The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer
May 28 2018

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

By: Staff

African

Bennachin offers African cuisine with a decidedly New Orleans twist. Those familiar with their delectable Jazz Fest fare, such as Poulet Fricassee (chicken on a stick) and Jama-Jama (sauteed spinach), can imagine the wonders emanating from their kitchen via signature beef and seafood dishes. 1212 Royal St. | 522-1230 | bennachinrestaurant.com

American

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Apolline celebrates the best in local ingredients and offers one of the most memorable brunches in the city, providing great food, bottomless mimosas, and Bloody Marys. Try one of their outstanding seafood entrees, like the Seared Diver Scallops with Gulf shrimp and Pan-Roasted Black Drum. 4729 Magazine St. | 894-8881 | apollinerestaurant.com

Bayou Hot Wings aims to please wing fanatics. There are 13 sauces to choose from, from the mild, yet delicious Bayou Sweet, to the intense, flavorful heat of the Bayou Beast. They also offer great alternatives, like half-pound burgers and an array of wraps and salads. Don’t forget to try their famous fries! 6221 S. Claiborne Ave. | 662-9933 | bayouhotwings.com

City Diner may sound like your average greasy spoon, but don’t let the name fool you. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner 24 hours a day, the diner offers such favorites as Country Fried Steak, Shrimp and Grits, and the Fried Catfish Po-Boy for you to chow down on, all night or all day long. 3116 S. I-10 Service Road E. | 831-1030 | citydiner.biz

City Donuts & Café is the newest donut stop here in the Crescent City, but with a twist: it’s open 24/7 and has a drive-thru window for extra convenience. Be sure to grab one or a few dozen of their assorted donuts or even one of their classic New Orleans dishes, like Shrimp and Grits, po-boys, and more. 3301 S Claiborne Ave. | 372-5811

The Country Club specializes in distinctively modern Creole Cuisine, served in a charming Bywater cottage. Try their divine Sweet Corn & Blue Crab Bisque, followed by a Duck Fat Roasted Chicken that melts in your mouth. It’s menus like these that make you glad you live in New Orleans. 634 Louisa St. | 945-0742 | thecountryclubneworleans.com

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Daisy Dukes now has four unique locations, each specializing in something different. While the 24/7 French Quarter location is home to terrific seafood platters and all-you-can-eat crawfish (in peak season), their all-night hot spot in the CBD is sure to offer whatever else you may be craving. Multiple locations | daisydukesrestaurant.com

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Restaurant epitomizes the notion of a neighborhood eatery where you can get your drink on, too. Boasting a comprehensive appetizer menu and all kinds of mouthwatering burgers and sandwiches, Gattuso’s even finds the time to dish out some impressive salads and seafood platters. 435 Huey P. Long Ave. | 368-1114 | gattusos.net

Gordon Biersch is a brewery and a restaurant that can rightfully be called a master of both. Enjoy one of their flagship beers on their Fulton Street patio, with lunch or dinner consisting of elegant entrees to please your palate, like their marinated Brewer’s Steak, Salmon Fillet, or Märzen BBQ Burger. Or share an appetizer with your friends, such as their Ahi Tuna Nachos. 200 Poydras St. | 522-2739 | gordonbiersch.com

Lakeview Harbor has reopened at a new location on Pontchartrain Boulevard, but that doesn’t mean that their delicious food will be changing with it. They are known for their thick, juicy cheeseburgers topped with mouthwatering shredded cheese. Be sure to pair one with an order spicy Harbor Wings and a frosty glass of draft beer to wash it all down. 8550 Pontchartrain Blvd. | 486-4887 | lakeviewharbor.us

Liberty Cheesesteaks has brought the unmistakably divine taste of a true Philly cheesesteak to New Orleans and has created with it an all-new companion piece: the Pizza Steak Hoagie, covered in mozzarella and house-made marinara. In a town known for its po-boys, Liberty has stepped up to the plate with superior sandwiches rooted from an outside area. 5039 Freret St. | 875-4447 | libertycheesesteaks.com

Ma Momma’s House of Cornbread, Chicken and Waffles serves up fresh, delicious fried chicken and authentic Southern fare from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. Join them for a fabulous country breakfast (served anytime) or just head over there to get yourself some of that chicken. You know you want it! 5741 Crowder Blvd. | 244-0021 | mamommashouse.com

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The Mason Jar is casual American-meets-Southern, with local favorites like red beans and rice right alongside dynamite versions of Chicken Parmesan and Crab Cake and Shrimp Pasta. This family-friendly environment could very well become your new home away from home. 4517 W. Esplanade Ave. | 323-2115 | masonjarkitchen.com

Sala has a little of everything you’d expect from the Riccobono family of restaurants. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Sala has favorites that include irresistible small plates, like their Duck Empanadas with Sweet Chili Sauce, and large plates, such as the Braised Short Ribs. They also feature an impressive wine and cocktail menu to complement your meal. 124 Lake Marina Ave. | 513-2670 | salanola.com

Spudly’s Super Spuds has a baked potato to satisfy all fans of America’s favorite side dish—only here, it’s the main course! And why not, when you can choose from scrumptious toppings, like crabmeat, crawfish, and roast beef, and smother it in enough cheese to make Wisconsin proud. Don’t know if you want a super spud? They have other great appetizers, soups, and salads as well. 2609 Harvard Ave. | 455-3250 | spudlys.com

