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Summer Restaurant Guide 2021

15:00 June 07, 2021
By: Staff

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Annunciation is the perfect place to relax and enjoy Cajun and Creole specialities after a long day at the office. If you like oysters, then Annunciation has you covered with multiple dishes such as Oysters Rockerfeller, fried oysters, Oysters en Brochette, and oyster and artichoke soup. You can also enjoy craft cocktails like the Catherine the Great or the Southern Smash. 1016 Annunciation St., 504-568-0245, annunciationrestaurant.com

Briquette is housed in the former Rodd Brothers Molasses Refinery, which dates from the 1800s. The restaurant is best known for its 18-foot long seafood display. Choose from a multitude of seafood specialties like Caramelized Sea Scallops and Lump Crabmeat Napoleon to Halibut Fillet and Redfish on the Half Shell. 701 S. Peters St., 504-302-7496, briquette-nola.com

Carmo is a unique gem that mixes international elements from Southeast Asia, West Africa, the Caribbean, and South America to create its one of a kind dishes. Some of the choices on offer include ceviche, trifongo, broken noodle salad, tiradito, and a wide arrangement of seafood dishes as well. Make sure to also order one of the many tropical cocktails or sakes on offer. 527 Julia St., 504-875-4132, cafecarmo.com

Josephine Estelle is a magnificent osteria run by award winning chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman. The restaurant primarily specializes in Italian favorites such as veal, arancini, and many different types of pasta like ravioli, rigatoni, and malfatti. Come in for brunch, lunch, dinner, or even Aperitivo "Happy" Hour and enjoy what this spot has to offer. 600 Carondelet St., 504-930-3070, josephineestelle.com

Meril Cast Iron Baked Cheese [courtesy Emeril Lagasse]

Legacy Kitchen Craft Tavern prides itself on its refined American cuisine. From breakfast classics like roasted chicken and crawfish queso to roast beef po-boys and pecan smoked chicken wings, you are guaranteed to find your next favorite meal on the menu. You can also enjoy daily brunches with items like fried chicken and waffles, as well as crawfish and egg beignets. 700 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-613-2350, legacykitchen.com

Manning's Sports Bar & Grill is the place to be with your friends for the next big game. Manning's will absolutely put you in the mood for football with over 30 flat screen TVs, unique sports memorabilia, and over 20 different beers on tap. Make sure to come hungry and order the fried oysters, chili cheese dogs, or the St. Louis-style spare ribs. 519 Fulton St., 504-593-8118, caesars.com

Maypop brings the rich flavors of Southeast Asia to New Orleans. Established by Chef Michael Gulotta, the menu features interesting Asian fusion dishes like crawfish etouffee curry, spicy cumin lamb with sweet potato spaghetti, and smoked duck ham with cashew butter sticky rice. You can also order craft cocktails like the Bangkok Mule and the Sazerac Du Roi. 611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-518-6345, maypoprestaurant.com

Meril is Chef Emril Lagasse's newest restaurant in New Orleans and is also named after his daughter. Showcasing some of Lagasse's favorite dishes that he likes to eat, you can pick from different types of flatbread, pastas, and other entrees like the Korean beef short ribs. Make sure to save room for sorbet or the chocolate chip skillet cake. 424 Girod St., 504-526-3745, emerilsrestaurants.com/meril

Mother's Restaurant [courtesy Mother's Restaurant]

Mother's Restaurant started out in 1938 as a local hangout for Marines and has since blossomed into a New Orleans favorite. Not only does Mother's have the "world's best baked ham," the restaurant is also proudly known for its red beans and rice, fried chicken, bread pudding, and so much more. Mother's is so good, it might even be better than your mother's cooking. 401 Poydras St., 504-523-9656, mothersrestaurant.net

Peacock Room's Blue Crab Pimento Cheese [Aubrie Pick for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants]

Peacock Room is a self described luxurious yet lighthearted cocktail bar on Tchoupitoulas Street. This is definitely the place to go to and spend time with friends while enjoying refreshing cocktails like Sazeracs and Sherry Cobblers, as well as the numerous available wines and beers. Make sure to grab some gumbo, oysters, or a burger while you're there! 501 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-571-1818, peacockroomnola.com

