Restaurant Guide–New Orleans

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Gretna

Banana Blossom–500 9th St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon. Very good Thai food, and seems to pass whatever test (flavor, authenticity, etc.) the reviewers have. Pineapple curry has good reviews (but really everything does). (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Kenner

Little Chinatown–3800 Williams Blvd. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  The Chinese food here is solid, but the seafood clay pot I had made this one of the most memorable Chinese meals I have had with very fresh and delicious sea food. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Metairie

Acme Oyster House–3000 Veterans Blvd. (Seafood) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  Branch of a popular French Quarter restaurant that specializes in oysters. I was told they also have very good red beans and rice. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Cafe Du Monde–4700 Veterans Memorial Hwy. (Cafe) Open daily 6 am to 9 pm. I was not able to go to the original location in the French Quarter because one of the people in my party was unable to stand in line for the hour or more that it looked as if it would take to get in. I was unaware at the time, but Cafe du Monde has some branch locations such as this one in Metairie (not very touristy, but reviewers say the world famous beignets are just as good here). Also recommended is the hot chocolate. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Chef Ron’s Gumbo Shop–2309 N. Causeway Blvd. (Cajun) Closed Sun & Mon. Of course the star here is the gumbo, but other items are popular as well (jambalaya, etc.). Reviews are very good for the food. (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Drago’s Seafood–3232 N. Arnoult Rd. (Seafood) Closed Sun.  Known for its oysters, which are said to be some of the best. Charbroiled oysters are particularly recommended. Shrimp is also said to be good. Reviewers are not impressed with items that are not seafood (steaks, etc.). (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Pho Michael–3559 18th St. (Vietnamese) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Despite the name, reviewers say the best food here is from the extensive menu of items other than pho. Bun Bo Hue is one of the recommended items. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

New Orleans

Acme Oyster House–724 Iberville St. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Known for its oysters, which are said to be some of the best. I got a very good tip that they have some of the best red beans and rice, but I did not get to try time (they are on the list for next time!). There are 3 locations including one in Metairie, but I assume the one in the French Quarter (this one) would be the most interesting. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Ancora Pizzeria–4508 Freret St. (Pizza) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon). Authentic Neapolitan pizza. (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Angelo Brocato–214 N. Carrollton Ave. (Desserts) Closed Mon.  It probably takes a lot to impress the locals here with desserts, since they seem to be everywhere. People really give good reviews, though, to the coffee, gelato, biscotti, cannoli, and spumoni (which may be the best of all) that are served here. (Temporarily closed 9-13-21)

Antoine’s–713 Saint Louis St. (French) Dinner Fri & Sat only; lunch Fri-Sun.  Reviewers say that sometimes dinner is worth the price, but it is hit-or-miss. Many still like to go for the nostalgia and because usually the food is good (I went there when I was young and it is on my list for a return visit). Birthplace of oysters rockefeller. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Ba Mien–13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Lunch only (closed Mon). In the Vietnamese neighborhood. Food from “3 regions” (north, south, & central). The favorite of locals on eater.com. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Bao & Noodle–2700 Chartres St. (Chinese) Closed Sun & Mon.  Some may question why they would want to come to New Orleans and eat Chinese food, but for me this was one of the best meals I have had anywhere. Dan dan noodles are a good place to start (it is very spicy). I didn’t get a chance to try the bao, but it looked excellent as well. (Temporarily closed 9-13-21)

Cafe du Monde–800 Decatur St. (Coffee) Open 7 am to 11 pm.  Known for its coffee and beignets. There is usually a line to get in but there’s no rush to leave once you are inside. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Cafe Minh–4139 Canal St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sat. lunch, Sun, & Mon. Upscale Vietnamese. Expensive, but they have items you can’t find elsewhere. It is described as the fanciest Vietnamese restaurant in town. Also has Cajun food. (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Casa Borrega–1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. (Mexican) Open 5 pm to 9 pm Thu-Sat.  Oaxacan style–mole, tamales. (Dining room is open 9-13-21)

