The Hottest New Orleans Restaurants This Fall!
Sep 17 2018

The Hottest New Orleans Restaurants This Fall!

By: Staff

AFRICAN

The Hottest New Orleans Restaurants This Fall!

Bennachin’s West African flavors will offer a welcome break from the conventional lunches you’ve been eating. Be sure to try their Cope Ni Makondo, a flavorful chicken entree with plantains, spinach, and coconut rice. It’s BYOB, and they serve delicious vegetarian options, too. 1212 Royal St. | 522-1230 | bennachinrestaurant.com

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Apolline, occupying a renovated double shotgun cottage, may look rustic with its brick interior and soft lighting, but don’t be fooled; their food is far from rural country fare. The menu features dishes influenced by flavors from around the world, all made with local ingredients. Also, you can get bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys at brunch. 4729 Magazine St. | 894-8881 | apollinerestaurant.com

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Bayou Hot Wings is finger-lickin’ good. With irresistibly spicy wings, heavenly sauces, and meaty wraps, this is a game-day must-have. Chefs Nguyen and Makepeace show their culinary expertise with the care they put into each perfect wing—24 hours of seasoning and brining’s worth! Nothing beats their lightly battered, but sauced-up BBQ wings. 6221 S. Claiborne Ave. | 662-9933 | bayouhotwings.com   

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City Diner offers their giant, pizza-sized pancakes all day, every day, along with omelettes, hashbrown creations, burgers, salads, and so much more. How can you resist? With a menu that synthesizes diner classics with New Orleans staples, you’re in for a truly delectable experience, seven days a week. 3116 S. I-10 Service Road E. | Metairie | 831-1030 | citydiner.biz

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City Donuts & Cafe is here to satisfy your donut craving whenever it strikes. This drive-thru location offers fresh batches of glazed goodness and some savory options, too. For more than just donuts, try the seafood platters, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, plates, fried options, and more! Not to mention, they’re open 24 hours a day, compounding the convenience of this small eatery. 3301 South Claiborne Ave. | 372-5811 | facebook.com/pages/City-Donuts-Cafe-247/103527297118666

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The Country Club is one hip place. This establishment offers an elegant getaway experience right down the street. Just imagine eating tasty morsels by the pool, sipping cocktails, and swimming the day away. They have a menu for every occasion—their brunch, lunch, dinner, poolside, small plate, dessert, wine, and cocktail repertoire showcases expertly-done classics. 634 Louisa St. | 945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com

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Cowbell may be occupying a former gas station, but their fare is more inventive than what you’d find at a convenience stop. Bite into a juicy beef, tuna, or harvest burger and savor away. Not feeling a burger? Trust us, they’ve got something for every palate, including sizzlin’ steaks and stuffed tacos. Go there hungry. 8801 Oak St. | 866-4222 | cowbell-nola.com

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Daisy Dukes is known for its Cajun Bloody Mary Mix, but they’ve also got some equally delicious, no-frills Southern classics like, po-boys (don’t pass up the shrimp variety!), gumbo, and crawfish, to satisfy your belly. Two of their five locations are 24/7, so make sure you drop by anytime to get your fill of one of the best Cajun dining experiences the city has to offer. Multiple Locations | daisydukesrestaurant.com

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Fullblast Brunch is the Crescent City’s newest breakfast spot, with a menu featuring a variety of breakfast and brunch options that have Creole, Cajun, and Latin influences. Be sure to check out their Fresh Gulf Crabcake Breakfast with a side of two eggs, grits, and toast, and wash it down with a fresh mango mimosa or Irish Cream Coffee. 139 S. Cortez St. | 302-2800 | fullblastbrunch.com

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Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant shines in the heart of Gretna. They serve something for everyone with a large variety of dips, wraps, burgers, and more. They also cater, and from sandwich platters to box lunches, they’re sure to help with any occasion. Their Dirty Bird po-boy, stuffed with turkey, roast beef, swiss, and gravy, can’t be beat. 435 Huey P. Long Ave. | Gretna | 368-1114 | gattusos.net

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Goldbergs Fine Foods is a New York-style delicatessen that has recently expanded into the heart of New Orleans’s CBD. Though Goldbergs’s menu offerings include a wide range of breakfast, lunch items, and now dinner entrees, bagels are still at the heart of the company, with over 25 fresh bagel varieties to choose from. 925 Common St. | 267-3564 | goldbergbagel.com

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Gordon Biersch is taking over the handcrafted brewing scene with its German lagers and enticing entrees. They have an impressive variety of beers on tap, and each brew pairs perfectly with any dish you fancy. Their menu features flavors from around the world, including pastas, tacos, burgers, and small plates. Their Gorgonzola Ribeye is tops on the list. 200 Poydras St. | 522-2739 | gordonbiersch.com

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Lakeview Harbor might take inspiration from local waters for its name, but you’ll find a lot more on the menu than just seafood. They have a huge selection of burgers, cheeseburgers, and sandwiches, along with juicy steaks, Southern comfort food, and pizzas. Check out their delectable daily specials—timeless dishes at very reasonable prices. 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd. | 486-4887 | lakeviewharbor.us

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Liberty Cheesesteaks is invading the home of the po-boy, one Philly steak at a time. Founders Mike and Joe saw a vacuum in this sandwich-crazed city and filled the gap. Today, they bring us traditional cheesesteaks any native Philadelphian would approve of. Apart from the original, the Steak Hoagie dressed with JJ’s Sauce is a must-have. 5039 Freret St. | 875-4447 | libertycheesesteaks.com

