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Summer Restaurant Guide 2017

10:02 June 12, 2017
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Summer Restaurant Guide 2017

Bennachin is a Royal Street restaurant that offers customers a deliciously unique taste of Western African cuisine, with a focus on the foods of Gambia and Cameroon. This BYOB restaurant has options for all types of palates, satiating both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Their fried plantains are divine, and their baked lamb with garlic sauce is everything a carnivore could ask for. 1212 Royal St., 522-1230, bennachinrestaurant.com


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Apolline, located in a renovated cottage Uptown, will have you feeling right at home as you enjoy dinner, brunch, or just stop by for a drink. It’s often hard to choose what to order because everything is so delicious, but be sure to try their special featured recipe, the housemade boudin. 4729 Magazine St., 894-8881, appollinerestaurant.com

Bayou Hot Wings features a helpful “Heat Index” at the top of their menu, clearly denoting exactly how hot their large variety of sauces are. Get yourself an order of wings with one of their delicious housemade dipping sauces. If you’re craving more of a savory over spicy taste, go for one of their signature sides like the famous seasoned fries. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 865-9464, bayouhotwings.com

Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon in Metairie is unlike most sports-themed restaurants, as it combines Louisiana’s favorite sports with traditional Louisiana cuisine. The Cajun Hebert Fries are the top choice for an appetizer right after the Fried Alligator Bites. For your entree, you can never go wrong with one of their signature house specials. Stop by for dinner or Happy Hour any night. 4101 Veterans Blvd., 324-6841, bobbyheberts.com


Charlie’s Restaurant & Catering is an excellent gem just a short drive away from the French Quarter in Violet. Come in any time of day, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and enjoy a wide variety of food for any occasion. Enjoy a shrimp creole omelet for breakfast, Texas-style chili and crawfish-stuffed potatoes for lunch, and Bananas Foster ice cream cake for dessert. 6129 E. Saint Bernard Hwy., 682-9057, charliesrestaurantla.com

Cheesecake Bistro by Copeland’s is another top-notch restaurant by Al Copeland, offering all sorts of signature New Orleans dishes, as well as the not-so-ordinary. The raspberry chipotle wings are a sweet and savory delight. Keep it light with a shrimp, crab, and avocado salad or go decadent with crawfish ravioli in a spicy cream sauce. 2001 St. Charles Ave., 593-9955, copelandcheesecakebistro.com

City Diner is consistently voted the top diner in New Orleans. This 24-hour establishment is great for any time of day. Their hash brown creations are a great choice, but the seafood bread bowl really “takes the cake.” If you have a big appetite with a big sweet tooth, try their mega-sized pancake that can be devoured by one or many people. 3116 S. I-10 Service Rd. E., 831-1030, citydiner.biz

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Copeland’s of New Orleans has been offering high-quality New Orleans cuisine for decades. The casual setting alongside made-from-scratch food makes for a wonderful experience. The fried oysters with bacon and brie are everything any diner could want. The Eggplant Pirogue has been a fan favorite since 1983 and is topped with gulf shrimp and fresh crab claws over angel hair pasta. Multiple locations, copelandsofneworleans.com

Crescent City Steaks claims they invented the New Orleans style of cooking steaks, sizzling in hot butter right at your table. Having served four generations of New Orleanians, they are no strangers to cooking the perfect steak. Classic appetizers like shrimp cocktail are accompanied by hot sides and massive steaks, including the porterhouse chop for three. 1001 N. Broad St., 821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

Daisy Dukes emphasizes a fun atmosphere rather than “fanciness,” 24 hours a day. Some of the best Cajun food can be found at the restaurants in the French Quarter, CBD, and Metairie. Every day, you can enjoy bottomless Cajun Bloody Marys for only $8, as well as all-you-can-eat crawfish during the peak of the season. Multiple locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

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Dat Dog serves award-winning dogs and drinks all over the city. The fun Simon art-filled restaurants offer all sorts of sausages, from classic kielbasa to the extraordinary crawfish. The best part is that whatever dog you get, you can have unlimited toppings like avocado, crawfish etouffee, and much more. Come for trivia night and win a gift card. Multiple locations, datdognola.com

Dot’s Diner is just like going to your grandma’s house: you can have whatever you want, whenever you want! Open 24 hours, Dot’s serves up big portions for a big value. Their pancake breakfast is a delicious choice. Or, if you’re going for something lighter, the Shrimp and Corn Soup is creamy and won’t have you waddling when you leave. Multiple locations, dotsdiner.com

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant is a Gretna favorite, locally owned and in the beautiful historical district. Their po-boys have won multiple awards and their live music on Thursdays and Fridays will have you dancing non-stop. They have indulgent crawfish queso dip, as well as grilled tuna. But don’t miss out on their variety of muffalettas. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 368-1114, gattusos.net

Gordon Biersch has long been beloved for being one of the best craft brewery-restaurants. A large menu including gourmet pub food, seafood, and one of the best burgers in New Orleans complements their award-winning beers and brewery tours. Enjoy their patio dining on Fulton Street while watching the big game. They have an extensive wine list as well. 200 Poydras St., 522-2739, gordonbiersch.com

Josephine Estelle inside Ace Hotel offers a modern mix of Creole, Cajun, and Italian cuisines that transforms each dish beyond what you might expect it to taste like. Come in for their “Pasta Happy Hour” and get drink specials together with great pasta deals. Enjoy special pastas you cannot find anywhere else in the city, with luxurious ingredients like rabbit and truffles. 600 Carondelet St., 930-3070, josephineestelle.com

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles is in an unassuming location but will be sure to leave you satisfied. Located less than 15 minutes from Downtown, they serve enormous breakfast platters, and for lunch, you can order the J-Money Fries: Cajun-spiced fries that are topped with fried chicken wings or grilled pork chops, served with cornbread, a salad, and toast. 5741 Crowder Blvd., 244-0021, mamommashouse.com

