Whether you head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or otherwise, from the French Quarters to Audubon Park, there is something for everyone. There are so many cafe’s, restaurants, jazz bars and more that it’s almost impossible to list down my favourites, but here goes:
Pêche Seafood Grill: This one was on pure recommendation from a local and it was one of the best meals I had in NOLA. The seafood is fresh and oysters were one of the best I’ve had. A must for all seafood lovers.
Carousel Bar: This was was merely for pictures, I admit. I didn’t really eat here but got a quick drink to just check the space out and I recommend you do it too.
The Spotted Cat, Frenchmen St. : My absolute favourite for some great music, drinks and a whole lot of fun. Best part, it’s on Frenchmen and away from Bourbon St! The entire street is packed with live music bars so definitely try others around as well.
Gumbo Shop: For well, Gumbo! As clichéd as it may be, I really enjoyed my Gumbo here and definitely recommend it.
French 75: What’s NOLA without great cocktails. For when you want a little bit of ‘class’ amidst the bourbon street debauchery, head here for some of the yummiest cocktails NOT served in plastic tubes! I paired my drinks with dinner and the food did not disappoint either.
Cafe Du Monde: Did you think I’d leave this out? For all the hype, I actually really love this place. The first time I visited was middle of the afternoon and all I could do was takeaway some Beignets in a brown bag and enjoy them by the water. But, head here (the one in French market) late at night/early morning and you can find a nice table for some beignets and au laits as you people watch. Its open 24X7 for all your cafe and beignet needs.
Commander’s Palace: Every now and then on a trip, I decide to put on some presentable clothes and head for a ‘nice’ meal. Tucked in Garden District, this one is for a quiet (expensive) dinner but one that’s well worth it!
Guy’s Po-Boys: I’m well aware of the hype here but I genuinely enjoyed the shrimp po-boy and I recommend you try it out too.
Willie Mae’s Scotch House: With a menu only consisting of fried food, sides and dessert, I knew I would love it even before I made my way there. I had the Fried Chicken with a side of Mac & Cheese. Head here off main meal hours to avoid the rush and wait.
Coop’s Place: Everything I’ve had here has been delicious and their Jambalaya is exceptional. Head here for when you want an authentic Cajun no-frill meal and you won’t regret it.
Claire’s Pour House: If you know me, you know I prefer a good old dive bar to anything else! This is the one I recommend amidst all the others!
Hope your NOLA trips are as unforgettable as mine, Send me your favourites!