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Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread Chicken and Waffles will treat you right. Aptly named, this establishment offers soul food any Southern mother would be proud of. Along with classics, like red beans and rice, baked spaghetti, fried seafood, pork chops, and cheese grits, they can also take care of you with a lighter, healthier menu. #A-3, 5741 Crowder Blvd. | 224-0021 | mamommashouse.com/kitchen

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Sala is the perfect place for lunch or to wind down after work. Sip on a glass of wine or a signature cocktail, and nibble on small, shareable plates or their Boiled Gulf Fish Beurre Blanc, as you let loose for the evening in the stylish, comfortable, and relaxed environment. Sala is also a great place to start the day with its well-crafted brunch menu. 124 Lake Marina Ave. | 513-2670 | salanola.com

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Spudly's Super Spuds is a potato heaven. Whoever said potatoes were a side dish is clearly wrong. Here, the overstuffed spuds take center stage, with fillings such as crawfish, veal, chicken, corned beef, veggies, shrimp, and much more. They also serve a slew of sandwiches, soups, salads, starters, and sides, including their amazing Crawfish Potatoes. 2609 Harvard Ave. | Metairie | 455-3250 | spudlys.com

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St. James Cheese Company aims to provide their guests with a meticulously selected assortment of perfectly ripe cheeses, charcuterie, and gourmet grocery items and has been doing so since 2006. Be sure to try their Gruyere Sandwich, featuring cave-aged Swiss Gruyere cheese and caramelized onion confit, all grilled on wild-flour multigrain bread. Multiple locations | stjamescheese.com

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Stein’s Market & Deli’s cured meats and rich selection of quality cheeses may just rival the Jewish and Italian delis of New York. Nestled in a cozy location in the heart of Magazine Street, Stein’s offers breakfast classics, like bacon and eggs or bagels and lox, along with lunch staples including the Reuben, Rachel, muffuletta, and more. 2207 Magazine St. | 527-0771 | steinsdeli.com

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Ted’s Frostop welcomes hungry drivers with its iconic sky-high root beer glass outside a colorful, diner-esque facade. This old-school joint brings back the good ol’ days of milkshakes and hamburgers with that unbeatable 1950s aesthetic. Enjoy classic, solid diner food, like their tasty double cheeseburger, along with New Orleans favorites, like poboys, shrimp and grits, and more. 3100 Calhoun St. | 861-3615 | tedsfrostop.com

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We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp, known for their wings, wraps, and shrimp, serves up simple, yet delicious iterations of Southern comfort food. Sample their large array of sauces, or stack the fries high with assorted tasty toppings. Don’t miss their Brow Special, which includes a two-piece meal with fried chicken and shrimp along with a large helping of their famous fries. They have one location Downtown and another in Gentilly. Multiple Locations | wedatschickenandshrimp.com

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Willie Mae’s Scotch House knows how to make some juicy fried chicken. Since 1957, they’ve been serving up quality entrees from their short-and-sweet menu. With accolades that include a James Beard Award and Travel Channel’s distinction for Best Fried Chicken in America, this place is a must if you’re in the market for unrivaled flavor. 2401 St. Ann St. | 822-9503 | williemaesnola.com

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WOW Café Doubletree will have your tastebuds begging for more of their wings with signature sauces, which range from spicy to sweet and tangy. Wings aside, their vast menu offers serious handhelds, like wraps, burgers, and tender ribs, too. New Orleans-specific dishes are also available, of course—try the shrimp and grits or the soups, such as gumbo and bisque. 300 Canal St. | 212-3250 | wowcafe.com/stores/double-tree-new-orleans

ASIAN

The Hottest New Orleans Restaurants This Fall!

Bao & Noodle is the perfect place to slurp down a bowl of authentic Chinese soup or tear into a steamed bun. You won’t find General Tso’s chicken on the menu at this adventurous Marigny staple. Start with a small app, but stay for the Cumin Braised Lamb marinated in soy sauce. Complete your meal with homemade Biang Biang Noodles. 2700 Chartres St. | 272-0004 | baoandnoodle.com

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Five Happiness has every traditional Chinese dish imaginable. Their huge dining room and extensive menu, which features vegetarian, seafood, beef, and poultry dishes, makes it a perfect choice for the whole family. If you’re looking for a spicy kick, the General’s Chicken won’t disappoint. They’re also a great venue for private parties, meetings, rehearsals, and more. 3605 S. Carrollton Ave. | 482-3935 | fivehappiness.com

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Green Tea has got your back. With origins in New York City, this eatery offers great healthy options, soups, fried rice, noodles, and several dinner and lunch specials—all at an extremely reasonable price. They even offer a mouthwatering lobster dish! These Chinese take-out titans will feed you in a flash, with quick service and always-satisfying entrees. 3001 Napoleon Ave. | 899-8005 | greenteanola.com

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Kyoto 2, located in an unassuming strip mall, has perfected the art of sushi. These sushi mavens roll up some of the biggest, baddest rolls in town. They also serve plenty of other options for those non-sushi fans. If you’re looking for just a bit of adventure, try the lightly seared tuna tataki to test the waters. 5608 Citrus Blvd. | Harahan | 818-0228  |  facebook.com/Kyoto2Nola

