Foodie Guide: 12 places to eat in New Orleans

 

I pride myself as a foodie!

With that being said whenever I travel, I tend to eat more just because I want to try foods from different places. My most recent foodventure (get it?) took me to New Orleans, Louisiana.

I usually research my destinations before I travel and make an itinerary in advance. I took a different approach to New Orleans. For this food trip, I decided to take advice on restaurants to eat from locals.

I arrived at the hostel called the Quisby and I told the hostel staff the purpose of my visit to New Orleans. The staff was nice enough to go out of their way to make me a comprehensive list of places to eat, and also told me how to get to each restaurant. I did some research after they gave me their list and decided to add some places I would like to check out.

I made a comprehensive list of restaurants from the advice I got from the staff and my research. Here is a list of places I visited and what I ate:

 

Café Beignet and Café Du Monde

What is a visit to New Orleans without a Beignet? A Beignet is a french doughnut. It is square and covered with powdered sugar.

The two most famous spots for Beignets in New Orleans are Café Beignet and Café Du Monde. Beignets are so delicious and I ate 9 on the trip because I kept going back for more (no judgement please!). If you visit New Orleans, I advice visiting both Cafes for a taste of the delicious Beignets.

Delicious Beignets from Café Beignet

Yummy Beignets from Café Du Monde.

 

Golden Chips

Golden Chips is a restaurant owned by a family from Guatemala.They are originally from Italy, but the family settled in Guatemala permanently. They have a branch in Guatemala managed by the owner’s cousin and another branch in New Orleans managed by the owner.

What did I love about this place? Their food is prepared fresh- they don’t serve chicken nuggets or fries from the freezer!

Freshly made chicken tenders and freshly cut fries.

Coop’s Place

Coop’s is a popular restaurant in French Quarter. They have a variety of meals and I was able to try a plate that had a mix of their most popular dishes. It was yummy!!!!

Gumbo

Coop’s Taste- Shrimp creole, Cajun fried chicken, red beans & rice with sausage, rabbit & sausage jambalaya

Verti Marte

Verti Marte is a convenience store mixed with a deli. Their deli offers delicious sandwiches, and to go dishes. You can buy a sandwich or simply order a plate for dinner because this deli has a variety of dishes.

The tastiest roast beef sandwich I have ever had hands down!

 

Sucre

To satisfy your sweet tooth, go to Sucre.

Sucre offers delicious deserts and treats with the traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras color theme (Purple, Green and Gold).

Delicious treats. The Macaroons were great

Prices were affordable as well

Slice Pizzeria

Slice Pizzeria is quite popular in New Orleans and I was glad that I made time to stop by. The staff was friendly and they recommended a local beer to me which I loved.

Best time to go?

During happy hour from 3pm-6pm M-F

Mussels in delicious broth

Pepperoni, bacon and ham pizza + Bacon and basil pizza

Local beer with mango notes recommended by the staff

 

Turkey and The Wolf

Turkey and the wolf is quite different from anywhere I have been.

They have the same menu daily but since they are closed on Tuesdays, they have a pop up menu.

What do I mean? Their restaurant has a different menu every Tuesday. I visited on a Tuesday co-incidentally, and the item that stood out was goat meat and coconut rice. It was spicy and delicious.

Spicy goat meat and coconut rice

Shaya

Shaya is a middle eastern restaurant. The atmosphere was very welcoming and the food was delicious. I was advised to get their avocado and fish toast and I was very impressed. The starter was fresh pita bread which they make in house. You can see the oven where the pita is baked as you walk into the restaurant.

Fresh pita bread

Avocado, fish and beets toast

 

Dry Dock Café

Dry dock is a popular and old café in Algiers point. I took a ferry from NOLA mainland to Algiers point for $2 each way in order to get to Dry Dock. The atmosphere was vintage and that’s not surprising since it opened in 1989. They call themselves one of the best eateries in Algiers Point and they did not disappoint my taste buds.

Delicious beef sandwich with french onion dip.

 Jax Brewhouse

Jax brewhouse was built in 1891. The brewry is no longer functional, but the bistro serves local beer and food. I went in for a cold cup of beer and to also take in the atmosphere of the vintage environment in this old brewry.

Cup of cold local beer. It was very satisfying on that hot afternoon!

Cajun Seafood

Can I say yummy? Cajun Seafood was recommended to me by my friend of mine from Chicago. She said my foodventure to NOLA wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t eat at Cajun Seafood.

She was right!

