New Orleans is a city with tons of history and plenty to attract guests and tourists, but one of the biggest attractions is the Mardi Gras festival. With Mardi Gras parades under way, many are heading to NOLA. Besides the obvious music, parades, and festivities, one of the biggest attractions of the city is its food. With everything from unique seafood dishes, to tasty pastries, and Cajun favorites, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. Here’s 5 place to eat while you’re visiting New Orleans.
1. TOUPS’ MEATERY
845 N. Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70119
Visit Website: toupsmeatery.com
When you eat with the Toups family, it’s an experience. They’ve been in Louisiana for over 300 years, so they’ve developed an incredible relationship with the food and the land. Inspired by these deep-rooted Louisiana family traditions, Isaac and Amanda opened Toups’ Meatery restaurant in the Spring of 2012 to share that unique eating experience and family food history with the food-loving people of New Orleans. At Toups’ Meatery, you’ll find authentic cracklins’ on the menu, cocktails by the pitcher, and the Meatery Board, a wonderful selection of house-cured meats and accompaniments. Slow cooked, meltingly tender Lamb Neck, Confit Chicken Thighs with chicken liver and cornbread dressing, and other substantive dishes that reflect Cajun cuisine New Orleans is known for.
2. JOEY K’S RESTAURANT
3001 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70115
If you’re searching for home-cooked food and New Orleans specialties served in a relaxed, friendly environment, Joey K’s is you place. Joey K’s has been serving delicious local dishes like Red Beans & Rice, Jambalaya, Po-Boys, and Fried Seafood for over 40 years, making it one of the oldest restaurants on the famous Magazine Street. They also offer huge 18 oz. frosted schooners of beer, a full bar, plus room for private functions and even a private balcony in a century-old building with ambiance to spare.
3. THE RUBY SLIPPER CAFE
2001 Burgundy St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Visit Website: therubyslippercafe.net
The Ruby Slipper Café is truly one of a kind with its unique history and continued dedication to the community. It was founded in May 2008, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mid-City, New Orleans neighborhood. In recovery from that life-changing storm, husband & wife team, Erich & Jennifer, took a blighted corner store and turned it into a vibrant gathering place where neighbors could enjoy excellent Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch fare in a casual and inviting atmosphere. The Ruby Slipper Cafe Mid-City was an instant success due to its inviting nature & innovative brunch & morning cocktail selections. They’ve since grown to several locations and continue to serve all-day brunch and eye-opening cocktails seven days a week. As if you need more encouragement to go, the restaurant has served more than 3000 meals to furloughed workers and their families and are continuing for the foreseeable future.
4. CAFE DU MONDE
800 Decatur Street, New Orelans, LA
Visit Website: cafedumonde.com
The Original Cafe Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Original Cafe Du Monde is a traditional coffee shop. Its menu consists of dark roasted Coffee and Chicory, Beignets, White and Chocolate Milk, and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. Au Lait means that it is mixed half and half with hot milk. Beignets are square French -style doughnuts, lavishly covered with powdered sugar. In 1988 Iced Coffee was introduced to the cafe. Soft drinks also made their debut that year.
5. JIMMY J’S CAFE
115 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Visit Website: jimmyjscafe.com
Jimmy J’s Café makes everything from scratch using the freshest ingredients. It takes a while longer, but they know it makes all the difference, and because of their dedication, they’ve become one of the French Quarter’s best kept secrets. Ask anyone from the Big Easy and they will tell you Jimmy J’s know the secret to making good food. The best part is that it comes at a reasonable price with weekly specials added on top of already great deals.