Food & Drink

The 10 best bacon dishes in New Orleans

Published On 10/15/2014 Published On 10/15/2014
Elizabeth's Restaurant
Scott Gold
Graham Blackall
Sara Essex
Cochon Restaurant
Dat Dog
Somethin' Else Cafe
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1. Elizabeth's 601 Gallier St, New Orleans, LA 70117-6217

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.

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2. Green Goddess 307 Exchange Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130

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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3. Borgne 601 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70113

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.

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4. Tableau 616 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

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5. Cochon Restaurant 930 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Cochon is French for "oinker," meaning you should pig out on all things pork at this rustic-chic warehouse, such as an oyster bacon sandwich and fried boudin with pickled peppers. Situated on the corner of Tchoupitoulas and Andrew Higgins, Cochon has James Beard Award-winner Donald Link at the helm, who serves up traditional Cajun dishes from his childhood with an upscale twist using fresh local pork, produce, and seafood. Though pig is the name of the game here, some plates do stray from the pork-centricity, like rabbit livers with pepper jelly.

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6. Emeril's 800 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.

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7. Dat Dog 5030 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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.

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8. Wayfare 4510 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

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.

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9. Blue Dot Donuts 4301 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119

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.

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10. Somethin' Else Café 620 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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.