Where and What to Eat in New Orleans

03/16/2017 2 Comments

I’ve always wanted to try the food in New Orleans! I was so excited to get a taste on my first visit to NOLA for Mardi Gras this past year.

Here is my guide on some of the places you should check out and what you should order 🙂

Gumbo Shop

It was so good we went twice! You must order the creole combination platter to get your fill of shrimp creole, jambalaya and subsititute for crawfish étouffée, instead of red beans and rice.


Commander’s Palace

Listed as one of the Top 12 Bucket List Restaurants in America by the Huffington Post, Commander’s Palace definitely lived up to the hype! The food was ABSOLUTELY delicious. Every single course was better than the next. The atmosphere gives off an old southern money vibe, which was super fun. It is on the pricer side but the signature souther cocktails and dishes are worth it. I had the pleasure of visiting during their Mardi Gras celebration which made the experience even more special. Tips: Make a reservation ahead of your trip, go for brunch or lunch and make sure you check the dress code!


Cafe Du Monde

I know you’ve heard about Cafe Du Monde and all its yumminess, so I’m here to reinforce those recommendations that have come before mine.  I went two days in a row because once wasn’t enough to take in all the goodness from the beignets and the perfect blend that is the iced french drip coffee.


Biscuits & Buns on Banks

Biscuits & Buns on Banks was hands down the best brunch I’ve had to date. My cousins agreed! You’ll come for their famous biscuits but stay for the amazing andouille sausage hash cakes. From their Mardi Gras waffle special to their fried chicken & waffles, everything was absolutely delicious. The decor inside was inviting and quaint, but we sat outside taking in the charming neighborhood of Mid-City.

Antonie’s & Antonie’s Annex

Antonie’s is the famous family owned restaurant in the French Quarter that has been opened since 1840.  It is known for it’s Oysters Rockefeller and speciality French-Creole dishes. However, I am here to recommend stopping by Antonie’s Annex around the corner for some delicious gelato and coffee! The annex was the perfect place to enjoy some treats while you plan your next move in NOLA.

Royal House

Royal House is an oyster bar centered in the French Quarter. You can sit at their open door tables and enjoy some local cuisine while taking in the truly fascinating Mardi Gras crowd heading to Bourbon Street. I actually recommend trying the fried alligator and shrimp poboys. However, their extensive menu offers a variety of tasty options if eating alligator wasn’t on your New Orleans bucket list 😉

Bonus: Hot Tin

Ok so not really a place to eat but this rooftop bar is too amazing not to recommend! You can find it in the Garden District on top of the Pontchartrain Hotel. It boasts amazing views of the city, yummy cocktails and super friendly bartenders! This was one of my favorite spots in all of New Orleans.

Honestly, I should call this part one because I plan on going back and trying even more delicious places on my next trip 🙂


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    Paula Kiger


    Nom nom how I love NOLA food. Thanks for these images and descriptions!

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    Thanks for sharing! I’d really like to go to New Orleans someday, so this will come in handy, I’m sure. Everything LOOKS SO GOOD!


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