Butcher & Deli:

Location: 930 Tchoupitoulas St Suite B, New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: cochonbutcher.com

What we Ate:

  • LE PIG MAC (3.5/5)
  • PASTRAMI  WITH SAUERKRAUT ON RYE (5/5)
  • CUBANO (4/5)
  • HOT BOUDIN (3.5/5)
  • MAC-N-CHEESE (4/5)
  • RED BEANS + RICE W/FRIED PORK CHOP (5/5) – Monday Special
  • CAJUN BOILED PEANUTS (3/5) – Special

Experience:

Absolutely one of my favorite places we’ve been to eat. Casual atmosphere yet upscale food. You can walk in wearing a T-Shirt and eat some of the finest food this city has to offer.

Location: 641 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: stjamescheese.com

What we Ate:

  • CROQUE MADAME (5/5) – Saturday Brunch Menu Only
  • MEAT QUICHE (5/5) – Saturday Brunch Menu Only
  • LOMBO BOCADILLO (4/5) – Saturday Brunch Menu Only
  • BLOODY MARY (5/5) – Saturday Brunch Menu Only
  • MIMOSA (4/5) – Saturday Brunch Menu Only

Experience:

Not marketed as a brunch spot but if you can make it here on a Saturday morning between 9am-12pm it’s worth it! The staff obviously puts a lot of care into what they do and aside from top-quality cheeses, their brunch is like a taste of France. P.S. Order the bloody mary and croque madame if you do nothing else during your time in New Orleans.

Casual

Location: 326 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70119

Website: bayoubeergarden.com

What we Ate:

  • The FAMOUS BBG Disco Fries (3.5/5)
  • Abita Amber (4/5)

Experience:

For marketing themselves as a sports bar the atmosphere is pleasantly retro-casual. You have to look for the door to the back patio but once you find it they have a fantastic outdoor bar and lounge. TV’s everywhere if you want to catch a game and the staff was having a blast serving people. You can hop over to the wine bar through the patio entrance as well if you’re feeling a bit more French!

Location: 5030 Freret St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Website: datdog.com

What we Ate:

  • GUINNESS SPECIAL (5/5)
  • BACON WEREWOLF (4/5)
  • CHEESE FRIES (2.5/5)

Experience:

Love the atmosphere! The location on Freret St has a covered patio with brightly colored walls and chairs, great for people watching a quick bite. The dogs are delicious and you can create your own or order a special!

Cafes & Diners

Location: 800 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116

Website: cafedumonde.com

What we Ate:

  • Beignets (5/5)
  • Café au lait (5/5)

Experience:

Most places that have such high volume I don’t expect much out of but when we sat down at Cafe Du Monde (seat yourself, the line is a myth!) our server was promptly with us and didn’t even write down the order. Approximately two minutes after ordering he reappeared with piping hot beignets and two cafe au laits. Everything was delicious and absolutely worth your time if you’re in New Orleans, not to mention they’re open 24/7! Hello, late night snack…

Location: 2209 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: districtdonuts.com

What We Ate:

  • Cheeseburger Slider (3/5)
  • Chicken Slider (4/5)
  • Waffle Cheese Fries (3.5/5)
  • Best Little House Salad (5/5)
  • Vietnamese Iced Coffee (3.5/5)
  • Espresso (1/5)
  • Cold Brew Coffee (3/5)
  • Coffee (2/5)
  • Donuts – Various Flavors (3/5)

Experience:

Four locations in New Orleans as well as one in Baton Rouge. Generally friendly staff with excellent sliders and sandwiches. The donuts rotate daily, always carrying classics such as glazed, however, their donut recipe is far from an airy yeast donut and is more towards a poorly done croissant. If you can get a bruleed cinnamon roll warmed you cannot go wrong. They post their donut selection on their facebook page daily and if you can get their margarita donut, filled with a lime, pastry creme and a touch of tequila, it is worth the trip! Their iced coffee is excellent with just a touch of hickory lending it a rounded flavor while their sweet, Vietnamese iced coffee (cold brew mixed with sweetened, condensed milk) is the most popular.

Location: 626 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Website: Not Available at this Time

What we Ate:

  • Grilled Reuben Special (2/5)
  • Red Beans And Rice (4/5)
  • Cheese Fries (1/5)
  • Camellia Grill’s Chocolate Pecan Pie (5/5)
  • Chocolate Shake (3/5)
  • Gumbo (4/5)

Experience:

A quaint diner near the river. I recommend ordering classics such as the gumbo and red beans and rice if you choose to make this a destination. The staff is very friendly and competent and the only seating is at the bar which stretches around the entire restaurant giving you a full view of your meal being prepared as the server shouts back orders. The chocolate pecan pie was my favorite, rewarmed with melted butter on the grill but I wouldn’t go out of your way to order anything that is not a New Orleans specialty.

Coffee Shops

Location: 4877 Laurel St, New Orleans, LA 70115

Website: cherryespresso.com

What We Ate:

  • Cappuccino (4/5)
  • Latte (4/5)
  • Espresso (4/5)
  • Seasonal Pour Over Coffee (5/5)

Experience:

If you’re looking for a fantastic place for coffee this is it. Having personally met Lauren, the owner I can tell you she cares deeply about the quality of her product and you will not find a better coffee experience in New Orleans. The atmosphere is relaxing and inviting, with small and large tables available along with a couch and outdoor patio giving you plenty of space to catch up with a friend or just refuel. I haven’t tried the food but their small menu looks fantastic as well.

