prime Pork Chop.
Orleans Grapevine Wine Bar & Bistro
720 Orleans St. | 523-1930 | orleansgrapevine.com
- Orleans Grapevine features over 65 wines by the glass.
- Don’t miss their famous Bacon Happy Hour … free bacon!
- The courtyard is a great spot to enjoy the cooler weather.
- The wine flights allow you to sample three glasses at once.
- You can’t go wrong with their double-cut pork chops with crawfish sausage.
900 Royal St. | 412-8065 | cafeamelie.com/petite-amelie
- Petite Amelie is an extension of Café Amelie, located down the street.
- The café specializes in “cuisine rapide” with dine-in and grab-and-go options.
- The cases of prepared foods ranging from salads to entrees rotate daily.
- Their chocolate croissants and eclairs are some of the city’s best traditional French pastries.
- They have farm-to-pantry items to purchase such as candies, locally-sourced jams, sauces, and more!
Rick’s Sporting Saloon
522 Bourbon St. | 552-2510 | ricks-saloon.com
- Rick’s Sporting Saloon is described as the ultimate “man cave” on Bourbon Street.
- Ideal for bachelor parties, Rick’s offers “fine wine, fine women, and fine cigars.”
- This bar is a sport-lover’s dream with 11 screens and a 92-inch big screen.
- Their Saloon Burger is an eight-ounce short rib, brisket, and chuck-blended beef patty.
- Their weekly specials include $2 tacos and $5 margaritas on Tuesdays.
5608 Citrus Blvd. | 818-0228 | facebook.com/kyoto2nola
- Sushi restaurant Kyoto II can be found in Elmwood near the AMC Theatres.
- Their sushi rolls can be made with brown rice or no rice, upon request.
- Their udon soup and tempura are a must-try on a cold autumn day.
- They boast a large selection of beers and sake, perfect to share with a group.
- Check out the specials board for fish like sea urchin, king salmon, and giant clam.
Poppa’s Poor Boys
720 Claiborne Dr. | 832-8114
- Poppa’s Poor Boys is a low-key deli and seafood restaurant in Old Jefferson.
- All their seafood is fresh from the fish market next door.
- They are the perfect lunch spot, offering generous portions at an affordable price.
- Don’t miss their fantastic boiled seafood to start off any meal.
- House specialties are garlic-stuffed roast beef and homestyle spaghetti and meatballs.
- Part music venue, neighborhood bar, and restaurant, Rivershack Tavern has it all.
- It has been described as “New Orleans’s most unusual bar.”
- Bring in a tacky ashtray—the tackier the better—and exchange it for a free drink.
- Their kitchen is open late, and the seafood platter includes gator sausage.
- They host live music nearly nightly, spanning the genres of rock, blues, jazz, and funk.
124 Lake Marina Ave. | 513-2670 | salanola.com
- Sala is a small-plate restaurant located in West End.
- Initially only open for dinner, Sala has extended their hours to include brunch.
- They are owned by the Riccobono family, whose other restaurants include Peppermill, Café Navarre, and Riccobono’s Panola St. Café.
- The house specializes in wine pairings and house cocktails.
- The menu features primarily seafood and Creole-Italian cuisine.
The Original Fiorella’s Cafe
5325 Franklin Ave. | 309-0352 | originalfiorellas.com
- The first Fiorella’s Café was located in the French Market from 1985 until 1999.
- In 2016, they reopened on Franklin Avenue under the name “The Original Fiorella’s Cafe.”
- The new location was opened by brothers Kelly and Calcie Fiorella, in honor of their father CJ.
- Check out their daily specials, especially the red beans and rice.
- Their fried chicken won “Best Fried Chicken” at the National Fried Chicken Festival two years in a row!
Bao & Noodle
2700 Chartres St. | 272-0004 | baoandnoodle.com
- Bao & Noodle is a Marigny gem that serves regional Chinese cuisine.
- Most recipes are Cantonese, although they offer spicy Szechuan dishes like “Ma Po Tofu.”
- For a perfect dish to share, try the cumin braised lamb with hand-pulled Biang Biang noodles.
- Bao & Noodle was opened in 2014 by Herbsaint alum Doug Crowell and his wife Asia Wong.
- If you live in the Marigny or Bywater, they’ll deliver for free.
Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant
1001 Esplanade Ave. | 949-0038 | buffasbar.com
- Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant has been serving 24/7 since 1939.
- Every Wednesday, Buffa’s hosts an Open Mic Night from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
- Their Back Room hosts musical entertainment nearly every night of the week.
