Every year, my husband and I find some reason to visit New Orleans. While we never have gone during the most popular time of year, Mardi Gras, there is still so much to do, see, and EAT in this incredible city.
I love my new city of Austin, but New Orleans is quickly finding a place in my heart as one of my very favorite cities. I hope to live here someday, but in the meantime I treasure these yearly trips.
Here are my suggestions for the BEST food in town!
219 Dauphine and 811 Conti (inside the Rose Bar), New Orleans, LA
Poboys are one of those things you'll find EVERYWHERE in New Orleans, so it's hard to know where, exactly, the best ones will be. You won't be disappointed if you stop into Killer Poboys. It was suggested to me by multiple trusted sources, and it did not disappoint on the first and second visit, and it wasn't until much later that I realized my friend was close buddies with the owner! What I liked best about Killer Poboys was that there were options that weren't deep fried, but just as tasty. Definitely my go-to spot in the quarter for Poboys.
8324 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA
741 Royal St, New Orleans, LA
On our second trip to New Orleans we had the most amazing crawfish etouffe at a place we only vaguely could remember the name of... and after a few missteps (Antoine's is a whole other restaurant, need the pere!) we finally found it. Since crawfish season had just passed, the etouffe wasn't QUITE as good as we remembered, but it still was pretty delicious.
We started with the fried cheese and a few potent bloody marys. This is an older place, and I feel like it could definitely benefit from a facelift of sorts, but it is still our favorite lunch spot in NOLA. Stick to the seafood and you'll be quite happy.
Tropical Isle New Orleans
Various Locations on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, LA
If you're going to get one of these iconic bright green drinks, you might as well get them at the original bar! The Hand Grenade® packs a boozy (and sugary!) punch, but my favorite thing about getting one of these drinks here specifically, is that they have a "Skinny" version that cuts a lot of the sugar and calories while still giving you that Bourbon Street Buzz. Bonus--the kitschy decor is pretty adorable and their upstairs patio gives you a great view of Bourbon Street.
Cafe Beignet New Orleans600 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA
Now that we've been to the city a few times, we can skip the touristy spots like Cafe du Monde and check out the more hidden gems for our favorite local NOLA fare. While Cafe Beignet isn't quite "hidden" as it's a ways up the street from the French Market and right near the harbor (with other locations in town as well), the few times we popped in it wasn't nearly as busy as its more famous counterpart. The beignets are just as good, and this place serves drinks while live music plays. If you're looking for a tasty treat without the long line, Cafe Beignet is your place.
514 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA
Did you know that New Orleans has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the US? This is something we only recently discovered, and sadly haven't had the time to indulge in more than our one trip to Mopho's. I encourage y'all to try a few more authentic spots first (Tan Dinh and Ba Chi came highly recommended!) but eventually do make your way to Mopho's for some incredible fusion cuisine. This shrimp and grits used red curry and coconut grits and it was simply amazing. I also very much enjoyed my boozy bubble tea!
Bevi Seafood Co
236 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA
This is now our must-stop seafood spot in New Orleans, as recommended to us by our friends who have lived in the area for about 5 years now. Killer Poboys is still my favorite Poboy spot, but Bevi has a solid Poboy menu themselves. What I really love here is the crawfish. Even though we rarely end up in the city during actual crawfish season, Bevi's seafood is still mighty tasty. My first taste of crawfish was in Texas, at a Vietnamese-style joint that cooks the mudbugs in BUTTER. Sooo I'm always a little disappointed when the traditional boils don't come drenched in the stuff. Not at Bevi--their spice blend is so perfect that I don't even miss it.
234 Loyola Ave. New Orleans, LA
We specifically ate at Frencheez, Fete au Fete, and 1908 for drinks. But you'll find literally ANY cuisine you could possibly be craving with the 14 different vendors under one roof. I was extremely pleased with my Nola Trio Sampler that let you taste three New Orleans favorites: red beans and rice, shrimp and grits, and their famous (and fabulous!) Crawfish Poutine. The poutine was the clear winner, and I'll be dreaming of that dish until we visit again next year. The drinks at 1908 were expertly made, and my bloody mary was perfectly spicy. They even have virgin cocktails if you're not up for getting your drink on at the time.
2 French Market Pl.New Orleans, LA
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Where are your go-to spots to grab a bite?