McAlister’s Deli is your best bet if you’re looking for something nutritious and delicious. Specializing in soups, salads, sandwiches, and spuds, McAlister’s offers a huge menu with generous portions. Go with a friend and get something off their “Choose Two” menu, or if you’d prefer something a bit more filling, choose from any of their loaded spuds. Multiple locations, mcalistersdeli.com

Orleans Grapevine is a wine bar and bistro in the French Quarter. Enjoy cheese boards and nearly 70 wines and champagnes by the glass. Order up some saffron mussels or cheese selections that pair beautifully with a variety of wines. They have different Happy Hour wines and specialty drinks every day. Best part: free bacon with your drinks! 720 Orleans Ave., 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

Q&C Hotel/Bar is a trendy and classy hotel bar/restaurant that serves up a variety of classic American food including small plates, pizza, and daily specials. Want something small? Try the Cochon De Lait Sliders. Head on over any day for Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. and enjoy $3 select beer, $5 house wines, $5 cocktails, and daily food specials. 344 Camp St., 587-9700, qandc.com

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Rue 127 is a beautiful restaurant located in a New Orleans-style shotgun house built in the 1800s. Often dubbed one of the best date spots in the city, Rue 127 never stops wowing their customers with dazzling entrees like the Jamaican curried goat with coconut milk or the goat cheese gnudi. And how about those deep-fried cupcakes for dessert? 127 N. Carrollton Ave., 483-1571, rue127.com

Sala is your Lakefront destination for small plates with fantastic drink pairings. Open for dinner nightly except for on Monday, Sala is the perfect place for small plates and drinks to share with friends. Don’t miss their weekend brunch featuring bottomless mimosas, or stop by for Happy Hour for $5 classic cocktails and half-priced draft beers. 124 Lake Marina Ave., 513-2670, salanola.com

Spudly’s Super Spuds celebrates all things spudly. It has been home to the biggest baked potato in New Orleans for over 20 years with over 20 toppings available. You can also get a wide assortment of burgers, including the Shrimp Jessica topped with shrimp, sautéed mushrooms, cheddar, and Spudly’s original cheese sauce, served with either fries or a baked potato. 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250, spudlys.com

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Sun Ray Grill serves some of the freshest available seafood in town. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., this restaurant serves modern food inspired by Cuban, Caribbean, Pacific, and Gulf cuisines. You can get Thai chicken in a curried BBQ sauce with steamed coconut rice or get the Asian-inspired ribs with fried Brussels sprouts as the appetizer. 2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., Gretna, 391-0053, sunraygrill.com

Ted’s Frostop Diner is famous for their Root Beer Float, but that’s not the only thing that makes this place so fun. Stop by for a breakfast of champions like the all-you-can-eat pancakes or the “player’s breakfast” that includes four scrambled eggs, two bacon strips, double cheese grits, and four pancakes! Whatever you order, you won’t be displeased. 3100 Calhoun St., 861-3615, tedsfrostop.com

Willie Mae’s Scotch House is one of the most beloved fried chicken joints in the country, having won a Lifetime Achievement award from the James Beard Foundation. The chicken—which only costs $10 for three pieces, a side, and peas—comes out crispier than you could ever hope for. It is truly a jaw-dropping, stomach-pleasing experience. Multiple locations, williemaesnola.com

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Bao & Noodle is a Bywater restaurant that is one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in the city. You will not find “American Chinese” food like orange chicken here. Instead, you will find authentic Chinese and Northern Chinese food like scallion pancakes, cumin braised lamb with hand-pulled biang biang noodles, and tea-smoked duck breast. 2700 Chartres St., 272-0004, baoandnoodle.com

Green Tea has a wide variety of Chinese favorites like egg foo young and wonton soup. They also have over a dozen items that are designated as “light and healthy.” Their large private room is great for any private event. And with the “GT Way” section of the menu, you can build your own dish from a huge selection of veggies, proteins, sauces, and sides. 3001 Napoleon Ave., 899-8005, greenteanola.com

Ikura, now open, is an excellent sushi and hibachi restaurant located on N. Carrollton Avenue where Little Tokyo used to be. While they have Japanese classics like sushi, tempura, and miso soup, they also have creative contemporary dishes like the stuffed jalapeno that is filled with fresh snow crab and tuna. This is a great place to go for lunch and dinner! 310 N. Carrollton Ave., 485-5658, facebook.com/ikuranola

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Jazmine Cafe specializes in Vietnamese food, with its fans claiming they’ve got the best spring rolls in town! The polite and friendly staff make it easy to have a quick meal or a relaxed sit-down dinner. They also recently got a full bar, so you can enjoy your favorite drinks while sipping on some pho or munching on a vermicelli plate. 614 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-9301, jazminecafe.com

Five Happiness has over 30 years of experience serving the New Orleans community authentic and delicious Sichuan food. Their service and family-style atmosphere are beloved and keep fans coming back for more. Their lunch specials come with a choice of daily soup (wonton, hot and sour, egg drop, or vegetable), shrimp fried rice (white or brown), and a fried wonton. 3605 S. Carrollton Ave., 482-3935, fivehappiness.com

Kyoto II features all your sushi favorites like creative rolls, fresh fish, and plenty of sake. Located just behind the Elmwood Palace Theaters, Kyoto II is a great place to visit before or after catching a flick. Go by for lunch and enjoy one of their amazing value lunches with tempura, sushi, and more. 5608 Citrus Blvd., 818-0228, Harahan

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La Thai was voted New Orleans’s best Thai food by the readers of Where Y’at Magazine. This Uptown fixture on Prytania Street draws in crowds seeking delicious, fresh, and authentic Thai food. Their mussels come in a green curry broth and their fried soft shell crab takes a Southeast Asian twist with lemon garlic butter sauce. 4938 Prytania St., 899-8886, lathaiuptown.com