- Buffa’s has been named one of the 50 Best Jazz Clubs in America.
- Check out their Sunday Jazz brunch with Dixieland band Some Like it Hot.
Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant
738 Poland Ave. | 943-9914 | jackdempseys.net
- Jack Dempsey’s is a Bywater staple known for huge steaks and boiled seafood.
- The restaurant is named after Richard “Jack” Dempsey, a New Orleans police reporter for the States-Item.
- Jack Dempsey’s has been run by the Marino family since 1980.
- Don’t leave without trying their baked macaroni.
- Arguably the best holiday catering with their oyster dressing and fried turkeys.
Mardi Gras Zone
2706 Royal St. | 947-8787
- Mardi Gras Zone is a supermarket, bead shop, and restaurant all in one!
- Not just for Mardi Gras, it’s a great lunch spot, serving pizza and deli favorites.
- Entrepreneur Benny Naghi bought the space in 2000 and opened a place to buy Mardi Gras trinkets year-round.
- Mardi Gras Zone expanded to include groceries and prepared food in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
- They are open 24 hours, and sell everything from packaged food and booze to international cuisine.
Mimi’s in the Marigny
2601 Royal St. | 872-9868 | mimismarigny.com
- Mimi’s in the Marigny is a bi-level bar and tapas restaurant.
- Fan favorites are the goat cheese-rubbed cauliflower and the lamb chops.
- Their menu features homegrown produce and locally sourced seafood.
- Their tapas menu is extensive, and the kitchen is open until 4 a.m. on the weekends!
- A great spot for large groups with delicious and affordable food.
The Country Club
634 Louisa St. | 945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com
- The Country Club delivers amazing food with indoor and outdoor dining available.
- One of the better Happy Hours, every day from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Their newly renovated indoor space maintains the charm of this Bywater gem.
- Enjoy one of the best wine programs in the city with over 140 unique bottles from 13 different countries.
- Their weekend brunch is one to check off your New Orleans bucket list.
The Praline Connection
542 Frenchmen St. | 943-3934 | pralineconnection.com
- The Praline Connection serves some of the best homestyle Cajun-Creole soul food in New Orleans.
- They began as a home delivery service for working women and their families.
- Whether to get their red beans and rice or their white beans and rice is a very difficult decision.
- Their pralines are made fresh daily using the old-school spoon-drip method.
- The St. Louis Cathedral facade and Creole cottages in the French Quarter are the inspiration behind the restaurant’s design aesthetic.
Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon
4101 Veterans Blvd. | 324-6841 | bobbyheberts.com
- One of the few true Cajun restaurants in Metairie.
- The restaurant's walls feature a collection of signed jerseys from famous athletes.
- If you can finish their seven-patty Cannon Burger in 45 minutes, you get this $50 burger for free!
- Bobby’s is a perfect combination of Louisiana sports and food culture.
- They installed 42-inch TVs in the bathroom, so you’ll never miss any of the action.
Multiple locations | caffecaffe.com
- Caffe! Caffe! has two gourmet coffee shops/cafés operating in Metairie.
- They are known for serving some of the area’s freshest gourmet coffee and espresso drinks.
- They also serve soups, sandwiches, salads, and pastries made in-house.
- Both locations now offer hot breakfast, so you can get eggs and grits made fresh daily.
- Voted “Best Café” by the readers of Where Y’at.
3116 S. I-10 Service Rd. East | 831-1030 | citydiner.biz
- This Metairie diner serves a full menu, 24 hours a day, every day.
- They offer more than your run-of-the-mill diner food, including Crab Cakes Benedict.
- Their pancakes are huge. Try them stuffed with cream cheese and chocolate chips.
- Voted “Best Diner” by the readers of Where Y’at Magazine from 2010-2017.
- They also serve beer and cocktails.
4801 Veterans Blvd. | 889-1550 | donsseafoodonline.com
- In 1934, Don Landry opened his first restaurant and bar in Lafayette at age 24.
- Their menu to date includes traditional Landry family recipes.
- Their famous Zydeco Shrimp is one of their more recent original creations.
- The Landry family still owns and operates all six of the Don’s Seafood locations.
- Each location features unique, Acadiana-inspired decor and an open charbroiler.
Jaeger’s Seafood and Oyster House
901 S. Clearview Pkwy. | 818-2200 | jaegersseafood.com
- Love seafood, but want a salad? They have the best seafood salad options in the metro.
- They serve fresh oysters on the halfshell, charbroiled, sauteed, or baked.