Stein’s Market & Deli is a quaint Jewish-Italian market and Magazine Street staple that draws in crowds for their assorted specialty meats, cheeses, sandwiches, and unique selection of brews. If you're looking for a quick bite, they make classic deli sandwiches like the reuben and pastrami as well as great bagel sandwiches. 2207 Magazine St. | 527-0771 | steinsdeli.com

Tasty Treats Food Truck & Restaurant has quickly become one of the most popular food trucks in New Orleans and has also expanded into a comfortable, brick-and-mortar dining area. Their inspired menu includes one heck of a Bacon Cheddar Burger as well as Shrimp and Crawfish Fries and wing flavors that will knock your socks off. Taste what New Orleanians have been raving about! 5000 Old Gentilly Rd. | 237-5875

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Ted’s Frostop is a real survivor. A symbol of Katrina’s devastation, their famous root beer mug sign was turned upside down. Now it’s back upright where it should be, and they’re serving the same delicious Loto Burgers and rootbeer floats that have defined New Orleans lunches for years. Enjoy a shake and fries, or try one of their po-boys or daily specials. 3100 Calhoun St. | 861-3615 | tedsfrostop.com

Willie Mae’s Scotch House is the James Beard Award-winning destination for lovers of fried chicken and is both a tourist attraction and a New Orleans landmark. You’ll understand why when you delve into the late Willie Mae Seaton’s 50-year-old recipe, which is still unmatched for flavor. 2401 St. Ann St. | 822-9503 | williemaesnola.com

WOW Café Doubletree combines everything you’ve ever loved about WOW Cafe & Wingery, plus so much more. Try their breakfast buffet, including delicious create-your-own omelettes. Or, you can join them for a classic New Orleans brunch, showcasing fresh Louisiana seafood. Any time is the right time here--and don’t forget about those wings! 300 Canal St. | 212-3250 | wowcafe.com/stores/double-tree-new-orleans

Asian

Bao & Noodle has blossomed into a real gem in the Marigny/Bywater. The Northern China-inspired cuisine begins with their amazing, hand-pulled noodles and steamed buns (bao), and it simply flourishes from there. Menu staples include the Slow Cooked Pork Shank and Cumin Braised Lamb. 2700 Chartres St. | 272-0004 | baoandnoodle.com

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Five Happiness is an authentic Chinese restaurant that has served locals for over 30 years. Their broad menu includes the Triple Dragons in Hot Garlic Sauce, a variety of succulent meat platters (shrimp, chicken, and beef), and chef’s specials such as the Crispy Ginger Shrimp or Stuffed Chinese Eggplant with ground pork and shrimp. 3605 S. Carrollton Ave. | 482-3935 | fivehappiness.com

Green Tea offers the best in decadent Chinese food. Try the Seafood Delight, featuring lobster, jumbo shrimp, and scallops sauteed in the chef’s special sauce, or the Dragon and Phoenix combo, bringing General Tso’s Chicken and Spicy Shrimp together. You can even invite up to 30 of your closest friends for a memorable dining experience in their private dining room. 3001 Napoleon Ave. | 899-8005 | greenteanola.com

Ikura welcomes back the hibachi tables, for that thrilling dining experience that only a master hibachi chef can provide. Sushi lover? Ikura’s specialty menu features an innovative selection based on local favorites, including the Seafood Po-Boy Roll loaded with crawfish, fried shrimp, and fried soft-shell crab. 310 N. Carrollton Ave. | 485-5658 | ikuranola.net

Jazmine Café is the go-to place for Vietnamese cuisine along the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Try their terrific lunch specials for under $10, including the Soup and Po-Boy Combo. Or, you can enjoy Hot Pot (Vietnamese fondue) table-top cooking for an adventurous family dining experience. 614 S. Carrollton Ave. | 866-9301 | jazminecafe.com

Kyoto 2 is the premier spot for sushi and sashimi in the Elmwood area of New Orleans. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant features popular chef’s creations, including the Funky Margarita Roll (choice of crawfish or spicy tuna) and the amazing Rainbow Box with snow crab topped with tuna and salmon. 5608 Citrus Blvd. | Harahan | 818-0228

La Thai is thriving at their Uptown location, with a renovated dining room and a dynamic fusion of modern Thai cuisine and authentic, classic favorites. A good bet would be to start off with Mama’s (phenomenal) Stuffed Chicken Wings, before graduating to an entree of panko-crusted Chilean Seabass covered in jumbo lump crabmeat. 4938 Prytania St. | 899-8886 | lathaiuptown.com 

Mikimoto knows their sushi, and every other form of Japanese cuisine, for that matter. Start off with their deep-fried Crabstick Tempura or the delicious Kuruma Shrimp. Their extensive sushi menu features specialty rolls containing the likes of sea urchin and red snapper. 3301 S. Carrollton Ave. | 488-1881 | mikimotosushi.com

Miyako is known for its entertaining hibachi chefs and the high-quality ingredients, like flavorful New York strip steak and lobster. A great spot for large groups, Miyako offers a popular sushi menu that takes on a decidedly New Orleans flair, with selections like the Mardi Gras Roll, Po-Boy Roll, and Saints Roll. 1403 St. Charles Ave. | 410-997 | miyakonola.com

