Little Black Book: 6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

6 Must Visit Places In New Orleans for Foodies! | Bexpeditions.com
6 Must Visit Places In New Orleans for Foodies! | Bexpeditions.com

What Paris is for lovers, New Orleans is for foodies. There is no better place to indulge than New Orleans! Fried catfish and beans? Yes, please! Crawfish beignets? Don’t mind if I do. And every time I’m there my pledge to eat “healthy” goes to pits. It’s for good reason. Promise. It’s the only time I don’t even feel the least bit guilty about it. Where else can you get this stuff!? My father has his business in restaurants and owned and operated quite a few Cajun places in New Orleans. As a result, gumbo was one of my first solid meals and red beans & rice will forever be a dear favorite.

I must say the restaurant scene in New Orleans seems to change with every visit so this list combines some of my classics with the newbies we tried from our most recent trip in May. Unfortunately, some of my old favorites (brie fries from Baie Rouge) are no longer but I’ve filled this list with tons of amazing options for your next trip! Aside from the famous beignets and cafe au laits (which do make their way on this list), I’m also sharing my favorite stop for macarons, chicken and waffles, french fries and more. Take a peek inside my Little Black Book!

  1. High Hat Cafe – chicken & waffles

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Chicken & Waffles

Chicken & Waffles brunch dish from the High Hat Cafe.

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Shrimp

Looking for a true New Orleans brunch? Look no further than the High Hat Cafe on Freret Street. This has become a must-go for us on our past few visits here. Although we love the dinner selection as well, a menu full of catfish, shrimp and daily specials such as “BBQ Tuna with creamy grits and fried oysters”. This is a true New Orleans stop. My personal favorite was our most recent Sunday brunch experience where my chicken & waffle dreams really came true.

High Hat Cafe – 4500 Freret Street, New Orleans, Lousiana 70115 / 504.754.1336

2. sucré NEW ORLEANS – macarons

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Macarons

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Chocolates

The first time I had ever tasted a macaron, I was a twelve-year-old girl in Paris when I came across them curiously at a grocery store. I purchased them purely for the pretty pink color. Years after that I had the hardest time finding these little cookies stateside and continued dreaming of the day where I would come across them! AND not only would I come across them but that they would be just as delicious as the Parisian grocery store ones. That day came some years later when I first came upon Sucré on Magazine Street. It was macaron heaven, really. So many flavors and so colorful! And a year or so after I discovered Sucré the macaron craze we’ve come to know and love really began. I now consider myself a macaron aficionado, recommending my favorite places all around the country and Sucré takes that spot in the Big Easy.

Sucré serves many sweet treats beyond macarons including these little chocolates, cupcakes & marshmallows.

Sucré New Orleans – 3025 Magazine St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70115 / 504.520.8311

3. 1000 Figs – French Fries

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

1000 Figs is one of my newbie places! After leaving Jazz Fest one night some local friends of ours recommended we all grab a bite here since it was close and if we rushed in we might be able to grab a table before it gets busy. New Orleans seems to have a lot of Mediterranean places and one of my favorite pairings are french fries and hummus. So let me tell you, the fries are ah-mazing! I’m a huge french fry junkie and after my old place for fries in the city closed down, 1000 Figs took that spot pretty quickly. We did seem to get lucky with our seating because not even 30 minutes later they had quite a wait list in the little restaurant!

1000 Figs – 3141 Ponce De Leon St #1, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119 / 504.301.0848

4. Cafe Du Monde – Beignets

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Cafe Du Monde

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Cafe Du Monde

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Cafe Du Monde

I guess it would be pretty insulting to not have Cafe Du Monde here no matter how many lists it ends up on. It IS delicious and everyone should experience it. Even if I tell myself they’re overrated I find myself at least one-day craving and satisfying my Cafe Du Monde beignet fix. If you’ve ever tried to make them on your own you know how hard it is to get the consistency just right and here they have it mastered!

Cafe Du Monde – 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 / 504.525.4544

5. Ye Olde College Inn – Breaded Veal

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Breaded Veal

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

Ye Olde College Inn was another random late-night dinner choice by our group recently. It’s a casual cajun and southern restaurant that has been around for a very long time and is connected to the famous Rock N Bowl. Our most recent trip I believe was my first (with all of my trips to New Orleans sometimes it becomes a blur!) but the veal I had was absolutely delicious! Warning: servings are huuuge. One of those “I really want to but can’t finish” meals. A great group dinner restaurant!

Ye Olde College Inn – 3000 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70118 / 504.866.3683

6. CLOSED – Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar – Red Beans & Rice

UPDATE – As of August 2017 I’ve learned Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar as closed.

