Food & Drink

The Best Lunch Spot in Every New Orleans Neighborhood

Published On 08/20/2015 Published On 08/20/2015
Scott Gold/thrillist (edited)
Brugh Foster/The Joint
Kebab
Ruby Slipper Cafe
High Hat Cafe
Katie's Restaurant
Green Goddess 
Mondo New Orleans
Martin Wine Cellar
Cochon Butcher
Bear's Poboys
Bevi Seafood Co
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1. The Joint 701 Mazant St, New Orleans, LA 70117

The Joint is a New Orleans BBQ spot with a full bar that's serving up house-smoked chicken, ribs, and pulled pork until 10pm every night. As far as the editors at Thrillist are concerned, The Joint is one of the best barbecue places in America. The next time you are in New Orleans, you need to stop by The Joint.

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2. Cafe Dauphine 5229 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70117

If you happen to be in the Lower Ninth between breakfast and dinner, Cafe Dauphine’s fantastic bell peppers, stuffed with plenty of crab meat and shrimp dressing, will definitely hit the spot.

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3. Kebab 2315 Saint Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

This Bywater eatery immediately found a cult-like following after moving in and for excellent reason: its Dutch/German street food is spot on, especially the dark meat chicken doner, which has no equal in town.

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4. Ruby Slipper Cafe 2001 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70116

The Ruby Slipper is one of your only mid-day options in the Triangle, and good thing too. Try its version of the BLT, featuring both fresh and fried green tomatoes and served on challah.

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5. The Munch Factory 6325 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

The name may be silly, but the Creole menu is seriously legit. We’re talking bayou nachos, Munchin’ Wings, burgers, and fries.

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6. High Hat Cafe 4510 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

High Hat Café in Freret is a casual neighborhood spot that serves southern soul food from the Mississippi Delta and Louisana. Catfish is the star of the menu, but you won’t go wrong with the restaurant’s appetizers, salads, po’ boys, sandwiches, burgers, and hot plates, particularly the cornmeal pancakes and pimento cheese plate. With an old-fashioned bar, tiled floors, and a muted color scheme, High Hat is aesthetically understated, allowing you to dedicate your attention both to the savory dishes in front of you and your selection from the bourbon-heavy cocktail program in your hand.

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7. Katie's Restaurant & Bar 3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

What opened as an old-school lunch corner in 1984 is now... still pretty much an old-school lunch corner, but with more modern furnishings, a standard menu of salads, sammies, burgers, various seafood items, and a brunch that straight kicks ass. Sundays from 9am-3pm, they serve $15 bottomless mimosas, sangria, and Bloody Marys alongside local dishes like Grillades and Grits, Eggs Cochon, and Katie’s special crawfish beignet.

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8. Café 615 Home of Da Wabbit 615 Kepler St, Gretna, LA 70053

There is a wonderful substance that is created when mayonnaise, tomatoes, hot sauce, and roast beef gravy combine, and it can usually be found on a po' boy at Cafe 615 in Gretna. Stop by and order one of their po's, or check out a wide variety of soups, salads, or pasta dishes they have on offer.

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9. Green Goddess 307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Tucked in an alley in the French Quarter, this oasis serves lunch and dinner and provides creative cuisine and cocktails. There’s even a vegan Bloody Mary variation on the list, along with watermelon sangria and two different boozy SnoBall ice cocktails.

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10. Banh Mi Sao Mai 14321 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

This Vietnamese spot serves up a mean meatball banh mi "po-boy," smothered in the shop’s famous house-made tomato sauce and the requisite pickled veggies.

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11. Martin Wine Cellar 3827 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Garden District)

While the name may not make this sound like your new favorite Uptown lunch spot, Martin Wine Cellar is the place to grab a quick lunch sammie like the Deli Deluxe (corned beef, pastrami, Swiss, Russian dressing & Creole mustard served hot on an onion roll).

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12. Mondo 900 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124

Started by locally and nationally renown chef Susan Spicier, Lakeside's Mondo might seem standard -- unassuming facade and blank warm wood interior and all. It's the menu of thoughtfully prepared and globally inspired dishes that seems to maintain its regular evening crowds: apart from the traditional wood fired pizzas and burgers, consider items like the chicken liver whipped into a paté, and a Thai grilled Hanger steak served with snap pea rice. It's the kind of restaurant that's designed for the people, but also for the chef, whose eclectic predilections also seem to benefit the former crowd.

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13. Cochon Butcher 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Cochon's generalist meat offshoot, Cochon Butcher, is a hybrid butcher shop, deli counter, and wine bar in the same warehouse building as its pork-centric sibling. There are house-cured meats, sausages, and terrines to take home, but you're really here for the sandwiches, precisely the Muffuletta, stacked with nearly an inch of pink-hued, salty meats (pastrami, mortadella, Genoa salami), creamy provolone, and olive salad. You can order it to-go, but if you're staying, make sure to pair with a side of pancetta mac & cheese.

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14. Bear's Poboys 3206 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70002

A classic lunch spot neighboring an overpass in Old Metairie, this unassuming restaurant specializes in po-boys and burgers, including what's considered one of the best roast beef po-boys in town. Why? The beef is roasted and chilled before it's sliced against the grain, marinated in Bear's special gravy for extra flavor and juiciness, and served on fresh, locally baked Leidenheimer French bread. It all results in a supremely succulent sandwich that, frankly, isn't complete without some crispy hand-battered onion rings on the side.

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15. Lil Dizzy's Cafe 1500 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

This is a perfect spot for a variety of NOLA cuisine. They do a killer fried chicken, but you'd be advised to also try their bread pudding, gumbo, and catfish.

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16. Bevi Seafood Co. 4701 Airline Dr, Metairie, LA 70001

Part seafood market and part restaurant, bare-bones, family-run Bevi features, well, a bevy of locally sourced seafood that focuses on four seasonal New Orleans specialties: crawfish, crab, shrimp, and oysters. In addition to these boiled Gulf Coast treats that reign supreme in NOLA, there's exceptional hot food, like from-scratch po-boys with fresh, homemade ingredients like smoked ham and slow-roasted beef (the fried shrimp with brown gravy and cheese is a favorite too), as well as platters of BBQ gulf shrimp, gumbo, and fried green tomatoes.