Miyako is a hibachi restaurant and sushi bar right on St. Charles Avenue. They focus on freshness and expertise when cooking their pan-Asian dishes. This 8,000 square-foot restaurant is perfect for an intimate evening with a loved one or for a large group of friends to sit right at the hibachi table. 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997, japanesebistro.com

Mikimoto is great for several reasons: they have generous servings of fresh fish at very reasonable prices, they have a banana tempura dessert served with honey over ice cream, and they have a drive-thru. Come in for lunch and enjoy their sushi platter, which comes with a California roll, soup, and salad, all for only $9.95. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

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Origami is loved by Tulane students as well as the rest of New Orleans. They are frequented for their creative sushi rolls, convenient location, and excellent service. Don’t miss their famous poke salad and “Burning Man Roll.” All of their lunch specials come with miso soup, a small house salad, and rice, and start at just $7.95. 5130 Freret St., 899-6532, sushinola.com

Viet Orleans Bistro is conveniently located right in the heart of the CBD. They offer a variety of vegetarian options, with dishes ranging from pho to sushi and many other Asian options. Don’t miss their great Happy Hour, along with multiple TVs to watch all of your favorite games while enjoying the delicious cuisine. 300 Baronne St., 333-6917

Tsunami is a new American/Japanese restaurant in the Central Business District that serves some of the freshest fish this side of the Mississippi. The restaurant, which also has locations in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, is known for its beautiful presentation of absolutely delicious and authentic dishes. They also have arguably the most creative sushi rolls in the city. 601 Poydras St., 608-3474, servingsushi.com


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Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a fun and trendy drinking-meets-literary spot for midday and late-night cocktails, or anytime in between. The restaurant and bar is in the heart of the French Quarter, with 1920s-style décor. They have delicious food options like the Whitman, a giant classic roast beef sandwich accompanied by kettle chips and fried oysters. 139 Chartres St., 322-2245, backspacenola.com

Barcadia has a variety of games like life-sized Jenga and Connect Four, along with pinball, classic games, and more. They also have a full bar, top-notch food (don’t miss their fried PB&J), and a lively atmosphere with great music. Their Happy Hour is the way to go for drink specials and half-priced apps, like their OMG Shrimp. 601 Tchoupitoulas St., 335-1740, barcadianeworleans.com

Bombay Club is an intimate French Quarter bar that is not to be missed. The Club boasts the largest martini menu in New Orleans and maybe even in the country. Enjoy live music every night for the perfect romantic and fun setting. Their cosmopolitan is among the best in the city, and the cocktail pairs well with their elevated Creole classics. 830 Conti St., 577-2237, bombayclubneworleans.com

Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant is a bar, restaurant, and music club that offers a lively atmosphere 24/7. Recognized by Esquire Magazine, it was named one of the best bars in America. Don’t miss their Reuben sandwich ... known as being among the best in the nation. Or try their new Cuban sandwich that is sure to please! 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038, buffasbar.com

Compere Lapin is led by Chef Nina Compton, a talented Saint Lucian chef who, among other things, was the runner up and fan favorite on Top Chef and was a finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the South. Her food, which is modern Caribbean, has the restaurant at full capacity nearly every evening and it’s no wonder why! 535 Tchoupitoulas St., 599-2119, comperelapin.com

Effervescence is a champagne bar with a five-star rating located in the French Quarter. A perfect date spot, they have over 90 different bottles of sparkling wine and prosecco available. The restaurant is open as late as 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and they serve an exquisite menu that includes charred octopus, pomme frites, and caviar with creme fraiche. 1036 N. Rampart St., 509-7644, nolabubbles.com

The Jimani has numerous TVs ready for any sports game or trivia night. With an atmosphere that brings together both locals and tourists, the restaurant serves pizzas, burgers, and classic seafood options, with the Poppa’s eight-ounce steak po-boy being a favorite. If you are looking for a great time with a relaxed atmosphere, Jimani is the spot. 141 Chartres St., 524-0493, thejimani.com

Latitude 29 is best described as a more upscale tiki bar. Their drinks, which are as dangerously delicious as they are strong, can be coupled with island and Polynesian specialties like Filipino style egg rolls, Indonesian fritters, and of course, their chicken Adobo--a classic Filipino dish that is well-seasoned and served with crispy potatoes over jasmine rice. 321 N. Peters St., 609-3811, latitude29nola.com

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant is a one-of-a-kind restaurant that serves up fresh and tasty dishes in a chill, surf-themed atmosphere. Located right in the heart of the Warehouse District, Lucy’s is the perfect place to go for good (and strong) cocktails, as well as first-rate coastal cuisine. The dishes are inspired by surfing locales around the globe. 701 Tchoupitoulas St., 523-8995, lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans

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Mimi’s in the Marigny is a favorite bar and restaurant in (obviously) the Marigny. The dishes are elegant yet affordable and great to share with friends. Mimi’s has a self-proclaimed “house party vibe,” thanks to the availability of cocktails at almost any hour and talented DJs playing a variety of music for the dancing types. Check out their late-night tapas menu for lamb lollipops and other creative small plates. 2601 Royal St., 872-9868, mimismarigny.com

Parasol’s is the place to be in the Irish Channel. This long-time casual hangout is great for any time of year. With well-poured drinks, po-boys and other Cajun eats, and TVs playing sports and more, Parasol’s has got you covered for any occasion. The fan favorite is the Irish Sundae: a seasoned potato salad smothered in homemade gravy and roast beef shreds. 2533 Constance St., 302-1543, facebook.com/ParasolsNOLA

Petit Lion is a cozy French restaurant inside the Troubadour Hotel in the CBD. Whether you’re craving a hearty meal, a light snack, or just looking for drinks, Petit Lion has you covered. The Chicken Bonne Femme is a great choice for lunch, or if you’re just looking to nibble, try the Pomme Frites—fries seasoned in a savory lemon garlic aioli. 1111 Gravier St., 518-5500, petitlionnola.com

