I have been asked by several personal friends and fans of 30AEATS to come up with a list of some of my favorite places to nosh while visiting NOLA.

There are literally hundreds of fabulous restaurants, ranging from the most modern cuisine to traditional creole fare. I also love a good “dive” and “joint”, which abound in New Orleans.

My encyclopedia of NOLA cuisine contains newer restaurants, like a favorite called Patois, and some oldie but goodies, such as Willie Mae’s Scotch House and Dooky Chase.

This particular list is simple, very scaled down, and by no means the end-all-be-all.  I know food lovers are passionate about their favorites, and may disagree with my choices, so I would appreciate negative comments to be withheld, but instead for you to list your top picks in the comment section below!

Please send me an email at, if you have a specific food question such as, where do I get the best po-boy in the city? I can list at least seven places that won’t disappoint, like Mahony’s on Magazine!

Who has the best muffaletta you ask? The answer will be Central Grocery!

The best beignets and café au lait in town, are of course served at Café Du Monde!

Where is the hottest lunch place on a Friday?  Head to the downstairs dining room of Galatoire’s, and rub elbows with the true locals and business elite!


Cochon: Tchoupitoulas, Warehouse District
Chef Donald Link (of Herbsaint which I also recommend) and Stephen Stryjewski.
A stop you will not want to pass up when in NOLA!

Bouligny Tavern: Magazine Street
Opened by John Harris Chef/Owner of Lilette at end of (2010)
Wine lounge, Great cocktails, simple yet very inspired food. Spent Mardi Gras 2011 here!

Mondo: Lakeview
Susan Spicer’s new restaurant (2010)
A neighborhood restaurant with global influences,using local seasonal harvest.


Casamento’s on Magazine: Uptown

Crescent Pie & Sausage Co: Mid-City
I am a Meat-Pie freak, so love this!

Parkway Bakery & Tavern: Mid-City
Top 3 for Po-Boys in the City! I love this place!



Oh my, what a wonderful experience you will have here! Scott Brannon captures global influeneces and celebrates them with elegance and simplicity in his award winning cuisine.

Restaurant August: Tchoupitoulas, next to Windsor Court, Warehouse District
I ate at August the first week James Beard Award- winner John Besh opened the doors to this amazing restaurant. I was with my husband, and then 7-year-old son. August continues to be our go-to restaurant for special family dinners, as it holds fond memories for us almost 10 years later.

Iris: N. Peters, French Quarter
Chef Ian Schnoebelen delivers modern cuisine.

Commanders Palace: Garden District
I don’t care what anyone thinks, good or bad, I LOVE Commander’s Palace, Some of the greatest Chefs in the country have studied here, including our own David Cunningham of V Seagrove. Also, Stephen Stryjewski of Cochon. I could go on, but I will stop. Eat Sunday Brunch in the Garden Room.


Clancy’s: Annunciation, Uptown
Must go. That’s all I have to say! New Orleans Classic Cuisine.

Mandina’s: Mid-City
My early 8o’s High school hangout built in 1932 and destroyed in 2005. New reconstruction, but same Italian, Creole, and Soul remains!

Brigsten’s: Riverbend
Chef Frank Brigtsen, James Beard Award-Winner, worked under Paul Prudhomme, serves up some of the best seafood in town!


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