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Summer Restaurant Guide 2020

12:00 July 07, 2020
By: Staff


Bennachin Restaurant blends influences from places such as Gambia and Cameroon and is just as exotic. What started as a business in Metairie is now a popular location in the French Quarter. Boasting a calm and attractive atmosphere, Bennacihin has dishes for both vegans and omnivores that are full of flavor and will make your taste buds light up. 1212 Royal St., 504-522-1230, bennachinrestaurant.com


Bayou Hot Wings has more hot wings than the entire city of Nashville. Their "made-from-scratch" wings come with a whole slew of sauces, or you can opt for a burger or wrap instead. Try the Bayou Hot Wing Challenge for a chance to have your meal comped and your picture on the Wall of Fame. Warning: not for the faint-of-heart. Bayou Hot Wings brings the heat. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-662-9933, BayouHotWings.com

Betty's Bar and Bistro offers a no-fuss bite to eat if you have a hankering for food like your mama made. A locally owned bar and bistro in the French Quarter, Betty's has an eclectic menu of good ol' diner fare with a Cajun twist. Their menu ranges from mac and cheese bites to bigger plates, like a catfish sandwich or their Bistro Burger. 700 Burgundy St., 354-1222, bettysbar.com

Daisy Dukes offers authentic Southern dining in a relaxed Southern atmosphere. They have a comfortable and casual vibe and will deliver a consistently good meal to you whenever you come through their doors. You can find them at locations throughout the city, should you need to make a pit stop during your day to refuel for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Multiple Locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

The Duke proclaims that their legend is in the food, and their fried mac and cheese and burgers are definitely legendary. The Duke is casual but full of flavor and charm. In addition to burgers, they also serve salads, pasta, hot dogs, and fried dessert. Fried bread pudding, anyone? As any grease aficionado will attest, anything fried ought to be tried. 2740 Severn Ave., Metairie, 353-4227, thedukemetairie.com

Fullblast Brunch is a New Orleans brunch place with Creole, Latin, and Cajun influences. It is open right now with dine-in options available. If you're looking to get a quick bite or a heartier Southern fix, you're sure to find what you need at this fun eatery. Located in Mid-City, Fullblast is as convenient as it is delicious. 139 S. Cortez St., 504-302-2800, fullblastbrunch.com

Gattuso's will be sure to satisfy your hunger, whether you are craving a soft-shell crab, a salmon salad, or something more substantial. The restaurant also offers gumbo and a bevy of appetizers that can sate your appetite before you dig into any number of delectable entrees. Gattuso's always makes you feel like you are at home with their friendly service and remarkable cooking. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 386-1114, gattusos.net

Lakeview Harbor, "home of Lakeview's original burger," offers a wide selection of American classics, such as salads, USDA steaks, po-boys, wraps, pizza, seafood, and so much more. They have daily specials every day, including red beans with smoked sausage on Mondays and chicken-fried steak or meat-stuffed bell peppers on Tuesdays. They even serve breakfast. 8550 Pontchartrain Ave., 486-4887, lakeviewharbor.us

Legacy Kitchen is home to some truly great cuisine, boasting a range of options including luscious desserts and great sandwiches. This place is a must-try for anyone looking for a good meal with a craft cocktail. They have an excellent selection of steaks and chops, but we also recommend the chicken and waffles or the shrimp tacos. 513-2606, Multiple Locations, legacykitchen.com

Liberty Cheesesteaks boasts some of the best cheesesteaks this side of the City of Brotherly Love. But don't allow Liberty Cheesesteaks's name to fool you; their menu doesn't stop at cheesesteaks. They offer other top-notch sandwiches as well, including signature hoagies and subs. Stop by their drive-thru, if you're on-the-go, or sit down to enjoy a cheesesteak and catch a game on TV. 5041 Freret St., 875-4447, libertycheesesteaks.com

Pokeworks is one of the best places to get poke bowls in the city, and they are open and serving takeout. The restaurant is known for the freshness and sustainability of its ingredients and its healthy selections. Try their signature bowls, like the Sweet Ginger Chicken bowl, or opt for "Poke Your Way" and custom-make your own as you want it. 3413 Veterans Memorial Blvd. #119, Metairie, 218-5352 pokeworks.com/new-orleans