- Carrying the tradition, Jaeger’s has been family-owned and -operated since 1948.
- A great place for Cajun fare and boiled seafood.
- Jaeger’s is a top spot to bring the family for a night of seafood or surf and turf with their great steaks.
Short Stop Poboys
119 Transcontinental Dr. | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboysno.com
- Short Stop Poboys has a huge selection of po-boys, with over 30 varieties!
- Their po-boys come in three sizes: small (6”), regular (9”), and king size (14”).
- Their counter service system moves quickly, but you can order online to beat the wait.
- Short Stop consistently delivers giant po-boys for reasonable prices.
- Grab one of their sides like the chicken fries, cole slaw, or stuffed crab.
Spudly’s Super Spuds
2609 Harvard Ave. | 455-3250 | spudlys.com
- Spudly’s Super Spuds has been serving the city’s best baked potatoes for 35 years.
- Not super hungry? Spudly’s also has a wide selection of small spuds and “spud skins.”
- Their menu offers a wide variety of soups, salads, burgers, and sandwiches.
- The favorite—the Super Duper—is loaded with crabmeat, crawfish, and shrimp.
- The Spudly’s staff is so welcoming, you will immediately feel like part of the family.
The Catch Seafood & Restaurant
3010 Cleary Ave. | 407-3316 | facebook.com/thecatchseafoodrestaurantLA
- The Catch Seafood Restaurant is Metairie’s hottest and newest seafood restaurant.
- The Catch has a new daily food special every Tuesday thru Saturday.
- They also offer fried seafood platters, blackened dishes, boiled shrimp, and more.
- Be sure to grab a cup of their fresh corn and crab bisque.
- They also offer a great kids' menu so be sure to bring the kiddos!
Biscuits and Buns on Banks
4337 Banks St. | 273-4600 | biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com
- Biscuits and Buns on Banks is a refined breakfast and lunch spot.
- Their unique take on classic brunch fare includes crawfish waffles and andouille sausage hash cakes.
- The menu is constantly changing to highlight seasonal ingredients and new, creative dishes.
- Biscuits and Buns was named on the “10 Best Biscuits” list by USA Today.
- They are featured on Eater New Orleans's “Brunch Heat” map.
3127 Esplanade Ave. | 945-5635 | cafedegas.com
- Café Degas is an intimate French bistro that offers $5 mimosas at their Saturday brunch.
- The café’s namesake is the 19th-century French Impressionist Edgar Degas.
- Degas stayed down the street at 2306 Esplanade Ave. during an 1872 visit to the city.
- Built by French artist Jacques Soulas, who sought to bring authentic French food to New Orleans.
- Located on an enclosed patio, with a tree growing through the middle of the dining room.
800 Navarre Ave. | 483-8828 | cafenavarre.com
- Café Navarre is a laid-back lunch spot created and owned by Heather Riccobono.
- The café is located near Delgado Community College, making it a popular student spot.
- Café Navarre’s brunch is one of the most popular in Mid-City.
- The menu features house-made dishes from family recipes.
- They now have an outdoor patio and are also open for dinner, serving thin-crust artisanal pizza.
3605 Carrollton Ave. | 482-3935 | fivehappiness.com
- Five Happiness has been recognized as the Best Chinese Restaurant by Where Y’at readers.
- They have been awarded the Zagat Certificate of Distinction Award.
- They have a variety of 20 different chicken dishes to choose from.
- The modern decor is sleek and chic with Asian accents.
- Chef specialties include the House Baked Duck or Shrimp with Honey Roasted Pecans.
310 N. Carrollton Ave. | 485-5658 | ikuranola.net
- Ikura is a Japanese restaurant located in the space previously occupied by Little Tokyo.
- One of few places in New Orleans you can find sushi, ramen, and hibachi under one roof.
- Enjoy a great show by the talented chefs for your birthday.
- Their ramen bowls include variations of the classic tonkotsu-style broth.
- Their hibachi is served with generous sides of rice, noodles, and soup.
3301 S. Carrollton Ave. | 488-1881 | mikimotosushi.com
- If you’re a sushi fanatic, Mikimoto is the place to go.
- They offer a wide variety of sushi, sashimi, and specialty rolls for reasonable prices.
- Free delivery to most addresses in Mid-City, Uptown, CBD, Lakeview, and Old Metairie.
- The local favorite is the Geaux Saints Maki Roll.
- Winner of Where Y’at Magazine’s Best Sushi award in 2017.
Shamrock Bar and Grill
4133 S. Carrollton Ave. | 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com
- The Shamrock is New Orleans’s biggest neighborhood bar.
