Foodie needs help on her quest to eat her way through NOLA
I’m heading to New Orleans in early January and am excited to embark on this culinary adventure. I’m wonderfully overwhelmed by the food options and would like some advise on where to go so that I don’t miss something. I’ll be there midweek for four days so will miss out on brunch but can do happy hour. With my limited time, I’m trying to fit in all the big hitters, which is impossible! Here’s my list:
Lunches at August, Cochon Butcher and Commander’s Palace
Happy hour at Luke’s
Dinner at Cochon, Boucherie, and ??
Chargrilled oysters at Drago’s and BBQ shrimp at Mr’s B’s –maybe?
Maybe late night po boys at Verti Marte
I’d like to know if I’m missing anything on my list or if I should substitute other restaurants for ones I’ve listed such as NOLA, Jacque Imo’s, Gallatoire’s, Brigtsten’s, or Dante’s. I’d like classic NOLA food one night but do not want to spend a crazy amount for it. I’d also like seafood one night but am not sure where to go—GW fins?? Is there a seafood place or place with classic NOLA food that’s reasonably priced? We have a car and can definitely get off the beaten track.
Are there any recommended happy hour spots? Prix fixe lunch specials spots that I’m missing?
Wow! We did a very similar itinerary in October.
Lunch at August and Commander's Palace were wonderful and highlights of our trip. We enjoyed them both immensely and they have fabulous lunch specials.
Happy Hour at Lukes was also pretty great. Got the oysters as well as an onion tart that was memorable.
And lastly, don't just maybe go to Verti Marte. GREAT poboy's.
The only other place I was just too full to eat at was Coquette's. Great prixe fixe menus at both lunch and dinner and Wed and Th have drink and wine specials. Wish we would have made it there...
Some of the best dining is in the FQ and the CBD across Canal Street. There's also great restaurants in the Garden District and Uptown. If you are staying in the FQ you will have to take a cab or the streetcar 15 minutes or so Uptown which is not bad. Some people that stay in the FQ prefer to dine there so they can walk. Are you interested in fine dining or casual restaurants. If you prefer to stay in the FQ I like Galatoire's, Muriel's, Bayona, Stella, Irene's, Brennan's, Mr. B's and NOLA. Don't miss lunch at Galatoire's. On Friday there is a party all afternoon so choose your day as you please. Go to The Davenport Lounge at The Ritz Carlton Hotel and listen to Jeremy Davenport's jazz on Friday and Saturday at 9 PM.
Galatoire's @ 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 2021.
Muriel's @ 801 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 568 - 1885.
Stella Restaurant @ 1032 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 587 - 0091.
Irene's Cuisine @ 539 St. Phillip St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 529 - 8811.
Brennan's Restaurant @ Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9711.
Mr. B's Bistro @ 201 Royal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 2078.
Nola Restaurant @ 534 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 6652.
Have a po boy at Johnny's in the FQ and eat on a bench in Jackson Square. Napoleon House in the FQ is nice for drinks and lunch also. Stanley's is outstanding for breakfast/lunch. Mena's Palace is a local's favorite that serves NOLA comfort food for breakfast and lunch. They serve 25/30 different po boys. Johnny's Po Boy's is in the FQ on St. Louis and has outstanding po boys. Felipe's has great Mexican food using local ingredients. Clover Grill is open 24/7 for breakfast and good burgers and it's inexpensive. Rampart Food Store has good po boys. They are all in the FQ.
Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.
Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 0217.
Felipe's Taqueria @ 301 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 267 - 4406.
Clover Grill @ 900 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 598 - 1010.
Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777.
There are numerous lunch and dinner special's in NOLA. Mr. B's has a 2 course prix fixe lunch for $20.00. Domenica is a casual John Besh Italian restaurant in the Roosevelot Hotel a block from Canal Street. They have happy hour specials from 3/6 half price pizza and drinks. Dining at the bar at Domenica is fun. Luke is another John Besh restaurant in the Hilton on St. Charles. They have a 2 course express lunch for $15.00 and 3/6 Happy Hour half price drinks and 50 cent oysters. Dining at the bar at Luke is fun also. Antoine's is in the FQ and they have a prix fixe 3 course lunch for $20.00.
Domenica @ 123 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 648 - 6020.
Luke Restaurant @ 333 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 378 - 2840.
I'd skip Jaquimo's it's fun but the food is not all that great. I would look at Coquette, Patois, Lillete. Coquette has $5 glasses of wine and $5 specialty cocktail on Wed & Thrs and their food is amazing. great spot to sit at the bar and enjoy a bit and beverage. I was really impressed with Dominique's on Magazine over the summer. One of my favorite lunch spots is Lilette I could sit in a booth for hours and brunch at Cafe Degas is a special experience, especially if the weather is nice. Good luck out there!