Spudly's Super Spuds is a baked-potato hot spot that also serves a host of other dishes, such as burgers, salads, and po-boys. But people really come for the potatoes—they don't call it "a meal in a baked potato" for nothing. Try your potato topped with everything from crabmeat and shrimp to beef chili to broccoli and cheese. 2609 Harvard Ave., Metairie, 455-3250, spudlys.com

Willie Mae's [Where Y'at Staff]

Stein's Market and Deli is a New Orleans staple that many know for its sandwiches almost as much as they do for its groceries. (In fact, many say they often come just for the sandwiches.) Offering a great breakfast menu as well, this restaurant has been serving members of the New Orleans community for years. 2207 Magazine St., 527-0771, steinsdeli.com

Willie Mae's is a quintessential Southern restaurant. Fried chicken and mashed potatoes? You bet! They also offer dishes closer to home, such as seafood gumbo. Go to drink and be merry, or to enjoy Willie Mae's famous food. There's now a second location at Pythian Market, an offshoot of the original Scotch House, with all the same chicken you know and love. Multiple locations, williemaesnola.com


Green Teais a fantastic little restaurant that feeds you quickly. The restaurant will take orders for takeout and delivery for those looking to satisfy their Chinese-food cravings at home. The restaurant is known for its "GT Way," where you can create your own dishes by selecting your choice of meat, a vegetable, and a sauce. 3001 Napoleon Ave., 899-8005, greenteanola.com

Kyoto 2 serves excellent Asian cuisine in an inconspicuous location. Offering a dine-in experience now with limited seating, this is a great place to eat in New Orleans. Though the sushi bar is not currently open for dining in, customers may still order sushi to go. A stand-out is the Funky Margarita Roll, with crawfish, tuna, salmon, and guacamole. 5608 Citrus Blvd. A-B, 818-0228, facebook.com/Kyoto2Nola

Lotus Bistro is a Japanese fusion restaurant in Lakeview. They do ramen and bento, not to mention a slate of signature sushi dishes. Lotus has achieved a popular following among New Orleanians by seamlessly blending ancient techniques with more modern ways of sushi techniques, the end result being a uniquely appealing mixture. Their talented sushi chefs are second-to-none. 203 W. Harrison Ave., 533-9879, lotusbistronola.com

Mikimoto [Where Y'at Staff]

Mikimoto is another great sushi joint that is sure to please the sushi-lover in your life with its impressive range of items on the menu, including tempura, sesame chicken, tuna tartar, and, of course, sushi. The Crescent City Roll has crab, crawfish, shrimp, and avocado, and they even offer rice-less rolls for those going Keto. For something different, try the wasabi mussels. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

Miyako Hibachi & Sushi is a Japanese restaurant offering delectable hibachi dishes for takeout today, with flavor that can only be found here. The restaurant remains open and is serving filet, salmon, chicken, calamari, lobster, and more, as well as any combination of the bunch. Miyako also offers a selection of lunch specials. Don't miss their Cajun crawfish tacos. 1403 St. Charles Ave., 410-9997, miyakonola.com

MoPho is a great restaurant located near City Park that offers Vietnamese dishes with a Cajun flair that are true crowd-pleasers. Chef Michael Gulotta brings it all together for this restaurant and makes it what it is. MoPho is a super spot for a date or a group of friends who want great cocktails, fabulous pho, and cozy patio seating. 514 City Park Ave., 482-6845, mophonola.com

Origami is a sushi restaurant that calls itself a "taste of Japan." It successfully captures the seemingly understated yet deeply complicated art of sushi. The sushi menu consists of over 20 kinds of rolls, from salmon to snow crab. Origami has lunch specials and a whole menu of vegetarian dishes. Try a little hot sake with your "Saints Kick" roll and stay for the banana tempura. 899-6532, 5130 Freret St., origaminola.com

Bars with Great Food

5216 Table & Tap is a classy joint that offers late-night comfort food and drinks, with a great menu that has tacos, burgers, and all the comfort foods you could want from a bar. On top of that, they serve pastries from Maurice French Pastries. Try their beautiful and delicious cocktails from their tastefully renovated bar. 5216 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 766-1417, 5216tableandtap.com

