Traveling to a new city to explore can be excited and nerve-wracking for a foodie like myself. I like to have things planned out and restaurants already decided upon hours before eating.
New Orleans allowed me to step outside my comfort zone and go to places on a whim and discover new and exciting places that you should also try out.
We ate at a lot of different places in New Orleans and relied heavily on Trip Advisor reviews and recommendations from friends. That’s why it was hard to narrow down my list to 6 Places of Where to Eat in New Orleans.
Let’s start off with them in no particular order because narrowing them down was hard enough.
La Petite Grocery
It’s located on the popular and trendy Magazine Street. In fact you will find other shops and restaurants located up and down this street. La Petite Grocery is a very quaint restaurant with seating in the back while a bar greets you when you first walk in. After walking a mile in the heat you can bet that we were ready to eat and drink when we arrived. Executive Chef and Owner is Justin Devillier.
Recommendations: Blue Crab Beignets, Hand Cut Fries and any sandwich which is one of their specialties.
Let’s move on down Magazine street about a mile for a little local donut shop. We stopped for breakfast at this shop before traveling down the road to look at all the stores. It’s definitely a local place that you don’t want to miss out on.
Recommendations: Any donut because they all look amazing, chocolate chip cookies and drip coffee.
If you are looking for a local dive restaurant, then Coop’s is the place for you. It’s located on the outskirts of the French Quarter but just down the road from the famous Café du Monde. You must be over the age of 21 to dine since most of their sales come from alcohol. Basically just leave your kids behind or dine somewhere else.
Recommendations: Crabmeat Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers, Crawfish and Shrimp Etouffee
The Ruby Slipper (Canal Street location)
This restaurant required a little walk from our hotel in the French Quarter area but once you taste the food you will want to come back for every breakfast. It’s definitely a diner and not a café. The outside reminds me of something you would see in Las Vegas but once you get through the doors it’s a modern restaurant that usually has a wait.
Recommendations: 3 Little Eggs Omelet, The Southern Breakfast and please eat a homemade biscuit while dining, it’s a must try.
This is a short walk from the World War II Museum and is definitely a great spot for lunch. Peche has been honored with not one but two James Beard Foundation Awards. Once again you can find this restaurant on Magazine Street just down the road from the French Quarter. It has a very relaxing atmosphere with a great lunch menu.
Recommendations: Louisiana Shrimp Roll
Original Pierre Maspero’s
Overlooking our Omni Hotel balcony we could see this bustling restaurant on the corner. On our last night we finally took the plunge and went to dine in the French Quarter at this restaurant. It’s a small restaurant with a feel of an Italian diner, but make not mistake this is a great place to experience excellent creole inspired dishes.
Recommendations: Fried Green Tomatoes, Crab Cakes, Crawfish Etouffee