Headed by none other than Leah Chase, the Queen of Creole Cuisine herself, Dooky Chase's Restaurant is somewhat of a landmark in Mid-City. Rumor has it that the charming restaurant is more or less unchanged since its inception in 1941. Midst a cozy, homey dining area that has oodles of old-world charm and feel-good nostalgia, the restaurant serves a great range of Creole preparations along with a selection of soul food. Serving some of Louisiana's most-loved dishes like fried chicken, veal parmesan, mac 'n' cheese and such, Dooky Chase's is famous for its incredible lunch buffets that are offered between Tuesdays and Fridays. For fans of Creole cuisine, Dooky Chase's Restaurant is almost a pilgrimage; not to be missed, this one!
Rich flavors and traditions from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the Gulf Coast meld on the menu at Carmo Café. This lunchtime destination draws diners from the Warehouse District and CBD with tropical dishes made with fresh ingredients. While the menu doesn't shy away from meaty dishes, vegetarians and vegans can rejoice in the constant availability of meat-free and vegan-friendly options. The short menu at Carmo Café features soups, sandwiches, salads and always changing specials like Summer Seafood Gazpacho, Beef or Tofu Brochettes in Coconut Cashew Sauce, and Savory Bread Pudding.
Diners can find a taste of the Caribbean in the Crescent City with a meal at Coco Hut. This ultra casual hidden gem on Bayou Road serves up Caribbean favorites with a home cooked feel. Jerk options are always on the menu, alongside a number of seafood and vegetable dishes served with island flare. Fresh limeade is available to compliment any meal. While the standard menu is available at every meal, don't miss the daily specials spelled out on the restaurant's chalkboard. - Bethany Culp
Company Burger sticks to the basics: burgers and fries. In addition to its selection of antibiotic and hormone-free beef burgers, this New Orleans diner has a number of specialty burgers, like lamb and turkey burgers. Side options include the previously mentioned fries, as well as tater tots and onion rings. Fresh food, classic flavors and a casual eating space make Company Burger a New Orleans favorite.
Gracious Bakery opened its doors to the people in Mid-City in August of 2012. The menu at this charming bakery comprises of freshly baked rustic breads, breakfast pastries, gourmet sandwiches for lunch and some gorgeous desserts. Apart from this, they're also pretty famous for their refreshing coffees and teas that they serve.
From the heart of the French Quarter, Vacherie serves up Creole and Cajun flavors usually reserved for those who make their way to much more rural parts of Louisiana. This cozy and colorful restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks from its location in the Hotel Suite Marie. Vacherie's main dining room also serves hearty portions of dishes, while the cafe serves lighter fare like salads and sandwiches.
Associated with Erin Rose Bar, on Conti Street, Killer Poboys offers diners a great range of sandwiches that blend signature New Orleans sandwiches and international flavors. The offerings here feature an eclectic combination of ingredients - from seared shrimp to roasted sweet potato, you will find here a selection of Po-boys like no place else. The menu changes regularly to the delight of regular patrons, so keep an eye out for their latest offerings! The prices are delightfully low and the service is quick, and although hard to find, a visit to Killer Poboys is definitely well worth the effort.
Living up to its name, City Greens offers diners in downtown NoLa their organic fix. What sets this restaurant apart from counterparts of this food trend, is their privately owned and operated farm on which they cultivate seasonal ingredients that go into the menu. Taste the fruit of the earth in fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches and quick bites that are au naturale and delicious. Their comprehensive menu also keeps vegetarian and vegan patrons in mind.
Beat the New Orleans heat and humidity with a cool treat from Meltdown Gourmet Popsicles. This small French Quarter shop creates artisan popsicles from fresh and natural ingredients. While the available flavors vary from day to day, the popsicle menu generally offers fruity treats like Strawberry Hibiscus, Pineapple Cilantro and Strawberry Basil alongside creamy varieties like Salted Caramel and Vietnamese Coffee. If you can’t make it to the Quarter, keep an eye out for the yellow Meltdown Gourmet Popsicles truck that can often be found cruising the streets and at area events. -Bethany Culp
Homemade ice cream and wonderfully hand-crafted sodas lure folks into The Soda Shop. This casual John Besh café in the World War II Museum takes visitors back to the days of the counter-service soda shop. Besh uses artisan ingredients to create sweet treats, like the Steen's Cane Syrup cupcake, house-made marshmallow cream pie and Very Very Local Berry Shakes. Need something with a little more substance? Order one of The Soda Shop's sandwiches, like the grilled pimento with roasted jalapeno country ham, or the Bad Mamma Jamma with pork gravy. Moreover, breakfast is served daily.