- The 16,000 square-foot space includes 23 pool tables and four ping pong cages.
- In addition to hundreds of games, Shamrock also features live music.
- The Shamrock can accommodate parties of up to 600 people.
- Their menu features an amazing half-pound burger and a 12-ounce choice ribeye.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House
2401 St. Ann St. | 822-9503 | williemaesnola.com
- A local legend, Willie Mae’s was founded in the Treme in 1957.
- It originally operated as a bar and became a restaurant in the 1970s.
- Ms. Willie Mae Seaton was awarded the James Beard Award in 2005 for “America’s Classic Restaurant for the Southern Region.”
- Their fried chicken is unparalleled and has received national attention.
- Willie Mae’s serves one of the best meals for the best price in all of New Orleans.
134 N. Carrollton Ave. | 488-7991 | venezianeworleans.net
- Venezia has been serving the New Orleans area for 60 years so far.
- They offer authentic Italian dishes, fresh seafood, and steaks.
- Their famous thin-crust pizza is cooked in an original stone oven.
- Their wait staff all have an average of 15 years of experience.
- They’re open Christmas Eve, so make a reservation in advance for this busy night!
Another Broken Egg
Multiple locations | anotherbrokenegg.com
- Voted “Best Breakfast 2017” by the readers of Where Y’at.
- Named one of the “Top 500 Businesses in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2013.
- Their New Orleans locations are in the Lower Garden District, Lakeview, and now Mandeville.
- Try their Crawfish Skillet, Lobster & Brie Omelette, or Cinnamon Roll French Toast.
- Another Broken Egg cafés collectively serve about 750,000 eggs to 600,000 guests a year.
Multiple locations | carretasgrillrestaurant.com
- Carreta’s serves authentic Mexican food with the goal of making you feel like a part of their family.
- They operate four locations in Metairie, Covington, Harahan, and Slidell.
- They are known for their burritos, taco salads, and jumbo margaritas.
- Though many Mexican places no longer do, they still serve complimentary chips and salsa upon seating.
- This family-oriented establishment also features nights of live music.
Multiple locations | daisydukesrestaurant.com
- Daisy Dukes delivers authentic Southern and Cajun food in a family-friendly environment.
- They were awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.
- Want pancakes and oysters? You can do it here!
- Try their award-winning bottomless Cajun Bloody Mary, one of the best in town!
- They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for dine-in or delivery.
Morning Call Coffee Stand
Multiple locations | neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/morning-call
- In 1870, Joseph Jurisch opened the first Morning Call in the French Market.
- One of their two locations is located in the middle of beautiful City Park.
- The original location closed in 1974 and was moved to Fat City in Metairie.
- There is live music on the weekends at the City Park location.
- Working the graveyard shift? They serve café au lait and beignets 24 hours a day!
Multiple locations | reginellis.com
- Reginelli’s has locations in Lakeview, Gretna, the Garden District, Poydras Street, Elmwood, Kenner, and Metairie.
- They have been voted “Best Pizza” by the readers of Where Y’at Magazine.
- More than just pizza, Reginelli’s also features amazing salads and pastas.
- They are a community-oriented company and offer special fundraising opportunities for local organizations.
- Don’t miss their $3 pints of craft beer every Monday and Tuesday.
Multiple locations | 985-326-8882
- Robin’s Wharf is a new seafood restaurant on the Eden Isles waterway.
- Their Uptown location is yards from Touro Hospital on Prytania Street.
- Both locations are great places to watch the big game over a cold beer.
- They have a huge deck with outdoor seating.
- They have a reputation for excellent service in addition to great food.
The Tahyo Tavern
Multiple locations | thetahyotavern.com
- Tahyo Tavern is a dog-friendly bar and restaurant, with locations in Chalmette and the French Quarter.
- “Tahyo” is a Cajun term for a big, hungry dog.
- Tahyo is owned and operated by the stars of Animal Planet’s reality show, Pit Bulls & Parolees.
- Proceeds from the restaurant support operating costs for the Villalobos Rescue Center.
- For every drink sold at Tahyo, a dog is given a meal.
The Halal Guys
Multiple locations | thehalalguys.com
- Halal Guys began as a food cart in New York City in 1990.
- Founder Mohamed Abouelenein switched to serving Middle Eastern quick bites in 1992.
- Their most recognizable dish is chicken or gyro meat with rice.
- They have grown into an international franchise with over 200 locations.
- Open until midnight, they are a late-night snack go-to.