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Momo Ramen + Poke is one of Uptown’s best ramen restaurants, as well as a great spot to pick up a fresh poke bowl. Momo also has plenty of other Asian-inspired dishes, such as Kimchi Short Ribs and Red Curry Beef Rice Bowls, to help satisfy any picky palate. Be sure to check out their outdoor patio and new Happy Hour specials! 632 S Carrollton Ave. | 218-5248 | momoramenpoke.com

Origami is proud of their three sushi chefs, and it’s no wonder. Signature dishes from this kitchen include the Burning Man (pepper-crusted tuna and avocado) and the Funky Margarita (crawfish layered with tuna, salmon, and guacamole). A favorite of college students, Origami has a vast appetizer menu, highlighted by their terrific Shrimp Tempura. 5130 Freret St. | 899-6532 | sushinola.com

Tsunami lauds their sushi as containing the “freshest fish in the 504,” and the menu includes a delightful fusion of Cajun and Japanese ingredients, like the Rajun Cajun (panko alligator and masago) and the Black and Gold (crawfish and shrimp tempura). Save room for dessert and indulge in their award-winning Pancific Bread Pudding. 601 Poydras St. | 608-3474 | servingsushi.com

Viet Orleans Bistro is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner in the heart of the CBD. Enjoy a mouthwatering Banh Mi Po-Boy while relaxing with a hot sake, glass of wine, or cold beer in the pleasant atmosphere of their dining room. The comprehensive sushi menu is highlighted by favorites like the Viet Orleans and Volcano rolls. 300 Baronne St. | 333-6917

Bars with Great Food

Backspace Bar & Kitchen is a fantastic French Quarter spot. When you dive into such literary-themed sandwich creations as the Hemingway Cuban and the Whitman Roast Beef, you’ll understand why. If you’re a fan of old-school cocktails, then look no further than this celebratory retro establishment. 139 Chartres St. | 322-2245 | backspacenola.com

Buffa’s Bar & Restaurant has one heck of a food menu, and their 24/7 hours should allow time for many repeat visits. Come hungry, whether you’re in the mood for breakfast and one of their awesome omelettes or looking for bar staples, like multiple varieties of chicken wings and burgers. Hint: save room for the Chorizo Chili! 1001 Esplanade Ave. | 949-0038 | buffasbar.com

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Flamingo A-Go-Go over to the Warehouse District for food, fun, and the largest open-air patio in New Orleans! Enjoy lunch and dinner favorites every day, brunch every Saturday and Sunday with $10 bottomless mimosas or sparkling rosé, and Happy Hour every Monday thru Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Their patio is pet-friendly, so bring your furry friends along to try one of their puppy plates! 869 Magazine St. | 577-2202 | flamingonola.com

The Jimani is a bar that has everything: big-screen TVs for sporting events, trivia nights, over 100 beers to choose from, and an outstanding pub menu that keeps the patrons from having to go anywhere else. Start with a plate of Jimmy J’s Big Ass Nachos and progress to an array of po-boys, burgers, sandwiches, or a full rack of St. Louis BBQ Ribs. 141 Chartres St. | 524-0493 | thejimani.com

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant brings the laid-back atmosphere of the islands and their surf-inspired cuisine to the Warehouse District. Dinner selections include Seared Tuna with Pineapple Chili Salsa and Pao Pao Shrimp. You can also get great specials, like BBQ Pulled Pork Hash and the Bacon Brie Chicken Sandwich, for whatever side of brunch you fall on. 701 Tchoupitoulas St. | 523-8995 | lucysretiredsurfers.com

Mimi’s in the Marigny features two bars—each with a different mood—and their first-rate tapas menu reflects that, with numerous selections for both vegetarians and meat-eaters. Choice selections include the Goat Cheese Croquettes and Coffee Kahlua Glazed Salmon. Or order from Chef Hailey’s “Trust Me” menu, accentuated with fresh Louisiana produce and herbs. 2601 Royal St. | 872-9868 | mimismarigny.com

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NOSH (New Orleans Social House) plays upon the small plates craze with flavorsome selections, such as Lobster-Shrimp Tacos, Truffled Mac and Cheese, and Beef Short Rib Poutine. They even have a seafood bar where you can knock down Louisiana Gulf oysters, one after the other. Don’t miss the Bubbles Bar on Friday nights with champagne starting at $4! 752 Tchoupitoulas St. | 581-7101 | noshneworleans.com

Ole Saint is the brainchild of New Orleans Saints legend Deuce McAllister, who wanted to bring Southern coastal cuisine to a relaxed bar atmosphere in the French Quarter. He certainly succeeded, with offerings like the Flash-Fried Louisiana Oysters and Southern Catfish with White Beans and Shrimp. You can enjoy an Ole Saint Craft Burger here as well. 132 Royal St. | 309-4797 | olesaint.com

Orleans Grapevine proves that fine food is paired best with the fruit of the vine, with over 375 wines to accompany your meal. Surf and Turf is a must, with the Black Angus Filet and Maine Lobster Tail. But if you’re just looking for seafood (and ‘tis the season), the decadent combo of Pan-Seared Scallops and Oysters Orleans is guaranteed to leave you satisfied and guilt-free. 720 Orleans Ave. | 523-1930 | orleansgrapevine.com

Parasol’s may be known for their to-die-for Roast Beef Po-Boy, but did you know about the other gems on this unmatched menu? From fried seafood baskets to red beans and rice to gumbo, there is iconic New Orleans comfort food for just about any palate. While you’re here, make it a point to order the Irish Sundae (potato salad with roast beef gravy and debris). 2553 Constance St. | 302-1543

