Alright, I apologize. Homer Simpson’s not here telling us where to eat in New Orleans. I know you were really wanting to see Homer guest blog on here. Hell, me too! Even so, I think he’d agree that I found 7 of the best places to eat in New Orleans.
But, if it makes you feel better, I am a semi-regular visitor to the city. I’m not some sparkling brand new guest to this city. You won’t find me writing a list of the places I’ve enjoyed on one trip and calling them the best. I’m a veteran of playing here, my friend. I’ve got experience here. You won’t go wrong paying attention to these suggestions because I love to eat great food!
Seven of the Best Places to Eat in New Orleans
So when I say, “Check this place out!” I’m not recommending lightly. Due to my veteran status, I’ve learned where some of the yummiest places to eat in New Orleans are. Well, you know, mostly in the French Quarter since I’m always there to party!
After reading my suggestions, I’d love to hear some recommendations if you’ve been to this city of old world charm. Needless to say, I love trying out new eateries! Even after moving to Atlanta, we still try to get back there. Until then, let’s start our dining list.
Cajun Cafe at French Market in Bay 25
1008 N. Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
During August, on last year’s Girls Getaway, we were at the open-air French Market near the river. We had tickets to tour Old New Orleans Rum Distillery and their complimentary guest pickup was nearby. Passing time until our shuttle arrived, we went back to the wafting smells from this little restaurant in Bay 25.
Surprisingly, we all ended up with the Daily Chef Special – the Seafood Quesadilla. It features shredded crab meat, shrimp, and crawfish tails. Y’all. Y’all. This was probably some of the best food I’ve ever had in New Orleans.
Doused in a creamy red sauce, the fresh seafood is deliciousness placed between a folded tortilla. It’s got just a touch of spicy heat. You can kick it up a notch with the red dipping sauce they give you. Or you can ask for some Tabasco! Places like this make me love to eat in New Orleans. It’s only about $12 for a thick quesadilla like this one. If you ask me, it’s worth every single penny.
Special Note about Cajun Cafe:
The French Market closes early. As in, 6 PM. Therefore, if you want to enjoy Cajun Cafe, pop in for lunch. Then shop for amazing finds like the Honeysuckle-Lemon Carnival Candles, sugar skulls, fun shirts for the kids, and a plethora of funky jewelry options.
601 Frenchmen Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
When you want to eat in New Orleans, Dat Dog is a favorite among the local residents who want a fun and casual place to dine. I found out about Dat Dog when they first got started. Back when I caught up with a former roommate from my Disney World internship days, she demanded we eat there. I’m really glad she did!
I’m not going to lie here. I didn’t understand the need to go to a hot dog joint in such a foodie town. Oh, how the ignorant learn! Thank goodness I learned! These hot dogs are totally amazing and gourmet without making you need a second job.
Good news for both vegetarians and vegans, you have options! Even in hot dog form! Check out Dat Dog’s Menu, if you don’t believe me!
Years later, I came back… with extra people! Nick and I decided on a mini-trip back down to New Orleans in February. One of my best friends from Mississippi met us down there for a day trip. Needless to say, I made sure this was our very first stop.
Take a Chance on the Crawfish Etouffee Dog
We walked to their location on Frenchmen Street from Decatur (in front of Jackson Square). I took an educated risk on their crawfish sausage since I’ve never had it before. However, I concluded that Dat Dog knows what they’re doing. Being February, the start of Crawfish Season, I opted for the Crawfish Etouffee Dog (pictured on the left).
Man, was it delicious! The creole-seasoned, smoked link is a magnificent combination of crawfish and pork. I’m certainly pleased with my lunch choice. They gave it a healthy topping of house-made crawfish etouffee, a sprinkling of diced tomatoes and fresh chopped onions.
They topped it off a nice drizzle of creole mustard and a hint of sour cream. Needless to say, I beamed with the first bite of my lunch selection. It was quite heavy for a hot dog, so come hungry and prepare to cut that dog in half!
Ask for Hans’ Duck Special at the Frenchmen Street Dat Dog
Nick ordered the same as me, minus the tomatoes and sour cream. Meanwhile, my friend Ashley decided to put her trust in our bartender and server, Hans. He was so amped up about the Duck Special (shown in the middle), that she couldn’t help but try it out. Actually, getting into specifics here, she got the Hans Duck Special since he adds a couple things to take it over the edge.