The Ruby Slipper
Multiple locations | therubyslippercafe.net
- The Ruby Slipper operates multiple locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Florida, and Alabama.
- Check out their holiday drink specials, including the amazing blood orange margarita.
- Food critic Tom Fitzmorris deemed them “Worth Crossing Town For” in 2010.
- Their brunch menu incorporates local favorites such as Bananas Foster Pain Perdu.
- They are open every day besides Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Mardi Gras.
Vincent’s Italian Cuisine
Multiple Locations | vincentsitaliancusine.com
- Vincent’s was founded in 1989 by New Orleans native Vincent Catalanotto.
- Catalanotto prides himself on serving delicious Sicilian cuisine like he grew up eating.
- Make a reservation on the weekends as this popular spot fills up quickly!
- Try their famous corn and crab bisque, served in a toasted bread bowl.
- The house specialty is the veal- and spinach-stuffed cannelloni.
Charlie’s Restaurant & Catering
6129 E. St. Bernard Hwy., Violet | 682-9057
- Charlie’s serves some of the best gumbo in New Orleans.
- Charlie’s is known for their great catering for weddings.
- With over 300 menu items, you’ll find something for everyone!
- Just a 15-minute drive from the Quarter, Charlie’s is worth the trip.
- Charlie’s offers holiday turkeys with all of the sides.
4729 Magazine St. | 894-8881 | apollinerestaurant.com
- Apolline serves up modern Louisiana dishes made with local ingredients.
- They are open for brunch Tuesdays thru Sundays until 2 p.m. and offer bottomless mimosas!
- Their Happy Hour every Tuesday thru Friday from 5 - 6 p.m. has a variety of drink and small plate specials.
- Located in a renovated double-shotgun cottage, giving you the feeling of being at home.
- Their New Year’s prix-fixe dinner menu includes a complimentary glass of champagne.
Bayou Hot Wings
6221 S. Claiborne Ave. #104 | 662-9933 | bayouhotwings.com
- Beat the Bayou Beast Hot Wing Challenge and win a free t-shirt!
- The challenge requires eating 10 fiery wings in five minutes max, without any drinks or napkins.
- They appeared in a wing episode of Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food Nation.
- They have one of the hottest chicken wings in the city, according to Eater.
- Their chicken is seasoned and brined for 24 hours to maximize flavor.
2031 St. Charles Ave. | 323-1500 | thecaribbeanroom.com
- It's located inside The Pontchartrain Hotel, so get a room upstairs and you’ll be home!
- Grab a drink after dinner at The Bayou Bar to hear great songs from Phil Melancon.
- The Caribbean Room features one of the best brunches in the city.
- Don’t leave without ordering their famous Mile High Pie.
- Visit the rooftop bar Hot Tin before dinner for an incredible view of the city.
Flying Pig Café
4920 Prytania St. | 644-2982 | theflyingpigcafe.com
- Flying Pig Café’s Southern-centric menu is also inspired by Caribbean, Latin, and Asian flavors.
- If you can’t find something among their constantly changing lunch and dinner specials, try brunch.
- Their operating mantra is “scratch made” and it can be tasted in every bite.
- Owner Kat Vance can be heard on New Orleans's classic rock station Bayou 95.7.
- House specialties are the Shrimp and Grits and Caribbean-Style Fried Chicken.
3001 Napoleon Ave. | 899-8005 | greenteanola.com
- In 2008, Green Tea moved to New Orleans from its original location in NYC.
- They offer wonderful healthy options prepared with vegetable oil.
- Their new location on Napoleon Avenue includes a full bar and can seat 80 people.
- Customer favorites are the lo mein and General Tso’s Chicken.
- Good for late-night dining, it’s open until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
3001 Magazine St. | 891-0997 | joeyksrestaurant.com
- Joey K’s is a family-owned Uptown eatery serving New Orleans comfort food.
- Many of their dishes, like the Shrimp Magazine and Trout Tchoupitoulas, are named after streets around the city.
- They were featured on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, hosted by Guy Fieri.
- Try a giant, ice-cold, 18-ounce beer in a frosty mug.
- House specialties are the Eggplant Napoleon and fried chicken.
La Casita Taqueria
8400 Oak St. | 826-9913 | eatlacasita.com
- La Casita’s outdoor seating is a great way to enjoy the cooler weather.
- They feature a daily Happy Hour from 3 – 7 p.m.
- Don’t miss their 2-for-1 margaritas every Wednesday from 7 – 10 p.m.
- Look for their new location opening soon in the Warehouse District.