Seaworthy, as the name suggests, is all about providing New Orleans with quality seafood. Mussels, scallops, gulf shrimp, and oysters from the Gulf, East, and West Coasts are only some of the many different options available. Make sure to save room for a chocolate ricotta cheesecake or an apple hand pie for dessert. 630 Carondelet St., 504-930-3071, seaworthynola.com

The Steakhouse at Harrah's is the perfect place to unwind when you need a break from the slots. You can't go wrong with delicious steaks and wine—enjoy filet mignon, ribeye, or prime New York strip. The pan seared crab cakes, charred oysters, and the BBQ shrimp are also not to be missed. 8 Canal St., 504-533-6111, caesars.com

Stumpy's Hatchet House is where you want to be if you want to hone your axe throwing skills. Stumpy's is the perfect unique place to bring your friends or even have your next bachelorette or corporate parties. You can also enjoy cold drinks and bites such as hot dogs and nachos at Stump's in-house dining area. 1200 Poydras St., 504-577-2937, stumpyshh.com/neworleansla

Trenasse is the passion project of owner and chef Jim Richard, who's originally from Lafayette. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Trenasse will impress you with its menu selections like Louisiana crawfish pie, fried brie burger, and duck confit lettuce wraps. The restaurant also has oysters "all days, all ways," and you can choose from raw oysters or many different types of chargrilled oysters. 444 St. Charles Ave., 504-680-7000, trenasse.com

Vitascope Hall, inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel, is a perfect gathering spot to enjoy drinks, snacks, and sports on one of many big-screen TVs. Vitascope Hall serves fresh Louisiana seafood and sushi, along with an array of options that include burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, soups, and salads. 601 Loyola Ave., 504-561-1234, neworleans.regency.hyatt.com

Willa Jean really is the definition of Southern comfort. Using fresh, local ingredients, the restaurant/bakery is best known for its absolutely delicious biscuits, which you can get with fried chicken, sausage gravy, seasonal jam, or bacon, egg, and cheese. Toasts and sandwiches are also available, as well as many different brews of coffee. 611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-509-7334, willajean.com

French Quarter

Evangeline is known for serving the French Quarter some of the finest cuisines in NOLA. Taking its name from the famous poem about the Expulsion of the Acadians, Evangeline is sure to please with scratch-cooked Cajun/Creole goodies like crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice, gumbo, crawfish and grits, jambalaya, fresh oysters and more. Take advantage of the restaurant's courtyard dining area, as well as its list of local beers. 329 Decatur St., 504-373-4852, evangelineneworleans.com

New Orleans Vampire Cafe [Monwell Frazier]

Jimmy J's Cafe is one of the funkiest little cafes New Orleans has to offer. You can enjoy any of the restaurant's all day breakfast items such as omelettes, French toast, eggs benedict, and more. Not in the mood for breakfast? Then order some of the house specialties like the cochon de lait po-boy, the blackened pork chop, or the homemade chicken noodle soup. 115 Chartres St., 504-309-9360, jimmyjscafe.com

The Jimani has been one of New Orleans's favorite sports bars for over 40 years. Order from a selection of over 100 different beers and enjoy watching UFC fights on 10 huge TV screens. A wide array of burgers, po-boys, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, Chicago dogs, and more are available for your pleasure. 141 Chartres St., 504-524-0493, thejimani.com

MRB Bar & Kitchen is a great place to grab a bite while you're out enjoying the French Quarter. MRB hosts live music almost daily in their courtyard and the smell of chargrilled oysters is sure to make you hungry. Check out their signature cocktails, frozen drinks, wine, and over 100+ local and craft beers. Sip these fantastic drinks while biting into some sandwiches, appetizers, or MRB's famous grits bowls. 515 St. Philip St., 504-524-2558, mrbnola.com

New Orleans Creole Cookery is another successful restaurant launched by New Orleans's famous Tusa culinary family. You can find all kinds of specialty Creole favorites that are sure to leave you completely satisfied. Order the Creole pasta, crawfish etouffee, the pecan crusted redfish, or the chargrilled oysters for a true taste of New Orleans. 510 Toulouse St., 504-524-9632, neworleanscreolecookery.com

