Food & Drink

8 hugely underrated New Orleans restaurants

Published On 03/26/2014 Published On 03/26/2014
Yuki Izakaya
Scott Gold
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Counter by Kingfish
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Scott Gold
Jamila's Cafe
Scott Gold
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1. Rue 127 127 N Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

This small Mid-City bistro's quaint, intimate dining room provides the perfect atmosphere for date night on Friday, but the enclosed outside patio is perfect for any day of the week. The seasonal menu uses ingredients from Chef Ray Gruezke's family farm in Bay St. Louis. The building itself used to be a shotgun house and illegal gambling house in the early 1900s, but today, the building has cleaned up its act, and the new American and Southern restaurant is so popular you often need a reservation on the weekends to get in.

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2. Yuki Izakaya 525 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Yuki may be small and loud, but they dole out some of the best Japanese small plates in the city, including yakitori, salmon sashimi w/natto, and more.

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3. Café Abyssinia 3511 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Garden District)

This family-run restaurant on Magazine St is one of the (very) few Ethiopian restaurants in New Orleans. The menu includes lamb, beef, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, which should be eaten the right way: with your hands. All spectrums of spicy are represented on the menu, so brave the wat at your own risk.

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4. Counter Market & Deli 335 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

From the folks who brought you Kingfish, this next-door sammy spot crafts excellent sandwiches, not to mention their make-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

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5. Yo Mama's Bar & Grill 727 Saint Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116 (French Quarter)

With a catchy name and an absolutely fantastic burger, Yo Mama's should be at the top of your list when you're craving a meat disc.

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6. Atchafalaya Restaurant 901 Louisiana Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more exceptional brunch Atchafalaya, a hidden Irish Channel gem serving up contemporary Louisiana cuisine and craft cocktails inside a homey, art-filled space. With dishes like the namesake Eggs Atchafalaya (poached eggs, fried green tomatoes, jumbo lump crab, hollandaise), duck hash, and chicken & andouille gumbo, it seems impossible to imagine a better brunch lineup -- that is, until you discover the fully stocked Bloody Mary bar. Dinner is more than worth your time as well, when plates like pan-seared gulf swordfish, shrimp & grits, and truffled fried chicken breast are prepared with precision.

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7. Jamila's 7808 Maple St, New Orleans, LA 70118 (Uptown)

Tunisian fare meets Louisianan fare here at Jamila's, with dishes like crawfish bisque with zucchini and spinach.

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8. 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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