Allons-y a Nouvelle Orleans!

This is a list that I have circulated via email for years.  It is some of my favorite places from when I lived in NOLA.  I update it regularly based on my latest trip.


Clancy’s – Get the Fried Oyster and Brie App – My favorite NOLA restaurant.  It is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood.

Jacque Imos – they do not take reservations, but it is worth the wait
  My brother, Andrew recommends the Fried Roast Beef Po Boy.  H loves the Alligator cheesecake and I still carry around Godzilla on my hips.
Dick and Jenny’s on Tchoupitoulas
  Savory Appetizer Cheesecake is always a winner  
The columnsThe Columns Hotel – our favorite place to stay in town and a great bar.  Brunch atmosphere is nice, and the cheap bottles of Champagne flow in abundance.  On the street car line.
Juan’s Flying Burrito – New Orleans-ized burritos near some wonderful antique shops and boutiques and Houston’s favorite Barber shop (Aidan Gill for Men)
Cooter Browns – 400 different beers, 360 degree of TV screens with every sport imaginable, and raw oysters – my all time favorite place for March Madness
St. Joe’s – get the Blackberry Mojito
  The inside bar is full of crosses, and the outside bar is full of buddhas and hindi gods.
Panola Street Cafe – A breakfast favorite
Crepe Nanou – french bistro in our old neighborhood
Dante’s Kitchen – highly recommend brunch
Brigsten’s – across the street from Dante’s Kitchen…NOLA institution and known for their duck preparation
Commander’s Palace – incredible service, good food.  Highly recommend the bread pudding souffle – have to order at the beginning of the meal.  There is a great lunch menu that is prix fixe with 25 cent martinis.
Franky and Johnnie’s on Arabella – great local seafood
Cafe Atchafalaya – have not been back since before Katrina (it took them a while to reopen), but they used to have the BEST fried green tomatoes in town. 
Creole Creamery – local ice cream on Prytania
 Camellia Grill
Camellia Grill – burgers and fries in an old school counter style diner.  Get the chocolate pecan pie – warm (ie fried on the grill) and a la mode.  Heart attack on a plate, but so good.  On the street car line

La Petite Grocery – another good one Uptown.  Crab Beignets


Couchon – Highly recommend.  Went for lunch a couple of years ago and it was outstanding.


Amelie for Brunch in the Courtyard
Croissant D’Or – best pastries and king cakes
Acme Oyster House on Iberville 
 Lucky dog
Lucky Dog – any street corner – always good


Carousel Bar – rotating bar in the hotel Monteleone.
Pat O’Brien’s is a classic and known for the Hurricanes.
Bayona -Susan Spicer’s restaurant
KIller Po’Boys – I love a traditional Po’Boy, but last time we tried this place.  The Roast beef debris with pickled green beans was outstanding!
Cafe du Monde – must go eat beignets…there are not other optionsCafe du monde
Galatoire’s – NOLA institution.  Great classic meals.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith shop – oldest bar in the America
Carousel Bar – rotating bar in the hotel Monteleone.
Pat O’Brien’s is a classic and known for the Hurricanes.
Bayona -Susan Spicer’s restaurant
I like to get my palm read by the women in Jackson Square.

Central City

Cafe Reconcile – I have not been yet, but everyone reports that the food is great.


Port O’ Call – massive burger order it medium with the mushrooms – The red turtle drink is a favorite, but be don’t drink too many
 Snug Harbor
Snug Harbor – great Jazz club with a bistro next door…they serve the port o’ call burgers

Outside the city, but worth it

Crabby Jack’s – Jacque Imo’s prep kitchen – only open for lunch – Houston recommends the rabbit po-boy and I liked the fried green tomato and shrimp remoulade
Radosta’s – I dream about the Roast Beef po-boy ALL THE TIME!  Sooo good…

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