Little sister moving to New Orleans!
My little sister will be starting college in New Orleans in late August. We are both really (really!) into food and love eating. I'm traveling from D.C. down for the weekend before she officially starts school from Saturday morning to Monday night. We both grew up in Miami, but New Orleans will be her home for the next 4 years and I would love to give her a list of great local places that she can be "in-the-know" about, even though she's still an out-of-towner!
I'm hoping someone can recommend a mix of prices-she'll be a broke college student after all. However, I would like to treat her to one unforgettable meal at a quintessential New Orleans restaurant. I can see this board gets rec-requests all the time, but I'm hoping you can recommend places a (future) local should get to know. She is attending Loyola if that helps, and we'll be staying in the French Quarter. Thank you everyone for your help!
This is also the location of the Tuesday Farmers Market, if she wants to be adventurous and try dorm kitchen cooking :) But there are also prepared food vendors. Come to think of it, I think I've also seen the Fork in the Road truck on and off on Saturdays at the Hollygrove Market & Farm as well.
For getting there during the school year, you could walk it, but it's kinda far from the main campus. Loyola runs shuttles to the Law School/Art Building/Cabra, and they might make a stop at Uptown Square too, so check that out.
Here are my high-end (read non-student, unless it's for a special evening) spots.
Brigtsen's, just up River from campus. Great, newer twists to NOLA classics, by Chef Frank Brigtsen. Not to be missed.
Galatoire's, old-school NOLA. There is a cult following, and she will soon see why. This is the grandest of "grand dame" NOLA restaurants. It's a trip into the past, but well worth the visit.
Now, close to campus, but withing the "budget:"
Camellia Grill, just up the trolley from her, and slightly closer than Brigtsen's. It's a diner, but with history. I have to admit that I have not been to the revitalized Camellia Grill, but reviews from others, who knew it before, are good.
In that same neighborhood, there are several other nice, not-too-expensive spots.
For other, non-fine-dining, or specific neighborhood spots, I have to defer to the locals. That is something that I have not been in 30 years.
Enjoy, and take her to Galatorie's as a sisterly treat. Trust me, you will be treating yourself, as well. Same goes for Brigtsen's.
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA 70118
I haven't been since they moved but Dunbar's is now on the Tulane campus that I used to hit their old location for amazing fried chicken and catfish and other southern comfort foods. I had their catfish at their booth at the Louisiana Seafood Festival in 08 and 09 so it seems they're still cookin' it up! If I were going to Tulane or Loyola I'd be all over that place!
A very neighborhood-looking place on St Charles is called The Grocery. I haven't eaten there since we strolled in on our way to Commander's Palace for lunch but it LOOKED awesome and someone on CH confirmed that it is in fact a great place for a po boy.
Speaking of Commander's Palace, it's not SUPER cheap but I will say that lunch there is a steal. A great soup + entree can be had for as little as $16 depending on the menu. And depending on your sister's age (or their looseness with a pour) martinis are 25 cents. For a special lunch, getting dressed up and all that, it can't be beat.
My final suggestion: VISIT HER OFTEN!
Commander's Palace Restaurant
1403 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
For a more upscale classic New Orleans experience dining and otherwise I agree with Commander's Palace, also Galatoire's and Bon Ton....
Classic New Orleans neighborhood place, Mandina's in mid city:
(Littleman mentioned Lebanon Cafe, my favorite middle eastern place by far)
209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Bon Ton Cafe
401 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Here's a list of places near Loyola that are for breakfast, lunch, bars, drinks, ice cream, et al. You don't have to drink to like bars as the music, people and food makes them fun. I bet your sister is underage. Oh well. These places are Uptown near Loyola I hope.
Camellia Grill is a fun breakfast, lunch, dinner joint with good burgers on Carrolton just W of Loyola about 7/8 blocks.
Camelia Grill @ 626 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 309 - 2679.