I absolutely enjoyed the Crab and Shrimp. The seafood is left in seasoned broth to maintain flavor till an order is placed. Cajun seafood was definitely a great way to end my trip to New Orleans.

Crab in well seasoned broth

 

Crab and Shrimp

 

Have you visited New Orleans in the past or are you planning a trip? Share your foodie insights and expectations below.

25 Comments

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feliciareply
February 10, 2017 at 5:44 pm

I’m going for mardi gras so il be sure to check out one of these places thanks lol

Victoriareply
February 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm
– In reply to: felicia

Yaay!!! You definitely should hit at least one place up!! You’ll not be disappointed

Clayjunkyreply
February 12, 2017 at 1:32 am

I enjoyed reading this! Thanks for sharing your foodventure 😉

Victoriareply
February 12, 2017 at 2:35 am
– In reply to: Clayjunky

Thank you I am glad you enjoyed it ?

Tomreply
February 13, 2017 at 2:19 am

My own opinion on your food listed is that it’s a bit hit or miss, but yes that’s what happens when you ask the locals what to eat and follow their advice completely. I wouldn’t have been able to resist researching in advance, so I’m very impressed that you strictly went with local advice. I use to live in Louisisana and I love it, and I can see above that you got at least a good sampling of some great stuff.

Victoriareply
February 13, 2017 at 2:25 am
– In reply to: Tom

Hi Tom, thanks for the comment. I am the type to research months in advance and make a whole itinerary. I wanted a carefree approach and I am glad you approved the places I ate since you used to be a resident :).

mariareply
February 13, 2017 at 3:48 pm

The food looks so delicious! I have heard wonderful things about New Orleans. Going to an Essesnce Music Festival is high on my bucket list!!

Victoriareply
February 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm
– In reply to: maria

Thank you for the comment!! I will definitely go back

Lydia@LifeUntraveledreply
February 14, 2017 at 1:12 am

When I was in New Orleans many years ago, I went back a few times to Café du Monde to savour some of those beignets! I think it’s impossible not to….lol!

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 1:40 am
– In reply to: Lydia@LifeUntraveled

Oh my goodness yesss!!!! Their beignets are SO delicious

Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoulreply
February 14, 2017 at 2:24 am

I love seafood so the crab and shrimp are two of my favorites! But it’s so hard to bypass the Beignets – I don’t think you can leave New Orleans without having some!

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 3:09 am
– In reply to: Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

Those beignets were out of this world!!!! I wish I brought some home

Indranireply
February 14, 2017 at 3:50 am

I too love to check out local cuisines in any new place. You have put good effort dining at all these places. I liked the Coop’s place which seemed to have rice and shrimps… my favs. 🙂 Loved your food photography, they do initiate hunger pangs.

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 3:52 am
– In reply to: Indrani

Thank you for reading!!!!

Aneesha Raireply
February 14, 2017 at 7:08 am

New Orleans has got to be my fav place in the US. I love Cafe Du Monde, and there’s a place on Bourbon street where they had a great live jazz band playing. I particularly loved staying at India House. Have you been there?

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 11:09 am
– In reply to: Aneesha Rai

No i have actually not been to india house. I’ll go when next i visit.

Suruchireply
February 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

You seemed to have researched well before hoping to this place. The whole list looks so tempting. I am craving to taste Sucre and Beignets. Completely enjoyed your food photography.

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 12:22 pm
– In reply to: Suruchi

Thank you!!

Alina Popescureply
February 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm

I’ve always wanted to try the gumbo and really, anything from the Cajun cuisine. This is a lovely selection of restaurants, and while they look delicious, I have to wonder: how does one go to New Orleans and see the sights? I’d be so stuffed, someone would have to roll me there…

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm
– In reply to: Alina Popescu

I agree!! It’ll be very difficult to do both at the same time

Vaisakhi Mishrareply
February 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm

I want to go to New Orleans just for the desserts and music! Looks like you had a gala time hogging some amazing food there! 😀

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm
– In reply to: Vaisakhi Mishra

I definitely did! 🙂 thank you

kiyshiareply
February 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

This food all looks great. But, as a seafood lover, I was immediately drawn to the Gumbo, Muscles and Crab! oohh makes me want to visit!

Victoriareply
February 14, 2017 at 8:49 pm
– In reply to: kiyshia

Tasted great too!! Thank you for the comment

Ami Bhatreply
February 15, 2017 at 6:00 am

I am not much of a foodie but I have to admit that after seeing your shots, I have started craving for some of these…the macaroons right now appeal a lot. Lovely pictures.

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