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La Thai, known for its Southeast Asian flavors, enriches the Uptown Asian culinary scene with its spicy and flavorful noodle dishes, curries, and stir-fries. They’ve created a shareable Nit Noi menu, featuring Louisiana Thai classics and traditional Vietnamese and Laotian dishes, that is perfect for date night. Or go for the Paht Ka Pow Gai, which has chicken, Thai basil, bell pepper, and chili over jasmine rice. 4938 Prytania St. | 899-8886 | lathaiuptown.com

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Magasin is one of the chillest spots in the city, serving delicious Vietnamese eats, such as huge bowls of fresh pho, steamed buns, and banh mi. You can even get a juice-infused cocktail. Don’t have time to make it to either location? Then have Magasin delivered right to your doorstep via the UberEats, Grubhub, or Postmates apps. Multiple locations | 571-5677

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Mikimoto has been transforming local favorites into sushi rolls since 1999. Who’d pass up the chance to try a taste of Carrollton with the South Carrollton Roll, or the city’s beloved sandwich with the Poboy Roll, or even Cajun flavors with the Bayou Roll? With tons of sushi and udon, they’ve got everything you’d ever want. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave. | 488-1881 | mikimotosushi.com

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Miyako offers dinner with a show. Even though Mom said not to play with your food, these hibachi chefs will make her change her mind by flipping, throwing, and chopping entrees in front of you. While the show satisfies your eyes, the delicious, fun, and made-to-order entrees and appetizers will delight your palate. Try the Steak and Shrimp Combo Hibachi. 1403 St. Charles Ave. | 410-9997 | miyakonola.com

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Origami may be a paper-folding art, but here it takes the form of an artfully crafted roll. Take the Big Easy Roll, for instance, which includes tuna, salmon, whitefish, snowcrab, and asparagus, with eel sauce. You’ll also want to make sure to save room for dessert, because you can’t get their delicious Banana Tempura or Lychee Ice Cream anywhere else. 5130 Freret St. | 899-6532 | sushinola.com

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Tsunami is making waves in the Japanese restaurant scene with their hot soups, refreshing salads, and “eat it raw” mentality. But they’re also making a splash with their Pancific Bread Pudding and weekday specials that feature 25 percent off rolls that are $9 and under, along with unbeatable drink deals. 601 Poydras St. Suite B | 608-3474 | servingsushi.com

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Viet Orleans Bistro is a CBD gem that’s just off Canal Street. Heading Downtown and need a Vietnamese fix? Look no further! Need something to spice up your party or game-day spread? No problem. They offer party trays with fried rice and chicken wings. 300 Baronne St. | 333-6917 | facebook.com/pages/Viet-Orleans-Bistro/253164778159296

BARS WITH GREAT FOOD

The Hottest New Orleans Restaurants This Fall!

Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a bookworm’s literary haven. You can’t drink and eat in a library, but you can sip and nibble on some delicious offerings in homage to famed local authors at this sophisticated nook. Show your undying appreciation for Whitman while eating the Whitman Roast Beef sammy, stuffed with oysters and debris gravy. 139 Chartres St. | 322-2245 | backspacenola.com

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Buffa’s Bar and Restaurant in the Marigny is not only known for its late-night jazz, but also for its delicious food, including their popular Reuben sandwich and some seriously nerdy burgers (Star Trek and Star Wars fans, you’ll be pleased). They’re open 24/7, making it a perfect destination for any meal, whether you’re craving breakfast or dinner. 1001 Esplanade Ave. | 949-0038 | buffasbar.com

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Flamingo A-Go-Go will have you flocking to the Warehouse District to sample fresh salads, NOLA classics, and inventive “flocktails,” including the Bloody Mary A-Go-Go with vodka, a spice mix, and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix, to get the party started. Pair your drink with a juicy Hawaiian Steak Kabob, made tropical with grilled pineapple and mango salsa. 869 Magazine St. | 577-2202 | flamingonola.com

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The Jimani is literally a sportsman’s paradise—that is, if you’re more into watching any game imaginable while drinking a beer and grabbing an American staple, like a burger or their delicious Mama’s Chicken Club, than you are into participating in sports. With 10 screens to watch, 100 beers to choose from, and an extensive menu, you’ll have plenty to feast your senses on here. 141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 | thejimani.com

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Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant will make you feel like you’re on the beach taking in the view, a taco in one hand and a margarita in the other. Their menu is inspired by popular surf spots around the globe. Bring your furry friend to the bar, give him a bite of your delicious Bacon Brie Chicken Sandwich smothered in Creole Honey Mustard, and let the party begin! 701 Tchoupitoulas St. | 523-8995 | lucysretiredsurfers.com

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Mimi’s in the Marigny is technically a bar, but when it comes to the bar food, don’t expect simple peanuts here. The menu features gourmet tapas for vegetarians and carnivores alike. You can’t go wrong with patatas bravas, duck poutine, or the ultimate shareable staple: a cheese board. For late-night patrons, the perfectly seared lamb chops are a must. 2601 Royal St. | 872-9868 | mimismarigny.com

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Ole Saint takes you down memory lane with Deuce McAllister’s football memorabilia, but brings you back to reality when a game is on. Watch your team and have a local brew at this former New Orleans Saint’s watering hole. You’ll find everything from Southern Coastal cuisine to American favorites, like the aptly named Deuce’s Chicken over dirty rice. 132 Royal St. | 309-4797 | olesaint.com