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Red Beans & Rice

6 Places For Foodies In New Orleans, Louisiana - Hurricane Cocktail

Lastly, if you’re looking for a good French Quarter lunch spot I really enjoy Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar’s red beans & rice. It’s a bit on the spicier side than some but it is really delicious and the consistency of the beans was perfect! I do love spicy food though so if you’re not a big fan or can’t handle a lot of spice it may not be for you but it is authentic. And it’s location makes it super convenient! I may have also ordered a Hurricane with my meal because in New Orleans it’s okay to have a cocktail with your one o’clock lunch. It was tasty (and a bit strong for an afternoon cocktail)!

Jackson Brewery Bistro Bar – 620 Decatur St #1a, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 / 504.333.6914


Bex’s Little Black Book Features

My little black book features all of my favorite places to eat, see, experience and more! You can find my most recent articles on a place, upcoming events and what you may find in my suitcase.

Want More? Look Inside my Entire Little Black Book: Louisiana

Trackback from your site.

You might also like

Comments

  • Ressa

    Written on June 10, 2017

    Reply

    Thank you so much for creating this post! I am planning a trip to New Orleans this month, and this has been so helpful!

    @ressamazing

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Ressa! I’m glad you found this helpful and have fun on your trip!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Danielle

    Written on June 11, 2017

    Reply

    I have never personally been to New Orleans, but my boyfriend has been there on business. I’ll bet he didn’t check out any of these places, though. It would be fun to visit together and go to some of these.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      For sure, Danielle! It’s best spent with those you love (and who love to eat!). Make sure to check some of these off your list when you get down there.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Erica

    Written on June 11, 2017

    Reply

    Wow, all that food looks amazing. I definitely don’t think of New Orleans as having healthy food. But sometimes it’s just worth it. I would for sure make a trip to sucre. That is right up my alley.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      I’m right with you, Erica. I always want to be healthy as when I plan a trip there but it doesn’t take long for me to realize I have biscuits and gravy sitting in front of my face. It’s true soul food!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Dawn

    Written on June 11, 2017

    Reply

    New Orleans is on my travel bucket list. I know the food there would have to be awesome. Judging by your post, I think I am right. I have to get there soon!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      I hope you cross it off your bucket list soon, Dawn! It’s a delicious place!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Tiffany

    Written on June 11, 2017

    Reply

    These all look so amazing! I would love to visit any one (or all) of them 😉 I hope to get to visit New Orleans sooner rather than later . . .

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      haha for sure, Tiffany! I hope you make it there SOON.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    Written on June 12, 2017

    Reply

    YES to this lovely guide! When it comes to food, I am definitely in! I think New Orleans is always worth the journey especially since they have a rich culture and a love for food that you don’t easily see elsewhere!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      It’s really such a special place when it comes to their food. No other place like it and with so much variety! love love love it all!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Rachel

    Written on June 12, 2017

    Reply

    I am loving it, the food looks so gorgeous. I have only been the once when I was a child. I would love to go now!! Photos are lovely x

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Rachel. I hope you get to go back – it’s a much different experience as an adult!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Heather

    Written on June 12, 2017

    Reply

    Everything here looks amazing. My brother just moved from Louisiana and I am so disappointed that I never went to visit him. He was in the ARMY and has moved a lot but this is the one place I should have made time to see. Those beignets look amazing!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 12, 2017

      Reply

      Well thank your brother for his service from me, please! And this just means you guys can go back together! Family trip idea! And if you do get there the beignets are an absolute MUST.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Jean

    Written on June 12, 2017

    Reply

    Oh my gosh, so much incredible food to be tasted! I’m yet to ever go to New Orleans, but if I’m ever lucky enough to visit I’ll be sure to check some of these amazing places out 🙂

    • rebecca

      Written on June 14, 2017

      Reply

      Glad I could give recommendations for you, Jean! I hope you make it there soon!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Nayantara

    Written on June 12, 2017

    Reply

    If i ever mame it to USA soon I would surely make a trip to New Orleans. Your list has me tempted. The red beans seem fairly similar to the Indian beans curry called Rajma.

    • rebecca

      Written on June 14, 2017

      Reply

      Thanks for sharing Nayantara! Will definitely have to do some research on Rajma beans.

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Yasmin

    Written on June 12, 2017

    Reply

    Omg, writing all of these down! I love food adventures, and the first one definitely caught my eye!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 14, 2017

      Reply

      Haha, so happy to hear, Yasmin! Enjoy your food adventure!

      Best,
      Rebecca

  • Jeanine

    Written on June 13, 2017

    Reply

    Wow it all looks so amazing. I would love to see New Orleans and experience all the food and culture there. Looks incredible!

    • rebecca

      Written on June 14, 2017

      Reply

      I hope you get to see it soon, Jeanine! It is incredible!

      Best,
      Rebecca

Leave a Reply