This New Orleans institution has such a wide-reaching reputation that even President Obama has sampled its offerings. Come here to get your hands around a poor boy (or po'boy) sandwich, a Louisiana traditional submarine sandwich. The sandwiches come in all varieties, from barbecued beef and charbroiled hamburger to grilled shrimp and oven-cooked turkey. Whatever you try, it's sure to be uniquely delicious.
Acme Oyster House has been a mainstay in the NoLa dining scene since its inception in 1910. This iconic restaurant, with its vintage neon signboard, serves up a unique take on local flavors. Their signature raw oysters are a must have, followed by coastal specialties like Poopa, French bread canopy stuffed with sausage and shrimp gumbo.
A part of the Brennan family, Mr. B's Bistro features Creole cuisine served in an upscale ambiance. It has earned many accolades for its authentic menu and tantalizing flavors. Try the panko crusted jumbo shrimp or the Gumbo Ya Ya, both of which are traditional favorites. The heartwarming score on the live piano provides a pleasant backdrop to the meal.
This French-market coffee stand, established in 1862, offers a menu of dark coffee with chicory, beignets, white or chocolate milk and freshly-squeezed orange juice. Cafe Du Monde is one of the most popular and the oldest of its kind in New Orleans. You may have to wait for a table in the busy morning hours owing to its famous breakfast menu. While the coffee is certainly good, most people come for the famous, fresh-from-the-fryer beignets. They are brought to your table in such a hurry that they are still hot when you take that first melt-in-your-mouth bite. Hop in at any time of the day (or night) to dig into delicious southern munchies and relish some of the most popular coffee in Louisiana!
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!
Raise your glasses to a toast at Mimi's in the Marigny. If the mention of calamari with chorizo, garlic and cream, mushroom manchego toast with sherry cream mushrooms or grilled pork tenderloin makes your mouth water, don't think twice about coming here. Walk into Mimi's, who's chefs are culinary magicians. Try the cold tapas menu; Spanish cheeses with roasted red peppers, or Jamon Iberico con Pimiento (ham and red peppers on toast) are always delicious. Follow it up with dessert while enjoying the melody of live local music.
Located in NoLa’s French Quarter, Green Goddess is a great respite from the neighborhood’s bustle. Its evolving and inventive menu features a mix of local and contemporary dishes. Their signature fruit juice cocktails deserve a special mention. Try the Salty Mango-Banana Lassi for one.
Situated in the French Quarter and a stone's throw from Bourbon Street is Arnaud's Restaurant, a classic Creole establishment boasting some of New Orleans' most famous dishes. Here, an elegant decor and classy setting add that extra ambiance that makes meals here something special. The menu is comprised of numerous Creole favorites, with an emphasis on seafood. There are live jazz performances, a separate bar and a romantic main dining room to ensure you can have whatever kind of evening you're looking for.
Pick of the dining options within The Royal Sonesta Hotel, Restaurant R'evolution is the result of a much awaited collaboration between award-winning chefs John Folse and Rick Tramanto. Their varied culinary influences have resulted in food with Louisiana at its heart, but with inventive contemporary touches. Sample such creative delights as Death by Gumbo and A Tale of Three Fishes from the the diverse menu options. The Tasting Menu is recommended to fully experience the menu's depth. The elegant bar serves up a stellar array of spirits, with the vintage cocktails being a hot favorite among patrons. The restaurant's interiors feature a classical set up with earthy pastels on the walls and ambient lighting, completing the comfortable atmosphere. Hosting private functions here is a delight, with six dining rooms available, each with their own unique charm. Check website for more.
Famous Door, dating back to 1934, is Bourbon Street's oldest live music club still in business. The famous door refers to the front door of the bar that many celebrities and musicians have autographed. Inside there is a sunken dance floor situated in front of a glass-brick stage. The atmosphere is dark, loud, neon and raw. The acoustics and lighting system enhances the performances of the live New Orleans soul and blues bands. Later, when the live music ends, the older folks leave and the bar transforms into a dance club for the younger crowd. It is open from 4p onwards Monday to Wednesday, 3p onwards on Thursday till Friday and On Saturday and Sunday it is open from 2p.