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Picayune Social House is one of New Orleans’s newest gastropubs located in the CBD. Named for the area of the neighborhood once known as “Newspaper Row,” the restaurant offers global cuisine. Their tandoor oven makes the perfect naan specialties like whiskey chicken and falafel, and the hummus appetizer made with za’atar-spiced olive oil is highly recommended. 326 Camp St., 308-3583

Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar is the perfect place to hang out when you are going to the Outlet Collection. They have dozens of beers on draft and it is the ultimate place for watching sports in the area. Poppy’s has 21 televisions, frozen daiquiris, and great food. Don’t miss their delicious Hurricane’s for a drink with a kick! Port of New Orleans Pl., 247-9265, poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

Rick’s Sporting Saloon is where you can find numerous bachelor and bachelorette parties on any given day or night. This adult sports bar on Bourbon Street has a welcoming and warm atmosphere with a great wait staff. Swing by for the Saints or Pelicans games, and check out the philly cheesesteak or blackened chicken sandwich. 522 Bourbon St., 552-2510, ricks-saloon.com

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Rivershack Tavern is just yards from the Mississippi River. It is one of New Orleans’s most unique bars, known for their funky bar stools, live music, and fantastic po-boys, steaks, and salads. Their stuffed crabs are delicate, buttery, and taste great paired with the arugula and watermelon salad and a cold beer. Bring in a tacky ashtray for a free drink. 3449 River Rd., 834-4938, therivershacktavern.com

Rivershack Tavern Gretna is an expansion of the much-adored funky riverside tavern in Jefferson Parish. For over 25 years, the original location has enjoyed a great deal of success, so they decided to spread the love! The menu is similar, with all your Tavern favorites alongside a wide selection of beer and with live music on the weekends. 714 1st St., 325-5530, therivershacktavern.com

The Tahyo Tavern is a French Quarter restaurant that supports the Villalobos Dog Rescue Center (“Tahyo” is Cajun for a large and hungry dog). Though this place is for the dogs, the food will blow you away, and the amazingly cool wait staff will impress you with their knowledge and friendliness. Tahyo Tavern will keep your wallet fat and your belly full. 1140 Decatur St., 301-1991, thetahyotavern.com

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Three Muses is a cozy bar that serves up delicious and inventive global small plates and also has nightly jazz musicians and extremely knowledgable and talented bartenders. The food includes delicacies like sweet potato gnocchi and beer-braised pork belly. This is the perfect bar to go to if you are on or near Frenchmen Street. 536 Frenchmen St., 252-4801, 3musesnola.com

Three Muses Maple is the Uptown extension of the Frenchmen Street favorite, known for their eclectic menu and live music. Located just steps from Tulane University, this new addition is well-priced yet elegant enough for all. They have a new summer menu and a special $5 Happy Hour drink menu that should not be missed. 7537 Maple St., 510-2749, threemusesmaple.com

Shamrock Bar and Grill features the best bar games in the city with tilted air hockey, beer pong, pool, and more, accompanied by live music on Saturday nights with a wide variety of musical talent. If you don’t want to drink on an empty stomach they also serve great burgers, an amazing 12-ounce choice ribeye, and homemade mozzarella sticks. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave., 301-0938, shamrockparty.com

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Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is in the heart of the Irish Channel and is home to the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day party. And all year round, this Magazine Street favorite is one of the city’s best sports bars with multiple TVs to catch all of the games you want. They also have great roast beef po-boys, raw oysters, and much more. 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, traceysnola.com

Wit’s Inn is a must when you are in Mid-City. They have a bar with a late-night kitchen serving great food and specialty drinks, and you can enjoy it all with 15 flat screen TVs, making it an ideal game-day destination. Their 7 1/2-inch individual pizzas are perfect bar food, and their weekly specials include Ladies’ Night deals and $5 doubles. 141 N. Carrollton Ave., 486-1600, witsinn.com

World of Beer has an unrivaled selection of beer, with over 500+ bottles and taps to choose from. This great hangout can please just about anyone. The extremely knowledgable and well-trained staff can guide you to your favorite beer, even if you didn’t know you loved it yet! Make sure to try their divine buttery pretzel with Creole mustard and beer cheese. 300 Julia St., 299-3599, worldofbeer.com/Locations/WarehouseDistrict

Ole Saint is unique because it’s backed by former legendary New Orleans Saints running back Deuce McAllister. When you walk in, you feel the warm embrace of New Orleans and smell its cuisine in the air. Their Southern-style prime pork chop is a must-have while trying one of their 50 beers on tap. 132 Royal St., 309-4797, olesaint.com


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Blue Oak BBQ, also known as New Orleans’s best BBQ, serves up signature meats and flavors that are sure to have you craving more. Get one of their combo plates with your choice of two or three types of meat and two sides. Not that hungry? Try one of the delicious snacking options like smoked wings or cracklins. 900 N. Carrollton Ave., 822-2583, blueoakbbq.com

Frey Smoked Meat Co. has finger-lickin’ good, smokey barbecue. Chef Ray Gruezke of Rue 127 creates delicious modern takes on ‘cue while perfecting the old-time favorites like rack of ribs, brisket, and sausage. If you think you’re up to the task, order their dinosaur-sized beef ribs plate and wash it down with one of their 50 whiskeys. 4141 Bienville Ave., 488-RIBS, freysmokedmeat.com


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Another Broken Egg Café offers a huge menu with all the breakfast and brunch food you could want with the pleasant convenience of locations on both Magazine Street and Harrison Ave. Their omelettes are fluffy and filling, with toppings both traditional and not, like lobster and brie. Be sure to try the Cinnamon Roll French Toast if you have a sweet tooth. Multiple locations, 301-2771, anotherbrokenegg.com

Bagels and Bytes immediately transports you to New York City, without the three-hour flight. They have authentic NYC bagels, a wide variety of cream cheeses, and some of the tastiest smoked salmon the Crescent City has to offer. If you are looking for a taste of New York without the hassle of actually going there, this is your new favorite spot! 1001 Metairie Rd., 831-7968, facebook.com/bagelsandbytes

