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10 Fun Places to Eat at While in New Orleans

07:00 April 12, 2024
By: Eliana Sarfati-Magill

New Orleans is a place where people have a zest for life. New Orleans know how to have fun, let loose, and bring spice into everyday life. Places to eat in the city are no exception.

NOLA offers a diverse range of delicious foods spanning every cuisine, and some of these local places are just a fun and unique good time. Call it kitsch if you like, but NOLA is full of eclectically decorated establishments offering memorable dining experiences. Check out these 10 fun places to eat at in New Orleans.

10 of NOLA's Most Fun Restaurants

1. The Apothecary

725 St. Peter St., 504-766-8179, vampireapothecary.com

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Simply known as The Apothecary, this establishment's full name is Boutique Du Vampyre's Apothecary, and it is exactly that: a place dedicated to vampires. This place has everything from tarot readings and custom fangs to craft cocktails and more. The Apothecary also offers collagen coffee and health teas like Blood Rea and Wolf's Bane Blend. Their most famous drink is surely the Blood Bag. The Blood Bag is aptly named, served in a medical blood bag but filled with Fangria, their house sangria mix.

The food follows suit in being fun and inventive but equally delicious. Enjoy steak tartare, fresh oysters, pink pickled eggs, baked brie, and more.

2. Peacock Room

501 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-324-3073, peacockroomnola.com

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The Peacock Room is a restaurant and bar serving up delicious dishes and craft cocktails all week long. This place has fun and flirty aesthetics. The Peacock Room is jammed packed with bold prints, eclectic furniture, and so much more. The restaurant hosts a range of fun filled events, including musical performances by well loved local artists and costume parties with Champagne.

Enjoy light bites like their truffle fries and snack board or dig into a full entrée of rock candy short ribs or seared tuna.

3. Meril

424 Girod St., 504-526-3745, bemeril.com

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Emeril Lagasse is an iconic New Orleans chef known for his TV appearances and NOLA favorite restaurants. Meril is no exception. Enjoy these unique twists on classic dishes in a lively bar restaurant atmosphere. The menu at Meril, named after Emeril's daughter, is inspired by global cuisine and the diverse food the chef has tasted in his world travels. The food is always delicious, the service immaculate, and, on top of that, there are always fun events drag brunches and happy hour deals.

Come to Meril with a group to share an assortment from their snacks menu. Order deviled eggs with trout roe, poke nachos, fried turkey necks, and whatever catches your eye for a guaranteed delicious meal.

4. Rosie's on the Roof

1000 Magazine St., 504-528-1941, higginshotelnola.com

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Rosie's on the Roof is aptly named, located on the roof of the Higgins Hotel. The hotel is adjacent to and part of the National World War II Museum, and the restaurant is named after Rosie the Riveter. Rosie the Riveter is known best as the iconic WWII posters encouraging women to work during the war, and the bar is decorated in memoriam of that time period.

History buff and foodies alike will love dining at Rosie's with a view of downtown New Orleans. Order crab beignets, chargrilled scallops, and even a corned beef sandwich that is sure to satisfy any craving.

5. Café Amelie

900 Royal St., 504-412-8065, cafeamelie.com

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Café Amelie opened in 2005 and received its namesake from the first American princess of Monaco's mother, who was a native New Orleanian. Ever since, Café Amelie has been serving New Orleans delicious fresh food in a historical and unique setting.

Amelie serves a range of Louisiana classics including gumbo, catfish, and shrimp and grits. They also offer Italian inspired dishes such as burrata, gnocchi, affogato for dessert.

6. Crescent City Brewhouse

527 Decatur St., 504-522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

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Cresent City Brewhouse is a French Quarter staple for anyone looking to drink a fresh cold pint. This microbrewery serves many of its own local brews that are sure to please any beer lovers. Every evening, the brewhouse hosts live jazz performances by local musicians. They also host regular special events that are fun for all.

The brewhouse offers a range of classic bar food perfect to pair with any beer on draft such as dirty rice, fries, potato salad, and more. Lastly, order any of their signature brewtails, or beer cocktails, to enjoy beer in a refreshing and new way.

7. Stumpy's Hatchet House

1200 Poydras St., 504-577-2937, stumpyshh.com/neworleansla

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Stumpy's is the perfect spot for those looking for some fun with potential for food on the side. Reserve a spot for two or bring the whole crew to get some axe throwing done. Yes, that's right. At Stumpy's, you can order a beer before throwing a hatchet at a target. Enjoy using your full strength to thrust an axe at the wall while aiming for a bullseye.

After working up an appetite from throwing, order some classic bar food such as hot dogs, pizza, and nachos before heading back to the game.

8. The Vintage

3121 Magazine St., 504-608-1008, thevintagenola.com

[Courtesy of The Vintage's Website]

The Vintage is a Magazine favorite for happy hours, light lunches, and everything in between. Locals love the French 75 and espresso martini here. No trip to the Vintage is complete without ordering some of their sweet and creative beignets, which include flavores like strawberry and Oreo.

The Vintage is decorated to transport guests into a different time, enjoy the ornate walls, restored floors, and even a refurbished barbers chair.

9. House of Blues

225 Decatur St., 504-310-4999, houseofblues.com/neworleans

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The House of Blues puts the fun in funky every day of the week. This place is a well-loved music venue hosting iconic local and touring musicians at all hours of the night, all year long. Enjoy their fully stocked bar before heading over to hear a show.

Before the doors open for your show, grab a table, and order some delicious food to fuel up for a night of dancing. Their expansive menu includes BBQ nachos, jambalaya, baby back ribs, their signature smash burger, and so much more. Be sure to finish off the meal with some key lime pie for dessert to guarantee a sweet night.

10. Bourbon O Bar

730 Bourbon St., 855-771-5214, bourbonorleans.com

[Courtesy of Bourbon O Bar's Website]

Bourbon O Bar brings just enough class to rowdy Bourbon Street. Enjoy live music every night while sipping one of many classic NOLA cocktails. This bar is cozy and laid back with comfortable warm lighting, making it a perfect start to a French Quarter night out or a spot to return to for a nightcap.

Food is served until 9 p.m. and offers a range of tasty bites to pair with a drink. Some highlighted options include their shrimp martini, boudin balls, and pimento cheese with cracklings.

NOLA Fun for All!

Each of these local spots offers delicious food and fun to be had. Whether it's drinking out of blood bags, throwing axes between courses, or finishing up the meal before immediately heading to the dance floor, New Orleans has it all.

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