Coulis serves a great breakfast and Creole Cremery has good ice cream on Pyrtania. Take the steet car down St. Charles to Amelia for Coulis. CC is closer to Loyola. Get off SC around Upperline.
Coulis @ 3625 Prytania, New Orleans, LA. 504 - 304 - 4265.
Creole Creamery @ 4924 Prytania Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 894 - 8680.
Next door to Creole creamery is St. James Cheese Shop which is open 7 days for lunch from 11AM and has outstanding sandwiches as well as imported chees, meat and groceries for sale.
St. James Cheese Co. @ 5004 Prytania St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 4737.
If your fine dining choice could be Commander's Palace which serves lunch for a better price than dinner you could get off SC at Washington walk to the next block and there's a neat small shopping center with only a few stores on the left. There's a book store and used to be a children's shop. CP is in the next block. Check their website for the better priced meals and ask for a table in the Garden Room. Call ahead.
Commander's Palace @ 1403 Washington Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 8221.
New Orleans is famous for shrimp/oyster po boys along with all other kinds. Domilese's is in Uptown but it's a hike from the St. Charles Street Car line. About 10 blocks but that's not far. Get off SC around Jefferson. This might be a good destination for a Saturday shopping trip for your sister as she could walk from Loyola through Audubun Park which is next to L Campus and hit Magazine do some window shopping and walk about 10 blocks turn right and walk to Annunciation. Call ahead for hours especially on Saturday.
Domilise's Po Boy's @ 5240 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 9126.
Felipes Taqueria is just N of Loyola/Tulane and has outstanding Mexcican food. You can walk there easily. It's probably 15 blocks from St. Charles.
Felipe's Taqueria Uptown @ 6215 S Miro St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 309 - 2776.
Mahoney's is another good Po Boy place on Magazine about 4/5 blocks S of Coulis. Get off SC around Louisiana St. After lunch walk down Magazine shopping/looking.
Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.
Parasol's is a fun bar and restaurant near Commander's on Constance one block S of Magazine. Get off SC at Washington.
Parasol's Restaurant @ 2533 Constance St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 2054.
Cooter Brown's is a neat bar at the St. Charles/Carrollton turn serving beer and sandwiches.
Cooter Brown's Tavern @ 509 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 866 - 9104.
Slim Goodie's Diner is in that area and good for breakfast. Get off SC at Louisiana.
Slim Goodie's Diner @ 3322 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 891 - 3447.
Squeal BBQ is in the Riverbend area just W of Loyola kind of close to Camellia Grill and walking is easy. It's 3/4 blocks N of Camellia Grill then a few blocks W on Oak St.
Squeal BBQ @ 8400 Oak St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 302 - 7370.
The Columns Hotel is on St. Charles. It has a nice bar and fun place to sit on front porch watching folks going down ST C.
The Columns Hotel @ 3811 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 9308.
Tipitina's is a young folks place with regular music events going on all the time but I have never been there. Might be interesting for sister.
Tipitina's @ 501 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 899 - 4206.
The Bulldog is a joint on Magazine but the beer, food and music is fun. Get off SC at Louisiana.
The Bulldog @ 3236 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 1516.
Uptown has some outstanding fine dining restaurants including Patois, Clanc's, Lilette, Coquette, Pascal Manales famous for BBQ shrimp, Casamento's famous for seafood, Martinique Bistro which has outside dining and Cafe Atchafalaya.
Cafe Atchafalaya @ 901 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 891 - 9626. http://www.cafeatchafalaya.com/
Coquette @ 2800 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 265 - 0421.
Paccal's Manale Restaurant @ 1838 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 4877.
Patois @ 6078 Laurel St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9441.
Lilette @ 3637 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 1636.
Martinique Bistro @ 5908 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 891 - 8495.
Casamento's Restaurant @ 4330 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 895 - 9761.
Lebanon's is a Middle E. cafe on Carrollton but I have not been there. It's pretty nice I understand.
Lebanon's Cafe @ 1500 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 862 - 6200.