Backspace Bar and Kitchen boasts Hemingway-inspired sandwiches and literary homages throughout the bar. It is itself a reprieve from the chaos of the French Quarter. Stop by for a quick bite to eat but stay for the culture and the atmosphere, which will pull you in the way your favorite novel does. Backspace sates both your cultural and culinary appetites.139 Chartres St., 322-2245, backspacenola.com

Buffa's Bar and Restaurant is now open from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for dine-in. With its music, affordable drinks, and food you can count on, Buffa's has brightened up New Orleans ever since it was founded in 1939 on the "border of the Quarter." This is the place to go if you like a place with a friendly neighborhood vibe. 1001 Esplanade Ave., 949-0038, buffasrestaurant.com

Copper Vine Winepub [Where Y'at Staff]

Copper Vine Winepub is a classy yet welcoming spot known for its nature-filled courtyard, wine on tap, and delicious bites. Their crab deviled eggs are a guest favorite, the crawfish beignets are to die for, and their frozen sangria is one of the best things you've ever had in a glass. They also sell sangria kits so you can make some at home.1001 Poydras St., 208-9535, coppervinewine.com

Dmac's Bar and Grill is a cool bar with live music regularly and a great selection of beer and mixed drinks. Located in Mid-City, this hidden gem is where you will find surprisingly good music, no cover charge, delicious bar food, and Sunday brunch. It proclaims itself as New Orleans's best-kept secret. Why not head on over and see for yourself? 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., 304-5757, dmacsbarandgrill.com

Fulton Alley is a bowling alley and a bar, with an impressive selection of beer and wine and excellent food to enjoy while you knock down a few pins. Popular highlights include the French dip sandwich, "Loaded Baked Potato Tots," and spinach and artichoke dip. Now open only on the weekends, Fulton Alley also takes reservations for private events. 208-5569, 600 Fulton St., fultonalley.com

The Jimani is a sports bar in the French Quarter with Italian-American roots. Their unique heritage means that soccer fans especially will find what they're looking for here, though the bar also screens other types of games. The restaurant side of the operation offers a mouthwatering range of options, from burgers to Chicago-style hot dogs, all at affordable prices. 141 Chartres St., 524-0493, thejimani.com

Orleans Grapevine is a spectacular wine bar and bistro located in the heart of the French Quarter. Featuring one of the city's best wine lists as well as the popular Bacon Happy Hour, Orleans Grapevine is a great spot for a date or get-together with friends. 720 Orleans St., New Orleans, 523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com

Rivershack Tavern [Where Y'at Staff]

Rivershack Tavern is a popular classic spot that boasts an impressive selection of beer and delicious food to boot. With a classic exterior off of a postcard, this place is here to make sure that you have a good time. Known for its fantastic burgers and wonderful daily specials, Rivershack also has plenty of outdoor seating as well as live music. 3449 River Rd., Jefferson, 834-4938, rivershacktavern.com

Rum and the Lash, inside Mick's Irish Pub, brings bar food to a new level. Their burgers, wraps, salads, and chicken sandwiches are of the quality to be found in a great restaurant. Mick's is everything you'd expect an Irish pub to be: inexpensive, approachable, and a whole lot of fun. Honestly, what's better than a cold beer and a classic burger? 4801 Bienville St., 482-9113 rumandthelash.com

Tracey's is a great Irish bar boasting sensational food and a truly spectacular beer selection. Now serving po-boys aplenty, Tracey's is opening its doors to customers again. Their "World's Best Roast Beef" po-boy genuinely earned its name. Look to Tracey's for your late-night adventures with beer, bar snacks, and a place to catch up with friends. 2604 Magazine St., 897-5413, traceysnola.com


Bearcat Café is a cozy café that features healthy as well as hearty options. Now offering dine-in and takeout, Bearcat Café is known as one of the best brunch spots in town. Visit them for breakfast or lunch, with comfortable patio seating, fantastic cocktails, and their special Alinea Coffee. The "Shrimp Daddy Burrito" is not to be missed. 309-9011, Multiple Locations, bearcatcafe.com