Picayune Social House labels themselves as a “gastropub,” highlighting the importance of the relationship between food and alcohol consumption. Featuring rotating specials on pastas, fish, wraps, and tandoor-roasted meats, Picayune’s main menu offers great options like the Lamb T-Bones with Tamarind Chipotle Sauce and Catfish Amandine. 326 Camp St. | 308-3583 | picayunesocialhouse.com

Poppy’s Time Out Sports Bar showcases its love for sports fans with 21 TVs, over 20 beers on tap, and Hurricanes that are categorized in intensity from one to five. But what about the food, you ask? Well, there are Gator Bites (a fried hybrid of delicious alligator and andouille sausages), Blackened Shrimp Queso, 911 Fire Wings for the fearless, and so much more. 500 Port of New Orleans Pl. | 247-9265 | poppystimeoutsportsbar.com

Rick’s Sporting Saloon has taken the combination of adult entertainment and culinary delights to new heights, at the “Ultimate Man Cave” on Bourbon Street. If you can’t make it to Two-Legged Taco Tuesday, the Baller Platter or Saloon Burger (a combination of short rib, brisket, and chuck) will do you just fine, while watching the big game on their 92-inch screen. 522 Bourbon St. | 552-2510 | ricks-saloon.com

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Rivershack Tavern brings the thrill and excitement of great food, drinks, and live music to the bank of the Mississippi River. The home of the “tacky ashtray” and barstools with Hollywood’s most famous legs, Rivershack has daily lunch specials on weekdays. You can’t go wrong with their “Shank You” Burger, a delicious half-pound combination of beef and hot sausage. 3449 River Rd. | 834-4938 | therivershacktavern.us

Shamrock Bar and Grill is the biggest neighborhood bar in New Orleans, with 32 televisions, 23 pool tables, and good things to eat. The perfect place to catch a sporting event with some great drink specials on offer, Shamrock has a reasonably priced menu that is highlighted by a Buffalo Shrimp Platter and a 12-ounce Ribeye with potato and salad. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave. | 301-0938 | shamrockparty.com

The Tahyo Tavern is the go-to establishment for canine lovers, where dog owners can dine or relax with a beer and their best friend. Don’t have a dog? Well, that’s no problem. With or without a dog in tow, you can enjoy menu items such as mouthwatering burgers, hand-cut french fries, or fried green tomatoes. Stop there for brunch and give the Bananas Foster Pancakes a try. You won’t be sorry! 1140 Decatur St. | 301-1991 | thetahyotavern.com

Tracey’s Irish Bar and Restaurant is proud to offer delicious po-boys, cold beer, and specials. On Mondays, you can enjoy a plate of their red beans and rice and $1 raw oysters. But if you’re feeling really hungry, order the Seafood Platter filled with Louisiana oysters, Gulf shrimp, and farm-raised catfish. 2604 Magazine St. | 897-5413 | traceysnola.com

Café

Another Broken Egg Café is not just another brunch eatery. Their extensive menu boasts succulent omelettes such as the Floridian (topped with garlic butter-sauteed crabmeat) and Stan’s Mardi Gras Omelette (filled with crawfish, Gulf shrimp, andouille, and red peppers). Also, try one of their “Sweet Temptations,” like the Bananas Foster Belgian Waffle or Cinnamon Roll French Toast. Uptown | Lakeview | 301-2771 | anotherbrokeneggcafe.com

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Biscuits & Buns on Banks has the distinction of being voted into the top 10 biscuit purveyors in America by USA Today. Besides their biscuits being fluffy and delicious, the comfortable ambiance of this charming neighborhood eatery just adds to any meal. Try the Fried Andouille Sausage Hash Cakes, smothered in their house-made Creole cheese sauce. 4337 Banks St. | 273-4600 | biscuitsandbunsonbanks.com

Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit prides itself on being the most affordable restaurant in Gretna, while serving savory meals that will make you a repeat customer. Where else are you going to get Seared Duck Breast for only $18? The extensive menu features everything: salads, seafood platters, sandwiches, and exotic appetizers like turtle soup and Frog Legs Provencal. 615 Kepler St. | 365-1225 | dawabbit.net

Café Amelie is housed in the historic, 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House, for a lush, enchanting dining experience you won’t soon forget. The food is quite memorable as well, with standout lunch and dinner selections like the Cochon de Lait Sandwich on ciabatta and the Louisiana Crawfish Linguine. 912 Royal St. | 412-8965 | cafeamelie.com

Café Carmo combines the flavors of West Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, and South America with fresh, local ingredients, for a unique and exemplary take on vegetarian-friendly cuisine in New Orleans. From sashimi appetizers to an array of fresh salads, they are also known for their signature Banquette Breads and terrific entrees (such as the Singapore Chili Shrimp). 527 Julia St. | 875-4132 | cafecarmo.com

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Café Navarre is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as weekend brunch. Comfortable outdoor seating is a plus in this Mid-City establishment, where you can dine on fare like Eggs Cochon in the morning, or enjoy a po-boy, panini, or hamburger later on in the day, washed down with their signature Tito’s Bloody Mary. 800 Navarre Ave. | 483-8828 | cafenavarre.com