Commander’s Palace–1403 Washington Ave. (Organic/Farm to Table) Dinner daily; lunch Thu-Sun. Expensive, but one of the best meals you will have. Dressy attire according to Yelp (probably requires a coat). (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Dong Phuong–14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Open 8 am to 5 pm (closed Tue). In the “Little Vietnam” neighborhood. Lemongrass dishes are good. People say the banh mi is the best in town (has a bakery and is known for its baked goods including cake, etc.). (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Doson Noodle House–135 N. Carrollton Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun. Serves both Vietnamese and Chinese food, and largely because of this it has mixed reviews (the Vietnamese is better). Pho ga (chicken pho) seems to be the most popular item here. Good lunch place with good prices. (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Emeril’s–800 Tchoupitoulas St. (Southern) Open daily for dinner; lunch Mon-Fri.  Expensive, but a memorable meal. The shrimp and the banana cream pie seem to always be a hit with diners. (Temporarily closed 8-4-21)

Galatoire’s–209 Bourbon St. (Creole) Closed Mon & Tue. $$$ (most others are $$$$) Must bring a coat (dress code).  Looks like it would be food I would like better than many other places. Souffled potatoes with Bernaise, fish entree, creamed spinach, potatoes brabant, crabmeat sardou. Easier to get a table than other places. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Irene’s Cuisine–529 Bienville St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon). Highest rated Italian in the French Quarter-described as authentic Italian-Creole. Hard to get in-wait can be 20 min. to an hour (they have a hard time predicting the correct time for you). (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Jacques-Imo’s–8324 Oak St. (Creole) Dinner only (open Wed-Sat only). Expensive, but good food. Loud bar atmosphere. Very busy on weekends. Chicken pontalba is excellent. The menu has a large variety of interesting dishes. Restaurant is casual (no dress code) and is a good place to relax and have fun. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Johnny Sanchez–930 Poydras St. (Mexican) Closed Sat lunch & Sun.  Even though it is not traditional Mexican, but “inventive,” the chef has El Paso roots and I believe he is taking a good thing and making it even better (based on his appearances on Masterchef). (Dining room is open 9-13-21)

Mr. B’s Bistro–201 Royal St. (Modern American) Open Daily. Known for its shrimp, gumbo is very good also.  $$$$ (but maybe not as expensive as other high end rests). (3-6-19)

Mona’s Cafe–3901 Banks St. (Lebanese) Open Daily.  Serves traditional Lebanese food. With the falafel getting good ratings, this is a good sign to me that they know what they are doing. (Dining room is open 9-13-21)

Muriel’s–801 Chartres St. (Creole) Dinner only (open daily).  Serves traditional Creole food and it is said to be very good but at a lower price than many of the other French Quarter restaurants. I think the reason might be because much of the menu consists of the more typical everyday dishes rather than the more special occasion ones. (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Oceana Grill–739 Conti St. (Cajun) Open daily 8 am to 1 am.  Highly rated Cajun food. Shrimp and redfish are recommended. Reviewers say that the daily specials are a special treat. I also heard from locals that this is one of the best places for red beans and rice. (Dining room is open 9-13-21)

Parkway Bakery–538 Hagan Ave. (Po’Boys) Open 10 am to 6 pm (closed Mon & Tue). Probably the best Po’boys in town, but some says sandwiches are too small (and cost too much). (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Pho Tau Bay–1565 Tulane Ave. (Vietnamese) Closes at 7 pm (closed Sat & Sun). Some say it is the best & most authentic Vietnamese in New Orleans (and is cheap). Used to be in Gretna but has now moved to downtown NO. (Dining room is open 8-22-21)

Willie Mae’s Scotch House–2401 St. Ann St. (Southern) Open 11 am to 3 pm (closed Sun).  Reviewers say the fried chicken makes this place worthy of being on a list of places to visit. It is said to be moist and flavorful with a crispy crust. Other main items are said to be good as well (and I think all of them are fried). Side dishes are also highly recommended. (Dining room is open 8-4-21)

Note: There are many more very good high end restaurants than I can list, but for ones that are here I have tried to include both the good and bad comments about them. I am trying to round out the list with lower priced restaurants that will also give a very good dining experience (at least to those who like the particular type of food being served).

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

TripAdvisor (Best Reasonable Priced Restaurants in the French Quarter)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (New Orleans)

Zomato (New Orleans)

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