7 New Orleans Restaurants You Need to Eat At

Travel Blogger Alicia Tenise at Lula Distillery in New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia TeniseThe main reason why I went to New Orleans? The food of course! In my opinion, New Orleans has consistently had one of the best food scenes in the country for decades (I would say centuries, but, you know, I’m not quite old enough to know that!)

New Orleans restaurants have doubled after Hurricane Katrina. I knew I had to try the Cajun dishes that NOLA is known for, but there are so many talented chefs in the city that offer any kind of cuisine your heart desires. Try the po boys, red beans and rice and the beignets, but also don’t skip out on these modern New Orleans restaurants below that serve Southern cuisine and seafood with a twist!
 

THE 7 NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANTS YOU NEED TO TRY 

Where to Get Oysters in New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
Seaworthy New Orleans Ace Hotel - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
Seaworthy

While we were in town, we stayed at the Ace Hotel. Seaworthy was right next door to the hotel, and it was one of the most charming New Orleans restaurants I visited during my trip. This restaurant is located inside a classic Creole cottage that was built in 1832, and it’s known for their incredible selection of seafood and craft cocktails. Their kitchen is also open late night which surprisingly is pretty uncommon for the city! Start with some Gulf oysters and split some of their sweet corn hush puppies among friends. I was a huge fan of the red snapper and black drum entrees.

Crawfish Mac and Cheese at Sucre Restaurant New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
Best New Orleans Brunch - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Bottomless Brunch Salon Restaurant by Sucre New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Salon Restaurant by Sucré

Listen: I’m a girl who enjoys all things savory. When I saw that we were headed to a restaurant that was established by an acclaimed pastry chef, I was a little nervous that the menu would be far too sweet for my taste. Wrong. I was dead wrong. Chef Tariq Hanna did a phenomenal job at balancing his brunch menu with dishes that were both sweet and savory. I loved that he offered pretty classic dishes with his own unique twist! Some of my favorite dishes we tried included the Crawfish Mac & Cheese, the Al Fresco Plate, and the Beet Salad.

Country Club Restaurant in New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
Bars in the Bywater New Orleans Neighborhood - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Crabmeat Beignets - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Country Club

Country Club is really a one of a kind establishment. There’s actually a huge pool located in the rear of the restaurant, so you can go swimming, enjoy a hot tub session, and then dine like kings in their restaurant afterwards. What I loved most about Country Club was that the food was incredible and their dining room seemed very chic and upscale, but the prices were definitely attainable. If you go, I highly recommend their Crabmeat Beignets — it was such an unexpected, yet delicious combo, and I may or may not be planning another trip back to NOLA just so I can eat those again!

Napoleon House New Orleans Po Boy - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Napoleon House

This is the one restaurant in French Quarter that you absolutely have to swing by! At Napoleon House, I finally got my Cajun fix: I ordered the Po Boy, the Red Beans and Rice, Jambalaya, and Gumbo. Boy oh boy, I was in heaven! However, this restaurant has so much more to offer: Napoleon House itself is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. It was home to New Orleans’ first mayor back in 1814. In the early 1900s, “Uncle Joe” Impastato purchased the property and established the restaurant. In addition to Cajun dishes, they also are known for being one of the first New Orleans restaurants in the U.S. to offer the Pimm’s Cup, and the Muffuletta, which is a quintessential New Orleans sandwich.

Cane & Table New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Cane & Table

I don’t want to play favorites, but Cane & Table was one of the highlights of my trip, hands down. This restaurant is pretty intimate and an ideal spot for date night — hence the low lighting and lack of photos on my end! Cane & Table is known for their rum cocktail list and Caribbean-inspired dishes. If it’s not too hot out, definitely dine in their outdoor patio, and make sure to try their ribs.

Shrimp and Grits at Lula Distillery New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
Brunch in New Orleans - 7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise
Lula Distillery

We had brunch at Lula Distillery on our last day of the trip, and I loved that they had a menu jam-packed with classic, Southern dishes — that all had a twist! They also make their own vodka, gin and rum from Louisiana sugarcane. During brunch, they have a vodka bar where you can create your own cocktails from scratch and choose whatever ingredients and mixers your heart desires. I opted for the Shrimp and Grits and the Country Biscuits and Gravy —- and it did not disappoint!

7 New Orleans Restaurants featured by popular DC travel blogger, Alicia Tenise

Cafe Du Monde

I saved probably the most popular restaurant in NOLA for last! We knew that we had to stop by Cafe Du Monde and get ourselves some beignets and coffee. This restaurant is actually open 24 hours a day, so we decided to stop by at night rather than during the day — they have long lines in the morning for breakfast, just FYI! A beignet makes for a pretty perfect midnight snack, however, and we were able to get in and out in under 20 minutes by visiting later at night.

Thank you to New Orleans & Company for partnering with me on this New Orleans restaurants post! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photos by Tom McGovern

12 Comments

  1. Lauren wrote:

    Those oysters look amazing! I want to go to New Orleans so badly and this is making me want to go even more now!

    Lauren
    http://www.basicbabelauren.com

    Posted 8.9.17
  2. The food in New Orleans is amazing! Now I know so many more places to go grab something to eat!

    Posted 8.9.17
  3. I want to experience this so bad! I have never been and you have definitely inspired me to visit!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

    Posted 8.9.17
  4. Cafe du Monde was SO good! I could’ve eaten beignets for every meal

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

    Posted 8.9.17
  5. Tuyet wrote:

    Oh all of the food looks so good. I love New Orleans, the food there is amazing. kimballandkedzie.com

    Posted 8.9.17
  6. Rachel Ritlop wrote:

    Oh wow some truly exquisite looking cuisine!

    Posted 8.9.17
  7. Patricia @ Grab a Plate wrote:

    I.Need.To.Eat.My. Way.Through.NOLA! I’m so glad you had a great experience and that I can live through you 🙂

    Posted 8.9.17
  8. I’ve been dying to go to NOLA, definitely bookmarking this for later!

    Darrian | http://www.darrianmichelle.com

    Posted 8.10.17
  9. Wow these look amazing .yum! I haven’t been to New Orleans in over 25 years, I need a trip back! Great pictures and story!

    Valerie

    Posted 8.10.17
  10. I think I still dream about the Napoleon House muffuletta. I want to visit New Orleans again solely because the food was just SO GOOD. Awful for my diet, but definitely meals to remember!:)

    Posted 8.10.17
  11. Thanks for all the tips! I’ve only visited New Orleans once and I immediately fell in love with all the food! Can’t wait to check these places next time I’m in town!

    Posted 8.10.17
  12. I’ve been reading your posts this morning, and this one made me SO HUNGRY!!

    http://www.kenyannomad.com

    Posted 8.14.17

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