- Don’t leave without an order of their house-made churros for dessert!
4938 Prytania St. | 899-8886 | lathaiuptown.com
- La Thai offers authentic Thai cuisine in a fun and inviting atmosphere.
- Chef Diana Chauvin founded La Thai to reflect her Thai & Louisiana roots.
- La Thai now offers lunch at 11 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
- They have been voted “Best Thai Restaurant” by Where Y’at readers for nine years running.
- Whether you’re hosting a private party or providing catering, La Thai has you covered.
1500 S. Carrollton Ave. | 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com
- All of the kabobs at Lebanon’s are cooked on skewers above a charcoal grill.
- They serve a spectrum of Middle Eastern cuisine, from hummus to kabobs.
- Fan favorites are the creamy hummus, chicken shawarma, and rosemary lamb chops.
- Their extensive menu is complemented by reasonable prices.
- Lebanon’s is BYOB, so bring in your favorite bottle to go with their excellent food.
5041 Freret St. | 875-4447 | libertycheesesteaks.com
- Liberty Cheesesteaks’s founders Mike and Joe met in 2001 while attending Tulane.
- Mike, a Philly native, dreamed of opening a cheesesteak restaurant in New Orleans.
- The bread is imported from Philadelphia.
- They now serve beer and wine.
- They’ve expanded to the corner of Freret and Soniat.
Maple Street Patisserie
7638 Maple St. | 304-1526
- Opening at 6 a.m., Maple Street Patisserie is a great spot for early risers.
- The shop features two world class European bakers in Chef Ziggy and Chef Sullivan.
- Maple Street Patisserie makes a variety of delicious pies for your holiday needs.
- They offer great catering options for any wedding or office party.
- Maple Street Patisserie will soon be selling some of the city’s best king cakes!
1403 St. Charles Ave. | 410-9997 | miyakonola.com
- A fantastic Japanese seafood, sushi, and steak restaurant with a great view of St. Charles Avenue.
- Their 8,000 square-foot restaurant can accommodate parties of up to 70 people.
- The hibachi grill offers guests dinner and a show—watch for flying shrimp!
- Try one their featured “Sushi Rolls of the Week” for a creative and delicious meal.
- Be sure to try one of their fantastic cocktails like the Mikyako Chokotini.
5130 Freret St. | 899-6532 | sushinola.com
- Origami offers a unique fusion of Japanese and Southern food that is packed with flavor.
- Their traditional Japanese offerings are infused with local and seasonal ingredients.
- They serve some of the best sushi in town, and we also recommend the poke salad.
- Their knowledgeable staff can find the perfect wine or sake pairing for your meal.
- All of their seafood is sustainably sourced and received fresh daily.
1838 Napoleon Ave. | 895-4877 | pascalsmanale.com
- Pascal Manale’s has been a New Orleans institution for over 100 years.
- Get $20 back when you buy $100 worth of gift cards!
- Grab a dozen raw from their stand-up oyster bar before your meal.
- Their BBQ shrimp has achieved national fame as one of New Orleans’s classic dishes.
- They also specialize in seafood, traditional Italian dishes, and succulent steaks.
Pita Hut Plus
3100 Magazine St. | 608-6448 | neworleansmediterraneanfood.com
- This Magazine Street newcomer serves great Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Pita Hut Plus is a great spot for vegetarians as their falafel is fantastic!
- Try an order of their amazing Kulaje for dessert.
- The owners of Pita Hut Plus will greet you as if you are part of their family.
- Open until 10 p.m., Pita Hut Plus is a great spot for dinner before a night on the town.
2100 St. Charles Ave. | 509-6675 | poseidonnola.com
- Poseidon offers a variety of seafood, but their specialities are oysters and sushi.
- Open until midnight (2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays), they are one of the few late-night sit-down restaurants.
- Their take-out is just as fresh as dining in.
- Their menu features nearly 30 signature sushi rolls, including the Hurricane and Black and Gold.
- After dinner, check out one of their private karaoke rooms.
3149 Calhoun St. | 861-9602 | pyramidscafeneworleans.com
- Pyramids Café is an Uptown spot serving healthy and authentic Middle Eastern cuisine.
- Located just across from Tulane University, Pyramids is a popular spot with students.
- Vegetarians swear that their eggplant sandwich is one of the best in town.
- Their delivery is highly recommended for both speed and quality.
- For dine-in customers, they offer free cable TV and Wi-fi.
