New Orleans is a charming city with a local culture unlike anywhere else on the planet. There are streets to stroll, live music to experience and, most of all, a ton of food to eat. When you’re finished with a long day of exploring this diverse city, here’s where we recommend you rest your feet and re-energize.
Café du Monde
Visit at: 800 Decatur Street
Café de Monde is New Orleans’s most famous destination for beignets. Opt for a table (the line for the take-away window actually moves slower) and order a café au lait with your pastries. Be warned: You will get covered in powdered sugar.
Pêche Seafood Grill
Visit at: 800 Magazine Street
The place to go for seafood in the small plates format. A popular spot on weekends, the dining room regularly fills up. Try a weeknight or lunchtime visit to Pêche Seafood Grill for a more low-key atmosphere, and order something from the raw bar or try the chef’s delicate take on fish sticks.
Visit at: 1403 Washington Ave
Traditionally frequented by the Garden District’s distinguished residents, Commander’s Palace is an excellent place to celebrate any occasion. Its stately dining room and secluded patio provide an excellent backdrop for the James Beard Foundation-awarded cuisine. Indulge in a multi-course tasting menu, or try a regional specialty like turtle soup.
Visit at: 930 Tchoupitoulas Street
Butcher, the sister kitchen to the pricier Cochon, is located in the charming Arts District. Order decadent sandwiches like pulled pork or a muffaletta from the counter and choose from the curated list of beer, wine and specialty cocktails before grabbing a seat in the chic, industrial dining room.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern
Visit at: 538 Hagan Avenue
The po’ boy is a southern fast food staple, and the family-owned Parkway has some of New Orleans’ best. Step inside the vintage interior (the shop is 110 years old!) and try a massive “Surf and Turf,” a mix of roast beef and shrimp, or opt for the fried shrimp version the Obamas chose when the First Family visited in 2010.
Have you visited New Orleans? Where is your favorite place to grab a bite in the Big Easy? Tell us in the comments!