Biscuits & Buns on Banks has been featured in numerous publications, including USA Today’s list for best biscuits and Thrillist’s for best New Orleans breakfasts. This nice breakfast and lunch spot in Mid-City has huge breakfast sandwiches and other savory bites. Make sure to try their creamy grits along with Abita-Glazed Pot Roast with Debris Jus. 4337 Banks St., 273-4600, biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com

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Café Amelie serves up top-notch Louisiana fare set in the historic 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. Boasting some of the city’s best cuisine with a lush atmosphere, Café Amelie brings people in who flock here for the delicious food and refreshing cocktails. Make sure to try their signature seasonal crawfish linguine. 912 Royal St., 412-8965, cafeamelie.com

Café Carmo is a tropically influenced restaurant and bar in the Warehouse District. Flavors come from the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, West Africa, South America, and more. They have a variety of appetite-pleasing dishes like Peruvian ceviche. Check out the Tiradito Sashimi with yellow chili peppers and yuzu sauce for a fresh take on fish. 527 Julia St., 875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Café Degas is the oldest Gallic restaurant in New Orleans, with authentic French cuisine that is perfect for impressing that special someone or for a “treat yo self” night. Their divine crabmeat and andouille cheesecake will blow you away. And you really must try their garlic escargot or parmesan-crusted veal medallion with a caper beurre blanc. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, cafedegas.com

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Café Maspero is a world-famous restaurant located in a beautiful old brick building in the French Quarter. With over 40 years of experience, this institution makes probably the best French onion soup around, topped with a generous layer of perfectly melted cheese. They are best known for their huge muffalettas, which have all the olive spread you could ever want! 601 Decatur St., 523-6250, cafemaspero.com

Café Navarre is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day except Monday evenings. On the weekends, head over to this relaxed American eatery in Mid-City for brunch and enjoy $5 mimosas with your Navarre special: scrambled eggs with cheddar, ham, potatoes, and veggies, all served with grits--topped with jalapenos and cheddar--and a biscuit! 800 Navarre St., 483-8828, cafenavarre.com

Caffé! Caffé! was the winner of our “Best of the Big Easy: Cafe” category. They have an extensive menu ranging from grits breakfast platters to shrimp remoulade salads. Their single espresso shots are actually doubles, and their staff is friendly and quick (perhaps due to the espresso?) Sit down for a meal or take it to go; you’ll love it either way! Two Metairie locations, caffecaffe.com

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District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. is on just about every list, local and national, for having some of the best and most unique donuts. They post their daily selection via Instagram, so be sure to check it out! Make sure you don’t skip out on their cinnamon rolls either, which is heated a la minute with caramelized sugar on top. 2209 Magazine St., 570-6945, donutsandsliders.com

Jimmy J’s Café has become a favorite breakfast spot since its inception in 2011. This funky and delightful breakfast spot has a colorful and lively atmosphere. They have all your classic breakfast favorites as well as unusual and delicious dishes like Blueberry Brandy Glazed French Toast or Eggs Lafitte, which comes with andouille sausage and a creamy crawfish hollandaise sauce. 115 Chartres St., 309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

Lakeview Brew offers breakfast sandwiches and is perfect for those trying to eat healthier. If you want to go for something a little more indulgent, however, they also have flaky and delicious pastries, and they’ll even make you a divine biscuit panini. Stop by while in Lakeview for brunch or a light lunch, and enjoy their freshly roasted coffee with your order. 5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001, lakeviewbrew.com

Morning Call Coffee Stand is a key player in the bustling coffee culture of New Orleans. Known as “New Orleans’s most famous coffee-drinking place,” this coffee and beignet-slinging institution has been around for almost 150 years and people swear they make the best of both of the above. They also make Creole and Cajun classics like crawfish etouffee. City Park and Metairie locations. Morningcallcoffeestand.com

NOLA Beans is proudly owned and operated by locals and is an excellent meeting place for friends, family, and just about anyone else. This casual dining spot located in the heart of Lakeview is open for breakfast and lunch, serving healthy breakfast plates with egg whites and oatmeal, as well as breakfast sandwiches served on just about any type of bread. 762 Harrison Ave., 267-0783, nolabeans.com

Riccobono’s Panola Street Cafe is a lovely little daytime spot that serves delicious and fresh breakfast and lunch just blocks away from Tulane University. You often see people stop by via foot, bike, and car, as it is conveniently located in the heart of Uptown. They have three-egg omelettes, healthy options, handmade burgers, sandwiches, and more. 7801 Panola St., 314-1810, panolastreetcafe.com

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Petite Amelie is a Royal Street extension of the lovely Café Amelie, offering a smaller, more on-the-go twist with fresh salads, juices, coffee, light breakfast fare, desserts, and sandwiches. Their “Cuisine Rapide” includes a daily marketplace menu with cheeses and pastries. It is a perfect spot whether you’re in a hurry or want to relax. 900 Royal St., 412-8065, cafeamelie.com/petite-amelie

The Ruby Slipper now has five different restaurants in the city. A favorite with locals and tourists alike, their diner-style atmosphere and excellent food explain their popularity. Try the BBQ Shrimp and Grits or The Peacemaker, which is your choice of any two Eggs Benedict varieties. Make sure to get one of their enormous biscuits on the side. Multiple locations, 525-9355, therubyslippercafe.com


Mardi Gras Zone will certainly take you by surprise. It looks like a regular corner store on the outside, but step inside and be greeted by a huge selection of ethnic groceries. Head to the kitchen in the back and enjoy homemade corned beef. But the real winner here is their wood-fired brick oven pizza, which is delicious and affordable. 2706 Royal St., 947-8787, mardigraszone.com

Mellow Mushroom is a delicious pizza restaurant franchise, each one with its own unique menus, specials, decoration, and more. The relaxed Oak Street location offers hearty pizza with gluten-free options, as well as juicy burgers (regular and veggie) alongside creative cocktails like the Shroom Tea, which is their own take on a Long Island. Multiple locations, 345-8229, mellowmushroom.com