Riccobono’s Panola Street Café
7801 Panola St. | 314-1810 | panolastreetcafe.com
- Riccobono’s Panola Street Café is a brunch and lunch hotspot open only until 2 p.m.
- Since opening, they have become a fixture for Tulane students and Uptowners alike.
- They serve breakfast and brunch favorites like a Crabcake Benedict and Crawfish Omelet.
- Every weekday features a different hot plate lunch special.
- Skip the Bloody Mary and mimosa during brunch, and opt for their bellini instead.
The Columns Hotel
3811 St. Charles Ave. | 899-9308 | thecolumns.com
- Built in 1883, The Columns is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- The hotel was designed by New Orleans architect Thomas Sully.
- The Columns has Happy Hour every day, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Sunday jazz brunch.
- The Victorian Lounge is a bar with outdoor patio seating and a small plates menu.
- It has been listed in Esquire’s guide to “100 Best Bars in America.”
Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco
5015 Magazine St. | 267-7612 | titoscevichepisco.com
- Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco is a new Peruvian restaurant located Uptown.
- The restaurant’s owner, John Lock, is originally from Lima, Peru.
- Their menu is built on traditional dishes such as lomo saltado and ceviche criollo.
- “Lomo Saltado” is stir-fried beef tenderloin with sauteed onions served with crispy potatoes.
- The bar features nearly 50 varieties of Peruvian pisco.
Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar
2604 Magazine St. | 897-5413 | traceysnola.com
- Established in 1949, Tracey’s is the original Irish Channel bar.
- Hugh Tracey, Jr. founded the bar and helped originate the frozen beer glass in New Orleans.
- You can get their shucked-to-order oysters for $1 on Mondays!
- Other daily specials include Burgers and Trivia on Tuesday and $0.50 wings on Wednesday.
- They also have a pool table and over 20 TVs offering non-stop broadcasting.
1330 Prytania St. | 302-2599 | seedyourhealth.com
- Seed offers vegan options of classic comfort food, ranging from nachos to gumbo.
- They encourage sustainable dining through recycled menus, available compost, and solar-power energy.
- A portion of the restaurant’s proceeds are donated to Project Orangutan and the Humane Society of Louisiana.
- Seed’s food uses high-quality local, organic, and natural ingredients.
- House specialties include the eggplant po-boy and Southern fried tofu.
701 S. Peters St. | 302-7496
- Briquette is a newly-opened upscale seafood restaurant in the warehouse district.
- Head chef Robert Vasquez formerly ran the restaurant Opal Basil in Mandeville.
- The Briquette menu features Opal Basil favorites, including the lobster tamale and deep-fried deviled egg.
- Originally from Arizona, Vasquez introduces Southwestern flavors to Gulf Coast cuisine.
- The kitchen is open to dining-room viewing behind glass.
527 Julia St. | 875-4132 | cafecarmo.com
- Café Carmo is devoted to sustainability, and uses many biodegradable and compostable products.
- Their menu features dishes and specials from around the tropics.
- They are committed to providing dishes for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
- Their Japanese shima sashimi and Peruvian tiradito are made from the freshest seafood.
- Café Carmo holds the only three-star rating in Louisiana by the Green Restaurant Association.
535 Tchoupitoulas St. | 599-2119 | comperelapin.com
- Compère Lapin features award-winning head mixologist Abigail Gullo.
- This Caribbean-inspired eatery is located in the Warehouse District’s Old No. 77 Hotel.
- In 2016, critic Brett Anderson named Compère Lapin “New Orleans Restaurant of the Year.”
- Chef Nina Compton was nominated in 2017 for the James Beard Best Chef: South award.
- Standout dishes include the conch croquettes, crudo special, and curried goat.
200 Poydras St. | 552-2739 | gordonbiersch.com
- The first Gordon Biersch opened on July 6, 1988, in Palo Alto, California.
- Grab a seat on their outdoor patio on Fulton Street to see the faux snow.
- This brew-pub is famous for their German lagers and fantastic beer flights.
- The Gordon Biersch beer has won awards at the World Beer Cup.
- Don’t miss their famous garlic fries—arguably the best French fries in town!
600 Carondelet St. | 930-3070 | josephineestelle.com
- Josephine Estelle is an Italian restaurant adjacent to the amazing Ace Hotel.
- The restaurant is named after the daughters of chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman.
- Their menu features a unique combination of Italian recipes and Southern flavor.
- The restaurant includes homemade pastas made from family recipes.
- The first Monday of the month, they feature a chef’s selection served family-style for $35.
701 S. Peters St. | 985-778-2529
- The original Opal Basil was in Mandeville before moving to the Warehouse District.