Her dog featured a creole spiced duck and pork sausage. A lovely sweet blackberry sauce countered the bacon, barbeque sauce, and yellow mustard. Now, in order for it to be a “Hans Duck Special,” you have to add the Chipotle Mayo and sauteed onions.
Personally, I usually don’t enjoy duck, so I didn’t bother ordering the Duck Special. However, after getting to sample hers, I think next time, I may get it. That’s saying a lot considering duck meat is so far down on the radar for me. Honestly, though, every time I’ve eaten here I’ve made it a point to try something new and loved it. Again, if you want a solid place to eat in New Orleans, Dat Dog is a fantastic place to go.
Special Note about Dat Dog:
If you have dietary restrictions on pork, they do have beef and chicken as meat options. And if you’re looking to drink a little, you should definitely try out their Rum Punch. Hans makes delicious ones to combat the high humidity and heat you endure walking around the city.
Can’t make it to Frenchmen Street but plan on shopping on Magazine Street in the Garden District? You can find Dat Dog there!
Olde Nawlins Cookery
205 Bourbon Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
If you’re anything like me, you’ll eventually find yourself on Bourbon Street. More than likely, you might also find yourself hungry. Have no fear! You don’t have to venture off Bourbon Street down a dark alley in search of food. Located at 205 Bourbon Street, Olde Nawlins Cookery has you covered! Hands down, the best I’ve had on this party strip.
Another Girls Getaway gem, I no longer consider dining on Bourbon Street to be a bland, overpriced affair. We had a casual dinner there. Instead of the pasta dishes they boast, I opted for a lighter option. As a pasta lover, Olde Nawlins Cookery’s pasta entrees proved difficult to ignore.
However, I kept telling myself that I was going to be doing some walking. Additionally, I reminded myself that we had no plans to head back to Old 77 Hotel anytime before midnight. Pasta gives me the “itis,” as my husband puts it. Oh, you don’t know that term? It’s where all you want to do is get comfortable and sleep off your meal.
Eventually, I conquered that battle. I opted for fries topped with blackened crawfish with a mushroom cream sauce. I can say without hesitation that this place on Bourbon is absolutely worth a try. Why?
Two reasons: One, I think it was only $7. And two, I hadn’t started the never-ending, bottomless cups portion of the night. That’s right – I was sober. On Bourbon Street. At night. On a weekend. Therefore, you simply must trust me on this one now.
Okay, fair enough. You got me. I did get me a tropical beverage here. Granted, I began the never-ending bottomless cups here. But hey, you have to start somewhere, right?
Pere Antoine’s Restaurant
741 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116
On our first trip to New Orleans together, Nick and I stayed at Hotel St. Marie on Toulouse in the French Quarter. Famished after a night of drinking the night away, we spent the first part of the morning retracing our steps. We had hazy memories of restaurants near Bourbon Street.
To that end, we found ourselves on the corner of Royal and Saint Anne. Looking around, the charming green wooden shutters opened to passersby coyly invited us in. Whereas, the warm sun more or less shoved us in. In fact, there were not enough Excedrin Migraine to stop the morning rays penetrating my skull. Luckily, the menu appeared appetizing enough so we took the chance.
Pere Antoine’s is Our Regular Breakfast Favorite
If you’re looking for a laid-back, open-air styled place to eat in New Orleans for breakfast, try Pere Antoine’s. My sweet tooth knows no bounds and it had no problems steering me towards the Bananas Foster Beignet Fries.
Look, I had some fruit for breakfast so don’t judge me. I mean, sure, the bananas may lay on top of beignets. And smothered in a brown sugar, cinnamon, dark rum sauce… And topped with a large dose of powdered sugar. But damn it, I had fruit! Ah, screw it – I indulge myself here at breakfast time, every time!
Nick, on the other hand, always goes for a more hearty breakfast here. He looks forward to the Rajun Cajun Omelet. This particular omelet has cooked diced ham, sauteed bell peppers, and onions. It also includes a Cajun-seasoned pork sausage stuffed into it. The tomato-based sauce on top consists of the “Cajun Holy Trinity,” a combination of onion, celery, and bell peppers.
He ordered hashbrowns with his omelet this time. However, he much prefers the sliced potatoes instead. Something to consider if you end up eating here.
Special Note on Pere Antoine’s Restaurant:
If you’re from large cities with a culture of lightning speed service and minimal conversation, adjust to New Orleans culture while in town. When you eat in New Orleans, that often means you may wait for your meal for more than 15 minutes. Additionally, this even includes situations when there’s only one other person in the restaurant beside you. Just prepare for culture shock and you’ll be fine.