I'm going to stop for a while. I'm sure the NOLA hounds will give you some more recommendations for Uptown but I'm going to eat lunch. Good luck.
Wow, Littleman! Great list! My daughter is starting at Tulane in August and I can tell you her momma is excited about visiting NOLA to take her out to dinner. (Hey, it's tough but somebody has got to do it...)
While visiting Tulane last spring we ate at Commanders Palace and Stella!. Loved both and I'm looking forward to more, uh, experimenting. I also told her to find us some nightlife where I won't be the oldest person there by 25 years that has good music. Seems likely there would be some places. Any suggestions in the food-and-music-and-drinking area? Thanks.
I listed a few bars Uptown. In the FQ there are too many. Lucy's in the CBD is fun. Drew Brees closed it down after the Super Bowl.
Lucy's Bar @ 701 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 523 - 8995.
Carousel Bar at the Monteleone in the FQ is fun.
Carousel Bar @ Hotel Monteleone| @ 214 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 3341.
Molly's at the Market is a busy place late at night.
Molly's at the Market @ 1107 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 5169.
A lot of folks go to Vaughn's but I'm too old. I have been in those juke joints all my life. I like to hear Jeremy Davenport at Davenport's Lounge at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on Canal. Check him out.
Vaughn's Lounge @ 800 Lesseps St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 947 - 5562.
Mimi's in the Marigny is about # 1 in NOLA and a good one. This is just E. of the FQ.
Mimi's in the Marigny @ 2601 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 872 - 9868.
Sweet Loraine's is in the Marigny.
Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Club @ 1931 Saint Claude Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 945 - 9654.
Everyone goes to Cafe Du Monde in the FQ for coffee and beignets in the morning. I don't like NOLA coffee so I skip CDM but it's nice right on the river near the S side of the FQ.
Cafe Du Monde @ 813 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 4544. *
Donna's Bar and Grill is great for music and good food. Go to Felix's on Bourbon St. for great seafood.
Donna's Bar and Grill @ 800 North Rampart St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 596 - 6914.
Felix's Restaurant and Oyster Bar @ 739 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 522 - 4440.
Napoleon House is an old old historical building with great atmosphere, food and drink.
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
In the FQ Yo Mama's is good for burgers and drinks.
Yo Moma's Bar and Grill @ 727 Saint Peter St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 1125.
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe
500 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
What area do you want the names of restaurants in? FQ, Uptown or everywhere. Do you want any "name" places or places for a "broke student" just let me know. You should get to know the names of the areas in NOLA such as FQ, Uptown, Garden District, Mid City, Central Business Dist., etc. Then you can get some questions answered. Here's a link might help you with the areas in NOLA.
Hi Littleman! I've never been to NO myself, as such, I am clueless. Affordable places around Loyola would be great. I'm hoping I can arm her with a list of reliable local spots. As for the "name" places, I'm looking for one great dinner spot to take her to before I leave. I see August and Emeril's are mentioned often, are they worth it? Thank you for your help!
800 Tchoupitoulas, New Orleans, LA 70130
She needs to learn the area around Loyola which is Uptown. Get you a NOLA map. St. Charles runs E&W between Loyola Uptown all the way to Canal and the FQ. In between are Garden District, Warehouse and Central Business Dist. All have wonderful restaurants. Your sister should start out learning places around Loyola or within the street car range on St. Charles. St. Charles runs W to Carrollton which turns N. Most of the better restaurants are close to St. Charles but not allof them. Running parallel to St. Charles 5/6 blocks S is Magazine which had wonderful stores and restaurants running E&W from Uptown through the Garden Dist. Take a map and do some research. I will post some "broke student" places tomorrow for you and a few nice places for your one night out. Good luck.
Save this link. When you open it click on all open restaurants at the top. That will open up and you can view restaurants listed alphabetically as well as by cuisine. Scroll down and you will see the NO Districts listed and there are restaurants under each district. Study this some. After lunch I will post some suggestions.