- The new location is located next to sister restaurant Briquette.
- Check out their prepared food next time you’re in a pinch for a meal on-the-go.
- Opal Basil is described as a “casual, neighborhood café,” perfect any time of day.
- In the evening, Opal Basil transforms into an intimate wine and tapas bar.
Picayune Social House
326 Camp St. | 308-3583 | picayunesocialhouse.com
- Picayune Social House is a new American gastropub located in the CBD.
- Their Happy Hour is daily from 3-7 p.m., and includes half-price breads and spreads.
- Located in the original Times-Picayune building and featuring a mural depicting the old newsroom.
- The building is also filled with postcards and front pages from the newspaper’s heyday.
- They offer several innovative house cocktails, available for $5 during Happy Hour.
Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar
500 Port of New Orleans Pl. #80 | 247-9265 | poppystimeoutsportsbar.com
- Poppy’s is a sports bar and grill located on Spanish Plaza.
- Their bar offers a selection of 20 beers on tap and includes great craft beers.
- They have 21 big-screen TVs, perfect for watching Saints games.
- Their specialty drink “Voodoo Juice” is best enjoyed sitting on the patio by the Mississippi River.
- Try the “Category 5” Hurricane for a strong drink, so please don’t drive afterward!
Public Service (NOPSI Hotel)
311 Baronne St. | 962-6527 | publicservicenola.com
- Public Service is a “New Southern” restaurant that honors the civic spirit of NOPSI.
- NOPSI is the New Orleans Public Service Inc., which used to be the local utility and transportation company.
- The elevated comfort food on the menu is inspired by the Gulf Coast’s fishermen and farmers.
- Their open kitchen is accentuated with a modern raw bar and open-flame rotisserie.
- The restaurant is located in the “Gold Building” adjacent to the NOPSI Hotel.
125 Camp St. | 561-8844 | redgravycafe.com
- Red Gravy is a CBD bistro that delivers rustic Italian cuisine using fresh and local ingredients.
- Several menu items are named after the friends and family of chef-owner Roseann Melisi Rostoker.
- Red Gravy is known as having some of the best pasta in town.
- They have been rated #1 for Brunch, Italian, Casual Dining, and Neighborhood Restaurant.
- Enjoy the cannoli pancakes or pecan waffles in the “colourful and kitschy” dining.
630 Carondelet St. | 930-3071 | seaworthynola.com
- Seaworthy can be found in an 1832 Creole cottage next to Ace Hotel.
- Their oysters are wild-caught and sustainably harvested.
- Their menu also features locally sourced fish and game.
- Their prix fixe “Crew Mess” ($29.90) is priced according to their coordinates.
- They offer artisanal, proprietary, and classic cocktails.
601 Poydras St. Suite B | 608-3474 | servingsushi.com
- Tsunami is a Japanese-American fusion restaurant opened earlier this year.
- So many great sushi rolls to choose from! The Ragin Cajun roll has alligator and avocado.
- Tsunami’s atmosphere is described as funky-meets-fancy.
- Their popular bar is a great place to “see and be seen” while sipping innovative cocktails.
- Artful plates accentuate their seafood-focused dishes.
Viet Orleans Bistro
300 Baronne St. | 333-6917
- Viet Orleans Bistro is a Vietnamese and sushi restaurant popular for lunch.
- They offer tofu pho and vegetable sushi as options for vegetarians.
- Customers recommend their wonderful roll creations like the Streetcar Roll.
- Viet Orleans is the perfect spot for those on a budget, with affordable options for all.
- Have a glass of their amazing Vietnamese iced coffee to accompany your meal.
WOW Café Doubletree
300 Canal St. | 212-3250 | wowcafe.com
- The Whistle Monsta gets ready here for almost all of the Saints home games.
- The perfect meeting location, just yards from the French Quarter and Warehouse District.
- You can’t go thirsty with all of their beers on tap.
- Their custom sauces are influenced by flavors from around the world.
- Is it before 11 a.m.? They’re open for both breakfast and brunch, including a buffet!
Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant
435 Huey P Long Ave. | 368-1114 | gattusos.net
- Gattuso’s is a laid-back bar and grill in the Gretna Historical District.
- Ladies drink for free between 4 and 9 p.m. on Wednesdays.
- Their dog-friendly outdoor patio is the perfect place to spend a beautiful afternoon.
- They host a trivia night on Tuesdays starting at 7 p.m.
- Other daily specials include $5 burgers on Thursdays, and live music Fridays and Saturdays.