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Bourbon Street & Just Beyond – Best Casual Restaurants

 

Bourbon Street is known for its lineup of bars and round-the-clock party atmosphere, but there are also some great places to grab a bite. When you need a breather, check out these casual eats on or near Bourbon.

Olde NOLA Cookery, 205 Bourbon Street

Got the munchies? Get yourself to NOLA Cookery for some Gator Bites or their Louisiana Crabmeat Cakes.  And if you've heard a lot of talk about redfish but have never experienced it, do so here! Redfish Cookery and and Redfish Etouffée are both at the top of our list. 

Felix's Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 208 Bourbon Street/739 Iberville Street

Since the 1940s, folks have been making the oyster bar at Felix's their first stop in New Orleans. Whether you enter from Bourbon Street or Iberville, you'll leave satisfied.

Café Beignet, 311 Bourbon Street

Of course Café Beignet is known for their beignets, which are perfect for breakfast or a snack just about any time of day, but  their menu doesn’t stop there. The location on Bourbon Street is open until ten on weekdays and midnight on the weekends. There you can listen to live jazz and enjoy their sandwiches or fried seafood. If you’re still hungry after that, they have a bread pudding with praline sauce that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth.

Mambo's, 411 Bourbon Street

The food at Mambo's is TDF but the view from Bourbon Street's only rooftop bar is killer. This is the place to go for everything from po-boys to seafood platters to pasta. You'll be thinking about their Carnival Pasta with Louisiana crawfish and fresh gulf shrimp for years to come. 

Bourbon Heat, 711  Bourbon Street

The Courtyard Grill inside Bourbon Heat doesn’t offer your typical bar menu. Sure you can order your bar favorites like hot wings (called Heat Wings here) and nachos, but they also have a wide selection of Creole influenced food. Choices include Maw Maw’s Chicken and Sausage Gumbo and the St. Francis Pasta Florentine. It’s a penne pasta tossed with a creamy Creole spinach sauce.

Just Around the Corner...

Oceana Grill, 739 Conti Street

On the corner of Bourbon and Conti streets sits the always popular Oceana Grill. Some say they have the best crab cake and gumbo in the French Quarter. Go check it out and see if you agree. They also serve a wonderful breakfast here. If you're looking for a taste of Mardi Gras, king cake is on their menu year round. 

Acme Oyster House, 724 Iberville Street

Since 1910, even before Satchmo had his first band, Acme has been synonymous with fresh seafood in the French Quarter. Start with a dozen raw oysters, follow with a dozen chargrilled, and then split a seafood platter. This is what it means to be in New Orleans. 

 

 



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