New Orleans is a very social city and very laid back. City residents work on relaxed time, not on the concept of “New York fast.” You’ll sometimes find this more relaxed service at Pere Antoine’s. But it definitely won’t be the only place that does that. I encourage you to enjoy the different culture. Embrace it.
Realize that you’ll survive making small talk with strangers throughout your stay. It can be quite nice and make your experience less lonely, especially when traveling solo. This laid-back attitude allows you the time needed to take in your new surroundings while you eat in New Orleans.
The Italian Barrel
430 Barracks St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Clearly, once you’ve been to this city, you can’t help but catch a case of the feels. For me, it’s usually romance. I blame the infinite balconies of the French Quarter with flowering vines creeping along them. Needless to say, I expect you to also get a case of the feels.
When you do, you should most definitely indulge in them with your traveling companion. Are you looking for a beautifully intimate and romantic atmosphere? The Italian Barrel is where you want to be.
What their website lacks in branding and overall user experience, they more than compensate for it with their culinary delights. They focus on their menu and the quality of their culinary creations. Meanwhile, their approachable and knowledgeable servers focus on a fantastic dining experience. Genuinely, this is a great romantic place to eat in New Orleans!
My first experience here was during my own bachelorette party weekend back in 2015. The girls took me here before we started up too many shenanigans! I’m still thankful they didn’t require my, uh, novelty headgear to stay on during dinner. It’s too nice of an atmosphere for all that! They’re not stuffy, but you’d definitely be out of place with a pimp cup and shot glasses on beaded necklaces.
When You Want to Eat in New Orleans, Decadent Italian Dining is the Way to Go
I took Nick back there for a late lunch on our most recent trip. I savored the handmade gnocchi. You do have a couple options for sauces. I leaned towards the tomato basil sauce, but our server really talked up the dolce Gorgonzola. Of course, I couldn’t resist the slightly sweet (dolce) cheesy goodness.
Nick decided on the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli. It came with the tomato basil sauce. Since I was initially interested in the red sauce for my gnocchi, poor Nick was kind of forced to share a bit of it with me.
The hand-filled ravioli was absolutely delicious. I was surprised about the flavoring of the sauce. It had a “brighter” taste than anticipated. I’m still trying to figure out what was used in it to make it so different. It was quite tasty and worthy of ordering.
So, if you need a break from cajun fare and looking for somewhere to eat in New Orleans, go here! You definitely don’t want to skip this place! Dinner here is a great way to add some romance to your night.
Nearby Hot Spots
Additionally, if you’re looking for things to do in this area, there are a couple of options. Across the street of Barracks is the giant Old U.S. Mint that now houses the New Orleans Jazz Museum. If you hit up the Old U.S. Mint before your dinner reservations, you get an added benefit. You explore the fun nightlife of Frenchmen Street nearby and work off that delicious Italian meal! It’s merely 1 block away from the restaurant! It’s a fantastic way accomplish a lot of experiences in such a small radius!
I also love that from my most recent trip to New Orleans, my hotel’s a straight shot to this restaurant. It’s just over a ten-minute walk from the French Market Inn. It’s quicker to walk than to drive and park.
Special Note about The Italian Barrel:
Google Maps lists The Italian Barrel on Barracks, while the restaurant’s own site has them on Decatur Street. No reason for alarm, though. The Italian Barrel is on the corner of Barracks and Decatur. Therefore, whichever address you type into your maps app, they’ll both get you to the correct spot.
622 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130
My first experience with the confectionary, Sucre, happened back in the fall of 2010. My friend living in Metairie at the time took me to the hip Magazine Street area. A little shopping and a little Sucre go a long way to make for a great late afternoon activity.
Luckily, they have more locations available. I’m actually pretty stoked about the French Quarter location! Sucre’s merely a quarter mile away from French Market Inn (our most recent hotel stay), over on Conti Street. So, when you’re checking out the artists on Jackson Square, it’s really close to you. I’m genuinely happy about this, as I rarely get to Magazine Street anymore.
As it turns out, Sucre expanded to include a true restaurant for patrons to enjoy Brunch, Lunch, and High Tea. Unfortunately, their restaurant, Salon by Sucre, only operates Thursdays through Mondays. And of course, this time we were only here to eat in New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday. However, if you get the opportunity to do it, let me know how those Bottomless Mimosas are at Salon by Sucre!