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Orleans Grapevine, with over 375 bottled wines, is an oasis in itself. Come for the classy drinks, but stay for the fresh scallops and angus fillet or the ahi tuna. As if that weren’t enough, they’ve got Bacon Happy Hour from 4 til 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. til 12 a.m. daily, when you’ll get FREE bacon with your beverage. Need I repeat? 720 Orleans Ave. | 523-1930 | orleansgrapvine.com

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Oscar’s is named after everyone’s favorite Oscar—the little golden one of the Academy Awards. And in tribute, the place is decorated entirely with Marilyn Monroe photos from around the country. Oscar’s has a friendly neighborhood vibe and attracts late-night crowds to watch the game or play a game of their own at the pool table. Their menu includes everything from apps and snacks to burgers, sandwiches, and sliders. 2027 Metairie Rd. | Old Metairie | 831-9540 | oscarsoldmetairie.com

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Parasol’s might be a dive bar, but they’ve got rave-worthy poboys. Need more encouragement? Guy Fieri, from Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, vouches for their famed sandwiches as well. Let’s just say their roast beef po-boy with gravy and fall-apart meat in garlic butter French bread is the talk of the town. 2533 Constance St. | 302-1543 | facebook.com/ParasolsNOLA

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Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar is there for you after a losing streak at Harrah’s across the street. Get rid of the post-gambling blues with a Hurricane or Voodoo Juice paired with tasty food, like their to-die-for wings. They also supply entertainment, and not in the form of slot machines. There are 21 giant screens broadcasting games to keep you occupied. 500 Port of New Orleans Pl. | 247-9265 | poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

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Rivershack Tavern is about as funky as New Orleans gets. With tacky ashtrays, bar stools with legs, and some great po-boys and “boigers,” this River Road joint is hard to pass up, especially since it’s covered with vintage ads. Bring in a kitschy ashtray and belly up to the bar for a free cocktail. 3449 River Rd. | 834-4938 | therivershacktavern.com

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Shamrock Bar and Grill is all about the games—oh, and the food. Challenge your friends to some mini-bowling, foosball, basketball, or darts at the city’s largest neighborhood bar, all while savoring their Ribeye Steak with Mashed Potatoes. And if games aren’t your thing, the dance floor is open all night long, so get grooving. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave. | 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com

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Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant might be known for their wild St. Patty’s Day party, but their tasty bar food is what keeps the crowds coming back. Apart from their love of St. Pat, they’re known for having the first colored TVs in the ‘hood and great local beers and food. Their locally caught Oyster Sandwich is a must-try. 2604 Magazine St. | 897-5413 | traceysnola.com

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World of Beer might sound self-explanatory, but the name doesn’t mention the munchies. Start the day off right with a beermosa, beer-batter pancakes, or the Beerunch Burger, topped with bacon, an IPA sauce, and a perfectly cooked farmhouse egg. Not a beer fan? They’ve got a variety of other types of booze to pair with your meal. 300 Julia St. | 299-3599 | worldofbeer.com

CAFÉ

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Another Broken Egg Café is here to help you wake up, offering an array of eggs—such as their signature Lobster Benedict—as well as bowls, salads, and, of course, a good cup of joe or a mimosa. If you’re looking for a gourmet breakfast or brunch featuring local seafood, sweet treats, or season specials, look no further. Uptown | Lakeview | 301-2771 | anotherbrokeneggcafe.com

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Biscuits & Buns on Banks will cure the morning blues and fill empty bellies with their comfort food creations freshly prepared in Mid-City. Enjoy house biscuits or Southern-themed brunch dishes at this mural-filled location. It’s known as one of the top brunch spots, so get there early or be ready to wait in line. 4337 Banks St. | 273-4600 | biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com

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Café 615 Home of Dawabbit serves homestyle meals at great prices, such as their crispy fried chicken—voted among the best fried chicken in the New Orleans area. They don’t skimp on portions and offer daily lunch specials, like red beans and rice and meatloaf, just like yo’ mama might make. There’s a reason that Café 615 was voted best restaurant on the Westbank! 615 Kepler St. | Gretna | 365-1225 | dawabbit.net

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Café Amelie is perfect for a date night in a beautiful French Quarter courtyard. Located in the 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House, this place will have you rethinking café dining altogether. No other café will serve you oven-roasted salmon with horseradish cream with a bed of fingerling potatoes. Café culture never tasted better. 912 Royal St. | 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com

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Café Beignet provides a grand café setting outside and in, as well as some of the best coffee and beignets anywhere. They also serve up breakfast all day, an assortment of Cajun specialties, and fried seafood options. Also, be sure to check out their live jazz bands playing nightly at the Bourbon Street location. Multiple locations | cafebeignet.com

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Café Carmo creates a tropical foodscape with its fresh juices, ceviches, salads, and breads inspired by Caribbean cuisine. The tiradito sashimi is a stand-out menu item. Take your tastebuds on an adventure through Central and South America, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Gulf South. Best of all, they are vegan- and vegetarian-friendly. 527 Julia St. | 875-4132 | cafecarmo.com

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Café Navarre is the perfect spot for a meal after working up a hunger in City Park, and it’s conveniently located just around the corner. This casual neighborhood eatery can help put some carbs in your system with their divine Benedicts, egg po-boy, and array of paninis. Don’t forget that they’re open for dinner, too, in case you couldn’t stop by for breakfast. 800 Navarre St. | 483-8828 | cafenavarre.com