New Orleans Vampire Cafe is absolutely worth risking your neck for. Make sure to "stake" out the Dracula Burger, which is half brisket and ground beef topped with arugula, blue cheese, chilli pepper sauce, and onion/bacon jam. The cafe also serves breakfast with items like shrimp and grits, as well as Sunday brunches with bottomless mimosas. 801 Royal St., 504-581-0801, nolavampirecafe.com

Orleans Grapevine is where locals dine when they're looking for a quality wine bar. Housed in an early 1800s two story building, enjoy sipping on a glass of wine while dining on small plates like baked brie, angus medallions, shrimp remoulade, or a finely assorted cheese board. Ahi tuna and filet steaks are also available as entrees. 720 Orleans Ave., 504-523-1930, orleansgrapevine.com


Rivershack Tavern is located adjacent to the Mississippi River and is truly a sight to behold. From the tacky ashtrays to the funky bar stools, Rivershack just oozes with personality. You can enjoy a multitude of different burgers, po-boys, and deli sandwiches, as well as appetizers like alligator sausage and garbage fries. 3449 River Rd., 504-834-4938, rivershacktavern.com


The Crazy Italian Pizzeria [Chris Campana]
Lakeview Harbor [Monwell Frazier]

The Crazy Italian Pizzeria has classic Italian fare that is crazy delicious. From fried ravioli and caprese salad to calzones and bolognese pasta, you'll feel like you've been transported to Naples or Sicily. Save room for some mouth watering desserts like cannolis, tiramisu, Italian almond cake, and now gelato! 206 W. Harrison Ave., 504-766-7914, thecrazyitalianpizzeria.com

Elle-J's prides itself with bringing the Lakeview area quality Italian cuisine, seafood, and steaks with the help of its friendly staff. Some of the specialty Italian dishes on offer include oysters signorelli, lasagna, and veal or chicken parmigiana, marsala, and picatta. You also can't go wrong with the Fresh Fish Basilico or the Drum on the Halfshell. 900 Harrison Ave., 504-459-2262, ellejslakeview.com

Lakeview Harbor has a truly extensive menu, so you're bound to find that you'll absolutely love while over there. Home of Lakeview's original burger, which is what the restaurant is famous for, you also can pick from a wide variety of breakfast items, seafood dishes, appetizers, salads, po-boys, and wraps. Come hungry and leave full and satisfied. 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd., 504-486-4887, lakeviewharbor.us


Bywater Brew Pub is a recent addition to the Bywater culinary scene, but it's already making waves! This full-scale brewery and restaurant mixes Cajun, Vietnamese, and Gastropub flavors into one unique package. The yaka mein, Phởritto, and the Bánh Mì Burger will really knock your socks off. Save room for the ube bread pudding ice cream sundae cause it's truly to die for. 3000 Royal St. 504-766-8118, bywaterbrewpub.com


Nephew's Ristorante [Monwell Frazier]

5216 Table & Tap is the place to be when looking for some bar time fun in Metairie. Not only does it have a bunch of local and national beers on tap, you can also order craft cocktails like the Chai Old Fashioned, the Jalapoloma, and the Ponchatoula Cooler. Sandwiches, burgers, and street tacos are also available. 5216 Veterans Blvd., 504-766-1417, 5216tableandtap.com

Chef Ron's Gumbo Shop has some of the best comfort food that you'll find in Louisiana. When you go, you have to get the restaurant's award winning seafood gumbo, which contains crabmeat, crawfish, shrimp, tomato, and okra. While you're there, also make sure to get the fried shrimp po-boy, boudin balls, fried green tomatoes, and the oyster platter. 2309 N. Causeway Blvd., 504-835-2022, gumbostop.com

The Galley Seafood is Metairie's one stop shop for quality seafood. The restaurant's main claims to fame are its soft-shell crab po-boy and the catfish filet po-boy, which have been served at Jazz Fest since 1977. Other po-boy options include grilled shrimp and roast beef. Catch a live concert on their multiple TVs via DVD from their collection while enjoying great boiled seafood. 2535 Metairie Rd., 504-832-0955, thegalleyseafood.net