Caffe! Caffe! has two locations serving you the soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps that you can’t possibly live without. And dig this: they have brand-new items like the Grilled Chicken Sandwich, served on a fresh-baked onion bun, and their Creamy Mac, a love letter to mac and cheese fanatics everywhere. They serve breakfast, too. Two Metairie Locations | caffecaffe.com

Compére Lapin is named after a mischievous rabbit in Caribbean folklore from Chef Nina Compton’s childhood. Combining ingredients from her homes in St. Lucia and New Orleans with her French and Italian culinary training, Compton brings together a sensational fusion of these four cultures and more. Standouts include the Steak Tartare and Hot Fire Chicken. 535 Tchoupitoulas St. | 599-2119 | comperelapin.com

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Jimmy J’s Café is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and has some of the tastiest creations in the French Quarter. Try their flagship breakfast: Eggs Lafitte with andouille sausage, hollandaise sauce, and ratatouille. You can’t go wrong with their 3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Chicken, a savory sandwich with battered chicken, bacon, Swiss cheese, and two kinds of ham. 115 Chartres St. | 309-9360 | jimmyjscafe.com

Morning Call Coffee Stand can rightfully be considered a landmark New Orleans establishment, keeping customers happy for nearly 150 years. Everyone knows about their beignets and café au lait, but did you know that you can also enjoy NOLA favorites like muffalettas and crawfish etouffée, 24/7, while relaxing in their courtyard? 56 Dreyfous Dr. | 300-1157 | neworleanscitypark.com/in-the-park/morning-call

Petite Amelie is the quick and easy extension to Café Amelie, serving fresh salads, sandwiches, coffee, take-home entrees, and more. Geared toward the people who live and work in the French Quarter, Petite Amelie has a spectacular marketplace selection of fresh olives, cheeses, sandwiches, and pastries. There’s even a juice bar! Perfect for the person on-the-go. 900 Royal St. | 412-8065 | petiteamelienola.wordpress.com

Riccobono’s Panola Street Café is the quintessential breakfast and lunch spot in the heart of Uptown, just a few blocks from Tulane. Try ordering from their Eggs Benedict menu, with favorites such as Crabcake Benedict and Eggs Pontchartrain, the latter featuring the divine flavors of crawfish sautéed with mushrooms and green onions. 7801 Panola St. | 314-1810 | panolastreetcafe.com

The Ruby Slipper is the place for breakfast-lovers, traditional or otherwise. Signature items include the BBQ Shrimp & Grits, B.Y.O. Omelet, and The Trifecta (a combination of three breakfast favorites: Eggs Cochon, Chicken St. Charles, and Shrimp Boogaloo Benedict). Those seeking lunch need not look further than their Big Bacon Burger or Creole Reuben. Multiple Locations | therubyslippercafe.net

French

Café Degas is the embodiment of Gallic charm, for an experience formulated to recreate dining in the beautiful French countryside. Le Plateau de Fromage is an excellent appetizer in keeping with the mood, followed by La Salade Au Crabe, the Pan-Seared Rack of Lamb, or Lamb Merguez Sausage. C'est merveilleux! 3127 Esplanade Ave. | 945-5635 | cafedegas.com

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Vyoone’s is bringing unique French fare to the Warehouse District. You ought to try their Chicken Roulade along with a refreshing cocktail while you soak up the afternoon sun in their outdoor courtyard. As for dinner, you may have a tough time deciding between the Chicory Rubbed Rack and Seared Duck Breast Chambord, not to mention that they have a wine list featuring 70 different vintages. 412 Girod St. | 518-6007 | vyoone.com

Italian

G’s Pizza has three unique locations serving you the best in gourmet, hand-tossed pies. You can get a Salmon and Caper Pizza on Bienville Street, a garlic-loaded Narcissist on Howard Avenue, or the Uptown Special on Magazine Street. Can’t get enough pizza? Try all three locations. Wherever you choose, be prepared for your taste buds to flip out over flavor profiles from fresh, quality ingredients. Multiple Locations | gspizza.com

Josephine Estelle, inside Ace Hotel, is the invention of chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, who are reimagining Italian cuisine steeped in Southern tradition. Their wide range of pastas share the stage with platters of duck breast, speckled trout, and veal porterhouse. The fabulous weekend brunch is an opportunity to try items from each of their menus. 600 Carondelet St. | 930-3070 | josephineestelle.com

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen has delighted Uptown residents for a quarter of a century with terrific pizza and Southern Italian favorites like Shrimp Florentine, Eggplant Parmesan, and Stuffed Bell Pepper Pasta. People who prefer tons of cheese on their pizza owe it to themselves to try the Quattro Formaggi, a decadent marriage of mozzarella, ricotta, feta, and parmesan. 615 S. Carrollton Ave. | 866-5900 | louisianapizzakitchenuptown.com

Mardi Gras Zone boasts the best of both worlds—delicious food and products concerning its namesake holiday—that New Orleanians just can’t live without! You won’t be sorry for picking up a slice (or more) of their incredible brick-oven pizza. Or try their local favorites like red beans and rice and hand-carved corned beef. Open 24/7. 2706 Royal St. | 947-8787 | mardigraszone.com

Mosca’s Restaurant has been cooking up Italian specialties for over 60 years, thanks to the original founders Provino and Lisa Mosca. From familiar staples like spaghetti and meatballs and chicken cacciatore, to signature dishes like Oysters Mosca, every Mosca’s dish is prepared to order and served à la carte on family-style platters. 4137 U.S. Highway 90 West | Westwego |  436-8950 | moscasrestaurant.com