Mid City Pizza has a new Uptown location, making it easier for people to get their much drooled-over hand-tossed pizza. If you want to keep it simple and fresh, get the classic Margherita or the Herbivore with your choice of seven veggies. If you are really hungry, try their Mid-City Meat Monster with pepperoni, hot sausage, meatball, bacon, and ham. Multiple locations, midcitypizza.com

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Pascal’s Manale has been an Uptown institution for over a century and should be visited by everyone. They are credited with inventing BBQ shrimp, and their world-famous version of the dish is made up of shrimp simmered in-shell with butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and secret spices. Don’t miss their famous oyster bar to enjoy the authentic flavor of New Orleans. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, pascalsmanale.com

Red Gravy serves excellent Italian food and is also one of the top brunch spots in the city. They have wonderful delicacies like cannoli pancakes and Sicilian egg pies in their homey CBD location, while also perfecting handmade pasta dishes. Please note that Red Gravy will be closed for vacation from June 27 thru July 5 and August 14 thru 25. 125 Camp St., 561-8844, redgravycafe.com

Reginelli’s Pizzeria has multiple locations with salads, sandwiches, pastas, a variety of apps, and of course, pizza that can satisfy any craving. They have a new seafood menu including a Gumbo Pizza, which is a delicious blend of andouille sausage, shrimp marinated in Crystal hot sauce, and pickled okra. Come in Tuesdays for $1 pints of local beer. Multiple locations, reginellis.com

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Tommy’s Cuisine is an upscale yet comfortable Italian restaurant near the French Quarter. This elegant and authentic restaurant has daily specials that change according to what’s fresh and what the chef decides is best. Their Veal Sorrentina is fantastic: pan-seared veal is layered with prosciutto, eggplant, and mozzarella then topped with a mushroom and marsala sauce. 746 Tchoupitoulas St., 581-1103, tommyscuisine.com

Venezia is an indispensable Italian restaurant located on N. Carrollton Avenue. Heavily praised pizza accompanies their amazing Italian food. This neighborhood favorite offers expertly cooked pastas, seafood, and more. Their Veal Pontchartrain is particularly delicious. Try their daily specials, which vary from veal porterhouse to fall-off-the-bone osso bucco that will have you drooling. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991, venezianeworleans.com

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine has multiple locations in Metairie and Uptown and is the perfect place to go for any occasion. Their classic red-sauce Italian specialties like eggplant parm and cheese lasagna bolognese are deliciously authentic. If you can’t decide what to get, try their Taste of Vincent’s: a six-course, seven-dish taste of many of their famous dishes at an affordable price. Multiple locations, vincentsitaliancuisine.com

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Wood Pizza is a lovely restaurant with plenty of seating outdoors. It is great for dining al fresco while enjoying plenty of first-rate food. They feature delicious handmade, thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas, and over 40 beers on tap, with many of them coming from local breweries. Swing by on Sundays for their $6 house-infused Bloody Mary’s. 404 Andrew Higgins Dr., 281-4893, woodpizzaneworleans.com


Caretta’s Grill specializes in Tex-Mex with multiple locations in New Orleans. Complemented by great service, wonderful margaritas, and festive live music, Caretta’s is a local top pick. Their fajita plate comes sizzling hot, with generous portions of shrimp, chicken, and beef. If you are searching for high quality Tex-Mex, Caretta’s is the place for you! Multiple locations, carrettasgrillrestaurant.com

Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria has three locations across the city, making some of the best Mexican food and margaritas. All their ingredients are fresh and the food is made right in front of you. You can have them turn a burrito into a chimichanga (a deep fried burrito) for only $3 more! If you’re really hungry, go for the super burrito, which is made with a huge 12-inch flour tortilla. Multiple locations, felipestaqueria.com

Izzo’s Illegal Burrito makes authentic Mexican burritos that are so good, it might be criminal! With over a million combinations, you can surely find the dish of your dreams. Besides burritos, they also offer tacos, nachos, quesadillas, and salads. You can customize any item with ingredients that range from achiote chicken and shrimp to cilantro-lime rice and jalapenos. Multiple locations, izzos.com

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La Casita Taqueria is among the best Mexican restaurants in town, serving a selection of tacos, margaritas, and guacamole. With tons of options for any level of hunger, La Casita offers four different housemade taco and burrito varieties and nine types of margaritas. The Pork and Sweet Potato Quesadilla appetizer is always a favorite and pairs well with any imported beer. 8400 Oak St., 826-9913, eatlacasita.com


Halal Guys is an internationally famous Middle Eastern restaurant. The two New Orleans locations serve up fresh gyros, chicken, salads, hummus, and falafel, as part of both sandwiches and platters. But no matter what you get, you gotta put their special white sauce on it with just a dash of the spicy sauce as well … so good! Freret St. and the CBD, thehalalguys.com

Lebanon’s Café has vibrant Middle Eastern food with dishes like falafel, gyros, and hummus platters. Their lunch specials are a great way to dine healthy on a budget. If you want to have a great night out with friends or go on a date, their wonderful food can be accompanied by wine, and the restaurant does not charge you to BYOB. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

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Mona’s Café has convenient locations and some of the freshest Mediterranean food in New Orleans. Whether you are down in the French Quarter or on Magazine Street, their BYOB policy is the perfect accompaniment to their menu, which has been perfected over the past 20-plus years. Mona’s is always a great choice, any time of day. Multiple locations, monascafeanddeli.com

Pyramids Café is located just behind Tulane University and feature an excellent selection of Middle Eastern specialties. They also fry up some of the fluffiest, crunchiest, and tastiest falafel in the city. They have numerous dishes for under $10, and if you have a sweet tooth, they also make an excellent walnut baklava to satisfy just that. 3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602, pyramidscafeneworleans.com


