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AMAZING PLACES TO EAT & DRINK IN NEW ORLEANS

December 6, 2017

 

 

We should start by saying that is damn near impossible to go wrong in this city. The food and drink options are endless, and after spending only 4 days here, we know that frequent trips back are an absolute must. Incredible food aside, from the live music, to the great shopping, and unmatched southern hospitality, New Orleans is truly one of a kind. After a wonderful foodie-themed trip, with just a touch of drinking :), we are very excited to share our findings and recommend them for your next trip!
 

 

RESTAURANTS

 

ANTOINE'S

 

Antoine’s is the oldest family-owned restaurant in the USA, any tour you take in the city will likely mention it’s history.  We had high expectations, and Antoine's exceeded them. We went for a Jazzy Sunday Brunch, which was fantastic. I’m sure any time of day is a good time to go to Antoine’s. 

 
WHAT WE HAD & LOVED: Soufflé Potatoes, Escargots à la Bordelaise (the best we’ve had since Paris), & Crevettes et Grits (Shrimp & Grits)
 
** RESERVATION RECOMMENDED 
 
http://www.antoines.com/
713 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

 

 

 

HERMES BAR

 

The Hermes Bar is a part of Antoine’s, but its menu is slightly different, and you can dress how you please! It has a more relaxed atmosphere with wonderful cocktails, and an extensive lunch menu to choose from.  

 

WHAT WE HAD & LOVED: Wagyu Beef Cheese Burger PoBoy (the dipping sauce might just change your life), Potage Alligator au Sherry (Alligator Bisque)

http://www.antoines.com/menu/hermes-bar-menu.html
713 St. Louis Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

 

ARNAUD'S

Arnaud’s is another historical restaurant in NOLA. It’s a huuuuge building, seems to go on forever, and every menu item is pretty much fabulous. Your meal starts with delicious fresh bread, finishes with table side Bananas Foster, and has impeccable service throughout. Be sure to get there early, go to the French 75 Bar, have a James Beard Award winning bartender make you a French 75(their signature cocktail) and enjoy some lovely appetizers (we very much enjoyed the Boudin Wontons and the Gougeres)!
 

WHAT WE HAD & LOVED:Filet Mignon Charlemond, Duck Ellen, Soufflé Potatoes
 
** RESERVATION RECOMMENDED
 
https://www.arnaudsrestaurant.com/

813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70112

 

 

DEL FUEGO TAQUERIA

 

Need an excuse to visit the quaint  Magazine Street neighborhood? Del Fuego provides excellent Mexican food and cocktails in a fun, comfortable environment. Our server was one of a kind, and gave us lots of recommendations. They also have a pretty great happy hour all week long, and a $12 lunch menu.

 

WHAT WE HAD & LOVED: Guacamole (we added cheese and tomato), Carnitas Tacos, Shrimp Tacos, Steak Tacos, Churros

 

http://delfuegotaqueria.com/

4518 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

 

 

LA BOULANGERIE

This beautiful French Bakery and Café is a lovely stop for breakfast or lunch! They knocked their croissants out of the park, and we can only imagine how delicious the rest of their somewhat extensive menu is. There’s a wonderful neighborhood atmosphere, and somewhere we definitely will return to again and again. 

 

WHAT WE HAD & LOVED: Chocolate Croissant, Ham & Cheese Croissant


https://laboulangerienola.com/

4600 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

 

 

CAFÉ DU MONDE

 

We know you’ve heard the hype. It has quite the reputation, and a bunch of competition in the city. However, we think it lives up to its rep. It’s always crowded, and you’ll definitely have to wait a bit, but those beignets make everything worthwhile.  Some advice would be: avoid wearing dark colors because that powdered sugar is destined to get everywhere.

 

WHAT WE HAD & LOVED: Beignets(duh), Café Au Lait, Hot Chocolate


http://www.cafedumonde.com/

800 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
 

 

THE BIG CHEEZY

 

We were fortunate to be staying across the street from the Magazine location of the Big Cheezy, which is conveniently attached to Henry’s Uptown Bar. We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon watching football, continuously ordering more food, and a couple of beers from next door. We loved it all, and our servers were the absolute sweetest. We all agreed, if we lived across the street from this establishment in everyday life, we would absolutely eat our way through the entire menu with ease. It’s a wonderful quick drop in for lunch or dinner, especially on a budget.

 

WHAT WE HAD & LOVED: 4 Cheese Bacon Mac & Cheez, Cheezy BET, Flying Dutchman

 

http://www.thebigcheezy.com/

5101 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115

 

 

 

BARS

 


CAROUSEL BAR AT THE HOTEL MONTELEONE

 

This is quite literally as its name suggests, a carousel. Once you steal a seat, you slowly move around the room as you sip your drink of choice. These bartenders are incredible. It’s a little pricey, but we loved every second... and it was difficult to leave.  

 

http://hotelmonteleone.com/

214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70117

 

 

THE SAZERAC BAR AT THE ROOSEVELT

 

The Roosevelt is already a gorgeous hotel. Enter the Sazerac Bar, named after the infamous NOLA cocktail. In its historically elegant décor, the Sazerac Bar provides a cool, laid back atmosphere to enjoy many handcrafted cocktails (including Sazerac, of course).

 

http://therooseveltneworleans.com/dining/the-sazerac-bar.html

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

 

 

FRENCHMAN STREET

A great alternative to Bourbon. Not quite the same crowds, but TONS of live music and awesome bars. We paid $15 to see NOLA Jazz Legend Kermit Ruffins on a whim Friday night, and it was awesome.

 

BOURBON STREET

This probably goes without saying, but Bourbon is just a must for every visitor. Dive-y bars everywhere, and an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in the city. Prepare yourself: if you’re going on a weekend night, it will absolutely be crowded.

 

 

 

All in all, whether you're there for the insanity that is Mardi Gras, or stopping by in the Winter for the many holiday parades and celebrations, New Orleans provides an incredible trip year-round. We already have quite the list of places to try for next time, but if you have any future suggestions for us, please comment below!

 

 

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