Nick’s Chocolate Selection
Even though we missed out on the bonafide new restaurant experience, it is still a wonderful place to satiate your sweet tooth. Nick had never been to Sucre before. I had to remedy that immediately!
Nick stuck with a tried and true Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake. Can’t blame him for that one. It looked so tempting! I’m pretty sure it was tough restraining himself from licking the plate! I mean, do you see all that chocolate amazingness?
My Dessert Trio
However, it was far too difficult for me to choose just one thing. I ended up with a glittery pink strawberry macaroon. Oh my goodness! Their filling reminded me of my grandmother’s homemade strawberry cake. Definitely drool-worthy! On top of that, I tried a Bananas Foster chocolate and a blue painted RWCC chocolate.
The RWCC is white chocolate, cream cheese and topped with a sweet raspberry jam. Both confections made me want to spend all my money! Seriously, look at this little raspberry concoction! Don’t you just want to try some for yourself?!
The Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
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The Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch is such a fantastic way to enjoy a final meal before heading back home. In the warmer months, the courtyard is so extraordinarily beautiful with the crawling vining bush. It provides a major source of shade for dining outdoors. Where it has yet to grow, the restaurant handles hot Southern sunlight with patio umbrellas.
To be an all-you-can-eat buffet, it’s probably the best ambiance to experience. We had a light breeze, beautiful morning sun with bright blue skies. The jazz trio performed beautifully. They weren’t ridiculously loud and the tunes we heard were lively but relaxing. Perfect when combined with the mimosa I had with my meal.
All You Can Eat in New Orleans at the Court of Two Sisters!
I tried so hard to really taste a lot of different offerings. They just have so much to choose from! I was beside myself because I had no room for that dessert station! You know how I have a sweet tooth! Nick was able to enjoy a couple of pieces of cake. He was kind enough to provide me with a small bit of dessert with a piece of King Cake. So delightful!
I started off with some of their thick cut bacon and hashbrowns with bell peppers. Their creamed spinach boasts tons of parmesan on top! Great choice if you love cheese! If you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps try the turtle soup?
There’s nothing better than getting unlimited access to your favorite breakfast foods while listening to a wonderful set of jazz tunes. It’s fun trying a few fun cajun options as well. You should add a little bit of that famous New Orleans Bananas Foster to your brunch desserts, like the cheesecake!
The Court of Two Sisters has a dedicated egg station to produce the egg dish of your dreams here. Extra cheesy omelets? Done. Simple sunny side up eggs? Done. Want eggs benedict? Done! Go ahead and get the seafood topping they offer. So delicious and really kicks a brunch staple up several levels!
Special Note on the Court of Two Sisters:
The Jazz Brunch begins at 9 AM, but I suggest waiting until 9:30 or a bit later when you make your reservations.
The stations are mostly ready at 9 but the egg station wasn’t for quite a while. In this case, you are encouraged to let your server know you’d like an omelet or scrambled eggs. I got my seafood Eggs Benedict through my server. So whatever kind of eggs you’re wanting, just let your waiter know.
If you get early reservations, request seating close to the jazz trio. We were one table away and the music wasn’t too loud at all. I don’t know if guests further back had problems hearing the music. So if the music is a big part of your own experience here, suggest closer seating to be safe.
For me, this is one of the most expensive places I’ve recommended going to eat in New Orleans. Honestly, though, it’s not that expensive. I think we paid $34 per person and my mimosa was $8. Not unreasonable considering you can go crazy on that buffet dining. Plus, the cost of the entertainment is included!
Affordable Dining in New Orleans is Ready for You!
I know that with the hundreds of dining options, it can be overwhelming to find a place to eat in New Orleans. Luckily, after reading this post, you now have multiple spots that have already been vetted for you.
You’ve been introduced to a couple brunch options, like Pere Antoine’s and The Court of Two Sisters. Plus, two casual lunch spots in great locations (Dat Dog and Cajun Cafe) within the French Quarter. When you just have to satisfy the sweet tooth, Sucre’s to the rescue! I even gave you a non-Cajun, non-Creole restaurant for when you need a break from all those classic New Orleans dishes with The Italian Barrel. And don’t forget that late night place right on Bourbon Street, Olde Nawlins Cookery!
Have you been to any of these places? What was your impression? Are there other recommendations for us to consider on that next trip?
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