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Favorite Restaurants in New Orleans

                                                      (Compiled by Drs. Emel Songu-Mize & Craig W Clarkson)

Budget-Friendly Casual Places

(places you go to without reservations)

The Bulldog
3236 Magazine Street
Location: Magazine between Toledano & Pleasant
Best Place to Get a Cold Beer (& a burger)
Wed - take the glass home with you
Great outside patio when the weather cools off a bit

Byblos Restaurant

3218 Magazine Street
Location: Magazine near Louisiana Ave
Mediterranean / Lebanese
Great Hummos, Beef Shawarma & Drunken Halloumi

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans
Location: French Quarter across from Jackson Square
Coffee & Beignets
Open since 1862 (24 hrs/day, but closes on Christmas day & for major hurricanes)

Beat that Starbucks!

Camellia Grill
Camellia Grill

Menu (from Urbanspoon)
626 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
Location: Carrollton Ave near riverbend /St. Charles Ave
A New Orleans "one of a kind" - where waiters are totally unique
"Naturally New Orleans" 50's style burgers & omelettes
A mandatory stop in New Orleans: Dr. C won't let you graduate until you have eaten here

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro

2001 St. Charles (near Jackson)
Location: St. Charles near Lee Circle
, Eclectic

Five Happiness Chinese Restaurant
3605 S. Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
Location: Carrollton near I-10
The gold standard for traditional Chinese food in New Orleans

920 Poydras - between O'Keefe & Baronne
Location: Downtown outside of French Quarter (walking distance from Med School)

Juan's Flying Burrito
2018 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Location: Magazine between Jackson & Felicity
Creole Taqueria (a joint!)
Giant Burritos, Crawfish Enchiladas
(Waitresses with impressive tattoos)

Lebanon's Cafe
1500 S. Carrollton Ave (at Jennette St.)
New Orleans, LA

504-862-6200 (or -6900)
Location: Riverbend area on Carrollton
Mediterranean - (doesn't serve alcohol)

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
611 S. Carrollton Ave (near St. Charles)
New Orleans, LA
Location: Riverbend area on Carrollton
Other Location: 95 French Market Place (French Quarter)
Specialty Pizza Restaurant (award winning)

Mandina's Restaurant
3800 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA
Location: Canal St. (between Jefferson Davis Pkwy & Carrolton)
Italian Creole - A Naturally New Orleans Place
Try the hot (wet) roast beef poor boy

401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA
Location: CBD - corner of Poydras St. & Tchoupitoulas (convention center area)
Known for its Po-Boy Sandwiches, but serves more (a tourist magnet)

Nacho Mama's Mexican Grille
3242 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Location: Magazine / Uptown
A small independent Mexican restaurant (A Dr. C favorite)
Try the Mamachitas & the award winning margaritas

4308 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Location: Magazine near Napoleon
Classic Indian Cuisine
Try the $9.95 lunch buffet, as well as $9.95 dinner buffet on Thursday evenings.

Pyramids Cafe
3151 Calhoun St
New Orleans, LA
Location: ~1-2 blocks North (lakeside) of S. Claiborne on Calhoun (near main campus)
Mediterranean cuisine. Pretty good. Their hummus has a spicy "kick" to it.

Singha Thai
(a website!? No way...)
413 Carondelet (near Poydras)
New Orleans, LA
Location: Dowtown outside of French Quarter
Thai – NOT fancy!!, but good Thai food

Stein's Market & Deli
2207 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Location: Uptown side of Jackson Ave on Magazine
Jewish & Italian Deli. Great specialty sandwiches on H& H bagels from NYC

VooDoo BBQ
1510 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Location: St. Charles near Lee Circle
Fast food meets BBQ (try the pulled pork & potato salad)

Zea's Rotisserie Grill
1525 St. Charles Ave
Location: St. Charles near Lee Circle
Inspired American Food
Try the Duck Empanadas & the Thai-style Ribs

Budget-Friendly Casual Places in the Suburbs

1713 Lake Ave (near the lake)
Metairie, LA  70005
Location: Bucktown (Metairie side of 17th St. Canal at the lake)
Other Location: 841 Iberville St (French Quarter)
Fried seafood (that's what they do)

Dixie Chicken & Ribs
6264 Argonne Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124
Location: Lakeview (on Argonne, near where Harrison meets City Park)
Ribs with meat that falls off the bone, great fried chicken

Lee's Hamburgers
3516 Veterans Memorial Blvd
Metairie, LA 70002
Location: Metairie (Vets Blvd near Causeway Blvd)
Other location: 1507 Metairie Rd
In my opinion, the best burger in the region (try "the works")
They are ~average in size, but you won't be hungry for 4+ hrs.


