New Orleans dining options are plentiful, but if you really want to find the best of the best, here’s where you need to visit!
1. Beignets at Cafe du Monde – No trip to NOLA would be complete without a visit to Cafe du Monde for beignets. This iconic restaurant was stablished in 1862. You can sit outside on their patio and enjoy the sounds of the street musician playing jazz. Be sure to take cash as they don’t except credit cards.
Cafe du Monde
800 Decatur St
2. French 75 at Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro – This delicate cocktail is the iconic drink of New Orleans and Arnaud’s is the most authentic place to enjoy one. This concoction of gin, Champagne, lemon juice and sugar. Enjoy the sounds of live jazz..Arnaud’s Jazz Bistro
813 Rue Bienville
3. Gin Fizz at Bourbon O Bar – This French quarter craft cocktail bar makes the original gin fizz and is the only bar that can claim a custom-made shaking machine to replace the drinks’ original shaker boys made famous by Gin Fizz inventor, Henry Ramos. The unique concoction, which includes flower water, egg whites and powdered sugar, is shaken for six minutes yielding that most unusual “fizz”.
Bourbon O Bar
730 Bourbon St
4. Pho at MoPho – This award-winning restaurant combines the best of Southeast Asian cuisine with Southern Louisiana cuisine. MoPho was named “Restaurant of the Year” by New Orleans Magazine and was a nominee for Bon Appétit’s “Best New Restaurant.” You can get Pho in a variety of styles: a Standard bowl is served with tendon, pepper braised tripe, meatball, pork shoulder, flank steak and chicane with tofu. The Premium Pho comes with head cheese, poached egg and ribeye, or The Top Shelf features pork belly, duck confit, and oxtail. The menu also features unique combinations like Pepper Jelly Braised Cedar Key Clams with smoked pork jowl and mint, served with Annatto Beignets, in addition to fusion dishes including Fall Squash Curry, Sticky Rice Paella and Roasted Lamb in Green Curry.
514 City Park Avenue
5. Hummus at Shaya – The Chef at Shaya won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South and Shaya won the James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. This unique menu serves authentic Israeli food with a touch of local flair, fusing the flavors of the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa and Greece. The hummus dishes change seasonally with a current version made with King Trumpet Mushrooms marinaded in Shish-kabob sauce served over a bed of collard greens with Aleppo chili flakes. The menu also features tapas classics of Baba Gnash and a Lebneh dish paired with local yogurt, wax peppers and radishes. Other great dishes to share include Shakshouka, Southernized with chermoula, parsnips, spicy chilies, tomato, and egg, or a curried fried cauliflower hummus.
4213 Magazine Street
6. Chicken and Waffles at Vessel – The menu at Vella is true Southern coastal cuisine like the Chicken and Calas Waffles, a flavor which originated with slaves in the rice-growing region of Africa. And while the cuisine may be unique, the restaurant’s most outstanding presentation is its space. Vessel is housed in a 1914 Historical New Orleans Church with original stained glass windows. The restaurant’s interior, the original church, was designed like an upside down ship vessel which was a common theme for Lutheran Churches built during this period. The decor and furniture is in an industrial, communal theme designed to encourage people to interact with one another. The menu also features Louisiana Wild Boar Paté, Smoked Gulf Fish Dip served with Lavash Crackers and Cast Iron Prepared Octopus with Black-eyed peas and Crushed Tomatoes. Vessel is all about Southern comfort food infused with new flavors so don’t miss the Whole Smoked Fish, with Autumn Squash, Curried Pumpkin Purée, Coriander Yogurt, and Candied Pumpkin Guts.
3835 Iberville Street
7. Cocktails at Ponchartrain Hotel – New Orleans’ iconic Pontchartrain Hotel has reopened after an extensive renovation, positioned on a quaint street corner in the garden district surrounded by 200-year-old oak trees, The hotel’s rooftop bar, “Hot Tin”, has a breathtaking 270-degree view of the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans. Hot Tin serves authentic classic cocktails in a space designed to feel like a 1940s artist loft as the story is that American playwright Tennessee Williams lived at the hotel while writing A Streetcar Named Desire.
Hot Tin (Pontchartrain Hotel)
2031 St Charles Ave