Café 615 (Home of Da Wabbit) is a special Westbank spot that you won't want to pass up. They are welcoming customers back for dine-in and takeout during the week. Founded in 1948, this café is dedicated to serving authentic Creole dishes—ranging from filet mignon to crawfish queso—to generations of families. They also have plenty of cocktails and draft beer. 615 Kepler St., Gretna, 365-1225, cafe615.com

Cafe Amelie [Where Y'at Staff]

Café Amelie, located in the Princess of Monaco courtyard in the French Quarter, opened in 2005 but looks as historic as New Orleans itself. The café's indoor space is nestled inside a 150-year-old carriage house. The adjoining courtyard is so breathtaking that people hold weddings there. But Café Amelie isn't just pretty; they're also known for their seafood and weekend brunch options. 912 Royal St., 412-8965, cafeamelie.com

Café Navarre is a laid-back café boasting a delectable menu that keeps bringing customers back. It also features a very spacious porch, which is a big draw on weekends. Self-proclaimed "Home of the Froscrew," their famous frozen screwdriver cocktail, Café Navarre will deliver a good meal, whether that be a cheesy pizza or a thick juicy burger. 800 Navarre Ave., 483-8828, cafenavarre.com

Caffe! Caffe! warrants the enthusiasm of its name. This coffee shop's multiple locations are renowned across the city for both their coffee and their dining options. For breakfast, they offer a slate of made-from-scratch options, from breakfast sandwiches to fresh juices. For lunch, Caffe! Caffe! has a number of creative salad and sandwich options as well as their soup du jour. Multiple Locations., 267-9190, caffecaffe.com

Carmo boasts flavors "from Southeast Asia to West Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and beyond." This is a great date spot, and don't visit without trying one of their fantastic cocktails or fresh tropical juices. The restaurant provides a comfortable atmosphere and amazing food for anyone looking for an exotic and tasty meal. Their cheese-topped Armenian breads are worth a trip alone. 527 Julia St., 875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Haydel's Bake Shop is a satellite location of the famous Haydel's Bakery. This is a great way to get some of the iconic baked goods Haydel's is known for at an Uptown location. They are internationally known for their king cakes, but check out their cupcakes, petits fours, and other pastries, which are delicious as well. They even do wedding cakes. 3117 Magazine St., 267-3165, facebook.com/haydelsbakeshop

NOLA Caye is a Caribbean-inspired restaurant in the Warehouse District. It's a boutique eatery with gorgeous décor, including floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious interior. Located in a building formerly used for housing, the space has that lively Warehouse-District feeling of an upscale restaurant—a sort of diamond in the rough. Get your oysters on the half shell or a top-notch steak. 98 Baronne St., 302-1302, nolacaye.com

Parkway Bakery has been around since 1911, and it has earned its status as a New Orleans classic. Considered to be a neighborhood hangout, Parkway Bakery also brings people from all around the city and beyond with their famous po-boys, such as the alligator smoked sausage and "surf & turf" varieties. And they have a full bar with drink specials. 538 Hagan Ave., 482-3047, parkwaypoorboys.com

Picnic Provisions & Whiskey is a peppy restaurant with a Southern menu to remember. Home to some of the best fried chicken in town, Picnic & Provisions will actually cater your next picnic or special event with all the fixings. Highlights include their cocktails (try the pina colada!) and the Crawfish Boil Hot Fried Chicken Sandwich. 741 State St., 266-2810, nolapicnic.com

Please U Restaurant puts out traditional Louisiana food with a touch of love. This is the sort of classic comfort food that people seek out. Started by Greek restaurateurs in 1946, this family business has become an institution on the Avenue. They're open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., so hit them up for a breakfast or lunch to remember. 1751 St. Charles Ave., 525-9131, pleaseunola.com

Riccobono's Panola Street Cafe is open from Thursday to Sunday every week for breakfast, lunch, and brunch, serving a wide range of American breakfast staples. They have a whole range of three-egg omelet options, multiple sorts of Eggs Benedict, and, for something sweeter, pancakes and Belgian waffles. Too decadent? Opt for the egg white plate or oatmeal bowl instead.7801 Panola St., 314-1810, panolastreetcafe.com

