Kevin Alexander/Thrillist

Port of Call

New Orleans
Mon11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tues11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wed11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thu11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Fri11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sat11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sun11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Port of Call

838 Esplanade Ave

New Orleans, LA 70116

First things first: Port of Call is famous for its burger. When the French Quarter restaurant opened in the 60s, it was primarily a steakhouse known for its filet mignon and ribeye, and the burger was an afterthought made from the entrees' scraps. The current iteration -- considered the original New Orleans-style burger, is reminiscent of the dive's steakhouse days: the huge patty is topped with shredded cold cheddar cheese and served with a hot potato on the side. Port of Call still serves steaks and chops, as well as beer and strong cocktails, but everyone is there for the burger. It's a must on any NOLA food tour.