When the Saints are playing football, the entire city of New Orleans knows it. It’s been said before and we’ll say it again: This town bleeds black and gold. On game day, you’ll see fans dressed in their Who Dat best all over town. If they miss the first quarter while on a Zapp’s and Abita run, it’s no biggie – touchdowns are announced over the loudspeakers at most grocery stores.
Along with the big party in the Superdome, fans gather at friend’s homes, local bars and restaurants from Backatown to Uptown to watch the game. Here are a few of our favorites places to be at kick-off time. Come early to get the best seats.
If you love beer as much as you love dem Saints, watch the action from the French Quarter’s only microbrewery. Along with ice cold suds, you can enjoy Brewhouse Hot Wings, Wolf’s German Sausage Platter and Crawfish Mac & Cheese.
It’s always “half time” at Acme Oyster House. Grab half a shrimp, oyster or “10-Napkin Roast Beef Po-boy” and pull up a seat close to one of the TVs. No matter how the Saints are playing, you’ll have a great time.
Former Saints’ quarterback Bobby Hebert is a legend in this town and his Metairie restaurant, filled with fascinating memorabilia, is the perfect place to watch the Black & Gold. You’ll love the food, too. We can vouch for the Cam Cam Bam Bam Buffalo Wings, the Who Dat! Crab Cakes, and Buddy D’s Red Beans and Rice.
The beer at Gordon Biersch is brewed on-site, and they must be doing something right because it’s been recognized at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival. Along with great bar food (we love the Cheese Curds and the Chicken Wings with the Thai Fire Sauce), you’ll find five flat screen TVs and a lounge designed for watching the game with friends.
Football is always fun at B.B. King’s Blues Club in the French Quarter. The Debris Fries (a load of French Fries topped with slow-simmered roast beef and gravy) are to die for. And who could say no to the Louisiana Crawfish Poppers?
Tupelo Chicken Tenders. Hard Rock Nachos. Joe Perry’s “Rock Your World” Quesadilla. If you were thinking about just picking up a bag of chips and dip at the convenience store, we hope this changes your mind. Come on down to the Quarter and join the party at Hard Rock Café.
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