Sala is a trendy eatery that will win you over. Located by the Lakefront, this restaurant offers brunch and dinner with style. Try one of their small plates, such as the duck empanadas, or something more substantial, like the vegan pasta or fish tacos. Their cocktail menu is impressive, and they offer bottomless mimosas at brunch. 124 Lake Marina Ave., 513-2670, salanola.com

The Vintage wants you to enjoy your time in their restaurant by savoring their wine and food. They offer homemade gourmet beignets, great breakfast, and a host of other options, such as fresh-baked cookies with milk. They have a superior champagne selection and an excellent Happy Hour. Pair a glass of their wine with a cheese board or one of their flatbreads. 3121 Magazine St., 324-7144, thevintagenola.com


Café Degas, featuring French cuisine, is famous for its Sunday brunch. The restaurant's over 30 years of history qualify it as the longest-running French bistro in New Orleans. They're known for their romantic ambience, including white-tablecloth, candlelit dinners. A tree growing through the interior of the restaurant helps lend Café Degas its own special style: a blend of upscale and down-to-earth. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 945-5635, cafedegas.com

Vyoone's is a French restaurant in a very classic way. With intense Creole and French influences, this restaurant offers dishes straight outta France, such as escargot, French onion soup, and salade niçoise. The place features a charming patio that's perfect for enjoying a cocktail. Make a reservation at Vyoone's for your next date night or special occasion. 412 Girod St., 518-6007, vyoone.com


Andrea's is a lovable Italian spot where its congenial chef Andrea will steal your heart and then your stomach. Whether it be authentic Northern or Continental Italian cuisine you seek, you will be sure to have a wonderful meal. Grab a drink before your meal in their charming Capri Blu lounge, which features live music on the weekends. 3100 19th St., Metairie, 834-8583, andreasrestaurant.com

Josephine Estelle, run by James Beard Award-winners, blends Italian cooking with flavors of the American South. Featuring fried chicken with an Italian twist and rigatoni on the same menu, Josephine Estelle achieves an idiosyncratic and rare fusion. With its plush seating arrangement and ornate interior, this restaurant offers the best of both worlds: truly fine dining and reasonable prices to boot. 600 Carondelet St., 930-3070, josephineestelle.com

Mosca's serves some of the city's best Italian food. Call ahead for a reservation, as the dining room is only open from Wednesday through Saturday. Customers can still get their Shrimp Mosca, Oysters Mosca, or any other of their favorite dishes, like the Italian crab salad. Make sure to hold off for the grand dessert finale: pineapple fluff! 4137 US-90 West, Westwego, 436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com

Pascal's Manale is known nearly as much for its fresh oysters as it is for its BBQ shrimp, which is a dish that they created. It is also famous for its Italian dishes, such as Eggplant Dryades. Pascal's is open Tuesday thru Saturday, serving wonderful pastas, salads, and seafood specialties. Grab a cocktail at their bar before or after your meal. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 895-4877, pascalsmanale.com

PIZZA domenica is one of the best pizza joints in New Orleans because of its mastery of the sauce, not to mention its signature thin-crust dough. With both Uptown and Mid-City locations, Pizza domenica doesn't just serve pizza, though. Try some of their antipasti or salad by ordering takeout, or dine-in to sample one of their famous craft cocktails. Multiple Locations, 301-4978, pizzadomenica.com

Venezia [Where Y'at Staff]

Venezia is an iconic restaurant that never disappoints. Serving traditional Italian cuisine "with a New Orleans flair" since 1957, Venezia has great pizzas that are fantastic for both dine-in or takeout. Get your pie topped with crawfish! Come for their chicken marsala or their veal spinach cannelloni, but don't leave until you've tried their cheesecake. Now also open for lunch on Saturday. N. Carrollton Ave., 488-7991, venezianeworleans.net


Carreta's Grill has been serving quality Mexican food for over 20 years. Whether you're craving fajitas or tacos, Carreta's is sure to have what you need. Try a mango or strawberry margarita with some chips and fresh guacamole or a giant burrito. This Mexican restaurant brings a festive ambience—including live music—to the table, along with authenticity and frugal prices. Multiple locations, carretasgrillrestaurant.com

