You’ve reached NOLA – the city that feeds the soul. It’s not hard to figure out where to eat, but a little guidance never hurts. New Orleans offers wide varieties of food that comfort the palette in unimaginable ways. Here are some of my favorite stops broken down by neighborhood.
THE FRENCH QUARTER
Salon Restaurant by Sucré – fulfill your brunch needs with this photogenic restaurant in the heart of the French Quarter.
Royal House Oyster Bar – food to feed your soul. Here you’ll get the type of meals your grandmother makes at home (if she was from New Orleans that is). Hearty food, everything you want from an authentic NOLA experience will be served right here.
The Carousel Bar – the famous rotating bar in Hotel Monteleone. Although you’d think one would get dizzy sipping and spinning, it’s still a treat to stop by.
Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria – located on the edge of the French Quarter, Felipe’s will satisfy your taco needs. Want a deep-fried burrito? This is where you belong.
Cornet – balcony dining is a staple of Bourbon Street, although this may gave you all the sports bar feels – it’s nice to dine while enjoying a view of the busy street from above.
Café Amelie – hidden amid the chaos that is Bourbon Street & the Quarter in general, Café Amelie has a secluded little courtyard for the perfect breakfast.
Café du Monde – this isn’t on this list because it’s the most cliché café in all of history, but literally it’s one of the only casual places that is open past midnight and sometimes a girl needs a late-night snack. Thankfully you can grab a café late and beignet 24 hours a day here.
Kingfish Restaurant – if you’re looking for more a of a fine dinning experience, Kingfish is a great option. The Crawfish Gratin did not disappoint, so much we ordered two of them.
Tropical Isle – these are scatted around the French Quarter like a coin purse just spilled in the middle of NOLA. Grab the famous Hand Grenade cocktail at this island themed dive bar.
Three Muses – There are three muses: Food. Music. Spirits. That is their slogan, and they surely do not disappoint in any of these areas. piano dive bar with a super unique assortment of appetizers and small plates. I got the Gulf Fish Tacos and the assortment of cheeses with fig jam.
GARDEN DISTRICT & MAGAZINE STREET
Mojo Coffee House – start your day tour of the Garden District at Mojo. Very laid back coffeehouse, perfect way to start your day strolling down Magazine Street, the Garden District and checking out ancient grave sites.
Baru Bistro & Tapas – while everyone to eat at the Commander’s, I stumbled upon what I think is hands down the best Tapas restaurant I’ve ever been to. To this date, one of my favorite restaurants combining authentic Caribbean Latin food with a modern twist and mouthwatering food presentation.