New Orleans is definitely a destination for food lovers with all of the quality restaurants offering authentic regional food at various prices. Whether you are on a budget or want to go out for an elegant dinner, there are many choices that will provide an incredible eating experience. Seafood is at the heart of the meals that you will find in New Orleans, but there are plenty of other dishes that are uniquely Cajun. You will likely find Po-Boys, Gumbo, Jambalaya, and beignets on most menus as well as fresh snapper, oysters, and Crawfish Etouffee. There are other interesting items such as turtle soup, fried aligator, shrimp and grits, as well as local takes on eggs benedict.
The very first restaurant that we ate at was Oceana’s, which is just off of Bourbon Street and turned out to be a place that we visited several times because their food was so good. Like many restaurants, if you don’t go during non-traditional meal times, you can expect to wait in long lines that stretch down the street. Fortunately we like sitting at the bar as well as eating at different times, so we didn’t have any trouble getting served. We ate Oysters Rockefeller, Oceana’s Famous Oysters, Aligator Bites, Seafood Crepe, and a wonderful Bloody Mary during our different visits. The Crawfish Etouffee at the Royal House was one of the best meals that we ate during our entire stay. For a filling breakfast or brunch, going to the Stanley at Jackson Square can’t be beat and we had their Seafood Breakfast, which had fried oysters and shrimp, fried soft shell crab, and eggs benedict. It was delicious.
We went out for a couple of more upscale dinners including The Briquette where we were introduced to the chef by the owner and got to see our own fish on the grill. The food there is always fresh and we had the whole Red Fish filet as well as tournedos of beef and scallops. We also ate at Muriel’s on Jackson Square where we ate Turtle Soup, Cauliflower Soup, Duck Breast Jambalaya, and Pan Seared Scallops. There were also stops at Tableau and the Chartres House for Gumbo, Crawfish Bread, and Spicy Pecan Popcorn.
We were in New Orleans for a week, so if the list of places that we visited seems long, it is simply because we were eating out several times every day. Obviously we had to have an Oyster Po-Boy, which we did at Desire as well as getting fresh oysters. We went to Curios for brunch where we had traditional Beignets as well as Shrimp and Grits. We made our way to the Carousel Bar for a Caesar Salad and Le Bayou for fresh oysters as well.
Needless to say, when in New Orleans, especially in the French Quarter, there is more than just food. For drinks we went to many different locations, but one of the most interesting was Pirate’s Alley Café, which truly is in an alley. The 21st Amendment where we were treated to live jazz and a few glasses of wine. Finnegan’s was one of our favorite Irish dive bars, but we also enjoyed The Erin Rose where they serve an excellent po-boy. We enjoyed live music at The Drinkery as well as a few other places, including street performers on Bourbon Street.
You won’t go hungry when visiting New Orleans. With so many options and friendly staff wherever you go, there really aren’t too many bad choices. We’d recommend doing what we do, which is to ask the bartenders and wait staff at the places that you visit where they would recommend that you eat, usually requesting that they tell where the locals go, not necessarily the tourists. We were given great recommendations as well as just finding places as walked throughout the French Quarter. As we mentioned before, it is busy, so be sure to either make reservations in advance where you can and expect lines in the places that don’t accept reservations.
27 thoughts on “The Food of New Orleans”
The food is SO good in New Orleans!
Those raw oysters make my mouth water. All of this food looks fantastic.
It all looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Seafood breakfast? Fried oysters and shrimp, fried soft shell crab, and eggs Benedict? What’s not to like? I’m sitting here at my desk and it’s 10:00 and I’m drooling and wanting to eat that!
My favorite NOLA restaurants are out of the downtown area. Some favorites include the Rum House, Barcelona Tapas, Camellia Grill, Superior Seafood….too many to list! Definitely no other city like New Orleans
We will put those on a list to go to the next time we visit 🙂
Most of the food looks amazing, but not sure I could come at Alligator?
It is very delicious 🙂
A mouth watering page!
Looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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Love eating in NOLA! Looks delicious
Great place for food
My fave city and foodie spot for sure! Try the surf and turf poboy at Parkway Bakery next time! So amazing.
That looks amazing
good one blog post, i enjoy it most/
Thank you. We are glad you liked it.
That food looks amazing! As we don’t have it in England, may I ask what grits is?
It is a food made from corn and ground into a course meal and then you add a liquid (like broth or cream) to make it creamy.
Great post, I’m heading to Nola in May from Australia, I’ll have to take notes! 🙂
That is a long trip! You will really enjoy it. One thing we did not get to do was the WWII Museum. We heard it is very good.
I was there twice last year and can’t believe I didn’t go to any of the same restaurants, which goes to show you how many great restaurants there are there. I think Tableau may have been one of the stops on a food tour I was on, though. The Doctor Gumbo tour is a lot of fun.
There are so many restaurants in New Orleans. We have jotted down The Doctor Gumbo tour for the future 🙂
Oh so good…I have amazing memories of beneigts
Oh my gosh, this all looks so yummy!
We ate so much during our trip 🙂