A Foodie’s Guide to Eating at the Best Restaurants in New Orleans


New Orleans is the place where anyone can eat their way around. Every neighborhood hosts restaurants that serve various cuisines and accommodate all budgets. African, Caribbean, Creole, French, Italian, and Spanish influence creates diversity that can’t be replicated elsewhere. Even the pickiest foodies will find New Orleans the most flavorful getaway.

The Best Authentic Creole Cuisine in New Orleans

The best place to try authentic Creole cuisine is in its home city, New Orleans. Creole food comes from a long history of French influence seasoned with Spanish, Italian, Native American, West African, and Caribbean flare.


The oldest family-owned Creole restaurant in New Orleans lives within the French Quarter. Antoine’s has been serving authentic French Creole dishes since 1840. The restaurant is famous for its Eggs Sardou, Oysters Rockefeller, and Pommes de Terre Souffles.


Galatoires is another Creole cuisine staple in New Orleans. On the iconic Bourbon Street, visitors can indulge in original Creole recipes from 1905. The restaurant is famous for its classic cocktail, Brandy Milk Punch.

The Best Seafood in New Orleans

Seafood has been quintessential in New Orleans since Jean Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville founded the city in 1718. The Gulf of Mexico, bayous, and lakes have made seafood accessible for hundreds of years. Years of cooking with seafood have generated tasty recipes made with oysters, catfish, shrimp, and crawfish.


Pêche brings a modern approach to seafood. The New Orleans’ Warehouse District grill serves Gulf seafood with a twist. Grilled fish and shrimp, fried oysters, and seafood gumbo are just a few of the menu highlights.


Drago’s is the home of the famous charbroiled oysters. The restaurant resides within Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, but the short drive is worth it. Decadent seafood platters, gumbo, and pasta dishes also grace the menu.

The Best Po’boys in New Orleans

New Orleans is known for its po’boys, French bread sandwiches filled with meat or seafood. Lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayo are the most common dressings. Many restaurants serve roast beef, fried oysters, fried shrimp, and fried catfish po’boys, but a few stand out.

Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar

Domilise’s Po-Boy & Bar has been a Garden District staple for over 70 years. Its menu hosts many classics like roast beef, fried shrimp, and oyster po’boys. The traditional spot is a New Orleans favorite.

Parkway Bakery and Tavern

Mid-City is home to Parkway Bakery and Tavern, a family-owned spot known for its poor boys. The Deep Fried Creole BBQ Shrimp Poor Boy and the Alligator Smoked Sausage Poor Boy stand out on the menu.

The Best Food Trucks in New Orleans

Some of the best meals in New Orleans are mobile. The food truck scene is unmatched, providing the city with local talent, passion, and delicious food. Every neighborhood has repeat vendors selling seafood, sandwiches, and sweet treats.

Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes travels around the city, serving memorable brunch plates like Fleur de Lis Waffles and shimp and potato hash. The food truck is also known for its Dirty Mac, which has smoked gouda, crawfish, and tasso.

Fete au Fete Streatery

Fete au Fete Streatery combines Creole and Cajun flavors in its decadent menu. The signature Crawfish Poutine and Cajun Fish and Shrimp Boat add a kick to southern classics. Vegan substitutions are also available at the food truck.

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