- 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)
Banana Blossom–2112 Belle Chasse Hwy. (Thai) Closed Sun. Very good Thai food, but looks like it might have Malaysian also. Pineapple curry is very good. (10-16-14)
Pho Tau Bay–113 Westbank Expwy. (Vietnamese) Closed Thu & Sun. Best & most authentic Vietnamese in New Orleans (and is cheap).
Ancora Pizzeria–4508 Freret St. (Pizza) Closed Sun. Authentic Neapolitan pizza.
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. (5-5-17)
Antoine’s–713 Saint Louis St. (French) Open daily except Sun evening. 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. (5-5-17)
Ba Mien–13235 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon. In the Vietnamese neighborhood. Food from “3 regions” (north, south, & central). The favorite of locals on eater.com
Cafe du Monde–813 Decatur St. (Coffee) Open 24 hrs. 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. (5-5-17)
Cafe Minh–4139 Canal St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sat. lunch & Sun. Upscale Vietnamese. Expensive, but they have items you can’t find elsewhere. It is described as the fanciest Vietnamese restaurant in town. (5-5-17)
Casa Borrega–1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd. (Mexican) Closed Sun & Mon. Oaxacan style–mole, tamales. (5-5-17)
Commander’s Palace–1403 Washington Ave. (Organic/Farm to Table) Open Daily Lunch & Dinner. Expensive, but one of the best meals you will have. Dressy attire according to Yelp (probably requires a coat). (5-5-17)
Dong Phuong–14207 Chef Menteur Hwy. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue. In the Vietnamese neighborhood. According to Urbanspoon, is better than Ba Mien. Lemongrass dishes are good. Looks like southern cuisine–might not have as varied a menu as Ba Mien. (Wikipedia says this is the best known rest. in the “Little Vietnam” neighborhood).
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. (5-5-17)
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. (5-5-17)
Galatoire’s–209 Bourbon St. (Creole) Closed Mon. $$$ (most others are $$$$) Must bring a coat (dress code). Look like it would be food I would like better than many other places. Souffled potatoes with Bernaise, fish entree, creamed spinach, potatoes brabant, crabmeat sardou. Easier to get a table than other places. (5-5-17)
Irene’s Cuisine–539 Saint Philip St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun). Highest rated Italian in the French Quarter-only legitimate Italian in N.O. (according to some). Hard to get in-wait can be 20 min. to an hour (they have a hard time predicting the correct time for you). (5-5-17)
Jacques-Imo’s–8324 Oak St. (Creole) Dinner only (closed Sun). Expensive, but good food. Loud bar atmosphere. Too busy on weekends. Fried chicken is a good bet if you’re not sure what to order. I take it that there is no dress code here. (5-5-17)
Mr. B’s Bistro–201 Royal St. (Modern American) Open Daily. Known for its shrimp, gumbo is very good also. $$$$ (but maybe not as expensive as other high end rests.)
Mona’s Cafe–4126 Magazine St. (Lebanese) Open Daily. Some say this is the best of the several Mona’s locations. Serves traditional Lebanese food. With the falafel getting good ratings, this is a good sign to me that they know what they are doing. (5-5-17)
Parkway Bakery–538 Hagan Ave. (Po’Boys) Closed Tue. Probably the best Po’boys in town, but some says sandwiches are too small (and cost too much).
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.
Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)