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Caffe! Caffe! beats all the coffee chains when it comes to baked goodies. Who wouldn’t be tempted by their delicious cakes and pies? If you don’t have a sweet tooth and are looking for a healthier option, this café also offers salads and Eat Fit selections. Start the morning off right with an avocado salad drizzled with homemade mango vinaigrette. Two Metairie Locations | caffecaffe.com

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Compère Lapin knows how to spice up a traditional brunch menu, including Caribbean-esque comforts,such as coconut French toast or an everything doughnut with smoked hamachi. Chef Nina Compton doesn’t stop there. The lunch and dinner menus are equally as innovative, with items such as the marinated shrimp with jalapeno jus. 535 Tchoupitoulas St. | 599-2119 | comperelapin.com

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Jimmy J’s Café is here to make all your breakfast dreams come true, even at 10 p.m. Pork Chop Eggs Benedict and French toast for lunch, brunch, and dinner? They’ve got it. They are a small, funky café, tucked away in the French Quarter, and they’re big and bold when it comes to Southern flavor and hospitality. 115 Chartres St. | 309-9360 | jimmyjscafe.com

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Petite Amelie is here to save you from picking up some greasy fast food for lunch. Instead, grab a gourmet bite when you’re in a rush; your stomach will thank you. Skip those fries and get a fresh salad, to-go sandwich, or even a decadent dessert or pastry from among their fresh selection marketplace offerings. 900 Royal St. | 412-8065 | petiteamelienola.wordpress.com

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Riccobono’s Panola Street Café is a neighborhood go-to for a filling, homestyle breakfast. There are Benedicts, pancakes, waffles, eggs, and healthy options galore to satisfy any craving. This Uptown café even has hot-plate lunch specials to choose from. With so many options, everyone will surely be pleased with their early-morning selections. 7801 Panola St. | 314-1810 | panolastreetcafe.com

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The Ruby Slipper hasn’t only been working its magic in Oz, but also in New Orleans for over a decade. They’ll have you waking up in no time with their New Orleans-inspired breakfast and brunch fare paired with a boozy beverage. With 10 locations in NOLA and beyond, they’re taking over the brunch scene one Creole Reuben at a time. Multiple Locations | therubyslippercafe.net

FRENCH

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Café Degas has been voted one of the 15 best restaurants in the city. Impress your date with a romantic dinner in a charming historic area once frequented by this restaurant’s famed namesake. For something really special, try the Caille Rôtie—roasted quail over baby greens, served with fresh fruit. 3127 Esplanade Ave. | 945-5635 | cafedegas.com

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Vyoone’s, operated by the dynamic female duo Vyoone Segue Lewis and Zohreh Khaleghi, is making French food the newest Warehouse District trend. For the less adventurous, they’ve got classics, like an angus burger and grilled filet, but who could pass up their pan-seared scallops over corn macque choux with a chimichurri sauce? 412 Girod St. | 518-6007 | vyoone.com

ITALIAN

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G’s Pizza knows how to make an irresistible pie. We don’t know if the secret’s in the sauce, the dough, or maybe in their “buy a large pie get a $1 pizza” special. Pizza may be their game, but those apps sure sound good as well. Shrimp beignets and jalapeno cheesy bread? We’ll take those, too. Multiple Locations | 483-6464 | gspizzas.com

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Josephine Estelle, an Italian eatery run by James Beard nominees, knows how good pasta is. Skip that packaged mac ‘n’ cheese and head on over to this gourmet establishment for some homemade noodles or delectable soft-shell crab bathed in brown butter. Make sure to stay for the praline mousse. 600 Carondelet St. | 930-3070 | josephineestelle.com

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Mardi Gras Zone knows Carnival shopping is no small task. If you’re getting “hangry” looking for the perfect beads or costume accessories, just stop by their deli or pizzeria for a bite. This corner store is open 24/7, saving you from going hungry with its hot-plate specials, brick-fired pizza, and delicious Five-Cheese Spinach Lasagna. 2706 Royal St. | 947-8787 | mardigraszone.com

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Mosca’s Restaurant promises to fill your belly with its large portions of hearty Italian offerings, which the chefs have been perfecting for the past 60 years. No one could resist a giant plate of spaghetti smothered in marinara or the signature Shrimp Mosca, could they? Each dish is served on family-style platters, which are perfect for sharing. 4137 U.S. Highway 90 West | Westwego | 436-8950 | moscasrestaurant.com

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Pascal's Manale, open for over 100 years now, must be doing something right. Not only are they known for their Italian dishes, but their Original Pascal’s BBQ Shrimp bathed in a spicy sauce, alone, merits a visit. The eatery also has a tantalizing 3 till 6 p.m. Happy Hour, featuring half-priced raw oysters and select beverages. 1838 Napoleon Ave. | 895-4877 | pascalsmanale.com

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Red Gravy, a rustic Italian café, makes it okay to have cannoli, spaghetti, meatballs, and gnocchi for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. No judgment here. Most of the tasty options are recipes passed down from generation to generation, making the dishes here homemade masterpieces that could rival those at any fine-dining brunch establishment. 125 Camp St. | 561-8844 | redgravycafe.com

