Everyone loves bacon (EVERYONE), and the Big Easy, with its long French, Acadian, Spanish, and German roots, has long had a love affair with the divine swine. But you don’t have to wander out into Cajun country to experience a day-long boucherie to get the good stuff. Here are the Crescent City’s best bets when it comes to bacon.
Elizabeth's (address and info)
We’ve heard of chocolate-covered bacon and “bacon candy” (bacon coated with brown sugar and baked), but Elizabeth’s isn’t kidding around when it praline-ifies its breakfast meats. Invented in '98, it actually pre-dates the bacon-mania that has gripped the nation's arteries since.
The Notorious Bacon Sundae
Green Goddess (address and info)
There is some mad genius going on with the dessert menu at Green Goddess, as evidenced by its sundae topped with bacon caramel (yes, that’s caramel made with bacon fat), topped with even more bacon and a Luxardo cherry.
Bacon Duck Poppers
Borgne (address and info)
Tried and true jalapeño poppers are all well and good, but they’re even better when they’re also crammed full of swine strips and duck, as you’ll find over at Borgne, courtesy of Chef Brian Landry.
Oysters en brochette
Tableau (address and info)
There is a traditional New Orleans dish, often found at the old Creole restaurants in town, known as “oysters en brochette”, which consists of local oysters wrapped in bacon and deep fried. Pretty awesome, we know. But it can also tend to be on the heavy side, which is what makes Tableau’s version -- lightly dusted in bread crumbs, skewered with a rosemary sprig, and paired with a roasted garlic beurre blanc -- so good.
Oyster & bacon sandwich
Cochon (address and info)
Not only did Chef Donald Link name his restaurant after the noble hog (Cochon is French for oinker), his catering van -- gloriously airbrushed -- is known as the “Pig Slayer”. Make sure, if you go, to order the oyster & bacon sandwich to go with your fried rabbit livers w/ pepper jelly.
Emeril’s (address and info)
How do you improve upon the BLT, that glorious combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes? For Emeril’s, it’s all about adding fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade to the mix. BAM.
Bacon Bloody Mary
Dat Dog (address and info)
There is nothing modest about Dat Dog, from the huge sausages (including turducken, crawfish, and alligator) to the overloaded fries. This dedication to excess extends to the cocktail menu as well, which includes a Bloody fashioned w/ bacon-infused vodka and garnished with lardons, as well as the requisite spicy green beans and olives. Because if there’s something better than eating bacon, it’s eating and drinking bacon.
Pork Belly Bourbon Old-Fashioned
Wayfare (address and info)
Dat Dog isn’t the only place in town to hop on the bacon cocktail wagon. (Greatest. Wagon. Ever, btw.) Freret St sandwich shop Wayfare enters the mix with its Old-Fashioned, which is made with pork belly-infused Buffalo Trace bourbon, maple syrup, bitters, and finished off with house-candied bacon.
Maple Bacon Long John
Blue Dot Donuts (address and info)
Uptown and Mid-City
Donuts and hog gold are long known to be very close friends, and Blue Dot celebrates that kinship with its stellar Maple Bacon Long John. There might be over 50 varieties of house-made donuts here, but this is the one you truly do not want to miss.
Chicken fried bacon (!!!)
Somethin' Else Café (address and info)
The ultimate, the omega in bacon technology comes courtesy of Somethin’ Else Cafe, where you’ll find back-bounty prepared in fried chicken fashion. Yes: chicken fried bacon exists. And now that you know that, in all likelihood, you will not be able to rest until you have some.
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1. Elizabeth's601 Gallier St, New Orleans
2. Green Goddess307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans
3. Borgne601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans
4. Tableau616 Saint Peter St, New Orleans
5. Cochon Restaurant930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans
6. Emeril's800 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans
7. Dat Dog5030 Freret St, New Orleans
8. Wayfare4510 Freret St, New Orleans
9. Blue Dot Donuts4301 Canal St, New Orleans
10. Somethin' Else Café620 Conti St, New Orleans
Elizabeth’s in Bywater is a quintessential New Orleans breakfast spot, mostly because it cooks up some magical praline bacon (you really, really don’t want to miss this), but also because of the always-friendly servers who present said praline bacon inside the colorful, local art-filled space. The breakfast po-boys are noteworthy, too, and place bacon, egg, and cheese on fresh French bread. At dinnertime, you can expect Southern specialties like fried chicken, catfish, and a grilled seafood mix with scallops, Gulf fish, and BBQ shrimp.
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.
Named after a lake on the coast of Louisiana, Borgne serves up inspired seafood that does not disappoint. Stop by during happy hour (3-6pm) for half-price beer, wines by the glass, and bar food specials.
Tableau captures all the magic and pizazz of the French Quarter: bistro-style balcony seating overlooking Jackson Square, situated in a historic townhouse spanning 3 stories and decorated with gilded fleur-de-lis and crystal chandeliers for optimum class. Another outpost in Dickie Brennan’s Southern dining empire, the kitchen serves authentic French fare with bold Creole flair, resulting in standout dishes like creamy crawfish au gratin and craft beer-spiked barbecue shrimp and grits -- both of which can be paired with several selections from their curated wine list.
Housed inside a rustic-chic warehouse on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Andrew Higgins, Cochon serves up traditional yet upscale Cajun dishes using fresh, locally sourced pork, produce, and seafood, but most important: the tried-and-true techniques that Chef Donald Link has resurrected from his childhood. "Cochon" is actually French for "oinker," meaning you should pig out on all things pork here, such as an oyster bacon sandwich and fried boudin with pickled peppers. However, some plates do stray from the pork-centricity, like rabbit livers with pepper jelly.
This Warehouse District resto has obviously gained plenty of attention because of its celebrity status, but the food is honestly terrific and different, like the B.L.F.G.T., which is a BLT, but with fried green tomatoes and shrimp remoulade.
Founded as a UK doghouse by a NOLA native, Dat Dog's shed has since become one of the most popular eateries on Freret St. The pork-friendly menu here spans everything from a duck sausage dog served with blackberry sauce to alligator and crawfish dogs on the menu. Beer, wine, and cocktails await at the full bars both upstairs and downstairs, and the spacious floor plan, energized with a rainbow burst of paint spread over tables, walls, and lighting, establishes a casual, yet lively atmosphere.
Wayfare is a proud provider of the great American sandwich. Actually, they make a bunch of them, using house-made jams, mustards, and spreads. And if you want to try one of their specialties, go for the Knuckle sandwich, which features roast beef and other amazingness on a pretzel bun.
Originally opened by three NOLA police officers (and now with multiple locations), Blue Dot is famous for its Bacon Maple Long Johns, PB&J donut, Red Velvet w/ Cream Cheese donut, and its gigantic apple fritters. We suggest that you get your breakfast here instead of your usual coffee shop.
This French Quarter haunt specializes in Cajun and Creole fare and "traditional elevated comfort food". And it certainly doesn't get more comfort food-esque than its chicken friend bacon.