The Best Eats in New Orleans
New Orleans has more amazing restaurants than it has potholes - and that’s saying something! Here are a few of our featured travel writer Amelia Conrad's suggestions for meals out while you’re visiting the Crescent City...
While I certainly didn’t go to every restaurant in my four years in New Orleans, I also never had a meal I didn’t enjoy! If you’re looking for a slightly more upscale dining experience, you’ve got lots of choices. Emeril Lagasse has three restaurants in the city; I’ve only been to NOLA but wholeheartedly recommend it for its combination of service and delicious comfort food.
Jacques-Imo’s Cafe is a quirky spot on Oak Street—perfect for a sampling of gourmet Southern food like “Godzilla Meets Fried Green Tomatoes”! Ralph’s on the Park and Dante’s Kitchen are great spots for taking parents or grandparents. Redemption is built inside a renovated church and serves superb “New Orleans revival” cuisine—I’m a big fan of the alligator sausage and waffle gratin at brunch!
If, like me, you’re on a budget, most of the time you’ll be looking for less expensive dining options. Luckily, New Orleans doesn’t disappoint. The food at these restaurants was every bit as delicious as the higher-end restaurants listed above! The Rum House is hands-down my favorite restaurant in New Orleans with a wide-variety of Caribbean-inspired tacos and appetizers and drinks served in over-sized mason jars!
Personally, I still have dreams about their queso, but my mom can’t stop talking about their fried plantains and my fiancé was really intrigued by their diverse rum options. Dat Dog is a local favorite, serving gourmet hot dogs, fries, and drinks and with plenty of spots for al fresco dining! As the name might suggest, dogs are more than welcome to join in on the fun.
If you’re wanting to sample traditional New Orleans fare, I recommend The Gumbo Shop, but VooDoo Barbeque combines New Orleans classics with hearty barbequed meats. Camelia Grill is a traditional Southern diner with freezes to die for! Taqueria Corona is my pick for delicious Mexican food, Magasin for Vietnamese, and Salú for tapas! Finally, Midway Pizza delivers great pizza with lots of beer options - try an Abita, made right here in New Orleans!
By Amelia Conrad