On my recent trip to New Orleans with Mike, Tony, and Ashley, we were able to do a lot in just three days, including some free tours, spotting crocodiles in the bayou, and taking in some of the culture of NOLA. We also did a lot of eating in New Orleans, indulging on traditional dishes and other delicious food.
Below is a rundown of the restaurants we visited that resulted in us enjoying some good eating in New Orleans. Keep in mind, Mike and I are vegetarians that tend to smash some seafood when on vacation LOL. What I’m trying to say is in this post, you’ll see mostly vegetarian and seafood dishes with a speck of carnivorous delights from dishes the kids had.
1. Cafe Du Monde
When you visit New Orleans, you are pretty much obligated to get some beignets, which are square pieces of fried dough that’s covered with powdered sugar. Cafe Du Monde is the coffeehouse famous for this goodness. They have multiple locations throughout the city, but if you are visiting as a tourist, you’ll most likely come across these two:
- The original location in the French Quarter, which is super packed 24 hours a day
- The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk on the bottom level. This location is next to the convention center.
2. Galliano Restaurant
Dinner on our first night was at Galliano Restaurant a block away from our hotel in the Warehouse (Arts) district. This place could be considered a little pricey, especially for a family of four (entrees start at $18), but after that good nap I had, I wanted some good food. Galliano had really good reviews on Yelp, so I worked it out in our budget.
3. Two Chicks Cafe
On our second day in New Orleans, I decided that we would support a super cute woman-owned business in the near the convention center called Two Chicks Cafe. The fresh squeezed juice and smoothies on the menu and the cafe’s close proximity to our hotel (we walked) were added perks.
The food here was so good as well. If you happen to try any of their egg benedicts, look forward to the cajun hollandaise being on point!
4. The Praline Collection
While wandering on a very dead Frenchmen Street around 2pm, the four of us were starving. We realized we were standing near The Praline Collection, a black-owned establishment serving “down-home cajun-creole style soul food at affordable prices and features three generations of Pure-D-Goodness”. Anytime I sit down at a soul food spot, I’m always ready to for my taste buds to be blessed.
Everyone one of us were pleased with what we ate, but I was a little disappointed at the itty bitty baby shrimp in my Shrimp Étouffée. The flavor of the overall dish did make up for it, but I still wanted bigger shrimp. Whatevs.
6. Pizza Delicious
Randomly wandering into Pizza Delicious in Bywater to get some air and freshen up from the almost one mile walk through Crescent Park meant I felt obligated to buy a slice of pizza for $2.25. Turns out, that slice of pizza was damn good. I also learned that the NY style pizza from Pizza Delicious was voted the #1 Pizza in New Orleans.
We chilled in there for a while to cool down, and their playlist had early 2000’s hip hop, so you know I was in there embarrassing the children. Cool air + bomb ass pizza + all my songs from high school = my happy place.
If you are ever on Frenchmen Street enjoying great music into the late hours of the night and need somewhere to cure your drunken hunger at a reasonable price, check out 13. Here you can find a full bar of more dranks and vegetarian-/vegan-friendly food options, so I was very happy Mike and I randomly came in here. Did I mention the food wasn’t pricey either?
8. District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew
Before heading on a walking tour of the Garden District, we decided to stop by District: Donuts. Sliders. Brew on Magazine Street for a quick breakfast. Well, quick it wasn’t. Just something to keep in mind if you’re headed there and short on time.
However, this place is well known and for good reason. The donuts were so good and surprisingly filling. The breakfast sandwiches were also delicious. The coffee from the tap, which I tried for the first time, was also very good. Shit, everything is good. Just go!
9. Outlaw Pizza
Our final meal in New Orleans was at Outlaw Pizza in the Warehouse District. Once again, we found a pizza spot that was damn good. We tried a couple of appetizers off the menu to share before the arrival of our two specialty pizzas. Let’s just say we left there full and happy, which is what I strive for after eating.
The funny thing is this place also turns into a bar, which was still open and quite lit when we left to head to the airport at 4am.
So, writing this post definitely made me super hungry. The sad thing is, I need to hit up Trader Joe’s ASAP because ain’t no more food in here. Mike and I really did do some good eating in New Orleans with our vegetarian/part-time pescatarian selves. I even had photos of some of the kids’ meals, so I threw them in just because.
If you noticed, we didn’t do any eating in the French Quarter, but we definitely tried. Since we were wandering around with teenagers, we couldn’t get into many French Quarter establishments because they were under 21. *Shrugs*
Anyway, I can’t wait to get back to do more good eating in New Orleans and find more foodie gems. I’d even like to try to find more vegetarian- and vegan-friendly restaurants. The way the city is changing, I know they have some or will very soon. Be sure to check out my recap of the activities my fam and I did in NOLA.
What are some of your favorite restaurants that bless you with that good eating in New Orleans?