Chilango's has labored to be "not your typical Mexican joint." They go beyond the usual Tex-Mex standards and incorporate influences from South and Central America and Europe in their dishes. Chilango's relies on a variety of authentic ingredients, such as corn, beans, meats, dairy products, and various herbs and spices. Don't miss Ribeye Thursdays, with steak dinners for just $9.75. 1506 S. Carrollton Ave., 766-9949, chilangosnola.com

El Paso Mexican Grill serves traditional Tex-Mex food that will put a smile on your face. Think mouthwatering tacos, enchiladas, margaritas, and much more. El Paso has some of the best queso dip in town, so don't skip the starters. With fresh ingredients and quality tequila, you know that everything that you eat or drink is going to be good. Multiple locations, elpasomexrestaurant.com

Juan's Flying Burrito is a local favorite, with four locations and over 20 years of history in the New Orleans area. They do Mexican food with an idiosyncratic Southeastern Louisiana twist. Their menu features such Southwestern necessities as burritos and nachos, but also the sort of fish tacos that can only be properly experienced this side of the Gulf Coast. Multiple Locations, juansflyingburrito.com

Luna Libre is known for its great tacos and Mexican cuisine, as well as its cozy atmosphere in the Bywater. It also boasts a breakfast menu that could put a little pep in your morning routine. Try their Loaded Luna Nachos, their veggie tacos, or go light with their chili lime shrimp salad. How about a vegan banana taco? 3600 St. Claude Ave., 237-1284, lunalibrenola.com


Lebanon's Cafe offers traditional Middle Eastern dishes, including homemade hummus and some of the best kabobs in New Orleans. The restaurant has a BYOB policy and beautiful murals lining its walls. Order one of their lunch plates that come with hummus, salad, and pita. This Middle Eastern spot combines the hospitality and convenience of a family-owned restaurant with affordable prices. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

Pyramid's Cafe has been called the premiere Mediterranean option in New Orleans, and it isn't difficult to see why. They're known for their gyro plates as well as stuffed lamb, a versatile dish which comes spicy or mild. Family-owned, Pyramid's has been in the business for over three decades, giving their patrons the kind of personal attention that distinguishes them. 3149 Calhoun St., 861-9602, neworleanspyramidscafe.com

New Orleans Cuisine

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop is an award-winning gumbo shop in Metairie, known for its low-key atmosphere and delicious food. Featuring genuine Louisiana-style cooking, this place is a must-visit for anyone seeking real New Orleans cuisine. Sit down for their Mumbo Gumbo or one of their sizable vegetarian offerings. Chef Ron's is a great portrait of local cooking. 2309 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 835-2022, gumbostop.com

Coterie NOLA Restaurant & Oyster Bar is a locally owned restaurant with New Orleans style. Visiting their posh space in the French Quarter, guests have a versatile range of menu items to choose from. Try their crawfish étouffée, chargrilled oysters, crab cake pasta, or, for something different, an alligator platter. They also have an extensive cocktail menu and serve breakfast. 135 Decatur St., 529-8600, coterienola.com

House of Blues New Orleans is best known as a music venue, but it would be a mistake to overlook their restaurant. They offer traditional Creole fare, with such dishes as po-boys and jambalaya. Not only can you get a high-quality take on New Orleans cuisine here, but you can do so while simultaneously experiencing world-class live music.225 Decatur St., 310-4999, houseofblues.com/neworleans

Mandina's offers a combination of Italian and New Orleans cuisine that makes for an exceptional blend, even in a city as diverse as this one. Guests can get not only fried catfish, but also spaghetti and meatballs. In typical Italian fashion, they dole it out in heaping portions, so expect to take some home. And it's now soft-shell crab season at Mandina's! 3800 Canal St., 482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com/nola

Melba's Poboys is a deli-style place of plenty. It offers you a multitude of choices when it comes to po-boys, from the guilty-pleasure french-fry po-boy to more traditional fare, such as a shrimp po-boy. They also have plate lunches, wings, must-have sides, and frozen daiquiris. Melba's lives by the motto "Eat at Melba's, pray before eating, and love New Orleans." 1525 Elysian Fields Ave., 267-7765, melbas.com