Pascal’s Manale turns 105 this year, and they still serve the most delicious BBQ shrimp you’ve ever (or never) had. You might like to have a seat at their world-famous oyster bar, where the mollusks just keep on shucking! Whether you crave seafood, a juicy steak, or a great Italian dish, this Uptown institution is sure to provide a memorable culinary experience. 1838 Napoleon Ave. | 895-4877 | pascalsmanale.com

Red Gravy is one of those places you should visit before work or during lunch for a dining experience to set your workday right. Choose from their amazing non-traditional breakfast platters, such as the Sicilian Egg Pie or the Uptown (meatball, two eggs, and red gravy). If lunch is your thing, they feature a wide array of French bread sandwiches and pasta delights. 125 Camp St. | 561-8844 | redgravycafe.com

The Hottest Restaurants in New Orleans This Summer

Reginelli’s Pizzeria was voted “Best Pizza” by readers of Where Y’at Magazine, and it’s not surprising, with delicious toppings that set them apart from your standard pizza (like fresh, roasted garlic). Join them now for their seasonal Garlic Feast, featuring Boudin Pizza and Stuffed Peppers. Get $3 pints of Canebrake and NOLA Blonde on Mondays and Tuesdays. Multiple Locations | reginellis.com

Venezia has been serving homestyle Italian cooking with a New Orleans twist since 1957. Their house specialties, Fresh Fish Cynthia (topped with shrimp and crawfish in a dill cream sauce) and Eggplant Vatican (fried eggplant filled with shrimp and crawfish in a crabmeat cream sauce), are a culinary dream come true! Daily specials include Seafood Paella and Sauteed Cilantro Shrimp. 134 N. Carrollton Ave. | 488-7991 | venezianeworleans.net

Vincent’s Italian Cuisine specializes in marvelous, robust meals and flavors. They’re rightfully famous for their Corn and Crab Bisque, served in a toasted bread bowl. But you just haven’t lived until you’ve indulged in the Seafood-Stuffed Pork Chop and the Veal- and Spinach-Stuffed Cannelloni. Visit both locations for unique dining atmospheres. Metairie | Uptown | vincentsitaliancuisine.com

Mexican

Carreta’s Grill has been serving quality Mexican cuisine since 1999, and they now have four locations. From signature appetizers, like Mariachi Fries and Popeye Dip, to the sizzling Carnitas and Carne Asada Platters that you love, Carreta’s also offers six different authentic taco styles for the taco-lover extraordinaire. Multiple Locations | carretasgrillrestaurant.com

El Taco Loco is certainly the new kid on the Carrollton block, but from the affordability and taste of their food, it’s obvious they know what they’re doing. Tacos, burritos, quesadillas … you name it. Choose from 10 different meats and a slew of toppings for an unmistakably well-seasoned, build-your-own-platter experience. You can find them in Mona’s old spot. 1120 S. Carrollton Ave. | 372-3224

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Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria is pretty much around the corner from wherever you are, with locations Uptown, Mid-City, and in the French Quarter. Start off with one of their signature hand-squeezed margaritas made from only the freshest key limes. If you’re really hungry, try their Super Burrito in a Felipe’s Combo. Multiple Locations | felipestaqueria.com

Juan’s Flying Burrito is a true success story with convenient locations all over town. The food speaks for itself, satisfying the most discerning of palates. You can’t go wrong with their signature “Flying” Burrito and enchiladas, but they also make vegetarian synonymous with delicious, with meat-free options like the Green Goat Quesadilla. Multiple Locations | juansflyingburrito.com

Middle Eastern

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The Halal Guys is a certified hit, dishing out the tastiest Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean fare. Whether it’s gyros you crave, or one of their hot Chicken and Rice Platters covered in their signature White Sauce, all of the flavors you love now come together in the utterly amazing Fries Sandwich. Get your beef, chicken, or falafel as a sandwich or a platter, with or without hummus. Multiple Locations | thehalalguys.com

Lebanon’s Café is known for their delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, served in one of the most gorgeous dining rooms you’re likely to ever sit in. In addition to the high-quality shawarma and kabobs you’d expect to find, they also feature some amazing platters, such as the Rosemary Lamb Chops and Tuna Steak. As always, the restaurant encourages you to BYOB. 1500 S. Carrollton Ave. | 862-6200 | lebanonscafe.com

Pyramid’s Café is a favorite of both Tulane and Loyola students. Their menu prices are so budget-friendly, you’ll never have to choose between the falafel and the baba ganuj. All of the meats here are marinated to perfection, for outstanding kabobs, shawarma, and gyros. Try the Chicken Lula or Kafta Kabab, and get a free drink with any entree. 3149 Calhoun St. | 861-9602 | pyramidscafeonline.com

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Antoine’s Restaurant has been a New Orleans landmark since 1840 and is the embodiment of authentic French-Creole dining. Home of the world-famous Oysters Rockefeller, Antoine’s offers other signature dishes like the Filet de Gulf Poisson Amandine and Chateaubriand (center-cut beef tenderloin for two). Just remember to save room for Cerise (Cherries) Jubilée for dessert. 713 St. Louis St. | 581-4422 | antoines.com