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Reginelli’s is one of our favorite local chains. With consistently delicious Italian food and locations conveniently spread across the city, Reginelli’s is a no-brainer for a relaxed night out or in. These dough-slingers know how to make one bad-ass pizza. You can’t go wrong with their chewy crust and all the toppings you’d ever want. Multiple locations | reginellis.com

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Venezia may lure you in with the promise of “pizza pie,” but they’ve got much more to offer, including a variety of pastas, ranging from fettuccine to stuffed shells. But we won’t stop just yet. There are also chicken, fish, eggplant, and veal. Their Veal Pontchartrain is sure to be your new favorite dish. 134 N. Carrollton Ave. | 488-7991 | venezianeworleans.net

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Vincent’s Italian Cuisine has been a New Orleans staple since 1989. Founder and fine-dining veteran Vincent Catalanotto’s menu eloquently reflects his Sicilian upbringing while also offering a New Orleans twist on age-old classics. Their Soft-Shell Crab Duel will have you coming back for more. Multiple Locations | 866-9313 | vincentsitaliancuisine.com

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Tavolino has a family-friendly atmosphere up front, but a party out back. Here, you can enjoy pizza with the family in the dining room or drinks with adults in the lounge. The thin-crust 13-inch pies with gourmet toppings have us wanting to make a trip across the river. Don’t miss the Red Goat Pizza with goat cheese, coppa, and red peppers. 141 Delaronde St. | Algiers | 605- 3365 | facebook.com/TavolinoLounge

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Tommy’s Cuisine offers Creole-Italian masterpieces in an upscale environment. At this Warehouse District establishment, you can indulge in $12 bottomless bellinis at Sunday brunch or, for dinner, Gulf Fish Capri, complemented by crabmeat, crawfish, and beurre blanc and expertly paired with a list of fine wines. 746 Tchoupitoulas St. | 581-1103 | tommyscuisine.com

MEXICAN

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Carreta’s Grill offers an extensive lunch and dinner menu. From ceviche and chicken fajitas to vegetarian options, you’ll have no trouble finding something that catches your eye. Check out the Chile Ranchero, a chile poblano stuffed with queso fresco, wrapped up in a strip of carne asada steak, and served with cheese dip. Multiple locations | carrettasgrillrestaurant.com

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Juan’s Flying Burrito makes it acceptable to have Taco Tuesday every day. Don’t miss their Banh Mi Tacos: Vietnamese-style tacos with your choice of meat (or tofu), veggies, and sriracha sour cream. Thirsty? They’ve got everything from margaritas to boozy lemonade to mojitos at this neighborhood taqueria joint. Multiple locations | juansflyingburrito.com

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The Halal Guys have brought a taste of their famed New York food carts down South. Now you can get your falafel platter or sandwich without waiting in an endless line on the busy streets of the Big Apple. This fast casual chain is open late, making it the perfect location for those late-night Mediterranean cravings. Multiple Locations | thehalalguys.com

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Lebanon’s Café, located under the shady oak trees of Uptown, offers generous portions of Middle Eastern food that has patrons flocking from across the city. Snack on savory dips and grape leaves, but save room for their charbroiled 16-ounce choice lamb chops marinated with rosemary, Middle Eastern spices, and extra virgin olive oil. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave. | 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com

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Pyramid’s Cafe may look like an American diner with its checkerboard tiles, but they serve up some seriously delicious Mediterranean dips, salads, and entrees that come with a side of hummus and salad. Who could resist? They even have a family feast: a whole lamb stuffed with chickpeas, perfect for a special dinner. 3149 Calhoun St. | 861-9602 | pyramidscafeonline.com

NEW ORLEANS CUISINE

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Antoine’s Restaurant, established in 1840, boasts the title of the country’s oldest family-run restaurant. They also lay claim to the title of inventor of the world-renowned Oysters Rockefeller. Antoine’s continues to deliver that classic French-Creole dining experience in a city known for just that. 713 St. Louis Ave. | 581-4422 | antoines.com

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Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant and Bar is here to elevate your game-day experience. Why settle for chips and dip when you can have crab cakes, po-boys, or Mardi Gras pasta instead? And if you’ve got a big appetite, gear up for the Cannon Burger Challenge, featuring seven patties, cheeses, and toppings in one bun. 4101 Veterans Blvd. | 324-6841 | bobbyheberts.com

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Broussard’s seamlessly blends Creole and French cuisines. They’ve got all the classics, including oysters, shrimp remoulade, and turtle soup. Whether you’re there for a meal or just a drink at their Empire Bar, Broussard’s is sure to please, especially with their Bronzed Redfish in lemon beurre blanc. 819 Conti St. | 581-3866 | broussards.com

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The Columns Hotel offers a memorable dining experience with breakfast, brunch, and an award-winning Happy Hour. Enjoy their seasonal charcuterie and cheese combination board in the Victorian dining room or front gallery with a view of beautiful Saint Charles Avenue. This establishment also has one of the 100 best bars in the country. 3811 St. Charles Ave. | 899-9308 | thecolums.com

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Coterie NOLA Restaurant & Oyster Bar has got all of the New Orleans classic munchies. Here, you can enjoy some fried pickles or an alligator po-boy without needing to get dressed up for a fine dining experience. As if that doesn’t sound good enough, there’s a Happy Hour for oysters. Try yours chargrilled. 135 Decatur St. | 529-8600 | coterienola.com