Spudly's Super Spuds [Kayla Connor]

Nephew's Ristorante continues NOLA's tradition of providing delicious Italian and Sicilian cuisine to its citizens. Founded by Chef Frank Catalanotto, some of the traditional dishes on the menu include pasta bordelaise, veal parmigiana, grilled rosemary chicken, and spiedini. Leave some room for a spumone and cappuccino! 4445 W. Metairie Ave., 504-533-9998, nephewsristorante.com

Short Stop Poboys has been providing po-boys to Metairites since 1966. If you are hungry for some po-boys, then Short Stop has you covered with over 30 different kinds of po-boys you can choose from. You can also order a multitude of sides like gumbo, jambalaya, sweet potato fries, and a bunch of different flavored potato chips. 119 Transcontinental Dr., 504-885-4572, shortstoppoboysno.com

Spudly's Super Spuds is the place to be for all of your baked potato needs. Serving its "meal in a baked potato" for over 40 years, any one of the restaurant's super spuds will fill you solid. You can get a traditional potato with cheese, sour cream, chives, and bacon bits, or branch out and try the unique Pizza Spud, Fajita Spud, Bucking Bronco, or their famous Super Duper Seafood Potato! 2609 Harvard Ave., 504-455-3250, spudlys.com

We All Asked For You BBQ & Catering is owned by Lisa Tanet and has been catering to South Louisiana for over 30 years. The restaurant's entrees, which include Southern favorites like etouffee, grits, mirliton, and gumbo, are delicious. They can also cater for your next brunch or seafood boil! Catch some live music at their sister spot The Kamp while enjoying their BBQ. 2321 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504-800-4265, weallasked4u.com


Crescent City Steaks Bartender Nick Varisco [Monwell Frazier]

Cafe Degas is a true NOLA gem and, since 1986, is the longest running French bistro in the city. Live the Parisian life and order exquisite dishes like broiled escargots, seared hanger steak, quiche, and a cheese and fruit plate. If you're thirsty, Cafe Degas offers $5 mimosa and sparkling wine on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 3127 Esplanade Ave., 504-945-5635, cafedegas.com

Crescent City Steaks has been serving sizzling butter steaks and other traditional chophouse fare since 1934. As the oldest family-owned steakhouse in Louisiana, it invented the "New Orleans style" of cooking steak by sizzling it in butter. You have a wide variety to choose from: rib eye, filet wrapped in bacon, strip sirloin, T-bone, cowboy ribeye, and more. 1001 N. Broad St., 504-821-3271, crescentcitysteaks.com

Mandina's Restaurant serves large portions of Italian and homestyle Creole seafood dishes. Some of the seafood entrees include fried shrimp with fries, fried oysters with fries, and grilled catfish with boiled potatoes and string beans. From the Italian Specials submenu, there are meatballs and spaghetti, Italian sausage and spaghetti, veal parmesan and spaghetti, and chicken parmesan and spaghetti. 3800 Canal St., 504-482-9179, mandinasrestaurant.com

Crescent City Steaks Bartender Nick Varisco [Monwell Frazier]

MoPho is a trendy Asian fusion spot for Vietnamese dishes, such as pho, with a heavy Creole influence. The pho is served in several options: the veggie bowl, beef broth, or fowl broth. A separate submenu is dedicated to po-boys such as: fried shrimp po-boy with chisesi ham, sloppy roast duck po-boy with banana barbecue sauce, and fried P&J oyster po-boy. 514 City Park Ave., 504-482-6845, mophonola.com

Neyow's Creole Café is a tasty joint that specializes in Creole and other Southern-inspired cuisine and cocktails. The restaurant serves a variety of entrees like fried chicken, pork chops, and shrimp creole. With even more pastas, seafood, and po-boys also available, the options at Neyow's make it more than worth your visit. 3332 Bienville St., 504-827-5474, neyows.com

Rum & the Lash, which is located inside Mick's Irish Pub, offers a menu of bar food with Southern flavors. For appetizers, order either the fries, curry fries, or wings. For entrees, order either the burger, veggie burger, chicken sandwich, buffalo wrap, breakfast burrito, or R&L salad. You won't leave disappointed! 4801 Bienville St., 504-482-9113, rumandthelash.com