Upscale Restaurants

Downtown (CBD)

Bon Ton Café
401 Magazine at Poydras
Location: Downtown outside of French Quarter

701 St. Charles Ave

Location: Downtown outside of French Quarter
Top Notch!

La Boca  (Argentinean Steak)
857 Fulton
New Orleans LA
Location: Downtown, close to convention center
Reservation: recommended
Excellent steakhouse with a great wine selection.

Rio Mar (Seafood)
800 South Peters
New Orleans, LA
504- 525-3474
Location: Downtown, close to convention center
Reservation: recommended
Unique seafood, very different than you would have experienced anywhere else.

The Grill Room (American with New Orleans flair)
Windsor Court Hotel
300 Gravier Street
New Orleans LA
Location: Downtown, close to Harrah's Casino
Reservation: recommended
Casual elegant attire

French Quarter

430 Dauphine Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Location: French Quarter
Reservations: essential
A Favorite Tied with Gautreau’s

Bourbon House
144 Bourbon St. at Iberville, 1 block from Canal

Location: French Quarter
A Dickie Brennan Seafood Restaurant

Café Giovanni
117 Decatur, 1 block from Canal
Location: French Quarter
Italian (Live Opera 3 nights/week) / Chef Duke

GW Fins
808 Bienville (2 blocks from Canal)

Location: French Quarter
Seafood at its Seasonal Peak

K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen
416 Chartres (between Conti & St. Louis)
Location: French Quarter
Cajun (Chef Paul Prudhomme)

Marigny Brasserie
640 Frenchmen Street at Royal
New Orleans LA 70116
Location Fauberg Marigny Area
Very nice before Snug Harbor, just around the corner.

Mr. B’s
201 Royal, (corner of Royal & Iberville - near Canal St)
Location: French Quarter
Contemp Creole (Brennan's Family)

Snug Harbor: Best Jazz club in the city
626 Frenchman Street
New Orleans LA 70116
504- 949-0696
Location Fauberg Marigny Area (behind the French Quarter)
Ticket purchase ahead of time recommended
Has a bistro, but hard to get in and ordinary.
I recommend if you would like to go to SH, eat at the Marigny Barsserie, around the corner (see above)

Stella! (beware of music intro)
1032 Charters
Location: French Quarter (near Jackson Square)
Eclectic & Intimate - Best Chef 2006


Mid City

Café Degas
3127 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Location: Mid City, close to NO Museum of Art
All open air, Delightful for lunch or brunch. French


Uptown / Garden District

Basil Leaf
1438 Carrollton Ave
Location: Uptown Carrolton - riverbend area
Contemp Non-traditional Thai

723 Dante
Location: Uptonw near Carrolton & St. Charles intersection - riverbend area
Contemp Creole

Commander’s Palace
1403 Washington Ave (at corner of Coliseum St.)
Location: Uptown / Garden District
Contemp Creole – COAT & TIE!

Typically need reservations ~2 weeks in advance

1728 Soniat Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
Location: Uptown
Reservations: essential
A favorite tied with Bayona

Jacques-Imo's Cafe
8324 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Location: Uptown (Oak St between Carrolton & River Road)
Real Nawlins Food - Creole Soul (Casual)
(Get there early or be prepared to wait!)

3637 Magazine
New Orleans LA
Location: Uptown
Reservations: essential
Refined French, small and charming

Martinique Bistro
5908 Magazine
New Orleans, LA 70115
Location: Uptown
Reservations: Necessary
A favorite uptown restaurant, delightful patio

Sara's Restaurant
724 Dublin St.
New Orleans, LA 70124
Location: Carrollton Ave near riverbend /St. Charles Ave (~2 blocks behind Camellia Grill)
Indian / Thai fusion - excellent

1413 Upperline

Location: Uptown (between St. Charles & Prytania St.; 1 block from St. Charles Street Car line )
Classic Creole


Tony Angello's
6262 Fleur De Lis Dr
New Orleans, LA
Location: Lakeview near 17th Street Canal
Italian (reservations needed)
Known for their 7 course meals


The Ultimate New Orleans Restaurant Information Website:

Tom Fitzmorris's Restaurant Guide
Tom is a "from here" New Orleanian who suffers to provide us with up to date gastronomical information

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