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Crescent City Brewhouse is the French Quarter’s only microbrewery, and dining here is an experience for all the senses. They have live jazz music, local art, classic Cajun grub, and a monthly beer. They also offer crabmeat-stuffed shrimp served with ratatouille, which is something neither you nor your tastebuds want to miss! 527 Decatur St. | 522-0571 | crescentictybrewhouse.com

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Crossroads at House of Blues is a destination at the “crossroads” between music, art, and great food, inspired by America’s Southern half. Would you believe that their “Impossible Cheeseburger”—made up of a burger patty with cheese, lettuce, pickles, and a secret spread on a bun—is all 100 percent vegan? Yes, it really is possible! 225 Decatur St. | 310-0499 | houseofblues.com\neworleans\menu

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Dick and Jenny’s is located in a cozy Creole cottage on Tchoupitoulas Street, serving classics like Creole Style BBQ Gulf Shrimp and their famous crab cakes. Chef Merlin prides himself on “creating Cajun Creole culinary dishes with just a touch of Thai influence,” made with locally sourced ingredients and New Orleans flair. 4501 Tchoupitoulas St. | 894-9880 | dickandjennys.com

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The Governor salutes the city’s historical influencers and age-old recipes. You can enjoy some “Uncle Sammies” or deviled eggs with ghost pepper caviar while pondering the shortcomings of our political system. All-day brunch is also an option, in case you need a getaway after hearing about fake news for the trillionth time today. 301 Chartres St. | 291-1860 | governorrestaurant.com

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Joey K’s, a Magazine Street landmark, serves up some of the best mama’s cookin’ entrees out there. Seafood, po-boys, gumbo, fried chicken, veal—what else could you ask for? Stop by for a comfort classic, laugh at the humorous signs, and relax after a hard day of shopping on the block. 3001 Magazine St. | 891-0997 | joeyksrestaurant.com

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Mandina’s knows it can be tough to choose between Italian food and Southern fried fish. That’s why they’ve got the best of both worlds, saving you from debating the issue. If you want fish but don’t like it fried, try their Gulf Fish Meuniere or Almandine, served with fries, or dive into their delicious Veal Parmesan and Spaghetti. 3800 Canal St. | 482-9179 | mandinasrestaurant.com

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Neyow’s Creole Café serves up authentic Creole cuisine, “straight from their grandmother’s recipes,” and they’re not lying. They’ve even got a large selection of specials every day of the week, ranging from red beans and rice to an eight-ounce ribeye. And you can’t go wrong with the charbroiled oysters. 3332 Bienville St. | 827-5474 | neyows.com

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New Orleans Cajun Cookery is keeping the city’s food traditions alive with its take on the classics. Located in the Warehouse District among some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, this spot shows that a good ol’ shrimp po-boy can still be the best meal around. Oh, and let’s not forget to mention their Bacon Bloody Mary. 701 S. Peters St. | 985-778-2529 | facebook.com/pages/category/Restaurant/New-Orleans-Cajun-Cookery-659728691032348/

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New Orleans Creole Cookery is perfect for a French Quarter outing or date on the town. They’ve got a great list of boozy beverages, like the Hurricane (drink the Category 5 at your own risk), and the Snapper Pontchartrain features pan-seared snapper topped with jumbo lump crab meat and hollandaise. Dine in their bar, dining room, or courtyard. 508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com

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The Original Fiorella’s Cafe may offer a variety of New Orleans staples, but believe us, pass those up on your first visit and try some crispy fried chicken. Fiorella’s has won the Fried Chicken Festival title of “Best Fried Chicken” for two years in a row. So yes, their frying game is stronger than the competition’s. They live up to their street cred. 5325 Franklin Ave. | 309-0352 | originalfiorellas.com

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Parran's Po-Boys and Restaurant serves up a variety of delicious fried and grilled po-boys on fresh French bread, along with gigantic muffalettas and mouthwatering Italian dishes, such as their Eggplant Parran and Spaghetti. With locations in Metairie, Kenner, and Uptown, as well as delivery via Waitr, Parran’s can satisfy your po-boy hankering easily! Multiple locations | parranspoboys.com

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Poppa’s Poor Boys serves Jefferson’s Claiborne neighborhood with classic and very affordable Southern entrees that will satisfy any craving. They’re best known for their overstuffed sandwiches, which are almost all below $10, but also offer dinner entrees, too. Make sure to give their daily specials a tasting, too; they’re sure to impress. 720 Claiborne Dr. | 832-8114 | facebook.com/pages/Poppas-Poor-Boy/234451656731001

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The Praline Connection might sound like a French Quarter candy shop, but think again. They are a restaurant serving Southern staples, such as stewed chicken, BBQ ribs, and meatloaf. Save room for the most important meal: dessert. With praline in their name, they are bound to do this sweet treat right. 542 Frenchmen St. | 943-3934 | pralineconnection.com

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Public Service at the NOPSI Hotel truly serves the public with a delectable selection of seafood and modern twists on Creole classics, including Cajun poutine or their Braised Short Ribs with Wild Mushroom and Potato Ragout. Experience hotel dining at its finest. 311 Baronne St. | 962-6527 | publicservicenola.com

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Short Stop Poboys doesn’t mess around when it comes to making the city’s famed sandwich. After all, it’s the only place around where you can get a king-sized 14-inch soft-shell crab po-boy. Or make it an overstuffed half-and-half seafood masterpiece with oysters and crawfish in one amazing French loaf. 119 Transcontinental Dr. | Metairie | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboysno.com

