Top 12 Places to Eat in New Orleans
There are a million reasons to visit the festive city of New Orleans, and one of the top reasons is the food. With a mix of world-renowned cuisine, eclectic ingredients, and a food-centric culture, you’ll find quite the melting pot of flavors. Join me on a Big Easy foodie adventure. Along the way, you may discover foods you’ve never had before, such as alligator, crawfish, and boudin, as well as a fresh take on old favorites. Here are a dozen good eats you must try during your visit.
Tucked away from the busy French Quarter, Green Goddess is a charming cafe to enjoy a leisurely meal. The seating is mostly outdoor, and the menu is healthy, vegetable-friendly, and delicious. Try the Rolled Uttapam, a South Indian pancake with tomato, onion, and peppers, rolled and filled with vegan curry, and topped with coconut slaw. Add on the Green Goddess Wedge Salad including bleu cheese, crumbled bacon, and topped with a New Orleans staple, decadent candied pecans.
New Orleans has its own version of oysters, Chargrilled Oysters, and they are a game-changer. Drago’s is known for their heavenly tasting oysters. My first order was only half a dozen, which disappeared quickly, so definitely order the complete dozen. If you’re looking for a large entrée try the Lobster Marco. This lobster is stuffed with sautéed shrimp, mushrooms, cream sauce, and angel hair pasta. It’s a beautiful feast for your eyes and your taste buds.
Mexican food normally might not be on your list while visiting the Big Easy, but if you have a chance to try Johnny Sanchez, you will not be disappointed. Try the Yellow Tail Ceviche, the Chicken Tortilla Soup, and the Albondigas Tacos. Also, don’t miss the Oaxacan Sunrise cocktail, white tequila, passionfruit, and hibiscus, with a toasted coconut salt rim.
With a line out the door and a reputation for miles, a trip to District Donuts is a must. Fresh and decadent, these donuts come in a variety of flavors. They also feature unique house-made coffees, like the Lavender Latte.
Cafe Du Monde
Cafe Du Monde is probably the busiest and most popular tourist attraction in New Orleans. The establishment is cash-only and the line is long, but while you wait you’ll likely be serenaded by talented musicians. Try their world-famous beignets, smothered in piles of powdered sugar, paired with a Cafe Au Lait.
Though not native to New Orleans, Stumptown Coffee is a great stop for delightful lattes. The decor is upscale comfort, and their coffee and tea menu is extensive.
The French Market is a fun, eclectic market filled with clothes, jewelry, and hand-made art. It is also home to several vendors that provide a tasty assortment of food. Try the alligator jerky, known as “Gator on a Stick,” as well as the seasoned street corn.
Woodies @ MRB
New Orleans architecture creates beautiful hidden courtyards where you can find hidden gems like Woodies @ MRB. The menu includes chargrilled oysters, po’boys, and specials such as alligator balls and boudin balls. With friendly staff, great ambiance, and good food, it’s a perfect location to relax.
Little Korea BBQ
For authentic Korean BBQ, head to Little Korea BBQ on Magazine Street, where you’ll enjoy the experience of cooking delectable meats and sampling Korean side dishes while listening to K-Pop. I highly recommend their fried dumplings, La Gal Bi (marinated short ribs), and the Yogurt Sojutini.
Monty’s on the Square
New Orleans may not have invented brunch, but they certainly perfected it with live jazz music, Bloody Marys, and omelets. Right on the corner of Jackson Square sits Monty’s on the Square. It’s a perfect spot for people watching while you start your day. Try the Jackson Square Omelet and the Beignet Fries – both are heavenly.
Daquiris are everywhere in New Orleans, but none are quite like the concoctions offered at Gazebo Café. These ice-cream-like drinks come in a variety of flavors. This café is set in a bright courtyard with plenty of seating, lush greenery, and live music.
Another traditional New Orleans restaurant that always seems to have a line is Mother’s. Known for their baked ham and po’boys, this establishment is a local favorite. Try the Seafood Gumbo and Famous Ferdi Special. This dish includes Mother’s baked ham, roast beef debris, and gravy. For a complete New Orleans experience, finish your meal with a spicy Bloody Mary.
New Orleans is a food lover’s paradise. With an open mind and an empty stomach, this town can be your oyster. My best advice: Try at least a dozen!
Know Before You Go
- New Orleans is known as “The Big Easy.”
- The National WWII Museum is one of the top-rated museums in the country. Don’t miss checking it out!
- The famous Café Du Monde is open 24 hours a day to get your beignet fix.
- If you plan to go during Mardi Gras, pack comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.