Antoine’s has been giving New Orleans some of its finest Creole cuisine for 176 years. The restaurant is the birthplace of Oysters Rockefeller and is the oldest restaurant in the city. Still owned and operated by fifth-generation relatives of the original owner, Antoine’s is a great spot to go in the French Quarter with friends and family. 713 St. Louis St., 581-4422, antoines.com

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Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit is the perfect Westbank restaurant for someone looking for comfort food that tastes like home. Excellent daily specials are accompanied by enormous crispy seafood platters and saucy po-boys like the roast beef, which stands out as a fan favorite. They have many Creole favorites like shrimp and okra gumbo made from a seafood stock. 615 Kepler St., 365-1225, dawabbit.net

The Columns Hotel features one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area. Inside an 1883 Victorian mansion on St. Charles Avenue, The Columns features a quaint yet impressive bistro. Customers love the escargot as an appetizer, and the shrimp and white cheddar grits with local mushroom and bacon keep them coming back time and time again. 3811 St. Charles Ave., 899-9308, thecolumns.com/dining

Cornet, named after Louis Armstrong’s first instrument, has steak, seafood, and a wide array of Cajun fare. Start off with the marinated crab claws. Enjoy their delicious homemade gumbo alongside a po-boy, platter, or local favorites like sauteed lemon chicken served over angel hair pasta with a crawfish alfredo sauce. They have all the good eats you could want! 700 Bourbon St., 523-1485, cornetnola.com

Crescent City Brewhouse is the only microbrewery in the French Quarter, serving up delicious modern Louisiana cuisine in a sleek space. They have a beautiful courtyard and live jazz music every night. Request a table on their balcony overlooking Decatur Street for a view of all the action. Make sure to try the six-beer sampler for only $10! 527 Decatur St., 522-0571, crescentcitybrewhouse.com

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Crossroads at House of Blues is the perfect spot for dinner before a show. With a blend of American and Cajun-Creole cuisines, this eatery is also known for their daily lunch specials. Don’t miss such favorites as the Tot Mess, their loaded tater tots, or try one of their burgers that are “even better than a backstage pass.” 225 Decatur St., 310-4999, houseofblues.com

EAT’s mission is to preserve the culture and traditions of New Orleans through their food. EAT serves up traditional New Orleans favorites like red beans and rice and crawfish boullettes with farm fresh ingredients to make the perfect meal. Supporting all things local, EAT also features the works of local artists and uses local seafood and produce whenever possible. 900 Dumaine St., 522-7222, eatnola.com

Frankie and Johnny’s is a classic New Orleans neighborhood restaurant. Since its opening in 1942, the restaurant has continuously fed and pleased patrons, from nearby dock workers in its early years to locals and tourists nowadays. Offering satisfying seafood dishes like fresh boiled crawfish and Oyster Nachos, Frankie and Johnny’s reigns as an uptown favorite. 321 Arabella St., 243-1234, frankieandjohnnys.net

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Gumbo Shop is unsurprisingly one of the best places to get delicious New Orleans gumbo other than your mama’s kitchen. In addition to several varieties of gumbo, Gumbo Shop also offers other New Orleans specialties like crawfish etouffee and po-boys. Can’t decide? Get the Creole Combination Platter, which includes jambalaya, shrimp creole, and red beans and rice or etouffee. 630 St. Peter St., 525-1486, gumboshop.com  

Joey K’s, our Best of the Big Easy writers’ pick for “Best Neighborhood Spot that will Stuff You Silly on Homemade Eats,” will have you coming back again for delicious comfort food “like mom used to make.” Come down to the heart of the Garden District to try the Shrimp Magazine or, for something lighter, go for the Shrimp Remoulade Salad. 3001 Magazine St., 891-0997, joeyksrestaurant.com

Kingfish is named for Governor Huey P. Long, who was famously called the “Kingfish.” This local favorite has an impressive menu with great dishes like the crawfish gratin and pulled pork nachos, but they’re especially renowned for their cocktail menu and great Happy Hour, which offers $5 small plates along with half off wines by the glass and beers. 337 Chartres St., 598-5005, kingfishneworleans.com  

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Mandina’s, which started out as a local Italian grocery popular to the Italian immigrants of the early 20th century, is now one of the oldest Italian restaurants in the city. Mandina’s serves up all your Italian favorites like Eggplant Parmesan and the classic Italian Salad. They also feature fantastic Creole and Cajun entrees as well as some of the best daily specials in town.  3800 Canal St., 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

Melba’s Old School PoBoys is a NOLA staple that is perfect any time of day, 24 hours a day. So much more than po-boys, this restaurant also serves up breakfast, chicken wings, plate lunches (and dinners), fresh seafood, and daiquiris. Get the “baked macaronni” or corn grits on the side, and there’s even a laundromat in the back. 1525 Elysian Fields Ave., 267-7765, eatmelbas.com

New Orleans Creole Cookery is a great spot to visit when in the French Quarter. If it’s your first time at the restaurant, head to the “Creole Favorites” section of the menu—the Taste of New Orleans is great. This French Quarter spot has a haunted history, so ask your waiter about the curious ghosts that add some quirky charm. 508 Toulouse St., 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

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The Original Fiorella’s Cafe is always satisfying and worth a drive for lunch or dinner. Famous for their roast beef and fried chicken, Fiorella’s has an old family charm that makes you feel right at home. The self-professed “end all, be all for delicious food at a great price,” this Gentilly eatery will leave both you and your wallet happily stuffed. 5325 Franklin Ave., 309-0352, facebook.com/theoriginalfiorellas

Poppa’s Poor Boys has the perfect option for anyone, whether you are in the mood for seafood or feeling a bit more carnivorous. All the food is cooked to order and the service is fast, while still maintaining friendly service. Try their amazing fried oyster po-boy with some boiled shrimp for one of the city’s best seafood combos. 720 Claiborne Dr., 832-8114