Bobby Hebert’s Cajun Cannon Restaurant & Bar is sure to delight sports fans, with over 30 televisions to watch the game and an extensive menu to keep you coming back. House specialties include the Cajun Cannon Redfish. If you’re up for it, take the Cannon Burger Challenge: a behemoth, seven-patty cheeseburger with all the trimmings for $49.95 (or free, if you can eat it all in 45 minutes or less!). 4101 Veterans Memorial Blvd. | 324-6841 | bobbyheberts.com

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Broussard's is conveniently located in the heart of the French Quarter and has been serving classic New Orleans dishes with a twist, such as their Steak and Eggs Broussard, for 98 years. Whether it's for brunch, dinner, or Happy Hour, choose to dine in the majestic main dining room or in the palatial courtyard. Experience the historical Grand Dame restaurant, celebrating the tradition of nearly 100 years of fine dining. 819 Conti St. | 581-3866 | broussards.com

The Columns Hotel offers elegant dining overlooking historic St. Charles Avenue. Be sure to wash any of their delicious dishes down with one of their signature cocktails. The Victorian Lounge’s bistro cuisine has shared plates for groups, full sized plates for individuals, and one the city’s best Sunday brunches. 3811 St. Charles Ave. | 899-9308 | thecolumns.com/dining

Crescent City Brewhouse is a microbrewery in the French Quarter that just so happens to have one heck of a menu! You can also find wonderful, freshly shucked oysters that are particularly delicious, especially when enjoyed on the charming balcony overlooking Decatur Street. Of course, a visit here wouldn’t be complete without sampling one (or all) of their six flagship beers. 527 Decatur St. | 522-0571 | crescentcitybrewhouse.com

Crossroads at House of Blues celebrates Southern cuisine in all its spectacular forms. Regional dishes such as Delta Fried Chicken, Memphis Baby Back Ribs, and Low Country Shrimp and Grits adorn the menu. Be sure to mark your calendars for their weekly events: Friday’s seafood boil and live music and Sunday’s world-famous gospel brunch. 225 Decatur St. | 310-4999 |  houseofblues.com/neworleans

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The Governor Restaurant and Seafood Bar features Louisiana-inspired cuisine, using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients from around the state. From old classics, like Shrimp Clemenceau and The Peacemaker, to new creations like andouille and fig casserole and Choupique caviar deviled eggs, The Governor is sure to delight. They also offer a “power brunch” all day long, seven days a week! 301 Chartres St. | 291-1860 | governorrestaurant.com

Joey K’s is an Uptown staple that you can’t possibly live without. Classic New Orleans dishes like Chicken Fried Steak and Breaded Veal Cutlet (just like Mama used to make) take their place alongside generous seafood platters. Every weekday has different specials to choose from, but every day is all-you-can-eat catfish day for only $13.95! 3001 Magazine St. | 891-0997 | joeyksrestaurant.com

Mandina’s knows just how to delight their customers—by serving them large portions of homestyle Creole food for the past eight decades. You may be in the mood for their muffaletta on French bread, or one of their signature seafood platters like Soft-Shell Crab Meuniere. Just expect your stomach and palate to be satisfied with whatever comes out of this legendary master kitchen. 3800 Canal St. | 482-9179 | mandinasrestaurant.com

New Orleans Creole Cookery is perfect for the heartiest of appetites or the wine and tapas-lover. Located right next door to sister establishment Briquette, the restaurant focuses on breakfast, lunch, and small bites. You’ll be delighted with the Stuffed Breads (featuring savory Pulled Pork and Brisket Verde) or one of their Wrapped Up Egg Scramblers. 701 S. Peters St. | 985-778-2529

New Orleans Creole Cookery understands that great food and music go together. That’s why you can always enjoy the sweet sounds of live jazz while you sip a Category 1 thru 5 Hurricane and feast upon the spectacular creation known as a Seafood Tower (crab maison, shrimp remoulade, shrimp cocktail, oysters on the half shell, clams, and mussels). 508 Toulouse St. | 524-9632 | neworleanscreolecookery.com

The Original Fiorella’s Café has become a legend in a city that prides itself on its fried chicken. Winner of both the 2016 and 2017 “Best Fried Chicken” award from the National Fried Chicken Festival, this spot is worth a visit with friends and family. Don’t miss their Italian classics and hot boiled crawfish as well. 5325 Franklin Ave. | 309-0352 | originalfiorellas.com

Poppa’s Poor Boys is known for delighting the taste buds with New Orleans favorites like roast beef, fried shrimp, and hot sausage po-boys. But did you know they serve full dinners, too? Try the veal cutlet with choice of mashed potatoes or baked mac and cheese, vegetable, salad, and bread. Now that’s a meal! Don’t forget to get your boiled crawfish from their boil shop next door. 720 Claiborne Dr. | Jefferson |  832-8114

The Praline Connection doesn’t want you to be fooled by the name. Sure, they have the best pralines money can buy, but that’s for dessert. Those pralines can be preceded by Creole/soul food dishes, like stuffed bell peppers, fried chicken livers, and crowder peas. Big appetites should check out the “Taste of Soul” with file gumbo, red beans and rice, fried chicken, ribs, and more. 542 Frenchmen St. | 943-3934 | pralineconnection.com

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Public Service (NOPSI Hotel) lives up to their name by serving delectable dishes in the joyous atmosphere of live entertainment. With appetizers like Braised Pork Belly and Blue Crab Dip, their food isn’t likely to disappoint. Bayou-Style Short Ribs are certainly a favorite entree, and if you order soup, make it the Lamb Stew Au Gratin, from a traditional Irish recipe. 311 Baronne St. | 962-6527 | publicservicenola.com