SEAFOOD

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Acme Oyster House is an institution that we’re proud to claim here in New Orleans. With locations spread across the Gulf South, Acme is sharing their delightful NOLA fare far and wide. Their Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy, with fried oysters, fried shrimp, and spicy mayo, and was voted one of the top 10 sandwiches out there. Multiple Locations | acmeoyster.com

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Art & Vicki’s The Dock Slidell turns a fresh catch into an incredible no-frills dinner. Their stuffed crab, fried oysters, and shrimp tacos will have you taking a trip to Slidell. But don’t worry, seafood’s not the only thing on the menu. They’ve got irresistible Vicki fries, topped with cheese and roast beef debris, that are to die for. 118 Harbor View Ct. | Slidell | 985-326-8882 | facebook.com/thedockslidell

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Briquette offers contemporary coastal cuisine in a relaxed, casual environment in a former molasses refinery. Their grill options, offering dishes cooked over red-hot briquettes, are menu highlights. Their 18-foot seafood display features an assortment of fresh fish that will have you dreaming of grilled fillets for days. Don’t miss the Snapper Pontchartrain. 701 S. Peters St. | 302-7496 | briquette-nola.com

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Felix’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar lives up to its name. With plenty of oyster options by the dozen or half-dozen, they’re sure to appease all mollusk-lovers, whether you like them raw or fried. Be sure to check out Felix’s newest location on the lakefront with beautiful views overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. Multiple locations | felixs.com

 

Jack Dempsey’s is a real New Orleans gem with its casual but charming appeal. Named after a former NOLA police reporter, the restaurant is known for its generous seafood platters, but do give their juicy steaks and famed mac ‘n’ cheese—perfected over generations—a try from time to time! Trust us, it’s something you can’t miss. 738 Poland Ave. | 943-9914 | jackdempseys.net

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Jaeger’s Seafood understands that down here, we love our fresh and fried seafood. That’s why they serve enormous portions to satisfy your appetite. No other place is gonna give you a King’s Platter with snow crab, Maine lobster, boiled shrimp, a heaping side of potatoes, corn, butter sauce, garlic bread, a salad, and jambalaya. 901 S. Clearview Pkwy. | Metairie | 818-2200 | jaegersseafood.com

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Landry’s Seafood doesn’t just offer your typical fried fish with a side of fries. If you’re looking for some more exotic options, like smoked bacon-crusted scallops with cheese grits, they’ve got it. And if you’re missing a taste of home, they’ve got New Orleans BBQ shrimp, po-boys, and gumbo even at their Missouri location. Multiple Locations | landrysseafood.com

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Poseidon is a delectable seafood restaurant and sushi bar that offers a wide array of sushi rolls, hibachi, and even karaoke. Open six days a week and serving until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Poseidon is sure to please your palate with specialties, such as their Poseidon and Crouching Tiger Rolls. 2100 St. Charles Ave. | 509-6675 | poseidonnola.com

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Seaworthy, located next to Ace Hotel, features wild-caught, local, and sustainably harvested seafood with a global flare. Enjoy a diverse menu offering tasty seafood options, like the smoked cobia with prosciutto and fennel. Pair your oysters with a handcrafted cocktail (they’ve got non-alcoholic options for the kids as well). 630 Carondelet St. | 930-3071 | seaworthynola.com

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The Catch Seafood Restaurant boasts some of the best seasoned, blackened, and fried fish in Metairie. The Blackened Redfish Filet Topped with Lump Crab Meat is just one example. They’ve also got pasta, sandwiches, and old-school platters to satisfy any mood. After an exhaustive day of shopping at Lakeside Mall or a rough day at work, look no further than this casual eatery. 3010 Cleary Ave. | Metairie | 407-3316 | facebook.com/thecatchseafoodrestaurantLA

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Tito’s Ceviche and Pisco offers traditional Peruvian classics right here in New Orleans. Spice up your seafood outing with an assortment of ceviches, mixed seafood platters, or grilled octopus that the competition just doesn’t offer. Take a trip into uncharted territory with the Causa de Cangrejo, a dish made with Louisiana crab meat, Aji potatoes, avocado, and olives.  5015 Magazine St. | 267-7612 | titoscevichepisco.com

VEGAN

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Green Goddess proudly showcases the influence of Thai cuisine on Cajun classics. But what sets them apart are their inventive vegan and vegetarian options, like the tofu po-boy or veggie cuban luau. Now your veggie-loving friends won’t be stuck with a less-than-satisfying salad while you down a bowl of gumbo. 307 Exchange Pl. | 301-3347 | greengoddessrestaurant.com

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Max Well is fronting a clean-eating movement. They’re out to prove that veggies can actually taste as good or better than your favorite piece of meat. They pride themselves on their filling salad and protein bowls, stuffed with greens or rice and all the delicious toppings you could ever want, such as almonds, avocado, carrots, and sweet potatoes. 6101 Magazine St. | 301-0510 | maxwellneworleans.com

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Seed has firmly planted itself in a city known for its carnivorous diet and love of seafood and everything fried. But that’s not stopping them from sharing their version of tantalizing vegan soul food, including an eggplant po-boy, gumbo, and beignets. Now you have no excuse for not being able to eat healthier and more sustainably. 1330 Prytania St. | 302-2599 | seedyourhealth.com

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