I’ve been to New Orleans for ESSENCE Festival in 2011 and had a grand ol’ time. It started with me being on a 7- hour delayed flight due to a missed connection to me jumping out the airport and rushing to 2 hand grenades (the devil’s nectar) – attempting to catch up with my friends who had been enjoying the French Quarter for hours. Needless to say, it jumpstarted my trip with a kick.
My favorite thing about New Orleans is that it’s so rich in culture. Easily, you can say that there is no other city quite like it. With it’s French and West African influence, Cajun/Creole charm, distinct and DELICIOUS cuisine (lots of gator, decadent crawfish and shrimp, po boys, dirty rice, spicy chicken (even their popeyes is better than your average)) their own music (zydeco) in addition to their heavy jazz scene and DRANKS (must try hand grenades and hurricanes.)
Whether you’re visiting New Orleans for ESSENCE Festival, a Saints game (#whodat), the Jazz Fest or just to chill and explore the unique city, we’ve put together a list of the best places to eat on your trip to Nawlins to say that you’ve gotten that true NOLA experience.
Where To Eat in New Orleans?
Camellia's Grill for breakfast
Cafe Beignet for the beignets and live jazz music
Cafe Du Monde for the beignets and Frozen Cafe Au Lait.
The French Market for snacks - you have to try the roasted corn and bread pudding
Nola Restaurant for an upscale dinner - stuffed chicken wings!
Mother’s – especially for their Po’boys, just expect a long line
Coops – best spicy fried chicken & jambalaya
Drago’s – alligator bites and other seafood
Palace Café - Banana's Foster dessert!
ACME – soft shell crab and fried or charbroiled oysters
Mr. B’s - lunch
Off The Beaten Path Goodness
Cochon for dinner
Surrey’s for breakfast - Banana's Foster French Toast