Tapas Restaurant · Bywater · 2601 Royal St (at Franklin Ave), New Orleans, LA
Eater: Get there early & enjoy your food in a relatively quiet & peaceful bar setting, or get there late, dance your ass off, & feed your soul. Get the patatas bravas & thank us later. [Eater 38 Member]
Italian Restaurant · Marigny · 611 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA
Eater: Seafood & sauces in a dark and tiny dining room above a dive bar on Frenchmen. Doesn’t take reservations & is cash only. Service sometimes sucks. But this place is still awesome. [Eater 38 Member]
Sandwich Place · Uptown - Carrollton · 5240 Annunciation St (at Bellecastle St.), New Orleans, LA
Eater: It’s impossible to say any shop has the best po’ boys, but they make a strong claim to that title here. They’re expensive for po’ boys, but they’re large and worth every penny. [Eater 38 Member]
Cheese Shop · Uptown · 5004 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA
Eater: It closes at 6 during the week, but is open until 8 Friday & Saturday nights, making it a good spot for an early dinner (read: date night) before catching a movie at the Prytania. [Eater 38 Member]
Burger Joint · Marigny · 838 Esplanade Ave (at Dauphine St.), New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: You may wait a while for a table, but try the burger - it's worth every minute in line. Plus, who ever heard of serving a burger with a baked potato instead of fries? Surprisingly, it works.
American Restaurant · French Quarter · 1032 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: This French Quarter spot is known for its local chef with exquisite execution. Taste the BLTs with foie gras and truffle-scented lobster for a different, delicious twist on an old favorite.
New American Restaurant · French Quarter · 430 Dauphine St (btwn St. Louis and Conti), New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: This restaurant blends Mediterranean, Creole, Southern, and New American cuisines into one scrumptious style of cooking. Most of the ingredients (produce AND seafood) are local and seasonal.
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · French Quarter · 209 Bourbon St (at Iberville St), New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: Get here early on Friday for lunch, because you'll be dining with the New Orleans business elite. French-Creole classics are on the menu here, like thick, peppery gumbo and steak with bearnaise sauce.
Tapas Restaurant · Central Business District · 221 Camp St, New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: This restaurant is breaking ground in NOLA in two ways - it opens late, and serves tapas instead of Creole/Cajun cuisine or burgers. The communal tables and Spanish fare make this the place to be.
New American Restaurant · Central Business District · 817 Common St (at Baronne St.), New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: Soulful Southern cooking is done right here at this local restaurant (proud natives - and married couple - own and cook here). Try the rotisserie-roasted ducks brined in sweet tea for a savory meal.
Cajun / Creole Restaurant · Uptown - Carrollton · 723 Dante St, New Orleans, LA
Epicurious: Locals love this restaurant for the native food with a spin. The head chef is an avid fisher, so expect the seafood to be excellent. You should also try the rabbit-andouille gumbo, rich & flavorful.