Believe it or not, the French Quarter isn’t the only place to eat in New Orleans. There are many other charming neighborhoods throughout New Orleans where you can enjoy a great meal. Here are some of our favorite restaurants, scattered through the rest of the city.
In between the trendy condos and stylish art galleries built into 19th-century warehouses, you can find many gems for a great place to eat. The CBD, as we locals like to call it, is south of Canal Street and includes many hotels, the convention center, the Superdome and the busiest skyscrapers.
Gordon Biersch offers more than just beer. They pair their brews with shockingly good food. We’re partial to the Bratwurst Sliders and the Warm Apple Bread Pudding is pretty fab as well. Learn more
Grand Isle offers fresh seafood in an upscale Louisiana fishing camp atmosphere along with an extensive wine and beer menu. Highlights include their Redfish on the Half Shell, Crawfish Beignets, Fisherman’s Stew and their Sticky Baby Back Ribs. Learn more
Two-step over to Mulate’s by the Convention Center for some truly great Cajun food and music. Find out for yourself why Mulate’s is known as the “King of Cajun Dine and Dance Halls.”. Learn more
This playground for gamers has a winning menu as well. Their Asian Chicken Wonton Nachos and Chicken and Waffle Sliders are two of our favorites. Learn more
Make this eatery in the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome on your list of stops. The Honey Jalapeño Shrimp is mighty fine, and once you’ve had their fried shrimp po-boy with remoulade sauce it’s hard to order anything else. Learn more
Explore the largest municipal park in the United States, check out the New Orleans Museum Of Art, then indulge in some culinary art. City Park is located in the northern part of the city, between the Lakeview and Gentilly neighborhoods.
Ralph’s offers views of the beautiful City Park and indulgent, whimsical treats. There’s not just one or two must-haves on this menu–everything looks good. Consider starting with the Rib-eye Wrapped Scallops or the Seared Chappapeela Farms Duck Breast. Learn more
You need to see the beautiful houses on Esplanade Avenue before you go home and brunch, lunch or dinner at Café Degas is a good excuse to get over there. We love this place. They have a mean Bloody Mary and their French onion soup is superb. This is where you go to dine outside in New Orleans. Learn more
Marigny shares the northern border with the French Quarter. In this part of the city, you can find up and coming neighborhoods with classic New Orleans architecture. It’s a lot like the restaurants that you can find here. There’s a mix of long-time favorites, as well as new restaurants that are worth checking out.
Experience a food evolution at Suis Generis. They have an ever-changing menu that updates based on ingredients that are available locally and in-season. Check suisgeneris.com every Friday around 4 p.m. to see what they have planned for the upcoming week. Learn more
Head Uptown on a streetcar and explore the Garden District, a part of the city that is known for its beauty in both the scenery and architecture. Here you can find a mix of restaurants that are perfect to mix with a day of sightseeing or shopping.
It doesn’t get any more New Orleans than Commander’s Palace, the place that gave Paul Prudhomme, Emeril Lagasse, and so many others their starts. The Turtle Soup is a must as is the Bread Pudding Soufflé. Learn more
Since 1913, Pascal’s Manale has been serving up delicious cuisine, including their Original Pascal’s Barbeque Shrimp on Napoleon Avenue. The shrimp is their specialty, but it doesn’t stop there. They also have an oyster bar, a number of Italian dishes, plenty of seafood items and much more on their menu. Learn more
Reginelli’s on Magazine Street has some of the best pizza in the city, as well as a number of other casual Italian options including calzones, pitas, salads and sandwiches. You’ll be thinking about this pizza long after you get back home. Learn more
Lake Pontchartrain is the second largest fresh water lake in the U.S. and a beautiful sight to behold both at night, when the sun sets, or during the day, when you can watch the pelicans drip and dive for fish while getting your own fill of fresh seafood.
While Landry’s in the French Quarter offers views of Jackson Square and the Mississippi River, their sister on the Lakefront gives you a front-row seat of Lake Pontchartrain, plus it adjoins the historic Canal Lighthouse and Museum. It’s a great place to enjoy authentic Cajun and Creole cuisine and more. Learn more
If you love art deco and good food, treat yourself to a trip to Messina’s Runway Café. They offer daily Blue Plate Specials and a fabulous brunch. If you’ve never had Debris Fries, dig in here. Learn more
This is the kind of place the Rat Pack would come to for real Italian cuisine and ambiance. Savor “La Dolce Vita”–the sweet life–by enjoying these sumptuous old-world recipes. Learn more
When it’s crawfish season, New Orleans heads to Deanie’s at the Lakefront. And while you won’t get a view of the lake, you’ll find the seafood platter here a sight to behold. Learn more
Metairie is the near suburb of New Orleans, about ten to fifteen minutes away from the French Quarter, if the traffic is behaving on the Expressway. Even if it’s not, there’s a couple of reasons to explore Metairie.
Andrea’s is one of the top Italian restaurants in the New Orleans area and features a five-star American, Northern Italian and seafood entrees with professional European style service. You really can’t go wrong with anything on this menu but the Ossobuco Milanese is TDF. Learn more
Go where the locals go for fresh oysters– Acme on Veterans. It has the authenticity and charm of the French Quarter restaurant without the parking woes. Start with a dozen Chargrilled Oysters and seriously consider the 10 Napkin Roast Beef Po-Boy. Learn more
Craving some Greek, Lebanese or coastal Mediterranean cuisine? Byblos is a fun, casual Mediterranean restaurant on Metairie Road. They use fresh, savory ingredients to create their dishes and their house-made hummus is a must-try. Learn more
Yes, we really do eat Fried Green Tomatoes in the South and Porter & Luke’s does it right. They also do a mean Fried Chicken. Get your hungry self over there. Learn more
Swing into Loft18 on Metairie Road for simulated golf, craft beers and cocktails, fun shareables and entrees, and a special menu “Fore! The Kids.” Learn more
You don’t have to be a football fan to love Bobby Hebert’s–just a fan of New Orleans food. This Metairie Restaurant is a fun place to meet up with friends for beers, drinks and casual fare. Learn more
It’s always gumbo season in New Orleans! Chef Ron’s recipes are the best. Missing his gumbo is a no-no! Learn more
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