Foodie’s Delight: 5 Restaurants You Need To Visit In New Orleans

March 4, 2016  |  

If your Mardi Gras blues are still floating above you like a halo, may this be your sign to visit the Big Easy, again.

Aside from its laidback atmosphere, thriving jazz scene and infectious bounce music, New Orleans is the go-to city where you want to eat good…really good. While Mother’s, Court Of Two Sisters and Mulates have earned a favorite spot in the hearts of many, these five restaurants will want you to make room for them as well. Check out our 5 top picks below.

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Compere Lapin ‘s Hot Fire Chicken Compere Lapin (Facebook)

Compére Lapin

Located in the Warehouse District of New Orleans, Compére Lapin is known to marry Caribbean and Creole cuisine, making it a certified favorite in NOLA. Named after the Creole version of trickster Brer Rabbit, the restaurant was opened by Top Chef competitor, Nina Compton in June 2015 with the help of her husband. The New York Times recommends trying the hot fire chicken, curried goat, sweet potato gnocchi and spiced pig ears with smoked aioli.


New Orleans is known for its vivacious palette; however, many that are drawn to the city are not carnivores. To provide more options for vegetarians, vegans and omnivores in NOLA, Dana and Christina Honn founded Carmo, a Central and South American restaurant that has the best shrimp-harvati cheese flatbread I’ve ever eaten. The restaurant is family-friendly and provides a beautiful, colorful atmosphere for selfies.

Majoria’s Commerce Restaurant

Majoria’s Commerce is a local favorite. Reviewers note that if you’re a tourist who doesn’t like other tourists, its best you visit Commerce, which will give you an opportunity to rub shoulders with everyday locals. Many rave that Majoria’s breakfast is the best way to start your day.


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La Petite Grocery ‘s Blue Crab Beignets

La Petite Grocery

The owners of Le Petite Grocery opened its doors in 2004, desiring to evoke the feel of old New Orleans circa 1800. With it’s historical ambiance and modern menu, patrons enjoy dishes like blue crab beignets, fried pork loin, and Turtle Bolognese against a backdrop of southern nostalgia. We hear this is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

Dat Dog

Much different from the other restaurants listed above, reviewers say Dat Dog is the perfect reprieve after a long night of drinking. Aside from being the usual drunk food remedy, Dat Dog also provides interesting, if not exotic, fusions such as the Buffalo Bleu Chick, Crawfish Etoufee Fries and Alligator Sausage, which are also perfect bites for a quick lunch. And yes, Alligator Sausage is bomb.

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