Venezia is a family friendly establishment that has served classic, old-school Italian fare with a New Orleans flare since opening in 1957. Some of the house specialties include: spaghetti with Italian sausage, lasagna with three cheeses, and fresh fish almondine. Aside from the specialties, the restaurant also has several types of pizza. At Venezia, there truly is something for everyone. 134 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-7991, venezianeworleans.net

Multiple Locations

Bearcat Café is a daytime café with an eclectic variety of comfort food, artisanal coffee, and teas. You can have the crab croquette with crawfish, tasso, and green onion remoulade; the hot chicken sandwich with pimento; the BBQ pasta with shrimp, portobello, tomato, and corn; or the pork chops with bacon jam, sweet potato, and mushroom. Multiple Locations, bearcatcafe.com

Bud's Broiler is a local chain of burger joints that have served charcoal-broiled burgers and shakes in New Orleans ever since its founding in 1952. Its classic menu features a variety of hamburgers and cheeseburgers as well as hot dogs, chicken, and specialty po-boys. If you're not in the mood for sandwiches, a separate seafood menu features shrimp, catfish, and combo plates. Multiple Locations, budsbroiler.com

Caffe Caffe is a café and coffeehouse that serves gourmet coffee, pastries, and a variety of breakfast and lunch food. One of its many specialty breakfasts include a breakfast platter of scrambled eggs, bacon, or sausage with grits, biscuits, and bacon. You can also get salads and soups, as well as sandwiches like grilled chicken, shrimp remoulade, ham club, or turkey club. Multiple Locations, caffecaffe.com

Carreta's Grill is a casual Mexican restaurant that serves burritos, taco salads, and jumbo margaritas in a truly festive setting. You can order from a selection of dishes like the "El Pepito" with carne asada or grilled chicken with rice, beans, and pico de gallo or the "Los Rancheros" with two over easy eggs and a strip of carne asada, a corn tortilla, rice, beans, and pico de gallo. Multiple Locations, carretasgrillrestaurant.com

Chicken & Watermelon serves over 80 flavors of chicken wings, as well as refreshing watermelon punch. Some of its best flavors include BBQ, Yaka-mein, Cajun Ranch, Teriyaki, Garlic Parmesan, and Lemon Pepper. If you're not in the mood for chicken wings, there is also a separate smaller menu for seafood, which includes the fish combo, fish bites, tuna sandwich, or tuna combo. Multiple Locations, boogiebird.com

Mid City Pizza [Kayla Connor]

Daisy Dukes serves seafood and Cajun comfort food in a warm setting with a relaxed atmosphere. Entrees include the Cajun spicy gumbo with shrimp, hot sausage, rice, and a biscuit, as well as the blackened alligator platter with a cup of gumbo, red beans, fried green tomatoes, and a side of remoulade. Multiple Locations, daisydukesrestaurant.com

Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar is where you need to go to get excellently done oysters. Not only can you get them raw or chargrilled, you can also order Buffalo Oysters, Oysters Rockafeller, Oysters du Jour, and Oysters Bienville. If you're not craving oysters, then make sure to get some other dishes like the turtle soup, the BBQ shrimp with potatoes, the fried soft shell crab platter, or the hamburger steak. Multiple Locations, felixs.com

Mid City Pizza is the perfect place to grab some pizza during the summer. A number of different types of pizza are available for purchase, such as Hawaiian, T-Bird Special, and the Mid City Meat Monster. There are also a multitude of toppings available if you want to customize your own pizza. Appetizers, salads, and build-your-own calzones are also available. Multiple Locations, midcitypizza.com

Willie Mae's Scotch House [Robert Witkowski]

Spahr's Seafood, where catfish is king, is known for its Cajun and Creole Italian dishes. Choose from Spahr's certified authentic Louisiana wild seafood options like catfish chips, softshell crabs, and the shrimp platter, as well many different types of po-boys and pastas. With locations in Des Allemands, Thibodaux, and Galliano, you're bound to get truly great flavors from Spahr's Cajun comfort food. Multiple Locations, spahrsseafood.com

