The Food Lovers Guide to New Orleans: Local Approved
Whenever I book a trip to a new city I always have to plan out what I am going to eat when I am there. I have many ways I seek out the best places to eat including browsing my favorite travel blogs, yelp, and boking.com. With three meals in a day, you’re going to need a great deal of restaurants to eat at. The best way to find authentic recommendations is to ask friends and family, who have been. My favorite way to discover unique and exciting restaurants is to ask the locals around town where their favorite place to eat is.
In honor of my upcoming trip to New Orleans I put together a list of my favorite restaurants and must have food items to eat in New Orleans. New Orleans is a city brimming with culture home to some of the best seafood and beignets.
My mouth is watering right now thinking of all the fresh and soft beignets I devoted in New Orleans. This is an essential stop in New Orleans. Café Du Monde has been open since 1862 as the original French Market coffee stand. The Decatur St. location serves cafe au lait and beignets 24 hours daily.
Heard of this place from a friend and was excited to try since the owner, Nina Compton, competed on Top Chef. Everything here was amazing. My favorites were the coconut french toast, chicken hash (special) and the truffle and poached eggs. Don’t forget to ask for two servings of freshly baked biscuits because they’re the amazingly delicious. And if you love freshly shucked oysters as much as me, pull up to the bar to feast on a dozen.
Delicious poboys that do a twist on traditional flavors. Try any of them and you won’t be disappointed. The sandwiches are huge so it is perfect to share if you just want a light meal. They also have great vegan sandwiches available for those who are vegan.
Don’t leave New Orleans without eating at Ye Olde College In, a true New Orleans farm to table landmark, established in 1933. A warm and welcoming atmosphere with the food to match. I love their wedge salad, the gumbo, the shrimp and grits, and my favorite the crawfish mac and cheese.
Musca’s, is a legendary Italian restaurant in the New Orleans area, dishes are served family style, so it is best to come with 6 or more in a party. Crab salad, Chicken Grande, Chicken Cacciatore, Oysters Mosca. Can’t go wrong with any of those. Their chicken, crab salad, potatoes shrimp, oysters and pineapple fluff are my favorite dishes.
The Winner of two James Beard awards – If you’re wanting a good feed of seafood and great atmosphere Pêche Seafood Grill is the perfect place to be. Home to the freshest seafood, my favorite dishes were the seafood gumbo, smothered catfish, smoked tuna dip and the fried brussel sprouts.
Katie’s Restaurant has since been featured on several Food Network shows and for good reason. A friend recommended that I go here, and I am so glad I did. My favorite dishes were the I still have dreams about their Seafood Beignet with crawfish, crabmeat, shrimp, and the jalapeño peppers.
When you typically think of New Orleans you don’t picture a bowl of Pho. MoPho does Vietnamese cuisine with a Louisiana sensibility. A perfect bowl of Vietnamese noodle soup filled with chicken thighs, crispy shallots, grilled greens and a slow poached egg. You don’t want to miss this stop where Chef Gulotta was recently named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs.
District donuts is the best donut shop in New Orleans, and maybe even the world. I tried the peanut butter filling and Samoa extra fancy donut and I am drooling thinking about it. Soft, delicate, sweet but not too syrupy sweet and lovingly sized donuts. I would also suggest trying their sliders and coffee.
The Joint is a casual BBQ spot that serves delicious pulled pork sandwiches, brisket and even ribs. They have a unique New Orleans twist in the way they make their BBQ. My favorite dish is the ribs and pulled pork sandwich.
Have you visited New Orleans?
What is your favorite spot to eat?