Location: 821 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70113

Website: mammothespresso.com

What We Ate:

  • Espresso (5/5)
  • Seasonal Tea (5/5)

Experience:

Modern coffee and tea shop in the warehouse district. One of my favorite places to go to get some work done, chat with the staff and have an excellent cup of coffee or a tea. The decor is fantastic and the quality of the beverages are impossible to beat. The owner works several shifts himself and is excited to bring you a product with no pretension while being very knowledgeable on coffee as well as tea. Ask questions and introduce yourself and you’ll suddenly find yourself part of their community!

New Orleans Cuisine

Location: 527 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: crescentcitybrewhouse.com

What we Ate:

  • FRESH SHUCKED OYSTERS (2/5)
  • ALLIGATOR SAUSAGE POBOY (3/5)
  • SOUTHERN ROASTED DUCK (4/5)
  • I.P.A. (2/5)

Experience:

I was excited by their offerings – Boasting alligator and duck but disappointed by the execution. Nothing to write home about, the food was “not bad” and the oysters were not flavorful and were slightly warm instead of properly chilled. I left with an air of “oh well that was fine.” For the price, I would spend your money elsewhere. Coming from Colorado, the beer was definitely not worth the trip and while you can take it to go, I would go for an Abita Amber any day.

Pizza

Location: 4400 Banks St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Website: midcitypizza.com

What we Ate:

  • Pepperoni Pizza (3.5/5)

Experience:

While Mid-City Pizza has been the best so far it is still lacking in the flavor department. Their dough was ok, but the sauce didn’t have much flavor. They did seem like the best bang for your buck with an 18 inch large coming in at around $15 bucks.

Location: 3807 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70122

Website: pepperonirays.com

What we Ate:

  • Pepperoni Pizza (3.5/5)
  • Hot Wings (1/5)

Experience:

While their pizza boasted more flavor than little caesars, when we ventured in to pick up our order I was surprised they even had a website. It seemed like a dingy apartment turned pizza shop. The pizza might be fine for a late-night drunken feast but their wings were average at best. Overall go get a po-boy over ordering a pizza if you’re needing a late-night carb load.

Location: 4706 Paris Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Website: italianpie.com

What we Ate:

  • PEPPERONI PIZZA (2/5)
  • BAR-B-QUE CHICKEN PIZZA (2/5)

Experience:

Regrettably, the best part about this pizza was the staff. No flavor and overpriced, I cannot recommend that you go here.

Sandwiches & Poboys

Location: 538 Hagan Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

Website: parkwaypoorboys.com

What we Ate:

  • CATFISH POOR BOY (5/5)
  • GULF OYSTERS POOR BOY (4.5/5)
  • SMOKED HOT SAUSAGE PORK LINK with CHILI (4/5)
  • SWEET POTATO POOR BOY (3/5)
  • HOME-COOKED BAR-B-Q BEEF POOR BOY (4/5)

Experience:

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Location: 1525 Elysian Fields Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Website: eatatmelbas.com

What we Ate:

  • Red Beans (4/5)
  • Diana’s Jambalaya (4/5)
  • Catfish Poboy (4/5)
  • 1/2 Fish & Shrimp Poboy (4/5)

Experience:

Melbas was recommended to us by a local as a good place to get classics and po boys. Open 24 hours, you will walk in to find you can order with the staff or enter your order in a computer up front. You then have a seat in a gas-station type diner and wait for them to call your name. For the volume they do, the food was excellent! However, most of the ingredients taste like they are highly processed and don’t have much of their original flavor. Overall a great late-night place and a lot of food for the price. I would go back but more for the convenience than the flavor.

Location: 3701 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Website: katiesinmidcity.com

What we Ate:

  • Seafood Beignet (2.5/5)
  • Katherine’s Cajun Cuban (2/5)
  • “the Legend” (2.5/5)

Experience:

A little pricier for the casual atmosphere and unfortunately I cannot say their food delivered. The seafood Beignet, an excellent concept, was not fried long enough and completely cold in the middle, while the filling did not seem at all fresh. The bread on the sandwiches has less flavor than a .99 cent loaf of sandwich bread. It was hard and seemed like an obstacle on your plate. I’m not sure how you make a Cubano entirely flavorless, but they managed to do so. The pulled pork was tender but completely flavorless as well, and all of the food had the essence that the kitchen staff simply did not care. A word to the hungry, spend your money elsewhere.

Seafood

Location: 800 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Website: pecherestaurant.com

What we Ate:

  • greens w/ cucumber, dill + cheese curds (5/5)
  • shrimp bisque (4/5)
  • raw oysters (local) (5/5)
  • crab claws w/ pickled chilies (5/5)
  • baked drum – saffron + tomato (5/5)
  • smothered catfish (5/5)
  • cobia collar (5/5)
  • swordfish (4/5)
  • whole grilled redfish (4/5)
  • mestres “1312” n/v brut reserva catalonia, spain (5/5)
  • tin roof brewing co, juke joint 2.0 IPA (3/5)

Experience:

I cannot speak highly enough of this restaurant! The waitstaff is top-notch and the food coming out of the kitchen is mouthwatering and exceptionally delicious. The oysters are fresh, flavorful and cold and everyone is attentive to making your experience one you wish to repeat. There is nothing we’ve tried that I wouldn’t order again and while the restaurant is booked almost every night of the week, they leave the oyster bar and bar available for walk-ins.

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