Family friendly dining in NOLA
We are spending Memorial Day in NOLA. Have reservations at the Drury Inn near FQ. We'll traveling with our 3 year old daughter so we are looking for places that have good food but family friendly. Also, we saw an ice cream shoppe on Chef vs City but can't remember the name of it. Finally, has anyone ever at the bugs at the Insectarium?
Thanks for your help
ice cream: Creole Creamery? That's on Prytania near Upperline. It's also close to St. James Cheese Company, which is a great place for lunch with or without a 3 year old.
The only other ice cream places I can think of off the top of my head are actually gelaterias - Sucre on Magazine and La Divinia in the FQ and Magazine Street.
There are also Sno-Ball places- I bet your family would love Hansen's on Tchoup (why yes, I have been obsessed with Hansens since they re-opened for the season, why do you ask?)
I haven't been to the Insectarium, but I hear it's wicked cool!
Trying to think of other family friendly places- Domenica, The Butcher Shop, Ruby Slipper, Camellia Grill (either location), Cafe du Monde, Parkway Tavern/Bakery (which is also close by to another gelateria/bakery/awesome place to check out, Angelo Brocato's.) Maybe Juan's Flying Burrito.
Hope this helps to start at least!
626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Juan's Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Ruby Slipper Cafe
139 S Cortez St, New Orleans, LA 70119
123 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Loved the insectarium but they weren't serving bugs the day we were there. Remember it is a Federal building so you do have to check your guns at the door, (i.e., there is a light screening procedure :-))
I think you will find all the restaurants recommended on this board good with children so don't cut off a great meal because of a tot. If you know your childs limits you can pick the right time of day and the staff will most likely work with you to make it a pleasant experience.
I'm not sure if it would qualify as truly authentic, but we really enjoy el gato negro in the quarter on the french market.
It's not as ambitious as Coyocan was, but it's good. They use fresh juices in the margaritas, do tableside guacamole, etc.
Where are you coming in from? I'm curious because while I love Mexican, I hesitate to recommend it to visitors because it's often better in their hometown.
This is on the North shore off I-12 so it may be a choice either coming in or leaving N.O. It was opened by 3 Mexican brothers to serve the Hispanic workers after Katrina but has been taken over by the locals who do not want the usual Tex-Mex. They make their own chorizo which is quite good.