Mother's is a legendary New Orleans establishment. This Central Business District spot has been around since 1938. They serve authentic Creole cuisine and everything that goes with it. Try out traditional dishes, like their spectacular fried chicken, famous Jerry's Jambalaya, or their "world's best" baked ham. And go ahead and sleep in: Breakfast is available all day. 401 Poydras St., 523-9656, mothersrestaurant.net

New Orleans Creole Cookery meshes together the core elements of quality dining: ambience and cuisine. They offer both a stylish interior as well as an outdoor, spacious patio area, complete with hanging light fixtures and a fountain. Their menu, consisting of mostly New Orleans staples, includes highlights like gumbo three different ways and six unique styles of Hurricane cocktail. 508 Toulouse St., 524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

Neyow's Creole Café is a popular black-owned business in Mid-City. The restaurant serves a lean menu of Creole food. They go for quality, not quantity, in terms of menu options. Neyow's has different specials every day, such as Cornish hen or BBQ shrimp, as well as everyday salads, pasta, po-boys, and more. Sit inside or try their outdoor patio seating. 3332 Bienville St., 827-5474, neyows.com

Parran's Po-Boys & Restaurant, an iconic restaurant with locations in Metairie, Kenner, and Uptown, serves po-boys, po-boys, and po-boys. Did we mention that Parran's has po-boys? Not only that, but their menu features a slate of Cajun and Italian options from Eggplant Parran and spaghetti to red beans and rice. With four locations, Parran's is bound to be near you. Multiple locations, parranspoboys.com

Poppa's Seafood & Deli [Where Y'at Staff]

Poppa's Seafood & Deli has been serving the 9th Ward of New Orleans for 25 years. They combine traditional, Southern, and New Orleans comfort food into one hard-to-forget blend. Guests have a number of options to choose from, from fried chicken to spaghetti and meatballs and beans and greens. The crawfish pies, bread pudding, and gumbo also get rave reviews. 3311 N. Galvez St., 947-3373

Short Stop Poboys, now offering limited dine-in, is a neighborhood po-boy shop, as the name suggests. It offers a whole menu of delicious sandwiches for you to enjoy, in six-inch, nine-inch, or massive 14-inch king-size varieties. Choose from meatball, seafood, French fries, and so much more. Can't decide? Short Stop will let you go half-and-half with many of the po-boy fillings. 119 Transcontinental Dr., Metairie, 885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com


Briquette is a classy New Orleans seafood spot that stands out for its quality. Located in a former molasses refinery with an open kitchen, an 18-foot seafood display, and a large bar area, this restaurant has a first-rate atmosphere to match its excellent food. You can't go wrong with the Louisiana redfish or the Snapper Pontchartrain. 701 S. Peters St., 302-7496, briquette-nola.com

Landry's Seafood House does a range of freshly caught seafood dishes, from their signature Blackened Redfish Etouffée and crab cakes to shrimp, oysters, and lobster. Prefer your food land-based? They have steak, chicken, salad, and burger options as well. Landry's also offers a mouthwatering breadth of specialty cocktails, such as a Raspberry Lemon Drop, and family meals to go. 620 Decatur St., 581-9825, landrysseafood.com

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco is a unique restaurant that brings Peruvian flavors to seafood, including its eponymous ceviche. Tito's has a number of grab-and-go drinks available for those not wanting to eat in, but advanced reservations are encouraged for on-site dining. Aside from the ceviches, they also offer a number of other plates, such as the duck confit with beer glaze. 5015 Magazine St., 267-7612, titoscevichepisco.com


Max Well is a high-class vegetarian restaurant serving healthy food that is both inventive and fun. The restaurant primarily serves salads, soups, and bowls, but also has a number of other great dishes that will spice up your dinner in unexpected ways. And it is all environmentally friendly. This is an excellent choice for vegetarian dishes that are lively, exciting, and flavorful. 6101 Magazine St., 301-0510 maxwellneworleans.com

Seed is currently open for takeout and delivery, offering naan pizza and mushroom tostadas as their latest specials. In addition they are offering a range of beer, wine and cocktail selections for those looking to have something to drink with their meal. The restaurant also offers a ranch of tacos and sandwiches to round out a great plant-based menu that will provide for your whole family. 1330 Prytania St., 417-7333, seedneworleans.com

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