A Guide to the Best Places to Eat in New Orleans: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner


When preparing for a trip to New Orleans, pack a big appetite. People travel hundreds of miles to get a taste of the Crescent City’s most popular restaurants. It’s impossible to roam the city on an empty stomach with seafood platters, gumbo, and beignets on every corner.

Traditional Creole cuisine is the biggest draw, but po’boys, burgers, and beignets are also a must-try in the Big Easy. Whether it’s an early morning breakfast, hungover brunch, or late-night dinner, New Orleans has something tasty for everyone to indulge in.

Breakfast at Café du Monde

Café du Monde for breakfast is a tradition in New Orleans. Its powdered sugar-coated fried dough with a freshly brewed cup of café au lait is the perfect way to wake up. The historic coffee shop has served the city beignets and café au lait since 1862. Its central location and open-air seating allow visitors to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the French Quarter’s Jackson Square.

Sunday Brunch at Commander’s Palace

Commander’s Palace is a splurge-worthy reservation, especially for Sunday brunch. The bright blue and white building in the middle of New Orleans’ Garden District has welcomed food lovers since 1893.

Creole cuisine is Commander’s Palace’s forte, but various classic dishes grace its ever-changing brunch menu. Cochon De Lait Eggs Benedict, Ponchatoula Strawberry Shortcake, and Goat Cheese Stone Ground Grits are just a few must-try recipes. Finish off brunch with a classic Bloody Mary made with the restaurant’s award-winning housemade Bloody Mary mix.

Lunch at Port of Call

Port of Call is the place to go to satisfy po’boy and burger cravings. The restaurant opened its French Quarter doors in 1963 and has become a local and tourist favorite. Seven days a week, people flood in for lunch and dinner, a sign of delicious food and an inviting atmosphere.

Most burger joints use ground beef for their patties, but Port of Call is different. Chefs make each burger with a slow-cooked chuck roast topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and Port of Call’s signature sauce. Another popular dish to try is the shrimp po’boy with fried onion rings.

Dinner at Brennan’s

Brennan’s is the quintessential spot for fine dining. The historic restaurant, founded in 1946, combines elegance and Creole spice. The building is on Royal Street in the French Quarter and is filled with ornate furnishings, intricate chandeliers, and white tablecloths.

Gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish étouffée are just a few of the Creole specialties Brennan’s serves with a side of sophistication. The chefs prepare each dish with fresh, local ingredients and use careful skill to ensure pristine presentation and unparalleled taste. The turtle soup and Oysters Rockefeller are a must-have.

Finish the meal with the flaming Bananas Foster, a famous New Orleans dessert prepared tableside. Various wines and cocktails, including the first invented cocktail, Sazerac, are also available.

Late Night Snack at Dat Dog

In New Orleans, some of the best dives stay open just as late as the bars. Dat Dog has the ideal late-night snack for out-of-towners enjoying the New Orleans nightlife. The menu features a variety of sausages and hotdogs paired with decadent buns and eccentric toppings. A side of tater tots smothered in crawfish étouffée makes a tasty midnight snack. Enjoy a frozen daiquiri on the balcony overlooking Frenchmen Street if the night is far from over.

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