Food & Drink

The 18 Best Dishes in New Orleans

Published On 01/28/2015 Published On 01/28/2015
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1. Arnaud's Restaurant 813 Bienville St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)

Arnaud’s is a decades-old French Quarter staple that embodies the French Creole style in architecture, décor, and, of course, food. Inside the red building lined with innumerable French windows and mint green balconies is a dining room straight out of a Southern novel with potted palm fronds, mosaic tile floors, and opulent chandeliers. Come for dinner or for the jazz brunch, where a jazz trio will serenade you while you decide between gumbo and shrimp remoulade.

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2. 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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3. Casamento's 4330 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

A New Orleans landmark since 1919, Casamento's is the grandaddy of all oyster bars, serving up fried oyster po' boys and equally delicious raw oysters, shucked right in front of you. The space is small and completely tiled, because the owners know oyster juice spillage is inevitable when you're marathon-slurping your meal.

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4. Tableau 616 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

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. Kanno California Sushi Bar 3205 Edenborn Ave, Metairie, LA 70002

Don't let the coziness of this Metairie spot fool you: Kanno California Sushi Bar may be small in size, but the menu boasts big flavors. Usual suspects like yellowtail scallion and Philadelphia rolls prove wholly satisfying, but signature rolls like "The Elvis" -- which substitutes snow crab meat instead of rice in a winning combination of salmon, avocado, and blue crab for the finish -- are the clear standouts and a nod to regional delicacies.

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6. 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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7. Domenica 123 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (Central Business District)

Named after the Italian word for 'Sunday,' this spot in the CBD's Roosevelt Hotel is meant to evoke feelings of dinner at your nonna's casa. The menu takes simple, rustic fare to the next level. The thick crusted pies here are the show-stoppers, especially the Tutto Carne with bacon, salami, and sausage, all topped with a farm egg.

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8. Maurepas Foods 3200 Burgundy St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (Bywater)

Maurepas plates fine American cuisine, whether it's soups, salads, sandwiches, hot plates or desserts. And if you care for an adult beverage, their house "Intoxicologist" can arrange it to your liking.

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9. Milkfish 125 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70003 (Mid City)

After years of popping up around town, this resto now has a permanent Mid-City location, while still serving up modern riffs on Filipino classics. Its namesake, the Milkfish, is grilled then topped w/ coconut milk curry and a spicy kimchee-esque red cabbage slaw.

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10. MoPho 514 City Park Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

This Mid-City eatery is run by former chef from John Besh's August, and the quality is apparent. It combines the flavors of the Gulf with the flavors of Vietnam making for a fresh exploration into classic Vietnamese dishes. The drink program is just as eclectic as the eats, with house cocktails and spiked boba teas. The space feels modern and trendy for a strip mall spot, with a blue and orange color palette and wooden accents. On Saturdays, they roast a full pig, meaning you should probably cancel your other weekend plans.

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11. 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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12. Pho Cam Ly 3814 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

This Uptown Vietnamese spot dishes out classic Viet-sammies and solid pho at a good value, and if you're feeling ambitious, try their Pho Challenge, which is 4lbs of delicious noodles and meat.

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13. Lilly's Café 1813 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Uptown)

This spot became a quick favorite of celeb Chef Tom Colicchio while Top Chef was filming in NOLA, and for good reason. It serves up delicious options like roasted pork spring rolls and huge bowls of hot pho.

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14. 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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15. Slim Goodies Diner 3322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Magazine St)

There’s a line out the door of this Magazine Street eatery every morning, and it’s no surprise: locals and tourists alike recognize that Slim Goodies Diner is a breakfast haven. The neighborhood haunt (complete with plush red leather booths and polaroid photographs of regulars and famous folk tacked onto art-laden walls) marries bold Cajun flavor with breakfast staples, resulting in satisfying plates like the Creole slammer, a glorious stack of perfectly crisped hash browns dressed with crawfish étouffée, two eggs, and a biscuit, because you’re going to want to soak up every last spoonful. Many items can be made gluten-free or vegetarian too, so everyone can get their “swamp power” on regardless of dietary needs.

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16. 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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17. Toups' Meatery 845 N. Carrollton, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

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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18. The Company Burger 4600 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

The Company Burger takes its burgers very seriously. Translation: the pickles and mayo are homemade, and the twin patties in the house burger weigh a grand total of 6.5oz. You'll leave feeling full and satisfied, after washing it all down with one of Company's American brews on tap, of course.