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New Orleans Restaurant/Bars Guide


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This list is Definitely not all-inclusive, but for most visitors it has a wide array of casual to fine dining of the many non-tourist traps in NOLA.

Downtown/French Quarter/WareHouse District/Marigny and Garden district Food & Drinking Suggestions.

Breakfast:

Surrey’s

http://www.surreyscafeandjuicebar.com/

Mother’s

www.mothersrestaurant.net/

Stanley – Good lunch and breakfast

http://stanleyrestaurant.com/

Café Du Monde: Beignets and coffee:

http://www.cafedumonde.com/

Lunch New Orleans weekday:

Upper end food:

August $20 Prix Fixe M-F lunch. Great deal

http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

Mila $20 Prix Fixe M-F

http://www.milaneworleans.com/

Antoine’s $20 Prix Fixe M-F 25 cent martini – Traditional New Orleans

Commander’s Palace: NOLA’s most historic/traditional place. Good brunch on Sunday’s. 25 cent martinis M-F: Tory Mcphail

http://www.commanderspalace.com/

Coquette – Good sat lunch $20 Prix Fixe. One of my favorites on in NOLA for the price

http://www.coquette-nola.com/index.html

Stanley: Chef Scott Boswell – lunch/brunch only. Same chef as Stella! Pretty good but a bit pricey.

http://stanleyrestaurant.com/

Cochon Butcher: Chef Donald Link/James Beard winner – Cajun(not creole like most of NOLA) food.

http://www.cochonbutcher.com/

American Sector: More casual in the DDay Museum. Museum and movie are very good too: Chef Besh

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/american-sector/

Poboy’s/Burgers:

Johnny’s in the Quarter: One of best poboys anywhere – stays packed.

http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/

Parkway Bakery and Tavern: Trolley ride up Canal. Good Surf n Turf Poboy

www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola.com/

Mother’s – Good poboy’s / Good Breakfast

www.mothersrestaurant.net/

Port of Call: Marigny/right outside of Quarter - Good Burgers

http://portofcallnola.com/

Yo Moma’s: Burgers – Probably one of the best in NOLA and in the Quarter

http://www.yomamasbarandgrill.com/

Steins Deli: Just outside of downtown in the Lower Garden district

www.steinsdeli.net/

Dinner:

Any of the places mentioned for lunch are great dinner spots as well.

Luke: Downtown - Chef John Besh – One of NOLA’s top chefs.

German/Creole fusion

Happy Hour - 50 cent oysters – 2-4-1 beer/wine – I always hit this place up.

www.lukeneworleans.com

Domenica: Italian - Downtown - Chef John Besh

Happy Hour - Half off Pizza, 2-4-1 Beer

http://www.domenicarestaurant.com/

Adolfo’s – Frenchmen Street – Owner/chef(works by himself) has really good seafood/creole italian at a good price. Place is small, but has downstairs live jazz while you wait. Expect to wait an hour so and no reservations. Worth the wait.

UpperEnd:

Galatoires: French Quarter – Classic NOLA – Must wear jacket in evening. Friday ALL DAY(3-4 hours of lunch/drinks/socializing with strangers) lunch is one of the best traditions in NOLA(Requires waiting in line starting at about 9, or as most people do, get your secretary or pay somebody $20 to hold your spot).

www.galatoires.com

Rio Mar: Warehouse district - Latin American/Creole fusion: Chef Garcia. Good ceviche/Hanger steak. Fresh fish.

http://www.riomarseafood.com/

La Boca: Argentina steak – Hanger Steak is considered one of best steaks in city and for price hard to beat.

http://www.labocasteaks.com/about-us/welcome/

Café Minh: Midcity - Vietnamese/creole fusion: Former Commander’s chef owns/operates.

http://www.nomenu.com/restaurants/CafeMinh.html

Emeril’s : He has 3 restaurants in NOLA. NOLA is most casual Emeril’s is the top end and Delmonico has some great cuts of meat.

http://www.emerils.com/restaurants/

Bayona: Menu is changing daily. Fresh ingredients. Great atmosphere/restaurant in the FQ Susan Spicer

http://www.bayona.com/

Bon Ton Café: Creole food. Not too dressy. Solid creole dishes.

http://www.thebontoncafe.com/

Le Foret: Downtown - Contemporary NOLA – More Classic French.

http://www.leforetneworleans.com/

Dick and Jenny’s: Uptown - More casual fine dining

http://dickandjennys.com/

August - Best restaurant in the city in my opinion: Very high end: Chef Besh

http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

More Casual:

Mandina’s: Midcity – Italian/Seafood – lots of choices. Famous for turtle soup.

http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/

Boucherie: Uptown - Reasonable prices and lots of small plates in a small quaint house type. Very good – At the end of Carrollton

http://www.boucherie-nola.com/

Cochon: Warehouse District - Donald Link – Cajun. James Beard winner.

http://www.cochonrestaurant.com/

Pascal Manale: New Orleans style BBQ shrimp. Very good.

http://www.neworleansrestaurants.com/pascalsmanale/

Drago’s: Good Chargrilled oysters. Rest of the menu is average in my opinion.

Lucy’s – Warehouse District – Good place for drinks. Under 35 crowd. Okay Mexican and seafood.

www.lucysretiredsurfers.com/neworleans

Drinks/ in Downtown/Quarter/Frenchmen Street:

I personally like to see Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz Thurs-Sun right on the corner of Bourbon/Canal.

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewOrleans/Dining/DavenportLounge/Default.htm

Laid back jazz.

Monteleone has a nice carousel bar(actually rotates). Bit pricey but cool place.

http://hotelmonteleone.com/carouselbarentertainment/

Bourbon Street has 3-4-1 beer specials until 7 or 8 at many places. Razoo’s, The Beach etc. Just walk up and down the street till you find a place you like since open containers is legal. Bourbon is great and a must see, but it’s mostly tourists, but that doesn’t stop me from visiting it occasionally. Frenchmen Street has more live music and locals and is closer to what Bourbon St was 30 years ago.

- Pat O Brien’s is a cool place on Bourbon to get a hurricane and just hang out on the patio. Almost always stop by here for an hour or two every time I visit.

- Jax Brewery has good drink specials during the day and offers a good spot to watch sports and a view of the river. 6-9 $2 beers and 2-4-1 apps. Food is so/so.

- Walk On’s is a nice sports bar with fill your own taps at booths in the bar. Food is average at best

- Old Absinthe house is a decent hangout, but expensive drinks.

Gold Mine right off of Bourbon on Dauphine/St Peter you will find some more locals

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