Willie Mae's Scotch House is a really famous family-owned spot that has served fried chicken and soul food in New Orleans since it first opened in 1957. The entrees include the classic fried chicken, baked chicken, and the Willie Mae chicken sandwich with pickles, honey, slaw sauce, and purple cabbage. Make sure to keep an eye out for Willie Mae's the next time you visit the Pythian Market. Multiple Locations, williemaesnola.com


Bayou Hot Wings is aptly named because its wings, while delicious, can get real hot! You can order your wings with mild sauces like Teriyaki Glaze and Garlic Parmesan Butter or test yourself with flavors like Korean BBQ and Bayou Hotboy. If you're really brave, enter the Bayou Beast Challenge, where you will have to eat 10 of the restaurant's hottest wings in under five minutes. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-865-9464, bayouhotwings.com

Casamento's Restaurant, having been in the city since 1919, is a truly classic New Orleans restaurant. Serving only the finest New Orleans-style seafood, Casamento's offers a wide array of dinner platters like oysters, catfish, trout, and other mouthwatering seafood. You can also get seafood sandwiches and appetizers like oyster stew, crab claws, and fried calamari. 4330 Magazine St., 504-895-9761, casamentosrestaurant.com

Green Tea is a family-owned Chinese restaurant that prides itself on diet conscious and great tasting cuisine. Choose your favorite type of protein and pick from a sizable selection of flavors and styles like szechuan, hunan, kung po, and more. Then, choose from different types of rice or lo mein to go with your main dish, as well appetizers like egg rolls, crab rangoon, and egg drop soup. 3001 Napoleon Ave., 504-899-8005, greenteanola.com

Lebanon's Cafe is one of NOLA's top spots for great tasting Mediterranean/Middle Eastern cuisine. Run by chef and owner Hussain Sheereef, Lebanon's has some of the best hummus, kabobs, and shawarma around. The menu is extensive with appetizers like falafel, tabouleh, and kibby to tasty entrees like lamb shank and gyro. Come out and experience the great flavors of the Levant. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-862-6200, lebanonscafe.com

MISA [Monwell Frazier]

Mahony's Po-Boys & Seafood is a great place to unwind with some quality gulf seafood and NOLA classics. Sink your teeth into different types of po-boys like roast beef, hot sausage, fried oyster, French fries, and more. In terms of seafood, make sure to grab the BBQ shrimp pasta, speckled trout on the half shell, or the blackened catfish. 3454 Magazine St., 504-899-3374, facebook.com/mahonyspoboys

Mikimoto has been providing the Uptown area with authentic Japanese food for more than 20 years. If you're a fan of sushi rolls, then Mikimoto has you absolutely covered with more than 50 different kinds of rolls that you can choose from. Grab your chopsticks and dig into different kinds of teriyaki, udon dishes, and an assortment of appetizers like gyoza and edamame. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-488-1881, mikimotosushi.com

MISA is on a mission to bring some chic, sophisticated coolness into the New Orleans restaurant scene. With a menu that pulls together flavors from Italy, North Africa, the Middle East, India, and more, this restaurant is truly one-of-a-kind. Choose from small plates like Eggplant Shabich and Avocado Bruschetta to main courses like the Moroccan Fish and Royal Indian Lambshank Stew. 4734 Magazine St., 504-510-2791, misanola.com

Pascal's Manale has been in New Orleans for over 100 years and for good reason! Not only is all of the food incredible, Pascal's Manale is also the birthplace of the now world-renowned New Orleans BBQ Shrimp. With all kinds of Creole/Italian dishes like oysters, pastas, turtle soup, and crab cakes, you'll know exactly why Pascal's Manale has survived for so long. 1838 Napoleon Ave., 504-895 4877, pascalsmanale.com

Please U Restaurant has been pleasing Uptown with its food since 1946. The restaurant specializes in traditional New Orleans plates like gumbo, seafood platters, and red beans and rice. However, Please U is just as well known for its all day breakfast menu, which includes different types of meat and eggs, French toast, Belgian waffles, and a variety of omelets like Greek, Mexican, and Western. 1751 St. Charles Ave., 504-525-9131, pleaseunola.com

