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A Nonstop Eating and Drinking Trip to New Orleans: Top Picks for the Best Eats in the Big Easy

A Nonstop Eating and Drinking Trip to New Orleans: Top Picks for the Best Eats in the Big Easy

A visit to New Orleans should be on everyone’s culinary bucket list. The best New Orleans eating tours veer from high to low and from new to old, from the comfortable to the unexpected–all lubricated by a significant amount of liquid sustenance. You will never run out of beignets, hurricanes, red beans and rice, jambalaya, and crawfish-étouffé. Here are some places that are fantastic for when you want to dine like a southerner in New Orleans.

BREAKFAST

Cafe Du Monde 

800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116 

Enjoy Beignets and Cafe Au Lait in this iconic New Orleans cafe. Watch out for the line and try to avoid rush hours. It is also cash only. 

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BRUNCH/LUNCH

Coops 

1109 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

This is the place to go for a true taste of New Orleans at down home prices. Cajun grub, fried chicken, & drinks in a busy no-frills space that’s open late & 21 & older only. I recommend doing the tasting plate with a spicy bloody mary! 

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Saints and Sinners

627 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Owned by Channing Tatum, this trendy lounge styled after old-time bordellos with red velvet & leather has cocktails & local grub. Look for coupons on the local tourist maps for a free specialty drink, I recommend having The Saint! I enjoy going here because there is always hot and fresh crawfish cooking! 
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DINNER

Oceana

739 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This place has Classic New Orleans fare including seafood in a laid-back space, plus courtyard & late-night dining. The line is usually long so for a quick dining experience sit at the bar. 

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Taste of New Orleans: Creole jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice with smoked sausage.

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Barbecued Shrimp: Peel and eat tail on Gulf shrimp sauteed in New Orleans style lemon butter and pepper sauce.

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Or a late night Irish coffee

Desire Oyster Bar

300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The design of this upbeat and casual dining venue tastefully blends traditional with contemporary. Desire features a raw oyster bar where expert shuckers prepare fresh Gulf oysters any way you like them – chargrilled like the ones pictured or on the half shell. Marcus is a fantastic Mixologist, tell him what you like and he can guide you through the menu or make a custom drink to your liking. 

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ANYTIME

Central Grocery

Do not leave New Orleans without getting a proper muffuletta sandwich (unless you hate olives)! This is one of the best ones in town, but be forewarned they’re huge. Grab one to go, walk a block to Jackson Square, crack open a beer and soak in the scene.

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DRINKS

Pat O’Briens

718 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Home of the famed hurricane cocktail.

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Or one of the many frozen drink stands on Bourbon Street

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Don’t forget Abita is a local brew! It is just a short drive away at 21084 LA-36, Covington, LA 70433

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 There are so many wonderful New Orleans restaurants that it’s hard to narrow down the list! So start planning your delicious, food-filled journey in the Big Easy. Of course, please share any new good finds with us as well…happy eating! maryann@batteredandbrewed.com. 

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