So if you haven’t noticed, I might have a thing for New Orleans. I went to college an hour away, and moved there after graduating. It would be downright shameful if I kept all of my favorite spots to myself, wouldn’t it? Don’t fret, right in time for Mardi Gras I bring you…. The New Orleans Food Bucket List. Click on each restaurant’s name to find hours and location.
Po-Boy and an Abita Strawberry Beer
Tucked behind Carrollton ave in Uptown, Adam’s Street Market serves the freshest and fattest po-boys around. Fried shrimp is my favorite, but roast beef is another popular choice. The Oak Street Po-Boy Fest is held in the neighborhood every year, and Adam’s always comes through.
Stay in season, which generally goes form March-June, although the recent years have varied a little bit (thanks, global warming…) Ask someone to show you how to peel it, and then suck the heads! All the hard work of seasoning and boiling garlic, onions, and other greens goes right into the head. Most bars will serve crawfish during the heat of the season, but Deanie’s Seafood serves them most of the year.
Shrimp-N-Grits & Irish Coffee
One of the best breakfasts for fighting a hangover, shrimp-n-grits were perfected in New Orleans. Light, fluffy, warm grits covered in scallions, gulf shrimp, and bacon? I’ll take it. Ruby Slipper Café manages to do the BEST shrimp-n-grits and a kickass Irish Coffee with the perfect amount of whipped cream. Not a coffee/whisky fan? Try any of these local favorites.
Nut-Covered Gulf Fish
Gulf fish are generally very large, white, and delicate. Local chefs dust the fish with Louisiana pecans and bake, giving it a slightly crispy outside. Go to Antoinne’s and order the Filet de Gulf Poisson Amandine. You won’t be disappointed!
The cutest family restaurant, Mandina’s Restaurant is one those beautiful blends of Italian-Creole cuisine. The result is families laughing, girlfriends catching up, and bankers at happy hour. Everyone feels at home in this big pink restaurant in mid-city.
Nothing warms your soul like a bowl of steaming gumbo, believe dat. Shrimp, sausage, Okra, and whatever else the cook deems delicious atop a bowl of white rice. Get it at Liuzza’s by the Track and toss a little Crystal hot sauce in it. IF you make it to Jazz Fest, you MUST stop by Liuzza’s- the surrounding neighborhood turns into a block party during the festivities.
For a city that rarely dips below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, we sure know how to stay warm. This savory little soup is perfect for a chilly fall night. Commander’s Palace has the best in town, and they make a killer martini to pair.
This gooey sweet treat is a Southern favorite. You can find it on pretty much every menu, but some truly are a step above the rest. Bon Ton Café has one of the damn best in town and it’s on Magazine Street, perfect for shopping after a delicious treat. Keep in mind it is CLOSED Saturday and Sunday. Can’t squeeze it during the week? Try Muriel’s by Jackson Square or grab it with your turtle soup at Commanders.
Yes, it is a Vietnamese dish, but there are plenty of places in New Orleans that will send you to Ho Chi Mihn City Perfect for lunch after a long night of partying. Try to get the beef- the more fat you get, the more it will soak up the alcohol. Dueces, hangover. Get it at Lilly’s, or any of the other 6 Vietnamese restaurants I mentioned.
Praline bacon, Redneck Eggs, & Brandy Milk Punch
Elizabeth’s is the best place in town for a little hair of the dog and a fulfilling meal. Get the sweet, salty praline bacon to start and get ready for the real deal (drumroll please)…. Redneck Eggs- a fried green tomato benedict. Keep the Brandy Milk Punch flowing and you’ll be back on Bourbon Street in no time.
Get it at the place it was invented and perfected, Brennan’s. Cooked bananas, vanilla ice-cream, and cinnamon brown sugar sauce make this sinful treat amazing. The mixture of warm and cold sensations with a hint of rum is almost too good to deal with. But you will manage, and love life.
My favorite choice from the funky and always fun Dat Dog. There are three locations in the city, but the one on Magazine draws a younger crowd. Pair it with their cocktail for the day- last time it was a blueberry mojito. AMAZING.
Burger and Monsoon from Port of Call
The secret is out, and everyone knows these are the BEST damn burgers in town. The side is a fully loaded, baked potato. The monsoon will help is a fruity concoction designed to get you drunk, so pace yourself.
King Cake Cheesecake
King cake (the large, braided, cinnamon pastry topped with icing and sprinkles) is great, but king cake cheesecake is to DIE for. Get it at Mr. B’s Bistro, where they drizzle it with white chocolate ganache. Dress nice, the place loves to do service right!