Short Stop PoBoys has been a Metairie fixture for many years, serving as a one-stop shop for hungry sandwich-lovers. Every po-boy comes in small (six-inch), regular (nine-inch), and king-sized (14-inch) varieties. Their Soft-Shell Crab King must be seen to be believed. If you aren’t that hungry, the hearty combination of catfish, shrimp, and oysters should suffice. Enjoy it with some of their award-winning seafood gumbo. 119 Transcontinental Dr. | 885-4572 | shortstoppoboysno.com

Seafood

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Acme Oyster House has been specializing in the mollusk fan-favorite since 1910. With four area locations, you can have them shucked, in a shot glass, or chargrilled for a cheese- and butter-laden delight. But if you’re really looking for heaven on a plate, the Fish Pontchartrain topped with crabmeat, shrimp, and butter cream sauce is unparalleled in its sheer seafood decadence! Multiple Locations | acmeoyster.com

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Art & Vicki’s The Dock Slidell knows that exceptional seafood tastes good, especially when you’re dining right next to the water at their beautiful dockside restaurant. Catfish Christopher, served over cheesy mashed potatoes and covered in their house-made crawfish sauce, is a highlight. Or, try the Shrimp and Crawfish-Stuffed Pistolettes at this family-run hotspot. 118 Harbor View Ct. | Slidell | 985-326-8882 | facebook.com/TheDockSlidell

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Briquette offers contemporary coastal cuisine in a stylishly chic dining room. The open-air kitchen adds a welcoming charm, especially when the picturesque entree arrives. Pork Porterhouse with a Bleu Cheese Crust and Crispy-Skin Steelhead Salmon are just a couple of highlights from an inspired dinner menu. 701 S. Peters St. | 302-7496 | briquette-nola.com

Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill realizes there’s nothing finer than eating seafood in New Orleans, right in the atmospheric comfort of Spanish Plaza along the Mississippi River. Home of the Steamed Seafood Bucket and live music every day, Crazy Lobster also offers a Stuffed Lobster with Crabmeat Dressing and Jambalaya that is perfect for any seafood-lover. 500 Port of Orleans Pl. | 569-3380 | thecrazylobster.com

Jack Dempsey’s Restaurant is the spot to enjoy the satisfying crunch of fried seafood in New Orleans. Try the Half and Half Platter (shrimp, catfish, redfish) and add oysters, crawfish, or frog legs for $3 or less! You can also add market selections such as a half-pound of Dungeness crabs or fried soft-shell crab to any meal for $10. 738 Poland Ave. | 943-9914 | jackdempseys.net

Jaeger’s Seafood specializes in big seafood dinners, whether fried or boiled. An example of the latter would be The King’s Platter, which includes Maine lobster, snow crabs, boiled shrimp, potatoes, corn, jambalaya, house salad, and garlic bread. Lesser appetites should check out their famous Char-Grill Lousiana Oysters. 901 S. Clearview Pkwy. | 818-2200 | jaegersseafood.com

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Landry’s Seafood, now open in the French Quarter, is where you can get those specialty fish dinners you only hear about: speckled trout, grouper, amberjack, the list goes on—all prepared broiled, grilled, or pan-seared. A real seafood-lover's dream restaurant, they feature terrific house specialties like Smoked Bacon-Crusted Scallops or Blackened Catfish Atchafalaya. Multiple Locations | landrysseafood.com

Seaworthy knows its oysters and has the distinction of having a full page of the menu dedicated to the 43 different varieties that they shuck. For those seeking a great fish dinner, try Redfish on the Half Shell with Chili Butter. Your experience will be accentuated by dining in a charming Creole cottage that was built in 1832. 630 Carondelet St. | 930-3071 | seaworthynola.com

The Catch Seafood Restaurant operates just as their name suggests, with fresh Louisiana seafood delivered to your table the way you want it. Located between Veterans Boulevard and I-10, The Catch offers overstuffed, fried seafood po-boys for lunch and great recipes like the Blackened Catfish Nantua (smothered in a creamy crawfish sauce) for a classic New Orleans lunch or dinner. 310 Cleary Ave. | 407-3316

Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco captures the authentic, dynamic flavors of Peruvian recipes (and the country’s signature white brandy) for a culinary journey in the comfort of their Uptown location. Try one of their signature ceviches, made with fresh Gulf fish and shrimp, or Seco de Cordero, a traditional plate of lamb shank with cilantro sauce. 5015 Magazine St. | 267-7612 | titoscevichepisco.com

Vegetarian

Seed demonstrates that vegan cuisine doesn’t need to sacrifice the flavors that exemplify New Orleans. The proof is in their pan-fried Eggplant Po-Boy or Creole Zucchini Wraps, comfort-food classics that will please anyone. Appetizing favorites like the Roasted Carrot Avocado Salad and Three Bean Chili show that good health can still equal good taste. 1330 Prytania St. | 302-2599 | seedyourhealth.com

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Max Well equals max health, with delicious plant-based recipes to delight your stomach and well-being. Choose from their highly nutritious power bowls and salads, with seven homemade “everyday” dressings celebrating Earth’s rich offerings. Be sure to indulge in a bowl of their delectable Curried Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup. 6101 Magazine St. | 301-0510 | maxwellneworleans.com

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