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.
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. Upon entering Mr. B's Bistro, you are transported to a refined yet relaxed setting. The restaurant's classic decor, featuring white tablecloths, dark wood accents, and soft lighting, creates an atmosphere of sophistication and charm where you can destress and lay back after a hectic day. From the iconic gumbo ya-ya, a rich and flavorful seafood and sausage gumbo, to the tender and juicy barbecue shrimp, each dish is prepared with meticulous attention to detail. And if you happen to be there, do give a try to the panko-crusted jumbo shrimp or the Gumbo Ya Ya, both of which are traditional favorites. To complement the culinary delights, the establishment boasts an extensive wine list featuring a curated selection of wines from around the world.
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.
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 the Queen of Creole Cuisine, Leah Chase herself, Dooky Chase's Restaurant is somewhat of a landmark in Mid-City. The rumor mill has it that the charming restaurant is more or less unchanged since its inception in 1941. Given the old-world charm and feel-good nostalgia that the restaurant exudes, the rumor doesn’t feel difficult to believe. Complementing the homely ambiance of the restaurant is the delectable range of Creole preparations, along with a selection of soul food. In addition to serving some of Louisiana's most-loved dishes like fried chicken, Veal Parmesan and Mac 'N' Cheese, Dooky Chase's is also famous for its incredible lunch buffets. For connoisseurs of Creole cuisine, Dooky Chase's Restaurant is almost like a pilgrimage, simply unmissable.
Situated in a quaint cottage, Bayona charms diners with its picturesque decor consisting of flower arrangements, murals, and photographs. Serving Louisiana cuisine with a bit of a twist, Chef Susan Spicer puts together an inviting meal. Sit in the courtyard amid the plants or enjoy the ambiance of the romantic indoor dining hall. The menu at Bayona showcases the talents of renowned chef Susan Spicer, who infuses her dishes with a creative twist while honoring Louisiana's culinary heritage. From the exquisite duck confit to the delectable smoked quail and Andouille sausage gumbo, each dish is a testament to the chef's skill and commitment to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. And don’t miss out on trying the desserts, which are a must-try to finish off your meal.
Occupy a chair by the huge windows or enjoy the cool breeze on your face as you dine on the patio at Mr. John's Steak & Seafood. Located on the prestigious St. Charles Avenue, if, for a moment, you forget you are in a dining room, you are forgiven! Serving only USDA Prime Beef for all preparations, this steakhouse is, by far, the best in New Orleans. Fried Calamari comes with fresh squids that melt in your mouth. Eggplant Parmesan and Cured Prime Tenderloin please your senses. Combine any of these with a wine from the menu that boasts of wines from around the world.
Little Bird is classic American cuisine, so expect delicious chicken wings and some Saison. Delicious, because another restaurant, the Coquette, by the same chefs Michael and Kristen, was previously a hit at the Coquette in New Orleans. You can also call for the fried chicken garnished with paprika and whipped honey. The food is delicious and the ambience is laid-back and strikes a relaxed note. It is located inside the Barrel Proof Bar, and there is ample bike parking.