RF’s is home to mouthwatering Creole dishes, talented New Orleans-inspired musicians, and award-winning cocktails. Recommended for a romantic date or just a casual meal, RF’s is a sophisticated spot minutes away from the bustle of Bourbon Street. Offering a menu with classic Creole dishes like Blackened Gulf Fish with Andouille, RF’s is a must-try for a New Orleans night out. 301 Dauphine St., 586-0972, rfsnola.com  

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The Praline Connection started as a delivery service for busy women who didn’t have the time to cook meals and has since grown into a “down-home” New Orleans-centric restaurant. They offer a full menu of soul food and local specialties, from jambalaya to meatloaf. Famous for their spoon-dripped, homemade pralines made daily, The Praline Connection also sells cookies, seasonings, and sauces. 542 Frenchmen St., 943-3934, pralineconnection.com

Short Stop Poboys offers one of the largest selection of po-boys in the city. This is your one stop shop for po-boys, fantastic gumbo, and more. With options ranging from cold cuts and French fries; to seafood such as oysters, crawfish, and shrimp; to roast beef or hot sausage patties. Short Stop also offer sides like stuffed artichokes, chips, and gumbo, along with desserts. Call ahead to use their drive-thru pick-up. 119 Transcontinental Dr., 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com 

Vacherie is located in the French Quarter and has a nice sit-down dining room, a more casual café, and a bar. Complete with a weekend brunch until 2 p.m. and a DIY Bloody Mary Bar, Vacherie offers sandwiches like the Fried Green Tomato and Shrimp Remoulade Po-Boy, as well as filling dinners like Panned Pork Tenderloin. Come for breakfast to have the Crawfish Frittata. 827 Toulouse St., 207-4532, vacherierestaurant.com


Acme Oyster House is the ultimate destination for “rawsome” oysters. With locations all over Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, Acme is a seafood favorite specializing in oysters. Offering so much more than just oysters, however, Acme also serves up several Southern favorites like seafood gumbo and the Oysters Rockefeller soup. Enjoy po-boys, platters, and desserts, perfect for any type of craving. Various Locations, acmeoyster.com

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The Blue Crab is an excellent seafood restaurant with beautiful views of Lake Pontchartrain. Located in the Lakeview area right on the water, The Blue Crab features a plethora of dishes and drinks to select from, all made to order. Try washing down a crab cake sandwich with a Blue Crab Collins (a cocktail made with vodka, blueberries, and lemon). 7900 Lakeshore Dr., 284-2898, thebluecrabnola.com

Crazy Lobster Bar and Grill, located on the Riverwalk by the Outlet Collection, is the perfect spot for seafood overlooking the Mighty Mississippi. Grab one of New Orleans’s famous Hurricanes and some boiled seafood. With famous New Orleans-style appetizers like Cajun Calamari, you won’t be hungry. For dinner, enjoy live music and try their famous shrimp creole. 500 Port of New Orleans #83, 569-3380, thecrazylobster.com

Don’s Seafood has two locations in Greater New Orleans serving up delicious Cajun dishes. Their Zydeco Shrimp is fried in a secret blend of herbs and spices and is served with their homemade sweet and spicy pepper jelly. Their seafood platter is not to be missed: stuffed crab, fried shrimp, stuffed shrimp, fried catfish, and oysters, all with Don’s homemade shrimp etouffee. Metairie and Covington, donsseafoodonline.com

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Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant doesn’t mess around when it comes to serving fresh seafood and perfectly cooked steaks. Come in for dinner and enjoy one of the few true surf-and-turf dinners in the city: a whole steamed and stuffed Maine lobster with a 10-ounce or 16-ounce juicy ribeye. You can add fried oysters for just a couple bucks more. 738 Poland Ave., 943-9914, jackdempseys.net

Lafitte’s Landing Seafood House is the type of place Westbank spot where you feel like family right when you walk in. And you should also go there for their creative cocktails, fresh seafood, and reasonable prices. It’s difficult to recommend what to order—as they have just about every seafood option from lobster to crawfish—and they’re all delicious. 1700 Lapalco Blvd., 252-9613, lafitteslandingseafoodhouse.com

Nola Boils Cafe might be best-known for their catering, where they bring a boil truck right to you along with a LCD flat screen TV, speakers, and more. But don’t forget about their delicious café that offers all your New Orleans favorites like soft shell crab po-boys on Leidenheimer bread or the dazzling delicious and tangy shrimp remoulade sandwich. 601 Metairie Rd., 295-7121, nolaboils.com/cafeacute.html

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Oceana Grill is the perfect spot for hungry customers anytime of day and is located just off Bourbon Street. They are open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For breakfast, grab a seafood omelette. Any of their loaded po-boys are a good option for lunch. And at night, be sure to try their Louisiana crab cakes. 739 Conti Street, 525-6002, oceanagrill.com

Poseidon is a great seafood restaurant and sushi bar that offers a wide array of New Orleans cuisine. Open six days a week and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Poseidon pleases the Garden District community with their specialities like Butter and Garlic Crawfish. Grab some friends and enjoy karaoke in one of their private rooms along with cold sake and hot appetizers. 2100 St. Charles Ave., 509-6675, poseidonnola.com

Royal House Oyster Bar has a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence, and for good reason! The restaurant serves fresh seafood and oysters (on the half shell, chargrilled, or Rockefeller), soups, salads, pasta, sandwiches, and more, all in a prime location with balcony dining for great people watching. Their redfish beignets are fried golden brown and served with a Crystal Hot Sauce beurre blanc. 441 Royal St., 528-2601, royalhouserestaurant.com


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Seed takes your New Orleans and Southern comfort food favorites and puts a delicious, healthy, and creative vegan spin on them. Their Southern fried “nuggets” are deep-fried tofu with your choice of sauce. Their famous po-boy is overstuffed with pan-fried eggplant, cornmeal batter, and roasted red peppers. There are also raw options and cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices. 1330 Prytania St., 302-2599, seedyourhealth.com

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