“Where should I go for seafood when I visit New Orleans?” That’s everyone’s favorite question to ask me when planning a trip. True story: I lived in New Orleans for 4 years and never tried crawfish. Or oysters. Or alligator. Or gumbo. Or jambalaya. Also true story: I believe New Orleans has the best food in the country. I’ve tried and tested the best… just taken a different approach than most.
The New Orleans food scene might be seafood-centric, but there is so much more to it. My recommendations below will give you the best ways to experience the eclectic NOLA cuisine.
One of my “go-to” insider brunch spots, that most tourists won’t hit, Satsuma is a cute little cafe with Southern vibes in one of my favorite locations in NOLA, the Bywater.
You can’t come to NOLA and not get the famous beignets. This will cure any sweet tooth. Get the frozen coffee.
Trendy brunch place with Southern twists on the classics. There’s also a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar that speaks for itself.
Resembles a NYC trendy brunch setting but with Southern foods. My favorite is the avocado toast. Get the cookies.
When all of your friends are talking about their crawfish po-boys…go to St. James Cheese Company instead. I come here every visit without fail. They are not just grilled cheeses. Get the Gruyere sandwich. You will not be disappointed.
If I can make one top recommendation, it’s this. Living & visiting Israel too many times, I never thought any Israeli restaurant would compare, but this is it. Get the pita and dips, cauliflower hummus, and falafel. And do not miss the babka. Perfect for brunch or dinner &em-dash; or both.
This is always my first stop. My favorite time to visit is during their daily happy hour, from 4-6pm, when drinks, pizza and appetizers are half off. Do not miss the cauliflower with feta dip and kale chips.
A fine dining NOLA experience for any dietary needs. I had one of the best whitefish of my life here.
One of my favorite burgers I have ever eaten. Luke’s may be known for their oyster happy hour but their burger is one of the best. It’s better each time I visit. Don’t miss the truffle fries, too.
A seafood grill for someone who doesn’t eat any shellfish? Hear me out. Come to this well-known new spot and split all of the small dishes. None of you will be disappointed or even remember you’re missing shellfish. Get the whole roasted white fish, Brussel sprouts, meatballs, tuna, and chicken skewers.