The Taste of New Orleans

You’ve probably hear about New Orleans unique cuisine. The combination of French, English, African and Caribbean flavors create the unforgettable Creole and Cajun cuisines. (What’s the difference? Check out the New Orleans School of Cooking in the French Quarter to learn all about New Orleans food!) New Orleans is one of our favorite destinations and having been there so many times, we’ve tried A LOT of food all over the city. Here are some of our favorites to help you navigate the extensive selections and experience the taste of New Orleans during your next adventure in the Crescent City.

K Paul’s Kitchen

This one is pretty much a favorite all around. The famous Blackened Red Fish has been featured on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate” and we sure do think it lives up to it! Be sure to check their hours as they serve different meals and different styles depending on the time and day of the week.

416 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130


We were introduced us to it several years ago and now its tradition to eat breakfast at Stanley’s the first morning we wake up in N.O. We love the Cajun Eggs Benedict- the Cajun hollandaise is delicious. Plus, its conveniently located at Jackson Square, and near Café du Monde. We also recommend you check out their “sister” restaurant “Stella!”

547 St Ann St
New Orleans, LA 70116

Café du Monde

We know you are going to go, so we figured we might as well give you the information for it. Its cliché, but we go every time too, even though their famous beignets are really not the best we’ve ever had, its simply tradition and the Café au Lait is pretty darned good- don’t worry the line moves quickly. Open 24 hours a day.

800 Decatur Street
70116 New Orleans

Insider tip: Looking for the best beignets in New Orleans? The restaurant at the Hotel Monteleone has the best beignets during their breakfast service. Be sure to try the praline sauce!

Port of Call

This one is gonna have a line too- but anyone who’s from New Orleans can tell you it’s a local fav. Get a burger and baked potato covered in sautéed mushrooms, but know that what you’re really coming for is the biggest and best monsoon in the Big Easy- keep you’re souvenir cup as a badge of honor because anyone who knows NOLA knows Port of Call.

838 Esplanade Ave
New Orleans, LA 70116

Cake Café

Nope, no one has ever heard of it and its not even in the French Quarter- its in the Marigney, a neighborhood NorthEast of the Quarter. So though its not famous or hoity-toity, it has the absolute best biscuits and gravy (made with Andouille sausage) that you’ve ever had. The shrimp and grits are pretty rockin’ and apparently, their “boozy” cupcakes were featured in the New York Times!

2440 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70117

Dickie Brennan’s Oyster House

If you do nothing else in New Orleans, you have to have the New Orleans Style BBQ shrimp and the Bourbon Milk punch, though we don’t recommend them at the same time! Start with the shrimp (be advised- they got ‘da heads on) and get a Bourbon Milk punch on your way out onto

Bourbon Street.144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130


Off the beaten path but a local favorite. Jacques-Imo’s started as a shared chef kitchen with different chefs each night of the week showing off their creations. Now, Jacques-Imo’s has a more standard menu but the twists on southern classics keep us coming back over and over again. We highly recommend the Alligator Cheesecake and the blackened redfish.

8324 Oak St
New Orleans, LA 70118

Daisey Dukes

If you’re looking for a quick, well-priced, hearty meal, Daisey Dukes is the best option. There are several locations in the Quarter as well as others around New Orleans. They serve diner-style southern classics. The gumbo is one of our favorites and their shrimp poor boy is piled high with Cajun fried shrimp.

Multiple locations

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