Food & Drink

Where to break your New Year's resolutions in New Orleans

Published On 01/02/2014 Published On 01/02/2014
Scott Gold
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Scott Gold
Tropical Isle
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Bourbon House
Ted's Frostop
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1. R & O's 216 Metairie Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005

R & O's plates a variety of Creole/Cajun dishes, but they're best known for their po' boys and other tasty sammies.

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2. Acme Oyster House 724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130

This iconic oyster spot may have a number of locations, but despite its chain status, it still serves some of the tastiest seafood in New Orleans, not to mention some interesting cocktails that include an oyster-topped Bloody Mary and oyster shooters w/ vodka.

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3. Central Grocery 923 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

There’s no disputing that this small Italian grocery with a deli counter, which dates back to 1906, invented the muffaletta, and still has its flag firmly planted in that fertile territory. Truth be told, the CG muff, served cold and not always overstuffed with meats and cheeses, has been surpassed in recent years by other eateries. But if you’ve never been there, do yourself a favor and wait in line for the original, if only for the experience. Also, don’t forget that Central Grocery is also a grocery, with tons of canned, fresh, and dried Italian goodies for your sweet nonna.

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4. Toups' Meatery 845 N. Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70119

Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Isaac Toups, this Mid-City spot serves a carnivore-centric menu with bold Cajun flavor. Large entrees like the grilled Georgia quail with farm-fresh seasonal vegetables and saba satiate and surprise; light bites range from addictive cracklins and deviled eggs with smoked trout roe. Minimalist metal chairs and refurbished wood surfaces give Toups a cabin-like feel that enhances the relaxed, convivial vibe.

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5. Tropical Isle 721 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Tropical Isle is an essential part of New Orleans, for better or worse. The Bourbon St bar is known for the Hand Grenade, a gigantic drink that tastes vaguely of melon but mostly of alcohol. The crowd is a mix of what you'd expect from a bar known for its bad decision-inducing cocktails: college kids and out-of-towners, but that tourist trap-meets-frat party vibe is all part of the experience.

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6. Joey K's 3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Located at the heart of Magazine St, Joey K's is a local favorite for homestyle NOLA specialties like jambalaya, po-boys, catfish, and red beans & rice.

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7. Bourbon House 144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Bourbon House is a prime exemplar of what NOLA's all about, cuisine wise-- it serves up fresh seasonal, seafood dishes, has a great oyster bar on hand, and is home to more kinds of bourbon than you ever knew existed. This place is legit. The New Orleans Bourbon Society was created there, and continues to meet to discuss bourbon, drink bourbon, and even eat bourbon-themed meals.

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8. Ted's Frostop 3100 Calhoun St, New Orleans, LA 70125

This retro diner has been serving burgers, milkshakes, po' boys, and breakfast specials since the 50s. Everything about Ted's is a total throwback, from the window-serve and picnic tables to the prices (example: all you can eat pancakes for less than $10 is a steal). The classic move is to get the Loto Burger dressed with mayonnaise, mustard, and the usual fixins, and a root beer float. Trust us: the fried and griddled goods from Ted's is better than what you'll get at any generic fast-food joint.