1032 Chartes St, 504-308-3106
Chef Alex Harrell opened this casual restaurant where he can feature his creative, favorable dishes. The Southern fried quail, Georgia clams with wild boar sausage, and creamy oyster pan roast are the best starters, but save room for the Mississippi rabbit milanese and blue crab linguini with Florida bottarga!
630 Carondelet St, 504-930-3071
Serving oysters from the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast from when it opens at 4 PM for happy hour and then for dinner. And it is worth staying to have dinner as they also serve some wonderful dishes from the sea. Try the chilled lobster tail, smoked sturgeon brandade, or steamed littleneck clams. Any if you were dragged here by fish lovers and you only eat meat, not to worry, as there are non-pescetarian options as well. Partying a little too hard in the Big Easy, well no problem, as Seaworthy is open until 2 AM.
1173 Decatur St
Near the French Market, Trinity is a beautiful space with food to match the decor by chef Michael Isolani. The cocktails, by Adam Orzechowski, should not be missed. Oysters are available in a variety of ways (the smoked deviled egg preparation is particularly unique), and the rest of the menu is divided into “Fingers,” “Forks,” and “Knives.” From duck fat hush puppies to the Gulf Coast frutti di mare, you won’t regret the hardening of your arteries!
Chef Phillip Lopez’s modestly sized menu is full of knockouts among the 15-item list at this charming little bistro in The Troubadour. Fried chicken, deviled eggs, and a burger that leaves patrons guessing about the secret sauce that sits atop the two patties and Gracious Bakery challah bun. This is a cocktail town, and Cole Newto’s are among the best.
Chef Michael Gulotta’s restaurant serves sophisticated dishes in a fun, modern environment. He mixes flavors from Southeast Asian, Creole, Cajun and even Sicilian cuisines‒ try the crispy pompano in grapefruit curry and tapioca starch noodles. They have a full bar (negronis on tap!) and comfortable enough to make you want to camp out for awhile.
424 Girod St, (504) 526-3745
This is Emeril Lagasse’s first new New Orleans restaurant in 18 years where you’ll find small plates with international influence. Shown in his fried turkey necks to Korean short ribs to gnochetti. The casual environment, affordable prices, and lots of fun elements (including a Pacojet for ice cream and a Japanese-style robata grill) make it a great place to dine. He also has a great bar with 10+ local beers.
Central City BBQ
Rob Bechtold and Aaron Burgau team up at this large BBQ house equipped with an army of hybrid smokers. Perfect for anyone who loves classic barbecue done well. Serving what you would expect, burnt ends, ribs, chicken, and brisket, they get a wee bit creative with the sides; umami pickles and remoulade potato salad.
Chef Isaac Toups brings his expertise with wonderful meaty dishes to this all Southern spot in Central City. Here the foie gras and lamb legs get smoked in the backyard, while biscuits with crab fat butter and huge stacks of fried pork chops pass you by as they are served to the diners near by. They also have a happy hour you shouldn’t miss. hour.
Freret Beer Room
Local beer and cheese pro Eli Gay, serves small and large plates from chef Charles Vincent. All created with a wide range of beer pairings in mind. So grab a beer and order some of the bar snacks – PEI mussels, grilled red snapper collar, house-made chorizo sandwich topped with a fried egg, crispy chicken confit . Sooo good!
Neyow’s Creole Café
3340 Bienville St, (504) 827-5474
This Creole and soul food standard in Mid City is the perfect place if you are craving comfort food: charbroiled oysters, gumbo, smothered pork chops and fried chicken, a red drink called Bow Wow Punch and a outdoor dining area with its own bar and televisions for the game.
Turkey & The Wolf
739 Jackson Ave
Chef Mason Hereford opened this graffiti-adorned, punk rock sandwich joint to great acclaim and long lines in August. Ingredients like “Dorito dust” and fried baloney are scattered through the menu and specials. In addition to sandwiches, there’s a non-sandwich menu with a much-loved wedge salad topped with everything bagel seasonings and a chicken-fried wagyu steak sandwich. Don’t forget to try the deviled eggs with chicken skin cracklins. Save room for dessert — vanilla soft serve ice cream with an ever-changing variety of toppings.
Frey Smoked Meat Co.
4141 Bienville Street
Rue 127 chef Ray Gruezke gets smoking right with his barbecue-and-then-some eatery. For meat lovers, it’s hard to go wrong here, with killer smoked sausage, brisket, burgers, gumbo and fried chicken on the menu. Over the top milkshakes look like they’ll cause a coronary, but its actually the cornbread that’s to die for.
Bars (courtesy of Conde Nast)