New Orleans is a city of many flavors, and a top destination for foodies.
If you’re hungry for what N’awlins has to offer, you can always get your fill on Bourbon Street and in the French Quarter. But if you really want to give your taste buds a treat, grab a seat in and place an order in one of the restaurants located beyond the most famous streets in the Big Easy.
These are some of the best local restaurants in New Orleans.
1. Cake Café
The Cake Café is cozy, quaint and inviting—just what you’d expect from a neighborhood restaurant. Signature dishes include the delectable crab sandwich. This one comes with fresh local crabmeat, spinach and melted brie served with a biscuit or toast. The roasted vegetable sandwich is a healthy favorite made with roasted eggplant, Portobello mushroom, tomato, zucchini and yellow squash with goat cheese. As you might expect, the cakes here are scrumptious. Try the chocolate mousse cake with chocolate ganache or enjoy an award-winning King Cake. Choose from raspberry cream cheese or apple and goat cheese.
2. The Bulldog
Located in the beautiful Garden District and Magazine Street entertainment area, The Bulldog offers a wide selection of beer—craft, bottles, draft and the famous beer-tap fountain. Pub fare can be served on the beautiful patio or in front of large screen TVs. The Crawfish Banditos appetizers are flour tortillas stuffed with crawfish, mixed cheeses, sautéed onions, green peppers, chopped garlic, special seasoning and then rolled up and fried with a side of avocado sour cream. The Mushroom Onion Jack burger is flamed grilled to order and topped with sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions and Monterrey Jack cheese on a cheddar jalapeño bun.
3. Johnny Sánchez
Enjoy an authentic Mexican experience in the heart of New Orleans at Johnny Sánchez. Start off with some fresh guacamole or the queso fundido. House specialties include wood fired grilled whole fish served with salsa verde, Covey Rise vegetables and tortillas. The Arroz Con Pollo is a succulent slow-roasted chicken with crispy rice, roasted tomatoes, avocado, cotija cheese and Serrano. Taco choices feature the crispy Louisiana shrimp with chile, lime, pickled carrots and onions. The cauliflower taco has pecan chipotle, Satsuma and Fresno. For something truly filling, try the beef barbacoa with tomato-guajilio chile sauce, mojo de ajo and marinated white onion.
4. The Howlin’ Wolf
Since 1988, The Howlin’ Wolf has been a New Orleans institution serving up tasty food and live music. Inside the Den you can sink your teeth into tasty bites like fried pickles, gator balls and Mrs. Wheat’s crawfish pies. Sandwiches like the Cuban, slow- roasted pulled pork, and blackened fish are served on Leidenheimer bread (one of the most iconic names for baked goods in the city). Other good eats include Chester’s Bad A** Burger, gator sausage as well as chicken and sausage jambalaya with pulled pork. On Sunday nights, Hot 8 Brass Band plays live. Wednesday night ushers in the Summer Jazz Series at 8 p.m.
5. Elizabeth’s Restaurant
Made-from-scratch meals are prepared for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Elizabeth’s Restaurant. Start the day with Praline Bacon or fried green tomatoes with remoulade. The Bayou Breakfast is a hearty helping of fried catfish, eggs and your choice of hash browns or grits. For lunch, Elizabeth’s BLT is highly recommended. It’s made with crisped hog jowls, chopped tomatoes, fresh spinach, red onion, bleu cheese and champagne vinegar on Ciabatta. If you’re having dinner, go classic New Orleans and order the fried shrimp po boy.