Wondering where to eat in the Big Easy? Search no further! We did all the scouting for you on our most recent trip to New Orleans. NOLA boasts an amazing food scene and we made it our mission to try all of the New Orleans staples that we could fit into 4 days. Here are 13 of the best restaurants in New Orleans – complete with addresses!
Old NOLA Cookery
205 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Located on Bourbon Street, the Olde NOLA Cookery was the first meal of our trip! Michael had Crawfish Etouffee and I had the Fried Catfish Platter. They were both amazing, and to top it off, we had an amazing view of Bourbon Street! We were able to people watch on the balcony before we got our food.
Ruby Slipper Cafe
200 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Ready for a wait? The Ruby Slipper Cafe on Magazine Street is amazing, but we waited well over an hour to get a seat here! Get there when it opens and it might be different for you. I normally get photos of our food, but I was hangry by the time we got inside. However, I can report the food is absolutely worth the wait!
I had the Peach Bellini with a BYO (Build Your Own) Omlette with pepper jack cheese and spinach. Michael had a Bloody Mary with the 3 Little Pigs Omletter. The start of the show though? The cafe’s EPIC biscuits! Probably the best biscuits I’ve ever had. (Sorry Biscuit Love!)
The Ruby Slipper Cafe is one of the best restaurants in New Orleans for sure! May the odds be ever in your favor!
Muffulettas at Central Grocery
923 Decatur St. New Orleans, LA 70116
Are you ready to taste the best muffuletta ever? Then you have to hit up Central Grocery in the French Quarter! Central Grocery is amazing deli where you can get a half or whole muffuletta and then sit at a communal countertop to eat it. Don’t make the mistake I did and be sure to go VERY hungry! After you’re done, you can walk off your sandwich in the surrounding shops.
Spirits on Bourbon
615 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Is it really a visit to New Orleans if you don’t visit a Bar Rescue location? I guess it could be, but you don’t want to miss this Bourbon Street staple! Hubby & I shared the Boudin Bites and a basket of cheese fries. They were delicious and of course, we had to get one of the Resurrection glowing skeleton mug drinks!
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Cafe du Monde
500 Port of New Orleans Pl #27, New Orleans, LA 70130
Yes, it’s not a list of places to eat in New Orleans without listing Cafe du Monde on your list! We went to the Riverwalk mall location so we had ZERO wait. I highly recommend this location if you are like us and want to try beignets without the long lines. However, if you want the legit experience, the original location is on Decatur Street. And yes, they are as amazing as everyone says!
Red Dog Diner
3122 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Complete with a back alley bar, the Red Dog Diner is a perfect place for an afternoon snack! I had the Spinach & Artichoke Dip while Hubby had the Tamale Meatballs. We came here after our self-guided Garden District tour. The water and margaritas were refreshing and just what we needed on a toasty NOLA day!
And yes, you may spot an adorable doggy sitting outside here. 🙂
908 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116-3121
For our first Po’Boy experience, we dove into NOLA Po’Boys. We walked up to the counter and quite quickly got ours and found a seat. This divey little joint cooks up quite the sandwich and is conveniently located on Bourbon Street, so you can have a daiquiri afterward! Somehow I failed to get any photos here, but don’t let that dissuade you. Their food packs just as good of a punch!
Creole House Restaurant & Oyster Bar
509 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Before we headed out for our gator experience, we had breakfast at the Creole House on Canal Street! Our waiter was very friendly and chatted with us quite a bit. He was able to give us a recommendation on where we could watch a Blues game and some other cool local places to check out. Be sure to try the Gouda Grits and the Morning After breakfast!
Stacks Grilled Cheese Bar
1st Floor, 315 Julia St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Grilled cheese AND drinks? I’m all in! If you love grilled cheese like me, you are sure to love Stacks, located in the Embassy Suites Hotel. Be sure to try their “Drew Bries Stack” sandwich with Brie cheese and bacon!
Honorable Mention for Best Restaurants
There were several places we didn’t end up making it to on our NOLA trip, but came highly recommended throughout our trip research:
- The Rum House – 3128 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2305
- Acme Oyster House – 724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
- Jacque-Imo’s – 8324 Oak St, New Orleans, LA 70118-2044
- Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar – 1418 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
(Bananas Foster Pancakes)