District donuts sliders brew
Marti's NOLA
Casa Borrega
BROUSSARD'S RESTAURANT & COURTYARD
Chef Sue Zemanick
Noodle & Pie
Doris Metropolitan
Fire House Burgers
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1. DISTRICT: Donuts. Sliders. Brew. 2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

As the name implies, DISTRICT excels at coffee, sliders, and donuts, all while making innovative changes to each. In lieu of your average breakfast sandwich, expect "croquenuts" (a hybrid of a croque madame and a donut) or bacon & egg on a miso-praline biscuit. Donuts, meanwhile, range from the simple glazed and cinnamon sugar to the more unconventional Sriracha-maple, candied thyme, and cereal & milk. While you could pair your sugary goodies with a basic brew, we suggest you opt for house staples like Vietnamese cold brew or the "Sproca-Cola," a winning combination of cola, espresso, and chocolate milk.

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2. Marti's 1041 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

This modern bistro went under in 1988 but is back from the dead to serve a menu mainly featuring flavors of southwestern Europe.

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3. Casa Borrega 1719 Oretha C. Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113

This is one of the best spots in the city for authentic Mexican fare. They serve up traditional, handmade tortillas with a dark mole sauce that can't be beat, as well as a massive tequila/mezcal list.

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4. Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard 819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)

Broussard’s offers a slightly different interpretation of French-Creole cuisine than other illustrious New Orleans fine dining establishments: contemporary interpretations give traditional dishes a new lease on life. Sweet potatoes are whipped with ginger, fried chicken is glazed with red chili and perched on a sweet potato biscuit, and the chicken fricassee is flavored with truffle and artichokes. Broussard’s is also home to the Empire Bar, where mixologist Paul Gustings pours up his signature Ramos Gin Fizz.

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5. Ivy 5015 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Run by Chef Sue Zemanick (from Top Chef Masters), this Uptown haunt is a perfect spot for wine, 'tails, and small plates with a Japanese influence.

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6. Noodle & Pie 741 State St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (Uptown)

Ramen and pie is the speciality at this Asian fusion restaurant. The move at Noodle & Pie is to start with a few small plates (okonomiyaki fries, deep-fried Brussels sprouts, Korean fried chicken) before moving on to a bowl of shoyu chicken ramen and finally, a slice of pie -- like the spicy Thai peanut butter cup with chocolate crust -- for dessert.

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7. Doris Metropolitan 620 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

French Quarter favorite, Doris Metropolitan, is a high-end steakhouse with deluxe offerings like USDA Prime and Japanese wagyu cuts dry-aged in-house. The traditional steakhouse is infused with Mediterranean touches, and the menu brings a variety of flavors together to its surprisingly diverse array of non-steak dishes as well. The restaurant is dedicated to quality, menu diversity, and service with an elegant and sophisticated dining room, and a charming courtyard if you prefer to dine outside.

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8. Fire House Burgers 3224 Edenborn Ave, Metairie, 70002

These guys sling some seriously delicious meat discs that are specially prepared with a butter-garlic sauce that makes these burgers some of the most unique and tasty in the city.