Please note this is one of our most popular blog posts originally published in October 2019. It was updated on 6/1/20 with links to restaurants that have re-opened during Phase 1 of the city's reopening plan! Enjoy.
New Orleanians are nothing if not opinionated about their preferred restaurants and go-to dishes. And we’re right there with them. But it can be difficult to keep up, between new eateries popping up all over town and the neighborhood haunts we like to frequent on a regular basis. Of course, that’s a good problem to have – because it means there’s always something delicious around the corner.
Here’s our take on a few New Orleans neighborhoods and some spots that stand out – whether new and notable, or an oldie but goodie.
The Warehouse and Central Business Districts offer bars, restaurants, galleries, free concerts, theater performances, and more – which means there’s plenty to do both after the workday ends and on the weekends. And because the area is home to the hottest new condos and apartments, the options for great food and good times have flourished.
Willa Jean – a delightful bakery, brunch & cocktail spot; we love the warm chocolate chip cookies
Johnny Sanchez – tacos of all kinds; perfect for pre- or post-Saints games
Herbsaint – long-standing French-southern favorite that consistently delivers
Pêche – share the whole grilled fish with a friend – it’s a must
Known for its historic mansions and incredible architecture featuring Victorian, Italianate and Classic Greek Revival styles, the Garden District and LGD (Lower Garden District) are also home to amazing shopping, dining and entertainment. Some of the city's top cafés and restaurants are found all along Magazine Street.
Joey K’s – a downhome place for fried seafood and more
Coquette – contemporary southern cuisine with a great atmosphere
Hivolt – yummy breakfast sandwiches, bowls, sandwiches and more
Juan’s Flying Burrito – a unique and popular New Orleans-style Mexican joint; try the Mardi Gras Indian tacos!
Uptown New Orleans is a beautiful, tree-lined residential community with many homes, smaller restaurants, local shops, parks and green spaces. There are great eateries all the way down Magazine Street, as well as newer options along the Freret Street corridor, between Jefferson Ave. and Napoleon Ave.
High Hat – casual spot serving fried catfish, Delta tamales and one of the best burgers in town
Patois – low-key yet upscale restaurant that’s tucked away from the crowds
Gracious Bakery – stellar, scratch-made pastries; we’re partial to the Prytania location
La Petite Grocery – always a fabulous meal when you get the crab beignets & ricotta dumplings
Domilise’s – not much to look at, but they've got some of the best po-boys around
In the heart of New Orleans are the eclectic and interesting Mid-City and Bayou St. John neighborhoods, offering many long-standing, family-favorite restaurants, newer options, and plenty of things to do and see in City Park.
Zasu – Chef Sue Zemanick’s new place that’s getting all kinds of accolades