Red Gravy serves delicious East Coast-style Italian fare in a really cozy setting right on Magazine Street. Select from the bruschetta, coteletta bolognese, and mussels. Red Gravy also offers different types of NYC bagels for brunch, all served with a side of seasoned greens, as well as delicious desserts like the Cannoli Skillet Cake and the Brulee French Toast. 4206 Magazine St., 504-561-8844, redgravycafe.com

Rendon Inn has been Uptown's favorite neighborhood bar since 1933. Select from a wide range of bourbon, rum, tequila, scotch, and craft cocktails like Old Fashioned, Sazerac, French 75, and Manhattan. While you're sipping, bite into some of Rendon Inn's boudin, fried onion strings, and different sandwiches and po-boys. 4501 Eve St., 504-218-7106, rendoninn.com

Saj [Kayla Connor]

Saj is the place to be for truly modern Middle Eastern food in the Big Easy. Saj's food is served family style and includes wonderful selections like kufta, baba ganouj, and mashawi wood fire grilled lamb chops and gulf shrimp. The restaurant is also BYOB, so bring over some drinks and have an excellent dinner at Saj with your family and friends! 4126 Magazine St., 504-766-0049, sajnola.com

Tal's Hummus serves tasty Israeli fare using only the freshest ingredients. The restaurant's hummus is made in house and can come served with different options like mushrooms, beef kabobs, babaganoush, and shaksuka. The pita sandwiches are also delicious and can come stuffed with chicken shawarma, falafel, schnitzel, or stewed lamb shank. 4800 Magazine St., 504-267-7357, ordertalsonline.com

Tito's Ceviche & Pisco is the place to be if you are looking for something unique and flavorful. Specializing in Peruvian cuisine, start with any of Tito's fresh ceviches, but the culinary adventure continues. With appetizers like grilled octopus and entrees like Lomo Saltado, it will momentarily transport you to the beautiful beaches and mountains of Peru. 5015 Magazine St., 504-267-7612, titoscevichepisco.com

The Vintage is a great place to relax and socialize with your loved ones. Order some coffee and beignets and enjoy the time honored tradition of people watching. If you're feeling like some lunch, you can order some parmesan truffle fries, alligator poppers, and a cheese board, as well as a large drink menu with wine, cocktails, and more. 3121 Magazine St., 504-324-7144, thevintagenola.com


Cafe 615 (Home of Da Wabbit) has been a hit in Gretna since it first opened up in 1948 with its iconic Bugs Bunny themed sign. In addition to its famous Da Wabbit Burger, the restaurant also serves delicious and unique dishes like crabmeat stuffed fish, smothered liver and onions, and bacon wrapped pork medallions, as well as weekly specials like rabbit and white beans. 615 Kepler St., Gretna, 504-365-1225, cafe615.com

Gattuso's Neighborhood Restaurant is located in beautiful and historic Old Gretna. In addition to a well stocked bar and live music nights, Gattuso's menu contains a lot of mouthwatering bar type food. Order anything from po-boys and wraps to filet mignon and grilled salmon or tuna. 435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 504-368-1114, gattusos.net

Legacy Kitchen Steak & Chop has prided itself on providing fine dining to its loyal customers on the Westbank. You can order different cuts of steak, appetizers like crawfish cornbread and chargrilled oysters, or build your own burgers. Don't miss out on ordering the chicken and waffles with pepper jelly. 91 Westbank Expy #51, Gretna, 504-513-2606, legacykitchen.com

Mosca's Restaurant was the brainchild of Provino Mosca, who immigrated from Italy to America in 1913. This James Beard Award winning restaurant has been serving Westwego for over 60 years and is showing no signs of slowing down. All of Mosca's dishes, from the pasta to the chicken and oysters, are served al la carte and family-style, so come hungry! 4137 US-90 W., Westwego, 504-436-8950, moscasrestaurant.com

Tavolino Pizza & Lounge is a casual Italian restaurant located right on Algiers Point. Come for the 13 inch, thin crust pizzas and stay for the fried gorgonzola stuffed olives. Tavolino's caprese salad with burrata cheese, as well as the chicken liver pate, shouldn't be passed up on. 141 Delaronde St., Algiers, 504-605-3365, instagram.com/tavolinonola

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